Conference

[R]evolution: Re-imagining the Art Library

12-14 July 2017

National Gallery of Ireland

Dublin

 

The 2017 conference entitled [R]evolution: Re-imagining the Art Library will explore the questions and challenges affecting art libraries today and how we as a profession respond to this constantly and rapidly changing environment. The need to develop in this 21st century landscape is accepted but the direction(s) we might take is not so clear. The conference will address the following issues:

  • Do we simply evolve, slowly making the necessary changes?
  • Do we revolt against prevailing practices, in favour of a new system?
  • Should we reassess the art library?
  • How do we justify our worth?
  • How do we house our collections and deliver our services in a way that works for both our users and our collections?  

 

There will also be plenty of opportunities to visit Dublin’s art libraries, museums and galleries to explore and learn more about the treasures the city has to offer.

 

More details to follow

 

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE PROGRAMME

 

Art libraries, and libraries in general, are in the midst of significant disruption. This year’s conference entitled [R]evolution: Re-imagining the Art Library will explore the questions and challenges affecting art libraries today and examine what exactly art information professionals need to do to respond to this rapidly changing environment.

 

(I) We invite lecture proposals, expert opinion, case studies, discussion papers, on the themes outlined above for 30 minute presentations and are particularly interested, but not limited to, the following areas:

·         The economic and cultural value of art libraries: cost benefit analysis of art libraries – have you done one? How do art libraries contribute to research? Why do we need the art library? How do we impact the economy, the creative industries, academic life?

·         New perspectives and developments in the physical space: New art libraries, new ways of using your space, refurbishment projects, disaster management in library spaces, library design in a digital world, preservation and storage advances, user needs and library planning. 

·         The changing role of the art information professional: the art librarian of the past versus the 21st century information professional, new skills required: marketing, communication skills, digital humanities, exhibitions planning and curatorship, budgets and fundraising, teaching and lecturing, collaboration and relationship management.

Proposals must contain:

o   Title of the paper

o   Author(s) of the paper

o   Paper abstract (500 words maximum)

o   Speaker’s name, professional affiliation, postal address, and email address

o   Biographical note on the speaker (100 words maximum)

     

 

(II) LIGHTENING TALKS

These are quick 10 minute talks consisting of no more than 10 slides, followed by a moderated discussion and question and answer session involving the audience and panel of speakers.

We want to know more about innovative projects you are working on.  We are particularly interested in, but not limited to, the following subjects:

·         New digital projects/Digital humanities projects

·         New collections

·         Preservation and conservation

·         User education and training

·         Advocacy and outreach

·         Visual literacy projects

·         Promoting and marketing your library

·         Collaborations

·         Collections and Access

·         Diversity and Inclusion

·         Technology and Innovation

Please provide author information, a title, and an abstract (300 words or less).

(III) POSTER SESSION

We invite one-page proposals for posters that showcase current work.

Please provide author information, a title, and an abstract (300 words or less).

 

SUBMISSION PROCESS

 

All Proposals must be submitted by email to Andrea Lydon, Head of Library & Archive, National Gallery of Ireland. alydon@ngi.ie  No later than 24 February 2017.

 

Please state clearly which element of the conference you are submitting to – 30 minute presentations, Lightening talks or Poster session. The e-mail subject line must read “ARLIS UK & Ireland Conference 2017”.

 

Submissions will be reviewed by the ARLIS 2017 conference working party and invitations to speakers and participants will be issued no later than 10 March 2017

 

Please note:
All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodations, etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters.

 

Past Conferences

2015 Mining for Innovation: Fuelling the Arts Economy

Cardiff

2014 Reaching New Peaks: Onwards and Upwards
Manchester

2013 Rising to the Challenge
Bristol

2012 From Beijing to Bloomsbury: art librarianship in an Olympic year
London

2011 Weaving New Futures: collaboration and reinvention in the digital age
Leeds

2010 ARLIS: the next generation
Edinburgh

2009 Tradition and Transformation: roles in a changing world
Cambridge

2008 Community, Creativity, Culture, Co-operation: come together right now
Liverpool

2007 Beautiful and Useful? supporting the arts and crafts in the 21st century
Cheltenham

2006 The Baltic and Beyond
Newcastle-upon-Tyne

2005 Rough Diamonds: polishing partnerships with creative industries
Birmingham

2004 Through the Looking Glass: meeting the skills challenge
Oxford

2003 Creative partnerships
Brighton

2002 Gateways to the Changing Landscape of Art Information: pre-IFLA conference
Glasgow

2001 I Spy With My Little Eye: new ways of seeing art librarianship
London

2000 The Changing Agenda for Art Libraries
Cambridge

1999 Taking Stock: collection development into the 21st century
Warwick

1998 Art, architecture and Design: sources, practice, libraries
Bristol & Bath

1997 Art Libraries in the Cyber-Age
Canterbury

1996 Libraries and the Reproduced Image from Print to Digitisation
Edinburgh

1995 Conserving the Culture: the challenge to art, architecture and design librarians
Dublin

1994 Solid Silver: art librarians working together
London

1993 The New Art Librarianship: strategies towards 2001 in art, architecture and design
Manchester

1992 The Art Book: from Vasari to videodisc (IFLA section of Art Libraries, 4th European conference)
Oxford

 1991 Information for the Designer 
Norwich

 1990  Managing Change: into the 1990s 
Bradford

1989 Seeing the Way Forward: librarianship and the visual image
Glasgow

1988 The State of the Art
Cambridge

1987 Art Libraries for the People (IFLA pre-conference)
Brighton

1986 Co-operation in Art, Architecture and Design Libraries
York

1985 Practice and Management in Art, Architecture and Design Libraries
Bristol

1984 Acquisitions in Art and Design Libraries
Oxford

1983 Information Technology
Brighton

1982 Materials and Methods of Design History
Durham

1981 Resources for the Study of Provincial Art and Architecture
Liverpool

1980 The Book as Art
Gloucester

1979 Art and Architecture in Scotland
Edinburgh

1978 Seminar on User Education
Leeds

1976 International Conference on Periodicals
London & Brighton

1974 Art Library Resources
Birmingham

1972 Education for Art Librarianship
Aberystwyth

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