Help us make ArLiSNAP better than ever: Take the ArLiSNAP 2014 Survey!

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We have decided to re-open the survey questions that followed the ArLiSNAP Co-Moderator Election survey, in order to gain a more complete response from our members. The information gained from this survey will help us to make our content and activities relevant for the largest number of arlisnappers possible.

The survey is composed of two pages with four questions in all, including a space at the end for comments.

Please only fill out the survey if you did not complete the survey questions added to the ArLiSNAP Co-Moderator Election.

Take the survey here.

Thanks for participating! We value your input and would love to hear from our members about what you’re looking for from ArLiSNAP.

ArLiSNAP–a proposal for change

ArLiSNAP needs to change.

While the organization’s current information stream about job postings and helpful hints is functional and useful, there is also a lot more we can be doing as an ARLIS significant interest group. In the past two years that I’ve served as a co-coordinator, we have received almost one hundred new ARLIS members who are interested in the group. This is a tremendous number.

And I think we all deserve to make our group more…activated and more representative of our education, backgrounds, locales, and personal histories. Young professionals and students are the very definition of the avant-garde–we are the next wave of understanding, implementation, discussion, and innovation for information professionals in the art library, museum, and academic spheres.

We are all busy. We are all probably all tired. But communities like ours function best with the input of a chorus. To that end, I feel we should not have just two coordinators, but a team of dedicated, focused individuals providing viewpoints, information, resources, and opportunities that address the fuller professional and academic spectrum represented by our membership.

Normally at this time of year, we request for candidates to step up and take on a two-year term of co-coordinatorship. I propose that instead, this year, we not only elect a new co-coordinator, but also establish positions like the following:

  • a student liaison that interacts with representatives from different student library groups across the US and Canada, then reporting important resolutions, accomplishments, and developments
  • a professional liaison that interacts with representatives from different regional ARLIS factions to highlight how students and young professionals can become involved on a more local level
  • an opportunities coordinator that focuses on pushing job postings, educational information (webinars, symposia, etc.) to our different venues on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and the blog
  • a small team of dedicated “issues” bloggers that contribute original content to our blog in the form of topical analysis relevant to the field of art librarianship
  • an advisory council comprised of former coordinators and interested professionals/scholars that can mentor the group’s leadership and contribute their voices to discussions

These are but a few suggestions–nothing is decided and nor will it be without an open discussion with the group’s members. I feel that while we have made significant progress in the past year in terms of membership numbers and blog traffic, there are still gaps that I couldn’t bridge as coordinator. The lives of students and young professionals are often overwhelmingly full. I found myself frequently frustrated by the lack of time I had to devote to creating more dynamic content for our group. It seems to me that having a stronger community of producers all devoted to a common cause will ease the burden of the coordinators by diffusing the workload. More importantly though, a diversity of voices can only increase the vitality of discussion amongst our members.

Now, more than ever, we need to ask questions and look to each other for help. We need to take advantage of our strengths, our experiences, and our intelligence in order to make the important issues of our membership impossible to ignore.

Let’s start a conversation. Let’s talk about what we want ArLiSNAP to do for us as a community. Let’s talk about the future.

I hope you will all chime in with opinions and suggestions. I look forward to moving forward.

Rosemary K. J. Davis
Co-Coordinator, 2010-2012 

RSS Feeds on ArLiSNAP

I was going to put our RSS feeds (widgets) back on the site. It seems it really was the platial mapkit that was causing loading problems.

But, since the wordpress.com dashboard redesign, our old links have disappeared!

What are your favorite RSS feeds for art and/or library news or related blogs that you’d like to see on this site??

Fotowoosh

Carnegie Mellon has developed a sophisticated software program that turns a flat photograph into a 3-D explorable environment.

I wonder what the applications would be for architectural renderings, studies of spaces depicted by artists (Van Gogh), etc. It would also be interesting to know whether a computer program could “understand” the space in a Van Gogh in the way a human viewer does.

Check out the video and explanation at http://www.fotowoosh.com

Curious Expeditions' Compendium of Beautiful Libraries

Everyone has some kind of place that makes them feel transported to a magical realm. For some people it’s castles with their noble history and crumbling towers. For others it’s abandoned factories, ivy choked, a sense of foreboding around every corner. For us here at Curious Expeditions, there has always been something about libraries. Row after row, shelf after shelf, there is nothing more magical than a beautiful old library.

To read more & see the collection of images, go to http://www.curiousexpeditions.org/2007/09/a_librophiliacs_love_letter_1.html

Volunteer Wanted: Intro to Blogging

Arlisnap is looking for someone or a small group of people to write a brief intro to blogging on wordpress.com for beginners, or to find an existing guide that we could link to.

Right now the Join for Free link is the only instruction we give new bloggers. Our Home page links to the Wikipedia article on blogging, which is more of a historical account than a how-to. The new, brief guide would replace this Wikipedia link.

Please contact Megan for more information. If you already have a link in mind, please add it as a comment below.

Thanks!