Category Archives: Conferences + webinars

ARLIS-STC – Students and Trainees News Jan/Feb 2007

In October the Student and Trainees Committee ran its regular event “An Introduction to Art and Design Reference Resources” which gave an introduction to online and print resources and answering enquiries in the subject.  The day was a great success and we’d like to thank the speakers and our host the National Art Library.

Events for 2007

It’s the start of a new year and a good time to get a run down on some of the other talks, conferences and events that students, trainees and library assistants could attend over the next 12 months.

Finding out about careers

The ARLIS Student and Trainees Committee will, of course, be holding its popular annual event “Taking the Plunge: Art Librarianship as a Career Option,” which provides insights and advice on starting out and working in the sector.  Past speakers have included representatives from a museum library, slide library, and the commercial sector, as well as a recently retired librarian, and a recent graduate.  The event will be held on Saturday 3rd March at the National Gallery, London.  Look out for more details coming soon on the ARLIS website and discussion list.

The Career Development Group of CILIP holds regular events around the country throughout the year.    Of particular relevance is their National Student Conference, which offers the chance to hear from information professionals working in various different sectors and to network with other students and recent graduates of LIS courses.  The one-day student conference was held last year in November, and the Group hopes to run the event again in 2007.

Another event that may crop up in 2007 is the open day held jointly by the Association of UK Media Librarians (AUKML) and the Industrial and Commercial Libraries Group (ICLG).  This day is aimed at graduate trainees, first jobbers and library students.  The day includes talks by information professionals from all parts of the workplace sector, offering tips on finding jobs in their area and talking about their working day.  Past speakers have included representatives from the BBC and the Guardian, as well as law firms and Government departments.

Conference Bursaries

ARLIS offers a student bursary each year to attend its annual conference, which this year will be held at the University of Gloucestershire in Cheltenham, from 4-6 July.  Other conferences of interest include the Digital Resources for the Arts and Humanities (DRHA) conference and the Computers and the History of Art (CHArt) conference, which have both offered student bursaries in recent years.  DRHA will be held on 9-12 September at the University of Sheffield and the CHArt conference is usually held each year in November.  The bursaries are offered by the AHRC ICT Methods Network and are available to UK-based postgraduate students who’ve had a paper or poster accepted at DRHA or would like to attend CHArt.

Finding out about LIS qualifications

If you’re considering applying to library and information courses, it’s worth looking out for a couple of events organised by CPD25.  The group usually holds an event each year which provides information on applying to study LIS, with speakers from CILIP, UK Library Schools, a LIS graduate, and a head of service.  The group also holds a development day for library assistants, aimed at those who are considering their options for obtaining qualifications whilst working.  CPD25 events are provided in the first instance for staff working in the member institutions of the M25 Consortium of Academic Libraries, but non-members are normally able to attend at a slightly higher fee.

Grants for CILIP Members to Attend WLIC in South Africa

 Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals (CILIP)

Student memberships to CILIP are only 29 (pounds, I think), but they offer a full grant to go to the IFLA-sponsored WLIC.  IFLA also has an art libraries section.  I’m hoping to go to the 2008 WLIC in Quebec, Canada.


Full grants on offer for South Africa conference tripTravel to Durban to attend the world’s most important international LIS event – courtesy of CILIP.

The unique and vast World Library & Information Congress (organised by IFLA) takes place in Durban, South Africa, 19-23 August. Up to 5,000 delegates will be attending the huge programme of sessions, meetings, workshops, visits and social events on the theme of “Libraries for the future: Progress, Development and Partnerships”.

The World Congress is the largest, and arguably the most important single international LIS event in the world. As a CILIP member you are in a unique position to receive financial assistance to attend this event. There are two kinds of award available:

First-timer awards cover the total costs of attending the conference. There are only two conditions: current CILIP membership, and never having attended an IFLA conference (other than in the UK) previously. These grants give members an opportunity to enjoy the ‘IFLA experience’ with guidance and support from CILIP. Pick up invaluable CPD experiences from a range of global perspectives, network with overseas colleagues and perhaps get involved in the work of IFLA.

The number of awards is strictly limited and the selection panel will judge applications on the strength of the application submitted.

Partial awards offer a lump sum towards the costs of conference attendance. These are primarily intended for IFLA ‘activists’; preference will be given to IFLA officers, members of sections and other committees, those invited to give papers and those involved with discussion groups – in that order.

The closing date for both awards is 13 April.

If you have any queries or would like a hard copy application form, please contact Angela Frampton at CILIP (Tel: 020 7255 0616)

Conference information

Updated: 01 February 2007

Museums and the Web 2007

A Second Life for your Museum: The use of 3D collaborative virtual environments by museums

Paul Marty, Florida State University, USA
Michael Twidale, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
Richard Urban, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA

Museums have been exploring the use of collaborative virtual environments (CVE) for more than a decade, often in the form of proprietary virtual worlds built for select audiences such as teachers and students. Since launching in 2003, the online virtual community of Second Life ( has attracted over 800,000 dedicated “citizens” who are laying the foundations for widespread adoption of CVE.

In many ways, the growth of CVE mirrors the growth of the Web, as new functionalities and technologies transition from small scale prototypes constructed by researchers at great expense to large scale, rapidly growing mainstream products available to the general public. These products are not only used by many people, but are co-created by them. With the Web this was a matter of using hypertext to create websites, initially derived from various genres of print media, and soon evolving their own genres. In the case of CVE like Second Life (SL) users can create 3D artifacts, buildings, and social spaces where people interact. The social nature of Second Life is a critical component of understanding how it is, can, and should be used.

Already we see a range of museum-like activities occurring in Second Life. Physical museums are establishing a virtual presence. But also SL citizens are creating their own spaces – sometimes explicitly called museums, sometimes just having museum-like qualities. These experiments in a new medium can tell us a lot about what we should try to build next, as well as how we might want to inform and re-merge with our physical resources. SL museums can be about historical re-enactment, such as dressing up and walking around Ancient Rome with other citizens acting in character – a variant on Real Life (RL) re-enactments. There are SL museums containing digitizations of RL artifacts. There are other museums of ‘born digital’ artifacts created in SL which these museums collect, preserve and curate. There are outdoor sculpture parks. There are places that are more like art galleries, or venues to support Warhol-like art happenings. There are labels, lectures, tours, audio guides, docents, even museum shops.

The museum community has learned a great deal about reaching audiences in online and virtual environments. How does what we have learned apply in these new virtual spaces? What can the museum community contribute to the development of Second Life educational initiatives? What do we have to learn from avatar audiences and how do we measure and evaluate our success? What are the limitations and risks involved in representing your museum in these new spaces? How do RL museums work with citizen-created SL museum installations? This paper will present a census of current museum and museum-like activities in Second Life and related virtual communities. Drawing on the experience and lessons learned from past museum virtual environments, non-museum collaborative spaces, and recent research on learning in multiplayer online games, we will provide a guide for museums interested in establishing a virtual presence in Second Life.

Bunce/Midstates Travel Award – DEADLINE EXTENDED: Friday, February 9th, 2007!!

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Friday, February 9th, 2007!!

Dear ArLiSNAPers,

The deadline for applications for the William C. Bunce/ARLIS Midstates Travel Award has been extended to Friday, February 9th, 2007. See below for award history, criteria, and application procedures.

Please forward this information to any individuals whom you think would qualify for this award. Remember, it is not necessary to meet all criteria in order to be considered. Also, think about applying even if you are not currently enrolled in a degree program. For example, members who are new professionals or are not receiving institutional funding are encouraged to consider applying.
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William C. Bunce/ARLIS Midstates Travel Award

The ARLIS/Midstates chapter is pleased to offer its annual travel award of $500 for the 35th Annual ARLIS/NA conference in Atlanta. The 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.

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VRA: Kansas City Planning

Is anyone else going to the VRA conference in Kansas City? I’ve started a ArLiSNAP Kansas City Planning Google Group as a space where we can chat about our travel preparations, plans to meet up at the conference, or any fun sightseeing trip! Please join up – you can either read messages on the website or receive them via email!

Speaking of fun sightseeing, Megan has advised me of Oldenburg’s giant shuttlecocks at the Nelson Atkins . . . don’t forget your rackets!!

ALA Annual Conference Scholarship – 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant

The purpose of the 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant is to encourage professional development and participation by new ALA members in national ALA and NMRT activities. Applicants must be personal ALA/NMRT members who are working within the territorial United States.

3M’s Safety and Security Systems Division markets materials flow management products to libraries to prevent unauthorized borrowing and to streamline the flow of library materials. Since its inception in 1975, the grant has been awarded to over 100 NMRT members.

The 2007 grant will help finance attendance at the ALA Annual Conference in Washington D.C.

It covers round trip airfare, lodging, conference registration fees and some incidental expenses.

The selection of grant recipients rests solely with the 3M/NMRT Professional Development Grant Committee, composed of NMRT members.

Selection will take place at the ALA Midwinter Conference in Seattle, Washington in January 2007. Applicants need not be present.
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ALA Annual Conference Scholarship – Shirley Olofson Memorial Award

The Shirley Olofson Memorial Award is presented annually in honor of Shirley Olofson, a well-respected former NMRT (New Member’s Round Table) President, who died during her term in office. The award, which is intended to help defray costs to attend the ALA Annual Conference, will be presented in the form of a check for $1,000 during the 2007 Annual Conference in Washington D.C. The winner will be chosen in January at the ALA Midwinter Meeting. All applicants will be notified in February.
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Pyramid Atlantic’s 2006 Book Arts Fair and Conference

Pyramid Atlantic’s 2006 Book Arts Fair and Conference is fast approaching and if you intend to come WE STRONGLY ENCOURAGE YOU TO REGISTER IN ADVANCE TO AVOID LINES AT THE DOOR! We are excited to be featuring a fabulous lineup of exhibitors who will appeal to booklovers, art lovers, readers, and artists of all levels. Explore the media of artist books in which the uniquely bound structures and diverse
visual components enhance the viewer/reader’s experience of the book’s content.

This biennial event is one of the foremost book arts events in the nation. Fair attendees will be able to talk directly with nationally known artists and exhibitors about hand-bound fine press books, cutting edge artist books, handmade paper, letterpress printing, and much more.

9th Biennial Pyramid Atlantic Book Arts Fair and Conference
November 17, 18, & 19
NOAA Auditorium and Science Center
1301 East-West Highway, Silver Spring MD 20910

Fair Hours
11:00am-6:00pm Saturday, November 18th
10:00am-5:00pm Sunday, November 19th

Book Arts Fair & Conference: $65 (Students & Seniors: $35)
Book Arts Fair only: $15 (Students & Seniors $10)

Conference Speakers (1:00-4:00pm November 18th)
Clifton Meador
“How Does Book Arts Education Develop the Discipline?”
Clifton Meador is a book artist and Director of the Graduate Book Arts
Program at
Columbia College Chicago

Pattie Belle Hastings
“Digital Explorations in a Book Artist’s Practice”
Pattie Belle Hastings is a book artist and Professor of Interactive Digital
Design at
Quinnipiac College in New Haven.

Ward Tietz
“Artists’ Books: Between Reading and Viewing”
Ward Tietz is an artist and faculty member in visual literature at
Georgetown University

Exhibitions & Printing Events
Aleatoric Printing and the Opening Text, Friday Nov. 17, 12–4 PM
Book Arts Fair and Conference Opening Reception, Friday Nov. 17, 5-7 PM
Raptured Browsers: Books as Visual Language, Reception Saturday Nov. 18, 7–9 PM

New Voices 2: ARLIS/NA Annual Conference, Atlanta 2007

New Voices 2: Atlanta 2007
Organizer/Moderator: Sarah Falls

New Voices 2 showcases exceptional academic work by students and new professionals (under 5 years post MLS), including the Gerd Muesham award winning paper. For some of our participants, this may be a first-time opportunity to present their work at a professional conference. Veteran ARLIS members will have exposure to the sorts of issues that are being examined in library programs. This year, we have a range of topics, covering art and visual resources librarianship, new technologies that affect both and how these technologies can be utilized to direct ARLIS-NA as an organization, into the future.

1. Bryan Loar
MLIS, 2006
Kent State University
New Forms of Communication: Harnessing Collective Knowledge Through Web Logs

2. John Bowman
MLIS, 2006
University of British Columbia
Communities of Practice in the Visual Disciplines and on the Web 2.0

3. Claudia Dold and James Ascher
MLS Candidates
University of South Florida
Unlocking the stories of serendipitous cultural object collections with digital libraries

4. Claire Dannenbaum
MLIS, 2006
University of British Columbia
Working title: Integrating visual resources into library catalogues

5. Gerd Muesham Award winner