ACRL Arts Section Member News – Library Events and Presentations


The School of the Art Institute of Chicago’s (SAIC) Flaxman Library hosted it’s second bibliodérive event on Friday, February 24th, 2017. Librarians were invited from Maryland Institute College of Art, Denver University, and Northern Arizona University.

The bibliodérive is an expansion or disruption of traditional library research practices, encouraging fresh possibilities and unexpected discoveries. The concept is appropriated from the Situationist International practice of the dérive or “drift,” an exploratory research methodology in which participants move rapidly through various urban environments and ambiances, leaving the predictable path and eliciting new interactions. This methodology can also be applied to the exploration of libraries, archives, information ecosystems, and the very concept of research.

This year, the focus encouraged was on issues of diversity and inclusion as they surface in — or challenge —  research practices in academia. This resulted in a number of interesting “situations” or performances, such as No tengo las palabras (I don’t have the words)  In which: “ the number of books equal to the number of people that have been deported from Chicago (a “sanctuary” city) since Trump became president will be collected and carried for the duration of an hour. The books will be authored by Latinx immigrants and published in the U.S.”

The performance was even more impactful as the number of books was too great to carry all at once, though the time was spent attempting this performative piece. Additionally The Flaxman Library Bibliodérive Deck which included prompts created by the SAIC community, which aims to engage participants with the library collection by exploring non-traditional research approaches and the physicality of the library itself. One popular example was “Go to your favorite spot in the library and stack 5 books  to act as a cairn. Leave them there as a trailhead marker.”

For more on the biblioderive event, you can check out instagram #biblioderive, and  this website for information on the 2017 event, as well as documentation from previous years.​

This library event was submitted by School of the Art Institute’s Flaxman librarian Mackenzie Salisbury.  Photos:  Courtesy of The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, 2017.



Eric A. Kidwell, Professor/Director of the Library and Title IX Coordinator at Huntingdon College presented a talk at the annual meeting of the Alabama Library Association title “Title IX and the Academic Library:What’s the Connection and Why Should I Care?”

Kai Alexis Smith, Subject Librarian at Cal Poly Pomona presented “Work, work, work, work, work, work: ​Promoting Caribbean Resources on a Small Budget” at the 62 annual Seminar on the Acquisition of Latin American Library Materials (SALALM) 2017 at the University of Michigan. The talk focused around the open source Jamaican Art Research Guide created in 2011 and the online exhibit created in Prezi and LibGuide that promoted the resources collected for the Caribbean collection while an Association of Research Libraries Career Enhancement Fellow at the University of Michigan in 2013. View her slides here.