I’ve just gotten back to work after a five-day weekend. Three of those days were spent at the Ontario Library Association Super Conference, here in Toronto, so, not exactly a vacation, but definitely a change from the 9-5.
Besides a ton of useful tech sessions (including on OpenRefine for data cleaning, Koha [an open-source cataloguing system], and a review of the Google Art Project by some local ARLIS/NA student chapter members), this conference is basically the Canadian answer to ALA and draws 5,000 registrants.
Speaking of, ALA Midwinter happened this past weekend as well, with roughly the same numbers flocking to Chicago. They had Jason Segel as a keynote speaker, while we had Welcome to Night Vale. It’s a toss-up, really.
ALA, of course, being that body that accredits those programs we’re taking, has measurably more weight in the profession. They’re neck-deep in campaigns for governing positions, including someone that champions lowering the admission rates to MLIS/MI programs to compensate for the underemployment problem, and someone who thinks librarians are “the best profession in the world.” Sigh. (You can see the debate recording here.) If you’re an ALA member, I strongly suggest you vote in the elections.
A hot topic in both conferences was the new information literacy standards being passed by the ACRL — or, rather, the Framework, as the new concepts are being billed. I did some ranting about this subject a while ago, but I’ll remind you that the ACRL Visual Literacy Standards from 2011 were built upon those original IL standards, which means we should expect a VL-specific interpretation of the Framework in the near future. I have been trying to mull over what those will entail, but, it’s been a busy winter so far. I’d love to hear about your ideas, in the comments! (My first guess is going to be a threshold concept of “the realization that you’re committing copyright infringement basically every time you go online.”)
Meanwhile, back in Toronto, I was finding that quite a few of the conference sessions I attended were hard-pressed to name an audience: a curious newbie, or a field specialist? Even sessions with “current trends” in the titles spent the majority of their time rehashing the basics. I definitely valued the technology demonstrations, and the guides to cataloguing in certain metadata schemes, but I think I’m too niche in my interests to find the bulk of presentations at big library conferences to be worthwhile. And some of the most interesting sessions happened concurrently, so I couldn’t sit in on the session on 3D printing and copyright without missing that Google Art Project discussion down the hall.
But on the upside, I got these awesome socks:
As someone working towards becoming an art librarian, I often find myself in conversations defending the arts, libraries, or both. This task is a bit easier, and a lot more effective, if you have some numbers and compelling arguments to back you up. In this series of posts, I thought I’d share some resources I’ve found that can help us advocate for the arts and for libraries. This first post will look at general library advocacy.
The ALA has some fantastic resources in their Campaign for America’s Libraries. This project works to increase public awareness of the importance of libraries and librarians. Although some points are geared more towards public libraries, many are relevant for the advocacy of libraries in general. Here are a few excerpts from their Key Messages:
“Libraries are changing and dynamic places. Today’s libraries go beyond books. While still offering traditional print resources, libraries have free computers, access to the Internet, free wi-fi and more.” This is one of the most common misconceptions I find among people who don’t often visit libraries. People are perplexed when I tell them my goal is to become a librarian – why devote your career to a dying industry? Whether print books will stick around in future generations or not, this demonstrates the importance of updating the image of libraries and talking about the work we do to stay relevant.
“Communicate about librarians as well as libraries.The campaign’s messages are designed to ensure that target audiences know that today’s librarian is a well-trained, technology-savvy, information expert who can enrich the learning process of any library user.” Many people aren’t sure about what exactly librarians do, nor do they realize the difference between librarians and library technicians or library assistants. Here are a few great examples from the Campaign’s Talking Points:
“Librarians are the ultimate search engine. Librarians are trained experts in finding information, wherever it is — in books, in archives, on the Web.”
“In a world of information overload, librarians are information navigators — clearing a path, pointing you toward the information you need.”
The ALA is also a great source for stats and figures. This Quotable Facts about America’s Libraries pamphlet, 2012 edition, has some interesting insights into the current situation of libraries in the U.S. The annotated edition provides links and citations. A few tidbits for academic libraries:
“College libraries receive just less than three cents of every dollar spent on higher education.”
“If the cost of People magazine had risen as fast as the cost of academic library periodicals since 1990, it would cost about $182 for a one-year subscription.”
“There are 584 students enrolled for every librarian in 2- and 4-year colleges and universities in 2010 in the U.S. as compared with 14 students for each teaching faculty member.”
This number is even larger among Canadian Research Libraries: CARL Statistics from 2010-2011 listed 627 students per librarian.
We’d love to hear from you: what are the most common misconceptions you’ve found come up in conversations with non-library-users? How do you respond? What are your tips for speaking up for libraries?
Shannon Robinson is the Fine Arts Librarian at Denison University.
The American Library Association (ALA) Annual held in June 2013 was my first ALA conference. I was awarded the New Members Round Table’s (NMRT) Professional Development Grant to attend the conference. I have been a member of NMRT for about a year. Similar to ARLiSNAP, NMRT members are students and new professionals. The group focuses on career development and leadership opportunities within ALA.
In the past year I also joined the Association of College and Research Libraries’ (ACRL) Arts section. ACRL Arts is the area of ALA that supports librarians and specialists working in the visual and performing arts. At the conference, ACRL Arts held a committee meeting followed by two presentations.
Amanda Meeks and Michelle Strizever presented Uncovering Hidden Art Collections about their summer 2012 work as the Smithsonian Libraries interns for artists’ books. Amanda and Michelle are also co-coordinators of ARLIS/NA’s Book Art Special Interest Group. Librarians who catalog and maintain artists’ book collections face many unique challenges. Many library staff members don’t understand preservation needs of artists’ books, which are actually artworks. Book art collections often share funding with other, more popular collections and book art collections would greatly benefit from better cataloging (including visuals in the item records). During their internship, Amanda and Michelle curated an exhibit of artists’ books from the Smithsonian’s collection. To promote the exhibition, they held a well-attended opening reception and blogged about the collection on Smithsonian Libraries Unbound.
Alex Watkins made the case for Why Open Access Matters for the Arts. It doesn’t seem like a strong case; after all, Alex reminded us, arts journals are the lowest journal prices of all the disciplines. However, universities around the world can’t necessarily afford these journals. Art history scholarship about a community (particularly non-western) can’t even be read by that community! For patrons of these libraries, open access is the only access. Another important point Alex made is that paywalls create a divide between academia and the public. The general public is very much engaged and interested in the arts yet cut off from much of the research and intellectual conversation about the arts. Open access invites the public to participate in this scholarship.
I was very impressed with both presentations and met new librarians at the meeting. I recommend joining the ACRL Arts listserv and, if you are a member of ACRL, join the section – it’s free! NMRT and ACRL Arts have made my ALA membership worthwhile.
ALA 2013 is drawing to a close, and we hope those of you who made it to the Windy City had a fulfilling experience!
We’re looking for a few good arlisnappers to provide a post-conference writeup. Did you participate in any VRC or art library-relevant sessions or see a great poster session? Visit any of Chicago’s incredible museums and want to tell us about an exhibit? Bonus points if you made it to any ACRL-Arts section meetings!
Even if you didn’t make it to any arts-focused events, what did you see that might generally be applicable to the arlisnap and ARLIS/NA community and new librarians? Interesting applications of existing or new technology? Creative approaches to instruction or outreach? Discussions of non-traditional collections? Cataloging for the zine librarian?
Call for Panelists:
The ARLIS/NA Affiliate Session at the College Art Association Conference in New York City seeks three panelists to participate on the following panel to be held at CAA 2013 (February 13-16, 2013, in New York City):
21st Century Artist’s Publications: self-published print-on-demand artist’s books, zines, mini-comics and photo books
With the increased use of print-on-demand publishing technologies, many artists are blending the typologies of artist’s books, zines, mini-comics and photo books, often creating print publications that are indistinguishable from one another.
This session is open to papers discussing the impact of print-on-demand technologies on the typology of artist’s books, and to papers discussing the impact of print-on-demand on the genres of artist’s books, zines, mini-comics, and photo books. Has print-on-demand created a new typology (artist’s publishing) that is inclusive of multiple publication types? Has print-on-demand production and distribution transformed the creation of artist’s publishing and sales beyond (more traditional) brick and mortar dealer and distributor networks? What is the financial impact of print-on-demand for artists and/or dealers/distributors? Should new terminology such as artist’s publishing or book art subsume the typologies of artist’s books, zines, mini-comics, and photo books?
Session chair: Tony White, Maryland Institute College of Art (email@example.com)
Panelists are encouraged to present varying perspectives about the impact of print-on-demand on the current genre of artist’s publications. Of special interest are papers that balance art history and studio art voices, as well as persons early in their careers to those that are more established, whether independent scholars, artists, teaching faculty, curators, or librarians. Each panelist will speak for ca. 20 minutes and will then participate in a moderated dialog with the audience about issues and topics raised.
Interested speakers should send the following information via e-mail to the session chair (deadline August 20, 2012):
– Proposed title for your paper/presentation
– A brief abstract (ca. 150-200 words) of your proposed paper
– A C.V.
All submissions will be acknowledged, and a final decision will be made by August 25, 2012.
***Call for Papers — Internet Reference Services Quarterly — New Authors Welcome!***
Internet Reference Services Quarterly is now accepting manuscripts for the 2012/13 volume year.
>> Internet Reference Services Quarterly is a refereed journal presenting information about reference librarianship in the digital age. The journal offers studies and articles on technology and innovations related to the delivery of library user services, including reference, research consultation, instruction, information literacy, user design and usability, and electronic reference materials and sources.
>> IRSQ welcomes articles on all aspects of library reference and information services, including professional practices, electronic communications, information literacy, training and education, managing reference services, evaluating information services and sources, software and technology, and user populations.
>> IRSQ receives all manuscripts electronically via the journal’s ScholarOne website:
>>For more journal information and submission instructions, visit www.tandfonline.com/WIRS or contact Jason Sokoloff at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Improving Library Services for People with Disabilities e-Course
ASCLA’s popular and relevant online course, Improving Library Services for People with Disabilities, will be offered again this October.
>>>>>Please share this message with any colleagues or distribution lists who might find it of interest!<<<<<
Course details, including links to registration, are at the ASCLA blog:
The course will run October 1-28, 2012, with two live online meetings on Thursday, Oct. 11 and Thursday, Oct. 25 from 3:00-4:00p.m. Central time. Additional weekly coursework is self-paced.
During this course, participants will:
>>Identify library users with disabilities at their library
and the resources and assistive technologies available to assist them;
>>Examine changes in attitudes, laws and technologies that
have impacted people with disabilities;
>>Apply what they’ve learned to recommend changes in personal and organizational
behaviors to improve services for people with disabilities at their library.
This course is truly designed for all library staff, including support staff, general professional staff, age-level or subject specialists, managers and administrators. ***We welcome group registrations!*** Two or more registrants from the same library, library system or network will save 15% on their course registration rates. More information is at the ASCLA website: http://www.ala.org/ascla/asclaevents/onlinelearning/onlinelearning
For more information about this course, visit this ASCLA blog post:
Four-Week eCourse Begins Monday, October 15, 2012 Your patrons trust your recommendations on what to read next, and as the use of iPads proliferates, they will look to you for recommendations on exemplary books as apps. The best of this new breed of apps use the multimedia, multitouch capabilities of the iPad to extend the concept of the book, creating a new immersive experience for readers. In this eCourse Nicole Hennig, head of the user experience (UX) group for the MIT Libraries, will
- Provide guidance for integrating iPads into your library’s programs and services by facilitating demos of important titles from the most innovative publishers
- Offer benchmarks for evaluating book apps and writing reviews of them
- Lead you in conversation about book apps as you share your reviews with the class
Each week’s lesson includes a video introduction, readings, and ongoing message board discussions. To participate, you will need access to an iPad. It’s recommended that students plan to budget $30–$50 on apps, though additional purchases are not required to take the eCourse. To get the most out of this eCourse you should already be comfortable with using an iPad and purchasing apps.
Nicole Hennig is Head of the User Experience Group for the MIT Libraries. Her expertise includes user experience studies, mobile web, mobile apps and the user experience of e-reading. She presents frequently on these topics at national and regional conferences.
6-Week eCourse runs from September 4 through October 12
Drupal is an open source content management tool that allows users to build complex websites without extensive programming, making it perfect for library websites. In this introductory eCourse, librarian, consultant and Drupal expert Sean Fitzpatrick will guide participants in building an attractive, functional library website using Drupal. This test website will be hosted on a server for six months after the eCourse, facilitating additional learning. This eCourse will focus on Drupal 7, while highlighting what is still applicable to Drupal 6. Whether the objective is a simple site or full-service digital branch, this eCourse will give participants the know-how to get a library website up and running.
Lots this week! Let’s start with the one that happens tomorrow:
LYRASIS Ideas & Insights Webinar
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* Stacie Ledden and Logan Macdonald, AnyThink Libraries, Rangeview Library District, CO: Creating an Experience Library
* Chad Nelson and Barbara Petersohn, Georgia State University: The Care and Feeding of Digital Collections
* Dr. Curtis R. Rogers, State Library of South Carolina: Social Media, Libraries, and Web 2.0: How American Libraries are Using New Tools for Public Relations and to Attract New Users
New Book Information Literacy Beyond Library 2.0
CHICAGO — In the three years since the publication of the best-selling “Information Literacy Meets Library 2.0,” the information environment has changed dramatically, becoming increasingly dominated by the social and the mobile.
The new book “Information Literacy Beyond Library 2.0” picks up the conversation, asking the big questions facing those who teach information literacy: where have we come from, where are we now, and where are we going.
Presenting answers from a range of contributors, editors Peter Godwin and Jo Parker divide their book into three distinct sections. Part 1 explores the most recent trends in technology, consumption and literacy, while Part 2 is a resource bank of international case studies that demonstrate the key trends and their effect on information literacy, offering numerous innovative ideas that can be put into practice. Part 3 assesses the impact of these changes on librarians and what skills and knowledge they must acquire to evolve alongside their users. Among the key topics explored are:
- The evolution of “online” into the social Web as mainstream;
- How social media tools are used in information literacy;
- The impact of mobile devices on information literacy delivery;
- Shifting literacies, such as metaliteracy, transliteracy and media literacy, and their effect on information literacy.
Anyone charged with developing and delivering information literacy programs, as well as library professionals concerned with library instruction and digital technologies, will find the information in this book stimulating and useful.
Godwin is academic liaison librarian at the University of Bedfordshire, UK and Parker is the head of information literacy at the Open University Library, UK.
Source and Fulltext Available At
Registration is now open for the 2nd Annual Summer Retreat for Librarians at Chapman University’s Leatherby Libraries!
Date: Friday, June 29, 2012
Time: 9am – 3pm
Place: Chapman University’s Leatherby Libraries in Orange, California Website (for more information and to register): http://www1.chapman.edu/library/teaching/
Vision: The summer teaching retreat at Chapman University’s Leatherby Libraries was created to build community amongst instruction librarians and library school students from Orange County and the surrounding areas. The retreat provides unique and practical presentations. Participants have opportunities to share teaching experiences, ideas, and resources during lively break-out sessions as the practices and innovative ideas of local librarians are discovered. Ideally, participants leave the retreat with a larger network of resources and contacts, as well as inspiration to creatively expand their library instruction repertoire.
Retreat Schedule and Presentation Descriptions: http://www1.chapman.edu/library/teaching/schedule.html
The deadline to register is June 15. Registration will be capped at 80 participants and is on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Please direct questions on registration to Wenling Tseng at email@example.com or 714-532-7720.
General questions on the retreat may be directed to Annie Knight (firstname.lastname@example.org or 714-532-7736) or Stacy Russo (email@example.com or 714-564-6712).
International Conference on Trends in Knowledge and Information Dynamics
10-13 July, 2012
Documentation Research and Training Centre (DRTC)
Indian Statistical Institute (ISI)
Venue: NIMHANS Convention Center, Nimhans Hospital Premises, Hosur Road,
Documentation Research and Training Centre (DRTC) established by Prof. S R
Ranganathan in 1962, is a research centre at Indian Statistical Institute (ISI)
conducting Research, Training and Higher Education in the field Library and
Information Sciences and allied areas. In the last five decades, DRTC has
been involved in Research, Education, Training and cutting edge applications of
Information and Communication Technology to Libraries and Information Centres,
Knowledge centers and systems. 2012 marks the Golden Jubilee of DRTC and we are
happy to host as part of ‘Golden Jubilee Celebrations’, the ‘International
Conference on Trends in Knowledge and Information Dynamics’ (ICTK-2012).
Broadly the themes of the conference are divided into main streams (in parallel
sessions on all the days of the conference):
Stream 1: Trends in Library Education and Research
Stream 2: Trends in Public Library Services
Stream 3: Trends in Domain Specific Information Systems and Services
Stream 4: Trends in Open Access to Information and Data
Stream 5: Trends in ICT applications to Library and Information Science
For details visit us on http://drtc.isibang.ac.in/ictk/subthemes
ICTK 2012 includes sessions of invited talks by renowned in the field of
Library and Information Science from around the globe on various topics related
to the above mentioned five streams covering various aspects of current
interest and popular trends. The conference serves as an International
Platforms for dissemination of information of International research and
collaborative projects such as European Commission infrastructure projects.
Experts Panel on Open Access to Information and Public Libraries present
experts’ views from around the world. In addition to plenary spearker of
International repute, we plan to have panel discussions on Higher Education and
International Collaborative Research in LIS, Public Libraries, Agricultural
Information Systems, Open Access to Information
List of invited speakers
Dr. Jagdish Arora
Dr. Roberto Barbero
Dr. Donatella Castelli
Prof. Fausto Giunchiglia,
University of Trento
Dr. Johannes Keizer
Prof. Dr. Norbert Lossau
Goettingen State and University Library
Dr. Alberto Masoni
Dr. Carlos Morais Pires,
Dr. Federico Ruggieri
Dr. Alma Swan
Key Perspectives Ltd,
Prof. Anna Maria Tammaro
University of Parma
Dr. Stuart Wiebel
Senior Research Scientist, OCLC
Last date of registration : 30 June 2012
Details of registration at http://drtc.isibang.ac.in/ictk/registration
Prof. A.R.D. Prasad (Convener – ICTK-2012)
Documentation Research & Training Centre (DRTC),
Indian Statistical Institute (I.S.I),
8th Mile, Mysore Road, R.V. College Post,
Bangalore – 560 059, Karnataka INDIA
Phone: +91-80-2848 2711
Fax : 91-80-2848 4265
E-mail ID: firstname.lastname@example.org
Registration closes on Sunday, June 17 for the next offering of RUSA’s online course “Introduction to Spatial Literacy and Online Mapping”.
This asynchronous course will run June 18-July 8.
Group registration rates are available for 2 or more registrants from the same library, library system or network–more information here: http://www.ala.org/rusa/development/onlinece
Register online now for this class: http://www.ala.org/Template.cfm?Section=oloc&Template=/Conference/ConferenceList.cfm&ConferenceTypeCode=L
This three week course will introduce students and library staff to a variety of mapping tools and GIS technologies that are of interest to both public and academic library users. Librarians will be able to apply their newly developed Web 2.0 mapping skills in their reference work, and liaison responsibilities. Through hands-on exercises, demonstrations and presentations, the librarian will receive a thorough overview of GIS-related technologies that they may be exposed to in the library.
Instructor: Eva Dodsworth, geospatial data services librarian at the University of Waterloo Map Library in Waterloo, Ontario
Questions about registration? Contact email@example.com or 800-545-2433, option 5. Questions about the course? Contact RUSA Web Manager Andrea Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org.
RUSA 101 Online
Are you interested in any of the following?
Emerging technologies in reference
Specialized business reference
Managing local history collections
Interlibrary loan and resource sharing
Reference and outreach to special populations
If you said YES to any of the above, there’s a place in RUSA for you!
Find out more about RUSA, the Reference and User Services Association, at RUSA 101.
You’ll learn about what RUSA and its sections do, how to get involved, how to stay informed in our activities, and get any of your RUSA questions answered.
RUSA 101 Online
No registration required! Feel free to drop in to any of the sessions below.
Access information can be found at the bottom of this email.
· Friday, June 1, 10:00am-11:00am PT/12:00pm-1:00pm CT/1:00pm-2:00pm ET
· Wednesday, June 6, 1:00pm-2:00pm PT/3:00pm-4:00pm CT/4:00pm-5:00pm ET
· Monday, June 11, 10:00am-11:00am PT/12:00pm-1:00pm CT/1:00pm-2:00pm ET
· Friday, June 15, 1:00pm-2:00pm PT/3:00pm-4:00pm CT/4:00pm-5:00pm ET
· Monday, June 18, 10:00am-11:00am PT/12:00pm-1:00pm CT/1:00pm-2:00pm ET
RUSA 101 @ ALA Annual 2012
No registration required! Besides having an opportunity to learn more about RUSA and meet RUSA members, we’ll have raffle prizes!
· Friday, June 22, 2012 || 3:00pm -4:00pm
Hilton Anaheim – Oceanside Room
Access Information for RUSA 101 Online
To get the most out of your web conference experience, it is best to use a headset. If you do not have a headset, please use headphones/earbuds to plug into your speaker. This will eliminate audio issues.
Session URL: https://sas.elluminate.com/m.jnlp?password=M.F71930E6E64800139C18D122D0C4DD&sid=2011689
ALA Conference Mentors and Mentees
Calling all students, new professionals, and first time ALA Annual Conference attendees! Would you like to meet with an experienced ALA conference representative while attending your first ALA Annual Conference in Anaheim, CA? If so, The New Members Round Table (NMRT) of ALA is sponsoring a conference mentoring program that will pair new attendees with people who have attended more ALA Annual Conferences.
Please fill out the following questionnaire to participate. A member of the NMRT Mentoring Committee will be in touch with information about your match. It is up to you to connect with your match and set up time(s) to meet while at the conference.
Questions? Email: NMRT_Mentoring@yahoo.com
Have you attended a couple of ALA Conferences and want to give back to the next generation of librarians? If so, The New Members Round Table (NMRT) of ALA is sponsoring a conference mentoring program that will pair new attendees with people who have attended more ALA Annual Conferences.
Please fill out the following questionnaire to participate. A member of the NMRT Mentoring Committee will be in touch with information about your match. It is up to you to connect with your match and set up time(s) to meet while at the conference.
Questions? Email: NMRT_Mentoring@yahoo.com
IMHO > Two *Most Excellent* Keynotes from the recent IATUL conference in Singapore
1 > Libraries, Technocentricity and Learning : Changes in Learning, Research and Information Needs and Behavior of Users
Prof. Rakesh Kumar (The University of New South Wales, Australia)
2 > Technology & Innovations in Libraries and Their Impact on Learning, Research and Users
Joe Murphy (Librarian, Trend Spotter / Trend Setter & IMHO: Librarian Extradordinaire)
BTW: There was a 3rd Keynote titled _Trends, Possibilities and Scenarios for User-Centred Libraries_ by Dr. Susan Gibbons, University Librarian, Yale University, but there is a known problem with the A/V [:-(]
Note-1: Each A/V link also links to the video poster sessions …
Note-2: Each post includes links to other presentation / sessions titles and speakers …
How are libraries using both physical and virtual spaces to meet the needs and demands of library users?
Libraries are changing from spaces where we “marc and park” volumes of print material into more vibrant and vital organizations that focus on both internal and external access to services and information.
The 3rd annual ShareAcademy will be held on Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 at the CPCC Harris campus in Charlotte, NC. The theme for this year’s ShareAcademy is:
“Under New Management: Adventures in Leadership”
2nd CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Share with us your challenges, joys, reflections, techniques, skills and eye-opening moments about becoming a better, more efficient, more productive leader and manager. What habits or tricks have you learned or utilized to manage yourself, your time or your staff? How have you identified your strengths and skills and used them to your best advantage?
Workshop proposals are expected to be interactive, hands-on, and engaging for participants.
Call for proposals CLOSES: June 22
ShareAcademy Registration OPENS: June 26
*ShareAcademy is created and hosted by CPCC Library, but is open to anyone interested in the conference theme. Our primary goal is to provide a conference full of practical, hands-on material for its attendees.*
Submit your proposal here! http://www.cpcc.edu/library/shareacademy
The coeditors for ARLIS/NA Reviews (http://www.arlisna.org/pubs/reviews/index.html) are seeking reviewers for the September/October 2012 edition.
You must notify one of the coeditors by no later than Friday, June 15 of your interest in reviewing one of the titles listed below. Please note in your response if your subject background or expertise matches the subject matter of the book. Also, you must be able to meet an August 3, 2012 deadline with a 450 word review.
How a Revolutionary Art Became Official Culture: Murals, Museums, and the Mexican State,by Mary K. Coffey
Iroquois Art, Power, and History, by Neal B. Keating
Replacing Home: From Primordial Hut to Digital Network in Contemporary Art, by Jennifer Johung
Spatialities: The Geographies of Art and Architecture, ed. by Judith Rugg and Craig Martin
Doug Litts & Terrie Wilson
email@example.com / firstname.lastname@example.org
ARLIS/NA Reviews Co-Editors
CHArt 28TH ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Consume: Respond – Digital Engagement with Art
**The CHArt committee has extended the deadline for proposals to June 20, 2012.
Thursday 15 – Friday 16 November 2012, Central London venue TBC
Since its foundation in 1985 CHArt has engaged in topical issues in
Digital Art History. This year CHArt is looking at how new developments in information and communications technology affect the ways in which we engage with art. New forms of digital display or emerging modes of viewing art may have profound effects on both our understanding of the artwork itself (the way we consume it) and our ability or appetite for describing, curating and managing it (how we respond to it).
CHArt invites papers that examine emerging practice and where it impacts upon digital art practice, research and curation. Areas for consideration include:
* Control of authorship, ownership and access
* Collaboration and the interdisciplinary break-down
* Participation, quick response and interaction
* Consumption, re-use and mashup
* Mobile technology, apps and education
* Connections between art, interface design, usability and user experience
* Globalisation, agility, dissemination and big data
* Liquidity and permeability of digital culture
Contributions are welcome from all sections of the CHArt community: art historians, artists, architects and architectural theorists and historians, philosophers, curators, conservators, scientists, cultural and media theorists, archivists, technologists and educationalists.
Submissions should be in the form of a 300-400 word synopsis of the proposed paper with brief biographical information (no more than 200 words) of presenter/s, and should be emailed email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org > by Friday, June 1st
Wednesday, June 20th 2012. Please note that submissions exceeding the stated
word count will not be considered.
Postgraduate students are encouraged to submit a proposal. CHArt is able to offer assistance with the conference fees for up to four student delegates. Priority will be given to students whose papers are accepted for presentation. An application form and proof of university enrolment will be required. For further details about the Helene Roberts Bursary please email email@example.com<mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org >.
CFP: Digital Frontiers
The deadline for submissions for Digital Frontiers – a conference and THATCamp for and about the diverse communities using digital tools for research, teaching, and learning – is fast approaching. Please send us proposals for individual papers, fully-constituted panels, posters, and THATCamp workshops! (Apologies for cross-posting – we’re just really excited to see your submissions!) Check out the CFP below or visit https://digitalfrontiers.unt.edu
The University of North Texas Libraries and The Portal to Texas History invite proposals for Digital Frontiers, a conference on using digital resources for research, teaching, and learning.
Digital libraries provide unprecedented access to a wide array materials. This has dramatically expanded the possibilities of primary source research in the humanities and related fields. We seek submissions of individual papers, fully-constituted panels, workshops or posters based on research using digitized objects, whether they are hosted on the University of North Texas Libraries’ Portal to Texas History or are from other digital repositories.
We encourage contributions from scholars, educators, genealogists, archivists, technologists, librarians, and students. The goals of this conference are to bring a broad community of users together to share their work and to explore the value and the impact that digital resources have on education and research.
• Specific ways digital libraries have impacted research
• Digital tools for conducting research – data and text mining, data
• Using digital collections in K-12, undergraduate, and graduate
• Using digital libraries for research on any of the following topics:
African-American history / Asian-American history / agriculture and animal husbandry / cartography, mapping, and GIS / civil rights movements / Civil War / collaboration in public humanities projects / electronic and born-digital art / feminism and women’s issues / genealogy and family histories / history and digitization of regional newspapers / history of religions and religious institutions / immigration and migration / Latino/a & Chicano/a histories / local history / LGBT history / military and veteran’s history / digital resources in museums and libraries / music recordings and performance / myths, urban and local legends, and folklore / Native American history / oral histories and personal narratives / photography and visual arts / regional authors / slavery and abolition / state and local politics / Texana and regional literature /
Digital Frontiers is accepting proposals for:
• Individual papers (20 minutes)
• Panels (75 minutes – 3 individual papers + discussion)
• Roundtable discussions (75 minutes – 5-7 speakers + discussion)
• THATCamp workshop or tutorial (2 hours)
• Poster (36” x 48”)
• E-mail proposals or inquiries to email@example.com
• Abstracts should be no more than 250 words in length; proposals for
fully constituted panels or roundtables should include abstracts for each presentation.
• Please provide a brief professional bio and specify any A/V or other
technical needs with your proposal.
• June 15, 2012: proposals due
• June 30, 2012: notification of acceptance
• September 21, 2012: Conference
• September 22, 2012: THATCAMP
See educational opportunities, such as CFP, workshops, events, webinars, etc.? Please email Braegan Abernethy (bcabernethy[at]gmail[dot]com) or Emilee Mathews (mathewse[at]indiana[dot]edu) to get them posted here.
For ongoing opportunities and deadlines, please visit the new Educational Opportunities Calendar.
Free Webinar > Copyright Series: Interview with Cable Green, Creative Commons
May 24, 2011 (Thursday) at 2:00 pm ET
Guest: Cable Green, Director of Global Learning, Creative Commons
Registration Link Available Via
ALCTS ALA Annual preconference: “The How and Why of Research: What Is the Rock in Your Shoe?”
June 12 – 14, 2012.
All sessions begin at 2 p.m. Eastern, 1 p.m. Central and 11 a.m. Pacific time.
This virtual preconference provides insight and guidance into the world of research, encouraging attendees to discover the research possibilities inherent in their daily work. Find out how valid research questions can grow out of practical professional quandaries. Learn how to choose appropriate questions to investigate, how to design effective research strategies and explore avenues for sharing results with colleagues. Demystify the research process and be encouraged to contribute to the body of knowledge in the discipline. This virtual preconference is aimed at librarians entering the profession and/or new to the research process.
This virtual preconference is comprised of three one-hour sessions:
Tuesday, June 12
“Avoiding the Research Rubbish Bin: How to Begin a Research Project” with Allyson Carlyle, University of Washington Information School.
Wednesday, June 13
“From Curiosity to Concept: Developing a Research Plan from Everyday Library Issues” with Steven A. Knowlton, University of Memphis.
Thursday, June 14
“Bringing your Work to Press: The Peer Review Process” with Sandy Roe, Illinois State University and editor, Cataloging and Classification Quarterly.
Visit the “How and Why” page on the ALCTS website.
Registration is open now. Individual sessions for each preconference are $39 for ALCTS members, $49 for non-members, $99 for groups and, as always, free to LIS students. A discounted rate is available if you want to register for all the sessions included in each preconference: $95 for ALCTS members, $118 for non-members and $258 for groups. Register through ALA Online Learning.
If you have any questions, please contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Continuing Education, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joint Conference of Librarians of Color early bird registration closes at midnight June 13
Early bird registration for the Joint Conference of Librarians of Color (JCLC), Sept. 19-23 in Kansas City, Mo., closes Wednesday June 13.
JCLC is a conference for everyone—with engaging speakers, special events and more than 70 concurrent sessions exploring issues of diversity in libraries and how they affect the ethnic communities who use our services! Early bird registration provides attendees with the best rates for this exciting event. For complete details, visit http://jclc-conference.org.
JCLC is an experience like no other! Emmy® winner Sonia Manzano, voted one of the most influential Hispanics byPeople en Espanol for her work playing Maria on “Sesame Street,” will welcome attendees at the opening keynote. Author, director and activist Jamal Joseph will join JCLC as the closing general session speaker. There will be numerous opportunities to network and socialize, including an opening reception at the beautiful Kansas City Public Library’s central branch.
Under the theme, “Gathering at the Waters: Celebrating Stories and Embracing Communities,” JCLC provides a unique setting for learning with three pre-conferences and more than 70 concurrent sessions in five tracks—Advocacy, Outreach and Collaboration; Collections, Programs and Services; Deep Diversity and Cultural Exchange; Leadership, Management and Organizational Development; and Technology and Innovation. Author luncheons will allow attendees to get up close and personal with award-winning authors, including Lauren Myracle, Sharon Flake, Da Chen and David Treuer. A busy exhibit hall will feature the latest from library vendors and partners.
The Crown Center, the city within a city located in the heart of downtown Kansas City, will offer attendees the luxurious accommodations of the Westin Kansas City and Sheraton Kansas City, along with three levels of great shopping, dining and entertainment. Hotel rates start at $139.
JCLC is sponsored by the five associations of ethnic librarians—the American Indian Library Association (AILA), the Asian/Pacific American Librarians Association (APALA), the Black Caucus of the American Library Association (BCALA), the Chinese American Librarians Association (CALA) and REFORMA, the National Association to Promote Library and Information Services to Latinos and the Spanish Speaking. The first Joint Conference was held in Dallas in 2006.
More information may be found at http://jclc-conference.org.
Are you doing research in the arts that you would like to share with fellow librarians? Is there something you’re doing at your library dealing with the arts that you think others should know about? Do you have a presentation you’d like to float by a group of friendly colleagues for some benevolent critique?
If so, the ACRL Arts section invites you to submit a presentation proposal for our Discussion Forum held on Saturday, June 25th from 10:30-12noon during the ACRL Annual Conference in New Orleans, LA.
–Proposals can be about any topic dealing with the visual or performing arts and design (see list of possible topics below).
–Everyone is welcome to submit a proposal. Students are also encouraged to make a submission.
–Each presentation will have 15-20 minutes with a 5 minute Q&A. We anticipate being able to accept 4-5 proposals for presentation.
–Proposals will be reviewed by a committee drawn from the Arts Section Executive Board and Publications & Research Committee.
Deadline: Please submit your proposals to Yen Tran (email@example.com), chair of the Arts Section’s Publications & Research Committee no later than May 27th. Those submitting proposals will be notified by June 3rd, as to whether or not your proposal was accepted for presentation.
–Research of any topic related to the arts
–Developments in the display and/or preservation of arts materials
–Innovative information literacy or visual literacy techniques with arts students
–Emerging technologies in arts libraries
–Inventive collection management and development in the arts
–Strategies for reaching out to arts users (students and faculty)
–Copyright and fair use in the arts environment
–Evaluating the needs of arts users
–Use of images in information literacy instruction
–Creative physical or online/virtual exhibits
The possibilities are endless; please consider submitting a proposal.
Via ACRL Update:
The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is accepting applications for its Immersion ’11 Program. Complete program details and application materials are online at http://www.acrl.org/ala/mgrps/divs/acrl/events/ (click “Immersion 11 Program”). The application deadline is Dec. 1, 2010.
The ACRL Immersion ’11 Program provides four-and-a-half days of intensive information literacy training and education for academic librarians, to be held July 24-29, 2011, at Seattle University in Seattle. The Teacher Track focuses on individual development for those who are interested in enhancing, refreshing or extending their individual instruction skills. Curriculum includes classroom techniques, learning theory, leadership and assessment framed in the context of information literacy. The Program Track focuses on developing, integrating and managing institutional and programmatic information literacy programs. Participants selected for the Program Track will develop individual case studies in advance of the Immersion program.
Acceptance to Immersion ’11 is competitive to ensure an environment that fosters group interaction and active participation. The application deadline is Dec. 1, 2010, and notifications will be issued in February 2011. Complete program details and application materials are online. Send questions concerning the program or application process to Margot Conahan at (312) 280-2522 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Via ALA collib-l: Check out this chat about jobseeking; could be especially relevant for those with technical services interests.
Are you new to the field and are looking for ways to gain professional experience? Are you a new graduate that is having a hard time finding an entry level position?
There are strategies to building a network and getting on a path toward your goals. The ALCTS New Members Interest Group (ANMIG) wants to share those strategies with you.
Please join us for an informal 1 hour chat on Wednesday September 15th, 2010 at 10 am Pacific Time. ANMIG team member Erica Findley will be your host. If you cannot make the chat don’t worry. The transcript will be made available in ALA Connect.
This chat is open to all ALA members of all types.
To join the chat:
On September 15th log in to ALA Connect and navigate the the ANMIG page. Look for the Meebo chat room embedded in to our ALA Connect page http://connect.ala.org/node/85257.
Learn more about ALCTS http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alcts/index.cfm
Learn more about the ALCTS New Members Interest Group (ANMIG) http://www.ala.org/ala/mgrps/divs/alcts/mgrps/ig/ats-ignmbr.cfm
Finding Library Jobs Sponsored by JobLIST Placement Center
Date/Time: 06/29/2010 12:00 PM (Central Time)
Duration: 1 Hour(s)
Leader: Beatrice Calvin
The New Members Round Table (NMRT) Mentoring Committee is pleased to announce that they are accepting applications for their Conference Mentoring Program for the ALA Annual Conference in June!
Attending your first ALA Conference?
Overwhelmed by all the programs and events available at Annual?
Sign up for a Conference Mentor today!
The Conference Mentoring Program is open to all ALA members and is designed to connect a first time conference attendee with a ‘seasoned professional’ who can help them navigate the ALA Annual Conference. If you are on your way to becoming a librarian, or are new to the profession, this program is for you!
Interested in having a Conference Mentor? For the guidelines and an online application form please visit
The application deadline is May 15, 2010 for first consideration.
Applicants will be matched with a Conference Mentor in June and communicate via email or telephone prior to the conference and then meet during the conference.
If you have questions, please contact the NMRT Mentoring Committee at nmrt_mentoring(at)yahoo(dot)com
Please note that this mentoring program is not structured to provide career guidance, it is focused on issues related to the ALA Annual Conference. NMRT also offers a Career Mentoring program that will begin taking applications at the end of the summer. Please watch for an announcement regarding Career Mentoring later this year.
The Young Librarians Working Group was put together by ALA President Camila Alire to assess the way the association can better serve its young (under 35) librarians, in order to increase involvement and retention. They are presenting their final findings to ALA’s Executive Board at the Annual Conference and want to have as many opinionis reflected in their assessment and recommendations. Please take a minute to fill out the survey (if you’re young enough! I’m not!).
The survey will be open until mid-May.
We’d love to read your experiences if you went or are still there. Additionally, if you’ve been to a previous Midwinter, we’d love to read about that too. If you haven’t gone before, are there any particular reasons?
Just leave a comment below or link to your content if it’s on your own site. Thanks!
Call For *virtual* presenters at ACRL-ARTS/ ALA Midwinter in Boston. Bryan highlighted this on the ArliSNAP blog a few weeks back http://arlisnap.org/2009/11/23/call-for-virtual-presenters-ala-arts-section/ . The deadline has been just been extended to DECEMBER 18, so there is still time to submit a proposal! This is a GREAT opportunity to add ‘oomph’ to your resume without having to travel or pay conference registration. See the original post for submission guidelines and contact info.
(Cross posted from ARLIS-L) Love the arts? Wanna get some culture in Boston during ALA Midwinter? Be sure to check out ACRL Art Section’s ArtsGuide! This selective guide to cultural attractions and events will help you maximize your time outside of the convention center.
There’s also a helpful google map supplement:
Find the Boston guide, google map, and past guides at:
Download the PDF to the Boston guide:
ALA Midwinter attendees are cordially invited to participate in a FREE behind-the-scenes tour of the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC) in Andover, MA, on Friday, January 15, 2010. Highlights include the paper conservation labs where many of the nation’s most significant cultural heritage materials have been treated, and the Center’s Imaging Services department where the digitization and preservation microfilm units operate. Preservation Services staff will speak briefly about workshops and conferences on topics ranging from basic book repair to scrapbook preservation to digitization.
A BUS WILL BE PROVIDED, leaving Boston at 1:30 PM and returning by 5:30PM. The tour is offered free of charge. There are only a few spaces left – sign up today! RSVP by December 11, 2009 to Julie Martin, jmartin [at] nedcc [dot] org, or (978) 470-1010 ext. 217.
I am being asked daily if we want to renew databases that in the past it would have been unthinkable to cancel. Now, since I do most all of my own research on medieval pottery in Google et al., I tend to be discerning. For instance, what do you all think about finding auction sale prices? Can it be done in a webbed environment only? In other words, do we need to pay so many subscriptions? thanks, lucie
Drexel University Online Programs offer 20% discount on tuition for ALA Members:
ALA Annual is upon us in just a few days! Here are a few meetings, programs and services that ARLIS members – and especially those who are new to ALA conferences – may be interested in.
ALA Job Placement Center: located at Grand Ballroom of McCormick Place, South
Resume Review Services are available at the Job Placement Center on Saturday, July 11 – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, July 12 – 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Professional librarians will be available to provide feedback on your resume – drop by the Center to make an appointment. This service is provided by the New Members Round Table (NMRT).
NMRT’s meeting about Job Hunting in A Recession will be held Saturday, July 11, 1:30 – 3:30 PM, Hyatt, Grand D North
Connecting with other ALA Members
Parties and Receptions are an excellent way to meet new and seasoned ALA members in an informal and pressure-free setting (often with free food!).
Art-Oriented Events and Meetings
ACRL-ARTS All Committees Meeting: Saturday, July 11, 8:00-10:00 am, Sheraton Chicago BR 1
“If you’re not a member of a Section committee but you’d like to find out how to get involved, come to the All Committees meeting and jump right in. Newcomers are always welcome!”
ACRL-ARTS Arts Discussion Forum: Saturday, July 11, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, Intercontinental Hotel, Toledo Room
“In lieu of our usual presentations by Section members, we are holding a special open discussion: Arts: The Next 50 Years. Where are we headed as a section? As arts librarians? Where should we focus our energies in uncertain times? Any issues from the current (the future of BHA?) to the more remote (virtual conferences?) are fair game, but this discussion is for you. Please come and tell us what’s on your mind.”
Check out more ACRL-ARTS events, and don’t forget the Annual Artsguide (thanks for sharing, Meredith!)
ALA 101 lists events for new conference-goers. Highlights include:
Conference 101: Friday, 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. McCormick Place West (convention center), Room W-179, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive
“New to the Annual Conference, or ALA? Get a fun and informative introduction to the Annual Conference and Chicago, IL. Learn to navigate the exhibits, decipher the conference program, how ALA really works, and ways for you to get involved. NMRT provides tips from the pros and an orientation, which is full of information.”
Conference Orientation: Saturday, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m. Palmer House Hilton, Red Lacquer Room, 17 E. Monroe Street
“New to the Annual Conference or ALA? Get a fun and informative introduction to the Annual Conference and Chicago, IL. Learn to navigate the exhibits, decipher the conference program, how ALA really works, and ways for you to get involved. NMRT provides tips from the pros and an orientation, which is full of information”
And if you’re in need of on-the-spot information, try the Text an Ambassador service. Answers to your conference questions are just a text message away!
Other useful links:
ALA Annual Wiki: All things Annual are collected here.
ALA Acronyms: Essential for deciphering the conference schedule.
ALA Annual Google Map
Follow ALA Annual on Twitter: @alaannual. Check updates from across the Twittersphere: #ala2009
I came across this link on ALA’s Libraries Direct – it’s “ALA’s Toolkit for Getting A Job In a Tough Economy”. It includes tips on resume writing, salary negotiation, networking and other skills that are useful whether jobs are plentiful or scarce; as well as information relevant to the current library job market.
What other resources do you recommend for job hunting in tough times?
Have tips for surviving ALA Annual? A favorite spot in the Chi? Let us know in the comments!