ARLIS/UK & Ireland Annual Conference 2021 - Day 3/3

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Reframing Art Libraries – from Challenge to Opportunity

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We’re excited to announce that ARLIS/UK & Ireland will hold its first virtual Annual Conference from Wednesday 21 – Friday 23 July 2021 via Zoom. In the interests of opening the Conference up to wider participation, for the first time the ARLIS/UK & Ireland Annual Conference will be free for all who want to take part.

In the past decade, the importance of museums, libraries and archives within the UK and Ireland and beyond has been highlighted and debated as a result of rapid social, political and technological change.

The experiences of 2020 have highlighted longstanding issues of inequality. We have experienced enormous, dramatic and global changes in our social and political climate due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the increasing awareness of the Black Lives Matter movement, and the worldwide Climate Emergency.

The conference will host discussions on themes that include:

• Critical approaches to art and design librarianship

• Open access/digital approaches and initiatives in the art and design library

• Art and design publishing and libraries in the 2020s

• Future approaches to art librarianship

ARLIS 2021 seeks to address and discuss ways in which art, design and architecture libraries and archives are responding to these challenges in a creative and innovative way, the nature of critical librarianship in this climate, and the future for art librarianship in the light of these developments.

The conference will run across 3 days. This event is for Day 3 of 3. To book onto the other days, please go to the following event links:

Wednesday 21 July

Thursday 22 July

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Friday's Programme

09:15 - Welcome to Day 3

09:30 - Keynote

Ferren Gipson

London-based Art Historian, Writer and Presenter

10:30 - Break

10:40 - Paper

Pandemic Pedagogy Revisited: An Interdisciplinary Look at Library Teaching Post-COVID-19

Coco Nijhoff, Senior Teaching Fellow, Library Services, Imperial College

Rowan Williamson, Associate Director, Library Services and Support, University of the Arts London

11:10 - Invited Speaker

Cathy Courtney

British Library Artists' Lives Project

11:40 - CPD Session

Copyright for Art, Design and Architecture Libraries, Archives and Collections

12:55 - Lunch

13:45 - CPD Session

PhD Options for Art Librarians

14:45 - Paper

Librarians are Designers (Whether They Like it or Not)

Hollie Woodward, Senior Information Advisor, University of Plymouth

15:15 - Paper

Does an Art and Design Librarian Need to be an Artist or Designer?

Suzie Williams, Academic Liaison Librarian, University of Sunderland

15:45 - Lightning Talk

Positively Promoting Library Collections using Wakelet

Sarah Shenton, Subject Librarian, School of Art, Manchester Metropolitan University

15:55 - Break

16:10 - Short Paper

The State of Art and Design School Libraries in North America: a Report on Findings with a Focus on DEI and Post-Pandemic Issues

Margot McIlwain Nishimura, Dean of Libraries, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island

Abi Sweeney, Librarian, Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, Massachusetts

16:30 - Panel Discussion

The Future of (Art) Libraries


Closing Address

Jeremy Jenkins, Chair of ARLIS/UK & Ireland 2021 - 2023

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