• 23 Sep 2020 5:17 PM | ARLIS Librarian (Administrator)

    Dear colleagues,   

    The Art Librarians Society of North America - New York Chapter is seeking members for two committees and six executive Board positions: Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect, Secretary, Programming Coordinator (Member-At-Large), Social Media Coordinator, Student/Early Professional Liaison, and News Editor.  

    This year, in addition to looking for committee volunteers, we seek nominations (self-nominations are encouraged) for all open positions, even those who have been traditionally appointed by the Vice-Chairperson/Chairperson-Elect (these are the Social Media Coordinator, Student/Early Professional Liaison, and News Editor positions).   

    We are looking for members to serve on the Nominating and Celine Palatsky Award Committees. If you have been interested in taking on an ARLIS/NA NY leadership role and unable to commit to a Board position’s time requirements, serving on a committee is a great way to get your feet wet and learn more about our society.   

    Due to these unprecedented times, and because membership in both the Chapter and ARLIS/NA is required to serve on the Board, the Board decided to wave chapter dues and sponsor national memberships for new board positions who are not yet members and are currently students or unemployed, and are selected to serve on the Executive Board.    

    To learn more about our Chapter, see our history page and bylaws. To see who is currently serving on the Board, click here.   

    For questions and all nominations (self, encouraged), please contact me directly at Those interested will need to submit a cover letter and CV for committee work by Monday, October 5th; and, to serve on the Board by Thursday, October 22nd

    Committee work will commence as soon as we fill the positions, and Board terms begin on January 1, 2021. The committee and open Board member positions are detailed below.  

    With kind regards,  

    Samantha Deutch 
    ARLIS/NA NY, Vice-Chairperson/Chairperson-Elect      

    Committee and Open Board Member Descriptions  

    Nominating Committee members assist the Vice-Chairperson/Chairperson-Elect in selecting the slate of candidates, which will be presented at the Chapter’s annual business meeting.     

    Celine Palatsky Award Committee members are responsible for reviewing applications and determining the awardees for ARLIS/NA’s conference next year. For more information and past awardees, see the awards page on the Chapter’s website.  

    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 Secretary   

    The Secretary is responsible for the keeping of minutes of both Chapter and Board meetings and, after Board approval, submit them to the Web Editor for posting on the Chapter’s website. The Secretary is also responsible for balloting and counting votes cast and communicating the results to the Chapter.  

    Programming Coordinator (Member-At-Large)  

    The Programming Coordinator is responsible for coordinating ARLIS/NY events, including communication with third parties (i.e., museums, galleries, libraries, venues, etc.). They research new event ideas and propose them to the Executive Board for approval. They manage announcements, registration, and reminders for all events unless otherwise handled by another chapter member. The Programming Coordinator fields member requests for and questions about events.  

    Customarily appointed (now open) non-voting Board positions. 

    News Editor  

    The News Editor manages and oversees the Chapter’s listserv with the exciting possibility of creating a Humanities Commons (HC) chapter WordPress site. In consultation with other Board members, the News Editor will have the opportunity to lead the charge and facilitate the creation and curation of ARLIS/NY’s HC page.  

    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.    

    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. 

  • 27 Aug 2020 11:43 AM | ARLIS Librarian (Administrator)

    To help the NYC art libraries' community keep informed and in communication  as we enter this autumn, ARLIS-NY has created a resource dedicated to local library reopening services.  If your library is not yet listed here and you would like to participate, please contact Michael Carter at  

    Thank you,
    The ARLIS-NY Board

  • 3 Jun 2020 10:47 AM | ARLIS Librarian (Administrator)
    • ACRL African-American Studies Librarian Interest Group: “Provides the resources—ideas, programs, discussion forums and networking opportunities—to support the development of African American Studies librarianship and resources in academic and research libraries.”

    • Black Caucus of ALA (BCALA): "an advocate for the development, promotion, and improvement of library services and resources to the nation’s African American community; and provides leadership for the recruitment and professional development of African American librarians."

    • Art Leaders of Color Emergency Fund: Set up by the Arts Administrators of Color Network to “support of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) artists AND administrators (consultants, facilitators, box office staff, seasonal/temporary employees, etc.) who have been financially impacted due to COVID-19.“

    • Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture: A research division of NYPL that’s “one of the world’s leading cultural institutions devoted to the research, preservation, and exhibition of materials focused on African American, African Diaspora, and African experiences.” 

    • Studio Museum in Harlem: Support page for an institution that is  “the nexus for artists of African descent locally, nationally, and internationally and for work that has been inspired and influenced by black culture.”

  • 26 Mar 2020 10:29 AM | Matthew Garklavs (Administrator)

    Dear ARLIS/NY Chapter Members, 

    We hope that you and your loved ones are staying well during this difficult time. In order to help us better understand the impact that the COVID-19 crisis is having on our community, the ARLIS/NY Executive Board has created this short survey to gather some information related to the impacts COVID-19 is having on our work and home lives. 

    Please fill out the survey linked to below at your convenience. All answers are anonymous and will only be used for the purposes of helping the Executive Board to better meet your needs during this time.

    Many thanks, 

    The ARLIS/NY Executive Board

  • 25 Mar 2020 4:57 PM | Matthew Garklavs (Administrator)

    Due to the developing circumstances related to current public health precautions, The Art Libraries Society of North America New York Chapter (ARLIS/NY) and the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC) have made the difficult decision to postpone the Forum on Equity and Inclusion in Art Librarianship to the Spring of 2021.

    Unfortunately, this includes delaying our planning and committee selections as well. We hope to resume work on this event in the fall of 2020 and will reissue our open call at such time. We sincerely thank you for your your flexibility and patience during this process.


    The ARLIS/NA New York Chapter Executive Board

  • 17 Mar 2020 3:21 PM | Matthew Garklavs (Administrator)

    Dear members,

    We wanted to write to you briefly with our thoughts and plans.

    The ARLIS NY Board strongly encourages the use of social distancing to deal with this crisis; at the same time, we want to help keep our members engaged, connected, and enthusiastic about their work and studies. Naturally, we will schedule no physical gatherings for the near future. Still, we want to use our organization and network to provide a venue for virtual presentations, meetings, and other types of connections. We very much welcome your input and ideas for these. Please feel free to contact Gianna Ricci for programming suggestions at

    This is a challenging time for all of us, and we know that the degree of these challenges will vary greatly depending on our family commitments and other personal situations. We also know that the cultural institutions in the city—as well as the world—are being affected by this crisis. We look forward to returning to them, and using this moment as a reminder that, in many ways, they are why we live in this place. Our museums, galleries, musical venues, independent bookshops, and neighborhood cinemas will need our commitment more than ever. We hope to see them restored to their full strength, and in turn, let them restore us to our health as an inspired, invigorated community.  


    The ARLIS/NA New York Chapter Executive Board

  • 1 Mar 2020 1:19 PM | Matthew Garklavs (Administrator)

    The Art Libraries Society of North America New York Chapter (ARLIS/NY) and the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC) are extending an open call for applications to join the planning committee for the upcoming event: Forum on Equity and Inclusion in Art Librarianship. This forum will take place in November of 2020 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York. We are looking for applicants who are dedicated to the goals of inclusion and equity and look forward to the challenge of planning an ambitious event. You do not need to be a member of ARLIS/NY to apply for the Forum planning committee. 

    Goals of the planning committee members include: 

    •  Design format of event and budget proposal
    •  Send out open call for submissions or invitations in March 2020
    •  Act as jury selectors for proposals, ideally a double blind process
    •  Notify presenters of proposal acceptance or denial by May 2020
    •  Disseminate and promote Forum details to various interested parties 
    • Handle registration for the event (free)
    • Design format of event and budget proposal
    • Send out open call for submissions or invitations in March 2020
    • Act as jury selectors for proposals, ideally a double blind process
    • Notify presenters of proposal acceptance or denial by May 2020
    • Disseminate and promote Forum details to various interested parties 
    • Handle registration for the event (free)
    • Coordinate logistics of event with Museum of Modern Art staff
    •  Review final presentations August 2020
    • Be available to answer questions about the Forum from presenters and attendees 

    The anticipated time commitment for membership on the Forum planning committee will be 2-4 hours in March, 2-4 hours in April, and various hours as needed to coordinate logistics closer to the event. Committee members will receive support from Giana Ricci, Clerk of the Committee and Programming Coordinator of ARLIS/NY as well as Molly Seegers and Ashley Hinshaw as representatives of NYARC. A physical location for committee meetings will be provided by ARLIS/NY. 

    Interested applicants should send their CV and a statement of interest (500 words) to Please emphasize your experience with planning events, your research or presentations related to inclusion and equity, or other related endeavors. Students, new career professionals, and library workers of all levels are encouraged to apply. We are looking to recruit 4 to 6 committee members through this open call. Committee members will also be eligible to submit proposals for the Forum. 

    Committee members will be gifted an individual chapter membership to ARLIS/NY as compensation for their efforts. If you are already an ARLIS/NY member, you will be gifted a chapter membership when your current membership expires. 

    Selection of jury members will be made by the current Forum planning committee members:

    Giana Ricci, Clerk 

    Ashley Hinshaw

    Tina Lidogoster

    Samantha Deutch

    Rebecca Clark

    Molly Seegers

    Upon selection of the primary committee members, ARLIS/NA New York Chapter Board Members Tina Lidogoster, Samantha Deutch and Rebecca Clark will serve as supporting members providing assistance and guidance as necessary. 

    Thank you for your consideration, and if you have any questions please send them to 

  • 10 Feb 2020 8:57 AM | Michael Carter (Administrator)

    ARLIS/NY is thrilled to announce the winners of this year’s Celine Palatsky Travel Award for attendance at the St. Louis conference, this year to be shared by two of the chapter’s members.

    Janna Singer-Baefsky is a current MoMA Art Library Fellow and is on track to complete her MSLIS at Pratt this December and her MA in Art History from Hunter College in 2022.

    Meghan Lyon is currently a NYARC Web Archiving Fellow at the Frick Art Reference Library and will also be completing her MSLIS at Pratt this year.

    Both Meghan and Janna will be speaking at this year’s New Voices in the Profession session at the conference.

    This year’s award committee was Amye McCarther, Phoebe Stein, and Michael Carter.

    Please join us in congratulating Janna and Meghan, and thank you to all who applied. See you in St. Louis!

  • 12 Nov 2019 9:02 AM | Michael Carter (Administrator)

    The Nominating Committee is pleased to nominate the following candidates for positions opening on the ARLIS/NA NY Board:

    For Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Samantha Deutch. Samantha Deutch is the Assistant Director of the Center for the History of Collecting at the Frick Art Reference Library and a member of the Digital Art History Lab. She holds Masters Degrees in Library and Information Science from Rutgers University, and in art history, 18th and 19th Century Spanish Art, from Binghamton University. She is the creator and editor of the Center’s online Archives Directory for the History of Collecting in America for which she was awarded the Worldwide Books Award for Electronic Resources 2011 by the Art Library’s Society of North America. Most recently, Ms. Deutch contributed an article “Transforming Research Methodologies: The Frick Art Reference Library’s Collaborative Approach,” for the publication Collecting and Provenance: A Multi-Disciplinary Approach, edited by Jane Milosch and Nick Pearce, published by Rowman & Littlefield, 2019. She is currently serving as Chair of ARLIS/NA’s Documentation Committee and as co-chair of the Society’s new publication initiative, an annotated Digital Art History Directory.

    For Treasurer: Scott Davis. Scott Davis is the Cataloging & Reference Librarian at Sotheby’s Institute of Art. He holds an MA from the Institute of Fine Arts, NYU and an MLIS from The Palmer School, LIU. He is a contributor to the Grove Dictionary of Art, has presented numerous concerts and performances at art and music venues throughout the United States, and has most recently co-curated the exhibition Jamie Isenstein: Universe of Logs at the Institute of Fine Arts (2018).

    For Membership Coordinator (Member-At-Large): Meghan R. Constantinou. Meghan Constantinou has served as Librarian of the Grolier Club since 2011 and has been a club member since 2013. As the head librarian, she manages all aspects of the library and performs curatorial duties as well. She received her MLIS from Pratt Institute in 2012, MA in Art History from the University of Delaware in 2010, and BFA in Painting from Syracuse University in 2001. Her research interests include the history of private collecting, women’s book ownership, provenance studies, and the book arts. She joined ARLIS/NA as a library student at Pratt, participated in the ARLIS/NA mentor program, and served as Student/Professional Development Liaison for ARLIS/NY in 2012-2014. She looks forward to working with the New York chapter again!

    Members of the 2020 Nominating Committee are Michael Carter, Anna Helgeson, and Eric Wolf. The slate is now open for review by the Chapter membership. Please submit any comments to Nominating Committee chair Michael Carter at by November 27, 2019. Per the Chapter Bylaws (Article IV, section C--available here:, if no comment is received, the slate will be considered elected by acclamation.

    Thank you for your participation!

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