ACRL 2023 Reprise Session: No Thoughts, Just Vibes?: Interrogating Algorithms through Visual Art and Information Literacy

The Arts Section hosted a reprise presentation of the only art-focused session at the ACRL 2023 Conference in Pittsburgh, No Thoughts, Just Vibes?: Interrogating Algorithms through Visual Art and Information Literacy. The impact of AI on both art and education is a hot topic, and this session thoughtfully addressed the issue and provided inspiration for art librarians on how to engage with this evolving technology.


  • Stephanie Grimm | Art and Art History Librarian, George Mason University
  • Maggie Murphy | Art & Design Librarian, UNC Greensboro
  • Mackenzie Salisbury | Information Literacy Librarian, School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • Mimosa Shah | Associate Curator, Schlesinger Library, Harvard Radcliffe Institute

Session Description:

“Building on the work of contemporary artists who use creative practice to surface and disrupt the influence of algorithms in society, we seek to introduce friction into students’ algorithmic experience, highlighting where algorithms intersect with bias, visibility, privacy, serendipity, inspiration, and authorship in our information literacy pedagogy. In this moderated panel, we will discuss some key questions, including: How can students engage creatively with algorithmic environments while maintaining a critical focus? In what ways does art allow us to reframe and rethink our use of technology?”

Originally presented on March 18, 2023
Reprise webinar on March 29, 2023

Session Recording:

Slides & Notes

Download a copy of the session slides with notes: No Thoughts, Just Vibes?: Interrogating Algorithms through Visual Art and Information Literacy – Slides


People, Projects & Resources

2020 ACRL Arts Section and WGSS Program Planning Committees present: “Building bridges between libraries and marginalized arts groups: A closer look at engaging with women artists of Mexican ancestry to preserve their work.”


Analu Maria Lopez, Indigenous Studies Librarian, Newberry Library of Chicago

Dr. Nicole Marroquin, Associate Professor, Art Education Chicago School of Art- Art Institute

Diana Solis, Visual Artist and Art Educator, Changing Worlds Organization

Additional Speaker:

Dr. Hinda Seif, Associate Professor, Women and Gender Studies, University of Illinois, Springfield

Libraries and archives have historically ignored or underrepresented artistic contributions from artists of Mexican-descent in the United States. Women of color built a foundation for arts and activism on the lower west side of Chicago, yet their history remains largely unpreserved, unwritten, and therefore missing from libraries and archives. Archivists and librarians are now working directly with artists to ensure their work is preserved. Focusing on Chicago’s women artists of Mexican ancestry, the panel showcases the experiences from the perspective of a librarian, a professor, and an artist. Panelists will discuss challenges and triumphs from their perspectives, and provide resources for librarians and archivists who are interested in Chicago efforts and similar projects across the nation.

Originally presented Tuesday, August 11, 2021