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Bring Your Own Conference (BYOC) to Pasadena

Have you heard?  ARLIS/NA is instituting an unconference at Pasadena.

We invite you to attend the Bring Your Own Conference (BYOC) session on Sunday April 28, 2013 from 2:30pm – 4:00pm.
Join organizers and colleagues to determine the program topics and break into small groups for discussion and presentations.  This is an opportunity to extend conversations with your colleagues, hash out problems that have been on our mind, and propose solutions.  If you’ve attended an inspiring panel or SIG, then bring your ideas to the unconference to continue the discussion.  This is also a great place to talk about any projects your are currently working on in your graduate program.
Never attended an unconference before?  No problem!  In a nutshell, unconferences are flexibly designed to allow all participants to contribute their expertise.  The topics won’t be selected ahead of time (although we are gathering ideas on a collaborative Google Doc), and discussion rather than traditional lecture will be the order of the day.  Ideas proposed thus far are “Marketing Show and Tell,” “Apps Discussion,” “Wikipedia Takeover by Art Librarians,” and ” Interactive Tools in the Classroom.”
Please review information at the session wiki and add the session to your Sched. If you aren’t attending in person, follow along virtually with the Twitter hashtag #arlisbyoc13.
Contact Sarah Carter or Jill Luedke with specific questions or suggestions.

Library Science at Artspace, New Haven

Over at … might be good right now there is a post by Claire Ruud, who interviewed Rachel Gugelberger, curator of Library Science at Artspace, New Haven.

When the library of the Brooklyn Museum invited Bunn to do a project with its recently discarded card catalogue, he arrived to find that the replacement online catalogue (Voyager) had crashed and the electronic backup had been erased. Bunn’s No Voyager Record (2008), included in Library Science, projects the physical cards marked with the librarians’ annotations to restore the lost and missing entries. The work captures the digital’s continued reliance on the analogue, despite rapidly advancing technology.

The mission of the show is to “investigate how our physical, intellectual and personal relationships with the library and its materials are changing as libraries adapt to the digital world.”

Has  anyone visited this show or other installations that deal with libraries?  What were your impressions?

Job Posting: Instruction and Research Services Librarian, Ringling College of Art + Design

Instruction and Research Services Librarian; Full Time Position with Benefits and Faculty Status

Anticipated Start Date January 2012

This is a newly-funded position

Instruction and Research Services Librarian
Full Time Position with Benefits and Faculty Status


Institution: Founded in 1931, Ringling College of Art and Design is a private professional college fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and CIDA, the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. Ringling College of Art and Design’s primary mission is to prepare students to be discerning visual thinkers and ethical practitioners in their chosen area of art and design and to provide an intensive professional education in the visual arts. Ringling College has taken a leadership role in the integration of high technology within art and design curricula in response to the marketplace and trends in the professions. The institution’s strategic plan positions the College for continued growth and development. It is authorized to award the BFA in thirteen visual arts disciplines and the BA in the Business of Art and Design, a new program that bridges the business world with art and design education. Ringling College employs 148 faculty who instruct 1,300 students from 46 states and 40 countries. The large residential campus is near downtown Sarasota. A cultural center of Florida, Sarasota is 65 miles south of Tampa and 75 miles north of Fort Myers. Additional information about the College is available at


The Library: Verman Kimbrough Memorial Library is located on the central plaza of the campus and has a staff of 4 librarians, 9 support staff and 12 student assistants.  Librarians are members of the faculty. It houses over 67,000 books, periodicals, and media items and substantial digital collections in online databases. The Library’s mission is to advance learning and teaching, in and beyond the studio and classroom, consistent with Ringling College’s scholar practitioner philosophy; to enable the College’s institutional mission and strategic goals, in partnership with academic departments, campus support services, and the arts community. A new library is in the planning stages. Additional information about Kimbrough Library is available at


The Position: Ringling College seeks a creative, collaborative, learner-centered professional librarian. The librarian partners with academic departments and collaborates with other faculty librarians in the development and delivery of research instruction to meet student competencies and information literacies;  assists with copyright education and consultations as assigned or directed; participates in digital resources acquisition, management, development and use; provides reference service and library staff training in reference resources; assists faculty in collection development activities; envisions, develops, and executes digital projects and uses new technologies to facilitate instruction, learning and research; and, actively participates in faculty governance, institutional service, and professional development.  This is a newly-funded, second Instruction and Research Services Librarian position for the Library. The ideal candidate will understand the needs of art and design practitioners, be able to effectively connect with students, work directly with faculty in an exciting, evolving curriculum, have experience selecting and managing digital resources such as online databases and ebooks, and use a variety of social media platforms and emerging software applications to deliver library services and content.

Required Qualifications for the Position:

  • Masters degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA accredited institution.
  • Bachelor or master’s degree in design, studio, art history, or media arts disciplines as offered at Ringling College.
  • Two years recent post-MLS professional librarian work experience.
  • One year successful work experience teaching college-age adults in a college, university, museum, or cultural institution.
  • Experience with newer, emerging technologies.
  • Ability to work well both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with faculty and staff colleagues.
  • Ability to plan, implement and assess work responsibilities.
  • Excellent and effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work with computers, both visually and dexterously.
  • Hearing and speaking abilities sufficient for regular communication with individuals and groups.


Preferred Qualifications for the Position

  • Expertise using both MAC and PC platforms.
  • Experience with one or more scripting and markup languages such as HTML, CSS, XML and PHP.
  • Experience employing technologies such as mobile aps, widgets, screencasting, etc.
  • Work experience in a college or university library providing instruction and research services.
  • Library public services experience.


For full consideration, application materials should be submitted by October 3, 2011. The anticipated start date of the position is January 2012.


Applications are accepted electronically at


Documents required (uploaded in pdf format):
1) cover letter of interest addressing specific qualifications for the position
2) résumé or curriculum vitae
3) separate statement of teaching philosophy
4) copy of MLS and arts degrees transcripts


Candidates may be asked to submit additional materials if needed.

Toronto 2012: Call for Papers & Workshops

You are hereby invited to submit Proposals for Papers and Workshops for Colouring Outside the Lines: The 40th Annual Conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) to be held March 29-April 2, 2012 at the Sheraton Centre in Toronto, Canada.

As a metaphor for creative thinking, “colouring outside the lines” suggests openness to change, willingness to risk, confidence to lead, and courage to reaffirm values and traditions. As a programmatic framework, it enables a focus on professional excellence from diverse viewpoints, sharing knowledge, celebrating innovation, exploring alternate formats, and promoting collaboration. It provides opportunities to showcase creative thinkers from community-based arts organizations in one of the most multicultural cities in the world.

Information on the conference programming process can be found on the Toronto 2012 Conference website along with links to the Call for Papers and Call for Workshops.

Paper and Workshop Proposals are due on May 15, 2011.

ACRL Webcast: From Idea to Publication

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) is now accepting registrations for this three-part series on academic publishing for librarians.  Each webcast has a separate $50 registration fee.

Webcast 1: Understanding the Research Question (September 23, 2010)

Webcast 2: Analysis and Writing (November 4, 2010)

Webcast 3: Submitting for Publication (December 1, 2010)

Please see ACRL’s site for full description of learning outcomes, date, and presenters for each webcast.

Ringling Museum of Art Internship Program

PAID Summer Internships

Curatorial, Collections Management, Informaton Technology, Education, Art Library

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Internship Program provides insight into museum careers through practical work experience not available in most academic settings.  Interns participate in daily operations of specific museum departments and have the opportunity to attend museum tours with curators, board of directors meetings, lectures, and exhibition openings.

The internships are from June 10 – August 5, 2010.  Interns earn $11.25 per hour (minus taxes).

Candidates must be graduating seniors or current graduate students.

The deadline for applying is February 5, 2010. Links to the position descriptions and the application may be found on our homepage at under “Employment and Opportunities.” Contact Karen Patriarca, Student Services Coordinator at with any questions.

Located on a 66-acre estate on Sarasota Bay, The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art is the State Art Museum of Florida. The Museum of Art offers 21 galleries of European paintings as well as Cypriot antiquities, Asian Art, American paintings, and contemporary art. The campus also includes Cà d’Zan, the Ringling historic mansion; the Circus Museum; the Tibbals Learning Center; and The Historic Asolo Theater.  As a division of Florida State University, the Ringling estate is one of the largest university museum complexes in the nation.

2009 ARLIS/NA Conference “Stimulus Package”

Students, and those on a budget, be sure to take advantage of this extended offer on early bird registration, as well as half price tours & workshops!


#1. Early Registration date is extended to April 1st.

(anyone who has registered since March 15th and has paid the late fee will be credited the $100 in the same manner in which it was paid.)

Conference Registration info is at or contact Sue Rawlyk

#2. If you are already registered for a Full or Half-day tour or workshop, (or register for one now), you can get a second Half-day or Two-hour workshop or tour for HALF PRICE. ($25.00 for half day workshop or tour, $12.50 for 2-hour workshop or tour)

Workshops still open:

  • Mashups (2-hour, Thursday Afternoon and Tuesday Morning);
  • Image Resource Decision Trees (Half-day, Friday Morning); Cataloging
  • Artists Books
Tours still open:
  • High and Hot Technology (Thursday Afternoon),
  • Kokomo Opalescent Glass (Friday Morning),
  • Auto Design/Speedway (Friday Afternoon),
  • Dec.Arts at Indiana State Museum (Friday Afternoon), and
  • Historic Theaters in Indy (Friday Afternoon)

There are still a few spots available on the all-day Bloomington Tours (Friday and Tuesday) and the Tuesday all-day Columbus Tour.

The all-day Letterpress workshop in Bloomington is full.

The Resume workshop on Friday (free) has a few spots available.

The Mentoring workshop (free) has all the Mentees it can handle, but would welcome more mentors.

To take advantage of the tour/workshop stimulus offer, please contact Sue Rawlyk directly at

Eileen Fry and Tony White
2009 ARLIS/NA Conference Program Co-Chairs

ARLIS/SE Professional Development Travel Award: Call for Applications

ARLIS/SE Professional Development Travel Award: Call for Applications

Purpose: The Award’s purpose is to cultivate a talented, dedicated, and educated group of professionals for the ARLIS/NA organization as well as the ARLIS/SE chapter. Funds from this award may be used to pay for travel, lodging, registration and meals associated with professional development activities at the annual ARLIS/NA conference.

Eligibility: Applicants must currently reside in the geographic area served by the ARLIS/SE chapter (Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Membership in ARLIS/SE and ARLIS/NA at the time of application is not required, although preference will be given to current ARLIS/SE members. Applicants must also currently be either employed in the field of art librarianship and/or visual resources curatorship, or enrolled in an educational program leading to a graduate degree. Current students, individuals beginning their professional career within the field of Art Information in the past five years, and paraprofessionals who are becoming active in ARLIS/NA or ARLIS/SE for the first time may be included. Any individual meeting these criteria may apply for the award; however first-time attendees are given preference. Recipients of the award may not reapply in future years.

Application Requirements: Applicants must submit a cover letter electronically to Sarah Carter addressing the following: 
1. Their history of involvement within the field of art librarianship and/or visual resources curatorship.
2. Professional development benefits expected from attendance at the ARLIS/NA annual conference.
3. An estimate of expenses that they will incur (hotel expenses, airline fees, conference registration, etc).
Students: Please also include name, address, telephone, and email of one professional reference able to address your professional achievements.
Professionals: Please also include name, address, telephone, and email of one academic reference able to address your scholastic achievements.

Application Deadline & Recipient Notification: Applications must be received by midnight on Saturday, February 15th, 2009. The winner will be contacted by March 1st, 2009.

Award Recipient Duties: The travel award recipient is expected to:
1. Participate in the ARLIS/NA Conference Networking program (if they have not previously done so).
2. Attend the ARLIS/SE Chapter meeting at the annual ARLIS/NA conference.
3. Submit a written report on his or her conference activities within one month of the conference.
This report should be submitted to the ARLIS/SE webmaster to be posted on the ARLIS/SE webpage.

Award Amount & Disbursement: The award amount is determined at the Fall ARLIS/SE conference based on yearly donations to the chapter’s fund. On November 7th, 2008 the ARLIS/SE membership voted to award $500 to one applicant for the 2009 conference in Indianapolis. ARLIS/SE will disburse the full amount of the award to the recipient via check two weeks before the conference begins. One-year memberships at the individual level to both ARLIS/NA and ARLIS/SE (additional value of $120 [ARLIS/NA] and $15 [ARLIS/SE] as of 1/2009) are also included for recipients who have not previously joined either organization. ARLIS/SE will disburse payment of these funds directly to these organizations. No funds will be disbursed if a suitable award recipient cannot be identified from applications received by the stated deadline.

Sarah Carter & Ann Lindell
ARLIS/SE Professional Development Travel Award Ad Hoc Committee