Patricia Gimenez – ARLIS/NA 1st Timer Experience

ARLISNA Boston Conference Button

Patricia Gimenez, attendee & ArLiSNAP follower, wrote about her experience at the annual conference here.

Armed with my ArLiSNAP Conference Survival Guide brochure, a packed schedule, and a folder full of resumes, I arrived at the Boston World Trade Center on Friday evening open to any and all experiences.

Thanks for the shout out Patricia.  We hope you had a great time, and we look forward to seeing you in Minneapolis too!

Did you write about your experience, or would you like to share about what you liked/disliked about the annual conference?  Please write and/or post a link in the comments!


Minutes from Boston meeting

Please find minutes from our recent discussion at the annual conference below.  Feel free to leave questions, comments, or corrections!

ArLiSNAP Special Interest Group Meeting Minutes
April 25, 2010, 2:30-3:30pm
ARLIS/NA annual conference, Boston, MA

Meeting called to order at approximately 2:35pm.  Twenty-five people in attendance.

For the second year, a survey was developed to gauge members’ needs, concerns, and preferences.  At the start of the meeting, each meeting participant (with the co-moderators as the exeption) completed a survey.  Additionally, an electronic version of the survey was announced on ARLIS-L,, and ArLiSNAP’s Facebook page.  The electronic survey will be open until May 3.  After which time, the results will be posted on and ArLiSNAP’s Facebook page.  The co-moderators will prompt a group analysis and solicit comments in the post.

Discussion topics:

Co-moderators report of past year’s activities, including activities by Tracy and Bryan and by those who volunteered at 2009’s meeting for additional positions.  Based on suggestion, a volunteer directory will be posted to blog in future.

Mentorship discussed as an opportunity that can profit both mentors and mentees.  Suggestion raised that mentorship opportunity be created for those that would like a mentor with experience and leadership in the profession in exchange for providing technical assistance and contributing knowledge about emerging technologies.

Topics of interest for future conferences include: deciding between professional or support staff positions and resume review sessions.

Relevance of job posting on blog discussed since so few jobs are coming on the market at the moment.  Consensus in discussion was that should continue posting. has become a destination for job postings because its service collocates specific art-related postings from multiple sources.  As a result, users save time by visiting

Suggestions for additional content for the blog include more workshop content, including regional and web-based opportunities.

The relevance of using the blog as a discussion tool was talked about in detail.  Some in attendance articulated that they didn’t feel comfortable expressing uncertainty about topics in a public sphere.   Those in attendance were encouraged to keep posting relevant resources that would be of interest to others with the goal of encouraging the dissemination of information.  Stats show that posts are being actively read, even if replies are scarce.

Outreach was also discussed.  A question emerged as to how to best reach out to chapters and/or student groups of potential members at individual universities.   Chapter representatives in attendance are encouraging that ArLiSNAP be in contact directly with schools.  One possible solution to this might be to have a future volunteers designated as student-liaisons.

Call for election of new co-moderator will be posted to blog within a week after the meeting date (May 2, 2010).  Applicants will have the opportunity to post their nominations to over a one-week period, and the election will be held from the May 10th to the 17th.  Final results will be announced to the elected co-moderator and posted on the blog on May 18th.  Any interested candidates are encouraged to apply or to contact Tracy or Bryan with questions.

Meeting adjourned at 3:30pm.

CMO’s Guide to the Social Landscape

Folks are all over this graphic here at the Tech Kiosk, so I’m re-posting it here so that everyone has a chance to look.  Its original location is here.



ArLiSNAP Meeting UPDATE!!!


Our meeting location has changed.  We will now meet in the Waterford 2 & 3 on Sunday at 2:30.

For agenda info, etc., please go to

Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Internship Award Open Forum at Conference


Please join the ARLIS/NA Internship Award Sub-committee and previous winners of the Internship Award at an open forum discussing applying for the award and internship experiences Saturday April 24 at 5:00pm in Commonwealth CD,  Section C.

The members of the ARLIS/NA Internship Award Sub-Committee

Rina Vecchiola (chair)

Greta Bahnemann

Amy Ballmer

Eumie Imm Stroukoff

Martha González Palacios

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.


Recorder Needed: The Engaged Librarian

I too, am looking for a recorder for our panel discussion at the annual conference.

Our discussion is on Saturday the 24th in the 1-2:30pm slot :

Session E:
The Engaged Librarian: Knowledge, Outreach, and Integration for Targeted Service
Two librarians share their research findings and solutions to the difficult problem of getting fine arts faculty and students into the library. By employing different service outreach techniques which specifically targeted these users unique needs, our panelists increased patron knowledge of library resources as well as improved the visibility and perceived value of the library and its staff. Attendees will enjoy lively presentations and take away methodologies which they can apply to their organizations.
Sylvia Welsh, Librarian/Archivist, Payette Associates
Thesis Committees: Integrating Instruction and Research Into Studio Culture
Yuki Hibben, Collection Librarian for the Arts, James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University
Improving Outreach to Graduate Students: Learning from Graduate Fellows
Dena Kinney, Director, Outreach and Research Services Fine Arts and Design, Fine Arts and Design Library, University Libraries, University of New Mexico

Sylvia Welsh, MS LIS, Librarian, LEED AP BD+C
Tel: 617-895-1148 Fax: 617-895-1002

swelsh [at] payette [dot] com

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