So it’s one month since ARLIS/NA #42 and my life is back to normal. For me that means work and summer classes, and pondering the issues of arts librarianship. Washington DC invigorated and affirmed me, and yet, also challenged me with the realization that I have ALOT to learn. And since I have a small role on the planning committee for the 2015 conference, I now know we have a big act to follow. As a regional chapter travel award recipient, I was required to write a post-conference report for the chapter’s newsletter. I decided to post it here as well. Although it’s geared for the TX-MX audience, Arlisnappers may enjoy references both general and specific to themselves throughout. I encourage all students and new professionals to apply for their respective chapter travel awards for next year. You won’t regret it!
ARLIS/NA 2014 Conference Report, Washington, DC
If you had run into me on the first day of ARLIS/NA 2014, I think there would be no doubt as to the amount of excitement and nervous anticipation that I exuded. I was practically giddy just to be in Washington DC for my first ARLIS/NA conference. From the moment I knew that I would definitely be attending, I was scouring the conference schedule, planning how to get the most out of every session, workshop, and tour. It was frustrating to be sure! I must have changed my mind at least a half dozen times. There were just too many concurrent and/or overlapping events that piqued my curiosity to make it all doable without cloning myself. I will attempt to recap the highlights, although it will not fairly encompass the fun I also had in chance conversations and in friendships established from collegial rapport.
My conference began with the Society of the Cincinnati Tour on Thursday morning, followed by the Mentoring workshop in the afternoon. I was pleased to see this late add-on tour as my conference duties precluded attendance at any others. As a small tour group of five, we were treated to an intimate visit to the collection vault. One of the tour participants agreed to serve as my recorder for my session the next day. That was such a relief since I had attempted and failed to secure one prior to the conference! Afterwards, the workshop focused my goals in arts librarianship and paired me with Canadian librarian Jennifer Garland as my mentor. I am looking forward to a productive year to come with her guidance. Dinner with fellow first-time attendees Courtney Baron and Anna-Sophia Zingarelli-Sweet familiarized me with Penn Quarter as we enjoyed Mexican inspired fare and lively comparisons of our respective library schools and work experiences.
On Friday morning, I moderated the session Meet the Policy Experts, and then attended Pro amore liborum: Rare Book and Special Collections Librarianship in the afternoon. I mingled with several of the Texas contingency at our chapter meeting. Unfortunately, I missed the First Time Attendees’ Reception, but Friday night, after a visit and dinner with relatives in the area, I hung out with the ArLiSNAP (Art Library Students and New ARLIS Professionals) crowd at Capitol City Brewery across from the Grand Hyatt. Surrounded by some dangerously smart students as well as a few more mature, but no less enthusiastic professionals, I was delighted to finally meet in person some online friends that I have been communicating and collaborating with as a Discussion Liaison over the past year in ArLiSNAP. See http://arlisnap.org
I volunteered for Exhibits set-up on Saturday morning early and although most of the work had already been completed by that time, I had a fortuitous encounter with a past ARLIS/NA President, Ted Goodman, who gave me a crash course in exhibits management. I couldn’t have received it from anyone more experienced or more versatile in this area! It was the perfect initiation for duties I will have in Fort Worth next year. I later wandered through the Eastern Market and found myself at Capitol Hill Books – the layout of which was both a treasure hunter’s dream and a librarian’s nightmare!
And yes, of course I bought a book there! After a Metro adventure back to the hotel, I enjoyed Retooling Art Reference and Information Services: Collaborative Tools, Strategies, and Models, and later, the Emerging Technology Forum. Following a spin through the Exhibit Hall and Posters, it was off to the Convocation and Reception at the Library of Congress, or as Susan Stamberg referred to it during her keynote address, “the Mothership” – a truly inspiring evening that I will always associate with an incredible experience.
I jumped up Sunday morning for an 8am ArLiSNAP business meeting and then sandwiched the Membership Brunch and Meeting between morning and afternoon sessions Collaborating to Achieve and Activist Outreach in the Book Arts. A pleasant surprise on Sunday evening occurred when I happened upon fellow chapter members on their way to dinner for an informal planning meeting for 2015. Together we digested the enormity of the task before us along with some excellent seafood. Thanks for inviting me along, ladies!
Is it any wonder that I was completely exhausted by the time I got home Monday afternoon? I had a fabulous time start to finish. My brain is still processing all the new information and ideas, yet I feel more clearly focused in the direction I want to go in future coursework and in dedication to finishing my degree in 2015. It was such a pleasure to meet, talk to, and learn from so many interesting people and to get to know some of our chapter members a little bit better. I cannot neglect to thank Cheryl Payne from MFAH for agreeing to be my roommate, although we had never met previously. My experience would not have been possible without the ARLIS/NA-TXMX chapter’s generous support, for which I am truly grateful. I look forward to seeing everyone again at the fall meeting in Orange, TX, and of course, for more artful adventures!
Alison A. Larson
MLS student, UNT
Art Reference, Weekend Operations, Baylor University, Crouch Fine Arts Library
Lois Swan Jones Travel Award Winner, 2014
And so, with that, we move forward to #43 in Fort Worth! Don’t forget that proposal deadline is in 12 short days! http://arlisna.org/news/news-events/302-43rd-annual-conference-call-for-proposals
An exciting NEW idea has emerged in the past month among the ArLiSNAP Liaison crew regarding an “unconference” session proposal. This session would focus on current trends/hot topics in arts librarianship and be lead by ArLiSNAP Canadian Liaison Allana Mayer. She needs your brainstorming minds FAST! In these last few days before the proposal is due, you have the chance to submit your thoughts and ideas for this session by replying to this post. ArLiSNAP has also put out a call for a Conference Planning Liaison to assist Allana in this project. Be a part of what we hope will be groundbreaking new frontiers!
Got something to say? Here’s your chance! Below is the draft agenda for our meeting on Sunday morning. If you’d like to add anything, feel free to post a comment here or on our Facebook page, or send a message to one of the ArLiSNAP moderators.
- New member welcome
- Introduction of new co-moderator, Rachel Schend
- Potential group discussion points:
- Where do you like to talk? Is Facebook preferable to blog comments?
- What needs are being unfulfilled by the blog, content-wise, and the solicitation of volunteers to submit more content to the site such as guest post about their current projects
- Liaison roles, or suggestions about specific projects that liaisons might wish to implement and reaffirmation that the current liaison positions fulfill the needs of ArLiSNAP members
- Internships – let’s talk about it!
- Success stories & ArLiSNAP member news
Suggestions and talking points welcome!
We’re just a few short days away from the start of ARLIS/NA 2014 in Washington, DC! Keep ArLiSNAP in mind as you plan your conference activities – we’ve got two official events lined up for the week.
ArLiSNAP’s Night Out (Annual Pub-stop)
Friday, May 2 – 8:30pm, Capitol City Brewing Company
Your Dumbarton Oaks after party! Join us for drinks and friendly conversation – we’ll start at Capitol City Brewing Company, conveniently located across the street from the Washington Grand Hyatt conference center.
ArLiSNAP Annual Business Meeting
Sunday, May 4 – 8:00am, Penn Quarter A
Join ArLiSNAP to discuss issues of relevance to art library students and new professionals, including all of the latest developments and ongoing projects from the group and our members. Agenda forthcoming.
Hello there, conference goers!
The #arlis2014 Reference and Information Services Section (RISS) will meet Sunday May 4, 2014, from 8:00- 9:00am, in the Conference Theater of the Grand Hyatt. We know that is early, but we will be ready to wow you with a cheery overview of all that outgoing Moderator Emilee Mathews has accomplished this past year. We have a few agenda items on the table already, but we wanted to cast a line out to interested RISS members, past, present and future. What would you like to talk about at RISS?
In the meantime, add the RISS section meeting to your conference schedule and make time for the following RISS workshop and RISS session.
Thursday, May 1 8am-12pm, Farragut Square Room
Brandon Butler, Practitioner-in-Residence, Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic, American University Washington College of Law
Christine Sundt, Editor of Visual Resources: An International Journal of Documentation
Gail Ravnitzky Silberglied, Vice President, Government Relations & Advocacy, American Association of Museums
Julia Blixrud, Assistant Executive Director, Scholarly Communication, Association of Research Libraries
Session: Retooling Art Reference and Information Services: Collaborative Tools, Strategies, and Models
Saturday, May 3 1-2:30pm, in McPherson Square Room
Sara Snyder, Information Technology Specialist, Archives of American Art
Elizabeth Botten, Archives Specialist, Archives of American Art
Kraig Binkowski Chief Librarian, Yale Center for British Art
Elizabeth Morris Assistant Librarian, Yale Center for British Art
Fran Scott, Director of Library Services, Georgian Court University
I look forward to your input. See you in DC!
Your incoming RISS Moderator,
For all those who can join us for the pubstop in Washington, we want to hear from you! We have two interesting options close to the conference hotel so far:
Capitol City Brewing Company: right across from the hotel, lots of beer choices, basic pub food.
Co Co Sala: Chocolate boutique with a full menu, some items more expensive.
If you have another spot in mind, leave your suggestion in the comments below!
Calling all fashion and photography enthusiasts! Volunteer photographers are needed to capture ARLIS/NA members’ legendary style for the Librarian Wardrobe blog — http://librarianwardrobe.com.
In order to volunteer be you should be…
- An information professional or LIS student
- Willing to share a photo and short bio of yourself on LW
- Able to collect at least 3-5 photos during the conference
- Comfortable engaging with fellow conference-goers. Photos must be taken with consent (no candid pics) and include the photographed subject’s position/job title, type of library, and location.
If selected you’ll be introduced to LW’s admins, in order to submit your info and photos to LW directly. Please sign up by April 7, 2014.
Congratulations to Sandra Brown, the recipient of the 2014 ARLIS/NA Upstate NY Travel Award Award! The $200 award will help to defray the expense of attending the 2014 ARLIS/NA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., May 1-5.
Sandra, a MSIS candidate at SUNY Albany, will be co-presenting a workshop, “Bookings: Making Makerspaces for Artists Books” at the conference.
“The workshop will combine a discussion of makerspaces along with hands-on practice in several bookbinding techniques. We’ll be working with book structures that could easily translate to creative programing in library spaces. The workshop will also allow attendees to experiment with politically themed content in their new book creations. I’ve been really fascinated with the growing makerspace buzz in the library field because of my long connection with studio arts programming. My presentation partners from the Women’s Studio Workshop offer instruction, equipment, and studio space for printmaking, papermaking and book arts in the Hudson Valley. One of the goals of the WSW space is to support artists who need certain equipment to work on a project but don’t have them readily available in their own home studio. I am interested in the parallels between WSW’s community focused studio space and library makerspaces that offer similar access to creative tools. I love that libraries can be incubators for thought, idea, and material creation. I hope our workshop will help fuel some artistic inspiration for other ARLIS members!
I am looking forward to my first ARLIS conference so much. I know it will be an inspiring event, and it will feel a bit celebratory for me too since I will also be wrapping up my last semester of MLIS coursework in early May. What an exciting time for me to be able to participate!”