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NSW Chapter End of Year Get Together

Wednesday 16 December 2015 @ AGNSW

NSW Chapter End of Year Get Together


The Arlis/ANZ NSW chapter invites current financial members to a tour of the Art Gallery of NSW’s  exhibition The Greats: masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland.

This  will be followed by a small end of year celebration – a picnic in the nearby Domain. Please meet at the AGNSW Research library Wednesday 16 December at 3pm. If you wish to join us for the picnic bring along some finger food to share- we will supply the beverages.

If you are not already a member of ARLIS/ANZ you may join prior to the day by going to this address:

Please RSVP to me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 5pm Friday 11 December.

The Greats

masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland

Botticelli ● Leonardo ● Cézanne ● El Greco ● Gauguin ● Monet ● Poussin ● Raphael ● Rubens ● Titian ● Turner ● Vermeer

The Greats: masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland is an extraordinary and richly presented showcase of some the world’s most revered old master paintings and drawings by many of the greatest names in European art.

Comprising over 70 outstanding works, all but two will be seen in Australia for the first time, including Botticelli’s exceptional The Virgin adoring the sleeping Christ child. Drawn from the prestigious collection of the National Galleries of Scotland, the exhibition spans a period of more than 400 years from the Renaissance to Impressionism.

Presented exclusively in Australia by the Art Gallery of NSW as part of theSydney International Art Series, this is a rare opportunity to experience, contemplate and appreciate the grandeur of The Greats.


The National Art School Library (Darlinghurst, Sydney) is recruiting for a part time (0.6 FTE) Librarian. The position would commence in January 2016 on a one year fixed term basis.

The National Art School teaches a Bachelor of Fine Art and a Masters of Fine Arts. We have a student population of approx. 450. The role involves desk shifts, running the student exhibition space - Library Stairwell Gallery, programming & delivering the information literacy lunch time research sessions, individual reference & research with higher level students, and cataloguing and accessioning new books.

For further information and details of how to apply, please visit the NAS website:

Applications must be received by close of business Friday 30 October.

If you have any questions about the role please contact Elizabeth Little, Library & Learning Centre Manager. Tel 02 9339 8704 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


ARLIS/ANZ Conference 2016: Final Program

The Persistence of the Real

ARLIS/ANZ 2016 Conference

Final Program:Persistence of the Real

Wednesday 30 November


Venue: The O Bar, Level 47, Australia Square, 264 George St, Sydney, NSW, 2000

Thursday 1 December

Venue: Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery Road, Sydney NSW, 2000

Domain Theatre, Lower Level 3

9:00-9:25 Registrations

9:30-10:00 Welcome to AGNSW and Welcome to Country (Yiribana Gallery)

Listen to welcome

Speaker: Charles “Chicka” Madden

10:00-10:10 Arlis/ANZ Welcome and Housekeeping

Speaker: Elizabeth Little, Arlis/ANZ Chair

10:10 – 10:50 Keynote Address: Treasure vs Trash

Speaker: Benjamin Law

Listen to Benjamin's speech:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

PowerPoint Presentation (in PDF format)

 10:50-11:20 MORNING TEA

11:25- 12:35 Session 1: MC Steven Miller

The Babylon Project: A Site Specific Artwork at Waverley and Fisher Libraries


 PowerPoint Presentation

Listen to Andrew's speech

Speaker: Andrew Christie, Waverley Library and Artist Program/ University of Sydney Fisher Library and Sydney College of the Arts

Is it a library or is it art?


PowerPoint presentation

Listen to Catherine's speech

Speaker: Catherine Kerrigan, Adelaide Central School of Art

Virtual Tour of the Lenton Parr Music, Visual and Performing Arts Library at the University of Melbourne

PowerPoint Presentation

Listen to Georgina's speech

Speaker: Georgina Binns, University of Melbourne

12:45-1:45 LUNCH

Venue: The Pavilion, 1 Art Gallery Road, Sydney, NSW, 2000 (Opposite the Art Gallery entrance)

1:50-3:10 Session 2: MC Claire Eggleston

Archives to the Rescue: Building Support Communities for Artifact Preservation


PowerPoint Presentation

Listen to Kim's speech

Speaker: Kim Allen Scott, Montana State University

Exciting Times/Challenging Times: developing meaningful art library collections in the 21st century


PowerPoint Presentation

Listen to Laura's Speech

Speaker: Laura Schwartz, University of California

Virtual Tour: Alfred Deakin Prime Ministerial Library

PDF PowerPoint presentation

Listen to Josephine's speech

Speaker: Josephine Le Clerc, Deakin University


Short presentation by an Art Gallery of New South Wales Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art staff member


Chair: Elizabeth Little

6:00- 9:00 National Art School Degree Show Opening

Venue: National Art School, Corner Forbes and Burton Street, Darlinghurst, NSW, 2010

Friday 2 December

9:30-11:00 Session 1: MC Elizabeth Little

9:30-9:55 How do artists use libraries?

PowerPoint Presentation not available due to copyright restrictions


Listen to Sarah's and Celia's speech

Speakers: Sarah Graham and Celia Brown, Sydney College of the Arts, University of Sydney

9:55- 10:20 How Do Student-Practitioners Use Online Performing Arts Resources?


PowerPoint Presentation

Listen to Ross's and Elizabeth's Speech

 Speakers: Ross Bruzzese and Elizabeth Smith, National Institute of Dramatic Art

10:20- 10:45The Transformation of Access: Print and Digital Resources in an Art Museum Library

PowerPoint Presentation

Listen to Karen's Speech:

Part 1

Part 2

 Speaker: Karen Stafford, Art Institute of Chicago (co –authored by Stephanie Fletcher)

11:00-11:30 MORNING TEA

11:30 - 12:50 Session 2: MC Margaret Blackmore

Digital projects and future plans of the Fine Arts Library

PowerPoint Presentation

Listen to William's speech

Speaker: William Hamill, Fine Arts Library, University of Auckland Libraries and Learning Services

Unclogging the backlog


PowerPoint Presentation

Listen to Michael's Speech

Speaker: Michael Proud, National Library of Australia (paper co-authored by Nicola Mackay-Sim)

Virtual tour: Giesel Library, University of California, San Diego

Speaker: Laura Schwartz, University of California


PowerPoint Presentation

Listen to Laura's Speech

The Fleet Library at Rhode Island School of Design: Physical Place and Virtual Commons

Speaker: Mark Pompelia, Rhode Island School of Design

PowerPoint Presentation

Listen to Mark's Speech

12:50-1:50 LUNCH

Venue: Edmund and Joanna Capon Research Library

1:50 - 3:15 Session 3: MC Barbara Rendall

Exhibiting the Art Archive


PowerPoint Presentation

 Listen to Peta Jane's Speech:

Part 1

Part 2

Speaker: Dr Peta Jane Blessing

 The Abstract: Exhibition, reading room and metaphor

PowerPoint Presentation

Listen to Romany's Speech

Speaker: Romany Manuell, Monash University Library

Data migration lessons learnt by the Pictures team at the National Library of Australia


PowerPoint Presentation

Listen to Eleanor's speech

Speaker: Eleanor Goodwin, National Library of Australia


3:45 - 4:30 Session 4: MC Claire Eggleston

 Panel Discussion: Persistence of the Real

Chair: Claire Eggleston

Panel members: Kim Allen Scott, Steven Miller, Sarah Graham and Karen Stafford

Listen to the Panel Discussion:

Part 1

Part 2

4:30-4:45 Formal close of conference

Listen to the close of the conference

Speaker: Elizabeth Little, Arlis/ANZ Chair


Venue: Otto Ristorante, Area 8, 6 Cowper Wharf Road, Woolloomooloo, NSW, 2011

Note: Conference dinner sponsored by the Fink Group/Otto

Saturday 3 December- Optional Gallery visits

All conference delegates will receive free entry to the Exhibition at AGNSW: The Nude.

Other suggested galleries and museums in Sydney:

Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences

The Mint

The State Library of NSW

The White Rabbit Gallery

The Manly Regional Gallery

The Museum of Sydney

The Museum of Contemporary Art

The Brett Whitely Studio

The Australian Museum

Sherman Contemporary Art Foundation

Or you may want to book a tour with Sydney Art Tours:


 Download List of Attendees Here


If you have any agenda items for the ARLIS/ANZ Annual General Meeting please send them to me by Monday 9 November.
I will then distribute the agenda by email and also place it up on the website.
I propose that we conduct the AGM via email, with a deadline of Friday 11 December for submission of Chapter Annual reports, and discussion and/or voting on any issues raised on the agenda.

The 2014 minutes can be seen here:


Barbara Rendall

ARLIS/ANZ National Secretary

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A big thank you to a number of members for all your patience while we have endeavoured to sort out the problems with payments and unnecessary reminder notices. The National Executive have been working closely with the website provider in an effort to resolve these problems.

Hopefully they will not recur- but please let us know if there are any further payment issues you encounter.

ARLIS UK & Ireland Conference

Catherine Hammond (NZ Chapter)

I'll be attending the ARLIS UK & Ireland Conference in Cardiff, Wales this July supported by their International Delegate award. Would love to know if any other ANZ member is going? Will post a conference roundup on my return.


Vacancy: Archivist/Librarian for Indigenous archival collections

Archivist/Librarian, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander archival collections

Dear friends in Arlis/ANZ,

the Research Library and Archive of the Art Gallery of NSW is currently looking for an archivist/librarian to work with our Indigenous archival collections. This is a full-time position for three years. If you know anyone suitable please encourage them to apply. The position is currently being advertised on Jobs NSW

New National Executive

As you are all probably aware, New South Wales chapter has now taken over the National Executive of ARLIS/ANZ. We’d like to offer our thanks to the outgoing Victorians – Judy Nolan, George Leighfield, John Stevens - who have steered us ably through the past four years. The development of the new Arlis/ANZ website has been a major achievement of the past executive and associated working party consisting of John Stevens, Sonja Barfoed, Vicki Marsh, Tanya Wilson, George Leighfield and Judy Nolan. Thanks also to Vicki Marsh and Sonja Barfoed (from ACT chapter) who worked on social media development.

The new ARLIS Executive are:

Elizabeth Little, Chair (National Art School, Sydney); Barbara Rendall, Secretary (Sydney Institute, Design Centre Enmore); Steven Miller, Treasurer (Art Gallery of NSW) and Vivian Huang, Website Editor and Assistant Treasurer (Art Gallery of NSW).

We are looking forward to working together and hosting the next conference here in Sydney in November 2016 – dates to be confirmed! The main conference venue will be the Art Gallery of NSW.


Left to right:  Vivian Huang, Barbara Rendall , Steven Miller and Elizabeth Little. 



Hidden War

Online war exhibition drawn from the Art Gallery of NSW's archive

Hi all,

we have just launched an online exhibition to celebrate the centenary of the ANZAC landing at Gallipoli. It is based entirely on letters/diaries/objects in our archive. Take a look:


Hopefully it will load correctly on your computer, as some computers have been experiencing a problem with it. Regards, Steven

Thanks to those who replied to the e-list to say they got the newsletter last week and a couple who said they didn't. 
I didn't think to ask for replies because I thought if I got the newsletter myself it would be working. However, it seems not so. I'm not sure why some didn't get it but if anyone of you who didn't get it that are using gmail have you checked the Promotions "tab" and the Social tab as opposed to the Primary tab? 
Also you may have used a different email address than the one on the Arlis/ANZ elist for your Arlis/ANZ website membership.
I wonder if some corporate email systems are blocking emails before they even get to the Spam folder?
Anyone not on the e-list who wants to join please contact John Stevens at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
George Leighfield

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Kia ora from New Zealand

I just wanted to let you all know that, as a result of the NZ Chapter's AGM (held during the ARLIS/ANZ Conference in Auckland), we will have a new NZ executive in 2015

I am delighted to announce that the Auckland members have taken on the role of the executive with the following office holders:

Chapter Head – Catherine Hammond, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

Treasurer – Caroline McBride, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki

Secretary – Jayne Carroll, Fine Arts Library, The University of Auckland

Those who attended the conference will know just what a formidable team this is and we look forward to a lively future for ARLIS/ANZ on this side of the Tasman.

My sincere thanks to the outgoing Treasurer, Fran McGowan, for her great work looking after our members and funds, and to the other committee members Fiona Gray and Victoria Boyack for their support.

My very best wishes to all ARLIS/ANZ members for this holiday season and the new year.


Ngā mihi

Joan McCracken

Retiring Chair ARLIS/ANZ (NZ Chapter)