Another ARLIS/NA Conference has come and gone; Art Librarians from not only North America, but from around the globe, congregated in Fort Worth, Texas last week to discuss current trends and issues in our niche field of librarianship, debate the future of art books and bibliography in the wake of e-publishing, and just generally mingle with one another. Unlike past years, however, this year I got to count myself as one of the conference’s many attendees. That’s right, folks, I actually had the opportunity to attend our parent organization’s annual conference, and I’ve got the tote bags to prove it…I know, you’re all very happy for me.
So I went to the conference really hoping to come away with concepts to implement in my own workplace, and although there were some very interesting presentations, the truth is that many of the topics discussed were not all that applicable to my niche within a niche library. As someone who works in the private sector, an art gallery to be exact, something like library programming, while important to many art libraries, is not something that works, or is necessary, for a corporate art library.
Yet despite this, what some might call, failing, I still feel as though I got a lot out of my time at ARLIS/NA. I walked away with a large number of resources previously unknown (to me) from which the users of my library will definitely benefit, such as the Art Discovery Group Catalogue (ADGC), the first discipline-specific view of WorldCat records, and I cannot wait to introduce my users to this, as well as many other cool new tools.
Of course, conferences are also about networking, which is especially important for those of us new to the art library world, either as students or as new professionals. I met some really great people and had some interesting conversations. Of particular note to me was a fascinating conversation about how to deal with post-it notes in books when the person who put them there has the authority to request that said post-its remain in perpetuity…yeah, that’s a thing that happens in private libraries. Anyway, the short answer is: try to explain that post-its are the mortal enemy of books, but the long answer is, try to come up with alternatives for your users, even if it means you may have to take on more work.
So that was my first ARLIS/NA conference-going experience, and I think it rather rocked. How about you guys? Did you go? If so, how was it? Any cool takeaways?
Let the knowledge sharing continue!
Some good resources from the ARLIS/NA 43rd Annual Conference:
Art Discovery Group Catalogue (ADGC) – http://artlibraries.worldcat.org/
Getty Research Portal – http://portal.getty.edu/portal/landing
A/V Artifact Atlas (AVAA) – http://avaa.bavc.org/artifactatlas/index.php/A/V_Artifact_Atlas
Quality Control Tools for Video Preservation (QC Tools) – http://www.bavc.org/qctools
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Deadline extended to January 19, 2015
2015 Lois Swan Jones Professional Development Award Announcement
The ARLIS/NA Texas-Mexico Chapter is pleased to announce the 2015 Lois Swan Jones Professional Development Award. This $500 award encourages active involvement of a member of the Texas-Mexico Chapter in the ARLIS/NA 43rd Annual Conference held in Fort Worth, Texas, March 19–23, 2015.
The LSJ award honors the memory of Lois Swan Jones, Professor Emerita of art history at the University of North Texas, by underwriting participation of members of the Texas-Mexico Chapter at the ARLIS/na annual meeting. The award committee urges everyone with interest and need to apply, especially first-time conference attendees. To meet the primary requirement, applicants must lack full institutional funding. Previous winners are eligible. A description of the award, application procedure, and a list of previous recipients are available on the Chapter’s website:
The deadline for applications is Monday, January 12, 2015. The award committee will announce the winner on Monday, January 26, 2015. Direct all inquiries to the 2015 award committee chair: Lynn Wexler (The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston). Other members of the 2015 committee are Samuel Duncan (Amon Carter Museum of American Art), Beth Dodd (University of Texas, Austin), and last year’s winner, Alison Larson (University of North Texas).
Submitted by Lynn Wexler, Chair, Lois Swan Jones Award Committee
MFAH The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
1001 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005
$500.00 to go to the ARLIS/NA conference in Fort Worth, Texas (March 19-23, 2015).
Deadline Friday, January 9, 2015!
Applicants must be current members/affiliates of the Northwest Chapter, this includes members who are still currently students. If you have not yet joined the Chapter or renewed your membership for 2015 please use the attached form or follow this link to the online form. The Northwest Chapter now accepts PayPal (details here)
The Chapter’s executive committee will consider these factors in evaluating the applications:
– Is this the first time the member has attended an annual conference?
– Is the member actively involved in the Northwest Chapter?
– What are the member’s specific goals for the conference (e.g. giving a paper, serving on a committee, chairing a session, professional development)?
– What level of financial support is available from the member’s home institution?
Please send your application with the following information to Suzanne Rackover, firstname.lastname@example.org
5. Phone number
6. Email address
7. Short explanation of why the Chapter should support your attendance at the annual conference (not to exceed 250 words).
All eligible applications submitted by Friday, January 9th, 2015 will be considered. This timeline ensures applicants have ample time to take advantage of the early bird registration deadline.
**In addition to attending the conference, the award winner must also submit a written report on the conference to the Chapter Secretary by Saturday, May 16, 2015. This report will be posted on the NW Chapter’s website (http://nw.arlisna.org/travel_award_reports.htm).
The executive committee looks forward to receiving many applications!
Suzanne Rackover, MA MLIS
(outgoing) Chair, ARLIS/NA-Northwest Chapter
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ARLIS-Ohio Valley is accepting applications for our Spring 2015 Travel Award. If you are an art librarian or library student living in Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, or western Pennsylvania, you can apply for a $250 grant to help defray the costs of attending the 2015 ARLIS/NA 43rd Conference, March 19-23, 2015, in Fort Worth, TX. Interested ARLIS-Ohio Valley chapter members should follow the application procedures below and send as a Word attachment to Christine Mannix (email@example.com) or Elizabeth Lantz (firstname.lastname@example.org) by February 6, 2015. The winner will be notified no later than February 13, 2015.
Not a member? Visit the ARLIS/Ohio Valley Chapter blog at http://arlisov.wordpress.com/membership-2/ to join! Our professional membership costs $25 per year and our student membership is free with proof of ARLIS/NA membership. Memberships span the calendar year from January 1 to December 31.
TRAVEL AWARD APPLICATION:
- Submit a letter of application to the Travel Award Committee addressing any relevant award criteria and indicating how you will benefit from or contribute to the meeting.
- Include information regarding any available travel funding from your institution.
- Please include a current resume.
2015 ARLIS/Ohio Valley Travel Award Committee:
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Now updated with a new deadline (1/16/15) and clarification of duties!
Are you an art librarian or library student living in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, or the U.S. Virgin Islands territory? Is one of your New Years Resolutions to be more involved in professional associations? The Southeast Chapter Travel Award is an excellent opportunity to help fund your conference travel!
Our best candidate will receive a $500 (USD) award to attend the ARLIS/NA conference in Fort Worth, Texas, March 19-23, 2015.
The purpose of this award is to cultivate a talented, dedicated, and educated group of professionals for the ARLIS/NA organization as well as the ARLIS/NA-SE chapter.
Funds from this award may be used to pay for travel, lodging, registration and meals associated with professional development activities at the annual ARLIS/NA conference.
Any individual meeting these criteria may apply for the award; however first-time attendees are given preference.
Currently reside in the geographic area served by the ARLIS/NA-SE chapter (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, and the U.S. Virgin Islands).
Membership in ARLIS/NA-SE and ARLIS/NA at the time of application is not required, although preference will be given to current ARLIS/SE members.
Currently be either employed in the field of art librarianship and/or visual resources curatorship, or enrolled in an educational program leading to a graduate degree.
Current students, individuals beginning their professional career within the field of Art Information in the past five years, and paraprofessionals who are becoming active in ARLIS/NA or ARLIS/NA-SE for the first time may be included.
Recipients of the award may not re-apply in future years.
AWARD RECIPIENT DUTIES
The travel award recipient is expected to:
Participate in the ARLIS/NA Conference Networking program (if they have not previously done so).
Attend the ARLIS/NA-SE Chapter meeting at the annual ARLIS/NA conference.
Submit a written report on his or her conference activities within one month of the conference. The report should be submitted to the ARLIS/NA-SE webmaster to be posted to the ARLIS/NA-SE webpage.
Serve on the the 2016 Professional Development Travel Award Committee and subsequently chair the committee in 2017.
Award applications will be accepted up until midnight on Friday, January 16th, 2015. The award winner will be contacted no later than Friday, January 23rd, 2015.
For further details, please visit the conference website at: http://arlisna.org/fortworth2015/index.php
Please note: Applicants must be a current ARLIS/NA-MW and ARLIS/NA member living in the Mountain West region (Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming).
For application instructions and additional details, please visit the Winberta Yao Travel Award page at: http://arlisna-mw.lib.byu.edu/travel.html
Applications are due by: Monday, January 26, 2015
Please refer inquiries and applications to:
Margaret Van Dyk
The Winberta Yao Travel Award Committee, ARLIS/NA-MW Chapter
Alexandria Caster (Chair) and Margaret Van Dyk