The Pasadena conference program will appeal to all types of art information professionals including art librarians, image management professionals, and digital humanities specialists working in academic, museum, and special libraries and archives along with art and design schools and for-profit enterprises like architecture firms, motion picture studios, galleries, and design firms.

Twenty-five sessions will cover topics including outreach, instruction, information literacy assessment, cataloging, collection development, social media, digital humanities, the future of art bibliography, digital asset management, archives, copyright, user-engagement, collaboration and career planning. The program will also include subject area coverage of book arts, LGBTQ, fashion and costume, television and media research, installation art, archaeology and other topics.

You’ve probably heard the buzz about the unconference concept. Pasadena will feature the first unconference session to be held at an ARLIS/NA conference. Come prepared to discuss topics you are passionate about in the “Bring Your Own Conference (BYOC)” session. The session does not have predetermined topics like a traditional session; during the BYOC session participants decide the content and structure to create the conversation!

The opening plenary on Friday afternoon will feature a panel discussion about Pacific Standard Time: Art in L.A. 1945-1980, an initiative of the Getty with arts institutions across Southern California. Moderator Rani Singh from the Getty Research Institute will lead the discussion with curators, Jocelyn Gibbs from the University Art Museum of University of California, Santa Barbara, Rita Gonzalez from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and John Tain from the Getty Research Institute to share their experience of this unprecedented collaboration of more than 60 institutions.

Other special speakers include Chon Noriega, Professor in the Cinema and Media Studies program at UCLA, Director of the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, and Adjunct Curator at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Alan Hess, architect, historian, and author. The Convocation, which will take place in the stunning Pasadena Civic Center auditorium will feature a prominent figure in Southern California’s art scene.

Our poster sessions will highlight recent research and projects and give an opportunity for attendees to visit one on one with presenters and the posters will remain on view throughout Saturday and Sunday.

We are thrilled to be offering a new program this year, the Emerging Technology Forum, where cutting-edge, open-source, or freely available technologies will be demonstrated at hands-on stations by experts.

With diverse, innovative and inspirational programs, the ARLIS/NA 41st Annual Conference truly has something for everyone!