Guest Post: Olivia Miller, ARLIS-SE 2013 Travel Award Winner

Olivia Miller is a recent MSLS graduate of UNC-Chapel Hill, and winner of the ARLIS/SE 2013 Professional Development Travel Award.

The Pasadena conference was an excellent first-time experience for me with ARLIS/NA!  My favorite session was probably the “Evolution of Art Reference and Instruction” on Saturday.  As a future hopeful reference and instruction librarian, it was exciting to hear about how others incorporate research into their professional lives. Speakers touched on subjects such as assessing online reference, librarian and faculty collaboration for graduate courses, providing reference and instruction for Arts Management students, and various mobile technologies that can be used for reference and instruction. I would argue that one of the best elements of the conference was just the ability to see what others believe to be important enough to dedicate the time to research and share it with others.

Presenting my topic talk, “Power Up: How to Collect for Video Game Design Students,” at the Art and Design School Division was an amazing opportunity to share my research and have great conversations with others about my ideas. Even if my collection suggestions end up not working for some institutions, I hope they at least sparked more ideas and got attendees to thinking more about these students as a user group that would highly benefit from their attention.

Getting involved with the Graphic Novel SIG was a perfect end to a fun conference weekend.  A personal and academic interest with this format brought me to the meeting, but the fact that it was new and everyone there seemed so excited about starting this new group made me want to try to help out. At this point in my professional career (the point where I’m on the job hunt), I had a hard time feeling like I could dedicate myself to a Division, Section, or SIG without knowing where I will be professionally in a few months or next year. The Graphic Novel SIG seems to be made up of individuals with a variety of interests in graphic novels, be it from a perspective of cataloging, collecting, reference, programming, space planning, and more. I felt very comfortable being in an unusual place in my career with the attendees (not that I didn’t in others, just this one moreso). I hope that wherever I end up starting my professional career at, I will be able to incorporate graphic novels into collections or programming.

-Olivia Miller

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Pasadena 2013 Post-Conference Evaluation

Welcome back, everyone! For those who made it to Pasadena, hope you all had uneventful travel home and are back in the swing of things.

Via ARLIS-L and next year’s conference planners: the Pasadena Post-Conference Evaluation is available through tomorrow, May 10. Share your thoughts on this year’s conference scheduling, session content, workshops and tours, and any suggestions for next year’s meeting!

Take the survey here: www.surveymonkey.com/s/Pasadena2013Evaluation

We also had some great feedback and discussion at the ArLiSNAP meeting during the conference; I’ll be posting those minutes and revisiting that discussion via the blog in the very near future, so stay tuned!

 


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!


Help ArLiSNAP! Volunteer! Make buttons!

Getting geared up for the conference? Want to help out in a fun and very easy way?

ArLiSNAP and the ARLIS/NA Membership Committee are seeking volunteers to staff our table in the exhibits hall on Saturday, April 27 and Sunday, April 28. ArLiSNAP will be hosting a make-your-own-buttons booth for donations, and the Membership committee will have ARLIS informational handouts at the ready. For a student or first-time attendee, this can be a great opportunity to take a break from the conference and meet and greet passersby.

Interested? View a list of timeslots on the ARLIS/NA Membership site, then drop a comment here or an email to me (sgrimm@uscb.edu) with your preferences.


Join the discussion! #arlischat on Twitter tonight!

Continuing the discussion from this past Friday’s ARLIS Lunchtime Chat, we’ll be discussing pre-conference preparation and advice for this year’s meeting in a #libchat-style session. Below are a number of questions to get you started. Have more? Reply here or send us a tweet @arlisnap, using the hashtag #arlischat and #arlis2013.

The chat format is simple:

  • We’ll post the questions below via @arlisnap on twitter.
  • Tweet your replies with the question number and with our two tags, #arlischat and #arlis2013.
  • Have more questions? Post them here or tweet @arlisnap, using the #arlischat tags. (See our previous post for a more detailed example.)

Want to follow the discussion? Track the tags #arlischat and #arlis2013

Chat officially goes live at 7pm EST/4pm PST!

  • Q1 What are you most looking forward to attending or doing?
  • Q2 What are your networking or icebreaker tips?
  • Q3 If you’re involved in a committee, how did you get started?
  • Q4 What do you wish YOU had known as a first-time attendee?
  • Q5 What workshops or tours are you attending?
  • Q6 What are the best ways to get around Pasadena?

Feel free to jump in at any point in the conversation!


Still time to sign up for the Conference Networking Program!

If you are attending your first or second ARLIS/NA conference you probably have questions about making the most of the conference or developing your professional network. The Conference Networking Program provides conference newbies with a more experienced ARLIS/NA member to show you the ropes and introduce you to new colleagues.

For ARLIS/NA veterans, this is a fine opportunity to make a significant impact in your profession at a personal level. Conference veterans are expected to contact their newbie prior to the conference, meet with them once arriving at the conference, discuss the structure and workings of the organization, give conference-attending tips, and introduce new members to others at any events to help that person build his or her own network within the organization. The estimated time commitment is a couple hours, spread over the course of the conference.

Those requesting Conference Networking partners will be matched based on the information drawn from the registration form by coordinators from the Professional Development Committee. Both veterans and newcomers will be notified before the conference.

Prerequisites to be a veteran are to have attended one or more recent ARLIS conference and be reasonably well acquainted with the organization. The only prerequisite for newcomers is to be a first or second time conference attendee.

This is a fun and collegial program that has had much success and positive feedback. Both partners have found the program greatly enhances their conference experience.

Please submit the registration form by April 15: http://goo.gl/2im6U

If you have any questions, please contact Maggie Portis, mportis@pratt.edu.


Continue the discussion! #arlischat on Twitter

Are you a seasoned member of the ArLiSNAP gang or have conference advice and feedback to share? Have questions or want to continue the discussion from this afternoon’s lunchtime chat?

Starting this Tuesday, April 9, join us on Twitter for a #libchat style discussion. New to #libchat? It’s simple!

  • We’ll post a list of questions here and on the @arlisnap twitter feed, with a corresponding question number (Q1, Q2, etc).
  • Tweet your responses using the question number and the chat hashtags, #arlischat and #arlis2013
  • Have more questions? Tweet them to @arlisnap using the hashtag #arlischat and we’ll add to the list!

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You can post questions or volunteer to get the conversation started in our comments.