Conferences & Events 2012

Dallas, TX – Midwinter 2012
Virtual Discussion Forum
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
1:00pm – 1:30pm (Central Time)

The Status of the Art Librarian Workforce: A Survey of Professional Backgrounds and Career Choices (PDF)
Eamon Tewell, Reference Librarian, Sarah Lawrence College
Is there such thing as a ‘typical’ career path for art librarians? What common threads beyond workplace setting unite art librarians as a distinct profession? This presentation discusses the results of an international survey of art library workers, including: motivation for selecting the profession, educational background, current employment, and professional experiences. Reviewing the preparation and job experiences of other practitioners in art librarianship allows us all to benefit from a deeper knowledge of the current state of the profession.

Organized by Yvette Cortes, Chair of the ACRL Arts Research and Publications Committee (2011-2013).


Librarianship & Creativity (webinar)
Friday, December 7, 2012
1:00pm – 2:00pm (Central Time)
View the recording.

Special joint webinar by ARLIS/NA and ACRL Arts Section that explores the role of librarians’ individual creativity and its effects in the library workplace and greater community.

Tina Chan, Reference/Instruction Librarian at SUNY-Oswego, will discuss On My Own Time, a community event that celebrates the creative talent of faculty and staff who are visual artists “on their own time.” SUNY Oswego participated in On My Own Time to recognize employees’ individual artistic talents and to foster imagination and creativity among employees. Chan’s presentation is encored from the ACRL-Arts discussion forum at the 2012 ALA annual conference.

Annette Haines, Art & Design Field Librarian at the University of Michigan, will explore the existing theories and ideas on workplace creativity and how they apply to librarianship. Haines stresses the imperative of putting creative work first and offers strategies librarians can apply to manage workplace stress and foster creativity in themselves and others. Haines’ presentation is an encore from the 2012 ARLIS/NA annual conference.