Special Interest Groups

Serve as a locus for discussion and informal exchange of information.

The Vice President/President-elect is the board liaison for all SIGs.

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What are Special Interest Groups?

The Bylaws Say:

Special Interest Groups may represent any professional, technological, subject area, or other interests of the membership. Special Interest Groups will serve as a focus for discussion and informal exchange of information.

Translation:

  • What interests you and your colleagues?
  • What do you need to know more about for your job or your career?

A SIG can address any of those needs where it will help to have colleagues across North America discussing the same issues and addressing the same needs.

List of Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

The list of SIG coordinators may be found at the bottom of this page. The listservs require users to first subscribe and then engage via email with the listserv.

Archaeology & Classics

Listserv: archaeology_sig

Art Librarian Parents and Caregivers

Listserv: alpc_sig
Artist Files

Auction Catalogs

Listserv: ARLISNA_Auction_Catalogs_SIG@arlisna.org

Big Ten Academic Alliance Librarians

Book Art

Collection Development
Critical Librarianship

Decorative Arts

Digital Humanities

Listserv: dh-sig

Exhibitions

Listserv: exhibitions_sig
Fashion, Textile & Costume

Graphic Novels

Listserv: gn_sig

Intersectional Feminism & Art

LGBTQ+

Listserv: lgbtq_sig

Management

Manuscript, Archive and Special Collections (MASC)

Materials

Listserv: materials_sig

Photography Librarians

Provenance

Listserv: Provenance-SIG

Public Librarians

Listserv: ARLIS_PublicLib

Resource Sharing

Retirement

Listserv: retirement_sig@arlisna.org 

Solo Art Information Professionals

Space Planning

Listserv: space_planning_sig

Stimulating Creativity in Practice

Listserv: scip_sig

Teaching

Listserv: teaching_sig

Urban and Regional Planning Issues

[see Architecture and Planning Section]

Web Archiving

Note: Guidelines for Divisions, Sections and Special Interest Groups are recorded in the ARLIS/NA Policy Manual, Section E.

How to Manage SIG Listserv Subscriptions

To subscribe, email with subscribe  in the body of the email message (subject line should be left blank). For example, to subscribe to the Teaching SIG, enter subscribe teaching_sig in the body of the email. The balance of the email should be blank, being sure to remove your email signature.

Once subscribed, engage the SIG via email, email address will be @arlisna.org. For example, email the Teaching SIG at teaching_sig@arlisna.org

To unsubscribe, email with unsubscribe  in the body of the email message (subject line should be left blank). For example to unsubscribe to the Teaching SIG, enter subscribe teaching_sig in the body of the email. The balance of the email should be blank, being sure to remove your email signature.

How to Form a SIG

The Bylaws Say:

A Special Interest Group shall be so established if it reflects an interest actively represented among the members of the Society; it does not conflict or overlap with the purposes of any other existing Special Interest Group, or Section or Division; and it is consonant with the purposes of the Society.

Translation:
Anyone can form a SIG. If you have an interest that you know others share, announce it at the conference or on the listserv. Invite others to meet with you and share your questions and your expertise.

Steps for forming a SIG

A representative from the newly formed Special Interest Group advises the Vice-President/President-Elect of the intent to form a SIG and submits to the Vice-President/President-Elect the following in a formal request:

1. Statement of Purpose for the proposed Special Interest Group
2. Number of interested members
3. Name of coordinator
4. Name of submitter of proposal
5. Strategic directions and core values addressed
6. Any additional notes or comments


The Executive Board checks that the proposed SIG complies with the Bylaws. If it complies, then the Board approves the formation of the SIG. The Vice-President informs the SIG that they are official.

A representative of the SIG sends an announcement to ARLIS-L and to the ARLIS/NA website (AWS) content editor informing the membership of the group's existence.

The SIG will then be listed on the ARLIS/NA website.

The group is now officially an ARLIS/NA Special Interest Group!

How to Join a SIG

The Bylaws Say:

Any Individual, Institutional, Business Affiliate, or Special member of the Society is eligible to become a member of any Special Interest Group.

Translation:
Any ARLIS/NA member can join--the more the merrier!

SIG Governance

The Bylaws Say:

The members of each Special Interest Group shall select a Coordinator during the annual conference, and report their selection to the Executive Board liaison, the Vice-President/President-Elect. The SIG may request funding from the Board for special projects, but otherwise may not incur expenses on behalf of the Society.

Translation:
All you have to do is let the VP/President-elect know that your SIG exists--otherwise there is no requirement to report formally to the board. If you have a project that requires Society funding, you may apply using the usual Special Funding application that goes to the Treasurer and the Board for consideration.

Archaeology and Classics SIG

Clare Hills-Nova

Art & Architecture Librarian

Coordinator(s)

Isotta Poggi

Associate Curator

Coordinator(s)

Art Librarian Parent and Caregivers SIG

Alice Whiteside

Head, Sloane Art Library

Coordinator(s)

Artist Files SIG

Rebecca K. Friedman

Assistant Librarian

Coordinator(s)

Sara Ellis

MLIS, MA, BA

Art & Visual Literacy Librarian

Coordinator(s)

Auction Catalogs SIG

Tina Lidogoster

Associate Museum Librarian

Coordinator(s)

Big Ten Academic Alliance Librarians SIG

Deborah Ultan

Deborah Ultan

Arts & Design Librarian

Coordinator(s)

Book Arts SIG

Sha Towers

Sha Towers

Assoc. Dean for Research & Engagement

Coordinator(s)

Shira Loev Eller

Art and Design Librarian

Coordinator(s)

Collection Development SIG

Madison Sullivan

Fine & Performing Arts Librarian

Coordinator(s)

Critical Librarianship SIG

Evan Schilling

Architecture Librarian

Coordinator(s)

Decorative Arts SIG

Beth Hylen

Special Projects Librarian

Coordinator(s)

Beth Goodrich

MLIS

Librarian

Coordinator(s)

Digital Humanities SIG

Megan Macken

Digital Scholarship Librarian

Coordinator(s)

Molli Kuenstner

Image Specialist, Northern & Central European Art

Coordinator(s)

Laurie Palumbo

Cataloging and Metadata Librarian

Communications Coordinator

Exhibitions SIG

Elizabeth Meinke

Exhibits Coordinator

Coordinator(s)

Carol Ng-He

Digital Collections Curator

Coordinator(s)

Fashion, Textile & Costume SIG

Cheryl Miller

Head, Library Metadata and Discovery Services

Coordinator(s)

Caetllonn Seadjwyc

Vice Coordinator(s)

Emily Anna Smith

Vice Coordinator(s)

Graphic Novels SIG

Caitlin A. McGurk

Associate Curator, Assistant Professor

Coordinator(s)

Tara S. Smith

Research/Instruction Librarian

Coordinator(s)

Intersectional Feminism & Art SIG

Annalise O. Welte

Reference Librarian

Coordinator(s)

LGBTQ+ SIG

Management SIG

Caitlin Kilgallen

Library Director

Coordinator(s)

Gabriella Karl-Johnson

Architecture Librarian

Coordinator(s)

Suzanne Rackover

MLIS, MA

University Librarian

Coordinator(s)

Manuscript, Archive and Special Collections SIG

Materials SIG

Darin Murphy

Head of SMFA Library at Tufts

Coordinator(s)

Photography Librarians SIG

Marsha Taichman

Visual Resources & Public Services Librarian

Coordinator(s)

Robert Gore

Visual Arts Librarian

Coordinator(s)

Provenance SIG

Philip Dombowsky

Archivist

Coordinator(s)

Catherine R. Larkin Ph.D

Digital Initiatives Librarian

Coordinator(s)

Public Librarians SIG

Resource Sharing SIG

Retirement SIG

Suzy Frechette

Retired

Coordinator(s)

Carol S Terry

Librarian Emerita, RISD

Coordinator(s)

Solo Art Information Professionals SIG

Space Planning SIG

Catherine Robertson

Technical Services Librarian

Coordinator(s)

Stimulating Creativity in Practice SIG

Heather Gendron

Director, Haas Arts Library

Coordinator(s)

Teaching SIG

Eva K Sclippa

First Year Engagement Librarian

Coordinator(s)

Anna Boutin-Cooper

Anna Boutin-Cooper

MLIS

Research & Visual Arts Librarian

Coordinator(s)

Web Archiving SIG

Sumitra E Duncan

Head, Web Archiving Program

Coordinator(s)

Andrea Puccio

Collections Mgmt. Librarian

Coordinator(s)