Past events

Annual General Meeting

The Art Workers' Guild,
6 Queen Square,
London WC1 3AT
Wednesday 10th May 2017
12.30-4.30 pm

Agenda for the AGM
Minutes of the previous meeting

ARLIS visit to Rotherhithe Picture Research Library
The Arlis Professional Development Committee are pleased to announce an afternoon visit to the Rotherhithe Picture Research Library, at 2pm on Thursday 25th May.
The Library was established in 1975 as a reference collection, freely available to anyone wishing to do picture research; and sits within Sands Films, an independent film production facility operating in an 18th century listed building.
There will be an opportunity to peruse the Library as well as their collection of period costumes and costume-making workshop. After the visit attendees will be able to adjourn to the nearly Mayflower pub for some riverside refreshments.
Contact Harriet Lam to secure your place on the visit: – please note places are limited and on a first come, first served basis, with priority booking given to Arlis members.


Taking the Plunge: Art Librarianship as a Career Option
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 from 14:00 to 17:30

The Library, 
Goldsmiths, University of London
8 Lewisham Way
SE14 6NW
The ARLIS Professional Development Committee are pleased to present Taking the Plunge – an event aimed at introducing those interested in a career in art librarianship to the diversity of the sector, the kind of work and roles involved, as well as the current job market and how to enter the profession.
2-2.15: Welcome and registration - 
2.15-2.25: Introduction
2.25-2.55: Working in academic libraries – Antonia Lewis, Subject Librarian (Art, Design and Visual Cultures) – Goldsmiths, University of London
2.55-3.25: Working in a museum or gallery library – Jonathan Franklin, Librarian – The National Gallery
3.25-3.55: Working with special collections – Althea Greenan, Curator - Women's Art Library, Goldsmiths, University of London
3.55-4.10: Tea break – 15 min
4.10-4.40: Notes and experience of a recent graduate– TBC
4.40-5.10: Job application and CV tips session - Vitoria Sculfor - Sue Hill Recruitment
5.10-5.25: Closing remarks and Q & A
If you have any questions, please contact the ARLIS Professional Development bookings officer, Harriet Lam -
Please book by by Friday 14th April 2017 at the latest. 
ARLIS members £13
Non-ARLIS members £25

ARLIS/UK & Ireland Cataloguing and Classification Committee
Beginner’s Guide to Cataloguing: AACR2 and MARC21 basics
Date:10 March 2017, 10.00am-4.30pm
Venue: National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE

The ARLIS/UK & Ireland Cataloguing and Classification Committee have organized a rerun basic cataloguing training day for those with limited or no past experience in library cataloguing.
Are you a student, recent graduate, paraprofessional or solo practitioner? Are you looking to add cataloguing to your skills? Would you like to know how catalogue records function? If so, come along and find out the importance of good cataloguing practices.
This training will focus on records created according to AACR2 in the MARC21 format. Although RDA is the new cataloguing standard in use by many libraries and cataloguing agencies, AACR2 is still being widely used and is the standard underlying millions of extant bibliographic records in active use by the international library community.
During the workshop, we will explore the structure and importance of these standards, and show you how to create basic descriptive cataloguing records, including access points, with plenty of time for practical exercises. By the end of the day, delegates will have a clearer understanding of library catalogue records and will be able to create a simple record for a monograph.
Booking information: Online booking form
Any questions to:

An Introduction to Art and Design Reference Resources
Monday, 30 January 2017 from 10:00 to 16:00 (GMT)
National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
The Arlis Professional Development Committee is pleased to advertise this event, held at the National Art Library, V&A, London. This workshop is of particular interest to new professionals in art librarianship, as well as to art librarians who would like to brush up their enquiry skills. Please find the full programme here.
If you have any questions, please contact the Arlis Professional Development bookings officer, Harriet Lam -

ARLIS/Committee for Art and Design Archives
Symposium - Matter and Meaning: Materiality and the Visual Arts Archive
DATE              Friday 23 September 2016
TIME               10.00am – 6.00pm
VENUE           University of Brighton, Room M2, Grand Parade, BN2 0JY
On the one hand… material is discussed today in the light of an idea that it has been dissolved by the so-called immaterialities of new technologies, while on the other – from the margins – we can observe the consolidation of material as a category of its own.
(Monika Wagner)
Within the expanding digital environment that encompasses our professional and personal experience, ideas of materiality have received extensive recent attention, across a range of disciplines, including anthropology, archaeology, art history, literary studies and material culture.  As yet, archival theory and practice have given limited consideration to materiality as an approach to the archive. Conservation practices, while focussing on material qualities of archives, may not attend to more philosophical implications beyond technical research. This symposium seeks to reach across and between these various bodies of knowledge, considering materiality as a framework for analysing, interpreting and engaging with archives of art and design.
Please click here to see the full programme for the day and here to read the speakers' abstracts.
ARLIS/UK & Ireland Cataloguing and Classification Committee MARCedit Training
Date: 10 August 2016
Venue: Architectural Association, London WC1B 3ES
Are you a small specialized library low on cataloguing time? Do you need an efficient way to batch edit bibliographic records? Are you looking for an easy way to start updating your catalogue to RDA? Already using MARCedit but want to know more?
Then please join the ARLIS Cataloguing and Classification committee at one of our two half-day training sessions led by Owen Stephens. Owen has worked in Library and IT services within the Higher Education sector for many years and now works as an independent consultant helping libraries use IT to deliver efficient and excellent services for their members.
MARCedit is a free metadata software, created and updated regularly by Terry Reese. It allows for batch editing MARC records so that cataloguers can comprehensively update their bibliographic file in one go. MARCedit offers de-duplication and MARC validator tools, and enables you to find records with missing fields, change uppercase letters to lowercase, generate call numbers, check authorized headings for updates, and more… much, much more.

FRBR for Art Librarians

London College of Communication, University of the Arts London
30 July 2015, 1.00-5.00pm
FRBR Programme (76 KB), FRBR Booking form (41KB)

RDA Implementation Workshop

Date: 23 April 2015, 1:00-5:00pm (registration 1.00-1.20)

Venue: Architectural Association, 36 Bedford Square, London WC1B 3ES

Are you responsible for cataloguing in a library with art collections?

Are you considering whether to adopt RDA or are involved with RDA planning, implementation and training in your institution?

Would it be useful to investigate how others have made/are making the decision to adopt RDA and to consider the implications of not adopting RDA in the near future?


Annual General Meeting
The Art Workers' Guild, London
Wednesday 15th April 2015

Agenda for the AGM
Minutes of the previous meeting
Programme and booking form

Keeping Within the Lines: Approaches to Copyright in Art and Design Archives

London Metropolitan Archives, London
Friday 13 March, 10.15am - 5.00pm
Organised by ARLIS/UK & Ireland, Committee for Art & Design Archives (CADA) in partnership with The National Archives and the ‘Archiving the Arts’ initiative.
A study day comprising presentations, panel discussions and a practical workshop, focusing on copyright and other legal issues in relation to the use of art and design archives.  

Workshop: An Introduction to Art and Design Reference Resources

Monday 15th December 2014, 10.00-16.30
National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

This workshop, organised by the Professional Development Committee, is for those new to the world of art librarianship and those wishing to update their skills in art and design enquiry work. The day features presentations from leading art librarians, drawn from a wide range of specialisms, who will provide up-to-date information on the key print and electronic resources and strategies for effective research enquiry work.

Course: ARLIS/UK & Ireland Cataloguing and Classification Committee LCSH for Arts Subjects

Monday 15th December 2014, 10.00-5.00
University of Birmingham

ARLIS Cataloguing & Classification Committee is offering a one-day course on the principles and practice of subject-indexing books and resources about the arts and design, focusing on Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH). Cataloguers can improve their expertise in applying or evaluating subject headings. Reference librarians can increase their confidence in helping users get the most out of subject searching.

Workshop: RDA for exhibition documentation

20th August 2014
9.30-5.00, registration 9.30-10.00

Christie’s Education
153 Great Titchfield Street
London  W1W 5BD

Do you catalogue exhibition catalogues and documentation?

Are you moving to RDA or importing RDA records?

Have you started looking at RDA but are confused by compilations, collaborations and conventional collective titles?

Visit: The Book Library of The Courtauld Institute of Art

The Courtauld Institute of Art
Friday 11th July, 2.30pm, free of charge

The ARLIS Professional Development Committee is pleased to offer a visit to The Book Library of The Courtauld Institute of Art.

The Courtauld Institute of Art is one of the world’s leading centres for the study of the history and conservation of art and architecture, and its Gallery houses one of Britain’s best-loved collections.  Based at Somerset House, The Courtauld is an independent college of the University of London.

Study day: Archivist as Curator - exhibiting collections, from conception to realization and review

White Cube, 144-152 Bermondsey Street, London, SE1 3TQ

Monday 9 June 2014, 10.30 - 17.00

Thinking of exhibiting material from an archive, but unsure how to approach the task?

Unclear about the method of display or publication that would be most appropriate for your situation?

Having trouble identifying a theme or unsure how to select material?

Concerned about conservation, copyright and insurance issues?

Unclear on how to gain feedback and add value to exhibiting?

Event: The Art of Seeing - teaching visual literacy in the library and classroom

University of Westminster, Marylebone Campus, London

Thursday 5 June 2014, 10.30 - 16.00

What is Visual Literacy and why should I need to know?

The Association of College and Research Libraries defines Visual literacy as ‘a set of abilities that enables an individual to effectively find, interpret, evaluate, use and create images and visual media' (Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education, 2011).