Conferences & Events 2011

San Diego, CA – Midwinter 2011
Midwinter Virtual Discussion Forum
Wednesday, January 5, 2011
11:00am12:00pm (EST)

Using QR Codes to Engage Students with the Arts: A Practical Approach
QR codes (or Quick Response codes) are interesting things. With them, you can go anywhere. Scan a QR code with your smartphone’s camera and soon you’re looking at a website, a map, or a telephone number – just to name a few. Libraries are using these cryptic squares to help students locate library materials, men and women have them on business cards to share contact information easily, and artists use them as inspiration for their artworks. How can the arts expand on the usage of QR codes to involve students with the arts on campus? Join the Arts Section for their *Virtual* Discussion Forum to find out how two academic libraries are using these 2D barcodes to engage their students with the 3D art on campus.

Jolanda-Piete van Arnhem (College of Charleston Libraries) will talk about a recycling and waste processing exhibition in the library’s rotunda. Over 100,000 bottle caps and lids were transformed into contemporary mandalas. QR codes were used in the exhibit for educational outreach. View her Prezi.

Liv Valmestad (University of Manitoba) through the convergence of media, including Google maps, Flickr, blogging, and QR codes, created a virtual gallery accessible to students. She combined the gallery with augmented reality using Wikitude and FourSquare to create a robust gallery of art on campus. View her Prezi.

Organized Ngoc-Yen Tran, Chair of the ACRL Arts Research and Publications Committee (2008-2011).


New Orleans, LA – Annual 2011
Annual Discussion Forum
Saturday, June 25, 2011
10:30am – 12:00pm (EST)

Indexing the Artist Journal (PDF)
Amy Ballmer, Reference Librarian Mina Rees Library Graduate Center, CUNY, received her MLS in Library Science and MS in Art History from the Pratt Institute in 2003. Prior to her current position as Reference and Instruction Librarian at the Graduate Center, City University of New York (CUNY), Amy worked as a cataloging or reference librarian at the Brooklyn Museum, New York Public Library, and the Art Institute of Chicago. Amy is active in several professional organizations including the Art Libraries Society of America (ARLIS), the College Art Association (CAA), the College Book Art Association (CBAA), and ACRL/NY. She is particularly active in ARLIS, serving as Chair or Moderator for several committees including the Research and Publication Awards Committee, Intern Award Committee, Teaching Librarians Special Interest Group, and Reference and Instruction Services Section. Amy is also active within the CUNY library community and currently serves on the Library Information Literacy Advisory Committee (LILAC), Electronic Resources Advisory Committee (ERAC), and is co-moderator of the Junior Faculty Research Roundtable (JFRR). Since graduating from Pratt, Amy has stayed current with scholarly and pedagogical trends in both art history and library science by reading relevant literatures and attending lectures, workshops, courses, and symposia in these and related disciplines. Amy’s specific research interests include artist publications from the 1960s-1980s, increasing discoverability and accessibility of special collections, library instruction for graduate level students, and nontraditional instruction techniques. She has written articles, presented papers, and curated exhibitions on artist books and periodicals, comic books, fashion illustration, and special collections access. She is currently working on an online index to the artist journals Avalanche (New York: 1970-1976) and Décollage (Cologne, Germany: 1962-1969).

The Psychoscope: A Staged Reading, a Departmental Collaboration, and a Mysterious Scientific Device (PDF)
Ann Medaille is a reference and instruction librarian at the University of Nevada, Reno, where she serves as the subject liaison for art, theatre, dance, philosophy, and communication. She received her M.L.S. from the University of North Texas and her M.A. in theatre from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Prior to becoming a librarian, she worked as a theatre and English teacher.

Surveying the Arts Perspective on Electronic Resources (PDF)
Jessica Evans Brady is the Visual & Performing Arts Librarian at Florida State University (FSU) in Tallahassee, FL. Jessica has earned a B.A. in Art History from Buffalo State College (SUNY), followed by an M.A. in Art History and a Certificate in Curatorial Studies from Rutgers University, and an M.L.I.S. in Library and Information Science from Drexel University. She has held positions as a researcher and an educator at several art museums and historic sites. Prior to joining FSU, she worked in educational technology at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries in Philadelphia. As the Visual & Performing Arts Librarian at FSU, Jessica is the liaison to the College of Visual Art, Theatre and Dance, which includes programs in Art History, Studio Art, Art Education, Arts Administration, Art Therapy, Interior Design, Theatre and Dance. Jessica joined FSU in the fall of 2010, and is currently wrapping up her first year as an art librarian.

Outreach to Artists: Developing a Culture of Research within the Sam Fox School’s MFA Program (PDF)
Kasia Leousis has been the Librarian for the Art History & Archaeology Department and the Sam Fox School of Art at Washington University in Saint Louis since 2007. In addition to her main liaison departments, she has been the subject librarian for Romance Languages & Literatures for the past two years and just took on new responsibilities for the Classics Department beginning this fall. She has a BA in French Literature, a Master’s in Art History and a Master’s in Library Science, all from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Kasia especially enjoys working with her students and helping them with their research, whether it’s for a paper or studio art project.

Programming a Performing Arts Library (PDF)
Joe Clark is the Head of the Performing Arts Library at Kent State University.  Before coming to Kent State, Joe was the Digital & Audiovisual Media Librarian at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where he oversaw the Library Media Department and Slide Library.  He is active in ACRL Arts, ALA’s Video Round Table, and the Music Library Association.

Organized Ngoc-Yen Tran, Chair of the ACRL Arts Research and Publications Committee (2008-2011).