2023: 51st Annual Conference
Like the monarch butterfly traveling from Canada and the US to Mexico each year, next spring ARLIS/NA members will journey southward to meet in the lush surroundings of Mexico City. While marking our 50th anniversary in Chicago, we took a moment to look back at the founding and history of ARLIS/NA. At our 2023 conference, we will highlight our multinational composition and take the opportunity to look ahead to celebrate the promise and possibilities of our future. On behalf of the ARLIS/NA Executive Board and the Conference Planning Committee I am honored and thrilled to invite you to attend and participate in the 2023 annual conference in Mexico City. Whether member, exhibitor, colleague, or friend, we welcome you to join us as the society experiences the adventure of our first conference in Mexico.
With the theme, Transformación, we look to this moment to launch into our next fifty years on a journey of transformation and growth. There is no better place to begin that journey than Mexico City. A UNESCO world heritage city and the oldest capital in the Americas, Mexico City embodies a vibrant, layered history marked by periods of growth and times of revolution. The urban design, art, and architecture of the city reveal the richness of influences alongside the ingenuity and creativity of its inhabitants. These layers are evident in the city today, with a renewed attention to its indigenous origins.
The conference hotel, Hilton Mexico City Reforma, is centrally located on Alameda Central, an expansive historical urban park punctuated with fountains and bounded by museums and cultural institutions that celebrate the arts and history of Mexico. You will find that the hotel, featuring many luxury amenities, is fully accessible and accommodating. All our sessions and our Exhibits Hall will share the same floor allowing for both chance and planned meetings and interactions. Within steps of the hotel, you’ll be able to sample the rich, local cuisine at informal food stands or in fine restaurants. Just a few blocks away you’ll experience Zocalo Plaza, the main square of the city and site of cultural events and open markets.
As I write this, the conference co-chairs are preparing an impressive schedule of panel sessions, posters, roundtables, and workshops with content related to diversity, equity, and inclusion; advocacy and social justice; and critical librarianship. Added to those are the fundamental topics of collection development and management, visual literacy, digital scholarship, and pedagogical practice. In addition, we’ll celebrate our presence in Mexico City by highlighting local art and architecture with programming and tours. No conference would be complete without our exhibitors, who we invite to share this special time and extraordinary place with us.
Having just returned from the planning committee’s site visit, I can attest to the boundless energy and seductive magic of Mexico City. It is a city alive with vibrant colors, vivid cultures, diverse people, and exquisite cuisine. Please join us April 18-21, 2023 in Mexico City’s Centro Historico at the Hilton Mexico City Reforma.
Looking forward to seeing you there!
Rebecca Price, ARLIS/NA President
August 24, 2022
Al igual que la mariposa monarca que emprende su viaje año con año, desde Canadá y EE. UU. hacia México, la próxima primavera los miembros de ARLIS/NA viajarán hacia el sur para reunirse en los exuberantes alrededores de la Ciudad de México. Mientras celebramos nuestro aniversario número 50 en Chicago, nos tomamos un momento para recordar la fundación y la historia de ARLIS/NA. Algunos motivos de nuestra conferencia de 2023 son enfatizar nuestra composición multinacional y aprovechar la oportunidad de mirar hacia adelante para celebrar la promesa y las posibilidades que nos ofrece el futuro. En nombre de la Junta Ejecutiva de ARLIS/NA y el Comité de Planificación de la conferencia, me honra poder invitarlo a ser partícipe en la conferencia anual de 2023 en la Ciudad de México. Si usted es miembro, expositor, colega o amigo, tenemos a bien invitarlo a asistir a dicha conferencia mientras el público experimenta la aventura de nuestra primera reunión en México.
El tema ‘Transformación’ nos permite emprender un viaje hacia nuestros próximos cincuenta años, una aventura llena de transformación y crecimiento. Y qué mejor lugar para comenzar este viaje que la Ciudad de México, patrimonio de la humanidad de la UNESCO y la capital más antigua de las Américas. La Ciudad de México encarna una historia vibrante y con contraste, acentuada por periodos de crecimiento y tiempos revolucionarios. La riqueza de sus influencias se deja ver en el diseño urbano, el arte y la arquitectura de la ciudad, junto con el ingenio y la creatividad de sus habitantes. El cuidado hacia sus orígenes indígenas, hoy en día, hace notorio el contraste en la ciudad.
El hotel Hilton Mexico City Reforma, donde será la conferencia, está ubicado enfrente de la Alameda Central, un amplio parque histórico y urbano lleno de fuentes y delimitado por museos e instituciones culturales que celebran las artes y la historia de México. Dicho hotel no solo cuenta con muchas comodidades de lujo, sino que también es totalmente accesible y acogedor. Todas nuestras sesiones y nuestra sala de exposiciones compartirán el mismo piso, lo que facilitará las reuniones tanto casuales como planificadas. A pocos pasos del hotel, podrá degustar la rica cocina local en puestos de comida o en excelentes restaurantes. También, a solo unas cuadras, podrá visitar la Plaza de la Constitución (Zócalo), la plaza principal de la ciudad y sede de eventos culturales y mercados abiertos.
Justo ahora los copresidentes de la conferencia preparan un impresionante programa de paneles, carteles, mesas redondas y talleres relacionados con la diversidad, la equidad y la inclusión, la abogacía y la justicia social, así como la biblioteconomía crítica. A estos se suman los temas fundamentales de desarrollo y gestión de colecciones, alfabetización visual, erudición digital y práctica pedagógica. Además, para celebrar nuestra estadía en la Ciudad de México, destacamos el arte y la arquitectura local con programas y recorridos. Ninguna conferencia estaría completa sin nuestros expositores, a quienes invitamos a compartir con nosotros este momento especial y este lugar extraordinario.
Hace poco regresé de mi visita al comité de planificación, es por ello que puedo dar fe de la energía sin límites y de la magia seductora de la Ciudad de México. Es una ciudad con vida propia, colores vibrantes, culturas vívidas, gente diversa y una cocina exquisita. Acompáñenos del 18 al 21 de abril de 2023 en el Centro Histórico de la Ciudad de México en el Hilton Mexico City Reforma.
Se despide con la esperanza de contar con su asistencia,
Rebecca Price, presidenta de ARLIS/NA
24 de agosto de 2022
All meeting sessions will take place at the Hilton Mexico City Reforma. This property is a four-star high-rise hotel in the heart of Mexico City, opposite Alameda Central park and just 650 meters from the Palacio de Bellas Artes. The historic center of Mexico City, which is centered around Zócalo plaza, is less than two kilometers away. The hotel features a rooftop pool, a spa, and a two-story convention center where the ARLIS/NA conference will be held.
We are excited to announce that we have surpassed the estimated demand for our conference hotel, but at the same time apologize for the inconvenience of staying offsite. There are several nearby hotels that you will find more than acceptable.
We suggest that you reserve rooms in one of these hotels:
Address: Av. Paseo de la Reforma 24, Colonia Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06040 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Distance from Hilton Reforma: 290m/0.2 miles (4 minute walk)
Fiesta Inn Centro Historico
Address: Av. Juárez 76, Colonia Centro, Centro, Cuauhtémoc, 06010 Ciudad de México, CDMX, Mexico
Distance from Hilton Reforma: 110 meters/.06 miles (1 minute walk)
NH Collection Mexico City Centro Histórico
Please note, these are not the only hotels that are available in the area and only recommendations. No official room blocks have been set up. We encourage you to find the best hotel option that suits your travel needs.
See what is included below!
|Members and Business Affiliate Members||$395.00||$445.00|
|Lifetime and Retired Members||$225.00||$275.00|
|Members and Business Affiliate Members||$150.00||$165.00|
|Lifetime and Retired Members||$75.00||$90.00|
|Virtual One Day||$50.00||$65.00|
|Accompanying Guest (full conference)||$150.00||$165.00|
Full Conference registration:
- Hot breakfast Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
- Admission to all sessions, including keynotes
- Admission to all receptions (including Welcome Exhibitor, and Convocation receptions.
Virtual Registration (Wednesday -Friday)
- Live stream attendance to Welcome Keynote, Convocation Keynote and Awards Ceremony, Annual Business Meeting and one designated track of breakout sessions.
- Live streaming content of the sessions held in the Alberto 3/4 Room will be available to those who register for virtual attendance. Sessions to be streamed were carefully selected to provide valuable programming for individuals who cannot join us in Mexico City. To find which sessions will be available virtually, please find Hybrid content in Sched.
Accompanying Guest (full conference)
- Hot breakfast Wednesday, Thursday and Friday
- Ability to sign up for tours and workshops
- Admission to all receptions (including Welcome, Exhibitor, and Convocation receptions)
One-Day Conference Registration
- Hot breakfast on day of registration
- Admission to all sessions on day of registration
- Admission to reception taking place on day of registration
One-Day Virtual Registration
- Live stream attendance to sessions taking place on the day you are registered.
Live streaming content of the sessions held in the Alberto 3/4 Room will be available to those who register for virtual attendance. Sessions to be streamed were carefully selected to provide valuable programming for individuals who cannot join us in Mexico City. To find which sessions will be available virtually, please find Hybrid content in Sched.
Canadian and Mexico Attendees
We are pleased to offer discounted pricing to our Canadian and Mexico attendees. These reduced rates (approximately 75% of US rate for Canadian members and approximately 50% of US rate for Mexican members) will automatically appear in conference registration and are similar to the membership discount which is based on the estimated exchange rate. Transactions are conducted in US dollars.
Please note, tours and Workshops are subject to change, any changes will be updated on Sched and registrants for the event will be notified via email. You may register for workshops on the conference registration form and register for tours from this link or from the tour entry on Sched.
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We’re so glad you’re joining us in Mexico City. We’ve put together travel and transportation information to help you make arrangements and move through the city with ease. View the local guide here.
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ARLIS/NA welcomes children at our conference and strives to support caregivers traveling with their children. The executive board approved funding to support a partial reimbursement of childcare at the Mexico City conference. In this model, all arrangements and payments for childcare must be made by the parent/guardian. If you would like to arrange childcare during your time in Mexico City, we suggest MiNuNú, a local babysitting service recommended by the conference hotel. (Refer to the Contáctanos page on their site to review their services; prices are in pesos.).
ARLIS/NA will provide reimbursement up to $50/day (April 18-21, 2023) per family. After the conference, submit an expense reimbursement form with all receipts/documentation in English, per the instructions on the reimbursement request form.
If you have any questions about childcare services in general contact Stephanie Fletcher,
Refunds are subject to a $50 processing fee prior to April 4 at 11:59 PM EST. Sorry, no refunds after April 4, 2023.
Waiver of Liability
Attendees assume all risks and accept responsibility for attending in-person events. Waiver of Liability form.
Statement of Place
The Art Libraries Society of North America’s 51st Annual Conference takes place this year in Mexico City, located in the Valley of Mexico within the high Mexican central plateau. Home to over nine million people, Mexico City is the oldest capital city in the Americas and one of two founded by Indigenous peoples. Originally built around 1325 on a group of islands in Lake Texcoco by the Mexica, or Aztec peoples, the city was almost completely destroyed in the 1521 siege of Tenochtitlan during Spanish colonial occupation. Mexico achieved independence from Spain three hundred years later and the Mexico City federal district, the country’s capital, and the site of our conference, was established in 1824.
We recognize the living history and rich heritage of the many peoples that make up this vibrant city. We hope all participants in this year’s conference take time to explore and become familiar with the artistic and cultural traditions that define the city, not to mention the lively artistic scene. Mexico City is home to over 1.2 million Indigenous people, primarily people identifying as belonging to the Náhuatl, Otomí, Mixteco, Zapoteco, Mazahua, Mazateco, and Totonaca peoples, among many others. With over 21% of its population self-identifying as Indigenous representing 68 different peoples, Mexico has arguably one of the most diverse Indigenous populations of Latin America. Its capital city reflects the richness and complexity of these dynamic, living communities.
It is our great privilege to convene in this city of over eight centuries of living and evolving history. We thank our hosts and local colleagues in Mexico City for collaborating with and participating as members of the ARLIS/NA Texas-Mexico Chapter and ARLIS/NA. We are pleased to bring the annual conference to Mexico for the first time in the society’s fifty-one-year history and hope that this is the beginning of a continued and fruitful relationship with our Mexican colleagues. In addition to connecting with our local colleagues, their institutions, and the world-class museums and cultural sites that surround us, we encourage all participants in this year’s conference to contribute to efforts to support and celebrate the Indigenous peoples of Mexico:
Cultural Survival [https://www.culturalsurvival.org/] (advocacy group in support of Indigenous Peoples’ rights and self-determination)
Minority Rights Group [https://minorityrights.org/country/mexico/] (international agency working for rights of indigenous peoples)
International Work Group for Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA) [https://www.iwgia.org/en/mexico.html] (global human rights organization promoting, defending, and protecting Indigenous Peoples’ rights)
The Nature Conservancy – Mexico [https://www.tncmx.org/] (international agency devoted to the protection, conservation, and preservation of biological diversity, cultural wealth, of the lands and waters of the world, including Mexico)