2022: 50th Annual Conference
Hyatt Regency Chicago151 East Wacker Drive Chicago, IL 60601 United States
Welcome from the President of ARLIS/NA
On behalf of the ARLIS/NA Executive Board, Conference Planning Committee, and 50th Anniversary Task Force, it is easily the highlight of my term as President to invite you to attend and participate at the 2022 annual conference in Chicago for the society’s Golden Anniversary. Whether member, exhibitor, colleague, or friend, we welcome you to join us as the society returns to an in-person conference after two years of holding a virtual event.
The City of Broad Shoulders looms large in society history: ARLIS/NA’s storied founding in 1972 happened in Chicago which was also the site of two subsequent conferences in 1976 and 1992. Embodying the Golden Anniversary milestone is the conference theme, “Past, Present, Future: Aspiring to New Heights”. Our host city reflects that theme with its 19th century development and its remarkable rebirth following the calamitous 1871 fire to become the most architecturally significant city in the country in the 20th century.
The term Chicago is derived from the Algonquin word “chicagua” used by the Miami-Illinois and Potowatomi peoples and Chicago has grown into the nation’s third-largest city since its establishment as a trading post by Jean Baptiste Point DuSable. Throughout these centuries Chicago has been a significant migratory destination of global peoples to become the multicultural and ethnically diverse hub of the Midwest. Within the Chicago context, the ongoing work being done to achieve social justice, equity, and inclusion is very present and real.
The conference Co-Chairs have assembled an impressive schedule of panel sessions, posters, roundtables, and workshops with content related to diversity, equity, and inclusion; advocacy, social justice, public policy, and activism; and critical librarianship. Joining those are the perennially strong topics of collection development and management, visual literacy, digital scholarship, and pedagogical practice among others—such as the highlighting of local art and architecture—that all combine to make the annual conference the professional development event of the year.
Attendees also know that an ARLIS/NA conference is about the people we’ll see and the places we’ll go: on- and off-site events and tours promise to reunite you with longterm colleagues and new ones you might know just by name (or Zoom), all while savoring the best that Chicago’s cultural heritage has to offer.
Please join us April 5-9, 2022 in Chicago at the Hyatt Regency on the banks of the revitalized Chicago River just blocks from Lake Michigan, Millennium Park, and numerous art and architectural treasures.
I can’t wait to see you there!
As the Art Libraries Society of North America celebrates its golden anniversary, the conference theme underscores the history of art librarianship, focuses on the current emergence of new technologies and modes of interaction, and provides an opportunity to consider how the events of the past two years may impact the future. It also reflects Chicago’s own story, from the resiliency and optimism that allowed Chicago to reinvent itself as a modern city after the Great Fire, to its development as a city of dynamic diversity where issues of equity, inclusion, accessibility and anti-racism are of paramount importance.
The Chicago Conference Program Committee invites fellow librarians and library professionals, archivists, curators, museum professionals, publishers, educators, artists, designers, architects, and scholars to propose posters, lightning talks, and roundtable discussions.