SAA Annual Meeting Recap

This year I made my first trip to the Society of American Archivists annual meeting, which was held in Washington DC. It was my first time attending a large conference, so it was a lot to take in, but I think I made the most of my time there without getting too overwhelmed! It was a quick trip, I only was there for one-and-a-half days, so unfortunately I don’t have a comprehensive report to give, but below are some of my impressions and opinions on the happenings at the conference and my experience as a first-timer.

My main reason for attending the conference was to network and augment my job search. I met with someone to look over my resume and discuss strategies for applying, and she was very helpful in giving me suggestions of places to apply to and offering to pass my resume along to colleagues. Other offerings for attendees in the midst of applying to jobs were not as helpful, however. There was a job board with postings, most of which were already on SAA’s website, and a place to post your resume, but I didn’t get the sense that either area was attracting that much attention or that career and job search services were a strong point of the conference as a whole.

As for professional development, the session I found most interesting, beneficial and probably the most useful to ArLiSNAP members, was a roundtable on visual materials cataloguing and access. In it, a panel discussed the new Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Graphics) guidelines, how they differ from and and relate to existing guidelines and how they can be implemented using MARC (DCRM(G) can also be used in EAD as well). First a “live cataloguing demo” was presented and then we split up into smaller groups to try our hand at using the guidelines to catalogue a photo album. When we reconvened as a larger group, each one had thought of different ways of titling and describing the materials (and some heated arguments ensued). It was a good reminder that there can be multiple “right” ways to catalogue, and that cataloguing is an art with guidelines to follow, but no real hard fast rules. In a room full of seasoned cataloguers all using the same set of guidelines to describe the same materials, differences abounded. Knowing that veteran cataloguers faced some of the same cataloguing quandaries I have as a new professional was reassuring, if not a bit unbalancing as well. I also attended sessions on preventative conservation, deaccessioning and teaching with primary resources. If anyone is particularly interested in preventative conservation, I have a handout from the session listing some great resources for disaster planning and risk management which I would be happy to share.

I also attended the Museum Archives Section meeting. Primarily this was a business meeting for officers, but it was interesting to see which museums were represented and what issues were discussed. Funding and administrative support seemed to be the main hot-button issues, which is not surprising coming from the non-profit sector. For those of us working in museums and other non-profit arts institutions, funding issues and defending the importance of library and archives’ place in the arts are probably things we will all have to deal with at some point in our careers.

I went solo, which might seem scary to some, but between my jam-packed schedule and the general bustle of the conference it didn’t leave much time to be intimidated. Plus, it being a fairly small professional circle, it wasn’t hard to spot former classmates and colleagues. So, even though I went alone, for much of the time I was with people I knew or networking and making new acquaintances. The biggest hindrance to attending was the cost. Being a recent graduate, I got student pricing which helped out immensely, but still there was the cost of the plane ticket, hotel room, food and transportation. I would highly recommend that any current students thinking of attending next year try to involve themselves in some way, whether it be submitting a poster or serving as a member of their SAA student chapter, to get some financial help from their program to attend.

Overall, I felt it was a great experience. There was a lot to offer for those interested in art and visual materials, and good representation from museums and other arts and cultural institutions. My goal was to network and I definitely made some great, and I hope lasting, connections. Besides trying to get help with funding, my biggest piece of advice would be to go in with a specific goal. Having networking and job hunting in my mind helped to keep me focused and not feel like I had to do everything.

Did anyone else go this year? What did you think? If anyone has specific questions about the conference itself, the sessions I attended or attending in general, feel free to email me!


Bye bye #42 and Hello #43

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

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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!

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ArLiSNAP Meeting Agenda Draft – comments welcome!

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!


Poll: Lodging for conference attendees!

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We want to help make this conference as easy and accessible for arlisnappers as possible. For that reason, we are exploring the different lodging options available. If you would like to share a room with other members, we would love to hear from you! Which of the following options would you prefer?

For an idea of pricing at the Grand Hyatt, have a look at the conference website.

For an idea of hostel pricing, have a look at the options listed here.

If you have other ideas or tips for conference lodging, leave us a comment here! If you would like to get in contact with other members looking for roomies, send your preferences (male or female, the dates you will be arriving and leaving Washington) to co-moderator Ellen (ellen.j.tisdale(at)gmail(dot)com).

Looking forward to seeing you in Washington DC!


Call for VREPS Participants, VRA Milwaukee 2014

Do you have an idea to present at a VREPS session during VRA 2014 Conference  in Milwaukee?

We’re looking for participants in two separate sessions, one about new directions for visual resource professionals and the other about transforming VRC into teaching and learning centers. Each of the sessions will have 3-4 speakers who will be expected to speak for about 15-20 minutes with time for questions and answers.

After we hear from you we’ll propose the sessions for Milwaukee 2014.

 The deadline is July 15th!! We want to hear from interested participants by the 12th so we can put it all together!!

What we need from you: Simply your name and the title/subject of your presentation 

Below are the descriptions of the two sessions:

Working Title: New Frontiers in Visual Resources Management

Abstract:

As the use of images to document and share becomes an increasingly vital component of many academic fields and professional arenas, new opportunities for professionals with visual resources skills are emerging in non-traditional environments. This session will explore the challenges, successes, and pitfalls of curating and managing images outside the traditional art history context. Case studies will discuss various image environments including commercial, academic, and non-profit environments.

Working Title: The Teaching Turn: From Static Collections to Dynamic Learning Centers

Abstract:

Much of the business of creating and disseminating images has moved away from individual academic departments and isolated image collections toward centralized cross-discipline departments. This has left many visual resource centers looking for new ways to engage users and support the educational goals of their institutions. One way centers are meeting these new challenges is by transforming from being a storage silo for physical slide collections to being a collaborative learning space where students and faculty alike can come to work on projects and refine imaging and videography skills. As many resource centers make this move toward more teaching and learning, the physical spaces and skill sets of employees have also shifted. This session will examine case studies of visual resource centers programming that is directed to teaching imaging skills and how this new role is shifting their profile within their institutions.

If you have questions or a proposal idea contact Anna Bernhard at anna.bernhard@colostate.edu or Heather Lowe at HLowe@csusb.edu


Agenda for 26 April Annual Meeting in Pasadena

Going to ArLiS/NA Pasadena?  Meet us there!  April 26th at 12:30 PM

What will we be discussing?

  • The connection between student groups, local groups and ArLiSNAP and ascertaining how ArLiSNAP and ArLiS at large may be of use to these groups

  • Are there other ways to connect to ArLiSNAP members for discussion such as twitter, skype, etc?

  • 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

  • Talk about how we are looking for new liaisons: chapter & student especially

  • Suggestions about specific projects that liaisons might wish to implement and reaffirmation that the current liaison positions fulfill the needs of ArLiSNAP members

  • Planned changes to the ArLiSNAP blog and soliciting assistance with content migration and implementing a consistent tagging system

  • How to create diversity within the field and attract new voices to the profession

  • Suggestions for bars to go to after El Chollo

Have any more suggestions? Please let us know!


Call for Proposals: ARLIS/NA Mountain West Chapter 2012 Conference

CALL FOR PROPOSALS

WIDE ANGLE: Perspectives on Visual + Media Arts Information
ARLIS/NA Mountain West Chapter 2012 Conference
September 13-15, 2012
Park City, Utah

The Mountain West Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America invites proposals for their upcoming conference, which will examine current and future issues in libraries, archives, museums, and cultural heritage institutions for art, film, and media. We welcome proposals for sessions and/or papers on any of the following themes as they relate to art, architecture, film, or media studies:

  • the role of information professionals in the teaching of these disciplines
  • future directions in the acquisition, preservation, or cataloging of visual materials
  • the future of the art library, the film library, or the media collection
  • new developments in copyright and fair use for visual material
  • assessment, planning, outreach, or marketing of services or collections
  • other relevant areas of interest to information professionals working with art, film, media, and related disciplines

Featuring a keynote lecture on filmmaking in Utah, an opening reception at Park City’s Kimball Art Center, and an in-depth discussion of Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty, the conference will take advantage of both the scenic beauty and cultural significance of Utah and the American West in art, film, and visual and material culture.

Please submit an abstract of no more than 250 words to kahn.meredith@gmail.com by July 2, 2012. Please specify if you are submitting a paper (20 minutes) or a session (panel of 3 papers, 20 mins each). Please include the names, titles, and affiliations of all presenters. The ARLIS/NA Mountain West Chapter welcomes submissions from students, new professionals, librarians, non-librarians, and interested individuals from outside the Mountain West region. You do not need to be a member of Mountain West or ARLIS/NA to submit a proposal.

About Park City, Utah:
Situated in the unparalleled beauty of the Wasatch Mountains, Park City is home to the Sundance Film Festival, numerous opportunities for year-round outdoor recreation, and innovative dining and spirits.

About ARLIS/NA Mountain West:
The Mountain West Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America serves Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, and Wyoming. ARLIS/NA is the leading professional organization for art information professionals in libraries, museums, archives, and cultural heritage institutions.

Meredith Kahn
Past Chair, ARLIS/NA Mountain West Chapter
Publishing Services & Outreach Librarian
University of Michigan Library
http://publishing.umich.edu/
@M_Publishing & @m_kahn


Reminder: ARLIS/NA 2013 conference proposals due next Friday, June 22!

If you’re still considering submitting a proposal for next year’s conference, take a look at the email below. As Braegan posted earlier, you can also see Emilee Matthew’s RISS blog post on how to develop a conference presentation.

From the ARLIS-L listserv:

Dear Colleagues,

The clock is ticking! The Friday, June 22 deadline for Papers, Sessions, and Workshops Proposals for the ARLIS/NA 2013 Annual Conference Crafting Our Future is less than two weeks away.

If you are still scratching your head, thinking about what you could share with attendees in Pasadena and on the fence about submitting a proposal, let the following list inspire you. The Toronto Evaluation Survey respondents had the opportunity to answer an open-ended question about what topics and subject matter they would like to see covered at the Conference. The Program Committee distilled these responses; the most frequently named topics are below.

Topics (starting with most often mentioned)

  • [Research & Scholarship] “art history” (2) / future of arts and humanities scholarship / research methods / art bibliography / research sources for Dadaism, Post-Fordism, Post-Situationism, new media / role of the art library in documentation and research of art collections
  • [Teaching & Instruction] Curriculum – arts and design students / art undergraduate students / learning in the library / teaching modules, learning objects / using technology, web 2.0 with art & design students during research instruction / visual literacy (2)
  • Museum library-related topics / Museum Library needs / museum studies / museums / Art museum collections information / Curatorial
  • Copyright & licensing / Book Arts Copyright / current cases – international / copyright, open access / arts-specific copyright update at ALL annual conferences
  • Film / film studies / Film, Digital, Music librarianship / Film, Television & Media Industries / video and animation
  • [Future of the profession] Is there a future for art librarians outside of art museums / Alternative careers / librarians adapting to multi-disciplinary roles / Librarians’ roles expanding in museums towards information managers that deal with collection metadata / Transformation of the art library in a center of research
  • Collection development / patron driven acquisitions / performance art (how to collect the media supporting it) / Photography and special topics in new options/tools of collection development
  • Video arts/preservation / preservation / digital preservation
  • Zines / zines & artist publishing / Concrete example of how other librarians/libraries are dealing with artist’s books, zines and artist multiples in their collection. Not necessarily in a collection development context, rather cataloguing and classification, exhibitions, programming, marketing and outreach.
  • [Collaboration] cross-disciplinary nature of art/architecture / take arts specialization to any other units or departments or share their expertise with people in other fields / International collaborations
  • Disaster preparedness / crisis, disaster management / Disaster Planning and Conservation
  • Resource sharing / Interdisciplinary approaches to art-related resources / Visual resource initiatives: efforts to share cataloguing, provide more open collections, work with campus community
  • Space planning and renovations / Space planning (when the shelves are full) / Designing library spaces to encourage inspiration, creativity, and creative collaborations. Can we get an architect and some local EDU librarians to present on this?

Links to the online proposal forms are on the Conference website: http://www.arlisna.org/pasadena2013/.

If you have questions please let us know. Happy “crafting”!

Sincerely,

Your Pasadena 2013 Program Co-Chairs

Cathy Billings
Brandy Library & Art Center
cbillings@ci.glendale.ca.us

Sarah Sherman
Getty Research Institute
ssherman@getty.edu


Conference, CFP, and Webinar

See educational opportunities, such as CFP, workshops, events, webinars, etc.? Please email Braegan Abernethy (bcabernethy[at]gmail[dot]com) or Emilee Mathews (mathewse[at]indiana[dot]edu) to get them posted here.

For ongoing opportunities and deadlines, please visit the new Educational Opportunities Calendar.

2012 Digital Library Federation (DLF) Forum

The 2012 Digital Library Federation (DLF) Forum is seeking proposals for presentations, panel discussions, workshops, research updates, and hands-on, problem-solving sessions. The Forum is a working meeting where DLF members come together to discover better methods of working through sharing and collaboration. Participation is open to all those interested in contributing to and playing an active part in the successful future of digital libraries, museums and archives services and collections.
Managing the digital content lifecycle is a complex challenge, requiring creative and collaborative approaches. In that spirit, and to maximize the Forum’s benefit and better facilitate the community’s work, the Forum’s schedule will provide many opportunities to actively engage and network.
For the 2012 DLF Forum, the Program Planning Committee is requesting proposals within the broad framework of digital collections and their effect on libraries, museums and archives services, infrastructure, resources, and organizational priorities. Proposals should strive to contribute to the following topics:

  • Digital technology design
  • Management and assessment
  • Data
  • Collaboration

We welcome proposals on these and other areas from current community members and non-members who are interested in joining the DLF community. For more detailed examples, please see the 2011 DLF Forum schedule: http://www.diglib.org/forums/2011forum/schedule/.

Session genres include:
Presentations and Panels: Traditional lecture format with question-and-answer sessions. Speakers are requested to use only half of the allocated time for the presentation, including how they wish to engage the DLF community in their work. The second half of the session should focus on conversations about next steps, engagement with the community, and clarification of points raised during the presentation.
Workshops: In-depth, hands-on training about a tool, technique, workflow, etc. You can recommend a topic or trainer, or you can volunteer to share your own expertise.
Research Updates: An opportunity for those working in digital collections research to present their preliminary findings for community feedback and discussion.

Working Sessions: Creative problem solvers, including project managers, developers, and/or administrators, gather to address a specific problem. This does not have to be a computational problem. The approach can be applied to workflow issues, metadata transformations, or other complex problems that would benefit from a collective, dynamic solution approach.
Community Showcase: A modified poster session. Presenters will have the opportunity to interact with Forum participants to discuss their current research projects, and/or demonstrate tools or services they have developed or are using in their digital library environment. Demos must include a poster element.
Proposal Submission Guidelines and Evaluation Procedures
Complete proposals should be submitted using the online submission form(http://www.diglib.org/forums/2012forum/2012-dlf-forum-proposal-submission-form/) by 11:59 PM on July 1, 2012. Proposals must include a title, session leader, session genre, proposal description (maximum 300 words), and proposal abstract (maximum 100 words).
After an initial review by the Program Planning Committee, all proposals will be posted on the DLF website for community polling. The community vote will be taken into consideration, and the Program Planning Committee will make the final decisions. Those submitting complete proposals will be notified of their status by August 10, 2012. Presenters will be guaranteed a registration place.

Archives and Activism

Call for Papers

“The rebellion of the archivist against his normal role is not, as so many scholars fear, the politicizing of a neutral craft, but the humanizing of an inevitably political craft.”
— Howard Zinn “Secrecy, Archives, and the Public Interest,” Vol. II, No. 2 (1977) of Midwestern Archivist.

The boundaries between “archivist” and “activist” have become increasingly porous, rendering ready distinctions between archivists (traditionally restricted to the preservation of records, maintaining accountability, and making critical information available to the communities they serve) and activists (who, with greater frequency, look to archives or adopt elements of archival practice as a means of documenting their struggles) virtually unsustainable. In the past year, archivists and citizen activists collaborated to document the Occupy Wall Street movement, and archivists committed to open government worked with the New York City Council to advocate for keeping the Municipal Archives as an independent city agency. While the apparent convergence of archival and activist worlds may appear a timely and relevant topic, these distinct communities often deliberate their roles separately with little dialogue.

The Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York and the New School Archives and Special Collections are sponsoring a symposium to bring together a diverse group of archivists, activists, students, and theorists with the aim of facilitating discussion of their respective concerns.  Among its proposed topics, the symposium will address potential roles that archivists may engage in as activists, as well as how archivists can assume a greater role in documenting and contributing toward social and political change.

Possible areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

-Archivists documenting the work of activists and activist movements
-Activists confronting traditional archival practice
-Possible models for an emergent “activist archives”
-Methodologies for more comprehensively documenting activism
-Archivist and activist collaborations -Community-led archives and repositories operating outside of the archivalestablishment
-Archives as sites of knowledge (re)production and in(ter)vention -Relational paradigms for mapping the interplay of power, justice, and archives
-Critical pedagogy in the reference encounter
-Interrogating preconceptions and misunderstandings that obscure common goals

Date: Friday, October 12, 2012

Location: Theresa Lang Community and Student Center, The New School

All individual presentations will be 20 minutes long (10 page paper).
Submissions must include a title, name of author and institutional affiliation (if applicable), abstract (250 words max), and indication of technological requirements.
Individual papers or entire panel proposals accepted.

Deadline for Proposals: Proposals should be emailed to admin@nycarchivists.org by August 1, 2012.

Embedded Librarians: What, Why, & How

Date/ Time: Tuesday, June 26, 2012

10:00 am – 12:00 noon EDT

Location: Online – Your desk or conference room.
Registration: $10 SCRLC members; $15 non-members; $25 Groups
Audience: This workshop is appropriate for all librarians and staff, especially those who work with distance learning students and remote library users. Academic and school library staff are encouraged to attend.
Tech Support: You will need –

• An Internet-connected computer

• Computer speakers or phone for sound

• Computer projector if a group is ‘attending’

Funding: This training is funded in part by Federal Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) funds, awarded to the New York State Library by the Federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Embedded librarianship is a great way to reach distance and remote patrons and bring services and resources to them wherever they are.  But the term embedded librarian does not mean just one thing: it is an umbrella term that includes a number of service models and levels of activity.  What, exactly, are the service models, and how can a library choose and implement the best model to fit their needs?  This session will examine best practices for embedded librarianship by looking at several successful models and considering goals, design, and assessment of an embedded librarian program.

Presenter:
Laura Saunders received her PhD from Simmons College Graduate School of Library and Information Science in May 2010.  She was a reference librarian and branch manager of the Career Resource Library for Simmons College, where she provided reference and instruction services, as well as participated in collection development, Web page maintenance, and marketing of library services.  While completing her PhD, she worked as an adjunct faculty member.  Currently, she is an Assistant Professor at Simmons College, teaching in the areas of reference, evaluation of information services, information literacy, and academic libraries. Her first book, Information Literacy as a Student Learning Outcome:  The Perspective of Institutional Accreditation comes out in June 2011. Her research interests include information literacy, assessment, accreditation, reference services, and the place of libraries in higher education.  She has had articles published in The Journal of Academic Librarianship, Library & Information Science Research, College & Research Libraries, and portal: Libraries and the Academy.


ArLiSNAP Meeting Notes – 3/30/2012

Thank you again to Amanda Qualls for these great notes from Friday’s meeting!
You can find our notes here.


Student Lodging for ARLIS/SE Fall Meeting in Durham

Are you a student attending the ARLIS/SE Fall meeting in Durham, North Carolina?

Are you still trying to find a place to stay?

ArLiSNAP might be able to help! We have some contacts and might be able to track down a couple of spare rooms in the houses of other ARLIS members in the area.

Save some money and network at the same time. Not a bad deal!

Contact Rosemary if interested!


Save the Date: Contemporary Artists’ Books Conference in NYC

Contemporary Artists’ Books ConferenceSeptember 30 – October 1, 2011
in conjunction with the Printed Matter New York Art Book Fair
MoMA PS1, Long Island City, New York

This dynamic, two-day program focuses on emerging practices and debates within art-book culture. This year’s sessions feature a keynote by artist Tauba Auerbach, and sessions on an array of topics, including: artists’ books from Latin America, non-commercial distribution practices, contemporary criticism, and the pedagogical use of artists’ books in the juvenile justice system.

Thanks to generous funding by David Teiger and Phillip Aarons, the conference is free to the public for the first time.  

[Editor’s note: I’ve attended this conference/fair twice and it’s a wonderful event–engaging panels, amazing opportunity to interact with artists and booksellers, plus a lovely social atmosphere.  I highly recommend it, even more so now that it’s free.  RKJD]


Free Webcasts from the MCN Annual Conference

Interesting (and FREE!) professional development opportunity:

The Museum Computer Network is pleased to announce that five MCN 2009 sessions will be webcast live, free of charge. MCN 2009 takes place week after next in Portland, Oregon.

The webcasts will be on Thursday and Friday, November 12 and 13. We’ll use Twitter to harvest online questions during Q&A in those sessions, which are:

Museum Data Exchange

Tweets to Sweeten Collaborations for Archives, Libraries, and Museums

Libraries, Archives, and Museums: From Collaboration to Convergence

Ramping Up while Scaling Down: Strategic Innovation in Challenging Times

2009 Conference Roundup Roundtable

http://www.mcn.edu/mcn2009online has more information.
Short URL http://bit.ly/mcn09oL leads to the same page.


New Voices in the Profession, 2009: Call for Papers

Paper proposals for the New Voices in the Profession session at the annual ARLIS-NA conference (2009, Indianapolis) are now being accepted. New Voices showcases exceptional academic work by students and new professionals (under 5 years post MLS.) Paper topics should relate strongly to Art and/or Visual Resources Librarianship, but also digital library projects, archives, library instruction, reference and the changing nature of libraries, among other topics.

 

If interested, please send a paper topic and brief explanation to me by Sept. 30. Please feel free to re-post.

 

Thanks!

 

Sarah Falls

User Services Specialist

ARTstor

Sarah.falls@artstor.org