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Wednesday, April 6 • 12:45pm - 2:15pm
“Who Were We? Where Did We Go? Voices from the Early Years of the Society”

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The first ARLIS/NA conference held in New York City in 1973 ended with a rap session addressing the questions: Who Are We? Where Are We Going? Now fifty years later, four long-time members of the Society reflect on those questions, providing some perspective on the origins, early years and accomplishments of ARLIS/NA. What was the impetus for a stand-alone organization, given the many other library associations with art librarian members? Who were the leaders who made it happen? How did the chapters develop? Who were the exhibitors and sponsors? How did the publications advance the profession? What were some of the highlights along the way? This session is a key event in the celebration of the 50th Anniversary conference.

In the beginning…..
Janis Ekdahl, Museum of Modern Art, retired

E pluribus unum: getting to ARLIS/NA
Sherman Clarke, New York University, retired

Beyond the Sessions: A Look Back at the Generosity that Makes ARLIS/NA Conferences Memorable
Milan Hughston, Museum of Modern Art, retired

Reflections on ARLIS/NA and the Education of Art Librarians and Visual Resources Professionals
Betty Jo Kish Irvine, Indiana University, retired

Sponsored by 
Ricker Library, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Indiana University Department of Information


Carol Terry

Rhode Island School of Design (retired)


Betty Jo Kish Irvine

Indiana University (retired)

Sherman Clarke

New York University (retired)

Janis Ekdahl

Museum of Modern Art (retired)

Milan Hughston

Museum of Modern Art (retired)

Wednesday April 6, 2022 12:45pm - 2:15pm CDT
Regency Ballroom A