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Arlis/ANZ Biennial conference

Image by  Phil Roeder   CC BY 2.0  via Flickr

Image by Phil Roeder CC BY 2.0 via Flickr

It is an exciting time in arts librarianship - our roles have developed in response to a broadening user category and the innovative ways our collections are being used.

In gallery libraries, university libraries, public libraries and cultural institutions we are seeing an expansion in the uses and users of the arts collections we manage. Digital opportunities and challenges for art libraries have been a recurring theme at ARLIS/ANZ conferences over the last 20 years. However, our sector is well aware of the continuing appeal of the real object, and maintains an appreciation of the serendipitous engagement with the world that is provided by the real object, in contrast to the digitally specific.

The Arlis/ANZ biennial conference is where we come together to explore and share how our collections are being used - What is exciting, what is ground breaking? What does the future hold in terms of where our collections can take us, who our users will be and what can we do to better align ourselves with these growing demands?

Past conferences

2018: Expanding Our Reach: Art, Research and Access | National Portrait Gallery and the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra, Australia

2016: The Persistence of the Real | Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia.

2014: ‘He Raranga Toi’ | Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki, Auckland, New Zealand.

2012: Collaborations: Artists, scholars and libraries in a research ecosystem | National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne, Australia.

2010: The Exquisite Line: Balancing the old and new in arts libraries | Darwin, Australia.

2008: Cultural Connections: MySpace is an ArtSpace | State Library of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia.