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M-LEARN, a new student group at Pratt

We are pleased to officially announce M-LEARN, a new Library and Information Studies student group at Pratt.

M-LEARN (Museum Library Education and Research Network) at Pratt Institution’s School of Information and Library Science (SILS) shall promote the professional and social growth of its members and support the School of Information and Library Science at Pratt Institution. It will provide Pratt students with the opportunity to explore issues relating to museum collections, development, maintenance, conservation, and preservation of the humanities, sciences, visual and performing arts. M-Learn will encourage professional networking within the fields of museum librarianship, visual and digital resources, achieves, cultural informatics and arts libraries, and will actively promote involvement in professional activities beyond the classroom through lectures, workshops, visits to local collections, special events, and liaison with regional and national associations and networking with New York City universities, museums, archives, and libraries.

M-Learn endeavors to explore and understand in greater depth museum librarianship in all of its form and function. It is necessary for students who are interested in the field of museum librarianship to have an interest group that will build connection, relationships, and lesions with professionals and organization in this field. The association will provide a vital outlet for the students to address the various issues in Museum Librarianship through network and dialogue. This student association will address the needs of museum libraries and information professionals and support the advancement of the profession, pursuing partnerships with other professional organizations, higher education organizations, and national forums. While advancing the social and professional growth of students, Pratt, and SILS, M-LEARN also offers members the chance to combine practical and theoretical experiences in museum librarianship with that of the collection, preservation, and exhibiting element of museums and libraries.

This association will offer students learning experiences first hand from professionals in the field. The association will prepare Pratt’s students for the upcoming realities in their careers and build relationships with other professionals already active in these fields. We plan to hold monthly meetings as well as monthly events. The aim of these meetings will be to discuss activities, events, plan trips to different museums, achieves, libraries, and have lecturers from various organizations, museums, libraries, and universities to come and speak. In addition, we plan a to create a website to post new, events, links, etc. and we plan to create a blog where students can continue to discuss various issues in Museum Libraries. Moreover, we will encourage students to join regional and national associations. M-Learn will also actively promote open communication between the Pratt community, museum and library communities and other organizations throughout New York City. It is vital to have an organization within Pratt for the students in which they can network, engage in discussions, attend lectures and participate in trips with other professionals in the field of Museum Librarianship.

Since Pratt is the first Masters in Library Science program in North America to offer a Museum Library Certificate, it brings to the forefront the growing commonalities between museum and research libraries evidenced by expanding roles for librarians in education and outreach, digital resources and services, and information systems. Importantly, its curriculum transforms the education of museum librarians by defining the full range of knowledge and skills librarians will need to advance the mission of librarianship in museums, art libraries and cultural institutions. All Pratt students who are interested in Museum Librarianship are welcome to join and assist in the establishment and continuation of this dynamic and vital student organization.


Nicholas C. Jackson

M-Learn Information Meeting 03/28/2007

For those who were not able to make it, we enjoyed coffee, donuts, and greatconversation over the potential of M-Learn and things we plan to do.Currently, M-Learn is in the process of being recognized as a studentorganization at Pratt, meaning, we are not officially recognized at thistime, but once we are approved legitimacy as an organization we will receivefunding. Wednesday’s meeting was also comprised of receiving the missionstatement, the M-Learn Objectives, M-Learn Activities, and who will besearing on the M-Learn board (insert positions, duties, and person who isfilling this position), in addition we discussed the possibilities for thefall (when we will officially will start up): these include places to visit(museums, galleries, auction houses), optional places we can hold ourmeetings, inviting guest speakers, potentially working with SILSSA and SLAon trips, to name a few, since we have so many great opportunities in NewYork as library students. There are three important things to note andthose areM-Learn Resources:E-mail: mlearn_prattsils@yahoo.comWordPress: mlearnprattsils.wordpress.comFlickr: mlearnprattsils

NYTSL Annual Reception

Yesterday, Friday, March 2 was the Informal Reception at the New York Public Library
for Librarians, Information Professionals & Library School Students. For all of you who were there, I was great to see and meet you. Although, for all of you who missed it, I would highly recommand attending when you can. It was a great opportunity to meet up with your fellow students and network with various professional in the field. Personally, I meet a few Pratt students I did not know, see a few I did, and talked to many different professionals. There were not only Pratt students and staff, but also students and staff from Queens College, University of Michigan, CUNY, NYU, and St. Johns. In addition, there were members of ARLIS, VRA, and CAA. Further, there were people from the Morgan Library, Frick, NYPL, etc. So in all, it was a great time to chat, network, and meet people!


You are invited to consider working on one of the Society’s 18
committees. For more complete information about the different
committees please visit

If you are interested in volunteering or have questions please
contact Deborah Ultan Boudewyns, ARLIS/NA Vice President/ President
Elect at / 612-625-6438.


“Nailing Down Bits: Digital Art and Intellectual Property” is the latestaddition to the Canadian Heritage Information Network’s (CHIN) IntellectualProperty Series. Authored by Richard Rinehart, Digital Media Director atthe Berkeley Art Museum, this unique publication breaks new ground byexploring the legal issues surrounding the emerging field of digital art inNorth America.

CHIN offers open access to both the HTML and PDF versions of thepublication through the CHIN Web site’s Intellectual Property section at

You can also listen to a short interview with the author in the CHIN Website’s Knowledge Exchange at

.An agency of the Department of Canadian Heritage, CHIN has for 35 yearsenabled Canada’s museums to engage Canadian and worldwide audiences throughthe use of innovative technologies.
To learn more about CHIN’s IntellectualProperty Series – a valuable resource for any heritage institution seekingto adequately protect and leverage the assets they hold in trust – visit

Source:Canadian Heritage Information Network(819) 994-1200 or 1 800 520-2446 (from Canada and the U.S.)

Art Documentation Call for Papers

Art Documentation editors are seeking articles both for the Fall 2007
and Spring 2008 issues. We would like to hear from authors who have
written, or plan to write, articles on topics of broad relevance to our

For the Fall 2007 issue, we are particularly interested in papers that
only need fine tuning or editing for publication; the preliminary
deadline is May 15, 2007. We are also seeking proposals for the new
“Between the Lines” feature that will appear in each issue of Art
Documentation. These articles should be 1,500-2,500 words in length
take the form of an in-depth review of a significant publication, a
comparative review featuring related publications, or a bibliographic

For the Spring 2008 issue, please send us your ideas and abstracts for
articles concerning research or projects on which you are working,
professional issues about which you are passionate, or other subjects
related to art librarianship and visual resources curatorship. The
preliminary deadline for this issue is October 15, 2007. Are you
presenting a paper at the Atlanta conference that would make a good Art
Documentation article? Let us know!

Art Documentation contributor guidelines may be found at:

Job Hunting…

Dear All,


I am a graduate student at Pratt Institute studying Information and Library Science. I pursing the Master’s of Science in Library and Information Science. I also am planning on pursing the Museum Libraries Certificate. I am interested in Academic, Museums, and Art Librarianship. I am looking for new employment opportunities in these fields. However, since I am not yet done with my masters, it is difficult to do so. I am hoping to gain experience in Academic, Museums, and Art Libraries.