Category Archives: Museum Librarianship

The Sistine Chapel Reaches Second Life

Steven J. Taylor, director of academic computing at Vassar College, has recreated the interior of the Sistine Chapel in the virtual world Second Life. On the college’s Second Life island, visitors can step inside a pale-yellow building and view a replica of the frescoes that adorn the 15th-century chapel in Vatican City. They can even fly up to the ceiling to get a close up of the nine stories from the Book of Genesis painted by Michelangelo. The purpose of the project is to help students learn about art and architecture, says Mr. Taylor, who created the interior from photographs. –Andrea Foster

http://chronicle.com/wiredcampus/article/2186/the-sistine-chapel-reaches-second-life

Second Life, Museums, and Archaeological Modeling

Richard Urban blogs at Inherent Vice on his collaborative poster session, “Second Life, Museums, and Archaeological Modeling” for the Digital Humanities Conference.

The researchers have identified the trend of user-created cultural institutions, rather than institution-created cultural sites.  Plus, “serious leisure” and Oldenburg’s “third spaces” – what an amazing opportunity to create new spaces for cultural creativity!

M-LEARN, a new student group at Pratt

We are pleased to officially announce M-LEARN, a new Library and Information Studies student group at Pratt.

M-LEARN (Museum Library Education and Research Network) at Pratt Institution’s School of Information and Library Science (SILS) shall promote the professional and social growth of its members and support the School of Information and Library Science at Pratt Institution. It will provide Pratt students with the opportunity to explore issues relating to museum collections, development, maintenance, conservation, and preservation of the humanities, sciences, visual and performing arts. M-Learn will encourage professional networking within the fields of museum librarianship, visual and digital resources, achieves, cultural informatics and arts libraries, and will actively promote involvement in professional activities beyond the classroom through lectures, workshops, visits to local collections, special events, and liaison with regional and national associations and networking with New York City universities, museums, archives, and libraries.

M-Learn endeavors to explore and understand in greater depth museum librarianship in all of its form and function. It is necessary for students who are interested in the field of museum librarianship to have an interest group that will build connection, relationships, and lesions with professionals and organization in this field. The association will provide a vital outlet for the students to address the various issues in Museum Librarianship through network and dialogue. This student association will address the needs of museum libraries and information professionals and support the advancement of the profession, pursuing partnerships with other professional organizations, higher education organizations, and national forums. While advancing the social and professional growth of students, Pratt, and SILS, M-LEARN also offers members the chance to combine practical and theoretical experiences in museum librarianship with that of the collection, preservation, and exhibiting element of museums and libraries.

This association will offer students learning experiences first hand from professionals in the field. The association will prepare Pratt’s students for the upcoming realities in their careers and build relationships with other professionals already active in these fields. We plan to hold monthly meetings as well as monthly events. The aim of these meetings will be to discuss activities, events, plan trips to different museums, achieves, libraries, and have lecturers from various organizations, museums, libraries, and universities to come and speak. In addition, we plan a to create a website to post new, events, links, etc. and we plan to create a blog where students can continue to discuss various issues in Museum Libraries. Moreover, we will encourage students to join regional and national associations. M-Learn will also actively promote open communication between the Pratt community, museum and library communities and other organizations throughout New York City. It is vital to have an organization within Pratt for the students in which they can network, engage in discussions, attend lectures and participate in trips with other professionals in the field of Museum Librarianship.

Since Pratt is the first Masters in Library Science program in North America to offer a Museum Library Certificate, it brings to the forefront the growing commonalities between museum and research libraries evidenced by expanding roles for librarians in education and outreach, digital resources and services, and information systems. Importantly, its curriculum transforms the education of museum librarians by defining the full range of knowledge and skills librarians will need to advance the mission of librarianship in museums, art libraries and cultural institutions. All Pratt students who are interested in Museum Librarianship are welcome to join and assist in the establishment and continuation of this dynamic and vital student organization.

Sincerely,

Nicholas C. Jackson

M-Learn Information Meeting 03/28/2007

For those who were not able to make it, we enjoyed coffee, donuts, and greatconversation over the potential of M-Learn and things we plan to do.Currently, M-Learn is in the process of being recognized as a studentorganization at Pratt, meaning, we are not officially recognized at thistime, but once we are approved legitimacy as an organization we will receivefunding. Wednesday’s meeting was also comprised of receiving the missionstatement, the M-Learn Objectives, M-Learn Activities, and who will besearing on the M-Learn board (insert positions, duties, and person who isfilling this position), in addition we discussed the possibilities for thefall (when we will officially will start up): these include places to visit(museums, galleries, auction houses), optional places we can hold ourmeetings, inviting guest speakers, potentially working with SILSSA and SLAon trips, to name a few, since we have so many great opportunities in NewYork as library students. There are three important things to note andthose areM-Learn Resources:E-mail: mlearn_prattsils@yahoo.comWordPress: mlearnprattsils.wordpress.comFlickr: mlearnprattsils

Summer seminars

Summer Seminars Available in Oxford, Prague and
Ljubljana

If you would like to learn first-hand about libraries and library services in a different culture and gain a global perspective on issues facing libraries around the world, you will want to consider enrolling in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science’s international summer seminars. Registration is now open to anyone interested in being part of the summer seminars in Ljubljana,
Republic of
Slovenia; Prague, Czech Republic; or
Oxford, England. The seminars can either be taken for academic credit or on a non-credit basis and are enjoyed by both professional librarians and library science students. More information about all three seminars including dates and tentative schedules is available on the web at Summer Seminars Available in Oxford, Prague and Ljubljana
If you would like to learn first-hand about libraries and library services in a different culture and gain a global perspective on issues facing libraries around the world, you will want to consider enrolling in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Information and Library Science’s international summer seminars. Registration is now open to anyone interested in being part of the summer seminars in Ljubljana, Republic of Slovenia; Prague, Czech Republic; or Oxford, England. The seminars can either be taken for academic credit or on a non-credit basis and are enjoyed by both professional librarians and library science students. More information about all three seminars including dates and tentative schedules is available on the web at http://sils.unc.edu/programs/international/index.html

New issue of ARLIS/DC-MD-VA Newsletter Available

The Fall/Winter issue of Sketches, the newsletter of ARLIS/DC-MD-VA is now available online.  This issue includes a feature story on the new library at the Phillips Collection, a write-up about Catholic University’s recent Art and Museum Libraries Institute, and a call for chapter members to check out ArLiSNAP and see what we’ve been up to!

The newsletter is available as a PDF here.