Past events

Annual General Meeting

The Art Workers' Guild,
6 Queen Square,
London WC1 3AT
Wednesday 10th May 2017
12.30-4.30 pm

Agenda for the AGM
Minutes of the previous meeting

ARLIS visit to Rotherhithe Picture Research Library
The Arlis Professional Development Committee are pleased to announce an afternoon visit to the Rotherhithe Picture Research Library, at 2pm on Thursday 25th May.
The Library was established in 1975 as a reference collection, freely available to anyone wishing to do picture research; and sits within Sands Films, an independent film production facility operating in an 18th century listed building.
There will be an opportunity to peruse the Library as well as their collection of period costumes and costume-making workshop. After the visit attendees will be able to adjourn to the nearly Mayflower pub for some riverside refreshments.
Contact Harriet Lam to secure your place on the visit: – please note places are limited and on a first come, first served basis, with priority booking given to Arlis members.


Taking the Plunge: Art Librarianship as a Career Option
Wednesday, 19 April 2017 from 14:00 to 17:30

The Library, 
Goldsmiths, University of London
8 Lewisham Way
SE14 6NW
The ARLIS Professional Development Committee are pleased to present Taking the Plunge – an event aimed at introducing those interested in a career in art librarianship to the diversity of the sector, the kind of work and roles involved, as well as the current job market and how to enter the profession.
2-2.15: Welcome and registration - 
2.15-2.25: Introduction
2.25-2.55: Working in academic libraries – Antonia Lewis, Subject Librarian (Art, Design and Visual Cultures) – Goldsmiths, University of London
2.55-3.25: Working in a museum or gallery library – Jonathan Franklin, Librarian – The National Gallery
3.25-3.55: Working with special collections – Althea Greenan, Curator - Women's Art Library, Goldsmiths, University of London
3.55-4.10: Tea break – 15 min
4.10-4.40: Notes and experience of a recent graduate– TBC
4.40-5.10: Job application and CV tips session - Vitoria Sculfor - Sue Hill Recruitment
5.10-5.25: Closing remarks and Q & A
If you have any questions, please contact the ARLIS Professional Development bookings officer, Harriet Lam -
Please book by by Friday 14th April 2017 at the latest. 
ARLIS members £13
Non-ARLIS members £25

ARLIS/UK & Ireland Cataloguing and Classification Committee
Beginner’s Guide to Cataloguing: AACR2 and MARC21 basics
Date:10 March 2017, 10.00am-4.30pm
Venue: National Portrait Gallery, St Martin's Place, London WC2H 0HE

The ARLIS/UK & Ireland Cataloguing and Classification Committee have organized a rerun basic cataloguing training day for those with limited or no past experience in library cataloguing.
Are you a student, recent graduate, paraprofessional or solo practitioner? Are you looking to add cataloguing to your skills? Would you like to know how catalogue records function? If so, come along and find out the importance of good cataloguing practices.
This training will focus on records created according to AACR2 in the MARC21 format. Although RDA is the new cataloguing standard in use by many libraries and cataloguing agencies, AACR2 is still being widely used and is the standard underlying millions of extant bibliographic records in active use by the international library community.
During the workshop, we will explore the structure and importance of these standards, and show you how to create basic descriptive cataloguing records, including access points, with plenty of time for practical exercises. By the end of the day, delegates will have a clearer understanding of library catalogue records and will be able to create a simple record for a monograph.
Booking information: Online booking form
Any questions to:

An Introduction to Art and Design Reference Resources
Monday, 30 January 2017 from 10:00 to 16:00 (GMT)
National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum, Cromwell Road, London SW7 2RL
The Arlis Professional Development Committee is pleased to advertise this event, held at the National Art Library, V&A, London. This workshop is of particular interest to new professionals in art librarianship, as well as to art librarians who would like to brush up their enquiry skills. Please find the full programme here.
If you have any questions, please contact the Arlis Professional Development bookings officer, Harriet Lam -

ARLIS/Committee for Art and Design Archives
Symposium - Matter and Meaning: Materiality and the Visual Arts Archive
DATE              Friday 23 September 2016
TIME               10.00am – 6.00pm
VENUE           University of Brighton, Room M2, Grand Parade, BN2 0JY
On the one hand… material is discussed today in the light of an idea that it has been dissolved by the so-called immaterialities of new technologies, while on the other – from the margins – we can observe the consolidation of material as a category of its own.
(Monika Wagner)
Within the expanding digital environment that encompasses our professional and personal experience, ideas of materiality have received extensive recent attention, across a range of disciplines, including anthropology, archaeology, art history, literary studies and material culture.  As yet, archival theory and practice have given limited consideration to materiality as an approach to the archive. Conservation practices, while focussing on material qualities of archives, may not attend to more philosophical implications beyond technical research. This symposium seeks to reach across and between these various bodies of knowledge, considering materiality as a framework for analysing, interpreting and engaging with archives of art and design.
Please click here to see the full programme for the day and here to read the speakers' abstracts.
ARLIS/UK & Ireland Cataloguing and Classification Committee MARCedit Training
Date: 10 August 2016
Venue: Architectural Association, London WC1B 3ES
Are you a small specialized library low on cataloguing time? Do you need an efficient way to batch edit bibliographic records? Are you looking for an easy way to start updating your catalogue to RDA? Already using MARCedit but want to know more?
Then please join the ARLIS Cataloguing and Classification committee at one of our two half-day training sessions led by Owen Stephens. Owen has worked in Library and IT services within the Higher Education sector for many years and now works as an independent consultant helping libraries use IT to deliver efficient and excellent services for their members.
MARCedit is a free metadata software, created and updated regularly by Terry Reese. It allows for batch editing MARC records so that cataloguers can comprehensively update their bibliographic file in one go. MARCedit offers de-duplication and MARC validator tools, and enables you to find records with missing fields, change uppercase letters to lowercase, generate call numbers, check authorized headings for updates, and more… much, much more.

Workshop: Christie's Education

Christie's Education, London

Thursday 15th December, 2011

Workshop: An Introduction to Art and Design Reference Resources

National Art Library, Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Monday 5th December 2011

A workshop for those new to the world of art librarianship, or those wishing to update their skills in art and design enquiry work. The day features presentations from leading art librarians, who will provide up-to-date information on the key print and electronic resources and strategies for effective enquiry work.

Visit: University of the Arts London, Archives and Special Collections

University of the Arts London, Archives and Special Collections
Wednesday 28th September 2011, 2.00-4.00pm

An opportunity to visit the Archives and Special Collections Centre at the University of the Arts London, and to learn about the University´s institutional repository, UAL Research Online.

Workshop: Slide Librarian 2.0 - image curating in the digital age

London College of Fashion, 20 John Princes Street, London
Tuesday 14th June 2011, 1.30 - 5.00pm

Visit: The Royal Academy of Arts Library

The Royal Academy of Arts Library
Monday 16th May, 2011

A wonderful opportunity to visit the Royal Academy of Arts Library, established at the time of the Academy´s foundation in 1768 to serve the needs of the Members of the Royal Academy and students in its Schools, and the oldest institutional fine arts library in the United Kingdom.

Collections include:

British Art Reference Collection

Historic Book Collection

Illustrated Book Collection

Prints and Drawings


Photographic Collections

Visit: Sir John Soane's Museum & Library

Sir John Soane's Museum & Library
Thursday 14th April, 2011

ARLIS Education and Professional Development committee are pleased to announce a visit to the Library at the Sir John Soane's Museum. This is a very special opportunity to have a personal introduction to the Library collection. We have also been able to arrange a brief introduction to the Museum which we hope will make the visit complete for those that attend.

We expect this visit to give a fascinating insight into a very special collection.

Workshop: Artists' films

LUX, Shacklewell Studios, London
Wednesday 2nd March, 2011

A half-day workshop aimed primarily at librarians and archivists and aims to cover the scope of artists' films, what makes them special and where to find information about films, sourcing copies and managing collections.

Workshop: Tracing copyright in Art and Design Archives

London School of Economics
Thursday 3rd February, 2011

A practical workshop on identifying and tracing copyright holders, managing orphan works, dealing with agencies and risk management.