10 Questions to ask your new employees…

There’s a great post on Library Garden that lists 10 questions that managers should ask new hires.  I love the spirit of this post, because it suggests that managers should be open to the fresh perspective of a new employee, and should take his/her observations as an opportunity for improvement.  I imagine that if my employer asked me these questions, I’d also immediately feel as if my opinions were important to the organization.  What a great way to feel welcomed!

Just something for all of us students/young professionals to mull over…

Technology and (Virtual) Architecture

Interesting list of Top Tech Trends compiled by Alexander Cohen (library consultant, space planner) for LITA’s (Library and Information Technology Association) Blog. He also mentions K.G. Schneider’s division of these trends into an “Architecture of Aesthetics” and an “Architecture of Participation”:


ARLIS/NA Denver Conference Mentor Program

As you register for the upcoming conference, please take a moment to consider participating in the ARLIS/NA Denver Conference Mentor Program!

The Mentor Program registration form is now active and can be found at:


Whether you are a seasoned ARLIS/NA conference veteran or a first (or second) timer, you have the opportunity to participate in the Denver Conference Mentor Program. If you are attending your first conference and are just beginning to develop your ARLIS network, the Mentor Program provides you with an experienced ARLIS/NA member to show you the ropes and introduce you to new colleagues. For ARLIS/NA veterans, this is a fine opportunity to make a significant impact in the Society on a personal level.

Those requesting mentors will be matched with those volunteering to serve as mentors by the Program Coordinator, based on information drawn from the application form. Both mentors and their newcomers will be notified before the conference.

Mentors are expected to contact their mentees prior to the conference, meet with their mentee the first or second day at the conference, discuss the structure and workings of the Society, give conference-attending tips, and introduce their mentee to new colleagues whenever possible during the conference.

Please note that the Denver Conference Mentor Program is separate from the year-long mentoring program and workshop.

Please fill out the form available on the volunteer section of the conference website before April 16th. For any questions, please contact Alba Fernendez-Keys, Mentor Program Coordinator at afernandez-keys@imamuseum.org .

Merrill Wadsworth Smith Travel Award in Architecture

Funded for the first time this year and anonymously in honor of the late Merrill Wadsworth Smith. Merrill was an active member of ARLIS/NA serving as its President in 1991, and was the Associate Head Librarian of the Rotch Architecture Library at MIT.

The Merrill Smith Travel Award in Architecture will be unveiled at the 2008 Denver Conference and given to ARLIS/NA members who are actively, but not necessarily exclusively, involved with the field of architecture in visual and/or print collections including librarians,
visual resources curators, archivists, and students.

This is a wonderful gift to ARLIS/NA that will help us memorialize an honorable member and recognize those who epitomize the best of our profession.

The deadline for applications and nominations for the Merrill Smith Travel Award in Architecture is February 15th, 2008. Please find more information – http://www.arlisna.org/about/awards/awards_index.html

Questions? Please contact Travel Awards Committee Chair, Jennifer Parker, jennifer.parker@colorado.edu.


Are you interested in a career in art and design librarianship? ARLIS/UK & Ireland are taking bookings for the following event:

 ARLIS/UK & Ireland Students and Trainees Event

Who:  Students, trainees, library assistants and anyone interested in a career in art librarianship.
When:  Saturday 1st March 2008 from 11.00 – 15.45  
Where:  Education Rooms, National Gallery, Trafalgar Square, London

11.00-12.00     Coffee & Welcome
11.20-11.40     Museum/Gallery librarian: Deborah Sutherland (National Art Library, Victoria & Albert Museum)
11.45-12.05     Starting out – the lowdown from a recent graduate: Julia Bell (UK Film Council)
12.10-12.30     The academic librarian: Darlene Maxwell (Royal College of Art)
12.30-12.45     Panel Questions
12.45-13.30     Lunch
13.35-14.00     Private company library: Lynda McLeod (Christie’s Archives)
14.05-14.25     An exchange experience: April Yasamee (Goldsmiths College), discussing her recent job exchange in Australia

14.30-14.55     Getting the job! :Katherine Ross (Sue Hill Recruitment)
14.55-15.15     Panel Questions
1515-15.45      Tour of National Gallery Library

Fees: Refreshments and lunch will be provided and are included in the cost
ARLIS Students/unwaged – £28            ARLIS Memebers – £55
Non-ARLIS Students – £33                        Non-ARLIS Memebers – £65
N.B. For bookings cancelled after 15th  February a charge of 10% of the total fee will be levelled. For bookings cancelled after 22th  February the full fee may be charged.

BOOKING:  Please contact Amy Donnison, Business Manager, ARLIS UK & Ireland, Word & Image Department, V&A South Kensington, Cromwell Rd, London, SW7 2RL.   Telephone: 0207 942 2317    Email: arlis@vam.ac.uk

RSS Feedss of Saved Searches at LISjobs.com

Rachel at the Liminal Librarian writes,

I’m pleased to announce improvements to the combined library jobs database at LISjobs.com/Library Job Postings on the Internet.

For job seekers: You can now save searches as RSS feeds! Only interested in jobs in Illinois, reference positions, or those that mention Web 2.0? Do a search and click “Save this search as an RSS feed” to subscribe. Any new additions that match your search results will automatically show up in your aggregator.

Windows Surface

It would be interesting to see applicatons for academia.  For visual resources, it might be interesting when the technology evolves so that the surface can read any image.  Using CBIR to pull up related images may give the researcher visual associations he or she might not have thought of.

I can also invision a lot of applications for exhibits (both in musueums & the library)


Student-designed ARLIS/ANZ Website Prototype Chosen

Since September of this year, the ARLIS/ANZ President’s blog detailed the exciting process of choosing a new website designed by Communication Design students at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.

In September President Ellen Thompson reported that students were,

“looking at ways to incorporate blogging, wiki and forum technology into the Arlis/ANZ site itself, so that eventually we don’t have to hang third-party freeware off the site, and can communicate with each other and our Chapter colleagues from within our ‘home’. The only way is up, in terms of the functionality we can expect from our future Arlis/ANZ site”

Indeed, the chosen website design does everything mentioned above, and more! Check out the prototype, which is up for demonstration purposes, but awaiting more substantial content. They’ve incorporated space for an image gallery, videos, discussion forums (with spaces for each chapter), a wiki, and more!

Best wishes to the ARLIS/ANZ group on their stunning new web presence!