Inclusive or Selective ArLiSNAP Topics

Carter, good point with very convincing examples (I really, really like scrapblog.  Maybe we could do something with it after the conferenece)

Because I’ve started this as a new topic, I’ve included the thread below.




  1. mmacken Says:
    April 4th, 2007 at 10:11 am

    I’ve been thinking that I like the term “online community” better than “blog” when describing ArLiSNAP. I was delighted to see these comments, especially the happy ending. Although much of the time we deal with things (books, slides, digital images, etc.), I think that librarianship is a unique field because collaboration and community building are not only encouraged but put into practice. The university is a place where students and scholars vie for top positions, top grades, and fellowships, but a great deal of creative thinking rises from interdisciplinary collaboration and serendipitous connections, and that’s where we come in.

    All that to say, I think it’d be great if posts weren’t all “art-librarian related.” ) Sometimes the random ones are a good reminder that we’re not a bunch of stereotypical librarians, drones, or avatars (although since I’ve never met Bryan Loar in person, I can’t prove that he’s not a machine), we’re a community of real people who share interests in art and books and the technology to make them available to everyone.

  2. Bryan Loar Says:
    April 4th, 2007 at 12:03 pm I think what we have with ArLiSNAP is definitely an “online community” that happens to have a blog as one component. I really like how we mashed-up the idea of a blog to become much more.

    I’m conflicted about including other topics of interest beyond art librarianship. I think it should still be somehow related, and, if it is not apparent, the author should try to make that distinction. I’ve posted topics on my own blog that I don’t think necessarily fit in here.

    After studying Cartesian philosophy with a healthy dose of Hume, I can’t, with certainty, say that I’m not a machine. It is true…I am particular to my leopard skin (click here for “proof”).

  3. mmacken Says:
    April 4th, 2007 at 12:29 pm I suppose I should clarify. What I really meant to say: “All that to say, I think it’d be great if posts weren’t all [directly] “art-librarian related” [in the sense that Ann’s comment is personal, but is actually related to art librarians (since she is one)]. Comments that have some connection to art librarianship, even a loose connection, should be welcome, in my opinion. Thanks for bringing this up, Bryan.
  4. Carter Says:
    April 4th, 2007 at 5:23 pm I have thought about this topic quite a bit as well. ARLIS-L and VRA-L each have their share of fun, non-business related posts and I think that’s what keeps this profession interesting. There are issues within the larger realm of Librarianship that I don’t post about here, but I think would still be of interest to our members. For instance, has anyone seen the new Tumblr concept , which is described as being an online scrapbook? Plus, I’ve recently run across Scrapblog, which is another way users record their experiences visually. While not totally related to our professional goals, they are changing the way users think about access to information.

One comment:

  1. Another point, after thinking more about Bryan’s comment: the archive will be much more useful if we don’t have to wade through a lot of posts that don’t have much to do with art librarianship!

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