Pasadena 2013: Call for Proposals – Papers and Sessions - DUE June 22, 2012

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ARLIS/NA 41st Annual Conference: Call for Proposals – Papers and Sessions

Proposal submission deadline EXTENDED: Friday, June 29, 2012.

Crafting Our Future, the theme for the conference to be held April 25-29, 2013, is inspired by Pasadena's renowned arts and crafts heritage and emphasizes the importance of building upon our past as we actively shape the future of art librarianship.

In keeping with this theme, the Pasadena Conference Program Committee intends to schedule programs that will engage attendees in dynamic dialogues around the issues and topics that are the most important to all of us.The Toronto Evaluation Survey respondents also made it very clear that they desire more time to discuss and explore topics that are introduced at the conference. To meet these needs, the conference committee will explore the integration of the unconference. The ARLIS/NA conference has explored the unconference concept in previous years with formats such as "lightning talks" and AskARLIS. We plan to further integrate the unconference concept into our "traditional" conference format. Adapting unconference formats will create opportunities for peer-to-peer learning, collaboration, creativity, and discussion of up-to-the-minute trends that will meet the needs of conference attendees in 2013.

Individuals and groups are invited to submit proposals that will elicit critical exchange and debate and support opportunities for interaction between participants, as well as those that offer practical advice and solutions to the many challenges facing the profession.

In the early fall, there will be a call for moderators. Moderators will coordinate traditional sessions, working with speakers to ensure that they present in the time allotted, work with the conference planners to obtain appropriate AV equipment, etc. Moderators will also be asked to take on new roles in relation to the unconference programming that is scheduled.

In the fall there will also be a call for posters.


  • A Paper is an individual idea submission, which will be reviewed by the Conference Program Co-Chairs and the Conference Program Committee and grouped into sessions.
  • A Session, is a 60 to 90 minute moderated session with 2 to 4 speakers at no more than 20 minutes each followed by a facilitated question and answer or discussion period. Proposals for sessions may include a suggested moderator; suggested speakers should be identified in the proposal.

Themes & Topics

The following themes and topics are significant areas of interest as identified in the Toronto Conference Evaluation Survey results. The Program Committee welcomes proposals that address aspects of these in ways that will engage and inspire attendees and provide them with the tools and knowlege necessary to craft the future of Art Librarianship. (Proposals outside these themes and topics are also welcome.)

  • Research and scholarship
  • Teaching and learning in the library
  • Copyright and licensing
  • Collection development & management
  • Alternative publications (zines, artist publications, ebooks)
  • Preservation of film and digital collections
  • Future of art librarianship and career planning
  • Library outreach and promotion
  • Cross disciplinary collaboration and resource sharing
  • Disaster preparedness and management
  • Space planning and renovations
  • Technology and systems
  • Cataloguing issues (RDA, serials, etc.)

Survey respondents also expressed a desire to see more "art topics rather than librarian topics" in conference programming. The Program Committee will take this request into consideration and welcomes your proposals that address this interest. The subjects most often cited were:

  • Architecture
  • Book Arts
  • Decorative Arts
  • Design
  • Fashion and Textiles
  • Interior Design
  • Photography
Please continue to the next page for the ARLIS/NA 41st Annual Conference Paper and Session Proposal Guidelines and the submission form. All proposals must be submitted electronically using this form.

To submit a workshop proposal, please use this form.

If you have any questions, please contact the Program Co-Chairs:
Cathy Billings, Brand Library & Art Center
Sarah Sherman, Getty Research Institute
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