2002 Annual Report ARLIS/Canada Chapter

Submitted by: Irene Puchalski, Chair
T 416-978-6787
F 416-971-2094

Incoming Chapter Officers 2003:

Irene Puchalski, Chair

Carole Goldsmith, Past Chair

Paul Chénier, Secretary/Treasurer

Ilga Leja, Atlantic Region Representative

Mary Lochhead, Prairie Region Representative

Rosemary Haddad, ARLIS/MOQ (Montreal-Ottawa-Quebec) Chapter Representative

Amy Marshall, ARLIS/Ontario Chapter Representative
Amy underline Marshall at ago dot net

Cheryl Siegel, ARLIS/Northwest Chapter Representative

ARLIS/Canada Activities:

The ARLIS/Canada website, hosted and maintained by James Rout at the Banff Centre for the Arts, has a new web address: http://www.arliscanada.ca/

Sixteen Canadian members gathered for their annual business meeting at the ARLIS/NA conference in St. Louis on March 21st, 8-10 p.m. Irene Puchalski, incoming ARLIS/Canada chair, presided. Reports from the individual Canadian chapters and regions were presented. Cyndie Campbell reported on behalf of Jo Beglo, the General Editor for the work in progress "Essays in the History of Art Librarianship in Canada". This ambitious project will contain an extraordinary roster of essays.

The winner of the 2002 Melva J. Dwyer Award was Joan Reid Acland for her bilingual publication "First Nations Artists in Canada: A Biographical/Bibliographical Guide 1960 to 1999/ Artistes des Premières Nations au Canada: Un guide Biographique/Bibliographique 1960 à 1999", published in 2001 by the Gail and Stephen A. Jarislowsky Institute for Studies in Canadian Art. Administered by Carole Goldsmith, Chair, ARLIS/Canada chapter, the jury members for this year’s award were: Diana Cooper, University of British Columbia; Rosemary Haddad, Canadian Centre for Architecture; Irene Puchalski, University of Toronto. Karen McKenzie presented the award at the 2002 ARLIS/NA convocation ceremony, which was held at the Sheldon Concert Hall, St. Louis.

This year’s recipient of the David Mirvish Books Travel Award was Kathy Zimon.

A very special national meeting took place May 31st – June 2nd, 2002. This was the second time that ARLIS/Canada had a chance to meet within Canada. Forty members and guests attended ‘Springtime in the Rockies’ a joint ARLIS Canada/Northwest Chapter regional conference held at the Banff Centre, Alberta. An event-filled itinerary included panel presentations on "The Art and Science of Fundraising" and "Digital Initiatives and New Challenges in Art Librarianship", a case study of the Banff Springs Hotel was presented by Dr. Geoffrey Simmins, and an engaging presentation on the art history of the Canadian Rockies was given by Lisa Christensen. Tours included the Banff Centre Campus, the Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies, the elegant Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, and the Glenbow Museum Library and Archives. Those with energy to spare enjoyed a Sunday morning hike in the Rockies. Kudos go to James Rout, Marilyn Nasserden, Kathy Zimon, Cheryl Siegel and John Cull for organizing this successful retreat.

Jury members for the 2003 Melva J. Dwyer Award were appointed in fall 2002. The jury members are: Melinda Reinhart, Concordia University; Margaret English, University of Toronto; Kathy Zimon, University of Calgary (retired); Irene Puchalski, University of Toronto, Chair. A call for nominations for the 2003 Dwyer Award was posted on carlis-l in French and English, and on arlis-l in English in early November and again in early December. For the first time Canadian publishers associations and Canadian writers associations were also contacted. The Chair arranged for jurors to receive for review the nominated titles not in their libraries. The winner will be announced at the ARLIS/NA annual conference in Baltimore in 2003.

Irene Puchalski submitted a report on ARLIS/Canada Chapter activities for the August 2002 issue of Update; attended and presented reports at the ARLIS/Ontario spring meeting in Oshawa, the joint ARLIS/MOQ and ARLIS/Ontario fall meeting in Montreal, and the ARLIS/NW fall meeting in Vancouver; explored charitable status for ARLIS/Canada; and attended the mid-year Executive Board meeting in NYC.

News from the Canadian Chapters and Regions:

For more detailed reports on the individual Canadian chapters see:

ARLIS/MOQ http://library.concordia.ca/arlismoq/

ARLIS/Ontario http://www.fis.utoronto.ca/people/affiliated/arlisont/

ARLIS/NW http://hnear.home.mindspring.com/arlisnw/

On May 17th ARLIS/MOQ held their spring meeting at the Montreal Botanical Garden. In addition to the membership meeting, events included a tour of the Library and Mediatheque by Botanist/Librarian Céline Arsenault and guided tours of the Garden were provided by volunteers. The fall meeting on October 24th and 25th took place at the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal, where ARLIS/Ontario met jointly with ARLIS/MOQ to celebrate the 15th anniversary of ARLIS/MOQ. Events included the sessions ‘Documenting the Ephemeral Arts’ and ‘To See Ourselves’, a joint dinner, fund-raising event, and guided tours of the Canadian Centre for Architecture and the Sam Taylor-Wood exhibition at the Musée.

ARLIS/Ontario began the year with a spring meeting on April 18th held at the Robert McLaughlin Gallery in Oshawa. Highlights included a guided tour of the Marian Dale Scott exhibition and artists’ papers owned by the Gallery. The joint ARLIS/MOQ and ARLIS/Ontario fall meeting, entitled ‘Making Links’ took place in Montreal (see above for more details). The year concluded with a successful fund-raising Christmas social held at the Ontario College of Art and Design in Toronto.

In addition to the joint ARLIS Canada/NW Banff Retreat hosted by the Alberta branch of the Northwest Chapter on May 31st – June 2nd, the annual Northwest fall meeting took place December 6th and 7th in Vancouver, B.C. The meeting began at Cheryl Siegel’s (Chair, ARLIS/NW) home with a delicious dinner followed by a lecture by Vancouver historian Don Luxton. The following day’s events included a business meeting and tour at the Vancouver Public Library, a demo of the Library’s digital photo collection and tour of the Library’s Special Collections Division. The day culminated with a guided tour of the Tom Thomson exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery.