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Fall Meet Up: Friday, October 13, 2023

Come join us for a visit to the Cape Ann Museum in Gloucester, MA, where we will look forward to a tour of their new collections facility, the public-facing portion of the Library & Archives with some highlights from the collections, and tickets to the popular exhibition, Edward Hopper and Cape Ann: Illuminating an American Landscape. Please see the agenda below:

11:45am Meet outside on the Cape Ann Museum Green (13 Poplar Street, Gloucester, MA)

12:00-12:45pm Part I: Tour of the CAM Green facility with Trenton Carls

12:45-2:00pm 5-minute carpool drive to Cape Ann Museum (27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA) and lunch of your choice downtown 

2:00-3:00pm Part II: Tour of the CAM Library & Archives with Trenton Carls (27 Pleasant Street, Gloucester, MA)

3:00-5:00pm Edward Hopper exhibition and museum exploration (self-guided, timed entry)

And the completely optional, but bound to be excellent:

5:00pm Happy hour, games, bites and bowling (Cape Ann Lanes, 53 Gloucester Avenue, Gloucester)

Please register via this Google Form so we have a head count no later than October 1.

Tickets to the Hopper exhibition are being offered at a reduced price of $8 per person and we encourage members to make an additional donation to support the chapter’s award and activities if possible. You can pay in advance via credit card or Paypal here.

A separate virtual business meeting will be held on October 17th at 11:00am, all are welcome, connection details will follow. 

Fall Chapter business meeting & meet up

SAVE THE DATES! October 20 & 24, 2022

The Fall chapter business meeting will be held virtually on Thursday, October 20th at 3pm. Click here for the Zoom info.

We’re also holding an in-person meetup for our New England chapter on Monday, October 24th from 10am to noon at the Peabody Essex Museum’s library in Rowley, MA! Our chapter pal Dan Lipcan and his colleagues have graciously agreed to host us, with lunch to follow. Please fill out this form if you’d like to attend so we can get an accurate headcount and keep you informed of plans. 

STUDENTS! Apply now for the Seibel scholarship

Elmar W. Seibel Scholarship
We are now accepting applications for our student scholarship to support and encourage future art, visual, and/or cultural heritage information professionals living in New England by helping to defray student expenses (tuition, professional development, support for the cost of books, travel funds toward an internship, cost of gas, conference attendance, housing, materials, etc. Think broadly!).


Applicants must be:

  • aspiring information professionals who are interested in a career in art librarianship, visual resources, and/or cultural heritage 
  • in response to the pandemic, we are expanding the criteria to include those either currently living in New England while enrolled or accepted into an ALA-accredited school of library and information science or those temporarily living elsewhere but currently enrolled or accepted into an accredited LIS program in New England

We welcome applications from students whose identity, experiences, scholarship, and/or service have prepared them to contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our Chapter and the profession.


$500 in award funding will be distributed to one applicant. Chapter members have generously contributed to the Seibel Scholarship fund over the years and donations are always welcome.


Applicants should send:

These should be sent to by Monday, October 31, 2022. Award recipients are required to provide a brief written account of how they used/intend to use the Seibel funds to help finance their education and/or professional growth. This account should be submitted to the ARLIS/NA New England Chapter Executive Committee no later than one month from the date of award disbursal (November 30, 2022).

We hope you’ll consider applying for this opportunity! Please let us know if you have any questions.

2022 Freitag Award Winner

We are pleased to announce that Catherine Robertson is the recipient of this year’s Wolfgang Freitag Professional Development Award.

Catherine will use the funds to support her future attendance of the Rare Book School course “The History of Artists’ Books since 1950.”  Catherine is currently the Library Director at Montserrat College of Art in Beverly, Massachusetts. The library’s collection includes artists’ books which traditionally support the teaching faculty in the Book Arts, Illustration, Printmaking, and other concentrations. Currently, the artists’ book collection is fledgling and underutilized. By taking this course, Catherine would like to further her professionalized knowledge of this format so that she can advocate for the development of the collection and its integration into the college curriculum.   ARLIS/NA New England is pleased to be able to help Catherine attend this course.

The Wolfgang Freitag Award is made possible through the generous donations of New England Chapter members. Awarded in the amount of $1,000 to one recipient annually, it is intended to aid and encourage the professional development of chapter members and to ensure the vibrant future of the art librarianship profession.

Please join us in congratulating Catherine!

Submit your application for chapter awards!

Now accepting applications for the 2022 ARLIS/NA conference attendance award AND the 2022 student Elmar W. Seibel Scholarship.

The 50th annual ARLIS/NA conference will be held in person April 5-9, 2022 in Chicago. And while the conference is well on its way to getting “back to normal” the same cannot be said for everyone’s travel budgets. Let the New England chapter help defray the costs of attending the conference. To be considered for the $1000 award please see eligibility requirements and complete the application form by February 28th EXTENDED to March 14th and now open to new members as well!

Students of New England! Please consider applying for the Elmar W. Seibel Scholarship. This $500 award is open to students enrolled in New England library and information science programs with an interest in art librarianship, visual resources, or cultural heritage. Additional details can be found here, application deadline is April 29th.

Note: in response to the pandemic, we are expanding the criteria to include those either currently living in New England while enrolled or accepted into an ALA-accredited school of library and information science or those temporarily living elsewhere but currently enrolled or accepted into an accredited LIS program in New England.

We welcome applications from students whose identity, experiences, scholarship, and/or service have prepared them to contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion in our Chapter and the profession.

Continue reading Submit your application for chapter awards!

2022 ARLIS/NA New England Virtual Spring Chapter Business Meeting: Save the Date!

The ARLIS/NA New England spring business meeting will be held virtually on Tuesday, March 22 3:30-4:30pm ET. Preliminary agenda:

– Officer reports

– Discussion on hosting ARLIS/NA conference in the future

– Check-ins, announcements, and updates

– ARLIS/NA conference chat (Plug your session if you’re presenting! Tell us what you’re excited about!)

– Looking to the year ahead (What kinds of things would you like to see the chapter hosting?)

Call for Nominations: Chapter Officers for ARLIS/NA New England

ARLIS/NA New England is seeking nominations (including self-nominations) for two officers on the Chapter’s Executive Committee to begin in January 2022. Open positions are Vice-Chair/Chair/Past Chair and Treasurer.

  • Vice-Chair/Chair/Past Chair (3 years)This position is a 3 year commitment, with the first year as Vice-Chair assisting the Chair, filling in if the Chair is unable to serve, and assisting with general functions of the committee. The second year, this person will serve as Chair, acting as chief executive officer of the Chapter, planning its activities, and drafting annual reports. In the third year, as Past Chair, they will serve in an advisory role and assist with general functions of the committee. 
  • Treasurer (2 years)This position is responsible for all financial accounts for the Chapter and membership records.   

To qualify for Executive Committee positions, one must be a current member of both ARLIS/NA and the New England Chapter. In response to the current circumstances and in the hopes of encouraging greater participation, if any member is currently unemployed and elected to the executive committee, the Chapter will waive their Chapter dues and sponsor their 2022 ARLIS/NA membership with the possibility of continuing this in 2023. We’re grateful to our colleagues in the New York Chapter for this idea.

Nominations (including self-nominations) are due by October 30, 2021 to

2021 Fall Chapter Meeting (hybrid) Oct.21-22

We are trying something new! This year’s fall meeting will be hybrid and split over two days. The fall chapter business meeting will be fully virtual on Thursday, October 21st with an in person meet up in Amherst/Northampton on Friday October 22nd for those who feel comfortable traveling.

Virtual business meeting agenda and registration link


10 – 11 am: Business Meeting (see agenda)

11:15 am – noon: Presentation from Five College Museum Collections Management Commons (MCMC) Project Manager, Erin Richardson, and Data Specialist, Carrie Evans. 

Erin and Carrie will speak about the exciting work they are doing to help the Five Colleges and Historic Deerfield plan to migrate data from its current museum database MimsyXG and public portal ( to a new one with improved data consistency, interoperability across platforms, and reduced bias in subject headings. There will be time for Q&A at the end.

Friday in person meet up

10:30-11:30 am:   Tours of the Yiddish Book Center (meet at the Yiddish Book Center entrance at 10:30).   Note there is plenty of parking at the Book Center (the YBC has waived the admission fee for our group but donations are welcome)

11:30- 1 pm:  Lunch right across the road at Atkins Farms  (there are lots of outdoor picnic tables in addition to indoor seating, so if the weather’s nice, we can eat outside

1:00-2:00 pm:   Tours of the Eric Carle Museum (right across from Atkins)

2:00 pm– head over to Smith College Botanical gardens if you’d like to tour on your own! (a 20 minute drive).    ($2 suggested admission)

If you plan to join us, you need to do two things – ASAP!:

1.  Please R.S.V.P. to chapter president Rachel Beckwith (rbeckwith [at] hampshire [dot] edu) if you plan to come so that we can have a list of names for our group for each museum.   

2.  Purchase your ticket for the Eric Carle through their website on Eventbrite.  You will choose the Friday, October 22, 1-4 pm time slot.  They will definitely sell out as they have limited tickets, so they recommend doing this 2 weeks in advance which is NOW!