Published 8/26/14

ARLIS/NA has launched the ARLIS/NA Learning Portal, a resource providing opportunities for ARLIS/NA members and interested others to participate in on-demand online learning modules. The portal pulls together all the learning programs the Society has developed over recent years into one easy-to-access online space. Virtual conference tracks, lunchtime chats, and webinars focus on current issues most important to the art library community in a rapidly changing collections, services and technology-driven environment.

 It has long been the goal of the Society to provide rich learning experiences for its members, and with the portal the Society is now fully realizing this strategic goal. It is hoped that the portal initiative provides Society members with enriching and thought-provoking presentations with valuable content that informs, supports and helps shape professional practice in art librarianship. 

The ARLIS/NA Learning Portal launch is especially important as it presents the first ARLIS/NA Virtual Conference--four compelling “Art + Politics” themed sessions recorded at the 2014 Washington, DC, annual conference are now available and enhanced with supporting materials. Conference sessions available virtually are:

The ARLIS/NA Learning Portal also provides on-demand access to our popular Lunchtime Chat series and webinars, such as the spring 2014 ACRL Arts Section co-presentation "Perspectives in Art Publishing: Past, Present, Future and Open".

Development of the ARLIS/NA Learning Portal is the result of the efforts of many Society members who over many years have contributed vision, leadership, content and technical skills to make the initiative possible. The ARLIS/NA Learning Portal project has been led by Sarah Falls, education liaison, working closely with the Professional Development Committee, the Educational Technology Subcommittee, and the ARLIS/NA management firm.

Carole Ann Fabian, ARLIS/NA president, thanked and recognized the following individuals for their tireless and extraordinary effort to produce the ARLIS/NA Learning Portal:

Sarah Falls (Education Liaison, ARLIS/NA Executive Board)
Elizabeth Morris (Educational Technology Subcommittee Chair)
Maggie Portis (Professional Development Committee Chair)
Educational Technology Subcommittee members: Amy Ballmer, Claire Gunning and Jill Luedke
Nedda Ahmed (ARLIS/NA Website Editor)

President Fabian further explained that the portal would not have been possible without the long-standing strategic learning goals established by the Society and guided by leadership of the current and past ARLIS/NA Executive Boards, and extended special thanks to past presidents Jon Evans, Debbie Kempe, Gregg Most and ARLIS/NA Executive Director Robert Kopchinski.