Save the dates – Chapter Fundraising Event and Fall Business Meeting

Save the date for two exciting Chapter events!

1. Saturday, November 5th – 3pm to 10(ish)

Please join us for a fundraising gathering at the home of ARLIS Ontario ChapterChair Margaret English

Come and enjoy food and drink, socialize and view new displays from an obsessive collector of neat stuff. There will be fantastic silent auction of vintage jewellery, art glass, pottery and original art. View selections from “The OTHER Barnes Collection” featuring  graphic art by Sonia Delaunay, Hans Arp, Kasimir Malevich, Natalia Goncharova, Vladimir Lebedev, Yves Gaucher, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Rita Letendre and many more. Win cool door prizes including a gorgeous Waterman fountain pen!
Cost is $15 and all proceeds go to our Travel Award fund.
Please RSVP to Margaret by October 31st:

2. Friday, December 2nd 2016

Please attend our Fall  Meeting at the Toronto Reference Library
We will have our Business Meeting in the morning and tours of the Preservation & Digitization, Special Collections and Arts departments in the afternoon.
Details TBA.

Call for Nominations: 2016/17 Student Representatives

ArLiS/NA Ontario is currently accepting nominations for the position of Student Representative for the 2016/2017 academic year. The duties of the Student Representative involve: attending the Fall and Spring Business meetings; acting as a liaison between the Chapter and students; helping promote the Chapter to students; and helping with other minor tasks that support the Chapter’s mission.

If you’d like to submit a nomination or would like more information, please contact Margaret English at

Visual Resources Curator Position Announcement – UofT – applications due June17th

An excellent job opportunity has recently been posted at the University of Toronto, but it will only be up for 5 days!

Applications are due Jul 17, 2016, 11:59:00 PM.

Visual Resources Curator 
Under the general supervision of the Chair of the Department, the incumbent is responsible for the History of Art Department’s image services including: overseeing a collection of digital art data for both undergraduate and graduate teaching and research; providing ongoing technical leadership and support to the Department’s repositories, Federated Academic Digital Image System (FADIS), ArtStor, SharedShelf and related initiatives. In addition, the incumbent will provide support to the life cycle management of digital images including creation, description, storage, retrieval, and preservation; and overseeing the application of various metadata schema and standards, standards-driven digitization, web page development; as well as the use of a variety of computer software and/or hardware systems.

For Department special events/lectures, the incumbent will coordinate the provision of audio visual (AV) requirements and digital support; coordinate room bookings; create and produce marketing communication materials; and assist with editing the production of the departmental newsletter.

Pay Scale Group and Hiring Rate: USW Pay Band 11 — $60,687 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $77,607. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.


Artviews (Visual Arts Ontario) journal issues and others to give away

Lucinda Walls, Art, Drama and Music Librarian at Queens University, has the following gift journal issues from Isabel McLaughlin’s personal library to send to a welcoming home:

Artviews – 0381-9515 (published by Visual Arts Ontario 1975-1989, according to Ulrich’s)

v.5,no.1, January/February 1979
v.5,no.2, March/April 1979
v.5,no.3, June/July 1979
v.5,no.4, Fall 1979
v.5,no.5, Winter 1979
v.6,no.2, Summer 1980
v.6,no.3, Fall 1980


Art magazine (appears as artmagazine on cover) – 0004-3257 (Society of Canadian Artists in Toronto, published between 1969-1984)

v.6,no.21, Spring 1975

Artmagazine – 0318-6644 (published by artmagazine Inc.)

v.9,no.38/39, June 1978 (this one is slightly rippled due to water but still usable, no mold)

Artscanada – 0004-4113

v.27,no.6, issue no. 162/163, Dec 1971/Jan 1972 (special issue called The Eskimo World)
v.30,nos.5/6, issue nos. 184/185/186/197, Dec 1973/Jan/1974 (special 30th anniversary double issue: Stones, bones and skin: Ritual and Shamanic art)
v.32,no.2, issue nos. 198/199, June 1975 (issue entitled: The artist as historian)


Rotunda (variously the bulletin, or the magazine of The Royal Ontario Museum)

v.2,no.4, Fall 1969
v.10,no.3, Fall 1977
v.11,no.4, Winter 1978/79
v.12,no.1 Spring 1979-v.13,no.4, Winter 1980/81 (includes all four issues for each volume)

Please contact Lucinda Walls at if you would like any of these.

ARLIS/NA Ontario Chapter 2016 Spring Meeting

Spring Meeting – Hold the Date!

When: Friday, June 3rd, 2016

Where: The Musagetes Architecture Library at the University of Waterloo.

Let`s get out of town and have a lovely day visiting ARLIS/NA Ontario Chapter‘s
Effie Patelos,  Waterloo’s Architecture Librarian and Manager of the Musagetes Library.

We’ll have light refreshment, a tour of the facilities, a “show-and-tell” of some of the most interesting/beautiful/rare items from the collection, and learn about the resources available to students, faculty and architects. Located in downtown Cambridge, Ontario.
the Library is close to restaurants and pubs, a list of which will be provided. The Cambridge Mill is highly recommended as it offers stunning views of the Grand River and offers reasonably-priced fare.

No trip to Cambridge would be complete without a visit to “Canada’s Largest Antique Mall”, Southworks Antiques, and we’ll try to spend some quality time there in the afternoon before we leave.

TRANSPORTATION might be an issue for some, and we hope to coordinate rides for all who might need them.  If you think you might be driving, please let Margaret know:   We might also rent a large passenger van.

The fee for this meeting is $15 for students (and that includes a 2016 membership to the Chapter!) and $25 for regular members.

Please RSVP to Margaret.

This is going to be informative and FUN, and we can’t wait to see you there.

ARLIS/NA Ontario Conference Travel Grant 2016

The Travel Award Committee welcomes applications from members who plan to attend the 3rd Joint ARLIS/NA + VRA conference in Seattle, Washington March 8-12, 2016:

The 2016 award is for $750 CDN. Because the conference is earlier this year, the deadline is SOON! – February 5th, 2016.  We will announce the successful recipient and contact shortly thereafter, so that plans can be made ASAP.

The award is intended to promote professional development among chapter members and to encourage their involvement in ARLIS/NA by helping to defray the expense of attending the conference.

To apply for an award, please submit:

  • A letter of application indicating the conference for which you seek funding and addressing relevant eligibility and award criteria. The application should include brief descriptions of your professional interests, your expectations of the conference, and its relevance to your professional development.
  • An estimate of your conference expenses and amount of any institutional funding.
  • A one-page resume listing your employment history, educational background, and professional activities. Include your preferred mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address.

Further information about the ARLIS/NA Ontario Travel Award, including purpose, eligibility and selection criteria can be found on the Ontario Chapter website at:

Deadline for Applications: Friday, February 5th, 2016 at 5 p.m.
Recipient shall be notified no later than Friday, February 12th, 2016.

Submit applications electronically to:

Linked Open Data for Arts and Cultural Resources – A Talk by Archivist Allana Mayer

The concept of Linked Open Data (LOD) is rapidly gaining ground as an invaluable framework for science and social science research and data management. But how might such a framework by useful, and even necessary, within the art information sector? Join ARLIS/NA Ontario for a talk by archivist, writer, and visual artist, Allana Mayer, on the potentials of Linked Open Data for artistic and cultural institutions and resources.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016, 7:15pm
Media Theatre, Media Commons
Robarts Library, U of T
Pay-What-You-Can (Suggested donation: $10)

For inquiries and to RSVP, email Catherine at

We hope to see you all there!

New ARLIS Ontario Vice Chair – Cynthia Dempster!

We are delighted to announce that you voted unanimously in favour of Cynthia Dempster’s nomination for Vice Chair of the Ontario Chapter of ARLIS/NA! Cynthia has been an active and enthusiastic participant in chapter events over the past year and we’re thrilled to have her on board. Welcome, Cynthia, and thanks to all who voted!