The Art Libraries Section of IFLA in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame and the Midstates and Ohio Valley Chapters of ARLIS/NA 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.  Topics discussed may include:

  • 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

Sponsors for the conference include the Art Institute of Chicago, the Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame, ARLIS/NA, ARLIS/NA Midstates Chapter, and the ARLIS/NA Ohio Valley Chapter.