Art Libraries Society

ARLIS/UK & Ireland: the Art Libraries Society is the professional organisation for people involved in providing library and information services and documenting resources in the visual arts.

ARLIS Annual Conference
15th - 17th July 2015

Cardiff Metropolitan University
Cardiff School of Management


Mining for Innovation - Fuelling the Arts Economy
The ARLIS/UK and Ireland 46th Annual Conference will be held on Llandaff Campus of Cardiff Metropolitan University  close to the peaceful and traditional Cathedral Close yet not far from the energy, bustle and sense of renewal of Cardiff’s city centre and its Bay area.
In times of austerity we are told we ‘need to do more with less’ but we are already doing much to exploit and develop the rich veins  of resources held in our libraries. This year’s Annual Conference is an opportunity to explore, share and celebrate the many  ways in which art libraries can demonstate our worth to the arts economy and wider afield.  Topics under consideration include innovation, engagement, promotion and how we can demonstrate the roles librarians, archivists, information specialists etc  can play in  ‘adding value’ to the impact our institutions have in the world of the arts.
Cardiff, built on the profits of the coal mining trade, is home to stunning contemporary architecture, rich industrial and commercial heritage, fine museums and collections, castles and Victorian and Edwardian shopping arcades, and a special blue police box.
During the Conference we will make the most of what Cardiff has to offer, with a varied programme including speakers from CyMAL: Museums Archives and Libraries Wales, Cardiff Metropolitan University, Wales Artist Resource Programme (WARP) and Cardiff University’s special collections and archives (SCOLAR)and visits to arts venues along Cardiff Bay, the National Museum of Wales and SCOLAR.
Highlights will include a conference dinner at beautiful Cardiff Castle. 
Conference blog and visit informationConference blog 2015
The Conference 2015 GOLD Sponsor is Bloomsbury Publishing
Our SILVER Sponsor is ProQuest
Our BRONZE Sponsor is EBSCO
Our sponsors are thanked for their most generous support. Visit the Trade Exhibition on 16th July to hear about new products and services.

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Applications are now being accepted for the International Delegate Award and Student Bursary, deadline 10th April 2015.