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  • 2 Sep 2023 1:39 PM | Matthew Garklavs (Administrator)

    The ARLIS/NA New York Programming Committee is pleased to announce the third annual ARLIS/NA New York Mini-Conference, a series of free events for chapter members taking place over three consecutive Wednesdays in October. The mini-conference will feature two lunchtime lightning round sessions on October 11 and 25, as well as a panel discussion on early career experiences in art librarianship on October 18. All events will be held virtually via Zoom.

    Learn more about our membership options here. Student and Unemployed/Bridge memberships are free, and we also offer a Friend level membership for individuals who are not members of ARLIS/NA.

    Lightning round presentations will be no more than 10 minutes in length and may include slides. Presentations are welcome on a variety of topics, including:

    • Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility

    • New Developments in Art Librarianship

    • Teaching and Learning

    • Archives and Special Collections

    • Information and Visual Literacy

    • User Experience

    • Collection Development and Management

    • Cataloging and Metadata

    • Space Planning

    Please use our Google form to submit lightning presentation proposals by Friday, September 15, 2023. Accepted submissions will be notified by late September. Feel free to use the Google form to submit questions or reach out directly to Joey Vincennie, our mini-conference coordinator at

    We look forward to reading your proposals and hope you will join us for this exciting opportunity to connect with colleagues and learn about new developments in art librarianship.

  • 7 Mar 2023 5:26 PM | Matthew Garklavs (Administrator)

    ARLIS/NA New York is thrilled to announce this year’s awardee of the Celine Palatsky Travel Award for attendance at ARLIS/NA's annual conference in Mexico City, Mexico.

    Alejandra Perez is a recent graduate of the Pratt Institute, with an MSLIS degree and advanced certification in archives. She also received a BS in Art History and Museum Professions from SUNY Fashion Institute of Technology. She has previously worked as a Page for New York Public Library in the General Research Division and as a Library Assistant for Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University. She is now the Systems & Metadata Librarian for the Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives.

    This year’s award committee was Amy Handfield, Deborah Kempe, and Billy Kwan.

    Please join us in congratulating Alejandra, and thank you to all who applied. See you in Mexico City!

    With best wishes,  

    Billy Kwan

    Chair, ARLIS/NA New York

  • 6 Feb 2023 9:37 PM | Matthew Garklavs (Administrator)

    Apply now for the Celine Palatsky Travel Award! Applications are due on February 17, 2023.  

    The ARLIS/NA, New York Chapter, is pleased to offer the Celine Palatsky Travel Award to support professional development, including attendance at the 51th annual conference, Transformacion, hosted on  April 18-21, 2023 in Mexico City, Mexico. The award amount is $1,500 to be used towards conference registration and travel.

    This is a great opportunity for students and new members who would like to become more involved in the organization, and we encourage you to apply!

    For more information about the conference, please visit:


    • Must be a member of both ARLIS/NA and ARLIS/NA New York Chapter.  

    • Must not have full institutional support.  

    • Must not be an ARLIS/NA New York Chapter board member.  

    • Must not have won this award in the past five years.  

    How to apply:  

    Send your resume or CV and a letter of application by email (as PDF attachment) to Billy Kwan (, Chair of ARLIS/NA New York.

    Your letter of application should explain your interest in art information professions and describe how you expect to benefit from your attendance at the conference. If you receive partial institutional support, specify the amount. Please include the name and contact information of one professional reference.

    Applications will be reviewed by a committee consisting of the Chair of ARLIS/NA NY, the winner of the Celine Palatsky award in the previous year, and one chapter member in good standing. Applicants will be notified by February 28, 2023.

    About the Celine Palatsky Travel Award

    The travel award is given in memory of Celine Palatsky, who served as the Associate Museum Librarian of the Thomas J. Watson Library of the Metropolitan Museum of Art from 1971 to 1999 and as ARLIS/NY Treasurer for fourteen consecutive years. Celine grew up in France, and as a cataloger and reference librarian at the Met, she handled books in a number of languages, including Greek and Latin. She was a dedicated professional, serving this chapter from 1979 to 1993 and participating in local, regional, and national meetings. Celine was an avid and enthusiastic traveler, enjoying the arts, fine food, and adventure.

    The amount and number of awards varies based on chapter resources and location of the annual conference. The ARLIS/NA New York Chapter Travel Award was initiated in 1993 and renamed the Celine Palatsky Travel Award in 2000.

    A special fund in support of the Celine Palatsky Travel Award has been established. We encourage members to donate to promote conference attendance and professional development of our community.

  • 17 Mar 2022 1:49 PM | Matthew Garklavs (Administrator)

    In response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, ARLIS/NA New York has compiled the following resources to help members stay informed and find ways to get involved.  

    What is going on?

    What are Libraries doing?

    What you can do

    • Archive-IT: “Want to contribute to efforts to collect and preserve Ukrainian cultural heritage resources? Archive-It is offering free sponsored accounts to organizations interested in archiving Ukrainian web resources. To learn more, contact us at”.  

    *ARLIS/NY members can also recommend cultural websites to the Collaborative ART Archive.  (CARTA)

    • NYPL-Ukraine How you can help: “As the war in Ukraine continues, it can be difficult to know how best to help, as well as which resources are best to consult. The Library is here to help guide your questions and point you to trustworthy sources of information and support for those in need in Ukraine. “

    If you have suggestions for this list please reach out to us at or fill out our Chapter Feedback Form

  • 16 Feb 2022 1:54 PM | Matthew Garklavs (Administrator)

    ARLIS/NA New York is thrilled to announce this year’s awardee of the Celine Palatsky Travel Award for attendance at ARLIS/NA's Annual Conference in Chicago, Illinois.

    Nic Caldwell (he/they) has been a member of the ARLIS/NA New York Chapter since 2020. Nic is a Curatorial Fellow at The Morgan Library and Museum (@themorganlibrary) and a 2021 graduate of the NYU Dual Degree program, with a Masters in English Literature and Library and Information Science. His approach to library work is to challenge the boundaries of who has access to knowledge, who creates history, and whose stories get to be told. He is particularly interested in how archives and special collections can be made more accessible to marginalized communities.

    Nic will be presenting a Lightning Talk, “Our Artists, Our Culture: Critically Cataloging The Black Arts Movement”, at the Annual Conference.

    This year’s award committee was Giana Ricci, Jillian Suarez, and Joey Vincennie.

  • 11 Feb 2022 9:11 AM | Matthew Garklavs (Administrator)

    The 2022 ARLIS/NA New York Executive Board is charging a Nominating Assessment Committee to examine the chapter’s current nominating processes. This committee will consist of at least three but no more than four non-Executive Board chapter members, plus the Secretary who will serve as a liaison between the Committee and the Executive Board. The Secretary will serve in an administrative capacity only, providing access to Board documents as necessary and passing along questions to the Board. 

    This group will examine our existing processes with particular attention to diversity, equity, and inclusion with the aim of mitigating personal bias in the selection process and promoting transparency. This committee will create a report with findings and recommendations for review by the Executive Board of 2022 with implementation for future Nominating Committees. 

    The group will start its work as soon as possible and is expected to finish by the end of May 2022, although the timeline is flexible. 

    If you are interested in serving on this short-term committee, please contact Cindy Wolff, ARLIS/NA New York Secretary, at The deadline to volunteer is February 25, 2022. No CV or letter of interest is required.

  • 27 Aug 2021 10:47 AM | Matthew Garklavs (Administrator)

    The ARLIS NA/New York Programming Committee is planning a mini-conference which will include of series of free events each Wednesday in October. Our vision is that the series will kick off with a happy hour on October 6th (details forthcoming), followed by two lunchtime lightning round sessions (October 13th, 20th). These events are open to members and non-members. 

    Participants will have an opportunity to share works in progress and materials in their collections, new initiatives, etc. The lightning round presentations will be no more than ten minutes in length and may include slides (slides are optional). 

    Presentations may discuss, but are not limited to, the following topics and themes:

    • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion initiatives
    • Digital Projects

    • New research tools

    • Research instruction advances

    • Collections

    • Libraries and COVID-19

    • Professional development/new professionals

    The mini-conference will close on October 27th with a session on professional development and/or skills for new professionals. Please use our Google form to submit lightning presentation proposals by September 7th, 2021. Accepted submissions will be notified by September 10th, 2021. 

    In addition, feel free to use the Google form to submit questions or reach out directly to Missy Brown, our Programming Coordinator, at

  • 29 Jun 2021 2:29 PM | Matthew Garklavs (Administrator)


    The Nominating Committee for the 2022 ARLIS/NA New York Chapter’s Executive Board would like to invite you to self-nominate for an open Executive Board position. Serving on the ARLIS/NA New York Chapter’s Executive Board is a great way to get more involved with the chapter and the national organization, gain leadership experience, network with fellow art information professionals, and build your resume. 

    We are currently looking to fill the following positions:

    • Vice Chair/Chair-Elect 
    • Treasurer 
    • Membership Coordinator
    • Chapter Mentoring Liaison
    • Student/Early Professional Liaison
    • Social Media Coordinator

    To learn more about the responsibilities of each position, please read the descriptions below. Membership in both the New York Chapter and ARLIS/NA are required to serve on the Board. Board terms begin on January 1, 2022. 

    If you are not currently a member of ARLIS/NA or the New York chapter, we still encourage you to apply. The ARLIS/NA New York Executive Board will sponsor selected candidates who are not yet members or are currently a student or unemployed by covering the cost of ARLIS/NA and ARLIS/NA New York dues. If financial hardship is preventing you from joining ARLIS/NA and applying for the Executive Board, please let us know when you apply so that we can work with you. 

    You can read about the history of the New York chapter and see who is currently serving on the Executive Board on our website. If you have questions about a specific position, we encourage you to reach out to the existing person in that position or Giana Ricci, Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect, at

    To nominate yourself for a position on the Executive Board, please email your CV and a short statement of interest (200 words or less) to by September 15th, 2021. 

    Thank you for your time, and we hope to hear from you! 


    The Nominating Committee for the 2022 ARLIS/NA New York Chapter Executive Board

    Giana Ricci, Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect, ARLIS/NA New York
    Lori Salmon, Institute of Fine Arts Library, New York University
    Sumitra Duncan, Frick Art Reference Library 

    Open Position Descriptions:

    The Vice-Chairperson/Chairperson-Elect   

    The Vice-Chairperson/Chairperson-Elect (VC-CE) is a one-year term with a three-year commitment (after one year, they succeed as Chairperson, and then Past Chairperson). The VC-CE acts as the chief executive officer in the event the Chairperson is unable to serve, assists the Chairperson in the preparation of meetings, assembles and serves as chair of the nominating committee for the following year’s Board and the Celine Palatsky travel award committee. The VC/CE is responsible for reviewing the Chapter By-laws and other documents, checking for consistency. They also update and post the roster of Executive Board members since 1973. 


    The Treasurer is a two-year term and is responsible for handling all financial accounts of the chapter. The Treasurer disburses funds as directed by the Executive Board and receives the membership dues from the Membership Coordinator. The Treasurer reads a financial report at each Executive Board meeting and files a summary report on finances at the end of the year. They provide proof of yearly tax payment at close of fiscal year to ARLIS/NA and may also exhibit the books and accounts to any member of the society upon request.

    Membership Coordinator (Member-at-Large)

    The Membership Coordinator is a two-year term. The Membership Coordinator maintains the ARLIS/NA New York membership database.They receive and process individual membership applications and renewals, answer membership inquiries, confirm receipt of payment, forward dues payments by check to the Treasurer. The Membership Coordinator drafts messages for current and potential ARLIS/NA New York members, which are posted on ARLIS/NY-L, sent to area library and information science schools, and other contacts as necessary. They also provide quarterly reports on membership statistics, including the number of current members and breakdown of membership types.

    Social Media Coordinator  

    The Social Media Coordinator develops innovative and creative media content across social media platforms, proposes a creative strategy in collaboration with executive Board members, and creates and maintains relevant social media accounts. They set up routine tasks and activities for all social media outlets, all while keeping track of social media trends and innovations. They deliver reports at Board meetings with statistics and results for each account. The Social Media Coordinator may serve for a maximum of five consecutive years.    

    Student/Early Professional Liaison

    The Student/Early Professional Liaison is dedicated to providing support to students and emerging professionals in art librarianship. The Liaison helps to build networking and professional development opportunities, through happy hour events, tours, and workshops. The Student/Early Professional Liaison may serve for a maximum of five consecutive years.   

    Chapter Mentoring Liaison

    The Chapter Mentoring Liaison oversees all aspects of the Chapter’s Mentoring Program: recruiting and matching mentees and mentors, providing readings, handouts, and other tips and recommendations. They also periodically check in with mentees and mentors, providing advice, ensuring that the program is successful for the participants. The Chapter Mentoring Liaison may serve for a maximum of five consecutive years.  

  • 28 May 2021 11:26 AM | ARLIS Librarian (Administrator)

    Thanks to everyone who attended the joint NYTSL/ARLIS Virtual Program on Inclusive Description held on Wednesday, May 26th! A recording for the event is now available for those who couldn't make it.  To view the slides for each presentation please click on the links below:

    Inclusive Description at Columbia University Libraries: From “Change the Subject” to Action SLIDES
    Matthew C. Haugen, Rare Book Cataloger, Columbia University Libraries
    Michele Wan, Special Collections Cataloging Librarian, Columbia University Libraries

    "Changing the Subject” at Brooklyn Public Library and New York Public Library SLIDES
    Tomasz Kalata, Metadata Manager, Cataloging, BookOps (BPL/NYPL)
    Steven Pisani, Assistant Director, Cataloging, BookOps (BPL/NYPL)

    User-Driven Reparative Archival Description at New York University SLIDES
    Weatherly Stephan, Head of Archival Collections Management, NYU Libraries

    To learn more about inclusive description in libraries please consult the following resources:

    Anchor Archive Zine Library Zine Thesaurus: A customized thesaurus of subject terms to describe zines in their collection.  

    The Cataloging Lab: " a place for anyone who cares about library cataloging to experiment with making our controlled vocabularies and classification better"

    "Experimenting with Controlled Vocabulary: Using the Cataloging Lab to Shape LCSH" (Webinar recording): "This webinar will provide a crash course in the process of submitting LCSH proposals as well as introduce the Cataloging Lab, a wiki where anyone can collaborate to suggest headings additions or revisions." 

    CaMMS Subject Analysis Committee (ALA): A committee that studies " problems and recommend patterns, methods, and tools for optimizing subject and genre/form access to information resources, with an emphasis on classification and controlled vocabularies used to organize information." 

  • 14 May 2021 1:50 PM | ARLIS Librarian (Administrator)

    The ARLIS/NY Board congratulates chapter member Deborah (Debbie) Kempe on receiving the 2020 ARLIS/NA Distinguished Service Award!  To learn more about Debbie's contributions to art librarianship please see this official press release from ARLIS/NA. 

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