History & Mission

The ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic Chapter is a professional organization for art and architecture librarians, visual resources specialists, artists, curators, educators, publishers, students in related disciplines, as well as others interested in using and providing arts information. The chapter welcomes individuals in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Washington DC, and Virginia.

Originally established in 1973 as The DC-MD-VA Chapter, the organization’s mission to advance the cause of art librarianship and to encourage the development, successful management, and enlightened use of art libraries and visual resources collections informs its aims:

  • to promote the continuing professional education of its members and the general knowledge of the public
  • to stimulate greater use of art libraries and visual resources collections by sponsoring, supporting or publishing resource materials concerning the organization and the retrieval of art information
  • to foster excellence in art librarianship and the visual arts by establishing standards for art libraries and visual resources collections and by promoting improvements in the academic education of art librarians and visual resources curators.