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  • 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. 

  • 14 May 2021 9:44 AM | ARLIS Librarian (Administrator)

    NYTSL and ARLIS/NY are pleased to announce a joint virtual program on the topic of current projects on inclusive description here in New York City.  

    The event will take place on Wednesday, May 26th from 2-3:30 pm.  To register please go here:

    Inclusive description seeks to use libraries’ metadata to bring forward the perspectives of marginalized communities and increase the discoverability and use of resources related to those communities.  The 2019 documentary film Change the Subject brought widespread attention to this issue with its story of Dartmouth students who advocated first to Dartmouth’s libraries and then to Congress about officially changing the Library of Congress subject heading “Illegal aliens” to “Undocumented immigrants.”  While this effort has not yet been successful at the national level, individual organizations are now undertaking their own projects to remediate this specific subject heading and other harmful language in their catalogs and finding aids. 

    Please join us to hear presentations and Q&A from three organizations on their current work.


    • Inclusive Description at Columbia University Libraries: From “Change the Subject” to Action: Matthew C. Haugen, Rare Book Cataloger, Columbia University Libraries and Michele Wan, Special Collections Cataloging Librarian, Columbia University Libraries
    • "Changing the Subject” at Brooklyn Public Library and New York Public Library: Tomasz Kalata, Metadata Manager, Cataloging, BookOps (BPL/NYPL) and Steven Pisani, Assistant Director, Cataloging, BookOps (BPL/NYPL)
    • User-Driven Reparative Archival Description at New York University: Weatherly Stephan, Head of Archival Collections Management, NYU Libraries

    Due to the COVID pandemic, NYTSL and ARLIS/NY are offering access to this virtual program free of charge.  Please consider supporting these organizations by becoming a member or by sending a donation on their respective websites.

  • 1 Mar 2021 11:04 AM | ARLIS Librarian (Administrator)

    The ARLIS/NY Board acknowledges that many of the organizations represented by members in this chapter operate on unceded Indigenous land, specifically the homeland of the Lenape peoples.  

    The Board has compiled a list of resources to honor this group and to encourage its members to establish Indigenous land acknowledgements as a standard practice at their respected institutions.  

    • Land Acknowledgement Bot: “an SMS and Facebook Messenger bot leveraging data from Canadian not-for-profit, Native Land, who ask that people use the data carefully because confirmation by nations is pending and they are updating data weekly.”

    • The Lenape Center:  “Since 2008, [the] Lenape Center based in Manhattan and led by Lenape elders has created programs, exhibitions, workshops, performances, symposia, land acknowledgment and ceremonies to continue our Lenape presence. We push back against our erasure and seed the ground with Lenape consciousness for the next generations.”

    • Native Land Digital: “ website run by the nonprofit organization Native Land Digital. We are guided by a Board of Directors and an Advisory Council. Our funding comes from friendly organizations and individual donors.” Their mission is to “ map Indigenous lands in a way that changes, challenges, and improves the way people see the history of their countries and peoples,”

    • New Museum: Land Acknowledgement

  • 19 Feb 2021 9:45 AM | ARLIS Librarian (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 virtual annual conference.  

    Joey Vincennie is a graduate student at Pratt Institute working towards an MSLIS and an MA in History of Art and Design. He is currently writing his MA thesis on the curation of Franklin Furnace’s Window Works series from 1976 to 1984 under the supervision of Professor Martha Wilson. Joey will graduate in May and looks forward to a future in art librarianship.  

    Joey will be presenting “How do art librarians art book fair?”: Art Book Fairs as Collection Development at this year’s annual conference (virtual).  

    This year’s award committee was Janna Singer-Baefsky, Missy Brown, and Samantha Deutch.  

    Please join us in congratulating Joey.   

    Looking forward to “seeing” you at this year’s virtual annual conference.  

    With best wishes,  

    Samantha Deutch, she/her/hers  
    Chair, ARLIS/NA New York  

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