Art Libraries Society of North America | Mountain West Chapter and VRA Wild West Chapter
2016 VIRTUAL CONFERENCE  |  DECEMBER 2, 2016  |  2-4pm MST

ARLIS/NA Mountain West + VRA Wild West Virtual Conference 2016

CALL FOR PROPOSALS Deadline: August 1, 2016


Please REGISTER HERE to register in advance for the virtual conference.

Registration must be received no later than Wednesday, November 30, 2016. 

After we receive your submission of this form we will email you details on how to connect to the virtual conference online.


To join or renew your membership, fill out the ONLINE FORM or print the pdf form below and mail it with a check made out to "ARLIS/NA-MW" to:

Rebecca Potance
ARLIS/NA-MW Secretary/Treasurer
PO Box 2087
Santa Fe, NM 87504

Membership Application


The ARLIS/NA Mountain West Chapter and The Wild West Chapter of VRA are teaming up to bring you a virtual conference in 2016. We would like to cordially invite you to submit proposals for the Virtual Conference in 2016.

With an extended deadline, we also have decided to broaden the scope. Submit a proposal for any project you have completed or that is a work-in-progress. The only criteria we ask is for proposals to be work within the arts.

Based on the success of the Mountain West Chapter’s new virtual conference format, we are eager to use it again. Similar to the last virtual conference, we need a diverse set of presenters.  If you have an interesting project that you are currently working on or recently finished, please consider submitting a proposal to present it to your peers. Please note, this call for proposals is open to anyone; not only members of VRA and ARLIS.

Perhaps you had a proposal turned down for the ARLIS/NA national conference. Here is another opportunity to share it!




John Burns, ARLIS/NA-MW Chapter Chair



Anna Bernhard
Director of the Stanley G. Wold Resource Center
Colorado State University

Teaching visual literacy to students concentrating in majors outside of the visual arts. This presentation covered the design and redesign of an assignment meant to engaged a 98 seat, non-art majors class in writing, visual literacy, and academic inquiry.

Megan Lotts
Art Librarian, Rutgers Univerity Art Library

Megan presented on The Rutgers University Art Library Exhibition Spaces (RALES). RALES was created so that an Art Librarian could more intentionally connect with the departments with whom they liaison. These spaces also provide an opportunity to learn more about what goes into an exhibition, from creation of the work, to the public viewing, marketing, and reception.

Sarah Carter
Director, Bridwell Art Library
University of Louisville

Alexandra O'Keefe
MLS student
University of Kentucky

Sarah and Alexandra presented on art librarians selecting artists' books for student viewings. Art librarians know how challenging it can be to find items in their collections based upon specific requests such as binding style, materials, or artistic techniques. Students who want to independently investigate these collections may also feel frustration, especially since artists' books collections are not typically accessible for browsing. So how can both librarian and user needs be met? This presentation will showcase the presenters answer to this question

John Burns, ARLIS/NA-MW Chapter Chair

Closing Remarks

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