Category Archives: Conferences + webinars

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:

CFP: Library Technology Conference

Call for Proposals
LibTech Conference 2020
March 18-19, 2020
Macalester College
St. Paul, MN

Do you have a technology-related library project, experiment, or innovation you’d like to share? We invite you to submit a session proposal for the 2020 Library Technology Conference. The conference features presentations, workshops, and lightning round sessions and is attended by library staff, library students, educators, technologists, designers, and others interested in libraries and technology.  

We seek innovative proposals in both traditional and new formats. A few ideas to get you started:

  • A presentation on a project still in progress
  • An experiment with new and emerging technology — including successes and failures
  • A ready-to-go technology tool or solution that participants can use at their home institution
  • A critical and/or reflective session on a pressing issue in libraries
  • A workshop on a tool or tools commonly (or uncommonly!) used in libraries

Need a little help preparing your proposal? Check out our proposal planning page. Submissions are due October 23, 2019. 
Questions? Contact us at

Digital Art History Symposium @ Duke University, Oct. 17-18

A Symposium Celebrating 10 Years of the Wired! Lab at Duke University
October 17-18, 2019
Duke University

Over the past decade, the use of digital methods has exploded in the study of art history and visual culture. As with other areas of the digital humanities, art historians and visual culture scholars have used a very wide range of approaches. Still, increasingly, one of the core areas that art history and visual culture have particular focused on is the analysis of spatial problems through computational methods and digital visualization. This conference brings to the fore core contributions of art historians and visual culture scholars to the spatial digital humanities. Looking at objects and environments at a wide variety of scales, panelists will ask: What spatial and temporal cultural problems can be addressed with digital methods? Conversely, speakers will address how the art and visual culture extend and complicate developments within the digital humanities.

This conference is held in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Wired! Lab for Digital Art History & Visual Culture here at Duke University. The Wired! Lab is itself a center of major research involving the study of objects, buildings, and urban environments at a variety of different scales and with diverse computational methods. We are pleased to host this dialogue on how spatial problems in art history and visual culture contribute to important developments within the digital humanities.

Sponsored by the Department of Art, Art History & Visual Studies and the Wired! Lab for Digital Art History & Visual Culture

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CFP: ACRL Rare Books and Manuscripts Section 2020 annual conference

Call for Proposals due November 3, 2019

The Association for College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Rare Books and Manuscripts Section (RBMS) presents their 2020 annual conference, to be held June 23 – 26 at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN.

RBMS 2020: Power, Resistance, and Leadership

This conference program seeks to critically examine the existing power structures that have shaped and continue to impact special collections and archives. The conference program will explore the power dynamics within our profession and the ways in which we experience, exert, and/or defy power. We are interested in stories of resistance, large and small, successful or not. We want to provide participants tools and strategies that will inspire and hopefully lead to transformative change.

Proposals that cover a wide range of related themes are encouraged:

  • critical engagement with the profession
  • equity, inclusion, and diversity
  • cultural competencies
  • community partnerships
  • professional and paraprofessional relations
  • power dynamics within the profession and our organizations
  • making invisible labor visible
  • political organizing and advocacy work
  • subversiveness
  • empowerment
  • management and leadership

We invite proposals that discuss power, resistance, and leadership as it relates to the full range of work within our field, including collection development, the book trade, donor relations, cataloging and processing, digitization and metadata, security and preservation, teaching and learning, public services, reference, outreach, and exhibitions.

The RBMS 2020 Conference Program Planning Committee welcomes the opportunity to help interested parties shape proposals that connect the program’s theme to our core professional activities. Please do not hesitate to contact committee chairs Elizabeth Call and Robin M. Katz with questions or ideas.

Session Types


Workshops teach participants new and evolving procedures, technologies, approaches, or standards using active learning strategies. Workshops need not be connected to the conference theme. Workshops can be full- or half-day (6 or 3 hours of content). We are looking to fill two full-day and two half-day spots.

Workshops are typically limited to 30 or fewer participants and will take place on Tuesday, June 23, 2020 before the conference. Workshops are subject to an additional fee for participants. Workshop presenters are given a modest stipend for the session.

Note: The Lilly Library, Indiana University’s rare books and special collections library, will be closed during the conference. With advance notice, some materials from the collection may be available for use. We will work with proposers who are interested in using Lilly Library materials to ensure the proper arrangements are made. Additionally, other special collections are available in Bloomington. Please email the Workshops Committee co-chairs for more information.


Seminars are 90-minute sessions with a strong educational component on all topics of professional concern and need not be connected to the conference theme. Seminars typically offer two to four presenters the opportunity to bring together ideas, case studies, critical perspectives, and reflections with the goal of educating attendees and fostering a wider discussion. A successful seminar inspires audience members to consider multiple, diverse perspectives on a particular topic and take actionable ideas back to their home institutions. We welcome experimentation and reimagination of the RBMS Seminar and encourage non-traditional formats and approaches. Please email the Seminars Committee co-chairs if you would like help developing ideas for potential seminars.

Proposals will be evaluated on:

  • Clarity and organization
  • Applicability to attendees/timeliness
  • Educational component/learning objectives
  • Originality

In the interest of fostering stronger seminar proposals and encouraging new presenters, the committee will complete two rounds of review. See Notifications below for more details.


In these brief presentations, delivered in the context of a panel of speakers, presenters share their experience, ideas, or research. Sessions are 90 minutes and proposals may vary in structure from traditional panels (3 people x 20 minutes each + 30 minutes discussion) to lightning talks (8-9 people x 7 minutes each + 30 minutes discussion). Proposals should be for the entire panel – we will not match individual papers to create panels. Proposals should relate to the conference theme.

Participant-Driven Sessions

In participant-driven sessions, the majority of the time (90 minutes) is devoted to audience participation. The audience contributes the majority of dialogue to the topic at hand, and that discussion is facilitated by the proposer(s). Participant-driven sessions are informal, feature discussion-style seating arrangements to enable interaction such as pair-and-share or small group discussion. Microphones are provided, but there is no projection equipment in the rooms. Sessions are not recorded, and some proposers may decide that a social media blackout is necessary. Proposals should relate to the conference theme.


Posters share innovative approaches and offer practical solutions to issues facing the special collections profession. Posters are showcased concurrently with beverage breaks during the conference. Proposals should relate to the conference theme. A separate call will be issued for Poster sessions in January 2020.

People’s Choice

New for the RBMS 2020 conference, sessions in the “People’s Choice” category will be chosen by the membership through an online voting process. Sessions can be in a variety of formats including traditional panels, participatory sessions, or lightning rounds.  Proposals should relate to the conference theme. A separate call will be issued for People’s Choice sessions in January 2020.

Conference Core Values

The RBMS 2020 conference is committed to the following core values:

  • To create a supportive and challenging environment that
    • fosters respectful dialogue, reflection, and growth
    • empowers participants to voice their concerns and perspectives
    • encourages participants to learn from mistakes
  • To build consciousness around issues of power and to decenter privilege in all its forms.
  • To minimize the environmental impact of this conference and to reduce our profession’s contributions to the climate crisis.
  • To work toward a fully accessible conference.

All participants are expected to uphold the ALA Statement of Appropriate Conduct.

Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion

In keeping with RBMS’s commitment to equity, diversity, and inclusion, we seek proposals and speakers from all types of repositories, positions, and range of experience, including members of the book trade, other cultural heritage professionals, scholars, students, collectors, and community members. We invite and encourage proposals from veteran RBMSers, newer members, and non-members alike.

New this year!

  • In an effort to diversify the speaker roster and to provide more opportunities to a greater number of members and attendees, individuals may only be listed on one session proposal. If a proposal is not accepted, those speakers can submit new proposals during the call for Posters and People’s Choice sessions.
  • All speakers will need to be identified in the proposal. The Conference Program Planning Committee has created a spreadsheet as an informal tool to connect individuals who want to brainstorm ideas and/or find collaborators for session proposals for RBMS 2020. It is monitored committee members, but is not part of the official proposal process. It can be found at
  • Each session will also need to identify someone to serve as a moderator. RBMS will provide mandatory facilitation training for all moderators before the conference; this will be accessed virtually.

RBMS will make every effort to accommodate equipment requests, within reason. We look forward to a conference that represents and includes a wide range of voices and experiences.

Selection and Notification

Notifications of all accepted proposals (with the exception of Seminars) will be sent by Monday, December 2, 2019.

Seminar proposals will receive feedback from the committee by Monday, December 2, 2019 and will have until December 9, 2019 to resubmit their proposal based on that feedback. Notifications of accepted Seminars will be sent by January 6, 2020.

A subsequent call for Posters and People’s Choice sessions will be announced in January 2020.

Seminars and Workshops proposals are evaluated, selected, and coordinated by members of the RBMS Seminars Committeeand the RBMS Workshops Committee, respectively. All other sessions are evaluated, selected, and coordinated by members of the RBMS 2020 Conference Program Planning Committee.

For more info on the conference and to submit:

ArLiSNAP & VREPS Virtual Conference – Oct. 26, 2019

ArLiSNAP (Art Library Students and New ARLIS Professionals) and VREPS (Visual Resources Emerging Professionals and Students) are pleased to announce our 2019 Fall Virtual Conference.

The conference will take place at 1-3PM CST October 26, 2019. 

Accessing the Arts: Trends, Innovations, and Challenges for the Information Professional

As information professionals, we are charged not only with stewarding our collections, but with fostering meaningful connections for our constituents. As such, providing access in physical and virtual spaces as diverse as our collections and our roles within them.

Our webinar will include three presentations which will be followed by a time for Q&A between our presenters and conference attendees.

Our presenters will be:

Anna Boutin-Cooper and E Marcovitz, Franklin & Marshall College

  • One Summer, Two People, & a Zine Backlog: a How-To for New Catalogers

Jackie Fleming, Indiana University

  • Education Before Access: Why Every Art Librarian Should Have Basic Knowledge of Copyright Law and Legal Issues Related to Their Collections

Will Fenton and Ann McShane, The Library Company of Philadelphia

  • Redrawing History: Innovation through Artistic Reinterpretation

Hilary Wang and Lauren Haperstock, ArLiSNAP Conference Planning Liaisons and Masters of Library and Information Science students at Pratt Institute and University of Arizona respectively, will moderate the discussion

To register for this free event, visit After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Registration will close two hours before the start of the webinar. For assistance, please contact

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Join ArLiSNAP at the 2018 ARLIS Winter Conference!

The ARLIS 2018 Winter Conference will be held in New York City from February 25-March 1. Registration for the conference is now open, and we hope that you’ll consider attending one of ArLiSNAP’s events while you’re in town.

Attend our Annual Meeting
Sunday February 25 | 3:00pm – 4:00pm

At our annual meeting we will discuss what ArLiSNAP has been up to in the last year and our plans for 2018. Let us know what kind of content and information you hope to see in the next year and hear about upcoming opportunities to volunteer and participate in our community.

ArLiSNAP Night Out!
Tuesday, February 27 | 7:30pm

Join ArLiSNAP at The Stag’s Head on Tuesday, February 27 @ 7:30 PM. Our night out is an opportunity to meet other students and new professionals from around the country to talk about our conference experiences. The pub is just a short walk from the conference, at 252 E 51st St, and we hope to see many of you there!

Register for our Workshop
Thursday, March 1 | 9:00am – 1:00pm

Attend ArLiSNAP’s career development workshop featuring a career advice panel hosted by our co-moderator Breanne Crumpton. Get tips on writing the perfect cover letter and receive expert and peer critiques on your resume. In our final panel, learn more about the academic publishing industry and how to get started as an author.

The workshop is free! Read more about our speakers and activities here.


Questions about ArLiSNAP’s events at the winter conference? Email our conference liaison at michelle.wilson(at)

Michelle Wilson
ArLiSNAP Conference Liaison

ARLIS/NA Conference to be held in Montréal in 2021!

ARLIS/NA Conference in Montréal, Canada in 2021

Original post by Jessica Herbert, ARLIS/NA MOQ, Nov 20, 2017. See full post here

In 2021, we invite you to discover Montréal: one of the largest French speaking cities in the world, a UNESCO city of Design, a festival town, a food lover’s paradise, an art metropolis, a technology hub. The Montréal-Ottawa-Québec (MOQ) chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America proposes to host the 2021 ARLIS/NA conference in Montréal in late March 2021, to allow for milder winter temperatures.

Why Montréal? Over the last decade, the downtown core has benefited from a significant Quartier des spectacles revitalization project, which links together public spaces, the Montréal Museum of Contemporary Art, concert halls, theatres, galleries and restaurants in a dynamic and accessible setting. Art and design are intertwined in the daily life of the city, with hundreds of public artworks. Our proposed timing for the conference would provide a particularly intriguing opportunity to experience art’s role in this city’s civic life, as it would coincide with the annual Art Souterrain festival which features hundreds of public art exhibits in Montréal’s underground city.

For the 2021 conference, we propose a theme centering around the idea of convergence. The city of Montréal itself is a site of convergence, as a place where both French and English are commonly spoken, different languages and cultures come together, and a blend of old and new is manifested in its history, architecture and integration of technologies. This theme also reflects the nature of ARLIS/NA and the MOQ chapter, which are composed of members from a variety of different backgrounds, working in small and large institutions, including public libraries, academic institutions, museums as well as many independent professionals and students. The theme of convergence can be expanded to explore the relationship between professional practice with community and arts organizations like art hives and fablabs. It can also focus on the convergence of new technologies, such as 3D printers, virtual reality, and digital artists’ books and how they have become integrated into the practice of librarianship.

Since the ARLIS/NA conference was last held in Montréal in 1995, with the theme of Art and the Francophone World, the city has continued to evolve, particularly in the arts and cultural sector. We will provide an itinerary that will allow attendees to revisit some historical highlights of the city, while learning about newer initiatives and cultural institutions that have developed over the past twenty years, including organisations with a focus on digital technologies, such as the Société des arts technologiques and the Phi Centre.



Join us in La belle province in 2021!


On behalf of the Montréal-Ottawa-Québec chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America.

Register for our Fall 2017 Virtual Conference!

ArLiSNAP (Art Library Students and New ARLIS Professionals) and VREPS (Visual Resources Emerging Professionals and Students) are pleased to announce our 2017 Fall Virtual Conference: Critical Librarianship in the Arts. The conference will take place at 1pm CST October 14, 2017.

To register for this free event, visit After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

As defined on, critical librarianship is “a movement of library workers dedicated to bringing social justice principles into our work in libraries.” We are pleased to welcome keynote speaker Jennifer Ferretti, Digital Initiatives Librarian of Maryland Institute, College of Art, who will be be speaking on what critical librarianship means to her in a keynote address:

Art is Information (and neither are neutral).

Our keynote lecture will be followed by 1.5 to 2 hours of presentations by students and new professionals discussing projects with a focus on Critical Librarianship. Our speaker panel will include:

Arielle Lavigne, University of Washington
“Processing Protests in the Pacific Northwest – Technically and Emotionally”

Following the Women’s March on Seattle, archivists at the University of Washington solicited donations of images from the Women’s March, and from the seemingly continuous stream of marches, protests, and rallies that have followed it. This presentation addresses questions the archive has been dealing with as they collect and process these collections, discusses the resources relied on in attempting to develop controlled vocabulary that was explicitly anti-racist and feminist, and shares some of the images that are most illustrative of the difficulties they experienced.

Marianne R. Williams, University of Arkansas
“X Degrees of Separation: Exploring Visual Literacy through Google’s Experimental Search Strategies”

Google Arts and Culture has launched a series of online experiments using machine learning techniques that analyze the aesthetic elements of artworks and allow for the browsing of huge amounts of visual information. How can a tool like this be used in curatorial practice or visual research, and what issues or problems might arise? 

Haylee Freeman, UCLA
“The Writing on the Wall: An Inspection of Graffiti Terminology and Bias in Controlled Vocabularies”

Technological tools and systems used and created within libraries, archives, and museums are often thought of as insignificant and neutral, and yet the systems are often sites where bias is both reflected and reinforced. Despite the continual development of the Getty’s Art and Architecture Thesaurus (AAT) this presentation highlights the failure of the AAT in representing, in depth, underrepresented art forms. This presentation expands, illustrating how critical race theory can be utilized as a framework that identifies the underrepresentation of graffiti in the AAT as racial bias.

Mari Khasmanyan, UC Santa Barbara
“On Mission: Forging Community Through San Francisco’s Chicano Print Collections”

San Francisco’s iconic Mission Gráfica and La Raza Graphics print collections were a major addition to the world-class Chicana/o Latino graphic print holdings of the UC Santa Barbara’s California Ethnic and Multicultural Archives. Challenges in acquiring, preserving, processing, and providing culturally relevant physical and digital access yield insights into understanding the Chicano/Latino visual arts movement.

Only current ARLIS/NA and VRA members may attend this event. Additional access approvals may be made on a case-by-case basis. Registration will close two hours before the start of the webinar. For assistance, please contact

Michelle Wilson, ArLiSNAP Conference Liaison

Call for Proposals: Southeast Annual Conference in Savannah, GA – DUE 9/15

The Southeast Chapter of ARLIS/NA is accepting proposals for presentations and lightning rounds for the 2017 Annual Conference, which will be held in Savannah Georgia from November 15-17. The lightning rounds are particularly great opportunities for students and young professionals to present their work and gain valuable conference experience. 

Lightning Round Proposals

Lightning rounds are meant as a way to share a topic or innovative idea in a fast and concise yet comprehensive visual presentation. Each round will follow the PechaKucha Lightning Talk format of no more than 20 slides, timed at 20 seconds apiece. Topics should reflect an area of interest within art libraries, such as: assessment, collections, digital scholarship, instruction, outreach, or spaces.

Eligibility :
Currently enrolled students in a MLIS, Museum Studies, Fine Arts, Design Arts, ArtHistory, or related graduate program
New professionals in one of the aforementioned fields (under 5 years post-degree)
Proposals should contain a title and short description of the presentation you would give, as well as your name, phone number, email address, institutional affiliation (if any), and whether you are designated as a student or young professional.

Please submit proposals for moderated PechaKucha Lightning Round presentations to by September 15, 2017.

Presentation Proposals (20 minutes + Q&A)

Presentations may include, but are not limited to, the following topics and themes:

  • Assessment: Assessment Plans, Performance Funding Metrics, Altmetrics
  • Collections: Archives, Special Collections, Open Educational Resources, Collection Development
  • 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

Proposals should contain a title and short description of the presentation you would give, as well as your name, phone number, email address, and institutional affiliation (if any).

Please submit presentation proposals to by September 15, 2017.

For more information about this conference and the ARLIS/NA Southeast Chapter, visit 

Proposal guidelines above are copied from a message from the Southeast Chapter’s 2017 Program Planning Committee, who is comprised of:
Patricia Gimenez, Chair
Katy Parker
Leah Sherman
Teresa Burk
Marissa Mozek
Heather Koopmans

Call for Proposals: Architectural Records Section at SAA 2017

The Architectual Records Section Steering Committee is seeking presentation proposals for our meeting at SAA 2017 in Portland, Oregon. We are setting aside time for a PechaKucha variety hour. If you would like to submit a proposal (e.g. a topic, initiative, problem, question, or program that you are working on or thinking about), please fill out this brief Google form by Wednesday, May 31, 2017. We will be following up with proposal author shortly after the deadline.
The PechaKucha presentation format was developed by associates of Klein Dytham architecture. According to the PechaKucha website, “PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images advance automatically and you talk along to the images.” (
Link to the form: