Free Webinar this afternoon! ARLIS/NA and ACRL Arts on Info-Lit and Visual Literacy

Somehow I missed seeing this earlier, but I just registered and I think I should be able to attend, despite the post saying that registration closed yesterday.

The Professional Development Committee’s Education Subcommittee has joined forces with Arts Section of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) to present the webinar “Using the ACRL Framework to Incorporate Visual and Digital Literacies into Instruction” on November 6 at 1:00 p.m. (CT), 2:00 p.m. (ET).

Librarianship affords the opportunity to create flexible and inclusive information literacy instruction that is informed by the ACRL Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education and the Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education for Higher Education. The webinar presentations will highlight strategies using the ACRL standards and framework to introduce students to diverse systems of thought and artistic production and allow students to gain transferable skills that can be applied in other disciplines and professional experiences.

The webinar’s guest presenters are:

Nicole Beatty, arts and humanities librarian, Weber State University. The presentation is titled “Standards and Frames: Teaching with Mami Wata.”

Amber Welch, art librarian & instructional technology consultant, Mount Holyoke College. The presentation is titled 
“Engaging Students in New Modes of Research: WordPress for Digital Art History Projects.”

The webinar moderator is 
Alexander Watkins, art & architecture librarian, University of Colorado Boulder.

The event is reserved for ARLIS/NA and ACRL Arts members. Registration will close on November 5, 2015, one day before the webinar. For assistance, contact 
The webinar will be recorded and the video will be made available on the Learning Portal within two weeks after the webinar. 

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.


Free Lecture/Webcast: Rick Prelinger Speaks at the Toronto Internation Film Festival Centre

TIFF Higher Learning presents:

*Reel Heritage – Rick Prelinger on The Future of Memory

*Friday October 23, 11am12:30pm EST*

In recent years, traditional moving-image archives have faced challenges
from the dramatic shift towards digital production and distribution, the
effective end of photochemical preservation technology, the marginalization
of the theatrical viewing experience, and the public demand for universal,
instant and free access to media. In this public talk, Rick Prelinger,
Founder of the Prelinger Archives and Associate Professor of Film & Digital
Media at UC Santa Cruz, sets out a number of possible visions for the
future of archives, and discusses some of the innovations that many
cultural heritage institutions have already begun to experiment with today.

Rick Prelinger founded Prelinger Archives in 1982. This collection of
60,000 advertising, educational, industrial and amateur films is now held
by Library of Congress. In 2000 he collaborated with Internet Archive to
build an open-access, freely downloadable digital moving-image collection
that now contains over 6,500 titles. He has made seventeen urban history
compilation films and two experimental feature films that have played at
venues around the world. He currently is a professor of film and digital
media at the University of California, Santa Cruz.

*Watch the live stream:*

*Attend in-person:* Tickets are free and are available two hours before the
event’s start time at the Steve & Rashmi Gupta Box Office at TIFF Bell
Lightbox, located at Reitman Square, 350 King Street West.

This event is part of TIFF’s Reel Heritage initiative, an on-going series
of educational sessions dedicated to the access to and management of moving
image collections in Ontario and beyond. Through panel discussions,
workshops, film screenings and networking sessions, Reel Heritage will
bring together scholars, archivists, filmmakers, curators, and
postsecondary students to examine the opportunities and challenges faced by
both large moving image collections and smaller repositories, such as those
found in regional archives and small libraries.

This event will also be added to Higher Learning Digital Resource Hub
<> for the benefit of postsecondary
students, faculty and practitioners.

ARLIS/NA New England’s “Virtual Snapshot: What’s up with Art librarianship?” webinar on 11/9/15

The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), New England Chapter invites you to join us for a virtual tour of the art library/visual resources profession on Monday, November 9, 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm EST.
Whether you’re an art library veteran, art library-curious, or somewhere in between this will be an illuminating look at some of the exciting work happening in the field. ARLIS/NA or regional chapter membership is not required for attendance.
To register for this free event, please visit: Note that the webinar meeting space will open at 7 pm EST, and the official event start time is 7:30 pm EST.
Speakers and topics include:
Jesi Buell, Instructional Design and Web Librarian, Colgate University
Information and Visual Literacy Instruction Tools
Digital Learning Objects (DLOs) are examples of a successful Blended Learning tool at Colgate University. These interactive, digital tutorials allow for student learning outside the classroom which increases time in Library sessions, put lessons in context, and encourages autodidactism. This presentation will show examples, give advice on best practices, and explain how the Instructional Design Librarian plans on putting together a visual literacy DLO.
Jasmine Burns, Image Technologies and Visual Literacy Librarian, Indiana University Bloomington
Visual Resource Collection Management
During this presentation, I will discuss my plans for a large data migration from a homegrown institutional image repository (created by my predecessor in the mid-1990s) into ARTstor’s SharedShelf. I will give a background of the structure and uses of current system, map out my overall migration plan, and share my projected timeline for the process.
Sarah Carter, Director, Bridwell Art Library at the University of Louisville
Creative Outreach and Programming
The Bridwell Art Library connected the artistic practice of self portraits to a wider audience by designing and implementing a social media campaign highlighting “Shelfies in Art History.” This presentation will focus on the collaborative exhibit design and promotion that made the exhibit and social media campaign a success with not only our patrons, but within the wider community of Louisville.
Lareese Hall, Architecture + Art Librarian, Massachusetts Institute of Technology 
Artists’ Book Collections
If you had to use just six books in your artists’ book collection to explain your collection philosophy what would you choose? This is the premise for a video series that looks at artists’ books in academic environments and at what it means to “collect”.
The presentations will be followed by some Q&A time.
If you’re never attended a webinar before or would like assistance with the technical logistics, please don’t hesitate to reach out.
Hope to see you on 11/9!
Ashley Peterson (ARLIS/NA NE Chapter President)
Amber Welch (ARLIS/NA NE Chapter Secretary)
Webinar Co-Moderators

ARLIS/NA + VRA Annual Conference 2016: now with a THATcamp!

Our delightful friends on the joint conference team have put together a THATcamp for the 2016 Conference in Seattle, WA. It’s the day before the conference, Tuesday March 8 2016:

What is THATCamp?

THATCamp stands for “The Humanities and Technology Camp.” It is an unconference: an open, inexpensive meeting where humanists and technologists of all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot. This allows for a more informal, collaborative atmosphere compared to a typical conference setting.

Who should come?

All are welcome! The organizers of the THATCamp are an enthusiastic working group of both ARLIS/NA and VRA members, but this event is open to the public. Non-ARLIS/NA and VRA members are encouraged to attend!

How to register?:

Attendance is limited to 75 participants to ensure a lively and engaged atmosphere. Apply now to let us know why you want to attend and what ideas you want to share. Registration is free and open from October 12th – November 13th. Register here.

I’m really looking forward to see what gets made during this session. And hey, the Travel Awards are open for submission now, too!

The ARLIS/NA Travel Awards Committee is pleased to announce the following Travel Awards for attending the 3rd joint conference of ARLIS/NA + VRA, to be held in Seattle, Washington, March 8-12, 2016.

Details about the conference can be found here:

The application form for the awards can be found here:

More information about the Travel Awards can be found on the ARLIS/NA website:

Several awards are available to students and non-ARLIS members.  Please feel free to send this announcement to others who might benefit from attending our wonderful conference!

Application deadline for all conference travel awards: Monday, November 9, 2015 at 12:00 pm EST.

The ARLIS/NA + VRA Joint Conference 2016 Travel Awards are open!

The ARLIS/NA Travel Awards Committee is pleased to announce the following Travel Awards for attending the 3rd joint conference of ARLIS/NA + VRA, to be held in Seattle, Washington, March 8-12, 2016.

Details about the conference can be found here:

The application form for the awards can be found here:

More information about the Travel Awards can be found on the ARLIS/NA website:

Several awards are available to students and non-ARLIS members.  Please feel free to send this announcement to others who might benefit from attending our wonderful conference!

Application deadline for all conference travel awards: Monday, November 9, 2015 at 12:00 pm EST.

Awards Open to Current Members:

Conference Attendance Award (1 award/$1000)

Eligibility: Individual member who serves as a committee member, group moderator, and/or chapter officer.
Purpose: To encourage participation in ARLIS/NA by assisting conference attendance by committee members, chapter officers, and moderators, of divisions, sections, and round tables.

Andrew Cahan Photography Award ($1000)

Eligibility: Members who are actively involved in the field of photography through reference, research, or bibliographic work.
Purpose: To encourage participation of members active in the field of photography who could not attend the conference without financial assistance.

Student Conference Attendance Award ($1000)

Eligibility: Student members who are active participants in ARLIS/NA and are currently enrolled in an accredited graduate program in Library Studies and/or Information Studies or have recently graduated (within 12 mos. of graduation).
Purpose: To encourage participation in ARLIS/NA by assisting students considering a career in art librarianship or visual resources to attend the annual ARLIS/NA conference.

 Awards Open to All Eligible Applicants:

Student Diversity Award for Conference Attendance ($1000)

Eligibility: Students from a traditionally under-represented group who are currently enrolled in an accredited graduate program in Library Studies and/or Information Studies or have recently graduated (within 12 mos. of graduation).
Purpose: To encourage multicultural students considering a career in art librarianship or visual resources to participate in the activities of ARLIS/NA.

Howard Karno Award ($1000)

Eligibility: Art librarians residing in Latin America or Art Librarians residing in North America working with significant Latin American art/architecture research collections or researching subjects or themes related to Latin American art/architecture.
Purpose: To encourage professional development of art librarians who work to advance the study of Latin American art through interaction with ARLIS/NA colleagues and conference participation.

Judith A. Hoffberg Student Award for Conference Attendance ($1000)

Sponsored by the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) the Judith A. Hoffberg Student Award for Conference Attendance is given annually in honor of the founding of ARLIS/NA and its first president. The Art Libraries Society of North America was founded in 1972 by a group of art librarians attending the American Library Association annual conference in Chicago at the initiative of Judith Hoffberg.

Eligibility: Students who are currently enrolled in an accredited graduate program in Library Studies and/or Information Studies or have recently graduated (within 12 mos. of graduation).
Purpose: To encourage students considering a career in art librarianship or visual resources to participate in the activities of ARLIS/NA.

New early-career scholarship from Wiley: Travel reimbursements for library conferences

Win a $1,500 grant to attend a library conference!

Wiley is offering three (3) $1,500 reimbursement grants to attend a library conference of their choice:

  • ALA Midwinter
  • ER&L
  • MLA
  • SLA
  • ALA Annual

All early career (first five years) academic and research librarians and ML(I)S students in the US and Canada are eligible to apply. Apply now.

Applicants must complete a brief questionnaire and submit documentation of a thoughtful, 7 to 10 question interview with an academic or research librarian about the changing roles of librarians. We are encouraging applicants to be creative with their questions and the presentation of the interview (all forms of interview accepted—video, audio, transcript, etc.). View the official contest rules.

Applications are due by November 20, 2015. All winners will be selected by November 30, 2015.

Only you can say if you’d be willing to take money from Wiley. I took money from ProQuest, so I couldn’t comment anyways.

ARLIS/NA Southeast Annual Conference Call for Presentations

The Art Libraries Society of North America Southeast Chapter Annual Conference is in Atlanta, Georgia this year! You are invited to submit Lightning Round and paper proposals for this event. Please share the following information with interested colleagues, faculty, and students.

ARLIS/SE Chapter Conference
November 12-13, 2015

Art Librarians in Action: A Call for Lightning Round Talks and Presentation Proposals

The Art Libraries Society of North America’s Southeast Chapter (ARLIS/SE) invites members and prospective members to submit proposals that highlight recently launched or newly completed activities in your library. For example:

• New additions to your collection, your online resources, your facility.
• Innovative approaches to visual/information literacy instruction.
• Initiating and planning special events and activities.
• Mentoring of MLS/MLIS students and recent graduates in the field, career support, etc.
• Makerspace projects, exhibition galleries or other user-centered creative spaces.

We are interested in hearing about any new initiatives you’d like to share. We hope to hear from you!

Lightning Round Talks will be approximately 10 minutes in length and will be presented after the business meeting on the morning of November 12th. Presentations will be 20 minutes in length and take place at the Atlanta Public Library in the afternoon of Friday, November 13th. Audiovisual equipment will be provided.

Please submit a proposed title, 100-200 word abstract, and your contact information to Marty Miller, Art & Design Librarian, Louisiana State University, The deadline for proposal submissions is Friday, October 2. Participants will be notified regarding their acceptance by Wednesday October 7th.

More information about this year’s ARLIS/SE Chapter Conference is available at our website: ARLIS/SE is the Southeast Chapter of ARLIS/NA, the Art Libraries Society of North America and serves professionals who reside in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, Tennessee, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Conference website:

ArLiSNAP'S Night Out

Friday, March 20 – 8:30 pm, T&P Tavern

Join us after the Welcome Reception for some drinks and food!  Meet other students and new professionals to discuss your conference experience in an informal setting.The T&P Tavern is located just a couple blocks from the conference hotel making it a convenient walk. We hope to see you there!

Student Research Paper Award from ASIS&T: “What do Information and Technology Mean to the Arts and Humanities?”

The deadline for this award is March 25th, 2015 – it appears to be only open to current students, not recent graduates, although you might want to confirm that via email if you’re interested. The monetary award amount will be announced in February for both the Masters and PhD prizes; winners are invited to present their research during the virtual Symposium in April, and may possibly be invited to present during the ASIS&T Annual Conference in November.


Call for Student Papers: “What do Information and Technology Mean to the Arts and Humanities?”

SUBMISSION DEADLINE: Wednesday, March 25, 2015

FINALIST NOTIFICATION: Friday, April 10, 2015

FINALIST PRESENTATIONS: Wednesday, April 22 or Thursday, April 23, 2015

The Special Interest Group for Arts and Humanities (SIG-AH) and the Special Interest Group for Visualization, Images, & Sound (SIG-VIS) of the Association for Information Science & Technology (ASIS&T) are seeking papers for a Master’s and PhD student research paper award. Finalists will be invited to present their research during a virtual Symposium in the spring (April 22 and 23) and two (2) winners will receive a Best Student Paper award and cash prize. Winners may also receive an invitation to present on a possible panel at the 2015 Annual Conference in St. Louis (November 6-10).


The contest theme “What do Information and Technology Mean to the Arts and Humanities?” is open-ended to invite participation from a variety of theoretical and empirical perspectives on the topic. We encourage graduate-level submissions from a broad range of disciplines including arts, humanities, library and information science, and computer science. Papers should explore the role or application of information and technology in the arts and humanities and may include, but are not limited to, past research, case studies, and current projects in the areas of:

  • eHumanities/arts and humanities eScience
  • Digital reference and eResearch discovery platforms
  • Text/data mining and the use of large-scale corpora
  • Scholarly communications and digital publishing
  • Data visualization
  • The role of information technology in managing images and audiovisual resources
  • The use of images and audiovisual resources in information practices
  • Digital Humanities
  • Technology implementation projects
  • Research assessment and altmetrics

(The list is meant to be illustrative, not prescriptive.)

Who is Eligible?

Submissions can be made as a single author or a group of authors, including collaborations between students from different institutions. All submitted works should be previously unpublished. Authors do NOT need to be members of ASIS&T. All research is expected to be purely the students’ work. Research undertaken as part of a course, an internship experience, or a thesis project is eligible. Authors are required to secure any necessary permissions related to research findings from internships and thesis projects being used in this research competition.

Requirements & Selection Criteria

While the contest theme and eligibility are open, papers should show an appropriate level of writing and should include an advanced theoretical or empirical discussion, methodology or analysis. Paper submissions must adhere to the following guidelines:

  • Word .doc or .docx format
  • 10 single-spaced pages or less (approximately 4,000 words), 12 pt. font, and must follow a standard citation style (APA preferred). Tables, graphs, images, etc…may appear within the body of the text.
  • Author names should not appear anywhere in the main text
  • Separate cover page with title, author names, institutional affiliations, and abstract of 250 words or less

Submission details should be made via electronic form and final papers emailed by the March 25, 2015 deadline (details below).

Papers will be selected based on the following criteria: relevance of topic to the contest theme, originality of research and approach, and quality of student writing. Papers not meeting these requirements may be excluded from the contest.

Spring 2015 Symposium

Finalists will be invited to present their research during a virtual Symposium on April 22 and 23, 2015. The Symposium will highlight student research projects amidst the larger discussion of the applications and uses of information and technology in the arts and humanities. Finalists will be selected based on the selection criteria above, as well as the possible contribution of the research to the Symposium.


Two (2) finalist papers may be awarded for Best Master’s/MLIS Student Paper or Best PhD Student Paper, including a monetary prize. Based on the quality of submissions, additional awards may be made for merit-worthy papers.

Award monetary prize amounts will be announced in February.

Winners may be invited to present on a possible panel at the 2015 ASIS&T Annual Conference in St. Louis, MO, November 6-10, 2015 (pending panel acceptance on the Conference schedule).

Submission and Deadline

Authors are invited to submit papers, based on the requirements and selection criteria above, by filling out the form at and emailing the final paper to ASIST.SIGAH {at} before 11:59 pm PST, March 25, 2015.

Please ensure the information submitted on the web form matches the final paper submission cover page. Finalist and Best Paper selections will be made by a panel of judges.

If you have any questions, please email Jeremy McLaughlin at Jeremy.mclaughlin {at}

Student Research Paper Award details:                                                                            

Student Research Paper Award Submission Form:                              

ARLIS/NA Affiliates session at the College Art Association conference in 2015

*Please excuse cross-postings*


Please mark your calendars and join us for the ARLIS/NA Affiliated Society Session at CAA on Thursday, February 12, 2015 5:30-7:00 pm:

CAA 103rd Annual Conference

Hilton New York – Petit Trianon, 3rd Floor

1335 Avenue of the Americas, New York, NY

ARLIS/NA Affiliated Society Session – Thursday, February 12, 2015

5:30-7:00 pm

Documenting artists: creating, collecting, and preserving ephemeral material

Session Abstract

Librarians, archivists and scholars have long recognized that unique valuable artist information often only exists in ephemeral objects: early career postcards, flyers, press releases. Institutions have a legacy of collecting this information. The names of these collections are varied, often called artist archives or artist files, but the goal the same: to document artists’ legacy through collections of ephemera, publications, and press. As the use of these materials in scholarship rises and influence on curatorial practice is evident with the increased inclusion of archival material in exhibitions, how are institutions innovating to maximize access?


Tony White (Co-Moderator)

Director of Decker Library, Maryland Institute College of Art

Francine Snyder (Co-Moderator)

Director, Library & Archives, Guggenheim Museum

From Marginal to Mainstream: Art Ephemera as Research Material at RKD

Roman Koot

Head, Library & Archives, Netherlands Institute for Art History

The RKD – Netherlands Institute for Art History – manages a collection of more than 2 million items of art and artist’s ephemera (invitations, leaflets, posters, etc.) and press material. The collection, which concentrates on modern and contemporary art, is the result of many years of collecting. It includes many precious items by and on (international) conceptual artists etc. The material is being used by scholars, curators and students as primary source material and serves as an important complement to the RKD extensive collections of reproductions, archives and books and catalogues.

In 2014/2015 a selection of art-historically important printed ephemera from the period 1800 to 1960 is being digitized (app. 12.000 items). After digitization these items will be made available through the RKD’s publicly accessible collection databases. By adding relevant metadata integrated searches will be possible via the search engine RKD Explore ( At the same time a pilot has been started to include digital born ephemera into the collection databases.

Artist Files Initiative at the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art in Kansas City: Supporting Artists and Community Engagement

Marilyn Carbonell

Head, Library Services, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

The Spencer Art Reference Library of the Nelson-Atkins Museum is leading a partnership with Kansas City’s artists with community support through the Artist Files Initiative.  Engaging our community is a major focus of the Nelson’s strategic plan. Through this artist-curated documentation project, participants actively partner with the library to preserve the legacy of their active careers.  Area artists have responded very positively to the project, which provides online discovery to through OCLC WorldCat and the library catalog.  The library uses social media to highlight participating artists.  This museum library project is differentiated by its support from local artists’ organizations, galleries, business leaders, museum leaders and community arts organizations.  The rich trove of documentary information is available for art reference enquiries and for social, cultural and economic studies of artists’ contributions to their community.  The project can be replicated in any community by a public, academic or museum library.

Making the Fleeting Permanent: The “Winnipeg Effect” and Communities of Collaboration

Liv Valmestad

Art Librarian, University of Manitoba

This paper will highlight projects involving the archiving and collecting of artist materials that have been undertaken in Winnipeg, Canada, such as Prairie Prestige, UM Public Art Project, and the upcoming Winnipeg Effect. These endeavours represent a variety of collaborative efforts among universities, libraries, archives, and many cultural organizations. The Winnipeg Effect provides an excellent case study, and functions as an overarching umbrella, bringing together the four prongs/sectors of visual cultural in Winnipeg: art institutions and organizations; art dealers’ archives, institutional archives and archives of individual artists; educators; and members of the public. Materials will be assembled in collaboration with over 26 art institutions and organizations including artist-run centres, non-profit cultural organizations, and public art galleries and museums. Issues such as copyright, funding, collecting, storage, and accessibility will be discussed. By actively preserving what is happening today, for the art history of tomorrow, these projects benefit students, researchers, and the greater cultural community.

The Future of Artist Files: Here Today Gone Tomorrow

Samantha Deutch (co-presenter)

Assistant Director, Center for the History of Collecting, The Frick Collection, Frick Art Reference Library

Sally McKay (co-presenter)

Head of Special Collections Services, Research Library, Getty Research Institute

The information Art Librarians have saved and provided access to researchers which once was provided in paper form and kept as Artist Files is now only available digitally and while many people believe that art galleries and artists are preserving this information, they are not.

The Artist Files Special Interest Group of the Art Libraries Society of North America has been exploring ways to preserve and provide access to this information. Co-Moderators Sally McKay and Samantha Deutch will discuss, in addition to another collaborative project, a National Directory, formed by the group in 2007, which helps users locate these often elusive materials. The other collaborative initiative currently involves representatives from four separate Institutions using Archive-it to capture, store, and provide access to this information, now and in the future.