Anti-Racism Task Force Reports

Community, Research & Reports,


ARLIS/NA established an Anti-Racism Task Force in 2020 to develop a long-term plan to address systemic racism in ARLIS/NA and the visual arts information profession. The objectives of the task force were as follows:

  • Solicit input from membership and gather information on past and current ideas 
  • Review and assess information
  • Identify potential actions and recommendations
  • Develop actions and recommendations into SMARTIE goals
  • Build a plan and establish a timeline
  • Propose implementation responsibilities
  • Develop evaluation and accountability processes
  • Share quarterly progress reports with membership
  • Prepare recommendations for the board by the end of the 12-month period for next steps and the next iteration of the task force

The task force's recommendations report and 2020-2021 survey report are provided here to the ARLIS/NA membership.


Anti-Racism Task Force Recommendations Report

2020-2021 Anti-Racism Task Force Survey Report

Task Force Members

  • Stephanie Beene, Assistant Professor, Fine Arts Librarian for Art, Architecture, and Planning at the University of New Mexico
  • Arthur Fournier, Bookseller (member ABAA)
  • Mar González Palacios, Associate Director, Arts Library Special Collections at Yale University
  • Natisha Harper, Student Success Librarian at Howard University (Former Diversity and Inclusion Committee Chair and Active Representative to the Task Force)
  • Dan Lipcan, Ann C. Pingree, Director of the Phillips Library at Peabody Essex Museum (Former Strategic Directions Member and Representative to the Task Force) 
  • Heather Slania, Library Director at Maryland Institute College of Art (Education Liaison on the ARLIS/NA Executive Board and Task Force Co-chair)
  • Amy Trendler, Architecture Librarian at Ball State University (ARLIS/NA Past President and Task Force Co-chair)
  • Kiana Webster, Social Sciences & History Librarian, William M. Randall Library, University of North Carolina Wilmington

The employers and titles listed for each task force member were those at the time of the report's publication. Refer to the ARLIS/NA Member Directory for the current contact information, job title, and employer for each task force member. This page will not be updated with these details.