2024: 52nd Annual Conference


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Welcome from the President of ARLIS/NA

The ARLIS/NA Conference Planning Committee and Executive Board are very pleased to welcome our ARLIS/NA colleagues to Pittsburgh for the 52nd annual conference. Last year’s ethereal conference in Mexico City was such a treat and allowed us to forge enduring relationships with our Mexican colleagues, enabling us to more comfortably wear the name Art Libraries Society of North America. It feels fitting that our return to the United States for this year’s conference will be in one of its most iconic cities. Pittsburgh, located on the unceded lands of the Shawandasse Tula, Osage, and Monongahela, was once renowned for its dominant role in the steel industry. Today it excels in the fields of education, technology, and sustainability. Pittsburgh has adapted beautifully to a changing world; join us April 2–5, 2024 as we also explore adaptation and innovation in art libraries.

The theme of the conference is POP!. Intentionally open to a variety of interpretations, the conference planners hope POP! will elicit a sense of playfulness. Of course, it’s a nod to the Pop Art movement which is deeply rooted in Pittsburgh and the greater Ohio Valley. From canonical icons Andy Warhol and Roy Lichtenstein to the first nationally syndicated Black woman cartoonist, Jackie Ormes, the history of Pop is baked into the DNA of the region. More contemporary Pop artists like street artist Jordan Wong, Jenny Holzer, and Keith Haring–all born and raised in the Ohio Valley–underscore that our history and our future are made richer as they become more inclusive and diverse. POP! is a celebration like opening a bottle of champagne but it is also a reckoning as we are compelled to pop preconceived notions. POP! offers the society an open-ended prompt to interpret and explore–it’s a source of renewal, imagination, and expansiveness that begs the question, what sort of future can we create together?

Conference proposals are being submitted as I write this. This year’s program will surely reflect the society’s new mission, vision, and values, with panels, posters, roundtables, and workshops addressing diversity, equity, and inclusion; advocacy and social justice; critical librarianship; as well as fundamental topics such as collection development and management, visual literacy, digital scholarship, and pedagogical practice. Tours and parties will take advantage of Pittsburgh’s cool and vibrant art scene, taking a peek behind the scenes of some world-renowned institutions and exploring Pittsburgh’s industrial history and rich cultural melting pot.

The sumptuous Omni William Penn Hotel will be home base for conference activities. This location will be a comfortable and convenient setting for our conference. We will have ample, easy-to-navigate meeting spaces, dedicated gender neutral bathrooms—all fully accessible. The Exhibits Hall, always an anchor of our conferences, is ideally located among the session rooms. The conference planners are looking at options for on-site childcare. There are several dining and drinking options at the hotel—from the elegant Terrace Room to an intimate speakeasy to a cute coffee shop off of the lobby. There are also many dining options within a short walk of the hotel. 

The Andy Warhol Museum is .6 miles away, and Heinz Hall for Performing Arts is even closer at .3 miles away. The Mattress Factory, home to one of Yayoi Kusama’s permanent Infinity Rooms (yay Pop Art!) and the Carnegie Museum of Art are a bit further afield at 1.7 and 3 miles respectively. Even further afield than that is Frank Lloyd Wright’s Fallingwater. Yes, we are planning to run more than one tour to Fallingwater. 

In addition to arts and culture, Pittsburgh is a refreshingly green city. The Omni William Penn is a short distance from the waterfront Point State Park and the Three Rivers Heritage Trail. Surrounded by hills, Pittsburgh has two inclines (or funiculars) which are a charming way to take in the scenery and get your bearings. And don’t forget to book your tickets early for the Pirates’ home opener at PNC Park, which was just named best Major League Baseball stadium by Sports Illustrated.

Please join us April 2-5, 2024 in Pittsburgh for the 52nd annual ARLIS/NA conference. We look forward to celebrating, exploring, and creating POP! with you.

Sincerely,
Rachel Resnik, ARLIS/NA President

Hotel Information
All meeting sessions will take place at the Omni William Penn Hotel. The Historic Omni William Penn Hotel is the ideal choice for the ARLIS/NA conference. One of the most sought-after downtown Pittsburgh hotels, it is near The Andy Warhol Museum, Heinz Hall for the Performing Arts, and other downtown attractions. Their 597 hotel rooms and guest suites are elegantly decorated; letting guests experience an elevated old-world charm. The hotel has a range of on-site options for refreshment, including a swanky speakeasy and an adorable coffee shop off of the lobby.

Omni William Penn Hotel

530 William Penn Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Hotel website

A block of rooms is being held at the hotel at the following rates per night:

$189.00 – Standard (single or double)

*Rates do not include applicable state and local taxes, fees and assessments, currently at 14% and are subject to change without notice.

Reservation link

Be sure to make your reservation by Monday, March 11, 2024 at 5:00 PM ET to secure these rates. 

Registration Rates

Full Conference

Registration Type

Early Rate
Before March 1 at 11:59PM ET

Regular Rate
March 2 and after

Members and Business Affiliate Members $395.00 $445.00
Non-Members $565.00 $615.00
Student Members $100.00 $150.00
Student Non-Members $200.00 $255.00
Lifetime and Retired Members $225.00 $275.00
Unemployed Members $195.00 $245.00
Virtual $75.00 $125.00

Single Day

Members and Business Affiliate Members $150.00 $165.00
Non-Members $200.00 $215.00
Student Members $50.00 $65.00
Student Non-Members $75.00 $90.00
Lifetime and Retired Members $75.00 $90.00
Unemployed Members $65.00 $80.00
Virtual (Wednesday or Thursday) $40.00 $60.00

Add Ons

Accompanying Guest (full conference)             $150.00 $165.00
Workshops Various Various
Tours Various Various
Childcare $50.00 per day/per child $50.00 per day/per child
Opening Reception Only $75.00 $75.00
Convocation Reception Only $75.00 $75.00

ARLIS/NA Conference attendees in Pittsburgh

  • Full ARLIS/NA Conference registration:

    • Admission to all sessions, including keynotes

    • Admission to all receptions including Welcome reception, Exhibitor reception, and Convocation reception)
    • Coffee Breaks throughout conference
    • Access to all virtual only sessions 
    • Ability to register for tours and workshops (registration for tours/workshops is separate from general conference registration)
  • One-Day ARLIS/NA Conference registration:

    • Admission to all sessions and receptions on the day of registration 

    • Access to virtual only sessions taking place on day of registration
    • Ability to register for tours and workshops (registration for tours/workshops is separate from general conference registration)

Accompanying Guest (of someone with full ARLIS/NA Conference registration)

  • Full Accompanying Guest registration:

    • Admission to all receptions (including Welcome, Exhibitor, and Convocation receptions)

    • Ability to register for tours and workshops
  • Welcome Reception Only
    • Admission to Welcome Reception at the August Wilson African American Cultural Center for a guest of a registered conference attendee.
    • What’s not included:  Admission to any other sessions, receptions, or ability to sign up for tours.

  • Convocation Reception Only 

    • Admission to Convocation Reception at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh for a guest of a registered conference attendee.

    • What’s not included:  Admission to any other sessions, receptions, or ability to sign up for tours.

Virtual attendees (via Zoom)

  • Full Virtual registration:

    • See Sched for virtual programming being offered on Wednesday and Thursday. Virtual sessions are entirely virtual on Zoom, so all attendees whether in Pittsburgh or joining from home will be in the same space.

    • 3.75 hours of session programming on Wednesday
    • 5.5 hours of session/roundtable programming on Thursday
    • Note: Diversity Forum, Convocation keynote, and membership meeting keynote will not be available virtually in real time, but they will be recorded and available to all members after the conference..

  • One-Day Virtual registration (Wednesday or Thursday)

    • See Sched for virtual programming on the day of registration  

    • Note: Diversity Forum, Convocation keynote, and membership meeting keynote will not be available virtually in real time, but they will be recorded and available to all members after the conference

Childcare

Childcare will be available on site at the conference hotel by licensed providers, Pittsburgh Event Childcare, at the following times. Attendees can register children at the subsidized rates below.

  • Wednesday, April 3 - 7:30am to 5pm ($50)
  • Thursday, April 4 - 7:30am to 5pm ($50)
  • Friday, April 5 - 7:30am to 12:30pm ($25)

Canadian and Mexican attendees in Pittsburgh or online

  • We are pleased to offer discounted registration rates to our Canadian and Mexican 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.

Travel Information

Delta Air Lines is pleased to offer special discounts for Art Libraries Society of North America

Please click here to book your flights.

You may also call Delta Meeting Network® at 1.800.328.1111* Monday–Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. (EST) and refer to Meeting Event Code NM3JL

*Please note there is not a service fee for reservations booked and ticketed via our reservation 
800 number.

Program & Schedule

Schedule

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. Registration for tours will open soon. 

General Information

Local Guide

We’re so glad you’re joining us in Pittsburgh. 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. 

Social Media
Follow ARLIS/NA on TwitterFacebook, or Instagram and use #ARLISNA2024 to connect through social media! Turn on post notifications to stay up-to-date and to receive self care reminders each day of the conference. You can also follow the hashtag on Instagram to see fellow attendees' posts in your feed. Share your experiences, expand your social network, and contribute to our virtual community! 

Cancellation Policy

  • Full Conference: Refunds are subject to a $50 processing fee prior to March 19 at 11:59 PM EST. Sorry, no refunds after March 19, 2024.
  • Workshops: May be canceled prior to March 4, 2024. Sorry, no refunds after March 4, 2024.
  • Tours: May be canceled prior to March 4, 2024. For tours that cost $50 or under, a $5 cancellation fee will be deducted from your refund; and for tours that cost over $50, a $10 cancellation fee will be deducted from your refund.

Waiver of Liability

Attendees assume all risks and accept responsibility for attending in-person events. Waiver of Liability form. 

Accompanying Guest

We welcome friends and family to the conference. Accompanying adults can register to attend the Welcome or Convocation Party individually or may register as an "Accompanying Guest", which entitles them to admission to all receptions (including Welcome, Exhibitor, and Convocation receptions) and the ability to register for tours and workshops. No need to register children 14 and under; they are welcome to attend receptions. Please see Sched for details about bringing children on tours; when allowed, they do need to be registered for the tour. 

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