• 14 Dec 2020 4:41 PM | ARLIS Librarian (Administrator)

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

    Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Giana Ricci 

    Giana Ricci is the Librarian for the Fine Arts at New York University. She received her MA in Art History from NYU's Institute of Fine Arts and her MLIS from the Palmer School of Information at Long Island University through a dual-degree program. Before entering her current position at NYU in July of last year, Giana has held positions at the Tamiment Library and Robert F. Wagner Labor Archives, the Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives, and the Frick Art Reference Library. Some of her interests include artists' books, diversity, and equity in the field of art librarianship, and the intersection of arts and social justice. 

    Secretary: Cindy Wolff 

    Cindy Wolff received her Bachelor of Science in Education from Emmanuel College (Boston, MA) and received her Master's in Library and Information Science from Queens College, CUNY. She has worn many hats in various library settings, mostly in technical services and collection management. She has also worked in Pratt's School of Information in administrative and advisory capacities and taught a knowledge organization course. Her art library experience includes working at MoMA and Pratt Institute. She is currently working as Processing Administrator in the Technical Services Department of Pratt Institute. Cindy has been a member of ARLIS/NY since 2002 and previously served on the Board as Member-At-Large for Membership. She is happily looking forward to serving as Secretary. 

    Programming Coordinator (Member-At-Large): Missy Brown 

    Missy Brown received her MSLIS from Pratt Institute in 2009 and has worked at Pratt since 2013, currently as Assistant Professor and Cataloging and Metadata Librarian. Prior to coming to Pratt, Missy worked as a Project Coordinator at the Brooklyn Museum on a 3-year grant-funded IMLS (Institute for Museum and Library Services) project where she oversaw the digitization of historical documentary photographs of Brooklyn. When not cataloging, Missy can be found making raku ceramics and zines. 

    Social Media Coordinator: Mitsuko Brooks 

    Mitsuko Brooks is a third-semester graduate student pursuing a Masters of Library and Information Studies and a Certificate in Archives and Preservation of Cultural Materials at Queens College. She was awarded The American Library Association Spectrum Scholarship (2020), Queens College's Graduate Student Endowment Scholarship (2019), and was a student council member of Queens College's Asian/American Center (AAC) (2019). She holds an M.F.A. in Painting & Drawing from UCLA and a B.F.A. from Cooper Union School of Art. Mitsuko is a Part-Time Reference Librarian at Cooper Union Library and has interned at Asian American Art Centre's Artist Archive. Her interests are in serving Asian American organizations and the digitization of art archives. 

    Student/Early Professional Liaison: Abigail Walker 

    Abigail Walker is the Serials Receiving Assistant at New York University's Institute of Fine Arts Library, where she contributes to various technical and public services. Before her work in libraries, she worked in museums and conservation labs. Abigail graduated in May with her MSLIS from Pratt Institute and is particularly interested in critical information literacy and approaches to reference and instruction in art libraries. 

    News Editor: Allison Grillo 

    Allison Grillo received her Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Utah and received her Master's in Library and Information Science from Pratt Institute. She is a reference and research librarian for the law firm Herrick Feinstein, and works closely with members of the firm's Art Law department. Before that she worked at Practising Law Institute contributing to their ongoing digital archives project.

    Members of the 2020 Nominating Committee are Samantha Deutch, Billy Kwan, and Emily Walz. The slate is now open for review by the Chapter membership. Please submit any comments to Nominating Committee chair Samantha Deutch at by December 31st. Per Chapter Bylaws (Article IV, section C--available here:, the slate will be considered elected by acclamation if no comment is received. 

    Thank you for your participation! 

    Samantha Deutch 
    Chair, 2020 Nominating Committee 

  • 30 Nov 2020 1:42 PM | ARLIS Librarian (Administrator)

    Apply now for the Celine Palatsky Travel Award! Applications are due on January 15, 2021. 

    The ARLIS/NA New York Chapter is pleased to offer the Celine Palatsky Travel Award to support professional development including attendance at the 49th annual conference, Convergence = Collaboration + Créativitehosted in Montreal, Canada in May, 2021.

    ARLIS/NA New York’s executive board recognizes that this year, with COVID, an emphasis on “professional development” and candidates are encouraged to apply for opportunities outside of the annual conference. 

    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 Microsoft Word or PDF attachment) to Samantha Deutch ( 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 or other professional development opportunities. If you receive partial institutional support, specify the amount. Please include the name and contact information of one professional reference.

    For more information about the Celine Palatsky Travel Award, please visit:

  • 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 Beauty Archives: "Curated from the hearts and minds of Black women, the Black Beauty Archives encompasses the history of our past, documents the present while imagining the future. Our Mission is to preserve, document, and celebrate the history of Black Beauty through cosmetics and beauty culture." 

    • 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

    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!

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