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ARLIS/NA 47th Annual Conference 2019

(Panel Session and Workshop moderators may update their abstracts and objectives here.)


Call for Poster, Discussion Group, and Lightning Round Presentation Proposals



The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) will hold its 47th annual conference, Arts: In/Site, in Salt Lake City, March 26-30, 2018. The Salt Lake City Conference Program Committee encourages librarians, archivists, curators, museum professionals, educators, artists, designers, architects, vendors, and scholars to submit proposals that bring new ideas to the theme Arts: In/Site. The theme may be extrapolated to include Art Insight, Arts Incite, and Arts in Sight. By offering these prompts, we envision contributors addressing topics such as:

If you want feedback on the proposal you’re developing, or if you want to contribute to ideas already in development, we’ve opened an interactive brainstorming site and it will remain available throughout the proposal period.



The committee welcomes proposals on all topics and is particularly interested in the following subjects:


Types of Proposals

POSTER: A Poster presents an idea through text and images, and communicates the main concept without a presenter. It also facilitates conversations between the presenter and a small audience during scheduled viewing hours. Poster sessions often focus on case studies of completed projects, initiatives, strategies and best practices, or works-in-progress. Sharing ideas and receiving feedback from colleagues in one-on-one conversation are ideal outcomes of a poster session. Presenting a poster can be a good entry point for those new to participating in professional conferences, and can be developed later into presentations or publications.

Note: Poster presenters will be responsible for printing posters and mounting them in the display area at the conference in advance of scheduled viewing times. Panels and basic mounting supplies will be provided.

DISCUSSION GROUP: A Discussion Group is a moderated, interactive discussion-based session among conference participants. Discussion groups are ideal for working through challenging issues and developing innovative ideas with your peers. Each discussion group proposal must identify a specific, focused topic that can be addressed within a 50-minute time slot. Proposals must identify one or more moderators who will facilitate conversation amongst all attendees rather than have a single presenter.

Note: Discussion Group rooms will NOT have a projector or microphone.

LIGHTNING ROUND PRESENTATION: A Lightning Round is for an individual to give a 5-minute, informational presentation. This is not intended to be a detailed presentation or sales pitch. Examples include tool or app demonstrations, sharing a technique or shortcut, or information about upcoming professional development opportunities. After the submission deadline, the Program Subcommittee will group individual 5-minute presentation proposals into themed Lighting Rounds. Each presentation will be timed by a moderator, and the entire round may be followed by a Q&A, time permitting.

Note: Lightning Round rooms will have a projector and microphone. Presenters will be expected to provide at least one slide to illustrate their topic.


Additional Details

WORD LIMIT: All poster, discussion group, and lightning round proposal abstracts are limited to 250 words or less.

LEARNING OBJECTIVES: Identify 1 learning objective, audience takeaway, or goal for your proposal.

TOPICS: You’ll be asked to select up to 5 topics relevant to your session.

AUDIENCES: You’ll be asked to pick up to 5 target audiences for your session.


How to Submit Proposals

Submit your poster, discussion group, and lightning round presentation proposal via the “Make Submission” link below.

Please review the entire form before starting to fill it out to ensure you have all the required information.

After submitting your proposal, you will receive an ID number and email confirmation. If you do not receive the email within 24 hours, please contact us by using the Email Chair link above.

The deadline for submitting proposals is Friday, October 5, 2018. 


Please direct any questions to:

Jill McCleary, Poster Coordinator
Greg Hatch, Program Co-chair
Alexander Watkins, Program Co-chair



Review and Program Committees:



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