Call for Presentation, Panel, and Workshop Proposals, ARLIS/NA 2020 Conference, Saint Louis
Decisions on proposals will be emailed by August 5, 2019.
The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) will hold its 48th annual conference, Preserve, Enhance, Reimagine, in Saint Louis, April 21-25, 2020. The theme highlights how ARLIS/NA professionals use, reflect, and build upon our core values and practices to inform our future. The theme reflects Saint Louis’ reimagined community spaces and strong practice of architectural preservation and adaptive reuse as well as vibrant movements of social change bridging divides through art and activism, and contributors may address topics that relate to the theme such as preservation of art forms and knowledge of regional traditional native communities, and design thinking to enhance collaboration and create change or enhance user experience.
The Saint Louis Conference Program Committee invites librarians and students, curators and designers, vendors and scholars, archivists and architects, administrators and publishers, artists and educators to partner in diverse configurations to develop sessions and workshops that use, reflect, and build upon our core values and practices in the spirit of Preserve, Enhance, and Reimagine.
Based on 2019 conference survey results, the program committee encourages proposals on the following topics that attendees hoped to engage with at a future conference:
- Advocacy, social justice, public policy, and activism
- Alternative publications (artist books, graphic novels, zines, etc.)
- Archives, rare books, and special collections
- Cataloging and metadata
- Collection development & management
- Critical librarianship
- Design thinking and visual thinking strategies
- Digital humanities and digitization
- Diversity, equity, & inclusion
- Fair use & copyright
- Leadership & management
- Local art and architecture
- Outreach and programming
- Scholarly communication, including scholarly reputation and impact, publishing support, and information privilege
- Visual literacy, information literacy, teaching and pedagogical practices
Types of Session Proposals
PAPER PRESENTATION: An individual paper presentation, potentially addressing new research, a case study, or an innovative idea with a total time of 20-25 minutes. Presentations provide attendees with new tools, strategies, or inspiration that they can apply in their own practice. The Conference Program Co-Chairs and the Conference Program Committee will group individual presentations into paper panels with a common topic or theme, which will run from 60 to 90 minutes, including a Q&A.
PAPER PANEL: A pre-coordinated session of 2-5 presenters with a moderator addressing a common topic or theme with a total time of 60-90 minutes, including a Q&A. Panels provide attendees with new tools, strategies, or inspiration that they can apply in their own practice. It is not necessary to identify all potential presenters before submitting. Naming a moderator, who will advocate for and develop the session, is required.
INTERACTIVE PANEL: A pre-coordinated session of 2-5 presenters with more than 50% of the time dedicated to engaging the live audience with an interactive, hands-on or discussion-based component with a total time of 60-90 minutes. Presentations actively involve attendees with building new tools, strategies, or skills that they can apply in their own practice. It is not necessary to identify all potential presenters before submitting. Naming a moderator who will advocate for and develop the session, is required.
WORKSHOP: An opportunity to teach and explore current and emerging topics in an intimate atmosphere. Workshops encourage a focused, hands-on experience led by experts who combine presentation, active learning, collaboration, and discussions. They may last two, four, or eight hours. Consider ways to benefit from local educational or cultural institutions in Saint Louis.
PLENARY PRESENTATION: A prepared paper or panel. Plenaries are 60-90 minutes in length. No other meetings, sessions, etc. are scheduled during plenaries. The content of plenaries should be of broad interest to attendees.
WORD LIMIT: All proposal abstracts are limited to 500 words or less.
CORE COMPETENCIES: You will be asked to list 1-2 core competencies for your proposal.
STRATEGIC DIRECTIONS: You will be asked to select 1-2 strategic directions for your proposal.
- Leadership and Advocacy
The Society shall speak and act on behalf of its members to advance, validate, sustain, and advocate for the profession and the value of art libraries, as well as train its members to be advocates within their individual context.
- Organizational Advancement
As the leading art information organization, the Society shall strengthen the profession through increased visibility, collaborative partnerships, international networks, and membership engagement.
- Art Information Professionals
The Society shall support the evolving role of art information professionals through education, mentoring, and professional development opportunities that foster excellence and innovation.
- Diversity and Inclusion
The Society shall promote diversity and inclusion within the profession including the makeup of its workforce, the design of services and programming, the development of intercultural fluency skills and competencies, and the practice of inclusive collections building.
- Innovation and Technology
The Society shall serve as a community of practice for the exploration, cultivation, and sharing of innovative approaches and emerging technologies in libraries and art librarianship.
- Collections and Access
The Society shall seek opportunities to facilitate collaborations across institutions and cultural organizations in order to promote the informed management, preservation, discovery, and access to collections amid their evolving publishing manifestations.
TOPICS: You will be asked to select up to 5 topics relevant to your session.
AUDIENCES: You will be asked to pick up to 3 target audiences for your session.
Because submissions will go through a blind peer review process, please do not include author and institution names in the abstract (you will have the opportunity to update your abstract if your proposal is accepted).
How to Submit Proposals
The submission period is closed.
The deadline was Sunday, June 16, 2019.
The call for poster, lightning talk, roundtable, moderator, and other meeting proposals will be announced later this year.
Please direct any questions to Program Co-chairs:
- Committee sign-in is closed