Call for photographers for #ARLIS2017

The Fashion, Textile, and Costume Special Interest Group has partnered with Librarian Wardrobe to share photos from the ARLIS/NA Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA. We are looking for volunteer photographers to assist with the Librarian Wardrobe’s coverage of the ARLIS/NA 2017 Annual Conference from Sunday, February 5 to Thursday, February 9.

Please sign up for this volunteer position here. We will take volunteers on a first come, first serve basis. This is a great opportunity for new ARLIS/NA members and student members. We will take the first four volunteers. Thank you for your assistance.

Nicole LaMoreaux, Moderator of Fashion, Textile, and Costume SIG
Lauren Gavin, Vice-Moderator of Fashion, Textile, and Costume SIG

#ARLIS2017: Final Workshops Reminder

As the 2017 ARLIS/NA Annual Conference in New Orleans draw closer, consider adding a workshop to your conference schedule before Advanced Registration ends on January 23rd.

Some workshops are sold out. Workshops with remaining slots include:

Slots are filling up fast! Check out the conference program for dates, times, and detailed descriptions on the open workshops:

Kristin Keough, Workshops Coordinator

Reminder: NOLA Pre-Conference Chat TODAY

Reminder: join us this afternoon for an informal and informative chat discussion about the upcoming ARLIS/NA conference in New Orleans!

Learn about fun things to do, tips for getting the most out of your conference experience, resources available for first-time attendees, and how to get involved in ARLIS. This is your chance to ask questions, share advice, and get ready for our meeting!

Crescent City Connections: Developing your ARLIS/NA 2017 Conference Experience
Thursday, January 12, 2017, 3pm EST / 12pm PST

This chat features Kim Collins and Kasia Leousis (Program Co-Chairs), Marty Miller and Nancy Hampton (Local Arrangements Co-Chairs) and E. Lee Eltzroth (Publicity Coordinator).  The chat is organized by the ARLIS/NA PDC Education Subcommittee and will be moderated by Amy Ballmer.

You can join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone:

You can also dial in using your phone.

Teresa Burk, Outgoing Chair, PDC Education Subcommittee

Reminder: volunteers still needed

We are just a few weeks away from our 45th annual conference in New Orleans, and I still need a few more people to volunteer some of their time.  We still need people to assist at the registration and hospitality desk to welcome members and hand out bags and badges. We also need exhibit hall ambassadors to answer questions and assist any solo exhibitors.  You could also contribute to our organization by volunteering at the silent auction, or perhaps lead a walking group to our Convocation site.

You will have the opportunity to volunteer when you register for the conference, or you can complete this form at anytime:

For those of you have already volunteered, thank you!  I will be emailing confirmations and schedule details a week before the conference. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly at  See you in New Orleans!

Patricia Gimenez, ARLIS/NA 2017 Hospitality & Registration Coordinator

#ARLIS2017 Conference Guide Program applications now open

Are you attending your first or second ARLIS/NA conference this year, and wondering how to best explore the many sessions, workshops, tours, and social gatherings while making meaningful connections with your colleagues?

Are you an ARLIS/NA veteran and wanting to share your expert knowledge of conference navigation?

Consider the ARLIS/NA Conference Guide Program! (formerly the Conference Networking Program).

For new attendees, the ARLIS/NA Conference Guide Program matches you with an experienced ARLIS/NA member to show you the ropes and introduce you to new colleagues during the conference. For ARLIS/NA veterans, this is a fine opportunity to make a significant impact in your profession at a personal level.

Applications are being accepted through January 24th, and participants will be notified by January 30th of their matches.

Start either application here!

Questions? Contact Mackenzie Salisbury at

(Note: The Conference Guide Program is different from the year-long ARLIS/NA Career Mentoring Program and Workshop.)

Mackenzie Salisbury

Silent Auction: donations and updates

Happy 2017 ARLIS!

Cross off that New Year’s resolution of donating to the upcoming Silent Auction today. What sort of things can you donate? Well, everything and anything! Here’s some items on our wishlist: all types of exhibition catalogs, intriguing artists’ books, weird and wonderful handmade cards, unique jewelry, textiles, photographs, prints…turns out there’s a lot of things we want! Click the link below to donate:

ARLIS/NA 2017 Silent Auction Onsite Donation Form

Wherefore art thou Etsy?

Seattle saw the very first conference Etsy site for ARLIS/NA and while we hoped to pursue this effort again this year, policy changes with Etsy have caused some roadblocks. It has been the decision of the Silent Auction Coordinators to forego the online shop and focus efforts to the on-site Silent Auction.

So what does this mean for you? Instead of shopping online, you can shop in person for homemade goods created by our talented membership! If you had been considering donating something for Etsy, we encourage you to still donate to the Silent Auction. Conference attendance is not required to make a donation as you can ship ahead of time. Please contact Leslie Vega and Breanne Crumpton at arlisnolaauction2017 [at] gmail [dot] com for more info or with any questions.

Breanne Crumpton and Leslie Vega, ARLIS/NA 2017 Silent Auction Coordinators

Special Events at ARLIS/NA 2017, Arts du Monde!

Bienvenue à Louisiane! We want to welcome everyone to participate in the special events taking place throughout the conference. Here are just a few of the unique opportunities to enjoy with your colleagues.


Welcome Reception
New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA),
Monday, February 6 // 6:30pm – 8:30pm
Come and experience the Museum’s collections while enjoying light refreshments and the music of Michael White’s Quartet.

The Society Circle Reception
Historic New Orleans Collection (HNCO),
Tuesday, February 7 // 6:00pm – 7:30pm
(invitation only – see website for details)
The Williams Research Center (WRC) is located at 410 Chartres Street in the French Quarter. Tour the reading room and enjoy the Clarence John Laughlin (1905–1985) exhibit.

Convocation with Keynote Speaker, Terrance Osborne
Wednesday, February 8 // 6:00pm – 7:00pm
New Orleans native artist and educator Osborne will speak about his rich and varied career. The event will take place in the Hilton New Orleans Riverside’s Jefferson Ballroom.

Convocation Reception
Ogden Museum of Southern Art,
Wednesday, February 8 // 7:00pm – 10:00pm
Don’t miss this chance to experience the largest and most comprehensive collection of art related to the American South. Attendees will be able to view the rotating permanent collections and the upcoming exhibition, “Profligate Beauty.”

Spotlight on: Professional Development Workshops

Today, I would like to take a closer look at two workshop offerings that will give you tools and tips for your career and professional development.

First, the ArLiSNAP Career Development Workshop will offer a multi-part experience aimed at providing students and newer professionals with resources needed for breaking into the art librarianship field. These will include (1) a session on crafting a vision statement that also connects to career mapping exercises (very appropriate for visual arts librarians!), (2) an open forum with seasoned professionals from a variety of types of institutions and with experience as hiring managers, and (3) a resume review session with one’s peers and with the workshop panelists. This is a FREE workshop, so don’t wait to register!

Your second professional development workshop opportunity is offered in the form of ARLIS/NA’s Yearlong Mentoring Program. The conference workshop is just one facet of the Mentoring Subcommittee’s sponsored year-long program. The conference workshop will pair mentors and mentees interested in leadership roles. This will be ideal for those newer professionals looking for long-term support from someone outside one’s current work or educational environment. And for those with more professional leadership experience, don’t hesitate to sign up as a mentor. The conference workshop and the year-long Mentoring Program are also FREE! Take a closer look and sign up for these right away!

There are only 18 more days to register at the Early Bird Registration rate, so register today!

Kristina Keogh, Workshops Coordinator

Reminder: Volunteers needed!

Just a friendly reminder that we still need volunteers for the 2017 ARLIS/NA annual conference in New Orleans. The success of the conference relies on help from members, students, and attendees to shepherd tours, sit at the hospitality desk, and greet their fellow conference-goers at special events. Please consider offering some of your time; it’s a great way to meet people and contribute to our organization. Positions needed are listed below:

Registration/Hospitality Desk: Volunteers needed to organize materials, stuff bags, etc. before the conference on Saturday, February 4th, and to work minimum 3-hour shifts on the Desk for mornings, afternoons and evenings, from 8am Sunday, February 5 to 11am Thursday, February 9, 2017.

Exhibit Hall Ambassadors: Volunteers needed to work minimum 2-hour shifts to assist exhibitors with setup/break down; provide relief for solo exhibitors; provide welcoming environment for exhibitors and assist with answering questions or relaying questions to exhibit coordinators.

Silent Auction: Help with our fundraising event by assisting with set-up, auction monitoring and take-down.

Tour Shepherd: The tour shepherd will meet and organize the group at the start of the tour, accompany the group throughout the tour, and be the liaison with the venue/attraction.

Special Events: Volunteers needed for 2-3 hours, to meet and greet, hand out programs, help audience find seats, and direct attendees to buses and reception venues

You will have the opportunity to volunteer when you register for the conference, or you can complete this form at anytime:

If you have any questions, please contact Patricia Gimenez at

NOLA Conference Silent Auction

Way down yonder in New Orleans
In the land of the dreamy scenes
There’s a Garden Of Eden, you know what I mean?
-Creamer and Layton, 1922

We are very pleased to announce the 2017 ARLIS/NA Silent Auction that will take place on Tuesday, February 7 – Wednesday, February 8, 2017.

The 45th Annual Conference will host the onsite silent auction at the Hilton New Orleans Riverside as well as continue last year’s launch of the online Etsy store a month before the big event.

As per tradition, the onsite auction will feature a variety of goods and services from ARLIS regional chapters, sponsors, and our amazing membership.

Online shopping via our site will be fun and easy, and a great way to contribute to ARLIS, especially for those who can’t attend the conference in person. Get your art on and think about donating to the online store.

Sale proceeds from both the onsite auction and the Etsy store will directly benefit membership, travel awards, and other activities sponsored by ARLIS/NA.

We will be sending out our donation form at the end of the month so stay tuned for updates and be thinking about contributing! For any questions, contact Breanne Crumpton and Leslie Vega at

Thank you all for your continued support!

ARLIS/NA Silent Auction Committee: Breanne Crumpton and Leslie Vega