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The ARLIS/ANZ (Arts Libraries Society/Australia and New Zealand) Conference –Expanding Our Reach: Art, Research and Access.


The ARLIS/ANZ (Arts Libraries Society/Australia and New Zealand) Conference – Expanding Our Reach: Art, Research and Access is taking place at the National Portrait Gallery and National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, 4- 5 October 2018.

Personal or Institutional Members of ARLIS/ANZ or international members of an ARLIS organisation are now invited to apply for the ARLIS/ANZ Travel Grant of A$700 to assist attendance at the conference. Applicants must have a minimum membership of twelve months' standing. There are two awards of $A700.00 each on offer.

Applicants should submit an application that includes the following information: Name, contact details, current role and a brief resume giving details about professional activities, particularly in ARLIS/ANZ or an ARLIS organisation and length of membership. Also a short summary of purpose for which an award is sought with details of other funding received or applied for is welcomed.

Applications for the ARLIS/ANZ Travel Grant close on 29 June 2018 at 5pm. Applicants will be notified of the Committee’s decision by 15 July 2018.

The decisions of the ARLIS/ANZ Conference Committee shall be final and no correspondence regarding them shall be entered into. In making an award to attend an ARLIS/ANZ conference, preference may be given to a member who has not received an ARLIS/ANZ Travel Grant on a previous occasion.

There is an additional award for a student or new graduate living in the ACT region. The successful applicant will receive one year’s membership to ARLIS/ANZ plus full conference registration and an invitation to attend the conference dinner.

Applicants for the ACT award should submit the following information: Name, contact details, current status, i.e. student or new graduate and a brief resume giving details about professional and /or educational activities, Also a short summary of purpose for which an award is sought with details of other funding received or applied for is welcomed. The award recipient will be asked to submit a short description of their experience at the conference for publication on the ARLIS/ANZ website.

Please send applications to: The ACT Chapter Treasurer: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Call for Participation : ARLIS/ANZ Biennial Conference 2018 DEADLINE EXTENSION

ARLIS/ANZ Conference 2018: Expanding our Reach: Art, Research and Access

Call for Participation : ARLIS/ANZ Biennial Conference 2018 DEADLINE EXTENSION

 Canberra welcomes you to the 2018 Art Libraries Society of Australia and New Zealand (ARLIS/ANZ) conference held at the National Portrait Gallery (Day one) and the National Gallery of Australia (Day two), Thursday 4 October – Friday 5 October, with welcome drinks on the evening of Wednesday 3 October. The theme is Expanding our Reach: Art, Research and Access, delving into the expanded uses and users of Art Library collections. We want to hear from a range of people including art librarians, archivists, artists, scholars, authors, curators, critics, educators, students and other visual arts professionals.

It is an exciting time in our sector as our roles have developed in response to a broadening user category and to innovative ways our collections are being used. This expansion has resulted in an exciting range of projects, collaborations and outcomes.

The Persistence of the Real 2016 conference focussed on the continuing appeal of the real object and the reinvigoration of the tangible, including books and archives. Benjamin Law, the keynote speaker, made us aware of the importance of documenting our past and how memories can be used, and how, increasingly, people in this fast, social online world feel grounded with the tactile, and the physical, encouraging connectedness to not only our community but also our humanity.

Moving forward two years we are seeing an expansion in the uses and the users of the art library collections we manage. We have seen the importance of artist driven archive collections, exhibitions of artist archives, thematic study and object based learning. There is a greater emphasis on collaborative projects with educational departments and interactive online engagement utilising art library collections to help inform and engage.

In this 2018 conference let’s look at how our collections are being used. What is exciting, what is ground breaking? Also, stretching into the near future and being prepared, where our collections can take us, who our users will be, how our collections can be used and to what purpose? Integral to this is managing these expanded applications; what can we do to better align ourselves with these growing demands?  

To submit your interest in presenting at this year’s conference you can submit a proposal either as individuals or in a group to present a 30 minute talk that addresses one of the following questions.

  • Collection knowledge is fundamental to good research, but how else are collections used and what other fields of study could benefit? How can collections and information agencies reach further to support information seekers?
  • Our user base includes artists, authors, academics, educators, tertiary, secondary and primary students, how do they use our collections and why? Are there other groups with potential interest?
  • In most cases the first point of call for most information seekers is to search the web. What are some of the more novel and engaging ways that collections and information agencies are utilising the power of the web to reach out to support information seekers?
  • As our collections our used in new ways and our user group broadens how has this changed and continue to change our roles as art library professionals?

Alternatively you could encourage further discussion and engagement around this theme by offering a virtual tour of your library and collections. (10 minutes)


Please submit your 250-word abstract or virtual visit proposal no later than 30 March 13 April 2018 to:

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Proposals are to be submitted by email as follows:

  • Email subject line “ARLIS/ANZ 2018 Paper Proposal”
  • Title of the paper
  • Author(s) of the paper
  • Paper abstract (250 words maximum)
  • Speaker’s name, professional affiliation, and email address
  • Biographical note on the speaker (150 words maximum)

Important dates:

28 February 2018
Call for participation
30 March 13 April 2018 Deadline for submission of abstracts
27 April 2018 Notice of acceptance by the conference committee
7 September 2018 Deadline for submission of full paper, visual material and technical requirements
4-5 October 2018 Conference

Feminist Art archives exhibition opens at Auckland Art Gallery

The Research Librarians at Auckland Art Gallery have been busy installing 'Collective Women: Feminist Art Archives from the 1970s to the 1990s'. This is the first ever archives-only exhibition in the Gallery's main spaces. It shows the depth of our amazing archives collections and coincides with the Suffrage 125 celebrations in New Zealand next year. The show will be up for at least a year so we do hope some of you will get a chance to visit it.

Catherine Hammond and Caroline McBride


2018 Arlis/ANZ Conference


The ACT Chapter will host the next Arlis/ANZ conference in October 2018.

So that you can plan your travel here are the details:

Opening reception, National Portrait Gallery: Wednesday 3rd October 2018 - in the evening (times to be confirmed)

Two day conference, National Gallery of Australia: Thursday 4th - Friday 5th October 2018

Canberra is beautiful at this time of year and Floriade, the city's iconic annual spring festival will be in full swing at the same time.

More details to follow soon.


NSW Chapter End of Year / Christmas Get Together

Save the Date: Wednesday 13 December

The NSW chapter would like to invite ARLIS/ANZ members  to their Christmas Party / End of Year get together at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Wednesday 13 December 2017.

Please meet at the Edmund and Joanna Capon Research Library at 3pm.

We will be arranging viewing of the Rembrandt and the Dutch Golden Age: Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum and Robert Mapplethorpe: the Perfect Medium.  

Following the exhibition viewing, there will be a picnic in the Domain (weather permitting). Please bring a plate of food to share. Drinks will be provided.

RSVPs to Elizabeth Little by Friday 8 December.  E: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rembrandt and the Dutch golden age: Masterpieces from the Rijksmuseum

Rembrandt and the Dutch golden age presents a richly unfolding panorama of Dutch society during an era of unparalleled wealth, power and cultural confidence. In the Dutch golden age, the art of painting flourished like never before. Drawn from the Rijksmuseum, the renowned national collection of the Netherlands, this exhibition includes a rare painting by Johannes Vermeer and a room dedicated to one of the greatest minds in the history of art, Rembrandt van Rijn.

Robert Mapplethorpe: the perfect medium

Robert Mapplethorpe: the perfect medium is a comprehensive survey exhibition of one of the most influential American artists of the late 20th century. Showcasing an extraordinary selection of Robert Mapplethorpe’s work, from floral still lifes to portraits, figure studies and erotic imagery that charted his involvement in New York’s gay scene, this exhibition includes a selection of archival material providing insights into the artist’s working methods and private life.



World Library Information Congress

More than 500 speakers and 3100 delegates from 122 countries, not to mention 247 sessions covering all aspects of our profession, makes IFLA’s World Library and Information Congress (WLIC) a unique experience of professional development and networking. The beautiful city of Wroclaw provided the perfect setting, steeped in its own rich cultural heritage that every visitor enjoyed.

Addressing the audience during the Opening Session IFLA Secretary General, Gerald Leitner prepared the hall for an inspiring week:

We are coming with a firework of new ideas and services for you to this congress!

Colleagues, I’m sure we are going to have a vibrant congress here in beautiful Wrocław…. use this opportunity, become an active part of it, and build your network!”

And a firework of ideas it was! The 83rd WLIC was packed with highlight after highlight that one cannot deny exciting things are happening in the library field. Are you holding on tightly? Here’s a recap of the rollercoaster week.

New IFLA President

With the warmest of hugs, Donna Scheeder handed over her presidency to Gloria Perez Salmeron. Donna Scheeder received a standing ovation during the Closing Session in appreciation for her tireless work to transform IFLA and the international library field in her call to action to unite in the face of globalisation. She passes the IFLA baton over to Gloria Perez Salmeron who, in her first address as IFLA president, spoke of how libraries are the “motors of change and we, the librarians, are the gears”. Her words were echoed across social media like wild fire as she captured the imagination of library professionals both in the hall and beyond it. Her energy and passion to continue moving IFLA forward is, without doubt, infectious. Welcome Gloria Perez Salmeron! 

New Governing Board

It was not just a new president we welcomed in Wroclaw, we also welcomed a new Governing Board to steer IFLA in these exciting times of transparency, openness and fresh ideas. Each member comes with a wealth of experience, knowledge and enthusiasm to keep the momentum of change always in top gear. Meet the new 2017 – 2019 IFLA governing board here

Global Vision Online Voting

The launch of the IFLA Global Vision online voting platform propelled this inclusive global discussion to unite the library field into the stratosphere. After the real-time voting which saw 300 delegates voting simultaneously, it was time to unveil the online platform. Since the launch, the IFLA Global Vision has received thousands of votes. You can vote until Saturday 30 September so join in the discussion and be a part of this global brainstorm. Vote here

Library Map of the World

Another successful launch during WLIC2017 (and one that has got the library world ablaze) is IFLA’s Library Map of the World. On the day of the launch the website received 1996 users and in just two days 142 countries had visited. The map addresses the critical need of the library field to accurately collect and share basic information about the library landscape. Read more about this great initiative here

Membership Survey

For the first time in IFLA history, we will be undertaking a comprehensive membership survey to understand the views and opinions of our members. What are the activities our members value most, what motivates you and where can IFLA develop? These and many more questions will be asked to ensure we continue to deliver a service that is relevant for our members in the 21st Century. Read more about the Membership survey here

Cultural Evening  

The Cultural Evening is always a chance for delegates to let their hair down, mingle with new friends and enjoy the host country’s hospitality with entertainment and cuisine. The National Committee Poland and the city of Wroclaw pulled out all the stops for a memorable evening complete with talented tradition Polish dancing, a breath-taking fountain show and the popular silent disco. The smiles on everyone’s faces said it all. A wonderful evening of culture and fun! See more images from the cultural evening here

Biggest Brain Trust in the World

WLIC’s success lies in the role IFLA’s Professional Units play in sharing their knowledge and skills for the improvement of the profession as whole. WLIC2017 continued this tradition of knowledge-sharing with experts from within the library field and outstanding experts from other sectors.

IFLA’s Professional Units with 1200 experts working on all aspects of the library field are the biggest international brain trust bringing together expertise from all over the world.

Live streaming

IFLA’s transparent and open approach is reflected by this year’s live streaming of the Opening, Highlights, President and Closing Sessions which brought, for the first time, IFLA WLIC to the homes of many more professionals unable to attend. Live streaming these sessions was a first in IFLA WLIC history and judging from the comments it was very much appreciated:

On Facebook, Bhalerao Balajisaid:  

Thank you for given [sic] opportunity to all library professional to watch livestreaming of conference.”

With less than a month to go before registration opens for WLIC2018 on 1 October, we are excited to see what Kuala Lumpur will bring!





The ARLIS/ANZ NSW Chapter invites you to an informal networking dinner  on Friday September 8. Please meet at 6pm at the entrance to Kensington Street, Chippendale. If you are interested in coming along  please email me- I can then send you my mobile number in case of late arrival.

Find Kensington Street tucked away on the city side of Central Park, just off Broadway on the eastern fringe of Chippendale. Nearest train station is Central. It is just a few minutes’ walk from the Central George Street Bus stop.


Parking is limited on Kensington Street and in the surrounding streets, although off-street parking can sometimes be found on Balfour Street. There are several parking stations nearby.


Barbara Rendall

NSW Chapter Secretary

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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

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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

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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 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.