Published 4/27/18

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Call for Proposals, ARLIS/NA 2019 Conference, Salt Lake City

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, 2019. The theme can be extrapolated to include Arts Insight, Arts Incite, and Arts In Sight. By offering these prompts, we envision contributors addressing topics such as:

  • The successes and failures of site-specific collaborations
  • Gaining new perspectives and knowledge through our sense of sight
  • How information organization and administrative decisions can incite cultural change
  • Interrogating what the profession looks like in sight
  • Ways to spark insights through innovative education and advocacy programs
  • The influence of site on artistic and architectural work

The Salt Lake City Conference Program Committee invites librarians and students, curators and designers, vendors and scholars, archivists and architects, administrators and publishers, artists and educators to partner in diverse configurations to develop sessions and workshops that incite our curiosity, bring new insights to the professions, and turn our sights onto innovative practices.

Based on 2018 conference survey results, we know attendees are particularly interested in engaging with these topics:

  • Collection Development and Management
  • Archives, Rare Books, and Special Collections
  • Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
  • Information Literacy, Visual Literacy, and Pedagogical Practices
  • Digital Scholarship, Digital Collections, Information Visualization
  • Outreach and Programming
  • Scholarly Communication, Copyright, and Information Privilege
  • Critical Librarianship
  • Professional Development, Leadership, and Management
  • Social Justice, Public Policy, and Activism
  • Cataloging, Metadata, and Linked Open Data

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

Types of Session Proposals

PAPER PRESENTATION: An individual paper presentation, potentially addressing new research, a case study, or an innovative idea with a total time of 15-20 minutes. Presentations provide attendees with new tools, strategies, or inspiration that they can apply in their own practice. The Conference Program Co-Chairs and the Conference Program Committee will group individual presentations into paper panels with a common topic or theme, which will run from 60 to 90 minutes, including a Q&A.

INTERACTIVE PRESENTATION: An individual presentation with more than 50% of the time dedicated to engaging the live audience with an interactive, hands-on, or discussion-based component with a total time of 30 minutes. Presentations actively involve attendees with building new tools, strategies, or skills that they can apply in their own practice. The Conference Program Co-Chairs and the Conference Program Committee will group individual presentations into interactive panels with a common topic or theme, which will run from 60 to 90 minutes.

PAPER PANEL: A pre-coordinated session of 2-5 presenters with a moderator addressing a common topic or theme with a total time of 60-90 minutes, including a Q&A. Panels provide attendees with new tools, strategies, or inspiration that they can apply in their own practice. It is not necessary to identify all potential presenters before submitting. Naming a moderator, who will advocate for and develop the session, is required.

INTERACTIVE PANEL: A pre-coordinated session of 2-5 presenters with more than 50% of the time dedicated to engaging the live audience with an interactive, hands-on or discussion-based component with a total time of 60-90 minutes. Presentations actively involve attendees with building new tools, strategies, or skills that they can apply in their own practice. It is not necessary to identify all potential presenters before submitting. Naming a moderator who will advocate for and develop the session, is required.

WORKSHOP: An opportunity to teach and explore current and emerging topics in an intimate atmosphere. Workshops encourage a focused, hands-on experience led by experts who combine presentation, active learning, collaboration, and discussions. They may last last two, four, or eight hours. Consider ways to benefit from local educational or cultural institutions in Utah.

Additional Details

WORD LIMIT: All proposal abstracts are limited to 500 words or less.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES: You’ll be asked to list 2-3 learning objectives, takeaways, or goals 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 presentation, panel, and workshop proposals via the “Make Submission” link.
The deadline is Sunday, May 20, 2018.
The call for for poster, lightning talk, roundtable, moderator, and other meeting proposals will be announced later this year.

Please direct any questions to Program Co-chairs: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., University of Utah, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., University of Colorado Boulder,