A Bit of Holiday Reading

If you’re like me, you’re working over the holidays. Beyond my few in-office days this week, I’ve got a handful of volunteer projects to complete or plan before the new year, some conference presentations to start on (hello pie charts!), and multiple folders of PDFs to read on my desktop. I might even spend a few hours tweaking the ArLiSNAP redesign! (More about this later.)

If you’re not like me, you’re probably visiting with family and friends, flipping the channels on the TV, sleeping in, and otherwise loafing. Lucky you. But you might still want to catch up on your reading, do something professional-development-related, or polish off a personal project. With most regularly-publishing websites on a hiatus until the end of the year, allow me to recommend some media archives to check out if you want to keep your head in librarian-land:


The Digitization Age: Mass Culture is Quality Culture. An overview of EU digitization initiatives and their impact on cultural access. (PDF)

A Season of Life in the LAC. A speech by the relatively new head of cultural heritage in Canada, Guy Berthiaume, discussing the pitiful state of our priorities challenges and opportunities we face.

An interview with Sarah Thornton, author of a new book of collected interviews with artists. Full disclosure: I got both of her books from the library and couldn’t get into either of them. But you might succeed where I have failed!

A history of the war between Amazon and the book industry.

Do we really need a Whole Foods of contemporary art? And does commercialization ever equate to democratization?


Circulating Ideas: A podcast series interviewing librarians, including a DAM expert and the director of the DPLA.

You can use your ARLIS/NA membership to access the webinar recording on library advocacy from a few weeks back.


Librarian Twitter Chats

VRA / ARLIS members on Twitter

I’ve only recently become a convert to Twitter, and have found it surprisingly great for networking. I didn’t take my LIS in Toronto, although I work here now, so it’s been pretty good for meeting colleagues and filling the support gap where my classmates might’ve been. I’ve been following public chats like #critlib, #SLAtalk, and #snapRT, and looking for good art-related conversations as well. (Feel free to suggest some if you know of any.) Most of these chats will be suspended over the holidays, but it’s a good time to go back and read older discussions on topics of interest (especially if someone was nice enough to storify them!).

Eye Candy

The Tate put a ton of artists’ archival content online.

The Public Domain Class of 2015. Several artists entering the public domain, including Kandinsky, Mondrian, and Munch.

And, when you’re in the midst of holiday-related stress, don’t forget you can punch a Monet.


Books of the Heart


Pictured above are the current contents of the Crouch Fine Arts Library’s display at Baylor University Library in Waco, Texas. For the month of February 2014, a small but eclectic group of selections from the Baylor Artist Book Collection pertaining to *LOVE* in its varied manifestations engages viewers with themes as diverse as the playful revision of Shakespearian dialogue in r&j: the txt message edition to more jaded reflections in Heart Assortment: A Bittersweet Sampler. 

Many academic libraries have artist book collections of various sizes and scopes. Some institutions collect regionally, thematically, or structurally, while others prefer a mix of all types and kinds. Collection scale, of course, depends heavily on the acquisitions budget. Art librarians have found artist books to be interesting objects for display within their libraries and useful tools for developing interdisciplinary relationships with faculty and students.  The Baylor Artist Book Collection is often requested for art department classes, but is also requested by professors from other departments. An emerging trend at Baylor is engagement by students in the Medical Humanities program.

For more information on the collection see http://www.researchguides.baylor.edu/heartbooks.

What other ways are artist book collections used in libraries? Do you or would you collect artist books in your role as an art librarian? Why do you think these types of collections are popular in an increasingly digital age?


Seeking Fashion Photographer(s) for the ARLIS/NA Conference!

Are you a fashion blogger or photographer, or have always wanted to give it a try? Do you have an appreciation for librarian style in particular? Will you be at the 2013 ARLIS/NA conference in Pasadena?

If you answered “yes” to these, consider volunteering as an ARLIS correspondent to Librarian Wardrobe!

Our own Heather Koopmans has discussed the idea with the contributors at LW, and would like to find 1-2 individuals who are willing to help spread the word of ARLISian style. You must be:

  • planning to attend the ARLIS/NA conference in Pasadena
  • willing to share a photo and short bio of yourself on LW
  • comfortable with approaching ARLIS attendees to obtain their photo and a few other necessary details (no candid pics)
  • able to collect at least five photos at the conference

If you’re interested, please contact Heather at hkoopman (at) scad (dot) edu, and she’ll put you in touch with Librarian Wardrobe.

Thanks for considering!

What-Are-You-Reading Wednesdays

Happy middle of the week, ArLiSNAPpers!

Many thanks to all of our contributors and job-hunting aficionados. I hope you new or soon-to-be graduates are taking heart from the steady flow of the amazing career opportunities that flow through here.

Now, let’s get a discussion going on this blog. We’ll start with something simple.

What are you reading?

Have you read something recently that’s influenced your work or study interests? What’s your bookshelf look like? Come across any great new articles?

Let us know! Comment here, post an instagram photo of your growing “to read” list, or just tweet us @arlisnap.

Book As Sculpture Exhibition at Dodd Research Center

A cool exhibition at the Dodd Research Center highlights works created by students in a first year studio foundation art class.  Here’s the word from the Dodd’s blog:

Given as an assignment to a first year studio foundation art class, students were challenged to consider the function of the book and encouraged to rethink its form as sculptural object. Additionally, the students were inspired by viewing some of the diverse forms of one-of-a- kind and limited edition artists’ books housed at the Dodd Research Center…

Through a series of transformative gestures and repetitive actions such as folding, cutting, scoring, curling, punching, incising and shredding, the function of book as object of information is transformed into structure, sculpture. These repetitive acts, to the point of exaggeration, have created new and startling physical shapes that we take notice of first. For some of the creators, the book’s title helped prompt an action informing us of the book’s potential content.  For others, a singular process took shape without considering the book’s original intention. Irony, wit, poetic reference, and obsessive gesture push the book’s singular recognizable form into a new physical shape. Some of the pages turn, but the text is not the text of legibility. Others offer the viewer a window into the process of alteration.

Book As Sculpture Exhibition
Through April 30, 2011,
Monday-Friday 10-4
Dodd Research Center
John P. McDonald Reading Room
University of Connecticut
405 Babbidge Road, Unit 1205
Storrs, CT 06269-1205

(h/t: Fresh Pickin’s)

NEA Newsletter Call for News!

Attention archivists, students, and repositories in the New England area:

The NEA newsletter is currently seeking articles about your activities and accomplishments for the July 2011 issue of the NEA newsletter. The newsletter relies entirely on entries from members, so please share your news with the archives community!

Past entries have included announcements about newly processed collections, new acquisitions, renovations and expansions, grants received, project updates, exhibit openings, student activities, photographs from collections, and internship opportunities. However, anything of interest to the archives community is welcome!

You can also add an item to our calendar of upcoming events (events, workshops, meetings, conferences, symposia, etc). Please limit your news item to around 150 words, or your calendar entry to around 25 words, and be sure to include your repository name, location, and a phone number or email address at the end of the piece.

The NEA will appreciate the time and thought you put into your writing!!

Send submissions by 05/16/2011 to:

Michael Dello Iacono
Records Manager
Suffolk University
Moakley Archive and Institute
120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108

Library Student Journal Volunteer Opportunities

Apply to work on Library Student Journal!

Library Student Journal is an international, open-access, peer-reviewed journal that is entirely student-run and student-written. Working for Library Student Journal is a way to be actively involved in supporting student research and open-access scholarly publishing. Besides the benefit of building your resume, you will learn about the workings of academic publishing and be exposed to a wide range of interesting student research. All LSJ staff members also have the opportunity (though not the obligation) to contribute to the blog.

All positions are voluntary, and work is done using the Open Journal Systems online interface, or via email. Because we review and publish articles on a rolling basis, the time commitment is variable, but it averages 10-12 hours/month. As this is a student publication, all staff must be currently enrolled in an LIS degree program.

To apply for any LSJ position, please send a cover letter and resume/CV to the Editor in Chief at librarystudentjournal [at] gmail.com. The name of the position you’re interested in should be part of the subject line. Priority will be given to applications received by March 20.

The following positions are currently available:

Editorial Review Board
LSJ seeks to publish the best papers from library and information science students worldwide, and to serve as a forum for discussion of LIS education, training, career paths, and future trends.  Editorial Review Board members play a crucial role in this process by reviewing several articles a semester for the journal and helping the editor when a reviewer is needed in a pinch.  LSJ replies on the experience of these members to evaluate quality research and maintain the high standards of the journal. Doctoral students in LIS fields are preferred for this position. LSJ is seeking 2-3 Editorial Review Board members.

Layout Editor
The layout editor will create HTML documents for the online publication of journal articles, using established templates and documentation, based on Microsoft Word documents that have been peer-reviewed and edited. These documents will be translated into printable PDF versions.  After this process, the layout editor will enter metadata into the online publication system (a Dublin Core-based scheme), edit the author-supplied abstract or create a new one as appropriate, and select subject terms from a controlled vocabulary to enable searching and browsing. LSJ is seeking 3 Layout Editors.

Section Editor
Section Editors guide manuscripts submitted to the Articles section of the journal through the peer-review process. Section Editors choose suitable reviewers for each paper then use the completed reviews to inform their acceptance decision. In the process, Section Editors work closely with authors of submitted manuscripts to revise their work to an acceptable standard, based on reviewer comments and their own revision requests. LSJ is seeking 2 Section Editors.

Copyeditors work with authors of accepted manuscripts to improve the style, grammar, and organization of their papers. A successful copyeditor has an excellent eye for detail, an ability to see the big picture, and the ability to communicate revision requests to authors in a respectful manner. LSJ is seeking 2 copyeditors.

Proofreaders review copy edited manuscripts for spelling, punctuation, grammar, and proper LSJ format. A successful proofreader will have an excellent eye for detail. LSJ is seeking 3 proofreaders.

Marketing Manager
This is a new position. The person hired as LSJ’s new Marketing Manager will have the opportunity to shape and define the position and will work closely with the Editor in Chief, the Publisher, and the Webmasters to contribute substantively to LSJ’s content, image, and future. The Marketing Manager will be responsible for generating awareness and excitement about LSJ in the larger LIS community through building connections, enhancing LSJ’s presence on social media sites, helping to generate blog content, and participating in long-term planning. This is an essential position and thus will involve a commensurately greater time commitment. Applicants who can commit to at least a year in the position will be given priority.

Peer Reviewer

We need as many reviewers as possible representing as many different areas of LIS as possible!  Reviewers serve as referees in the peer-review process for articles and give valuable input on article submissions. They help editors decide whether to accept or reject a submission, and they give authors feedback on how to improve articles to make them publication-ready.

David L Phelp’s Amazing Sculpture

Video: Ralph Ellison Maquette by David L. Phelps

David Phelps submitted this maquette to Ralph Ellison Library Public Art Competition in Oklahoma City. “The finished piece will be triple this size and fabricated from steel, cast bronze, & porcelain.”  The bust appears to turn as the viewer moves.

Go to the Fashion Library!

Video: ewserk’s xtranomral video on user services at a particular fashion library (sounds like Heston, but I must be completely off).

ArLiSNAP Pub Stop 2011

Calling on all volunteers & those who know Minneapolis!

We need your help for ArLiSNAP’s next pub stop. We’re looking for a destination that can handle up to 30 librarians who enjoy libations. Last year’s participants estimated around 25. Might we have more when mixing with VRA?

We’ve chosen Saturday, March 26th as the best night for the stop. We call it a “stop” because, over the years, the crawl of multiple different locals has given way to relaxing with good company at just one spot. Of course, the more adventurous are free to move on. We’ll provide a customized Google map for those going to the chosen bar and add other suggestions for the pioneering.

Please make your suggestions below in the comments.


Otis College of Art & Design Video Library Tour

Art House Co-Op Sketchbook Project 2011

If you haven’t checked out Art House Co-Op‘s sketchbook project, it’s definitely worth a look.  Artists submit sketchbooks to be exhibited around the country and then to be housed in a gallery called the Brooklyn Art Library.  Below is an example of one.

Jessica Evans Brady on ACRL

ArLiSNAPer Jessica with others on the ACRL conference.

I think I have about the same enthusiasm for the VRA + ARLIS/NA joint conference.

Announcing the 2010 ArLiSNAP Pub Stop!

We’re pleased to announce this year’s Pub Stop event, scheduled for Friday, April 23. We’ll plan to depart from the Welcome Party at around 9pm and head over to The Barking Crab, located at 88 Sleeper Street about a 10 minute walk from the hotel. A map is included on our crustacean-adorned fliers (see above), which will be distributed at the registration desk and newbie orientation event next week.

For those attending the conference for the first time, the Pub event is organized by ArLiSNAP to promote general introductions and levity amongst members. We sincerely hope to see you there.


Valentine’s Day Event at Tom of Finland

The Power of Love at Tom of Finland Foundation

Tom of Finland Foundation would like to invite all members of Art Libraries Society of North America and Society of American Archivists as well as students and faculty from SLIS and art programs, to come together for a romantic evening of fine dining. We love both organizations and want ARLIS and SAA to be each others “Valentines” and to encourage student memberships for both. Guests will be served delectable food, beer and wine by our sexy staff of cupids as we share some of the many heartwarming gems from our special collection. Take a romantic stroll with your honey in our beautifully lit yard, browse to arouse through our erotic books and artwork, get an exclusive viewing of Tom’s studio and his very own bedroom — but no hanky panky allowed in there!

Proceeds will be used to create the Conference Travel Fund for Allison R.
Schulte, our Library Director & International Liaison.

Space is limited as we’d like for this to be an intimate event. Society members have the option to bring one guest. Early registration recommended.

St. Valentines Day, Sunday February 14th, 6:00 PM Tom of Finland Foundation
1421 Laveta Terrace
Los Angeles, CA 90026

Price per person:
Professionals $ 40.00
Guests of professionals or students $40
Currently enrolled students $25

There are three ways to register:

-Paypal to administration@tomoffinlandfoundation.org
Please title the payment “POL Registration” and include the following in the message box:
Full Name, Full Name of Guest (if applicable), Organization to which you belong (SAA, ARLIS/NA or name of school) administration@tomoffinlandfoundation.org

-Credit Card by Phone: 213 250 1685

-Check or Credit Card by Mail
email librarian@tomoffinlandfoundation.org for a pdf of a registration form

Introducing ArLiSNAP Discussion Opportunities & Coordinatoors

As a result of feedback, you’re going to see a few new additions to the ArLiSNAP blog and community.  One of the new features we’re rolling out is increased content on the site to help generate discussion about issues important to ArLiSNAP members.

Caley Cannon and Meredith Kahn are the current discussion coordinators, and we’ll be making weekly posts about a range of topics (emerging technologies, social networking sites, teaching, mentoring, transition from student to professional, changing role of art librarians, professional development, recent news in art and architecture, new developments in the publishing industry, etc.).

We hope you find these posts interesting and thought provoking, and that you feel compelled to participate in a discussion via the comments.  If there are any topics you’d like us to address, please let us know.

And let the fun begin…

What to Wear

reposted from http://yalsa.ala.org/blog/2008/12/05/what-to-wear/

What TO Wear

Linda Braun | Conference, YALSA Info. | Friday, December 5th, 2008

What’s your look? Do you, or someone you know, have a professional fashion sense that you think others can learn from? Do you like to find just the right clothing that combines your individual style with a professional appearance? If so, then you could walk the runway at YALSA’s first ever fashion event hosted by Steven Rosengard of Project Runway Season 4!

We’re searching for 20-30 librarians who walk the walk and look the look when they work with teens and their advocates in libraries! We want to find librarians who can demonstrate how to dress professionally without having to spend a lot of money and while keeping a sense of personal style.

If you are interested in walking the runway, submit the What TO Wear application (file in pdf) along with 2 photos or a short video (no more than 3 minutes), that you think showcases your style (or the style of your nominee).

If you have questions about the application or process contact Nichole Gilbert, ngilbert@ala.org.

Call of Volunteer(s)- Pub Crawl Organizer and/or Connections Liaison

Greetings from Indiana!  We’re in full swing preparing for next year’s annual ARLIS/NA conference to be held in Indianapolis on April 16-21, 2009.  If you haven’t yet seen it, the conference web site is now online.

Going along with the conference’s theme of start your engines, we need to get revved up about the pub crawl.  We’re looking for someone local to Indy who can:

–    figure out a logical and easily locatable meeting place
–    plan us a route of pubs to crawl (including one with food…)
–    get word of the event out to any and all who might be interested

We’ve also been thinking about how we might use ArLiSNAP to promote events where our readers could get together and meet face-to-face.  To this end, we’d like to put out a call for a Connections Liaison (or two) to take up the responsibility of distributing info about opportunities for getting together.  These might include:

–    announcements of local ARLIS/NA chapter or student group meetings
–    info on continuing education opportunities or lectures
–    any other info on events that would facilitate us getting to know one another on a greater frequency than once a year.

We’re glad for any and all volunteers for either the Pub Crawl Organizer or Connections Liaison positions, so just leave a comment if you think you might be interested.

Libraries on iTunes U

From apple.com:

iTunes U puts the power of the iTunes Store to work for colleges and universities, so users can easily search, download, and play course content just like they do music, movies, and TV shows.

DePaul University Libraries (and probably others) offer podcasts on iTunes U. To see their page:

  1. Install iTunes on your computer
  2. Click on the following link to open iTunes U (will open your iTunes application): http://deimos3.apple.com/indigo/main/main.xml
  3. Look for DePaul University on the left in the Universities box.
  4. The DePaul University Libraries link is in the third box down on the right

2008 International Model Your Campus Competition!

So a while back Brian Mathews created this video about the possible applications of Google’s SketchUP for libraries. It’s pretty cool–especially if you’re doing that space planning thing. This week I recreated a model of Fitch‘s Materials Library. It takes about an hour to get used to, but once you’ve memorized the shortcut keys it becomes very intuitive.

Anyway, now Google is trying to get some more buzz by holding a contest. Doing your whole campus (especially if you’re going as far as having it in exact scale) seems pretty daunting. But, hey, you can always do your homework/work later, right?

Image credit: CC Bryan Loar