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Suggested Schedules for the ARLIS/NA 2022 Annual Conference

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The ARLIS/NA 2022 Annual Conference this year marks the society’s Golden Anniversary in Chicago. In addition to honoring this milestone with a marquee panel on the early years of the organization on Wednesday afternoon, the conference will feature many invaluable discussions, panels, meetings, and speaker sessions for every information science professional. 

We have created suggested conference schedules for three types of information professionals in the field as a way to guide those attending! Note that all of the suggested events are subject-specific and do not include general events, although those are greatly suggested for anyone interested regardless of the profession such as First-time attendee meetings, DEIA events, and happy hours! 

Additionally, you can find the schedules of our co-moderators, Chaun Campos and Jessica Craig at the end of this post for more inspiration on how to plan your day at the conference. As new professionals, Chaun and Jessica are both planning to attend the ArLiSNAP Professional Websites Workshop and ArLiSNAP Happy Hour, along with other sessions that align with their new professional interests.

Note that tours and workshops that require an additional fee are specified, and advance registration is required before March 29, 2022, for these tours and workshops. The registration link for all tours/workshops can be found here.

Suggested schedule for an Academic Librarian:

Apr 5, 2022

8:00 am: Workshop: Subject Guides in the Digital Age: A Workshop on Curating the Most Relevant, Inclusive, and Current Resources ($15)

10:00 am: Workshop: Putting the Framework for Visual Literacy in Higher Education into Practice: An Interactive Workshop ($15)

11:00 am: Tour: School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s Fashion Resource Center + Textile Resource Center School of the Art Institute of Chicago ($10)

1:00 pm: Workshop: Creating Radical Hope: Artistic and Speculative Library Responses to Climate Change ($15)

April 6, 2022

8:30 am: Creative Collections: Artist Archives in Academic Libraries

12:45 pm: “Who Were We? Where Did We Go? Voices from the Early Years of the Society” 

3:45 pm: Innovative Instructions: Strategies and Opportunities for Unique Instructional Needs 

April 7, 2022

8:30 am: Beyond the Classroom: Developing Image Databases for Research 

10:15 am: Visioning the (im)possible: experiences of librarian-caregivers during the pandemic and strategies for the future of library work

12:00 pm: OCLC Research Library Partnership Roundtable

2:15 pm: Centering Digital Accessibility: Projects at Academic and Art & Design School Libraries 

Apr 8, 2022

8:30 am: Envisioning Libraries Through Feminist and Creative Practices 

10:30 am: Confronting the Myth of Neutrality: Addressing Bias and Inclusion in Cataloging and Classification in Art Libraries

3:00 pm: Points of Connection: Using Wikidata for Art Information 

Suggested schedule for a Gallery Archivist

Apr 5, 2022

10:30 am: Tour: Oriental Institute Museum Hyde Park ($10)

11:00 am: Workshop: Single Picture Books Latitude Chicago ($45)

April 6, 2022

8:30 am: Creative Collections: Artist Archives in Academic Libraries

12:45 pm: “Who Were We? Where Did We Go? Voices from the Early Years of the Society” 

2:30 pm: Know Their Names: Case Studies in DEIA Collection Assessment, Expansion, and Access

3:45 pm: The Impact of COVID-19 on Professional Development: A Conversation on the Past, Present, and Future for Academic Arts Librarians 

April 7, 2022

8:30 am: Art-chiving the Web: Collaborative Collection Development and Preservation for Art History Web Resources

10:15 am: Evaluating, Optimizing, and Remediating Physical Accessibility in Library Spaces 

12:00 pm: OCLC Research Library Partnership Roundtable

2:15 pm: Imagination, Collaboration, and the Social Production of Knowledge 

Apr 8, 2022

8:30 am: Words Make Art: Engaging Diverse Communities Through Artists’ Books 

10:30 am: Awakening Arts Library Collections to DEIA: Responsive Acquisition Strategies for Addressing Bias 

3:00 pm: Points of Connection: Using Wikidata for Art Information 

Suggested Schedule for a Digital Preservation Specialist 

Apr 5, 2022

8:00 am: Workshop: Subject Guides in the Digital Age: A Workshop on Curating the Most Relevant, Inclusive, and Current Resources  ($15)

11:00 am: Workshop: Single Picture Books Latitude Chicago ($45)

April 6, 2022

8:30 am: Preserving Photographic Glass Plates: Conservation and Access in the Digital Age 

12:45 pm: “Who Were We? Where Did We Go? Voices from the Early Years of the Society” 

2:30 pm: Digital Humanities & Open Educational Resources in the Arts Roundtable 

3:45 pm: Letting users guide the way: a framework for user-centered design 

April 7, 2022

8:30 am: Beyond the Classroom: Developing Image Databases for Research 

10:15 am: Programmatic Information Literacy Instruction in Art and Design Libraries 

12:00 pm: OCLC Research Library Partnership RoundtableDennis Massie 

2:15 pm: Centering Digital Accessibility: Projects at Academic and Art & Design School Libraries

Apr 8, 2022

8:30 am: Visual Literacy In and Beyond the Classroom 

10:30 am: Beyond the Textual: Visual Information Systems that Help and Hinder

3:00 pm: Digital Tools and New Trends: Using Technology and Innovative Solutions to (Re)Establish Value in Images and Image Collections 

If you attend the conference, please consider writing a blog post for us relaying your experience and what you learned! Send an email to expressing your interest.

Save the Date for SEI! June 20–24, 2022, Online

The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) are pleased to announce the Summer Educational Institute for Digital Stewardship of Visual Information (SEI) will be held online Monday, June 20–Friday, June 24, 2022. 


SEI is designed to serve a wide range of information professionals eager to learn about best practices and/or update job skills in digital collections management and to provide significant networking and professional development opportunities. SEI presents a comprehensive introduction to the digital life cycle and a curriculum that addresses the requirements of today’s cultural heritage and visual information professionals, from designing and implementing a project to sharing the final product with others and ensuring its preservation and access. This intensive workshop, held over five days, features a curriculum taught by expert instructors who cover:

For more information on workshops and instructors, please click on the curricular topics linked above. We invite you to view SEI 2022’s Schedule: SEI will open on Monday, June 20 with an orientation activity facilitated by the SEI Team. Most days feature 2 workshops led by instructors and an optional event called “SEI Shop Talk and Social,” where the SEI Team plans to make time and space for SEI attendees to build community socially and professionally. SEI will close on Friday, June 24 with a wrap-up activity, also facilitated by the SEI Team.

SEI provides new professionals, current library school students, and mid-career professionals from a wide range of related fields the opportunity to stay current in an ever-evolving field of managing cultural heritage and visual information. Museum professionals, archivists, visual resources professionals, digital librarians, art and architecture librarians, digital project managers, current and recent graduate students, and others in related fields are all encouraged to attend.


Registration rates for SEI 2022 will be $225 for members of ARLIS/NA and VRA and $250 for non-members. SEI 2022 will be capped at 50 attendees. Registration will open on Wednesday, March 23, 2022.


We are pleased to announce that SEI will once again be able to offer a number of scholarships that fully cover the registration cost of attending SEI 2022. We are grateful to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation for their continued support of SEI. 

The SEI Team will send more information closer to the date, but we want to share that applications for Kress Scholarships will open February 21, 2022 at 9am EST. Applications will be accepted until March 4, 2022 at 5pm EST, and recipients will be notified by March 18, 2022.

Stay in Touch with SEI!

For the latest updates on SEI 2022, visit our NEW website: 

Follow SEI on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter: @seiworkshop 

Have questions? Please contact us at 

ArLiSNAP/VREPS Virtual Conference 2021

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(updated 11/01/21)

Art Library Students and New ARLIS/NA Professionals (ArLiSNAP) and Visual Resources Association’s Emerging Professionals And Students Group (VREPS) invite you to save the date for our 2021 Fall Virtual Conference.

This conference is open to all, but focuses on the needs of students and new professionals. Attendees interested in art librarianship or visual resource management will have the opportunity to learn from peers and celebrate each other’s work through virtual posters and presentations. Via this conference, we’re seeking to foster a sense of belonging and growth in our community, and we invite all interested students and new professionals to participate.

The virtual conference will take place on Saturday, November 13th. The full program and registration information will be released on the ArLiSNAP blog and VREPS blog. To stay up-to-date, subscribe to the ArLiSNAP listserv, follow ArLiSNAP on Twitter / Instagram, and check the VREPS blog.


1:00 pm ET | 10 am PT – Welcome!

1:10 pm ET | 10:10 am PT – Fresh Eyes Lighting Talks

2:00 pm ET | 11:00 am PT – Skill Shares

  • If you would like to weave along during our Beginner Weaving Skill Share, bring a book or empty picture frame, a few large binder clips or tape, and any ball of yarn.

2:20 pm ET | 11:20 am PT – Break 

2:30 pm ET | 11:30 am PT – Poster Q&A + Social 

3:30 pm ET |12:30 pm PT – The End!


Please register here:

You will receive a link to join via Zoom when you register. If you have any questions, please send an email to


  • Wednesday, 10/20: Deadline for all calls
    Please submit a form for each session category in which you are interested.
  • Friday10/22: All applicants will be informed of the conference team’s decision for each submission
  • Friday10/29: Deadline for selected submissions to accept participation in the conference
  • Week of 11/08: Technology Check Session
  • Tuesday, 11/09: Deadline for materials (virtual posters and presentation slides)
  • Saturday, 11/13: Conference date


Our calls for students and new professionals to present in different sessions are outlined below. If you have any questions in the meantime, please send an email to ArLiSNAP:

You are welcome to submit for more than one of the categories below. Please submit a form for each session category in which you are interested.


ArLiSNAP and VREPS welcome proposals from students and new professionals with an interest in art librarianship or visual resources management to share newly completed or in-progress projects, be they research or outcomes from an internship/practicum, at the virtual poster presentation at our 2021 Virtual Conference. This is an opportunity for emerging professionals to share their work in a supportive and engaging space while connecting with other students and early career information professionals. Proposals are open to individual presenters and co-presenters. Virtual posters will be available for asynchronous browsing by attendees, with a live Q&A for all presenters during the conference followed by a social hour. Formatting details will be sent if selected.


Fresh Eyes: Celebrating Our Successes as New Professionals

Are you a student or emerging professional who solved a problem for your school or institution? Did you complete a huge project during an internship, suggest a new workflow that helped speed up digitization or researcher requests, or start an amazing new program for community members? We want to hear from you! 

Students and emerging professionals have the opportunity to bring “fresh eyes” to an institution. These “fresh eyes” can often add valuable perspectives, allowing for opportunities to ask questions, make suggestions, and create new approaches to work that’s been done “the way we’ve always done it.” In the session, speakers will present via lightning talks case studies detailing how they experienced a workflow or problem, and how their suggestions and perspectives as students and emerging professionals helped create a better process or environment. This is a space for us to celebrate the valuable contributions students and emerging professionals can bring to an institution. 

This session will feature virtual lightning talks of five to seven minutes from five to six presenters, followed by live Q&A. 

Building Belonging

ArLiSNAP and VREPS invites you to share current initiatives in the field of art information focusing on fostering a sense of belonging. Proposals can encompass ongoing, completed or in-progress projects that aim to reshape our art information spaces physically or virtually, for you, your colleagues, or patrons. This prompt is purposefully open-ended to encourage a variety of lenses on how we can rethink and reshape our field. Presentations from students and new professionals can be solo or collaborative. 

This session will feature three 15-minute virtual presentations with a live Q&A. Please note we will confer with selected presenters if they wish to be recorded or not. 


We are committed to learning and a community that extends beyond our scheduled sessions and agenda. Do you have something you’re currently working on, passionate about, recently discovered, or a practice you find helpful or restorative? During our breaks between sessions, we are looking for volunteers to share their passions and skills with us. Some ideas include a guided breathing exercise, new pandemic hobby, self-care strategy, or in-progress project. These skill shares are meant to be casual and offer space to learn and share what we’re learning with each other.  

We will have two breaks during which we want to highlight your knowledge, skills, and interests. If you would like to participate in our Skill Share, please tell us a little bit about what you would like to do and approximately how long you think it would take (3-10 minutes). 

Call for Proposals Extended: ARLIS/NA Southeast Chapter Annual Conference (9/7 deadline)

We have extended the deadline for presentation proposals for our fall conference to September 7!

The Southeast Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/SE) is accepting proposals for presentations at the 2021 Annual Conference, which will be held online on October 14th – 15th, 2021. More information about the conference, including online registration, can be found on our chapter’s conference website.

This year we will be hosting both lightning round and poster presentations:

  • Lightning round presentations are to be talks c. 10 minutes in length and may include several presentation slides. 
  • Poster presentations are to be 3-5 minute elevator talks about the project alongside a single slide in poster format. 

Both types of presentations will be followed by a question-and-answer period. Presentations may discuss, but are not limited to, the following topics and themes:

·  Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion: Library initiatives or projects, mentoring, critical librarianship

·  Assessment: Assessment Plans, Performance Funding Metrics, Altmetrics

·  Collections: Archives, Special Collections, Open Educational Resources, Collection Development

·  COVID-19: Agility and innovations in response to online instruction, reference, etc. as they pertain to Arts Librarianship

·  Digital Scholarship: Digital Humanities, Born-Digital Resources, Metadata, Scholarly Communication, Institutional Repositories, Asset Management

·  Instruction: Information Literacy, ACRL Frameworks, Curriculum Development, Embedded Librarianship, Instructional Technology, Professional Development

·  Outreach: Marketing, Promotion, Institutional Partnerships, Subject Liaisons, Programming

·  Spaces: Makerspaces, Renovations, New Construction, Learning Labs

Please submit proposals of no more than 250 words for poster or lightning via this Google Form by September 7, 2021. Accepted proposals will be notified by September 10, 2021. Send any questions to Lindsey or Leah. We look forward to reading your proposals, and to “seeing” you at the conference!


2021 Program Planning Committee

Ann Holderfield, Chair

Karyn Hinkle

Maggie Murphy

Lindsey Reynolds

Leah Sherman

ARLIS/NA Professional Development Webinar

Hey snappers! If you’re currently a member of ARLIS/NA or are interested in joining, don’t miss this opportunity to learn more about getting involved in the society. From the ARLIS/NA Professional Development Committee:

Interested in building and strengthening your leadership skills? Looking for unique networking and collaboration opportunities with like-minded colleagues? Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) invites all current society members and individuals who are interested in joining the society for a 45-minute webinar on an overview of how to participate in our vibrant committees. Panelists include Mark Pompelia, Vice President/President-Elect 2020-2021, Laurel Bliss, Chair of Nominating Committee, Beth Owens, Chair of Membership Committee, Carol Ng-He, Chair of Professional Development Committee, with moderator Shoshana Vegh-Gaynor, member of Professional Development Committee. Q&A will be included.

The session will be recorded and available on ARLIS/NA website.

Friday, December 11, 2020
11pm PST/ 12pm MST/ 1pm CST/ 2 pm EST
Free and open to all

To register:

Note: Registrants are welcome to submit their questions about committee membership applications in advance by at We will try to address your questions in the session.

To become an ARLIS/NA member, visit

Wednesday, May 6, VRA Webinar Stories from the Start

Tomorrow is the deadline to register for the Wednesday, May 6, VRA Webinar Stories from the Start. Originally part of the Baltimore conference program, this one-hour moderated discussion has been moved online. It is free of charge to members and non-members, although advanced registration is required. Please sign up by the end of the day on May 5 using MyVRA. You will receive an email with information on how to log into the Zoom session the morning of the webinar. Please contact with any technology concerns.

Stories from the Start
May 6, 2020
2 pm–3 pm EST via Zoom
Registration Link:
Moderators: Julia Murphy and Kendra Werst
Speakers: Marcia Focht, Julie Irick, Margaret McKee

Have questions about starting out in the Visual Resources field? Interested in hearing other VRA members’ backstories? Join VREPS for an informal conversation with experienced professionals. Speakers will share stories from the beginning years of their careers and discuss the challenges they faced. An open discussion will follow, allowing all attendees to ask questions.

Marcia Focht is the Curator of the Visual Resources Center at Binghamton University, starting this position in 1986. In this 30+ year career, she has experienced major transitions in image practice, technology, media, usage, and scholarship. Marcia has presented her experiences at numerous conferences, including the VRA (Visual Resources Association), CIT (Conference on Instructional Technology), EVA (Electronic Visualization in the Arts), and CAA (College Art Association). Current projects include a series of Digital Humanities presentations and workshops for graduate students, faculty, and staff across disciplines and units. These sessions emphasize hands-on experimentation, sharing knowledge, and implementing current standards and best practices. Above all, Marcia encourages an atmosphere of collaboration in which we are unafraid to make mistakes and together add to communal skill sets, thereby increasing competency and confidence for all involved. Currently on the VRAF (Visual Resources Association Foundation) Board of Directors, Marcia also served two terms as VRA Secretary on the Executive Board and 13 years as VRA Mentor Coordinator, as well as done instruction for the ARLIS/NA-VRA Summer Educational Institute. Her educational credentials include a BFA in Printmaking and an MA in Art History from the University of Denver.

Julie Irick has been a photo archivist for nearly 20 years. She has worked in public and private archives on both coasts and has been the City Photo Archivist at the City of Seattle for the last 14.5 years. Julie received her MLIS from Queens College in 2003. Having gone to graduate school thinking she would be a public librarian, halfway through the program Julie found herself working part-time in the Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections at the New York Historical Society and loved it! She never looked back and has carved out a successful career in a very niche and competitive profession – public records photo archives.

Margaret C. McKee is the Digital Asset Manager at the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas. A work-study position in a slide library in college ended up being the inciting incident for a career spent working with images. In her current role at the Menil, Margaret oversees photography of collection objects, digitization of analog photography, rights and reproductions, and soon the implementation of a digital asset management system. Previously, she worked in photographic and imaging services at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. She began her professional career as the Slide Librarian at Southwestern University. She holds an AA from Bard College at Simon’s Rock, a BAFA in Art History from the University of New Mexico, and an MS in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin. Margaret has served as co-chair of the VRA’s Intellectual Property Rights Committee.

Amigos Member Conference Call for Proposal

Call for Proposals – Next Steps: Create and Cultivate a Career That Matters

Taking place online Wednesday, May 13, 2020, this one-day conference is designed to give librarians and library staff the opportunity to learn, share insights, and discuss best practices on managing their careers from start to finish. With proper planning and knowledge, library professionals can actively cultivate their career to go farther, find more fulfillment and create work that matters.

Free for members and open non-members, the online conference will consist of keynote speaker(s); concurrent break-out sessions; and the annual Amigos Member Business Meeting carried out by Amigos leadership.

Topics may include, but are not limited to:

·         Setting career goals/Setting a vision for your career

·         Assuming a leadership role

·         Exiting librarianship

·         After librarianship

·         Switching gears

·         Succession planning

·         Things I wish I knew earlier

If you can speak on one of these topics, or have another topic in mind, please submit your proposal (below) by Friday, March 13, 2020 at noon  Central. Don’t worry if you’ve never presented online. It’s easy, and we are happy to train you and will provide technical support during your presentation.

Submit your proposal at:

Register Now: Ready Yourself for Job Search and Advancement in the Art Library Webinar (January 14, 2020

Webinar Title: 

Ready Yourself for Job Search and Advancement in the Art Library 


Whether art librarianship is your first or second career, or you are considering pivoting it in the future, it is never too early to prepare yourself for advancement or promotion in your position. Drawing from the experiences of art librarians who are in different stages of their career, the webinar will highlight the unique stories of people of color in the field, as well as strategies and tips in working toward career advancement.

The Ready Yourself for Job Search and Advancement in the Art Library webinar built on the discussion of Recruitment, Retention, and Experiences of Art Education Professionals webinar, a collaboration of ARLIS/NA Professional Development – Education Subcommittee and the ALA Spectrum Advisory Committee in October 2019. If you missed the previous webinar, you can watch the recording here.

This webinar is free and open to the public. It is brought to you by the ARLIS/NA Professional Development – Education Subcommittee.

Date & Time: Tuesday, January 14, 2020, at 10am PST/11am MT/12pm CST/1pm EST


  • Sarah Cruz, Cataloging Librarian, Savannah College of Art and Design
  • Lindsay King, Associate Director for Access and Research Services, Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University
  • Lori Salmon, Head, Institute of Fine Arts Library, New York University
  • Lynora Williams, Director, Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center, National Museum of Women in the Arts

Moderator: Carol Ng-He, Exhibits Coordinator, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, ARLIS/NA Diversity Committee and Education Subcommittee Member

Register Link:

Registration Deadline: January 9, 2019

Questions? Please contact Carol Ng-He at

Recruitment, Retention, and Experiences of Art Library Professionals Webinar

The Spectrum Advisory Committee and The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) Professional Development – Education Subcommittee are excited to collaborate on Recruitment, Retention, and Experiences of Art Library Professionals, a webinar around the experiences of PoC in art librarianship and beyond, scheduled for Wednesday, October 30th at 10am PDT/11am MT/12pm CDT/1pm EDT. The webinar is 75 minutes long including a series of short presentations by six panelists, followed by a moderated discussion.

Panelists include:
· Simone Fujita, Bibliographer, African American Art, Getty Research Institute
· Carla-Mae Crookendale, Arts Research Librarian, James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University
· Nimisha Bhat, Visual Arts Librarian, Hillyer Art Library, Smith College
· Mar González Palacios, Associate Director, Special Collections, Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University Library
· Treshani Perera, Music and Fine Arts Cataloging Librarian, Lucille Caudill Little Fine Arts Library, University of Kentucky Libraries
· Isabel Espinal, MLIS, PhD, Librarian for Afro American Studies, Latin American, Caribbean, & Latinx Studies, Native American & Indigenous Studies, Spanish & Portuguese, and Women, Gender, Sexuality Studies, W.E.B. Du Bois Library, University of Massachusetts.

Moderator: Carol Ng-He, Exhibits Coordinator, Arlington Heights Memorial Library, ARLIS/NA Professional Development – Education Subcommittee Member

To register: