ARLIS/NA Lunchtime Chat on VRCs and Academic Libraries: Friday, April 16

ARLIS/NA Lunchtime chat: “Visual Resource Centers and Academic Libraries: Shall the twain meet?”

April 16, 2010, 11am Pacific – 12pm Mountain – 1pm Central – 2pm Eastern
Moderators: Deborah Ultan Boudewyns and Greta Bahnemann, University of Minnesota

This chat is a lead-up to an in-person discussion at the ARLIS/NA conference in Boston on Sunday at 4pm as part of the Visual Resources Division Meeting.

* Are you interested in discussing the relationship between libraries and visual resource centers in the academic environment?
* Have you participated in a new conceptualizing of your visual resources unit? Will you be doing so in the near future?
* Is your visual resources center part of the university library system? Or soon to be?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, please join us for a lunchtime chat to discuss opportunities for visual resource centers and libraries, and their potential partners on the college campus.

Discussion questions include:

1. What is the future of visual resources on the college campus – and the corresponding relationship of visual resource centers to libraries within the academic environment?
2. If you are currently facing the merger of your visual resources center into your library, what factors determined this merger? Who on campus lobbied for this or against the merger?
3. What are the advantages and disadvantages of being part of the library or of being a stand-alone unit? Some talking points may include: budget concerns; staffing; integrated library systems; changing image use on campus
4. What are some of the future trends concerning image use and how are these trends affecting visual resource centers and libraries?

Deborah Ultan Boudewyns, Arts, Architecture & Landscape Architecture Librarian, University of Minnesota, and Greta Bahnemann, Special Projects Assistant, University of Minnesota invite you to join them for a follow-up conversation at the ARLIS/NA conference in Boston on Sunday at 4 p.m. as part of the Visual Resources Division Meeting hosted by Nicole Finzer. Please bring your questions and comments as well as ideas and opinions as we explore this timely issue and look to the future.

Instructions on how to use Meebo chat software are included on the Chats page: http://www.arlisna.org/chats/
Transcripts of previous chats are also available on the Chats page.

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