Published 06/21/18


The 2018-2019 ARLIS/NA executive board has been busy these last few months, and I am happy to share some of the exciting Society initiatives afoot.

We are working on the organizational advancement goal of increased information sharing:

  • Membership has launched the “Ten Ways to Get Involved in ARLIS/NA” page.
  • The Professional Development Committee is revamping the career resources page to provide more ways for you to learn and grow. 
  • The Editorial Board has added a google translation widget to every AWS page to offer a translated version of the site. 

The Executive board has asked the Academic Division of ARLIS/NA, in consultation with the Public Policy Committee and the Collection Development SIG, to develop a white paper addressing the current state of academic art libraries. This is similar to the Museum Division’s State of Art Museum Libraries 2016 White Paper.

Leadership opportunities abound. I am in the process of appointing an Open Access Coordinator. Soon, there will be an open call to ARLIS_L asking for applications to serve as the Data & Assessment Committee Coordinator. The new DAC (Data & Assessment Committee) will oversee the creation and implementation of an assessment plan and provide leaders with actionable data to support decision-making. This summer, a task force will be established under the auspices of the editorial board to identify the feasibility and impact of ARLIS/NA participation in the Humanities Commons. Finally, in an effort to be more transparent, we will continue the Committee Chair survey we piloted last fall. Anyone can apply to chair a committee with appointments beginning immediately following our Salt Lake City annual conference. 

Speaking of Salt Lake City, our 47th annual conference is going to be amazing.

  • Programs that emphasize Diversity and Inclusion, Leadership and Advocacy, and a wide variety of sessions brainstormed by you will be showcased. 
  • The venues for the welcome party, the society circle, and the convocation reception all feature internationally acclaimed architecture and design that fits within the majestic landscape of snow-capped mountains. #ArtsInSite
  • The conference hotel, Grand America, will guarantee you won’t want to leave. 

So, mark your calendars for March 26-30, 2019, and don’t miss out!

For the past two years ARLIS/NA has piloted on-site conference child-care for attendees. This spring the Executive Board approved a request from ALPACA (the Art Librarian Parents and Caregivers SIG) to operationalize this service and continue to underwritten childcare for future conferences. Please consider this option when planning for Salt Lake City next March. Our organization is committed to making our annual conferences more family-friendly and accessible for working parents

The International Relations Committee (IRC)’s 2018 IRC study tour to Cuba allowed attendees to engage with international colleagues. Pursue some of their great images on InstagramFlickr, and Google.

The new NDSR Art cohort begins their Immersion Week July 16-20 at Philadelphia Museum of Art. The current cohort is having a Capstone event at the University of Pennsylvania on June 22, 2018, and the symposium hosted at Yale Center for British Art was a great success.

We renewed our Archival Services Contract Renewal with University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Take a look at the finding aid to see all our holdings being preserved and highlighted.

The Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources & Image Management (SEI) 2018 at University of New Mexico, Albuquerque was also a success and the board awaits their annual report with their assessment data.

Finally, the board is planning to meet in person this August for a mid-year meeting in Atlanta, GA. If you have any issues you would like addressed please communicate with your board liaison. 

As the 2018-2019 ARLIS/NA President, I hope these many initiatives inspire you to get and stay involved with the Art Libraries Society of North America. Hope you have a wonderful summer. 

Kim Collins
2018-2019 ARLIS/NA President

Related link: Message from the President (March 2018)