Join us for TWO Arts Discussion Forums at ALA 2017

Headed to ALA Annual in Chicago?  Please join us at the ACRL Arts/LES Forum and the ACRL Arts Annual Discussion Forum! Both forums will be held on Saturday, June 24 in the Hilton Chicago.

ACRL Arts/LES Forum
Exploring Chicago Architecture through Art, Literature, and History
Saturday, June 24 from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm
Hilton Chicago, Stevens Center, Salon A-5

From the top of Willis Tower to tiny Pickwick Stable, Chicago is with rich architectural history. This program will explore architecture through the lenses of art, literature, and history with three engaging presentations: Discover the role the Auditorium Building and the Fine Arts Building played in hosting significant artists’ clubs; Go on a virtual tour of Chicago’s architecture and literature; and hear from the Director of The Archimedia Workshop, an architecture-focused not-for-profit media group.

ACRL Arts Publications and Research Committee Forum
Saturday, June 24 from 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Hilton Chicago, Conference Room 4E

This year’s forum features the following presentations, with Ariel Turner, Discovery Librarian, Kennesaw State University, as moderator:

Visual Literacy as Active Learning in Library Instruction
Raymond Pun, First-Year Student Success Librarian, California State University, Fresno

The presenter will discuss a few ways to integrate the act of drawing in library instruction for first year students. These active learning techniques can engage with students and their research process through visual literacy. 1. Mind-mapping through pictionary and 2. ethno-mapping. For one-shots, selected students were required to “draw” their subjects and other students created keywords (or guesses) for this topic. Similar to pictionary, these guesses were shared and discussed and actively engaged with students to think about images in their research process. In ethno-mapping, students had to draw a map of the library and share their knowledge of how and what the library services can do for their research needs. These visual techniques can enhance student’s learning abilities in all subject matters but mostly importantly to engage with students in a one-shot library workshop.

Blending Old and New Traditions: Communicating Choices Through Sight
Alessia Zanin-Yost, Reference & Instruction Librarian, Penn State Altoona

The proposed presentation focus on the restoration of the Querini Stampalia building in Venice conducted by the Italian architect Carlo Scarpa (1906-1978). The original building, a family home of the Querini Stampalia, was donated to the city of Venice in 1869 under the condition that the building and the library, which at the time housed more than 20,000 volumes, would remain open at all hours and days to support research and the community. Scarpa was highly influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright, Josef Hoffmann and Japanese landscape and the building is a unique combination of old (the museum and reading rooms) and new (the ground floor and garden) elements. The presentation will focus on the restoration of the ground floor (the entrance, the stairs and the hallway) and the garden (1959-1963) and will illustrates why Scarpa selected specific materials, shapes and design to combine modern elements into an historic building ultimately showing how the Querini Stampalia echo the light, water and history of Venice.

Steering the Conversation: Using Outreach to Make Connections on Campus
Leah Sherman, Visual & Performing Arts Librarian, Florida State University

As a new Arts Librarian, outreach to my departments has been a major theme of my time at Florida State University since beginning this position in early 2016. My goals have centered on improving existing relationships between my constituents and the library while also opening new lines of communication with institutional partners such as student organizations and specialized offices. In my efforts as liaison with our Museum of Fine Arts, the FSU Master Craftsman Studio, the Ringling Museum of Art, and all departments within the College of Fine Arts, I have sought to broaden the definition of outreach toward a proactive vehicle for communication, not just event programming. Accordingly, using outreach as a primary tool, I have embraced the role of facilitator for these resulting conversations at FSU. The goal for this presentation is to illustrate the value of outreach as a major component in the role of the subject liaison. Using my work within the Arts community at Florida State University as a case study, I seek to frame my discussion visually by using as a ship’s wheel as a model where these groups are its spokes and my outreach initiatives unite them to a variety of partners at the wheel’s center. Ultimately, I hope to explicitly show the value of outreach not just as a one area of responsibility among many, but as an asset for making connections at the institutional level.

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