Conferences & Events 2013

Seattle, WA – Midwinter 2013
Virtual Discussion Forum
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
1:00pm – 2:00pm (Central)

Picture This! Visual Literacy Instruction for First Year College Students
Chloe Barnett, Arts and Humanities Librarian, Bucknell University
“Picture This! Using Images in Your Academic Work” was a workshop intended to help first year students develop college-level visual literacy skills. This presentation will discuss how the workshop was planned using ACRL’s Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education and relevant models from other institutions. It will also describe how short writing exercises, group work, class discussion, and impromptu peer-to-peer demonstrations encouraged students to think critically about the production, reception, and academic use of visual images.

Distance Education for Art and Design Schools
Sarah Falls, Director of the Library, New York School of Interior Design
The New York School of Interior Design is entering into a distance education program, beginning this spring, and the library has had to step up in terms of managing content (archived and live), providing distance instruction, distance reference and helping students put it all together. The speaker will talk about the planning process for the program and what assessment metrics they will put in place.

Contemporary Music Multiples
Susan Thomas, Coordinator of Reference Services, Long Island University
The speaker will present her current work documenting contemporary “music multiples”: book arts that combine recorded music or sound (vinyl, cassette, CD, mp3) with graphic design and visual art.

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


Chicago, IL – Annual 2013
Saturday, June 29, 2013
10:30am – 11:30 am (Central)

Why Open Access Matters for the Arts
Alexander Watkins. University of Colorado Boulder. Art & Architecture Librarian
Open Access (OA) is about removing the walls around research, making scholarship universally available for free. The skyrocketing price of journals has been one of the rallying cries of the open access movement. But arts journals are among those with the lowest average price. If there is no journal crisis in the arts, why do we still need open access? The point I hope to make with this presentation is that Open Access has never just been about lowering subscription costs for libraries, and that OA publishing has a lot more to offer the Arts. What we should be asking is how has limited access hurt arts scholarship? The presentation will arm arts librarians with arguments and rationale that will help them promote Open Access in their own communities.

Uncovering Hidden Arts Collections
Michelle Strizever and Amanda Meeks, ARLIS/NA Book Art SIG Co-Coordinators
Every collection has hidden gems within it, but if researchers, artists, and students are unaware of unique, rare, and important arts collections then they are of little help to those we serve. Outreach related to hidden arts collections within libraries, archives, and museums can provide valuable opportunities for institutional collaboration and collection visibility. As Smithsonian Institution Library Professional Development Interns, we successfully worked together to highlight the underutilized collection of artists’ books within three museum libraries. Through working towards separating the artists’ books – physically and intellectually – from the broader collections, writing posts for the SIL blog, and curating a small exhibition, we brought the SIL artists’ book collection a great deal of publicity and recognition.  We will share our experiences, the responses we received, and strategies for others to complete similar projects with hidden arts collections.

Sunday, June 30, 2013
3:00pm – 4:00 pm (Central)

Transformations in Performing Arts Librarianship
Moderator: Judith Thomas, Director, Arts and Media Services, University of Virginia Library
Speakers: Doug Reside, Digital Curator of Performing Arts, Library of the Performing Arts, New York Public Library, and Susan Wiesner, Independent Scholar
The study of the performing arts is being transformed by new methods and technologies, presenting challenges and opportunities to librarians. This session features two panelists, Doug Reside, Digital Curator for the New York Public Library of the Performing Arts, and Susan Wiesner, 2011 Innovation Fellow for the Council of Learned Societies, who will discuss their own groundbreaking work and suggest ways that librarians can engage with new initiatives in the performing arts.