By joining ARLIS/NA you are tapping into the largest and strongest network of art information professionals. Take advantage of the Society's programming and publications, professional development opportunities, networking resources, and forum for thought-provoking discourse. For a more personal glimpse at the benefits of membership, take a look at "What Our Members Are Saying."
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As an ARLIS/NA Member, you'll enjoy:
- Opportunity for participation with fellow professionals:
The Society structure and activities encourage participation at all levels of the organization.
- The Executive Board, consisting of member volunteers elected as officers (President, Past President, Vice-President/President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary, and Liaisons) and the Executive Director serve as the chief policy-making body. Each elected officer also serves as liaison to committees and working groups that are drawn from the membership.
- Committees are chaired by members appointed by the President and charged with specific responsibilities relating to the fulfillment of the Society's mission and goals.
- Divisions, Sections, and Special Interest Groups represent subgroups of the membership united by function or special interest, and their activities are conducted for the enhancement of resources, services, and awareness relating to their special focus.
- Chapters provide a means of participating in Society activities and programs and a way to learn of valuable resources and professional contacts at the local level. Chapter membership is offered separately and at additional cost to ARLIS/NA membership. Chapter and regional meetings are held throughout the year to focus on area resources and local experts on a variety of relevant topics.
- An open line of communication with fellow professionals via ARLIS-L, the Society's moderated online discussion group for the exchange and dissemination of information of vital interest to the members.
- The opportunity to apply for awards. ARLIS/NA recognizes the value of excellence in professional service, publishing, and original research by bestowing awards.
An active publications program disseminates valuable information among the membership and to those in related fields, and provides opportunities for members to edit and publish.
- Art Documentation is a peer-reviewed journal that appears twice yearly and features substantial articles on issues of interest to art information specialists (e.g. historiography, copyright, digital imaging, intellectual access, database design and construction, interdisciplinary sources) plus in-depth reviews. All members receive a complimentary subscription as part of joining.
- ARLIS/NA Reviews provides expert evaluations of new publications throughout the year in an online format.
- The Occasional Papers Series features longer essays on more specialized topics. Titles in this series include: "The Library and the Accreditation Process in Design Disciplines", "Library Instruction for Students in Design Disciplines", and "Collection Development Policies for Art Libraries and Visual Resource Collections".
- The annual Handbook and List of Members affords quick access to the Society's bylaws, leadership, and members' contact information as well as institutional and geographic indexes.
- An online database enables members to update contact information, locate colleagues, and compile custom contact lists quickly and easily.
- The annual conference featuring guest speakers, panel discussions, workshops, and informal colloquia brings art information experts together for fruitful discussion. Exhibits by publishers, book dealers, and suppliers of electronic data and visual materials highlight the latest in products and services.
Recent conferences have featured a convocation at the Getty Center in Los Angeles, a plenary session with Christo and Jean-Claude in New York and a wide variety of workshops such as: "Chicano Art Through the Collector's Eye: Issues and Directions," "Common Ground: Standards for Cataloging Images and Objects," and "Educating the Educators: Teaching with Digital Technology."
- Advocacy and Collaboration:
Broad professional involvement with other organizations and projects allows ARLIS/NA to keep its members informed of innovations in the art information field and to speak for the profession on issues such as technological development, intellectual property rights, and cataloging standards.
Committees serve as liaisons for the membership to related organizations such as the American Library Association, the Special Libraries Association, the Association of Architecture School Librarians, the Museum Computer Network, and bibliographic utilities such as OCLC’s Research Libraries Group (RLG). The Society plays an active role in the formulation of standards relevant to the art information community. ARLIS/NA is formally affiliated with other arts-related organizations worldwide and holds joint programs with the College of Art Association and the Visual Resources Association.
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Member Categories & Annual Dues
- Individuals - $120
- Introductory - $90 (1 year limit)
- Retired/Unemployed - $60
- Students - $50 (3 year limit)
NOTE: Membership subscriptions may be cancelled within 30 days of application
receipt for full refund. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
What Your Membership Includes
- Discounted conference rates
- Free membership in Divisions, Sections and Special Interest Groups
- Subscription to Art Documentation
- Access to the Members Only section of the ARLIS/NA website and the online member directory
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