Conferences & Events 2015

Chicago, IL – Midwinter 2015
Virtual Discussion Forum
Wednesday, January 28, 2015
11 am – 12pm (EST)

Moderator: Claudia Covert, Special Collections Librarian, Rhode Island School of Design

Using Artists Books to Turn Collection Development Appointments into Transforming Encounters for Wider Audiences
Sha Towers, Director of Liaison Services / Art Liaison Librarian, Baylor University

Optimizing Collections Care: Configuring Strategies and Options for Unusual Art Library Collections
Elizabeth Morris, Assistant Librarian, Yale Center for British Art Reference Library and Archives

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San Francisco, CA – Annual 2015
ACRL Arts Discussion Forum
Saturday, June 27, 2015
10:30am – 11:30am (PDT)

Moderator: Claudia Covert, Special Collections Librarian, Rhode Island School of Design

Engaging Design: Visually Aesthetic Learning Design
Seth Porter, Instruction and Reference Librarian, The University of Alabama in Huntsville
Visually aesthetic design is an important part of the human experience. Colors, design and other aesthetics have a marked impact on behavior and emotion. Through the presentation I will make the argument that visually aesthetic design in information literacy and other learning opportunities is a key tool for instructional designers and instructional librarians. handout

Teaching Information Literacy Skills Using Creative Play: The Rutgers Art Library Lego Playing Station
Megan Lotts, Art Librarian, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
In September of 2014 the Rutgers University Art Library implemented a Lego® playing station to help stimulate creativity and innovation within the library, as well as a new way to connect with Design students. The author will discuss a collaborative project with 100 freshmen from the Department of Landscape Architecture who experienced the Lego Playing Station as a means to stretch their design skills and to learn more about the libraries and Information Literacy. This presentation will be based off my research and a paper given at ACRL: Lego® Play: Implementing a Culture of Creativity & Making in the Academic Library.

Fostering Visual Literacy through Project-Based Learning, Online Student Engagement, and Social Media Tools

Melissa Del Castillo, Virtual Learning & Outreach Librarian and Art, Art History, & Architecture Liaison, Florida International University
This presentation will chronicle early stage involvement of an embedded librarian in an introductory online art course as well as detail future goals for the collaboration. The existing librarian-faculty partnership seeks to realize the ACRL Frameworks and Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education through the creation and execution of engaging assignments via the use of social media.