Featured Projects


State of Academic Libraries 2019

Lead: Academic Library Division

Academic art collections support the research, teaching and discovery of art information in institutions of higher education. Art information professionals serve as teachers and research partners within the arts community on campus. Changes within academic librarianship and higher education have implications for academic art librarianship and the continuing needs of patrons. The ongoing need for subject expertise and liaison librarianship in arts disciplines is critical to the production of scholarly and creative works. This report examines the current trends and issues facing academic art libraries and provides recommendations for librarians and administrators.

The final report can be accessed under ARLIS/NA Research & Reports.

Notable Graphic Novels Review

Lead: Graphic Novels Special Interest Group

Beginning in summer 2019, the annual Notable Graphic Novels Review online publication will present the ten best member-nominated graphic novels that are “innovative, memorable, or significant in the field, especially in terms of their artwork.” We define a graphic novel as a form of sequential art that typically integrates image and text in book form; genre and exact length can vary. It can be a collection of comic issues originally published as comic books or a standalone publication.

The primary objectives of the review are to engage the ARLIS/NA membership in acknowledging and celebrating innovative examples of the genre and to assist art librarians with improving their institutions’ graphic novel collections by providing summaries, critical evaluations, and informed recommendations.

Approved: August 2018

Humanities Commons Planning Task Force

Lead: Editorial Board

Following recommendations of the Open Access Task Force Final Report, the ARLIS/NA executive board approved this task force to explore in detail the benefit and detriments of joining the Humanities Commons as a means of bringing the society’s publications and learning tools to a wider range of related professions in an open access platform. Main topics to be considered include costs, content, and implementation, with particular regard for the impact of such participation on membership retention, publishing and website content, educational programs, and association management.

Approved: June 2018

The New Art Museum Library

Lead: Museum Division

The New Art Museum Library will build upon the society's foundational 2007 publication Art Museum Libraries and Librarianship by articulating principles, practices, and trends that today define the art museum library's vital role as both custodian and provider of mission-critical art information. The authors will examine the dramatic technological transformations as well as the cultural and ideological changes that have occurred during the past decade.

Approved: May 2018

Data & Assessment Committee (DAC)—Data & Assessment Coordinator

Lead: Executive Board

This committee will oversee the creation and implementation of an assessment plan that will support regular data collection and assessments of the Society’s activities and membership. With the chair serving as the Data & Assessment Coordinator, the committee will regularly provide the Executive Board, the Strategic Directions Committee, and other ARLIS/NA leaders with actionable data and analysis in support of programmatic approaches to decision-making.

Approved: February 2018

Directory of Digital Art History (DAHD)

Lead: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. in collaboration with Cataloging Section, Digital Humanities SIG, Web Archiving SIG, and Systems Librarian Working Group

A registry of digital art history (DAH) projects that provides access, discoverability, and pedagogical uses of DAH projects. The DAHD will also be concerned with sustainability (both intellectually and technologically) and diversity (projects from both large and small institutions/publications). Who better to create, curate, catalog, and conserve a DAHD than art librarians? We envision more of a Directory of projects that would be catalogued, indexed, and annotated by ARLISLNA members seeking to resolve these challenges. This is a moment for ARLISNA to take the lead and providing a service, dataset, and possible best practices, all for future scholarship.

Approved: August 2017