AKMB visits the City of Science (Darmstadt)

A group of members of the Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Kunst- und Museumsbibliotheken (AKMB) paid a weekend visit to Darmstadt in early September. The city was once the capital of the Grand Duchy of Hesse and later the state of Hesse, until 1945. This helps to explain the presence of so many grand buildings, though its importance […]

International news

One of the main funding bodies for continuing professional training for specialist librarians is the Initiative Fortbildung für wissenschaftliche Spezialbibliotheken und verwandte Einrichtungen. This autumn they are holding 2 events of particular interest to art librarians. The first is in co-operation with AKMB, for its annual autumn career development event, which will be held in […]

In conversation with…

In this August feature we meet David Thompson, Librarian for Arts and Media (encompassing courses in art, fashion, photography, journalism, media and production) at the University of Gloucestershire. David is a librarian, artist, parrot-keeper, and walking canvas. We talk theology, tattoos, and ARLIS catering… Image credit: Reece Pickering How did you come to art librarianship? I came to […]

Symposium – Matter and Meaning: Materiality and the Visual Arts Archive

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 […]

MARCedit Training

ARLIS/UK & Ireland Cataloguing and Classification Committee MARCedit Training DATE               10 August 2016 TIME                10.00am-1.00pm (registration from 9.30) /2.00pm-5.00pm (registration from 1.30pm) VENUE            Architectural Association, London WC1B 3ES The ARLIS/UK & Ireland Cataloguing and Classification Committee have organized two half-day MARCedit training sessions. Are you a small specialized library low on cataloguing time? Do you […]

Imperial War Museum Library: ARLIS visit

ARLIS/UK & Ireland visit to the Imperial War Museum Library, Friday 15 April 2016. Located in Kennington, South London, the imposing building that houses the Imperial War Museum was originally opened as the Bethlem Royal Hospital in 1814. By 1930 the hospital had closed its doors, and was acquired by the museum in 1936 as […]

In conversation with…

In this June feature we delve into the depths of the Royal College of Art (RCA) special collections with Neil Parkinson, Archives & Collections Manager. Neil is responsible for all RCA special collections, which include archives, images, art collections and the Colour Reference Library of rare books. We talk early colour mapping, secret societies and why […]

Talis Insight Europe 2016

Talis Insight Europe 2016 was held at The Rep (Birmingham Repertory Theatre), Birmingham, 20-21 April 2016. Many of the sessions were not art-library specific, but some of the ideas are relevant across all fields. This two-day conference was organised by the Reading List software company Talis (makers of Aspire) but had resonance for librarians who […]

ARLIS/UK & Ireland Travel & Study Fund 2016

ARLIS/UK & Ireland Travel & Study Fund 2016  Deadline for applications- 01 September 2016  The ARLIS/UK & Ireland Travel & Study Fund has been established to enable the Society to make annual grants to promote research and development in the fields of art, architecture and design librarianship. The award may be used to travel anywhere […]

In conversation with…

Have you ever wondered what the ARLIS/UK & Ireland Chair does? David Pulford, Library Subject Advisor at the University of Birmingham, is our current Chair and, in this special edition of ‘In conversation with…’, has given me all the insider info on what it’s like at the top. How did you first get involved with ARLIS/UK & […]