ARLIS/ANZ Conference 2016: The Persistence of the Real

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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



Digital opportunities and challenges for art libraries have been a recurring theme at ARLIS/ANZ conferences over the last 20 years. Papers have been given on projects to convert valuable card files and indices to digital databases. We have reflected on the changing nature of library spaces and the impact of emerging technologies on their services. There have been a number of presentations on digital initiatives in preservation and on the wide variety of issues around putting collections online.

At the 2014 Arlis/ANZ conference in Auckland, however, there emerged a renewed interest in the physicality of art libraries, from their collections of books, periodicals, artists’ books, ephemera and archives, to the physical space of libraries themselves and to the real people who staff them. Keynote speaker Courtney Johnston was enthusiastic about the new frontiers that the digital age has opened up, but she also acknowledged the many things unique to the physical object, which a digital surrogate could not provide.

How has the digital environment in which we all operate changed and improved our services, our collections and their management, our work patterns etc. since 2004 when the ARLIS/ANZ conference was last held in Sydney? Have there been surprises? What are the disappointments?

What has been the impact of the digital on our profession? Are we better placed to assist our users? How do we understand and harness the technical skills needed in the rapidly changing digital world? Have digital technologies provided any concrete solutions to the preservation of our collections? What about the continuing issues of the stability of digital platforms, on the need to preserve outmoded devices, on migration paths? And what about the costs? Have digital technologies delivered on their promise of saving us time, skills and storage space? Many of us envisaged one large outlay at the start of our digitisation projects and then a simple and economical management of them into the future. Has this occurred?

Our digital world has not diminished the continuing appeal of the real object, or an appreciation for the serendipity of encounter with the world provided by the real object in contrast to the digitally specific. Art book fairs are drawing large crowds and there has been a proliferation of small publishing houses specialising in limited editions. In the world of reading, ebooks have not replaced paper ones, just as in the world of music vinyl and the cassette continue to have a future. Archives and their unique collections are proving themselves increasingly relevant to the popular imagination.

These are just some of the questions and themes which we believe our theme of ‘The Persistence of the Real’ could open up for our 2016 conference.



Arlis/ANZ National Executive and 2016 Conference Committee

Elizabeth Little, Chair

Steven Miller, Treasurer

Barbara Rendall, Secretary

Vivian Huang, Website Administrator

Claire Eggleston, Committee Member