Congratulations to Alex O’Keefe, Recipient of the 2017 Travel Award!

The ARLIS/NA Ohio Valley Chapter is excited to announce that the recipient of our 2017 Travel Award is Alex O’Keefe! Alex will receive $250 toward covering expenses to attend the ARLIS/NA 45th Conference in New Orleans.

Alex O’Keefe is a second-year LIS Graduate Student at the University of Kentucky. She earned her BFA with a concentration in Drawing and a BA in Humanities with a concentration in Art History and Literature from the University of Louisville. Alex will be co-presenting a poster at the conference titled Virtual Visitors to the Artists’ Books Collection: Making Fair Use Work for Your Online Project.

Congratulations, Alex! We hope to see you at the OV meeting in New Orleans!

ARLIS/NA-Ohio Valley is accepting applications for our Spring 2017 Travel Award

ARLIS/NA Ohio Valley Chapter is accepting applications for our Spring 2017 Travel Award.  One award of $250 is being offered to help defray the costs of attending the ARLIS/NA 45th Conference, February 5-9, 2017, in New Orleans, LA.  For more information about the conference, please visit: Students are encouraged to apply!


  • Must be a member of ARLIS/NA and ARLIS/NA Ohio Valley.
  • Must reside in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, or western Pennsylvania.
  • Institutional support will be taken into consideration.

Not a member? Visit the ARLIS/NA Ohio Valley Chapter blog at to join! Our professional membership costs $25 per year and our student membership is free with proof of ARLIS/NA membership. Memberships span the calendar year from January 1 to December 31.

How to apply for the Travel Award:

Submit a letter of application and current resume (Word doc or PDF) to the Travel Award Committee, Kate Joranson ( and Stephanie Kays ( The letter of application should address any relevant award criteria and indicate how you will benefit from or contribute to the meeting. Include information regarding any available travel funding from your institution.

The application deadline is December 9, 2016.
The winner will be notified no later than December 19, 2016.

2017 ARLIS/Ohio Valley Travel Award Committee:

Kate Joranson, University of Pittsburgh
Phone: 412-648-2411

Stephanie Kays, Denison University
Phone: 740-587-6688

Thanks again to Tom Gates and Kent State University for a wonderful Fall meeting!

See more photos from the day.

You don’t want to miss this! Register for the fall meeting today!

This Friday, October 28, at noon is the deadline to register for the fall meeting in Kent!!

Educating Future Architects, Designers and Artists: Supporting Students and Professionals in Design Fields

Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), Ohio Valley Chapter Fall Meeting, November 3 – 4, 2016
Kent State University, Kent, Ohio
Hosted by Kent State University Libraries

See the 2016 Fall Meeting page for details.

Kent State University has embarked on a large-scale campus-wide initiative to update, renovate, and build 21st century student facilities for learning and living: classrooms, laboratories, studios, libraries, study spaces, residence halls and athletics facilities.  These Foundations of Excellence <> projects have benefited Kent’s programs in Art, Architecture and Design, areas of particular interest to members of ARLIS.

For our fall meeting faculty, Deans and staff from Kent State’s School of Fashion, Center for the Visual Arts and Center for Architecture and Environmental Design will explain how their curriculum has embraced these new opportunities for experiential learning with 21st c. technology.  A unique feature of the meeting is the opportunity to tour the labs and studios where much of this experiential learning takes place including maker spaces and specialized labs that support these programs: materials lab, wind tunnel, lighting lab, Belden Brick Materials Library and Gallery, and an oversized knitting machine.

Staff from the Kent State University Library will discuss how they have played a leadership role integrating and supporting these new curricular programs and technologies through library services, event sponsorship, and developing needed spaces.