2024: 52nd Annual Conference

Category: Annual Conference

WelcomeHotel InformationPlanning CommitteeScheduleCall for ModeratorsGeneral InformationAbout PittsburghTour RegistrationFirst Time Attendees Guide

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.

Rachel Resnik, ARLIS/NA President

Land Acknowledgment

ARLIS/NA 2024 Land Acknowledgment

ARLIS/NA acknowledges the extensive history of colonization, displacement, enslavement, and exploitation in the United States, and the traumatic impact these forces continue to have on society today. Pittsburgh occupies the unceded ancestral lands of a number of Indigenous nations. The story of this region includes the presence of the Adena, Hopewell and Monongahela people in prehistoric times. Later the Onondowaga (more commonly known as the Senecas) established themselves here. They were a member nation of the great Haudenosaunee Five Nations confederacy, whose territory also included much of New York state. Some Senecas are also known as Mingos. The Seneca were later joined by the displaced Lenape and Shawnee here in western Pennsylvania. We honor these native stewards of the land, community and future generations and remain committed to learning and sharing the history of the region. We are grateful for the guidance of the Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center in developing this acknowledgement. As an organization and individuals, we aim to support indigenous communities through our service and our resources.

Resources about Indigenous Communities

  • Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center (COTRAIC)
    "We promote the socio-economic development of the Native American community and others who experience the same type of economic difficulties in the Greater Pittsburgh metropolitan area."

  • Cultural Survival
    "Our work is predicated on the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) where we work to empower Indigenous Peoples as they strive to assert their rights to self-determination and sustain their lands, cultures, and vital ecosystems that are essential to the health of our planet and all living things."

  • Ganondagan
    "Ganondagan State Historic Site located in Victor, NY is a National Historic Landmark, the only New York State Historic Site dedicated to a Native American theme (1987), and the only Seneca town developed and interpreted in the United States."

  • Haudenosaunee Guide for Educators (PDF)
    Guide from the National Museum of the American Indian "written by staff at the Museum in consultation with Haudenosaunee scholars and community members."

  • Indian Health Service
    "Our Foundation: to uphold the Federal Government's obligation to promote healthy American Indian and Alaska Native people, communities, and cultures and to honor and protect the inherent sovereign rights of Tribes."

  • National Congress of American Indians
    "Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is the oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the broad interests of tribal governments and communities."

  • National Indian Law Library
    "The National Indian Law Library (NILL) of the Native American Rights Fund is a law library devoted to federal Indian and tribal law. NILL maintains a unique and valuable collection of Indian law resources and assists people with their Indian law-related research needs."

  • National Museum of the American Indian
    "Since the passage of its enabling legislation in 1989 (amended in 1996), the NMAI has been steadfastly committed to bringing Native voices to what the museum writes and presents, whether on-site at one of the three NMAI venues, through the museum's publications, or via the Internet. The NMAI is also dedicated to acting as a resource for the hemisphere's Native communities and to serving the greater public as an honest and thoughtful conduit to Native cultures—present and past—in all their richness, depth, and diversity."

  • National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition
    The National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition's mission is "to lead in the pursuit of understanding and addressing the ongoing trauma created by the U.S. Indian Boarding School policy."

  • Native American Constitution and Law Digitization Project
    "This Project is a cooperative effort among the University of Oklahoma Law Center and the National Indian Law Library (NILL), and Native American tribes providing access to the Constitutions, Tribal Codes, and other legal documents."

  • Native Languages of the Americas
    "We are a small non-profit organization dedicated to the survival of Native American languages, particularly through the use of Internet technology. Our website is not beautiful. Probably, it never will be. But this site has inner beauty, for it is, or will be, a compendium of online materials about more than 800 indigenous languages of the Western Hemisphere and the people that speak them."

  • Seneca-Iroquois National Museum
    "The Seneca-Iroquois National Museum proudly houses an extensive collection of Hodinöhsö:ni’ historical and traditionally designed decorative and every-day-use items and archaeological artifacts. SINM, along with the Seneca Nation Archives Department, are the safe keepers of historical documents, including articles, special publications, historical and family photographs and various multi-media productions regarding the Onöndowa’ga:’ and Hodinöhsö:ni’."

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. 

We are currently sold out at the Omni William Penn. We apologize for the inconvenience. There are several nearby hotels that you may want to consider for your stay in Pittsburgh. 

Embassy Suites By Hilton Pittsburgh Downtown

One block from the Omni William Penn

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel

2 blocks from the Omni William Penn

EVEN Hotel Pittsburgh Downtown
2 blocks from the Omni William Penn

Hilton Garden Inn Pittsburgh Downtown
4 blocks from the Omni William Penn

Courtyard by Marriott Pittsburgh Downtown

5 blocks from the Omni William Penn

Joinery Hotel

5 blocks from the Omni William Penn

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 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


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. 

Special Thanks to Our

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