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

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

 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