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Post-Conference Discussion and Meeting Minutes

Another great conference draws to a close! What were your favorite sessions? Learn something interesting you’d like to share? For first-time attendees, how was your experience? Anything you’d do differently? Let us know in the comments on this post.

If you weren’t able to make it to our annual meeting, you can catch up on the meeting minutes below.




ArLiSNAP Section Meeting Minutes

Sunday, May 4th, 2014

ARLIS/NA Annual Conference, Washington, DC

Penn Quarter A Room

8:00-9:00 am


Meeting called to order at 8:05 am. Seventeen people in attendance.



Co-Moderators Stephanie Grimm and Ellen Tisdale began the meeting with a welcome to new members and to all present. Brief introductions were given from each of the meeting’s participants. ArLiSNAP Liaisons were thanked for the work they have contributed to the blog over the past year. The incoming Co-Moderator for the 2014-2016 term, Rachel Schend, was introduced to the group via Skype.


Ellen shared some statistics regarding the ArLiSNAP blog from the past year, noting that individual visits had increased from 31,848 visitors between March 2012 and March 2013 to 34,346 visitors between March 2013 and March 2014. The preliminary results of the survey questions included in the election poll were also presented. While 40 people voted for the next Co-Moderator, not all respondents answered all survey questions. 65% chose to identify themselves as students, while 11% identified as new professionals, some claiming both. Most respondents (44%) follow the ArLiSNAP Facebook page to keep up with our news. When asked to rank five ArLiSNAP activities in order of importance, “professional development opportunities (webinars, courses, etc)” was often ranked most important, with an average score of 4.16 out of 5. “Job postings” were also considered important by many, scoring 3.40 on average; “discussion and news relevant to art librarianship” came in close behind, with an average score of 3.28. “Local chapter events and opportunities” scored 2.48 on average, and “conference attendance tips” scored 1.68. It was decided that these survey questions would be posted once more after the conference, in an effort to gain a more complete picture of member ideas and opinions.


Agenda and Discussion

The topic of which platform would be best to facilitate group discussion was brought forward, comparing blog comments, Facebook discussions, and twitter chats. Turning the Facebook page into a Group was suggested, as members could exert more control over how often ArLiSNAP posts appear in their news feed, and the group would be listed on the left sidebar of their Facebook page. The idea of a weekly digest of blog posts via mailchimp was also put forward for consideration, as a way to promote discussion posts and encourage participation. It was noted that the blog is a good central place for discussion, as it is possible to comment anonymously.


The question of what needs are being unfulfilled by the blog was raised next. Participants noted that more could be done to reach out to various student groups, and support for students hoping to build an art librarianship student group in their institution could be improved. Information and ideas for forming student groups could be added to the resources available on the blog. The current listing of resources should also be updated, including investigation into the availability of a more recent edition of the bibliography of art librarianship that is currently available.


Liaison roles were discussed next, with the possibility of a quarterly liaison chat raised. This general discussion could be extended to members interested in sharing ideas and comments. A chat could be arranged through GoToMeeting with the support of TEI, or alternatively as a Google Hangout. The need to reorganize and tidy up the GoogleSite used for liaison documents was also addressed. A further suggestion to change liaison roles was to have liaisons specialize in topics that interest them, in a similar way to ARLIS/NA’s SIGs. Specialized liaisons could share news and resources relevant to their topic, and help to enrich the resources available on the blog.


Internships were the following topic for discussion, with participants sharing their experiences with and opinions of unpaid work. It was suggested that new professionals should be encouraged to set standards for the unpaid internships they take, ensuring that this experience will build their skill set. Another suggestion was that members could encourage institutions to apply for grants to support paid internships. A resource page could be created on the blog to provide advice for internship seekers.


Other improvements to the blog were suggested, such as drawing inspiration and resources from blogs like INALJ and hiringlibrarians.com. Information about how to have your work published would also be beneficial for readers, and it was suggested that ARLIS Multimedia & Technology Reviews be promoted as a good opportunity for publication for those new to the profession. It was noted that the blog will likely be changing to a new platform in the near future, so while it would be useful to begin gathering resources and information, substantial redesign of the blog will not be pursued until the future platform is established.


Meeting adjourned at 9:00 am.



We’re just a few short days away from the start of ARLIS/NA 2014 in Washington, DC! Keep ArLiSNAP in mind as you plan your conference activities – we’ve got two official events lined up for the week.

ArLiSNAP’s Night Out (Annual Pub-stop)
Friday, May 2 – 8:30pm, Capitol City Brewing Company

Your Dumbarton Oaks after party! Join us for drinks and friendly conversation – we’ll start at Capitol City Brewing Company, conveniently located across the street from the Washington Grand Hyatt conference center.


ArLiSNAP Annual Business Meeting
Sunday, May 4 – 8:00am, Penn Quarter A

Join ArLiSNAP to discuss issues of relevance to art library students and new professionals, including all of the latest developments and ongoing projects from the group and our members. Agenda forthcoming.

Friday Lunchtime Chat: Destination D.C.

Destination D.C.: Developing Your 2014 ARLIS/NA Conference Experience
Lunchtime Chat: Friday, April 18th, 2014
11am Pacific, 12pm Mountain, 1pm Central, 2pm Eastern

Please join us for an informal and informative discussion about the ARLIS/NA community and our upcoming conference! Learn more about fun things to do in D.C., tips for getting the most out of your conference experience, resources available for first-time attendees, and how to get involved in ARLIS/NA. This pre-conference Lunchtime Chat with Roger Lawson and Megan Halsband (Program Co-Chairs) and Anne Simmons and Kathy Woodrell (Local Arrangements Co-Chairs) is your chance to ask questions, share advice, and get ready for our meeting!

Chat link: https://mtholyoke.adobeconnect.com/ris-alice
Chats are free and anyone may attend. Chat transcript will be posted after the chat.

ARLIS/NA Conference Attendees: Vote for a Pubstop!



For all those who can join us for the pubstop in Washington, we want to hear from you! We have two interesting options close to the conference hotel so far:

Capitol City Brewing Company: right across from the hotel, lots of beer choices, basic pub food.

Co Co Sala: Chocolate boutique with a full menu, some items more expensive.

If you have another spot in mind, leave your suggestion in the comments below!

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Volunteers needed: be a Librarian Wardrobe photographer at ARLIS/NA 2014!

Calling all fashion and photography enthusiasts! Volunteer photographers are needed to capture ARLIS/NA members’ legendary style for the Librarian Wardrobe blog — http://librarianwardrobe.com.

For inspiration — here are last year’s photographers and their pics from Pasadena. It’s wonderful that Librarian Wardrobe has agreed to partner with ARLIS/NA again for our conference in D.C.

In order to volunteer be you should be…

  • An information professional or LIS student
  • Willing to share a photo and short bio of yourself on LW
  • Able to collect at least 3-5 photos during the conference
  • Comfortable engaging with fellow conference-goers. Photos must be taken with consent (no candid pics) and include the photographed subject’s position/job title, type of library, and location.

Click here to sign up!

If selected you’ll be introduced to LW’s admins, in order to submit your info and photos to LW directly. Please sign up by April 7, 2014.

Last Call: Join us at the DC Lofty hostel in Washington!



Arlisnappers are currently reserving spots in an all-female dorm room at DC Lofty, and would like to invite any conference attendees who have yet to arrange their lodging in Washington to join us! Contact Ellen (ellen.j.tisdale[at]gmail[dot]com) for more details.

With the conference approaching in just a few weeks, it’s time to decide which sessions to attend! Which ones are you looking forward to the most? If you have any questions about the conference, post them on our blog or facebook page. For those who can’t make it to the conference this year, which sessions are you most interested in hearing about? ArLiSNAP writers will share what they learned in a few sessions after the conference, so be sure to let us know which ones interest you the most!

Reminder: Reserve your spot for conference lodging with other ArLiSNAP members!


If you’re looking to share a room at the Grand Hyatt or the nearby DC Lofty hostel, get in touch with co-moderator Ellen (ellen.j.tisdale[at]gmail[dot]com). More details about lodging options can be found here.

Early bird pricing for conference registration ends March 20th! See details here. Early rate and regular rate is the same for students, but for members who are not students the price does increase after March 20th.

Lodging for conference attendees: reserve your spot!


According to our poll last week, most respondents are interested in sharing a room at the Grand Hyatt or in a hostel nearby. The best deal for hostel rooms seems to be at the DC Lofty hostel, just six blocks north from the conference hotel. Have a look at the room pricing options on their website – prices range from a four-bed female dorm for $42.68 per person per night to an eight-bed mixed dorm for $32.76 per person per night.

If you would like to get in on this chance to save some money at the conference this year, email co-moderator Ellen Tisdale (ellen.j.tisdale[at]gmail[dot]com). Include the nights you will be in Washington and your lodging preferences (all female, all male or mixed rooms). If you are looking for a roommate to share a room at the grand Hyatt, email Ellen with the same information and she will get you connected. Remember that reduced conference rates at the Grand Hyatt are only available until March 28!

Poll: Lodging for conference attendees!


We want to help make this conference as easy and accessible for arlisnappers as possible. For that reason, we are exploring the different lodging options available. If you would like to share a room with other members, we would love to hear from you! Which of the following options would you prefer?

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For an idea of pricing at the Grand Hyatt, have a look at the conference website.

For an idea of hostel pricing, have a look at the options listed here.

If you have other ideas or tips for conference lodging, leave us a comment here! If you would like to get in contact with other members looking for roomies, send your preferences (male or female, the dates you will be arriving and leaving Washington) to co-moderator Ellen (ellen.j.tisdale(at)gmail(dot)com).

Looking forward to seeing you in Washington DC!

Washington, DC Conference Networking Program

You’re invited to participate in the Conference Networking Program in Washington, DC!

If you are attending your first or second ARLIS/NA conference you may have questions or want help developing your professional network. The Conference Networking 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 excellent opportunity to make a significant impact in your profession at a personal level. Conference veterans are expected to contact their newbie prior to the conference, meet with them the first or second day at the conference, discuss the structure and workings of the organization, give conference-attending tips, and introduce new members to others at any events to help that person build his or her own network within the organization. The estimated time commitment is a couple hours, spread over the course of the conference.

Those requesting Conference Networking partners will be matched based on the information drawn from the registration form by coordinators from the Professional Development Committee. Both mentors and newcomers will be notified before the conference.

Prerequisites to be a mentor are to have attended one or more recent ARLIS conference and be reasonably well acquainted with the organization. The only prerequisite for newcomers is to be a first or second time conference attendee.

This is a fun and collegial program that has had much success and positive feedback! Both veterans and newcomers have found the program greatly enhances their conference experience.

Please submit the registration form by April 15: http://goo.gl/Y7jT9V

If you have any questions, please contact Caley Cannon (ccannon@scad.edu) or Maggie Portis (mportis@pratt.edu).