Call for Papers: Satellite Meetings

Art Libraries Section


"The Art Library as Place: Building on the Past, Building for the Future"


9-11 August 2016


The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL, USA

The digital revolution, space and economics pressures, and a trend towards collaborative work have all stimulated a demand for libraries to re-invent themselves as physical spaces. Art and design libraries face particular challenges in this arena. While aspiring to embody those same, high aesthetic and design standards that are the focus of their collections, art libraries must accommodate the gamut of historic and modern library materials—from printed books and ephemera to digital images. Their patrons are similarly diverse and demanding, ranging from scholarly researchers and creative artists to museum docents and the general public.

The Art Libraries Section of IFLA in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame and the Midstates and Ohio Valley Chapters of ARLIS/NA (Art Libraries Society of North America) is organizing a three‐day conference in Chicago that will focus on modern and historic art library facilities. The Art Library as Place: Building on the Past, Building for the Future will consist of papers, panel discussions, site visits to local art museums and libraries, and tours of Chicago area architecture.

We are seeking speakers who will highlight various aspects of our theme. Facilities for art, architecture, and design library collections and art archival collections—both stand-alone facilities and those integrated within larger institutions—are of interest.

Subjects include, but are not limited to:

  • New art library construction projects
  • Art library preservation and renovation projects
  • Buildings adapted for use as art libraries
  • History of art library architecture
  • Art library fixtures and furnishings
  • Innovative planning methodologies and design collaborations
  • User studies—what patrons want from art library spaces
  • Art library facility standards
  • Environmental control in relation to facility design
  • Security issues in relation to facility design
  • Art library design and the digital shift
  • Speculative approaches to new paradigms of library design

Proposals must be submitted by email no later than 12 February 2016 to:

Sandra Ludig Brooke, Chair of the IFLA Art Libraries Section

Viveca Pattison Robichaud, Co-Chair of the Local Organizing Committee

Proposals must contain:

  • Email subject line “IFLA Chicago Paper Proposal”
  • Title of the paper
  • Author(s) of the paper
  • Paper abstract (500 words maximum)
  • Speaker’s name, professional affiliation, postal address, and email address
  • Biographical note on the speaker (100 words maximum)
  • Language of the paper
  • Papers must be original and not have been published or presented elsewhere
  • Invitations to speakers will be issued by March 1st


All proposals must be received by 12 February 2016.

Please note

At least one of the paper’s authors must be present to deliver a summary of the paper during the program of the Satellite Meeting.

All papers that are presented at the WLIC 2016 will be made available online via the IFLA Library under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 license.

Authors of accepted papers must complete the IFLA Authors’ Permission Form.

All expenses for attending the satellite meeting (eg. travel, accommodation, etc.) are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA.

Congress Participation Grants

List of opportunities for support is available on our Conference Participation Grants webpage.

Current members of ARLIS/NA are eligible to apply for an ARLIS/NA Kress Travel Award to support attendance at this conference. Kress Travel Awards are neither guaranteed to nor limited to presenters at the conference.