ARLIS/NA First-time Attendee Guide

First thing: Once the Sched is available, download the Sched App on your smartphone or device to download the conference schedule

  • Once the program is available, you can print the program by clicking on the "How to Print Schedule" under the “Program” tab
  • Consider creating a personal schedule or “track” for yourself ahead of time, to avoid being overwhelmed

Not-To-Miss Useful Information About The Conference

  • Reception for First-time Attendees, New Members, and International Guests
    Meet the ARLIS/NA President, members of the Executive Board and Membership Committee, and other new members like you!
  • Membership Meeting
    Learn who’s who in the ARLIS/NA leadership, where future conferences will be, goals of the organization, etc.
  • Welcome Reception
    Informal time to mingle, view the artwork, and enjoy the refreshments.
  • Tours
    Sign up for at least one tour. It’s a good way to meet other members, it’s enriching, and some are very inexpensive.
  • Workshops
    Register for a workshop to learn and discuss innovative and more in-depth topics, with hands on or interactive experience.
  • Convocation & Reception
    The Convocation is a formal program with the presentation of awards, special tributes, and honors. Following is a reception and another opportunity to mingle with colleagues, visit a local museum, and enjoy refreshments.
  • Sessions
    Go to sessions related to your job, and consider attending the meeting of the Division or Section that best matches your responsibilities: Academic, Museum, Art & Design School, Visual Resources, Architecture, Cataloging, or Research & Information Services. Similarly, consider attending other sessions that aren’t! They might just inspire you to look at your work in new and interesting ways.
  • Chapter Meetings
    Be sure to attend your local chapter meeting. Great opportunity for service and to meet art librarians in your area.
  • SIG Meetings (Special Interest Group).
    Go to their meetings, you don’t need to be a member to find out what they are discussing.
  • Connecting with ArLiSNAP
    If you’re new to the profession or the organization, consider connecting with ArLiSNAP (Art Library Students & New ARLIS Library Professionals). They sponsor sessions, workshops, events, and have a great JobList.


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Dear Colleagues:

We regret to inform you that ARLIS/NA will not be holding its 48th Annual Conference in St. Louis, MO next month because of the serious health risks posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Please be assured that I appreciate your patience while we worked through the decision-making process. 

The conference planners and ARLIS/NA Executive Board hoped that the situation would improve, but restrictions on travel, CDC’s recommendations to avoid congregating in large groups, and the attendance limits in place at Washington University and Saint Louis University -- where many of our events were to be held – meant that proceeding with the conference as planned would be both irresponsible and impractical.  The health and safety of our membership and the population at large is of the utmost importance. 

Over the next couple of weeks we will be issuing full refunds to everyone who has already registered.  Please cancel your hotel reservation.  If you have received a travel award, we will be in touch on how to handle the award moving forward. 

This will be a substantial financial burden for the Society.  If you choose to donate your refund to ARLIS/NA, it would be very much appreciated.  If you do want to donate, please get in touch with Nancy Short directly.

I want to thank the conference planning committee and the co-chairs who planned what would have been an excellent conference.  Although we were excited to show off St. Louis,  we are considering how to share the content that presenters and moderators have developed; more on that soon.

If you have questions, please ask a member of the executive board, a member of the conference planning advisory committee, or our Executive Director, Nancy Short.  We are here to answer your questions.

Be well.  --Laura

Laura Schwartz