Opportunity Drawing

Come one, come all!

Line up to get your tickets for the opportunity drawing at the 2019 ARLIS/NA conference! (Why an opportunity drawing? To comply with Utah state laws on activities regarded as gambling! #UniqueUtah). A new event at the conference this year, the grand prize of the opportunity drawing is a $300 Apple gift certificate and secondary prizes include tickets to the Great American Beer Festival in October 2019. Opportunity Drawing tickets are a suggested donation of $5/each or $20/5 tickets. The more tickets you opt for, the better your chances of winning!


How do I win?

You must be present at the drawing to win your prizes. You can purchase tickets in advance online while registering for the conference or at any time during the conference at the registration desk.


What is an Opportunity Drawing?

This is an opportunity to win prizes and donate money to support the services that ARLIS/NA provides its members. This is a new initiative for the conference; we listened to your feedback about the silent auction and wanting fewer items to carry home with you. Show your support for the organization and your colleagues by participating!


What are the prizes?

  • Grand Prize:
    $300 to Apple—that new iPhone seems more doable, doesn’t it?
  • Secondary Prizes Include:

Conference Highlights: Tours

ARLIS/NA 2019 is offering a fantastic array of tours for you to experience while in Salt Lake City. We designed our tours to capture a wide variety of interests and provide you with unique opportunities you would never otherwise experience.  Whether you want to get a glimpse of Utah outside the Salt Lake area or prefer an intimate view of the urban environs of the conference, we’ve got you covered. Tours require pre-registration so make sure to reserve your spot!

Volunteers are needed to help wrangle the tours (no experience necessary!), sign up today and get on the fast track to expanding your personal and professional network!

For those interested in getting out of the city and seeing more of our beautiful state, consider these options:

BYU Special Collections and Museum Tour

Visit Provo, Utah, 45 minutes south of Salt Lake City, for an insider’s look at Brigham Young University’s museum and library collections paired with an elegant lunch provided by the University. During the tour, you will have the opportunity to see and handle some of the library’s most prominent art collections by Mormon artists, with expert guidance by Trevor Alvord, 21st Century Mormonism and Western Americana Curator.

Following the library tour, attendees will walk to the adjacent Museum of Art, where Head of Education Janalee Emmer will introduce the museum collections and encourage attendees to explore the new exhibitions.

The Arts and History of Ogden

Ogden is a sleepy town just north of Salt Lake City, known for its historical importance to rail service in the West. However, much has changed over the years and Ogden’s burgeoning arts and culture scene is worth the visit. This tour will take you from downtown art galleries to the Eccles Community Art Center, and finishes with a curator-guided trip through Weber State University Stewart Library’s Special Collections.

Ogden Water Tower (image courtesy Paul Ramsey)

An Afternoon in Park City

Want a cheap ride to Park City and an afternoon to explore our quaint mountain town on your own? Here’s your chance! Park City is home to creatives of all types, including an abundance of talented visual artists, in a beautiful mountain setting. Wander the historic and cozy Main Street galleries on this self-guided tour and and get to know the creative side of the city. Enjoy the abundance of local shops and grab a bite to eat in one of the charming restaurants peppered between gallery stops.

For those interested in Salt Lake City’s architecture and urban planning, consider these:

Salt Lake City Architecture Tour

Join Professor Shundana Yusaf on a tour of notable buildings and sites in the Salt Lake Valley. We chose sites that would be particularly difficult to gain access to and/or travel to as a visitor to the city. Stops will include St. Joseph the Worker church, the offices of FFKR Architects, Temple Square, and the McCune Mansion. Professor Yusaf has studied the architecture of Utah for several years, and will be happy to provide context for other notable buildings while in transit.

Salt Lake City County Building

SLC Urban Ecology Walking Tour

Get some exercise and learn more about the fabric of our city from the leading expert! Professor Stephen Goldsmith will lead a walking tour of downtown Salt Lake in the style of Jane Jacobs. The tour focus will be on the history and development of downtown Salt Lake, restorative urbanism, and the concept of Urban Planning with a focus on ecosystems rather than real estate. Dr. Goldsmith is an urban ecologist, artist, planner, and craftsman in Salt Lake City. This tour will require the ability to walk approximately 2 miles through Salt Lake.

For more information about these and other tour offerings, please visit the online Program Schedule.

Conference Highlights: Workshops

ARLIS/NA 2019 will offer a variety of fantastic workshops for attendees. Whether your interests lean toward papermaking, conservation, cataloging, or metadata, we have the options to suit your needs! 


For those interested in book arts or conservation, consider one of these workshops:

Intro to Book Arts Processes & Practice
Ever wonder about the processes and techniques that lead to the final product of an artists’ book? Join us to explore several facets of book arts: papermaking, paper decorating, bookmaking, and letterpress printing.

Book Arts Studio, Marriott Library, University of Utah

It’s 2019. Why print on a letter press?!
Investigate theory through practice as you work with metal type on the Columbian handpress and found objects on Vandercook cylinder presses. Mixing ink with traditional and experimental techniques, the group will produce a broadside that offers some post-millennial perspective on the playful potential of the cylinder press.

Basic Conservation Techniques
Come for a hands-on introduction to basic conservation techniques: flattening rolled, folded, or crumpled documents; repairing tears and filling losses; dry cleaning; encapsulation.

Clarifying the Quagmire of Cataloging Book Arts and Artists’ Publications
Covering artists’ books, zines and graphic novels, this workshop will help catalogers by highlighting common issues and thornier cases. We’ll provide recommendations for applying RDA rules focusing on the new fields and subfields incorporating proper usage and formatting; assigning Library of Congress Subject Headings; appropriate utilization and discussing local headings instead of problematic LCSH; utilization of thesauri AAT, ARLIS’ Thesaurus for Artists’ Books, and RBMS for form terms; and more!

Leather Binding Fundamentals
Try your hand at basic leather edge-paring with a knife and fundamental skills for working with paste and leather. Participants will have the chance to pare leather scraps on a Scharf-fix and to experiment with blind tooling on a plaquette.


For boosting your metadata skills, we have:

Data in Sight: Leveraging MarcEdit to Bring (Better) Data to Light
Learn about MarcEdit, a free suite of software tools developed by Terry Reese, widely used in libraries to create or edit metadata that originates in or is bound for the MARC format. Terry will join us for this hands-on workshop geared toward beginning to intermediate users of the software.

The Art of OpenRefine: Data Manipulation, Reconciliation, and GREL
Participants will get to work firsthand with OpenRefine using data from the University of Utah’s “Utah Artists Project.” OpenRefine is an open source software program that has been adopted by the library profession to manipulate and clean data in a variety of formats (XML, CSV, JSON, etc.). While particularly applicable for professionals working with digital collections, this workshop is relevant for anyone dealing with data or those who want to learn more about open source tools and resources.


For more details, check the Conference Program Schedule and click on “Workshop” on the right column.