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Agenda for 26 April Annual Meeting in Pasadena

Going to ArLiS/NA Pasadena?  Meet us there!  April 26th at 12:30 PM

What will we be discussing?

  • The connection between student groups, local groups and ArLiSNAP and ascertaining how ArLiSNAP and ArLiS at large may be of use to these groups

  • Are there other ways to connect to ArLiSNAP members for discussion such as twitter, skype, etc?

  • What needs are being unfulfilled by the blog, content-wise, and the solicitation of volunteers to submit more content to the site such as guest post about their current projects

  • Talk about how we are looking for new liaisons: chapter & student especially

  • Suggestions about specific projects that liaisons might wish to implement and reaffirmation that the current liaison positions fulfill the needs of ArLiSNAP members

  • Planned changes to the ArLiSNAP blog and soliciting assistance with content migration and implementing a consistent tagging system

  • How to create diversity within the field and attract new voices to the profession

  • Suggestions for bars to go to after El Chollo

Have any more suggestions? Please let us know!

Job Posting: Architectural Archivist, Boston, MA

Job Opening: Architectural Archivist


Safdie Architects currently has an opening for an architectural archivist to assume oversight and responsibility for the Safdie Archive at McGill University, with a primary focus on preparing project materials for shipment to and inclusion in the archive.


The Safdie Archive is one of the most extensive individual collections of architectural documentation.  Containing drawings, models and other design materials, as well as an online inventory or hypermedia archive, the collection has been housed at McGill University in Montreal since 1990. The selected candidate will take organizational leadership of existing project-related materials at the Safdie Architects’ office and act as primary liaison with staff at McGill to preserve and expand the archive.



  • Working with Moshe Safdie and the architectural staff, determine significance of source material.
  • Organize, catalogue and transfer materials to McGill and other archival locations, including assignment of copyright and assessed values.
  • Manage the processing and preservation of original sketches and models.
  • Maintain other electronic material organization, including video, film, publications and articles.
  • Oversee materials for exhibit and lending, as appropriate.
  • Work with the communications and marketing staff on special projects.



Preference given to candidates with:

  • Advanced degree(s) in library science, architecture, art history, or equivalent degree or equivalent professional experience
  • Strong knowledge of archival standards and collections management
  • Understanding of the design and built environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work both independently and as part of a team
  • Excellent communication, attention to detail, organizational and project management skills



  • Equal opportunity employer
  • Full-time position, with competitive salary and benefits
  • Candidates must be authorized to work in the US


Resumes to:  No phone calls please.

Be all you can be! Be an ArLiSNAP Moderator!

The new co-moderator will serve a term of 2 years, to be staggered with another co-moderator (currently Stephanie Grimm), beginning on the first of May. Co-moderator responsibilities are to coordinate special projects, advance the concerns of students and new professionals within ARLIS/NA, and run the annual meeting and student pub stop at the annual ARLIS/NA conference. The future co-moderator will be heavily involved with the administration of the ArLiSNAP blog, and will serve as a representative and liaison between ArLiSNAP and other groups within ARLIS/NA.

Candidates do not need to have been present at the Pasadena meeting in order to run, although they do need to be residents of Canada, the US or Mexico.

To announce your candidacy, please comment on this post with a short biography, including the merits you would bring to this position, your professional or educational experience, and your thoughts on future goals for students and new professionals within ARLIS/NA.  Please post your candidacy below by Monday, April 1st.

Elections will be held using SurveyMonkey from Monday, April 1st through Monday the 15th (Tax day!). The results will be announced on the ArLiSNAP blog on Tuesday, April 16th.

If you have questions about the position or the election, please feel free to get in contact with the current co-moderators,  Suzanne Walsh or Stephanie Grimm.

Speed presentations: Pecha Kucha

What is Pecha Kucha?

No, it’s not what your grandmother called you as a child.

It’s a rapid-fire, image-based presentation format. Presenters have 20 images up for 20 seconds each, for a 6 minute and 40 second presentation. Started in 2006 in Japan as a way to showcase architects’ portfolios, it has spread worldwide.

This year, at the Emerging Technologies Panel at the ArLiS/NA 2013 conference in Pasadena, seven presenters will give Pecha Kutcha-style presentations.  This format has been used at the Society of American Archivist 2012 and will be used for the upcoming Society of Architectural Historians conference.

Some helpful links:

Wikipedia entry for Pecha Kucha

Pecha Kucha pronunciation in muppet video (we really needed this!)

Pecha Kucha training bite. Clear concise British speaker explaining what Pecha Kucha is while doing a Pecha Kucha presentation.

Pecha Kucha article and presentation. Daniel Pink, Wired magazine.

Pecha Kucha Nights: Guide to Better Presentation Skills:

396+ Pecha Kucha presentations

Thanks to Cathy Billings and Sarah Sherman for the links.

Call for Emerging Technology Forum presenters: share your tech savvy in Pasadena!

ARLIS/NA 41st Annual Conference: Call for Emerging Technology Forum Presenters

The Conference Program Committee, the Professional Development Committee, and the Art Library Students & New ARLIS/NA Professionals Section (ArLiSNAP) are joining forces to bring an exciting new program to the Pasadena conference!

The Emerging Technology Forum will feature presenters sharing their knowledge of cutting-edge technologies through hands-on demonstrations at technology stations and brief presentations. The Forum will be held concurrently with the Posters Session.

Have you harnessed a technology tool to make your job more efficient, your teaching more effective, or your collections more accessible? Consider sharing your expertise and experience with your fellow conference attendees!

Submission deadline: Monday, December 31, 2012

Requirements for Participation:
Presenters will be required to prepare a hands-on component to demonstrate tableside at a technology station for the duration of the 2-hour session, prepare and give a brief five-minute presentation to a larger group during the 2-hour session, and provide handouts about the technology.

Presenters will be asked to provide their own hardware (laptops/tablets, etc.) for their demonstration station. WiFi will be provided.

Possible presentation areas:
Blogging (example: Tumblr)
Citation Management (example: Zotero)
Concept Mapping (examples: Compendium, FreeMind)
Crowd Sourcing
Content Management Systems (examples: Omeka, Drupal)
GIS Mapping
Photo Sharing
Social Media (example: Pinterest)

Demonstrations of free or open-source technologies are preferred.



Questions? Contact the Program Co-chairs:

Sarah Sherman (ssherman at

Cathy Billings (cbillings at