The Art Libraries Society of North America was founded in 1972 at the initiative of Judith Hoffberg by a group of art librarians attending the American Library Association annual conference in Chicago. This group realized that to fulfill the need among art librarians for better communication and cooperation, and to provide a forum for ideas, projects, and programs, an entirely new and separate organization was required. Inspired by the model of the Art Libraries Society, established in 1969 in the United Kingdom and Ireland, ARLIS/NA was created.
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Who We Are
ARLIS/NA is a growing, dynamic organization promoting the interests of more than 1,000 members. The membership includes architecture and art librarians, visual resources professionals, artists, curators, educators, publishers, students, and others throughout North America interested in visual arts information. To serve this diverse constituency, the Society provides a wide range of programs and services within an organizational structure that encourages participation at all levels.
ARLIS/NA is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit group organized for educational and charitable purposes.
ARLIS/NA was founded in Chicago in 1972 at a gathering of the following individuals:
- Peter Anthony, Winnipeg, MB
- Mary Ashe, San Francisco, CA
- Phyllis Cohen, Albuquerque, NM
- Andrea Dragon, Minneapolis, MN
- Wolfgang Freitag, Cambridge, MA
- Judith Hoffberg, Glendale, CA
- John Larsen, New York, NY
- Herbert Scherer, Minneapolis, MN
- Jacqueline Sisson, Columbus, OH
- William B. Walker, Washington, DC
Honorary Lifetime Members
ARLIS/NA bestows honorary life memberships to its Charter Members and Distinguished Service Award winners. The society also presents honorary life memberships to other individuals who over the years have made outstanding contributions to our society and professions.