Published 5/9/2014

The 43rd Annual Conference, "New Frontiers on the Old Frontier", will take place in Fort Worth, Texas, March 19-23, 2015. The Fort Worth Conference Program Committee encourages fellow librarians, visual and media resource specialists, archivists, curators, museum professionals, educators, artists, designers, architects, historians, researchers, practitioners, students, and others across the horizon to submit pioneering ideas in a paper, session, or workshop format.

"New Frontiers on the Old Frontier" is a theme that will move from the isolated frontier of the old West to the connected frontier of today to the possible frontiers of tomorrow. Just as Fort Worth once served as the gateway to the wide-open possibilities afforded by the West, the 43rd Annual Conference will present ground-breaking, progressive options for art and design librarianship worldwide.

What evolving landscapes will we envision as we look beyond the horizon? What forward-thinking initiatives, emerging fields, and visionary propositions will we strive for in art librarianship? How will we steer change in collection development, instruction, research, community, and technical services? As we look ahead, how will we meet a global society on its own terms rather than ours? Fort Worth moved from cowboys to culture. Today’s trends transcend to those of tomorrow. Where is art librarianship going, and how do we get there?

Consider topics innovative, even revolutionary, in nature that will engage the audience in further discussions. Speak to the future of art librarianship in a way that elicits dialogue not only at the conclusion of a presentation but also throughout the conference. Think about topics that offer solutions to the challenges faced in libraries everyday—ones that trigger applause at the end.

Suggested categories to consider include but are not limited to:

  • Cutting edge research and scholarship
  • Collaboration in all directions and across all borders
  • Community commitment
  • User experience
  • e-content
  • Cloud strategies
  • Mobile devices
  • Digitization and preservation of digital collections
  • Resource sharing
  • Common infrastructure
  • Joint automation projects
  • New generation catalogs
  • Advanced technology in systems and platforms
  • Copyright and licensing
  • Collection development and management
  • Career planning
  • Alternative publications (zines, artist publications, e-books)
  • Global, regional, and local art and architecture

Papers, sessions, and workshops in the following formats are requested:

  • Paper: a single submission of an individual idea. The Conference Program Co-Chairs and the Conference Program Committee will group two to four selected papers in a session that runs from sixty to ninety minutes. Papers often illustrate completed research or work in progress.
  • Session (a sitxy- to ninety-minute presentation in one of the following formats):
    • A regular conference session involving two to four speakers with a moderator. Each speaker has up to twenty minutes followed by a question and answer period and/or a brief discussion. Include the names of suggested speakers in session proposals, if known. Suggesting a moderator is optional.
    • An unconference session engages attendees in a discussion tied to a hot topic of interest. Session leaders introduce the topic before engaging the group in ways that explore the topic on a multitude of levels.
    • A Lightning Talks session consist of short 8- to 10-minute takes on a topic with at least 6 speakers.
    • PechaKucha 20 x 20 presents twenty images in succession for twenty seconds each. At least eight speakers use this format to quickly make their points.
  • Workshop: an opportunity to share knowledge and fully discuss current and emerging topics in an intimate atmosphere. Workshops encourage a focused, hands-on experience led by experts who combine collaboration with discussions lasting two, four, or eight hours. Consider ways to benefit from local educational institutions in the Fort Worth area.

The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, June 13, 2014.

Calls for Poster Sessions, moderators, and User Group/Special Interest Group meetings will be announced in the fall.

The Fort Worth 2015 Program Co-Chairs are:

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., University of Houston
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., Museum of Fine Arts, Houston