2013 Vice-Chair Election

The ARLIS/NA Ontario Chapter is happy to announce that there are two excellent candidates running for the 2013 Vice-Chair position, replacing former 2013 Chapter Vice-Chair, Effie Patelos.

The Chapter Executive would like to thank Claire Parker (Visual Resources Librarian at the University of Western Ontario) and Stephen Spong (Cataloguing Librarian at the Ontario College of Art and Design University, and Reference Librarian at the Osgoode Hall Law School Library) for their nominations. The biographies of the nominees are listed below.

Voting is now open to current ARLIS/NA Ontario members via an online survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CHX8K8R . If you need to renew your membership, you can do so by clicking here. Please take the time to exercise your membership voting rights and fill out the survey. All the information pertaining to the elections will remain confidential.

The deadline for voting is 5 pm on Wednesday, August 7th, 2013.

Claire Parker

Claire Parker is the Visual Resources Librarian at the University of Western Ontario. Her current research interests include information literacy, open source software, instructional technology and intellectual property, especially attitudes toward copyright. Prior to working at Western, Claire was employed as a Knowledge and Research Management Officer with the Federal Government of Canada, and as a Web Content Assistant with thehealthline.ca (an online health services directory).

Claire is actively involved in a number of professional organizations. As a member of ARLIS, she regularly reviews submissions to the society’s official bulletin, Art Documentation, and from 2012-2013 Claire acted as the Job Posting Liaison for ARLiSNAP. Claire is also a member of the Visual Resources Association. She belongs to the VRA’s Intellectual Property Rights Committee, and was honoured to receive the Luraine Tansey Travel Award from this organization in 2013.

With regard to professional service at the local level, Claire is a member of the University of Western Ontario Faculty Association’s Equity Committee. Participation in this group chiefly involves addressing concerns and organizing speakers events related to issues of equity and fairness on campus. Claire is also a supervisor in Western’s MLIS Job Shadowing Program, which gives current MLIS students insight into the daily routine of an academic librarian.

Claire is eager to become more involved in the Ontario Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America, and her dedication to visual arts librarianship, experience in professional committee work and strong work ethic positions her as a strong candidate for the role of Vice Chair.


Stephen Spong

I am currently a Cataloguing Librarian at the Ontario College of Art and Design University’s Dorothy H. Hoover Library, where I split my time with the Osgoode Hall Law School Library, where I am a reference librarian. I hold a B.A. Hons. in humanities, a J.D., and a Masters in Information.

I have a long-standing relationship with ARLIS/NA’s Ontario chapter, having first joined as a library student in 2009. I was involved in the initiation of the wildly successful vintage fund-raisers at OCADU, which have raised thousands of dollars for the chapter (and will hopefully continue to do so, with the next sale set for this fall!). These efforts achieved the Society Affiliate Gold Sponsorship level for the 2012 ARLIS/NA Conference in Toronto. I was also involved with the local conference planning committee for the Toronto ARLIS/NA Conference, where I served in the capacity of the Special Events Coordinator.

I am currently Co-Chair of the chapter’s Membership Outreach Task Force, which hopes to maintain the chapter’s success in reaching out to the art librarianship community as a whole – not just in Ontario, but across Canada and beyond.

My interest in ARLIS/NA in general and the local chapter in particular is rooted in a strong sense of the need to create a stronger community of information professionals (as well as providing guidance to students and aspiring art librarians), while also upholding the Chapter’s mandate of widening the public and professional awareness of art information resources in Ontario. While this is important with librarianship as a whole, it is particularly true of a comparatively niche field such as our own, where practitioners may find themselves relatively spread out.

This sentiment has played a huge part in my undertaking of the membership outreach initiative, as I strongly believe that this forms a critical role in the chapter’s mandate. Should I be provided the opportunity to serve in the capacity of vice-chair, I would ensure that the good work of the chapter is continued in the years to come, and that the chapter is able to evolve to support our member’s needs as well as foster awareness and growth in the field of art librarianship.

Call for Nominations for ARLIS/NA Ontario Vice-Chair

On behalf of the ARLIS/NA Ontario Executive, we would like to thank Effie Patelos for all her hard work, involvement, and contributions to the Chapter as 2013 Vice-Chair. Due to extenuating circumstances, Effie is stepping down from her position on the Executive Committee. Effie played a vital role over the past seven months, and her efforts have been instrumental in helping plan for the future of the Chapter, and society at large.

We are looking for members of ARLIS/NA Ontario who would like to serve on the 2013 Executive as Vice-Chair. A full description of the responsibilities of this Executive position can be found under the Chapter’s Bylaws which can be accessed here:http://arlison.org/about/bylaws/

 Please note the Terms of Office: The Vice-Chair position is a three year commitment. In 2013, the position is Vice-Chair. In 2014, the position moves to Chair of the Executive, and in 2015 the position becomes ex-officio.

If you are interested in nominating yourself or another member of ARLIS/NA Ontario, please contact Chapter Chair, Melissa Bruno, at Melissa.bruno@sympatico.ca. The deadline for nominations is Wednesday, July 31 th at 5 PM.Once all the nominations have been received, the ARLIS/NA Ontario membership will vote on the candidates electronically via an anonymous ballot on SurveyMonkey.

Introducing the new 2013-2014 Student Representatives

On behalf on the ARLIS/NA Ontario Executive, we would like to thank the membership who took the time to vote for our impressive roster of candidates running for the 2013-2014 ARLIS/NA Ontario Student Representative positions.

The votes have been tallied, and we would like to officially welcome and introduce Catherine Falls as the Student Representative from the University of Toronto, and Nicole Lovenjak as the Student Representative from Western University.

The current ARLIS/NA Ontario Officers are thrilled to have both Catherine and Nicole on the 2013-2014 Executive Committee, and we look forward to planning the future of our Chapter together.

2013-2014 Student Representative Elections

The ARLIS/NA Ontario Chapter is happy to announce that we have received a robust selection of excellent candidates that are running for the Student Representative positions. The membership will elect two candidates: one from the University of Toronto, and the other from Western University. The biographies of the nominees are listed below. Voting is now open to current ARLIS/NA Ontario members via an online survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Y7VSNZ6 . If you need to renew your membership, you can do so by clicking here. Please take the time to exercise your membership voting rights and fill out the survey. All the information pertaining to the elections will remain confidential.

The deadline for voting is 5 pm on Monday, July 1st, 2013.

University of Toronto Nominees

Catherine Falls

Catherine Falls is a 2013 graduate of the MI program in the LIS and Book History and Print Culture streams. She holds bachelors degrees in Art History and Commerce from UBC and is beginning her MA in Art History at U of T this fall. Catherine has been an active contributor to art and information institutions in both Toronto and Calgary. She is a current member of the curatorial committee of the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archive, where she manages and catalogues the archive’s art collection, including its National Portrait Collection. In addition to providing ongoing multidisciplinary reference services at U of T Mississauga, Catherine recently completed an art and museum studies cataloguing internship with Lord Cultural Resources and holds gallery experience through her work with the Museum of Contemporary Art Calgary.

Catherine holds a passion for modern and contemporary art and design. She is driven by a desire to make art more accessible and sees the art librarian as uniquely positioned to facilitate this process. Catherine has been a member of ARLIS/NA since 2012 and fervently believes in the society’s mission to foster cooperation and dialogue among art librarians. Her passion for and strength in facilitating these types of conversations within the information community, and her ability to create and manage events, relationships, and ideas, is evident in her recent role as one of three co-chairs of the 2013 iSchool Graduate Conference. Catherine believes her position as an iSchool alumnus studying within the Art History faculty will help connect these two currently separate academic spheres. She looks forward to engaging students with one another, with the broader association, and with the Toronto artworld more generally.

Justine Robles

I am currently pursuing the Archives and Records Management path at the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto, while also exploring coursework in Reference and Special Libraries. Presently, I am working as a Student Library Assistant for the Accessible Content E-Portal (ACE) Project at Scholar’s Portal.

I have a strong background in Student Leadership, serving as a College Council President and Residence Don at York University, and Summer Residence Coordinator at Columbia University. Through these positions, I have represented and engaged with groups of over 3,000 students and developed valuable skills and experience in event planning, marketing, outreach, and volunteer recruitment.

I am interested in working with ARLIS because I want to learn more about the arts information field and become part of a network of constant idea sharing. I hope that through the Student Representative position, I will also gain a better understanding of where my interests and passions fit within the professional world. I feel as though my combination of skills and experience will help me to successfully promote awareness of ARLIS and its initiatives to my peers, and hopefully introduce the role of art librarianship to students who haven’t considered it before.

M. Joanne Wadden

Joanne graduated with an MA in Sociology from York University in 2010. After graduation, she worked as a Research Analyst at the University Health Network and she now works at the University of Toronto. She has a passion for the visual arts and is committed to lifelong learning. She studied Material Art and Design at the Ontario College of Art and Design (OCADU) and Ceramics at the Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design (ECIAD). While she was a student at OCADU, she worked at the AGO as a coordinator for major donor events. She was a volunteer at the Gardiner Museum (of ceramic art) for a number of years. Joanne is excited to be the recipient of an Ontario Graduate Scholarship for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year and she looks forward to being a student once again in the MLIS program at the University of Toronto in September.

University of Western Ontario Nominees

Nicole Lovenjak

Nicole Lovenjak is an MLIS candidate at the University of Western Ontario, where she also completed a Bachelor of Arts in Media, Information, and Technoculture (MIT) and Visual Arts. Her essay on art in The Cars’ music videos was published in Bon à Tirer, The Undergraduate Journal of Art History and Visual Culture at Western University. She holds a vocational arts certificate from H.B. Beal’s BealArt program, with a specialization in textiles and commercial art. While studying there she also received a Canadian Embroiderers’ Guild Award for her quilting work. Her artwork currently focuses on library collections and deselection.

She is currently employed at London Public Library as a page, a position she has held for six years. During this time she has helped organize and facilitate various cultural events, including Art in the Village, and annual community festivals such as Gathering on the Green, as well as printmaking demonstrations with fellow library assistants and art instructors. She also held a position within the London Public Library as a Literacy Facilitator in which she had the opportunity to plan weekly sessions and activities for children and coordinate volunteers.

Nicole gained special library experience at the Child and Parent Resource Institute (CPRI) from working in their Family Resource Centre providing reference assistance to families and clients on child and adolescent mental health and performing literature searches for medical staff as part of the Dr. Joseph Pozsonyi Memorial Library.

Since starting her MLIS at Western she has tried to focus her studies on art librarianship and ARLIS/NA, with research interest in the areas of art and design school collection management, the problems of decorative arts classification, and creating a collection development resource guide on artist’s books. Recently on her own accord she had the opportunity to attend ARLIS/NA’s annual conference in Pasadena, where she took part in the ARLIS/NA Canada Chapter meeting.

Nancy Perrin

I am Nancy Perrin, a current University of Western MLIS grad student and I would like to be considered for the executive position of Student Representative with ARLIS Ontario.  I have a strong interest in working with in the cultural sector.  Prior to beginning the MLIS program my work/educational background was in Theatre Design/Production.  Through these experiences I developed a passion for research and preservation to which I am now developing a strong skill set through the MLIS program.  My interest in this position with ARLIS is based on a desire to increase awareness of the role of the arts with in the field of Library and Information Science.  Currently with in my program and the student groups represented within reflect very little on the arts, and I would like to play a role in changing this.  I would also like to represent a voice for the arts in libraries outside of the GTA.

Call for Moderators for Upcoming Panel and Workshop on Social Media

ARLIS/NA Ontario is looking for a volunteer moderator for an upcoming panel and workshop on social media this fall. The event will be divided into two portions: (1) an engaging and focused panel discussion on the theme of social media targeting information professionals, followed by (2) a practical demonstration in form of a workshop examining how social media can be harnessed and used in the provision of information to artists, art historians, students, curators, art enthusiasts, etc.

If you are interested, please email Chapter Chair, Melissa Bruno, at Melissa.Bruno@sympatico.ca with a brief (no more than 200 words) statement of interest on your social media background. Students and established professionals with an interest in art librarianship are welcome to apply!

NGC layoffs: ARLIS/NA Canada Statement of Concern

                                                                                        19 March 2013

Marc Mayer
National Gallery of Canada
380 Sussex Drive
P.O. Box 427, Station A
Ottawa, Ontario
K1N 9N4

Dear Mr. Mayer,

As Canadian representatives of the Art Libraries Association of North America (ARLIS/NA), we are compelled to comment on the latest announcement of staff reductions at the National Gallery of Canada (NGC). According to your interview with the Ottawa Citizen published February 28th, the staff of the NGC Library & Archives “is being reduced by about one-third.”[1]  The contention that this latest round of cuts “will result in no diminishment in the services delivered by the Gallery”[2] and that the NGC Library and Archives will still be the “largest art library in Canada” [3] suggests a troubling and fundamental misunderstanding of what constitutes a library.

Art and design librarians throughout the country look to the NGC Library & Archives as the intellectual foundation of Canadian library services, and regard this announcement as tantamount to the destabilization of access to the rich resources contained in this collection. Such a course of action will seriously compromise excellence in art librarianship in Canada and, by inevitable extension, imperil excellence in research and scholarship in Canadian art.

Skilled library workers build collections that are acquired and organized according to intimate knowledge of the needs of one’s library community; they provide the human interface to these collections through reference and instruction services; and are—through their participation in professional organizations—conduits for integrating local collections with other national and international library networks. Thus, this destruction of the workforce nurturing the NGC collection will inhibit the ability of the remaining employees to provide the intellectual, creative and professional knowledge-based access that transforms a repository of books, images, or databases into a library.

The foundational tenet of librarianship is not the act of building collections, but the action of facilitating access to information. Culture, too, it must be stressed, is not a by-product of the accumulation and consumption of information but a dynamic, ongoing dialogue between creative acts and their reception, and it is this dialogue which is in jeopardy through the continued evisceration of the information infrastructure which supports it.

The NGC may remain the largest assemblage of art books in Canada; however, we fear that this iconic source of Canadian art scholarship will lose its ability to function as our national library, and thereby cease to participate in the development of Canadian culture.

We have grave concerns about the continued ability of the National Gallery of Canada to fulfill its mandate, that is, “to develop, maintain, and make known, throughout Canada and internationally, a collection of works of art, both historic and contemporary, with special, but not exclusive, reference to Canada, and to further knowledge, understanding, and enjoyment of art in general among all Canadians.”[4]  We look forward to hearing what steps will be taken to monitor the effects of the announced organizational changes and to ensure these cuts do not result in a deterioration of service to the international art community of curators, artists, researchers, libraries, and the Canadian public, so that we may report back to our membership.

Melissa BrunoChair, ARLIS/NA Ontario Chapter


Nancy DuffSupervisor, Audio-Visual Resource Centre
School for Studies in Art and Culture
Carleton University
Member, Public Policy Committee, ARLIS/NA 
Jennifer GarlandAssistant Librarian
Rare Books and Special Collections
McGill University
Chapter President, ARLIS/NA MOQ
Tanja HarrisonUniversity Librarian,
Mount Saint Vincent University Library
Vanessa KamHead, Art + Architecture + Planning
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
University of British Columbia
Daniel PayneHead, Instructional Services,
Dorothy H. Hoover Library, OCAD University
Canadian Member-at-Large
ARLIS/NA Executive Board
Liv ValmestadArt Librarian
University of Manitoba Libraries
Past Chair ARLIS/NA
Rebecca YoungVisual Resources Librarian
Nova Scotia College of Art & Design University Libraries

cc. Rt Hon. Stephen Harper, Prime Minister of Canada

cc. Hon. James Moore, Minister of Canadian Heritage

cc. Moira McCaffrey, Executive Director Canadian Art Museum Directors’ Organization


[1] Don Butler. “National Gallery of Canada cuts 29 positions to balance budget.” The Ottawa Citizen. 28 February 2013. Web. http://www.ottawacitizen.com/travel/National+Gallery+Canada+eliminating+positions/8030492/story.html

[2] National Gallery of Canada. “The National Gallery of Canada Announces changes to its Organization – Invests in revenue generation initiatives and enhancing the visitor experience.” Press Release, Ottawa, February 28, 2013. Web. http://www.gallery.ca/en/about/1424.php

[3] Don Butler. “National Gallery of Canada cuts 29 positions to balance budget.”

[4] National Gallery of Canada. “A Unique Mandate.” Web. http://www.gallery.ca/en/about/

Retirement Announcement: Janet Muise from CBC, Long-Time Member and Former Chair

Janet Muise will be retiring from the CBC at the end of June. ARLIS members will know her from the CBC Design Library (now known as the Image Research Library). Many CBC departments and productions have benefited from Janet’s research assistance over the years. Her work in helping to find the perfect photos, portraits, maps, and other types of visual information to illustrate stories has enriched CBC programming, and won her the admiration and gratitude of many colleagues and clients.

Spring Business Meeting Agenda and Itinerary

The following is the itinerary and agenda of our upcoming ARLIS/NA Ontario Chapter Spring Business Meeting in London, Ontario, March 8th, 2013.

  • London Public Library, Stevenson and Hunt Meeting Room A, 251 Dundas St, London
    • 10:00 – 10:15 AM: Refreshments Served
    • 10:15 – 11:30 AM: ARLIS/NA Ontario Spring Business Meeting
  • London Room, London Public Library
    • 11:30 – 12:15 PM: Tour led by Arthur McClelland, London Room Librarian
  • Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Ceramic Gallery (http://www.jonathons.ca), 258 Dundas St, London
    • 12:30 – 1:00 PM: Tour led by Jonathon Bancroft-Snell
  • Museum London (http://www.museumlondon.ca), 421 Ridout Street North, London
    • 1:15 – 2:30 PM: Lunch at the River Room
    • 2:30 – 3:30 PM: Tour of the Museum led by Cassandra Getty, Museum London Curator

ARLIS/NA Ontario Chapter Spring Business Meeting Agenda:

  • Thank you to our host, Pearl Santopinto, and the London Public Library
  • Welcome for new Executive Officers:
    • Effie Patelos (VC), Amy Weir (Treasurer), and Farah Chung (Student Representative)
  • Approval of Agenda
  • Approval of 2012 Fall Business Meeting Minutes
  • Treasurer report
    • New bank fees (Amy will print details and bring to meeting)
    • New detailed membership list
  • Chair Report
  • Revision to Bylaws: Canadian Chapter Chair – Canadian Member-at-Large
  • Progress report: Upcoming Panel/Workshop arrangements
  • Membership Outreach Strategic Task Force Introduction and Report
  • Linkedin Page
  • Canadian Member-at-Large update
    • HAL Project  (History of Art Libraries)
    • Melva J. Dwyer Award nominations:
    • National Gallery layoffs
  • ARLIS/NA Ontario Conference Travel Award Announcement
  • Other business

Spring Business Meeting Remote Participation Initiative (Skype)

Following one of the recommendations of the Membership Outreach Strategic Task Force to encourage membership participation, ARLIS/NA Ontario is pleased to announce that we are going to be introducing virtual conferencing via Skype for the Business portion of our Spring Meeting scheduled from 10:15-11:30 AM. If you are interested in participating remotely, please email Chapter Chair, Melissa Bruno, at Melissa.bruno@sympatico.ca, with your Skype account information by Thursday, March 7th. Please note that only an audio feed will be available, not video.

The Spring Business Meeting Agenda will be circulated shortly. Please email Melissa (contact information listed above) with any agenda items you would like to discuss.

Travel Directions to Spring Business Meeting in London, Ontario

For those traveling from the Greater Toronto Area, the best way to commute to London, Ontario, is via the 401.  It is about 2 hours’ drive from Toronto and about 20 minutes after you see the Ingersoll exit.

There are several exits for London but the best and easiest one is the Wellington Road turnoff (first there is the Veterans Memorial Parkway turnoff, then there is  the Highbury Ave. turnoff, and then Wellington Rd.)

Continue north on Wellington Road all the way to the downtown area (about 7 kms, 15 or so minutes) until you come to a train underpass after which you are at York St. (runs east/west at right angles to Wellington Rd.).  The next cross street is King but it is one way running west to east, the following cross street is Dundas where the London PublicLibrary is located in Citiplaza (251 Dundas St.).

There is parking under Citiplaza   — but you want to park under the north part of the plaza (2 entrances only –enter off of King St. or Wellington St. north of King St.) for a $10 flat rate for the day.  Please visit the following link for more information: http://citiplazalondon.com/cus-dir.cfm

The Business Meeting will be held in “Stevenson and Hunt Meeting Room A” which is across the interior passageway from the main Library entrance.

A rough itinerary of the day’s events is as follows:

  • 10:15 – 11:30 am: Business Meeting at the London Public Library (refreshments served at 10 am)
  • 11:30 – 12:15 pm: Tour of the London Room with the London Room Librarian
  • 12:30 – 1:00 pm: Tour of the Jonathon Bancroft-Snell Ceramic Gallery
  • 1:15 – 2:30 pm: Lunch at the River Room, Museum London
  • 2:30 – 3:30 pm: Tour of Museum London