My ARLIS2015 Recap

ARLIS/NA in Fort Worth was rainy, warm (to a Canadian), and gorgeous (because I like abandoned buildings). I took on some volunteer duties for the conference, the first of which was to go on a fantastic walking tour of the city!

The conference itself, of course, was inspiring and informative. Because I have stopped taking actual notes and only live-tweet now, I’ll basically be reading back through those and trying to expand on things that are most important (if you know me, you know those topics are copyright, access, digitization, and weird formats).

First session: opening up your images to greater (more, better) use.

According to Anne Young, Manager of Rights and Reproductions, Indianapolis Museum of Art, administrative costs actually went way down when images were opened up for unencumbered use. (Given that most staff are overburdened anyways, this wouldn’t be due to salary cuts.) Once a large enough collection of open content went online, the remaining efforts were put towards digitization-by-request for researchers. Charging a flat rate for the custom service has apparently gone off pretty well, with researchers understanding and respecting the necessity (by copyright law, at least in Canada, you can’t charge more than the actual cost of the labour and materials needed to make the reproduction).

The Durationator, as elaborated upon by Elizabeth Townsend Gard, is a copyright tool that will help you evaluate the rights status of a work with as little information as possible — ideally, just the country, type of work, and date of creation. We’ve had a few forms of this in the past (see my Emerging Tech Forum presentation from last year’s ARLIS for examples of sliders, flowcharts, and interactive decision-helpers) but this is both a package service (as in, input your entire collection data) and relies on the work of quite a few law students and law-experience researchers. Not sure how much it costs, and why there isn’t a small-batch-for-free service for individuals / testers / etc., but it’s early days yet! (You can sign up to be a beta-tester on their site.)

I’m not usually into instruction, but I have found all of the IL Framework discussion really interesting. I was so glad to see someone implementing it in art instruction sessions (which has its own interesting set of information-seeking needs to control for):

The session about our labours with working artists covered everything from running a visual-resources centre at the NYPL …

… to working as a private archivist for a famous artist — and Claire Kennedy (archivist / librarian to John Baldessari) let us in on the usual course of things when it comes to private/personal archives:

I’m, of course, more invested in the archives side of things, and I’m always concerned with what happens to stuff before it gets donated. There’s so much dreary nonsense in records management that needs to be gussied up and spread about as common knowledge, just to be sure people aren’t, I dunno, dumping thousands of governmental emails they think have no value …. With artists, I’m even more compelled to make sure nobody’s purging any materials before they get into the hands of a trained appraiser.

 

Saturday, of course, was full of our own ArLiSNAP events, from our general meeting to the open discussion session (which I am so thankful you all came to!) — as well as the Canadian general meeting — so I won’t share too many details. (I’ll be printing up some results and recommendations from the open discussion another time.)

Sunday started with, in Secrecy in the Archives, a twenty-minute-long mic-drop presentation from heather ahtone:

The session on weird-media-collections didn’t go too in-depth on cataloguing, preservation, and access, but it was a great cross-cut view of cool initiatives.

The Linked Open Data session featured our own Sarah Seymore talking about the U Oregon collections. It was almost *too* informative.

The big finale, for me, was not the beautiful reception at the Kimbell, but seeing the CAA Fair Use Best Practices discussion.

But here are some photos of us partying at the Renzo Piano Pavilion, anyways. (And our new moderator, Tiffany!)

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(Also I took some snaps for Librarian Wardrobe too.)

So that’s it! My trip to lovely Fort Worth and my time spent trying to do way too many things at once. And now, back to migrating the ArLiSNAP blog …

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ARLIS/NA 43rd Annual Conference: Some Thoughts

Another ARLIS/NA Conference has come and gone; Art Librarians from not only North America, but from around the globe, congregated in Fort Worth, Texas last week to discuss current trends and issues in our niche field of librarianship, debate the future of art books and bibliography in the wake of e-publishing, and just generally mingle with one another. Unlike past years, however, this year I got to count myself as one of the conference’s many attendees. That’s right, folks, I actually had the opportunity to attend our parent organization’s annual conference, and I’ve got the tote bags to prove it…I know, you’re all very happy for me.

So I went to the conference really hoping to come away with concepts to implement in my own workplace, and although there were some very interesting presentations, the truth is that many of the topics discussed were not all that applicable to my niche within a niche library.  As someone who works in the private sector, an art gallery to be exact, something like library programming, while important to many art libraries, is not something that works, or is necessary, for a corporate art library.

Yet despite this, what some might call, failing, I still feel as though I got a lot out of my time at ARLIS/NA. I walked away with a large number of resources previously unknown (to me) from which the users of my library will definitely benefit, such as the Art Discovery Group Catalogue (ADGC), the first discipline-specific view of WorldCat records, and I cannot wait to introduce my users to this, as well as many other cool new tools.

Of course, conferences are also about networking, which is especially important for those of us new to the art library world, either as students or as new professionals. I met some really great people and had some interesting conversations. Of particular note to me was a fascinating conversation about how to deal with post-it notes in books when the person who put them there has the authority to request that said post-its remain in perpetuity…yeah, that’s a thing that happens in private libraries. Anyway, the short answer is: try to explain that post-its are the mortal enemy of books, but the long answer is, try to come up with alternatives for your users, even if it means you may have to take on more work.

So that was my first ARLIS/NA conference-going experience, and I think it rather rocked. How about you guys? Did you go? If so, how was it? Any cool takeaways?

Let the knowledge sharing continue!

Some good resources from the ARLIS/NA 43rd Annual Conference:

Art Discovery Group Catalogue (ADGC) – http://artlibraries.worldcat.org/

Getty Research Portal – http://portal.getty.edu/portal/landing

A/V Artifact Atlas (AVAA) – http://avaa.bavc.org/artifactatlas/index.php/A/V_Artifact_Atlas

Quality Control Tools for Video Preservation (QC Tools) – http://www.bavc.org/qctools

ArLiSNAP Annual Meeting at ARLIS2015

We’ve prepared an agenda for the ArLiSNAP Annual Meeting at the ARLIS/NA conference next Saturday. Have a look at the agenda here, and feel free to comment with any ideas you’d like to discuss!

Reminder: the polls are still open for the ArLiSNAP 2015-2017 Co-Moderator Election until the end of day on Wednesday March 18th. Vote for your favorite candidate here!

Announcing the ArLiSNAP Discussion Session! 

ArLiSNAP is offering a dedicated space at the 2015 Annual Conference for students and new professionals to discuss current events and issues that matter to us.

The session will be on Saturday, March 21st, from 5-6pm, in Sundance 3 at the Omni:
 
The aim is to have a loose structure that encourages people to bring their own questions, pitches, and opinions — a space to shape the future of ArLiSNAP, ARLIS/NA, and the profession at large.
We would love to help people continue discussions that ran long in other sessions, cover topics that aren’t represented in the schedule, and make connections between established professionals and new entrants to the field. We encourage mid- and late-career librarians to attend this session and see what the next generation has on their minds. (Especially if you’re hiring, or offering internships, or teaching, or …)
The best way to participate in this session is to engage with us beforehand — on Twitter, on our website, on Facebook, on ARLIS-L, or in person with any of our representatives at the conference — and let us know what you’d like to talk about! We’re interested in discussion topics, lightning talks, one-minute pitches, breakout groups, mentor/mentee networking, and whatever else you’d like to propose.
We’ll be announcing our themes and discussion leaders during the conference itself, so keep an eye on the listservs and social media:

ArLiSNAP on Facebook

Twitter: @arlisnap and #arlisnap2015
(And if we’re still talking at 6pm, we might transition to dinner and drinks nearby …)

Conference Mentoring Program and Alternative Lodging at ARLIS2015

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The ARLIS/NA Conference Mentoring Workshop, which matches first-time conference attendees with veterans, is currently accepting applications! Fill out this form to make the most of your first ARLIS/NA conference.

We’re also hoping to find one more roomie to join our thrifty group at the Motel 6!
Read more about the alternative lodging option here.

20 more days until ARLIS2015! Looking forward to meeting more of you there.

 

ARLIS/NA Midstates Deadline Extended: Bunce Travel Award

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DEADLINE EXTENDED!!

ARLIS/NA Midstates Chapter 2015 Bunce Travel Award

On behalf of the ARLIS/NA Midstates Chapter, the awards committee is pleased to extend the application for the William C. Bunce Travel Award of $300 for travel to the ARLIS/NA Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, March 19-23, 2015. This award is given in honor of William C. Bunce, who served as the Director of the Kohler Art Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1966 to 1999. The William C. Bunce ARLIS/NA-Midstates Travel Award is intended to support a chapter member’s professional development by providing funding to attend the ARLIS/NA annual conference. Only ARLIS/NA-Midstates Chapter members are eligible. This Travel Award will be granted based on one or more of the following criteria: financial need; level of chapter participation; first-time attendance; and contribution to the conference.

To apply for this award please submit a letter of application, including relevant award criteria, and how you will benefit from attending ARLIS/NA Annual Conference in Fort Worth. You must indicate the level of funding you expect to receive from your institution and include a current resume or CV. Please send applications via email to Viveca Pattison Robichaud (vivecarobichaud@nd.edu) and Marsha Stevenson (stevenson.2@nd.edu). While the annual conference is approaching quickly, we hope that these funds will help to offset a Midstates member’s expenses to attend the ARLIS/NA annual conference.

The EXTENDED deadline is TUESDAY, February 24 at NOON!!  Recipients will be notified by February 27, 2015. The recipient must confirm in writing that they will be able to use the award for conference attendance and will not be eligible to apply again for three years. After receiving the award, the recipient must submit a short report indicating the value of the award to their professional development activities. This award is intended for members of the ARLIS/NA Midstates Chapter. Information about becoming a member of ARLIS/NA and the regional chapter is available at the ARLIS/NA website (www.arlisna.org/join.html#howto) and the ARLIS/NA-Midstates website (midstates.arlisna.org/membership.html).

For additional information please contact a member of the Travel Awards Committee, Viveca Pattison Robichaud (vivecarobichaud@nd.edu), or Marsha Stevenson (stevenson.2@nd.edu).

ARLIS/NY announces Celine Palatsky Travel Award Winners for 2015

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The ARLIS/NA New York Chapter congratulates Walter Neil Schlect and Millicent Mahana Rose Fullmer of Pratt Institute on being selected as the recipients of the ARLIS/NA New York Chapter Celine Palatsky Travel Awards for 2015.  The awards will allow Walter and Millicent to attend the ARLIS/NA 43rd Annual Conference in Fort Worth.

Congrats!

Chapter Award: 2015 ARLIS/NA Midstates Bunce Travel Award

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ARLIS/NA Midstates Chapter 2015 Bunce Travel Award

On behalf of the ARLIS/NA Midstates Chapter, the awards committee is pleased to extend the application for the William C. Bunce Travel Award of $300 for travel to the ARLIS/NA Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas, March 19-23, 2015. This award is given in honor of William C. Bunce, who served as the Director of the Kohler Art Library at the University of Wisconsin-Madison from 1966 to 1999. The William C. Bunce ARLIS/NA-Midstates Travel Award is intended to support a chapter member’s professional development by providing funding to attend the ARLIS/NA annual conference. Only ARLIS/NA-Midstates Chapter members are eligible. This Travel Award will be granted based on one or more of the following criteria: financial need; level of chapter participation; first-time attendance; and contribution to the conference.

To apply for this award please submit a letter of application, including relevant award criteria, and how you will benefit from attending ARLIS/NA Annual Conference in Fort Worth. You must indicate the level of funding you expect to receive from your institution and include a current resume or CV. Please send applications via email to Viveca Pattison Robichaud (vivecarobichaud@nd.edu) and Marsha Stevenson (stevenson.2@nd.edu). While the annual conference is approaching quickly, we hope that these funds will help to offset a Midstates member’s expenses to attend the ARLIS/NA annual conference.

The application deadline is Monday, February 23rd. Recipients will be notified by February 27, 2015. The recipient must confirm in writing that they will be able to use the award for conference attendance and will not be eligible to apply again for three years. After receiving the award, the recipient must submit a short report indicating the value of the award to their professional development activities. This award is intended for members of the ARLIS/NA Midstates Chapter. Information about becoming a member of ARLIS/NA and the regional chapter is available at the ARLIS/NA website (www.arlisna.org/join.html#howto) and the ARLIS/NA-Midstates website (midstates.arlisna.org/membership.html).

For additional information please contact a member of the Travel Awards Committee, Viveca Pattison Robichaud (vivecarobichaud@nd.edu), or Marsha Stevenson (stevenson.2@nd.edu).


Viveca Pattison Robichaud
Special Collections Librarian
Architecture Library & Institute for Latino Studies

University of Notre Dame
117 Bond Hall, School of Architecture
Notre Dame, IN 46556
(mailing address)
o: 574-631-6018
e: vivecarobichaud@nd.edu

ARLIS/NA – Ohio Valley Travel Award winner

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The ARLIS/NA – Ohio Valley Travel Award Committee 2015 is pleased to announce that the Spring 2015 Travel Award has been granted to Stacy Brinkman, Art & Architecture Librarian at Miami University.

Stacy is the chair of the Diversity Planning Grant Task Force, which has worked over the past year to draft an IMLS Planning Grant proposal that will position ARLIS/NA to recruit underrepresented minorities into the art information profession. Stacy is also a member of the ARLIS/NA Membership Committee.

Congratulations, Stacy! We hope to see you at the OV meeting in Fort Worth!

Christine Mannix & Betsy Lantz
ARLIS/NA – Ohio Valley Travel Award Committee 2015