News from the Off-Season: some conference cogitationsPosted: February 4, 2015 Filed under: ALA, Discussion, News, Professional Associations | Tags: ALA, Canada, OLA Comments Off on News from the Off-Season: some conference cogitations
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:
Please welcome Hilary Price to the ArLiSNAP team as our newest Job Postings Liaison / Feature Writer!Posted: January 8, 2015 Filed under: Member Profiles, News, [ ArLiSNAP ] Comments Off on Please welcome Hilary Price to the ArLiSNAP team as our newest Job Postings Liaison / Feature Writer!
Hilary will be keeping us up-to-date on employment opportunities in the art librarianship field. Welcome! Hi. I’ve used ArLiSNAP since I began my MLS in 2013 and I’m so excited to be on the team. Before I decided to pursue my MLS at Queens College, I studied art history at The New School, and fine art at Tyler School of Art. While I still love making and looking at art, I’m excited about connecting people with resources as a librarian and archivist. In the spring semester I will graduate with my MLS, but in the meantime, I’ll be working part-time at three different libraries in New York. I’ll continue my work as graduate fellow at Barnard Archives and Special Collections, begin a project assistant position at the Brooklyn Museum Library, and get a taste of the corporate archive world at the Citi Center for Culture (archive of Citibank). My interests and studies are primarily directed toward archives, new technologies, and art librarianship. Thanks to Ellen and Rachel for all their work, and for giving me the opportunity to assist. I look forward to posting.
A Bit of Holiday ReadingPosted: December 24, 2014 Filed under: Fun, News | Tags: art 1 Comment
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.
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!).
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.
New Chapter Name: ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic ChapterPosted: December 4, 2014 Filed under: News | Tags: ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic, Chapter News Comments Off on New Chapter Name: ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic Chapter
*please excuse cross-postings*
Many of you are already aware of this but the ARLIS/NA DC-MD-VA Chapter is now the ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic Chapter! Our name change was approved earlier this year. This puts us into alignment with chapters from other professional organizations and allows us to strongly welcome those from the now defunct Delaware Valley Chapter. We look forward to holding a meeting north of Maryland in the near future.
We were a little busy with the DC conference this year, but we have now switched our names in the appropriate places and have a redesigned website: http://arlisnamidatlantic.org/ . Many thanks to Chapter Officers Tessa Brawley-Barker, Roger Lawson, and Nick Curotto on completing all these detailed tasks.
I would also like to remind ARLIS/NA members that you can purchase ARLIS/NA related items on our Cafe Press site: http://www.cafepress.com/arlis . All proceeds from the shop go towards the Chapter’s Caroline Backlund Professional Development Travel Award.
Finally, if anyone is near DC later this month, you are welcome to attend our holiday party at Past President Gregg Most’s house. Details here: http://arlisnamidatlantic.org/meetings/upcoming-meetings/chapter-fundraising-party-december-18-2014/
It’s been a wonderful 2014! Looking forward to seeing you all in Fort Worth in 2015!
Director of the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center
ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Chair
National Museum of Women in the Arts
1250 New York Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20005
ArLiSNAP is excited to welcome Rebecca Rubenstein as our new Social Media Liaison!Posted: November 10, 2014 Filed under: Member Profiles, News, [ ArLiSNAP ] Comments Off on ArLiSNAP is excited to welcome Rebecca Rubenstein as our new Social Media Liaison!
Rebecca will extend our discussions on Facebook and Twitter. Welcome to the group, Rebecca!
I am a painter and a librarian currently working with ebooks and multimedia research collections at an educational software company. I received an MFA from Pratt Institute and recently completed my MSLIS at the Palmer School of Library and Information Science, Long Island University. While at the Palmer School I interned with the Librarian for Fine Art at New York University’s Bobst Library. I also interned at a branch of the New York Public Library with a strong arts and exhibition program. This position led me to become a features writer for Library as Incubator Project where I continue to write about creative happenings in libraries.
A warm welcome to Hannah Marshall, our new Feature Writer/Discussion Liaison!Posted: November 2, 2014 Filed under: Member Profiles, News, [ ArLiSNAP ] Comments Off on A warm welcome to Hannah Marshall, our new Feature Writer/Discussion Liaison!
Hannah is joining us from VREPS to keep us up-to-date on special interests in art librarianship.
Hello, ArLiSNAPers – I am the Metadata Librarian for Image Collections at Cornell University. I started at Cornell as the art history image cataloger in April 2013 and, in January 2014, moved into my current role. In the past, I have worked in UC Irvine’s University Art Gallery, the San Diego Museum of Art Library, the Ricker Library of Architecture and Art, and the UIUC’s Visual Resource Center. I have additional experience working in an artist’s studio and in digital publishing. I have a B.A. in art history and completed my MLIS at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign in Spring 2012. My professional experience and interests include a mixture of art librarianship, visual resource management, and image cataloging. I’m also very interested in research design and digitization projects. I look forward to writing for the blog and hopefully hearing from you all – thanks to Ellen and Rachel for the opportunity!
Survey SaysPosted: October 17, 2014 Filed under: Advice: New Professionals, News Comments Off on Survey Says
The Library Journal 2014 salary survey results are out.
There are several parts to the article, including a generic presentation of the data. There’s no breakdown by the type of materials the respondents work with, but there is categorization by position type (reference, instruction, metadata, etc.) and by institution type (public, academic, etc.). Personally, I fit into the “archives” and “other organization” slots (not to mention the “Canada / International” category) and there isn’t a ton of data to compare myself to. I seem to have the exact average salary. I guess that’s okay.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of that discussion on the ARLIS-L listserv a few months back, about whether or not the art-librarianship niche has enough specific data to work from. Still hoping someone will take up this torch ….
(If you’re hurting for a research project for a class, this is something you should seriously consider.)
Meanwhile, there is a variety of advice offered in the LJ articles for new graduates, or the soon-to-graduate:
The graduating class of 2013 offered similar reactions to the job search as their colleagues from previous classes. Those who landed a job just prior to or shortly after graduation felt “fortunate”; others found it necessary to compromise in the type of job they sought. Graduates cited another year of “not enough experience for an entry-level position” and “a competitive pool of applicants.” Some advised those following in their footsteps to consider “second choice” options and “to be flexible” in approaching the range of jobs. One graduate suggested the second choice option might turn out to be the most fun.
I am curious to know, in the opinion of our illustrious audience, whether we at ArLiSNAP should post more jobs that are “second-choice”-style: graphic design / web development, project management, or other jobs in libraries and cultural institutions that aren’t specifically about visual resource management (take, for example, the job posts I put up this morning – lots of research and curation, which might be good experience, but aren’t specifically in this field).
I would also take this opportunity to link to the American Alliance of Museums’ salary survey results, but the link to the 2012 survey on this page seems to be broken. If you have useful salary resources, please share them with us in the comments!
A warm welcome to Arielle Cohen, our newest Feature Writer/Discussion Liaison!Posted: October 14, 2014 Filed under: Member Profiles, News, [ ArLiSNAP ] Comments Off on A warm welcome to Arielle Cohen, our newest Feature Writer/Discussion Liaison!
Arielle will be joining us as a feature writer, informing us about topics of special interest.
Having graduated from Pratt Institute’s School of Information and Library Science this past May, I now hold a Master’s degree in Library Science with a concentration in Special Libraries, as well as an advanced certificate in Archives. This past spring I also attended the 6th International Conference on Qualitative and Quantitative Methods in Libraries in Istanbul. While there, I presented a paper about the effect of digital resources on user experience, a topic in which I continued to be interested, especially as it relates to digital renderings of artworks.
Over the past few years I have had the opportunity to work in a variety of library settings, including the Pace Law School Library, the library at Marvel Comics, and the ABC No Rio Zine Library. Currently, I work as the librarian at Gagosian Gallery in New York City, where I catalog books, provide reference services, and assist in collection development. I am continually provided the opportunity to learn about the art world as I find resources and answer questions for staff members. However, I am essentially a solo librarian, so I look forward to being able to engage you, my fellow art librarians, both established and aspiring, in topics that are currently affecting art librarianship. Thank you to Ellen and Rachel for this opportunity, and I look forward to working with all of you!
The First-Ever NMC Horizon Report for LibrariesPosted: August 20, 2014 Filed under: Academic Librarianship, Digital Libraries, News, Technology Comments Off on The First-Ever NMC Horizon Report for Libraries
If you don’t know the New Media Consortium, you should: they’re doing great work in researching and predicting new technologies and trends in cultural heritage. (See their Museum Horizons report from late last year if you’re into 3D tech, interactivity, augmented reality using your mobile devices, etc.)
They’ve released a Horizons report for libraries, which is apparently their first! You’ll notice it’s for academic and research libraries, not necessarily public or special, but, baby steps. There are lots of interesting assessments of ongoing problems, like capturing digital records of research, keeping up with alternative research avenues, collaboration and embedded librarianship, etc.
If you want to check it out, I recommend looking at pages 20-21 for a quick discussion of embedded librarianship, incorporating literacy lessons into curricula, and how to collaborate with teachers to provide a more comprehensive education.
From the press release:
Lyon, France (August 20) — Today the New Media Consortium (NMC) in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB), Hannover, and ETH-Bibliothek Zurich are releasing the NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition at a special session of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress 80th General Conference and Assembly. This is the first edition of the NMC Horizon Report that delves into the realm of academic and research libraries in a global context.The report describes findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on teaching, learning, and creative inquiry. Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six emerging technologies are identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, giving library leaders and staff a valuable guide for strategic technology planning. The format of the report was designed to provide these leaders with more in-depth insight into how the trends and challenges are accelerating and impeding the adoption of technology, along with their implications for policy, leadership, and practice.“Education professionals across the world have used the higher education editions of the NMC Horizon Report for years as a springboard for discussion around important trends and challenges,” says Larry Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of the NMC and co-principal investigator for the project. “Finally we have been able to produce a report aimed directly at the needs of academic and research libraries – and what we have found is that academic and research libraries are leveraging new technology in some very important and creative ways.”Key Trends Accelerating Technology Adoption for Academic and Research LibrariesThe NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition identifies “Increasing Focus on Research Data Management for Publications” and “Prioritization of Mobile Content and Delivery” as fast trends driving changes in academic and research libraries over the next one to two years. The “Evolving Nature of the Scholarly Record” and “Increasing Accessibility of Research Content” are mid-range trends expected to accelerate technology use in the next three to five years; and “Continual Progress in Technology, Standards, and Infrastructure” and the “Rise of New Forms of Multidisciplinary Research” are long-range trends that will be impacting libraries for five years and beyond.“The trends identified by the expert panel indicate that libraries are doing a better job at making their content and research accessible, whether through mobile apps, enriched catalogs, linking data, and user friendly websites or by creating more spaces and opportunities for discovery,” notes Rudolf Mumenthaler, Professor for Library Science at HTW Chur and co-principal investigator for the report. “The outcomes of the report are very compelling and it is an honor for HTW Chur to be deeply involved in this project.”Significant Challenges Impeding Technology Adoption In Academic and Research LibrariesA number of challenges are acknowledged for presenting barriers to the mainstream use of technology in academic and research libraries. “Embedding Academic and Research Libraries in the Curriculum” and “Rethinking the Roles and Skills of Librarians” are perceived as solvable challenges – those which we both understand and know how to solve. “Capturing and Archiving the Digital Outputs of Research as Collection Material” and “Competition from Alternative Avenues of Discovery” are considered difficult challenges, which are defined as well understood but with solutions that are elusive. Described as wicked challenges are “Embracing the Need for Radical Change” and “Maintaining Ongoing Integration, Interoperability, and Collaborative Projects,” which are complex to define, much less address.“ETH-Bibliothek is proud to be a partner of this report,” shares Andreas Kirstein, Vice Director and Head of Media and IT Services at ETH-Bibliothek, and co-principal investigator of the project. “By articulating some of the most daunting challenges that academic and research libraries face, we are already making progress toward solving them.”Important Developments in Technology for Academic and Research LibrariesAdditionally, the report identifies “Electronic Publishing” and “Mobile Apps” as technologies expected to enter mainstream use in the first horizon of one year or less. “Bibliometrics and Citation Technologies” along with “Open Content” are seen in the second horizon of two to three years; “The Internet of Things” as well as “Semantic Web and Linked Data” are seen emerging in the third horizon of four to five years.The subject matter in this report was identified through a qualitative research process designed and conducted by the NMC that engages an international body of experts in libraries, education, technology, research, business, and other fields around a set of research questions designed to surface significant trends and challenges and to identify emerging technologies with a strong likelihood of adoption in academic and research libraries. The NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition details the areas in which these experts were in strong agreement.“This first library edition of the Horizon Report marks some important evolutionary steps,” says Lambert Heller, head of Open Science Lab at the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB), Hannover and co-principal investigator of the project. “Academic and research libraries are now being seen as incubators for experimenting with emerging technologies and are even leading the way at many university campuses across the world.”The NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition is available online, free of charge, and is released under a Creative Commons license to facilitate its widespread use, easy duplication, and broad distribution.
Join us for this summer’s Quarterly Chat!Posted: August 7, 2014 Filed under: News, [ ArLiSNAP ] | Tags: quarterly chat Comments Off on Join us for this summer’s Quarterly Chat!
On August 16th, 10:00am PST / 11:00am MST / 12:00pm CST / 1:00pm EST, ArLiSNAP liaisons and moderators will be meeting virtually to discuss plans for the group, make goals for the upcoming terms, and catch up on our activities this summer.
The agenda for this meeting includes…
- ArLiSNAP hosting a mid-year webinar this winter: brainstorming session
- Feedback and ideas for the ArLiSNAP Goals 2014-2015
- Ideas for discussion posts and feature articles
- Ideas for redesigning the ArLiSNAP blog and logo colours – what are our most important resources to highlight?
We welcome all readers who are interested in catching up with their fellow art librarian students/new professionals to join in on the chat! If you’ve ever thought about volunteering with ArLiSNAP, this is the perfect opportunity to get an idea of how we work together, and to have a say in the projects we take on. Email Ellen (ellen.j.tisdale(at)gmail(dot)com) if you would like to meet with us virtually next Saturday. If you’re unable to make it at that time, feel free to leave a comment on this post with any news you would like to share or issues you would like to see addressed.
A warm welcome for Marsha Taichman and Jenna Dufour, ArLiSNAP’s new Conference Planning Liaisons!Posted: August 7, 2014 Filed under: Member Profiles, News, [ ArLiSNAP ] Comments Off on A warm welcome for Marsha Taichman and Jenna Dufour, ArLiSNAP’s new Conference Planning Liaisons!
Marsha and Jenna will be helping us in our future conference planning endeavors. Welcome to the team!
Marsha Taichman is the Visual Resources and Public Services Librarian for the College of Architecture, Art and Planning at Cornell University. She works with faculty, staff and students on general reference and with their print and digital image needs. Before moving to upstate New York, she worked in Montreal at academic and public libraries, art galleries and the Canadian Centre for Architecture. She has an MA in Art History from Concordia University and an MLIS from McGill University.
Hi! I’m Jenna. I am in the messy midst of building a career as an art librarian. Currently, I am enrolled in the MLIS program for January 2015 at UBC and I’m incredibly excited to pursue a program that’ll help fulfill my career goals while being surrounded by beaches, ocean and mountains.
I earned a BA (Hons.) with distinction in Art History from Carleton University in 2013. While studying for my degree, I worked part-time in the Reference Services department at Carleton’s library and loved it, which facilitated a desire to learn more about librarianship. I enrolled in two practicums during my degree to compliment my passion for art history and interest in librarianship: one with the art history subject librarian at Carleton University’s library, and the other at the National Gallery of Canada Library & Archives. These placements affirmed my vocation, and I’m really grateful for the time each institution took to take me on as an intern.
After graduating, I spent three months in England and Europe reveling in the beauty and charm of historic old libraries in places like Oxford, Maastricht, Amsterdam, Reykjavik, and London. Making connections between the way that libraries run in Canada and across the pond was a great experience for me. After arriving back to Canada, I was fortunate to land a contract at the Paul D. Fleck Library & Archives for six-months at the Banff Centre, which has been really great in terms of learning more about art librarianship, and even working with Artists’ Books. I am really looking forward to being part of the ArLiSNAP community and meeting other aspiring art librarians.
Chapter News: ARLIS/NA Midstates Newsletter, Summer 2014Posted: July 28, 2014 Filed under: News Comments Off on Chapter News: ARLIS/NA Midstates Newsletter, Summer 2014
*please excuse cross-postings*
Summer 2014 ARLIS/NA Midstates Newsletter
I’m pleased to report that the summer 2014 issue of the Midstates Newsletter is now available.
In this issue you’ll find:
– Letter from the Chair by Leigh Gates
– Living His Story Exhibition at Milner Library, Illinois State University by Kathleen Lonbom
– ARLIS/NA Midstates Bunce Travel Award Report by Amanda Meeks
– From the ARLIS/NA Chapters Liaison by Sarah Sherman
– New ARLIS/NA Midstates Chapter Officers
– ARLIS/NA Midstates Chapter Financial Report by Melanie Emerson
– Member News
Thanks to all the contributors for making this another great issue!
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Meet your new ArLiSNAP Co-Moderator, Rachel Schend!Posted: May 2, 2014 Filed under: Elections, Member Profiles, News, [ ArLiSNAP ] Comments Off on Meet your new ArLiSNAP Co-Moderator, Rachel Schend!
Hi everyone! I am very happy to accept the ArLiSNAP Co-Moderator position for the 2014-2016 term and am excited to get to work.
I am currently a second year graduate student pursuing a dual Art History/MLS degree from Indiana University, where I also received my B.A. in Art History. I have a variety of jobs on campus including a Graduate Assistantship at the IU Art Museum with the Curator of Education and a Graduate Supervisor position at the Fine Arts Library on campus. This summer, I will be starting a position at the E. Lingle Craig Preservation Lab. I am president of IU’s Society of Art Librarianship Students and treasurer of the Art History Association. Some of my interests in art librarianship include the preservation of materials, visual literacy, and library instruction.
As I begin my term, I would love to see more engagement in career development for students such as resumé reviews and Reddit-style AMA’s by current art librarians. I would also love to hear about projects that members of the group want to see implemented. Thank you all for voting and I look forward to working with you for the next two years!