Serve as a locus for discussion and informal exchange of information.

The Vice President/President-elect is the board liaison for all SIGs.

What are Special Interest Groups?

The Bylaws Say:

Special Interest Groups may represent any professional, technological, subject area, or other interests of the membership. Special Interest Groups will serve as a focus for discussion and informal exchange of information.


  • What interests you and your colleagues?
  • What do you need to know more about for your job or your career?

A SIG can address any of those needs where it will help to have colleagues across North America discussing the same issues and addressing the same needs.

List of Special Interest Groups (SIGs)

Archaeology & Classics

Clare Hills-Nova and Isotta Poggi, co-coordinators
Listserv: archaeology_sig

Art Librarian Parents and Caregivers

Alice Whiteside, coordinator
Listserv: alpc_sig

Artist Files

Rebecca Friedman and Sara Ellis, co-coordinators

Auction Catalogs

Tina Lidogoster, and Charlotte DonVito, co-coordinators

Big Ten Academic Alliance Librarians

Deborah Ultan, coordinator

Book Art

Sha Towers and Shira Loev Eller, co-coordinators

Collection Development

Madison Sullivan, coordinator

Critical Librarianship

Evan Schilling, coordinator

Decorative Arts

Beth Goodrich and Beth Hylen, co-coordinators

Digital Humanities

Megan Macken and Molli Kuenstner, co-coordinators

Listserv: dh-sig


Elizabeth Meinke, and Carol Ng-He, co-coordinators
Listserv: exhibitions_sig

Fashion, Textile & Costume

Cheryl Miller and Caetllonn Seadjwyc, co-coordinators;

Emily Anna Smith, vice-coordinator 

Graphic Novels

Caitlin McGurk, and Tara Spies Smith, co-coordinators
Listserv: gn_sig

Intersectional Feminism & Art
Shea'la Finch and Annalise Welte, co-coordinators

Vaughan Hennen, coordinator
Listserv: lgbtq_sig


Gabriella J. Karl-Johnson, Caitlin Kilgallen, and Suzanne Rackover, co-coordinators

Manuscript, Archive and Special Collections (MASC)

Jennifer Cohlman Bracchi, coordinator


Patty Guardiola and Darin Murphy, co-coordinators
Listserv: materials_sig

Photography Librarians

Marsha Taichman, co-coordinator

Robert Gore, co-coordinator


Philip Dombowsky and Catherine Larkin, co-coordinators
Listserv: Provenance-SIG

Public Librarians

Deirdre Donohue, coordinator
Listserv: ARLIS_PublicLib

Resource Sharing

Ralph Baylor and Alessandra Otero, co-coordinator


Mary ("Suzy") Frechette and Carol Terry, co-coordinators

Solo Art Information Professionals

Amye McCarther and Jillian Suarezco-coordinators

Space Planning

Catherine Robertson, coordinator
Listserv: space_planning_sig

Stimulating Creativity in Practice

Heather Gendron, coordinator
Listserv: scip_sig


Anna Boutin-Cooper and Eva Sclippa, co-coordinators
Listserv: teaching_sig

Urban and Regional Planning Issues

[see Architecture and Planning Section]

Web Archiving

Sumitra Duncan and Andrea Puccio, co-coordinators

Note: Guidelines for Divisions, Sections and Special Interest Groups are recorded in the ARLIS/NA Policy Manual, Section E.

How to Manage SIG Listserv Subscriptions

To subscribe, email with subscribe <insert SIG listserv name as listed in the table above> in the body of the email message (subject line should be left blank). For example, to subscribe to the Teaching SIG, enter subscribe teaching_sig in the body of the email. The balance of the email should be blank, being sure to remove your email signature.

Once subscribed, engage the SIG via email, email address will be <SIG listserv name> For example, email the Teaching SIG at

To unsubscribe, email with unsubscribe <insert SIG listserv name as listed in the table above> in the body of the email message (subject line should be left blank). For example to unsubscribe to the Teaching SIG, enter subscribe teaching_sig in the body of the email. The balance of the email should be blank, being sure to remove your email signature.

How to Form a SIG

The Bylaws Say:

A Special Interest Group shall be so established if it reflects an interest actively represented among the members of the Society; it does not conflict or overlap with the purposes of any other existing Special Interest Group, or Section or Division; and it is consonant with the purposes of the Society.

Anyone can form a SIG. If you have an interest that you know others share, announce it at the conference or on the listserv. Invite others to meet with you and share your questions and your expertise.

Steps for forming a SIG

A representative from the newly formed Special Interest Group advises the Vice-President/President-Elect of the intent to form a SIG and submits to the Vice-President/President-Elect the following in a formal request:

    1. Statement of Purpose for the proposed Special Interest Group
    2. Number of interested members
    3. Name of coordinator
    4. Name of submitter of proposal
    5. Strategic directions and core values addressed
    6. Any additional notes or comments

The Executive Board checks that the proposed SIG complies with the Bylaws. If it complies, then the Board approves the formation of the SIG. The Vice-President informs the SIG that they are official.

A representative of the SIG sends an announcement to ARLIS-L and to the ARLIS/NA website (AWS) content editor informing the membership of the group's existence.

The SIG will then be listed on the ARLIS/NA website.

The group is now officially an ARLIS/NA Special Interest Group!

How to Join a SIG

The Bylaws Say:

Any Individual, Institutional, Business Affiliate, or Special member of the Society is eligible to become a member of any Special Interest Group.

Any ARLIS/NA member can join--the more the merrier!

SIG Governance

The Bylaws Say:

The members of each Special Interest Group shall select a Coordinator during the annual conference, and report their selection to the Executive Board liaison, the Vice-President/President-Elect. The SIG may request funding from the Board for special projects, but otherwise may not incur expenses on behalf of the Society.

All you have to do is let the VP/Pres-Elect know that your SIG exists--otherwise there is no requirement to report formally to the board. If you have a project that requires Society funding, you may apply using the usual Special Funding application that goes to the Treasurer and the Board for consideration.

Gabriella J. Karl-Johnson; Caitlin Kilgallen; Suzanne Rackover

Critical Librarianship

Evan Schilling, coordinator