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To foster excellence in arts librarianship and visual resources curatorship for the advancement of the visual and applied arts

Goal 1  

To increase the effectiveness of arts librarians and visual resources curators  

  • Objective 1A. Act as a forum for the exchange of information and ideas. Strategies:ARLIS/ANZ Website, ARLISANZ-L, electronic abstracting and indexing tools; Indexing the Visual arts in Australia survey; member contribution to Web.

  • Objective 1B: Increase opportunities for communication and networking among arts librarians and allied professionals. Strategies: Conference promotion; collaborative initiatives;

  • Objective 1C: Stimulate research and its reporting in arts documentation and related fields. Strategies: conference publishing guidelines and procedures; research award; publication of research in progress

  •  Objective 1D: Enhance continuing education opportunities in fields of arts librarianship and visual resource curatorship. Strategies, conference themes, workshop guidelines; promote workshops; travel award; distinguished service award

  • Objective 1E: Increase membership and diversity in the profession and the Society. Strategies: Membership drive; links with other groups; survey needs; install membership directory on Website   

Goal 2  

To increase the profession’s effectiveness in managing a constantly changing environment  

  • Objective 2A: Establish and promote the society’s leadership in technological issues relative to visual arts documentation and digital imaging. Strategies: Visual Resources Subcommittee; Define issues; Share information; Observe.

  • Objective 2B. Promote awareness of new research and scholarly trends in history, theory and criticism of the visual arts. Strategies: Identify information on Website; Delegate responsibilities.   

Goal 3  

To exert an influence on external forces affecting the profession through promotion, cooperation and advocacy  

  • Objective 3A. Achieve increased recognition for ARLISANZ within the arts and information communities by confirming and promoting the pre-eminence of the Society and its members in arts documentation. Strategies: create PR mechanisms and take action.  

  • Objective 3B. Identify and forge links with other affinity groups Strategies: Create list; identify resource lists; establish links; publicise ARLISANZ activities.  

  • Objective 3C. Establish and promote professional and information standards. Strategies: Identify needed standards on visual resources, imaging, cataloguing; identify relevant standards bodies; identify standards projects. Publish results on Website  

Goal 4

To strengthen and extend the internal organisation and operation of the Society to ensure the continued vitality and progress of ARLIS/ANZ  

  • Objective 4A. Review and expand the organisation and structure of the Society. Strategies. Investigate improvements; establish editorial committee; establish Web/listserv procedures,  

  • Objective 4B. Improve communication among the membership and between groups within the Society. Strategies: Create channels; identify projects and activities requiring cross-chapter involvement; serials swapping guidelines.  

  •  Objective 4C. Maintain and expand the Society’s sound financial structure. Strategies: Financial plan and guidelines; budget review; conference budget planning; conference sponsors; banking and/or investment program; supplementary funding sources.  

  • Objective 4D. Develop programs that meet the needs and support activities of all members and components of the Society. Strategies. Guidelines and procedures for annual review of Strategic Plan.  

  • Objective 4E. Gather and utilise management information. Strategies: Review/expand membership database, including institutional affiliation; define quality control standards; procedures for generation of standards and special reports. Society history and archives information.



Members of PASIG are committed to:  

  • ensuring the development of coordinated national collecting policies and     strategies for the performing arts 

  • enhancing public knowledge of Australia’s performing arts heritage through public documentation and display including use of the Internet  

  • improving access to Australia’s performing arts heritage increased cooperation between key stake- holders in performing arts heritage including collecting institutions, government bodies, performing arts companies, and key individuals 

  • exploring the role and nature of exhibitions in line with changing technologies


PASIG is distinguished by the involvement of a broad range of collecting institutions. Museums, libraries, archives, galleries and tertiary educational institutions at state and national levels come together in the interests of collecting, preserving and making accessible Australia's performing arts heritage.

It is driven by the enthusiasm for Australia's performing arts that is inclusive of our unique indigenous heritage and our multicultural influences, as well as the traditions of English, European and American theatre

Members of PASIG recognise the fact that no one institution can collect comprehensively in the performing arts. A distributed national collection of Australia’s performing arts heritage is a necessity, involving a coordinated approach to the collection and preservation of the following materials and genres.

  • Materials and formats: scripts and scores; designs and drawings for sets, costumes, and lighting: set models and other artefacts; printed and published material such as programs, advertising flyers, subscription brochures, posters, invitations, newspaper clippings and reviews; films, videos, sound recordings and tapes.

  • Genres: drama, comedy, opera, musical theatre, chamber music, orchestral music, choral music, rock music, street theatre, puppetry, circus, vaudeville, television, film, video, radio.



  • To encourage and promote the activities of libraries, archives and documentation centres concerned with music and music materials, to strengthen cooperation among institutions and individuals working in these fields and to publish information concerning their work.

  • To promote a better understanding of the cultural importance of music libraries, archives and documentation centres both nationally and internationally.

  • To support and facilitate the realization of projects in music bibliography, music documentation and music library science at national and international levels.

  • To promote the availability of all publications and documents relating to music, including, particularly, international exchange and lending.

  • To encourage and support the development of standards in all areas that concern the Association.

  • To promote the availability of suitable professional education and training.

  • To further the bibliographical control of music materials of all kinds

  • To support the protection and preservation of musical documents of all periods.

  • To cooperate with other organizations in the fields of librarianship, bibliography, archival science, documentation, music and musicology.

  • To arrange international meetings of its members  

  • To publish an official journal dealing with all matters of professional interest  

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