Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA)

The Art Libraries Society of North America was founded in 1972 at the initiative of Judith Hoffberg by a group of art librarians attending the American Library Association annual conference in Chicago. This group realized that to fulfill the need among art librarians for better communication and cooperation, and to provide a forum for ideas, projects, and programs, an entirely new and separate organization was required. Inspired by the model of the Art Libraries Society, established in 1969 in the United Kingdom and Ireland, ARLIS/NA was created. 

Today, ARLIS/NA is a growing, dynamic organization promoting the interests of nearly 1,500 members. The membership includes architecture and art librarians, visual resources professionals, artists, curators, educators, publishers, and others interested in visual arts information. To serve this diverse constituency, the Society provides a wide range of programs and services within an organizational structure that promotes participation at all levels. 

Conference Dates & Sites

2019: 47th Annual Conference
Salt Lake City, Utah | March 26-30 | The Grand America Hotel

2020: 48th Annual Conference
St. Louis, MO | dates to come | hotel to come

2021: 49th Annual Conference
Montreal, QC, Canada | dates to come | hotel to come


* Officers change February 2018



Kim Collins
Art History Librarian
Research Engagement Services Leader
Robert W Woodruff Library
Emory University
Atlanta, GA

Vice President/President-Elect

Laura Schwartz

Arts & Humanities Collection Strategist
Visual Arts Librarian
University of California
San Diego, CA
+1 858-534-1267

ARLIS/NA - ALA Liaison

Olivia Miller
Arts & Humanities Librarian
Claire T. Carney Library, UMass Dartmouth
(508) 999-8526