The Core Values and Strategic Directions incorporate goals and objectives to keep the Society innovative, agile, and moving forward.

ARLIS/NA Strategic Directions

Core Values

ARLIS/NA believes that lives are enriched by engagement with the visual arts, design, and cultural heritage.

ARLIS/NA believes that art information professionals are uniquely equipped to serve the art information needs of a broad audience for education, scholarship, and artistic practice.

ARLIS/NA believes that diversity and inclusion in all aspects of the profession strengthens the practice of art librarianship, and enriches library collections and user experiences.


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Strategic Directions

Leadership and Advocacy
The Society shall speak and act on behalf of its members to advance, validate, sustain, and advocate for the profession and the value of art libraries, as well as train its members to be advocates within their individual context.

Organizational Advancement
As the leading art information organization, the Society shall strengthen the profession through increased visibility, collaborative partnerships, international networks, and membership engagement.

Art Information Professionals
The Society shall support the evolving role of art information professionals through education, mentoring, and professional development opportunities that foster excellence and innovation.

Diversity and Inclusion
The Society shall promote diversity and inclusion within the profession including the makeup of its workforce, the design of services and programming, the development of intercultural fluency skills and competencies, and the practice of inclusive collections building.

Innovation and Technology
The Society shall serve as a community of practice for the exploration, cultivation, and sharing of innovative approaches and emerging technologies in libraries and art librarianship.

Collections and Access
The Society shall seek opportunities to facilitate collaborations across institutions and cultural organizations in order to promote the informed management, preservation, discovery, and access to collections amid their evolving publishing manifestations.