The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) will hold its 46th annual conference, “Out of Bounds,” in New York City, February 25-March 1, 2018. The New York Conference Program Committee encourages fellow librarians, archivists, curators, museum professionals, educators, artists, designers, architects, and scholars to propose sessions that expand the boundaries of art librarianship. We particularly encourage speakers who borrow ideas from outside the library profession to solve problems, spark new initiatives, or broaden audiences for library activities.
Types of Proposals
Presentation: A single submission of an individual presentation, potentially addressing new research, a case study, or other innovative idea. Presentations should focus on engagement with a live audience, bring new information to attendees, and provide attendees with new tools, strategies, skills, or inspiration. The Conference Program Co-Chairs and the Conference Program Committee will group selected presentations into sessions that run from 60 to 90 minutes.
Session: A 60- to 90-minute event with speakers addressing a common topic or theme. A session could involve 2-4 presentations with a moderator, multiple lightning talks, a panel discussion, or another format that engages the audience with speakers and with each other. In your session proposal, describe your ideal session format, secure commitments from and include the names of proposed speakers. Suggesting a moderator is optional, but recommended.
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 active learning, collaboration, and discussions. They may last two, four, or eight hours. Consider ways to benefit from local educational or cultural institutions in the New York metropolitan area.
How to Submit Proposals
Presentations, sessions, and workshops will be selected by the program committee via a blind peer review process. Submit your individual presentation, session, and workshop proposals via our online submission form.
The deadline for submitting proposals is Monday, May 1, 2017. Calls for poster sessions, moderators, and other meetings will be announced later this year.