ARLIS/NA Ontario Vice Chair Election – Vote Now!

After a long search for a Chapter Vice Chair, we are delighted to announce that ARLIS/NAOntario member, Cynthia Dempster, has nominated herself for the position. As per the ARLIS/NA Ontario bylaws, election of all executive members occurs by a vote of our membership, so we need you! To vote, please send an email with the word “Yay” or “Nay” to treasurer.arlisna.ontario@gmail.com by Wednesday, December 16th.

A bit about Cynthia:

“I would like to offer my services as Vice Chair of the Ontario ARLIS/NA chapter.  I have an MI from the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, in the Library and Information Science stream. I have an MA in Drama and BA in English from the University of Toronto. I am a studio artist. I have exhibited my work at various galleries in Ontario. I paint in most mediums, including my greatest love: watercolour. I create pen & ink drawings and junk sculptures. I am currently doing occasional programming work with the Children’s Department of North York Central Public Library, i.e.: playing the piano at story time. I am also taking courses: Art History, French, etc. I am very interested in art librarianship andARLIS. I am committed to sharing resources, networking and the fun support the organization offers.”

A bit about the position:

The Vice Chair position requires a three-year commitment: the incumbent will spend one year as Vice Chair, followed by one year as Chair and one year as Past-Chair. The Vice Chair is responsible for:

  1. Performing the duties of the Chair in case of the Chair’s inability to serve;
  2. Acting as Program Chair;
  3. Other duties as assigned by the Executive Committee.

If this vote proves unsuccessful, we will continue our call for a new Vice Chair of the Chapter.

ARLIS/NA Ontario Fall Business Meeting Reminder and Agenda

The ARLIS/NA Ontario Executive would just like to remind you of the upcoming 2015 Fall Business Meeting! This year’s meeting will take place this Friday, December 4, 2015 at the University of Toronto. 
Time: 11am to 5pm

Where: Meet at 11am in the main lobby of Sidney Smith Building, University of Toronto, 100 St. George Street, Toronto, M5S 3G3

Cost: $20 for regular attendees; $10 for students (cost includes a student membership).

The schedule for the day will include:

  • 11am – Tour of an exhibition at the University of Toronto Art Centre and the Barnicke gallery, followed by a look at Czech book design at the Fisher if time permits
  • 1pm – Catered lunch at the U of T Art Library, followed by a Talk from Margaret English, a U of T Art Librarian, on the Library’s Sound Art Collection
  • 3pm – Day to conclude with our formal business agenda.

We will also be selling vintage holiday ornaments! All proceeds will go towards helping ARLIS/NA Ontario fulfill its mission to connect  Art Librarians, promote our profession, and further professional development.

Questions and agenda items can be directed to Catherine at treasurer.arlisna.ontario@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you there!

2015 ARLIS/NA Ontario Fall Business Meeting!

The ARLIS/NA Ontario Executive cordially invites you to our 2015 Fall Business Meeting! This year’s meeting will take place on Friday, December 4, 2015 at the University of Toronto and will include:

  • Tour of campus art spaces
  • Catered lunch in the U of T Art Library
  • Talk by U of T Art Librarian, Margaret English, on the Art Library’s Sound Art Collection
  • Our formal business agenda

We will also be selling vintage holiday ornaments! All proceeds will go towards helping ARLIS/NA Ontario fulfill its mission to connect  Art Librarians, promote our profession, and further professional development.

When: December 4, 2015, 11am to 5pm

Where: Meet at 11am in the main lobby of Sidney Smith Building, University of Toronto, 100 St. George Street, Toronto, M5S 3G3 (see map on our website).

Cost: $20 for regular attendees; $10 for students (cost includes a student membership).

Questions and agenda items can be directed to Catherine at treasurer.arlisna.ontario@gmail.com.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Feature Contemporary Art Fair Visual Literacy talk and tour!

Fall in Toronto always provides ample opportunity for engaging with Arts and Culture. As a way to get in on the action and bring our members together, we’re hoping to wrangle a group to attend a talk and tour at the Feature Contemporary Art Fair on Sunday, October 25 at 1pm.

The talk, “Visual Literacy: A Picture is Worth 1,000 Words,” presented by the Albright-Knox Art Gallery Innovation Lab, draws upon research in education, the arts, museum studies, and digital communication to address gaps in education through the concept of visual literacy. The talk starts at 2pm in the historic Joey and Tobey Tanenbaum Opera Centre. Prior to this, we can join a tour of the fair at 1pm (at the same location).

The cost is $13, which provides access to the talk, tour and the entire fair for the whole day. However, if we have a large enough group, we may be able to receive a group discount.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Catherine at treasurer.arlisna.ontario@gmail.com!

Call for nominations: 2015/16 Student Representatives

We are looking for one student representative from each of the University of Toronto Faculty of Information and the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Information and Media Studies. Student representatives are part of the Chapter Executive and are expected to represent the ARLIS/NA Ontario chapter to students at their respective institutions. Duties include: promoting the Chapter and art librarianship as a whole; assisting the Chapter with various fundraising, professional, and administrative events; and organizing student tours and/or events. It is an excellent opportunity to liaise with and meet art librarians in Ontario, and to gain exposure to the field of art librarianship. The time commitment is modest, but the exposure is invaluable.

The nomination period is open until Sunday, August 30 at 5:00 pm. Following the closure of the nomination window, an email will be circulated with the names and statements of interested candidates with a link to vote. After the voting period ends, the successful candidates will be announced.

To nominate yourself, send an email to treasurer.arlisna.ontario@gmail.com with the following information:

1. Your name
2. Your affiliation (iSchool or FIMS)
3. A statement of interest (i.e. who you are, the basis for your interest in art librarianship, and anything else you think is interesting or pertinent)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Catherine Falls at the above email address. Finally – spread the word! If you know somebody who might be interested, please let them know.

Best of luck to all candidates!

OCADU Job Posting: Scholarly Communications Librarian/Digital Projects Curator (One-Year Contract)

Dear ARLIS/NA Ontario members,

OCADU is currently seeking candidates for the following exciting position:

OCAD University is the proud recipient of the 2015 OCULA New Librarian Residency Award, enabling the Dorothy H. Hoover Library to offer a contract position for a librarian who has graduated between May 2013 and August 2015. The OCULA New Librarian Residency position will be the resident’s first experience working as a professional librarian. The resident will be required to provide two reports to the OCULA Council and will be an ex-officio member of the OCULA Council during their residency.

Position Summary:
Reporting to the University Librarian, the Scholarly Communications Librarian/Digital Projects Curator is responsible for planning and promoting a scholarly communications program in consultation with the Director of Research Services and other stakeholders. Utilizing the capacity of the University’s new Institutional Repository (IR) http://openresearch.ocadu.ca, the Scholarly Communications Librarian/Digital Projects Curator will support digital projects that liberate and showcase cultural assets and that preserve and openly disseminate the scholarly outputs of OCAD U graduate students, faculty and researchers.

Spring Business Meeting Update

Our Spring Business Meeting is fast approaching! As previously announced, the meeting will take place on Friday, June 26th at 2pm in Studio 408 of 401 Richmond (at the Southeast corner of Richmond St. and Spadina Ave., Toronto). We will begin there with the business portion of the meeting, followed by a tour of selected gallery and studio spaces within the building. For those who have yet to visit 401 Richmond, it is an absolute hub of cultural activity and should make for a fun and fascinating afternoon. Refreshments will be provided during the business meeting.

Walk-ins are, of course, welcome but if you know in advance that you will be attending, please RSVP to treasurer.arlisna.ontario@gmail.com. We will also be set up with Skype for anyone who would like to participate remotely. Also, please let us know if there are any points you might like to add to the business agenda.

We look forward to seeing you all there!

ARLIS/NA Ontario Chapter Update

Rescheduled Spring Business Meeting

The ARLIS/NA Ontario Executive would like to take this opportunity to thank our members for their patience and understanding.  Our young executive is currently experiencing some growing pains as many of us are learning to navigate chapter duties with educational pursuits and growing careers.  For the silence and the delay, we sincerely apologize. With this said, we are looking forward by rescheduling our Spring Business Meeting to the new date of (to fill in when one is chosen by Monday).  We will be sending out location and times by this Friday, May 29. We look forward to seeing you all there.

Conference Travel Award Winner

On a more positive note, the Executive would like to take this opportunity to congratulate Eva Athanasiu on being awarded this year’s Conference Travel Award.

Eva has been an exemplary representative of our organizations values. As a ARLIS/NAStudent Representative (UofT iSchool), she and her fellow representative Lauren Orav have organized a number of educational and inspiring tours including YYZ Artist’s Outlet and the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library. She has been a strong spokesperson for our chapter both with in her school and at this year’s Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas.  While attending the conference, Eva presented her paper Belonging: a brief study on artists’ books and institutional classification as part of the New Voices Panel.

Congratulations Eva! We look forward to hearing more about your great experiences at this years conference.

ARLIS/NA Ontario Chapter Update

Spring is a time of renewal, and our chapter looks to start a new with the introduction of a monthly update.  As we look to engage further with our membership, this update hopes to connect you with activities and information important to our society’s mission “to foster excellence in art and design librarianship and image management”.  With the introduction of this initiative, we will also be looking for input from you on how we can improve.  Are there issues or learning opportunities you think we should be addressing, let us know!
Opportunities for Involvement with the Executive Board
With the New Year comes a new Executive.  We would love to thank our outgoing executive of Joanne Wadden (Secretary), Melissa Bruno (Past Chair) and Stephen Spong (Chair) for their excellent service.  During our fall business meeting, we saw the formation of our new executive with Nancy Perrin (Chair), Stephen Spong (Past Chair), Catherine Falls (Treasurer), Sam Tator (Secretary), Emily Woodcock (Western Student Representative), Eva Athanasiu and Lauren Orav (UofT Co-Student Representatives).

We are currently still seeking candidates for the position of Vice-Chair.

If you are interested in becoming involved please feel free to contact us arlisna.ontario.gmail.com

Conference Travel Award – Call for Applications

It is the season for conferences, so we are again offering a travel award to an active chapter members.  This grant is intended to promote professional development by offering financial support to attend our parent society’s annual conference. The award this year will be in the amount of $1000 in order to attend the 43rd Annual Conference, held in Fort Worth, Texas from March 19-23, 2015.
Award eligibility requires candidates be a current ARLIS/NA Ontario member in good financial standing. Chapter officers, new professionals who have never attended the ARLIS/NA annual conference, and those who will be participating directly in conference sessions or who currently volunteer on an ARLIS/NA committee, are especially encouraged to apply for the grant.
The successful applicant will be required to write a brief, one to two page report of conference activities and experiences to be presented at an upcoming business meeting and featured on the ARLIS/NA Ontario website. Chapter members who have previously received an ARLIS/NA Ontario travel award or grant are free to apply again.  If no suitable applications are received the grant will not be awarded.

Due to the late call for applications, this award will be received following the completion of the conference.  To apply please send a CV and a short summary outlining how you meet the following criteria;

  • Eligibility
  • Financial need
  • Evidence of activity in the chapter or in ARLIS/NA
  • Potential for service in ARLIS/NA

Deadline for Applications is Friday, March 27, 2015 at 5pm, please email submissions to arlisna.ontario.gmail.com.

Travel Award Committee – Call for Participants

If you are unable to attend the conference, please consider taking part in the Travel Award Committee.  We are currently seeking a minimum of three active members to participate in the selection of the winning candidate for this year’s Travel Award.  It requires a minimal commitment and the process will be completed virtually.  In order to be eligible you must be a current ARLIS/NA Ontario member in good financial standing and not applying to receive the Travel Award for this current year.

If you would like to participate please contact arlisna.ontario.gmail.com on or before Friday, March 27, 2015.

Upcoming Events

 

Visit Vtape and the YYZ Artists’ Outlet with ARLIS/NAON!

Want to learn more about artist-run centres for culture + information in Toronto? Interested in digital preservation, exhibitions, arts publications, public programming, or audio/visual resources information? On behalf of the Ontario Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America, please join your University of Toronto iSchool student representatives for a tour of Vtape and the YYZ Artists’ Outlet, both located in the 401 Richmond Street West arts hub. Vtape is a leading source of video and new media art, and runs an extensive online catalogue and on-site research centre. YYZ projects include publications, exhibitions, artist residencies, and a lending library!

The tour will take place on Friday, March 27th from 12:45 – 2:45 pm.
All are welcome, but space is limited.
This event is FREE! Please RSVP to Eva Athanasiu at 
eva.athanasiu@mail.utoronto.ca

Save the Date – Spring Business Meeting

We all know how quickly our schedules fill up, so we would like everyone to know about our upcoming Spring Business Meeting.  We have currently set the date for Friday, May 8th.  Time and location information to follow soon, we hope to see you there!

Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management (SEI)

Registration is now open for SEI held as the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
June 9-12, 2015. The Institute is a joint project of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF).  This workshop focuses on addressing the requirements of today’s visual resources and image management professionals.
Expert instructors cover a range of topics, such as:

  • Intellectual Property Rights
  • Digital Imaging and Digital Preservation
  • Metadata and Cataloging
  • Project Management
  • Professional Growth and Development

SEI is open to all individuals interested in visual resources and image management and participants receive a Certificate of Completion from ARLIS/NA-VRAF, signed by the ARLIS/NA president and the VRA Foundation chair.

Call for nominations for 2014/15 Student Representatives

We are looking for a student representative from each of the University of Toronto’s iSchool and Western University’s Faculty of Information and Media Studies. Student representatives are part of the Chapter Executive, and are expected to represent the ARLIS Ontario chapter to the student bodies at their respective schools, engaging in promotions for the Chapter and art librarianship as a whole. It is an excellent opportunity to liaise with and meet art librarians in Ontario, and to gain exposure to the field of art librarianship. The time commitment is modest, but the exposure is invaluable.

The nomination period is open until Friday, September 12th at 5:00 pm. Following the closure of the nomination window, an e-mail will be circulated with the names and statements of interest from candidates with a link to vote. After the voting period ends, the successful candidates will be announced.

To nominate yourself, send an e-mail to arlisna.ontario@gmail.com (and copy me atstephen.spong@gmail.com) with the following information:

1. Your name
2. Your affiliation (iSchool or FIMS)
3. A statement of interest (i.e. who you are, the basis for your interest in art librarianship, whatever else you think is interesting or pertinent)

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to send me an e-mail atstephen.spong@gmail.com.

Finally – spread the word! If you know somebody who might be interested, please let them kn