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Due to a fortuitous combination of circumstances and monetary assistance from my university, my employer and my mother, I was able to attend the ARLIS Norden 2017 conference in Helsinki in June. I very much enjoyed meeting and talking with our Scandinavian colleagues and my report of the conference is now available on Storify at the following link:

ARLIS Norden 2017 Annual Conference

For those of you who may be interested, it appears that the 2018 conference will be held in Rome, where a number of Scandinavian academies have programmes.

Kind regards,

Catherine Kerrigan

Adelaide Central School of Art


RAILS (Research Applications, Information and Library Studies) are very keen to receive submissions from practitioners for their 2017 conference. Details can be found at RAILS 2017 CFP.

In summary:

Many of today’s societal and economic challenges requires research and teaching efforts across disciplinary boundaries, which calls for new approaches and questions within information and library studies. Researchers, educators, practitioners and students are encouraged to submit papers on the conference theme, “Creating and Learning Together: interdisciplinary teaching and research”, which focuses on building partnerships between researchers, practitioners, doctoral students, and educators to ensure that a culture of interdisciplinary research and teaching is nurtured in the information studies field. We encourage all types of contributions including theoretical and evidence based. Papers focusing on strengthening research practices in the field will also be considered. Proposals with a focus on professional or continuing education and teaching will be allocated to the AIES 2017 component of the conference.


The next NSW Chapter meeting will be held on Wednesday 19 April at 4.00pm at the Edmund and Joanna Capon Research Library, Art Gallery of NSW.

Please send RSVPs and any agenda items  to me by Tuesday 18 April

(email:  )

Barbara Rendall


Arlis/ANZ NSW Chapter


We would like to invite you to the next ARLIS/Norden conference which will be held in Helsinki 15.-17.6.2017. The theme of the conference is focused on customers: how art libraries can give the best possible service to different customer groups. Finland celebrates the 100th anniversary of its independence in 2017 and we welcome you to join the celebration!

See detailed program and registration information:

Kind regards,

Piia Pitkänen, Suvi Juvonen, Jenni Mikkonen and Minna Meronen


Call for Papers: IFLA Art Libraries Section

These Times to Us Are Worth Savin’: Documenting the Art of Social Transformation since 1960 World Library and Information Congress, Wrocław, Poland, 19-25 August 2017

Over the last half century, artists worldwide have leveraged visual culture to effect social change.  Art’s ability to provoke discussion and transform cultural attitudes has been palpable. Historically important and of intense, interdisciplinary interest, this controversial area of art production presents difficulties for libraries. By its nature anti-establishment, activist art challenges social norms, aesthetic canons, and also traditional documentation practices. Social issues like race relations, fair labor, HIV/AIDS, and gender and sexuality arouse strong opinions and feelings. Intentionally provocative art that tackles these issues is certain to offend and can be difficult for institutions to prioritize. Non-traditional or fragile media used by activist artists, like graffiti, interventions, performance, and Web art, can be especially resistant to traditional collecting methods.

At the 2017 IFLA World Library and Information Congress in Wrocław, Poland, the IFLA Art Libraries and Social Science Libraries Sections are sponsoring a session that will give an international perspective on documenting modern and contemporary visual art that lies at the intersection of artistic practice and social activism. We are seeking speakers who will discuss important repositories of social activist art, innovative documentation methods, and related collecting concerns ranging from censorship and copyright to cross-border cultural patrimony. The term activist art is conceived of broadly and is meant to encompass art in any medium, traditional or non. Papers that speak to the topic from a non-European or North American viewpoint are especially encouraged.

Full details for submissions may be found on the Congress website at

Please submit your proposal no later than 1 March 2017 to:

Sandra Ludig Brooke, Chair of the IFLA Art Libraries Section



Barbara Rendall

National Secretary



Kia ora koutou,

I am delighted to welcome Victoria Passau as a newly-appointed Guardian Kaitiaki of the Alexander Turnbull Library. Her appointment was announced last month by Internal Affairs Minister, Hon Peter Dunne.

Victoria Passau has worked at the Auckland War Memorial Museum since 2014.  She is currently Collection Manager, Online Cenotaph and Pou Maumahara. Prior to this, Victoria was Client Services Librarian at the Fine Arts Library at Auckland University. She holds a Master of Library and Information Studies and has professional memberships with LIANZA (including the Documentary Heritage Special Interest Group), Art Libraries Australia/New Zealand and ARANZ.

The Guardians Kaitiaki of the Alexander Turnbull Library were established under the National Library of New Zealand (Te Puna Mātauranga o Aotearoa) Act 2003. The Act requires the Guardians Kaitiaki to provide assurance to the people of New Zealand that:

  *   the collections of the Alexander Turnbull Library are held in perpetuity

  *   that they are provided with suitable and separate accommodation

  *   that they are preserved, protected, developed and made accessible for all the people of New Zealand in a manner consistent with their status as documentary heritage and taonga

  *   that the character of the services distinguishing the Alexander Turnbull Library as a research library are maintained.

The Guardians Kaitiaki also give advice on all matters relating to the collections and services of the Alexander Turnbull Library to the Minister Responsible for the National Library.

Current appointees to the Guardians Kaitiaki of the Alexander Turnbull Library are:

·         Helen Tait (Chair)

·         Dr Aroha Harris

·         Victoria Passau

·         Dr Jock Phillips

·         Dr Sydney Shep

Naku noa na


Chris Szekely | Chief Librarian

Alexander Turnbull Library | National Library of New Zealand Te Puna Matauranga o Aotearoa 

The Alexander Turnbull Library is part of the Department of Internal Affairs


Michael Proud

Art in Australia now available online

Dear ARLIS/ANZ members

The collaborative project to digitise Art in Australia (1916-1942) has been completed. Art in Australia is now available online through Trove as a result of a joint project between the University of Wollongong Library, the University of New South Wales Library and the National Library of Australia. It is the first time that the full publication has been made freely available online in high resolution.

The following link is a blog post on the project from Rebecca Daly from the Uni of Wollongong Library.


Michael Proud | Assistant Curator | Pictures and Manuscripts Branch | National Library of Australia, Canberra ACT 2600 | T 02 6262 1257| E


ARLIS/ANZ  Conference 2016: Final Program

The ARLIS/ANZ 2016 Conference program is now online. It includes links to speakers presentations in the form of Podcasts, PowerPoints and papers.

 Thanks to all who attended and contributed to making it such a worthwhile and memorable event.
Very best wishes for a restful holiday season.
Sydney 2016 Conference Committee
Barbara Rendall
Elizabeth Little
Steven Miller
Claire Eggleston
Margaret Blackmore

Only one more week to go until the start of the 2016 ARLIS/ANZ conference. And it is coming together nicely. Thanks to all of you who have registered so far. 

Don’t forget to register for the drinks at the O Bar in the Sydney CBD on the Wednesday night. The setting is spectacular with panoramic views of Sydney at sunset.

We have been reviewing numbers and can now extend an invitation to partners of attendees who may wish to join us at the Conference Dinner.  If you wish to bring your partner simply go to the registration page:

complete the form with their name, etc and slect the ticket for the Conference Dinner. Cost is $80.00.

And if you (or your partner) have any dietary requirements please email me

Looking forward to catching up next week

Barbara Rendall (on behalf of the Arlis/ANZ 2016 Conference Committee)



Tax invoices for payment of conference registration will be issued at the conference to each attendee.

If you require a copy of the invoice prior to the conference please email the Treasurer, Steven Miller ().


Barbara Rendall

(on behalf of the 2016 Arlis/ANZ Conference Committee)



Following on from a task highlighted at the last AGM, Arlis/ANZ Journals have been scanned so they will be available in digital format. NSW Chapter chose the free online platform Issuu. As you can imagine it is a labour intensive process. So far two issues of the Arlis/Anz journal have been uploaded; they are on preview with a basic setup for free publishing. The images of the artworks have been blocked to prevent copyright issues.

Here is a link to one of the journals:

If the journal is not showing up, please do a title search (ARLIS/ANZ Journal) and they should appear on the screen.

Thanks to Vivian Huang for her assistance with this task.

Once all the journals are up we will be looking into a way of embedding links into the Arlis/ANZ website.

Barbara Rendall

NSW Chapter Secretary



Early bird prices for the conference ended last week.

Prices are now as follows:

Conference registration + dinner  

Members $420.00

Non-members $480(includes 1 year membership) 

Conference Registration Only

 Members        $340

Non-members (includes 1 year membership)   $400 

 One day registration

 Members $180.00

  Non members $220.00

Conferecne Dinner: $80.00

And don't forget to join us for Welcome Drinks  at the O Bar- just make sure you indicate that when you register, by selecting that additional (free) ticket.

We have received some wonderful papers already- and we are all looking forward to meeting you in just a few weeks time.

2016 Conferecne Committee

Elizabeth Little

Steven Miller

Claire Eggleston

Vivian Huang

Barbara Rendall



Mirrors of Iran: Reflections in a Transnational Context

Saturday 3rd December, 12.30pm - 4.30pm Domain Theatre, Art Gallery NSW, Art Gallery Rd, Sydney 2000 Tickets: $20 / $15 early bird

Mirrors of Iran: Reflections in a Transnational Context

The Iranica Conference, Mirrors of Iran: Reflections in a Transnational Context, at the Art Gallery of NSW on 3rd December 2016, will feature prominent artist, Hossein Valamanesh as the keynote speaker. 

The conference will focus on how Iranian artists and researchers have explored identity, place making and creative practices within the context of a transnational experience. 

The conference programme is rich with diverse voices from both academic research and current creative practices. Presenters include: Matt Cox, Curator of the Asia Art Collection from AGNSW; emerging artist and musician Bahman Kermany and his partner Nazanin Khorshidian.  Scholars from - UNSW, Dr Laetitia Nanquette and ANU (CAIS), Dr. Omid-Malak Behbahani; PhD candidates - University of Sydney, Shima Shahbazi and Farina Salehi; University of Newcastle, Mojgan Habibi and Griffith University, Sara Iran Nejad,  who will discuss their research topics. 

In collaboration with the Art Gallery of NSW and sponsored by the Iranian Women Visual Artists Collective-Australia (IWVAC-Australia) and the Mehregan Magazine, the conference is concurrent with the exhibition Beyond Words: Calligraphic Traditions of Asia, showing at the Art Gallery of NSW. Hossein Valamanesh's artwork, "Middle Path" (2008), featuring an 8 metre long scroll with the word "love" in Farsi written with saffron is showcased. 

The Association of Iranica in Australasia Incorporated is a non-profit, non-partisan and non-religious organisation promoting Encyclopaedia Iranica and Iranian cultural heritage.

The Encyclopædia Iranica is dedicated to the study of Iranian civilization in the Middle East, the Caucasus, Central Asia and the Indian Subcontinent.

For further details email:





Early bird conference prices ending soon!

Arlis/ANZ Conference 2016: The Persistence of the Real

Please register for the Arlis/ANZ 2016 Conference “The Persistence of  the Real”  before 31 October 2016 to take advantage of the early-bird pricing.

Registration Fees

Cost of registration will be as follows:


Speaker conference registration only                 $220

Speaker conference registration + dinner           $320

Members and Non Members

Up to October 31 2016

Early bird Conference registration + dinner        $370 members

                                                                       $430 non-members (includes 1 year membership)

Early bird Conference registration only              $290 members

                                                                       $350 non-members (includes 1 year membership)

November 1 onwards

Conference registration + dinner                       $420 members

                                                                       $480 non-members (includes 1 year membership)

Conference only                                               $340 members

                                                                       $400 non-members (includes 1 year membership)

One Day Tickets

Early Bird (up to October 31)

$150 members

$190 non members

1 November onwards

$180 members

$220 non members

All registration prices include Wednesday night welcome cocktail party (please select the $0 ticket at the time of registration if you wish to join us for drinks), Lunch Thursday and Lunch Friday

There is also an option for one day attendees to elect to attend the Conference Dinner for an additional $80.00.

Please email me ( ) if you have any specific dietary requirements.

 Arlis/ANZ National Executive and 2016 Conference Committee