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 2017.
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 –