Patricia Gimenez – ARLIS/NA 1st Timer Experience

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Patricia Gimenez, attendee & ArLiSNAP follower, wrote about her experience at the annual conference here.

Armed with my ArLiSNAP Conference Survival Guide brochure, a packed schedule, and a folder full of resumes, I arrived at the Boston World Trade Center on Friday evening open to any and all experiences.

Thanks for the shout out Patricia.  We hope you had a great time, and we look forward to seeing you in Minneapolis too!

Did you write about your experience, or would you like to share about what you liked/disliked about the annual conference?  Please write and/or post a link in the comments!

Minutes from Boston meeting

Please find minutes from our recent discussion at the annual conference below.  Feel free to leave questions, comments, or corrections!

ArLiSNAP Special Interest Group Meeting Minutes
April 25, 2010, 2:30-3:30pm
ARLIS/NA annual conference, Boston, MA

Meeting called to order at approximately 2:35pm.  Twenty-five people in attendance.

For the second year, a survey was developed to gauge members’ needs, concerns, and preferences.  At the start of the meeting, each meeting participant (with the co-moderators as the exeption) completed a survey.  Additionally, an electronic version of the survey was announced on ARLIS-L, arlisnap.org, and ArLiSNAP’s Facebook page.  The electronic survey will be open until May 3.  After which time, the results will be posted on arlisnap.org and ArLiSNAP’s Facebook page.  The co-moderators will prompt a group analysis and solicit comments in the post.

Discussion topics:

Co-moderators report of past year’s activities, including activities by Tracy and Bryan and by those who volunteered at 2009’s meeting for additional positions.  Based on suggestion, a volunteer directory will be posted to blog in future.

Mentorship discussed as an opportunity that can profit both mentors and mentees.  Suggestion raised that mentorship opportunity be created for those that would like a mentor with experience and leadership in the profession in exchange for providing technical assistance and contributing knowledge about emerging technologies.

Topics of interest for future conferences include: deciding between professional or support staff positions and resume review sessions.

Relevance of job posting on blog discussed since so few jobs are coming on the market at the moment.  Consensus in discussion was that arlisnap.org should continue posting.  Arlisnap.org has become a destination for job postings because its service collocates specific art-related postings from multiple sources.  As a result, users save time by visiting arlisnap.org.

Suggestions for additional content for the blog include more workshop content, including regional and web-based opportunities.

The relevance of using the blog as a discussion tool was talked about in detail.  Some in attendance articulated that they didn’t feel comfortable expressing uncertainty about topics in a public sphere.   Those in attendance were encouraged to keep posting relevant resources that would be of interest to others with the goal of encouraging the dissemination of information.  Stats show that posts are being actively read, even if replies are scarce.

Outreach was also discussed.  A question emerged as to how to best reach out to chapters and/or student groups of potential members at individual universities.   Chapter representatives in attendance are encouraging that ArLiSNAP be in contact directly with schools.  One possible solution to this might be to have a future volunteers designated as student-liaisons.

Call for election of new co-moderator will be posted to blog within a week after the meeting date (May 2, 2010).  Applicants will have the opportunity to post their nominations to arlisnap.org over a one-week period, and the election will be held from the May 10th to the 17th.  Final results will be announced to the elected co-moderator and posted on the blog on May 18th.  Any interested candidates are encouraged to apply or to contact Tracy or Bryan with questions.

Meeting adjourned at 3:30pm.

Internship Award Open Forum at Conference

Students,

Please join the ARLIS/NA Internship Award Sub-committee and previous winners of the Internship Award at an open forum discussing applying for the award and internship experiences Saturday April 24 at 5:00pm in Commonwealth CD,  Section C.

The members of the ARLIS/NA Internship Award Sub-Committee

Rina Vecchiola (chair)

Greta Bahnemann

Amy Ballmer

Eumie Imm Stroukoff

Martha González Palacios

Announcing the 2010 ArLiSNAP Pub Stop!

We’re pleased to announce this year’s Pub Stop event, scheduled for Friday, April 23. We’ll plan to depart from the Welcome Party at around 9pm and head over to The Barking Crab, located at 88 Sleeper Street about a 10 minute walk from the hotel. A map is included on our crustacean-adorned fliers (see above), which will be distributed at the registration desk and newbie orientation event next week.

For those attending the conference for the first time, the Pub event is organized by ArLiSNAP to promote general introductions and levity amongst members. We sincerely hope to see you there.

Tracy

Recorder Needed: The Engaged Librarian

I too, am looking for a recorder for our panel discussion at the annual conference.

Our discussion is on Saturday the 24th in the 1-2:30pm slot :

Session E:
The Engaged Librarian: Knowledge, Outreach, and Integration for Targeted Service
Two librarians share their research findings and solutions to the difficult problem of getting fine arts faculty and students into the library. By employing different service outreach techniques which specifically targeted these users unique needs, our panelists increased patron knowledge of library resources as well as improved the visibility and perceived value of the library and its staff. Attendees will enjoy lively presentations and take away methodologies which they can apply to their organizations.
Moderator
Sylvia Welsh, Librarian/Archivist, Payette Associates
Speakers
Thesis Committees: Integrating Instruction and Research Into Studio Culture
Yuki Hibben, Collection Librarian for the Arts, James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University
Improving Outreach to Graduate Students: Learning from Graduate Fellows
Dena Kinney, Director, Outreach and Research Services Fine Arts and Design, Fine Arts and Design Library, University Libraries, University of New Mexico

Sylvia Welsh, MS LIS, Librarian, LEED AP BD+C
Tel: 617-895-1148 Fax: 617-895-1002

swelsh [at] payette [dot] com

P  A  Y  E  T  T  E
285 Summer Street Boston MA 02210
Main Tel: 617-895-1000 Main Fax: 617-895-1002 www.payette.com

Recorder Needed: Confronting the Future

Good morning!   I, too, am seeking a recorder for Session A: “Confronting the Future: Articulating Purpose, Documenting Value” to be held on Saturday, April 24, from 9:00-10:00 AM.   This session will feature two of your favorite colleagues–Jeanne Brown and Jolene de Verges–known for their wisdom and insight in creatively confronting challenging times like these.    Please contact me if you are interested in recording the session, described below:

Confronting the Future: Articulating Purpose, Documenting Value
In this time of great economic uncertainty and fear for the survival of libraries as we know them, we look for creative ways of “future-proofing” the art library and visual resources professions. Whether defending branch services and collections from the onslaught of internal budget cuts, or reshaping our visual resources services and collections to meet the changing external market, we are compelled to identify and effectively share how our libraries are valued. Jeanne Brown will address strategies for using and presenting data within the library and to the larger institution. Jolene de Verges will present ARTstor’s “Shared Shelf” as a model that is giving rise to radically altered roles for VR professionals, and will suggest ways to influence how the future takes shape, both in our institutions and at ARTstor.
Moderator
Betsy Peck Learned, Associate Dean of University Library Services, Roger Williams University
Speakers
Demonstrating Library Value in a Period of Retrenchment
Jeanne Brown, Head, Architecture Studies Library, Art Librarian, Assessment Librarian, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Revolutionary Models for Managing and Sharing Image Collections: What’s Our Future as Image Professionals?
Jolene De Verges, Images Librarian, Rotch Library of Architecture and Planning, MIT

Thank you,

Betsy Peck

Learned Associate Dean of University Libraries Roger Williams University 1 Old Ferry Rd.

elearned [at] rwu [dot] edu

Recorder Needed: Revisiting the Past, Embracing the Future

Hello Arlisians,
I will be moderating a session at the Boston conference called
Revisiting the Past, Embracing the Future, which takes place on
Saturday afternoon from 3-4 pm.  We are seeking an enthusiastic
individual to record the session — any takers?  Please see the
session description,  below, for more information.

Session F:
Revisiting the Past, Embracing the Future

Presented by:
Patricia Kosco Cossard and Kimberly Detterbeck, Architecture,
Planning, & Preservation Librarian and Visual Arts Reference and
Instruction Librarian, University of Maryland College Park and
Frostburg State University
Jolene de Verges and Allison Benedetti, Images Librarian and Project
Librarian, Rotch Library of Architecture and Planning, Massachusetts
Institute of Technology

This session explores two innovative uses of technology to address the
challenges associated with acquiring, cataloging, managing and
delivering digital archival materials unique to the fields of
architecture and archaeology. One presentation will address the
preservation of proprietary CAD models in an effort to properly
document modern architectural practice. The other will describe how
new technologies and partnerships with archaeologists can transform
the traditional methods utilized by field researchers to access
spatial, visual and textual information. In addition, the session will
address opportunities for librarians to develop relationships with new
communities and translate their skills to meet the evolving and
complex arenas of highly specialized formats and data.

Best wishes,

Jamie Lausch
University of Michigan

University Library Associate
Art, Architecture and Engineering Library

Curatorial Research Center Librarian and Art Handler
Museum of Art

Candidate for MSI, April 2010
School of Information

jlausch [at] umich [dot] edu

Don’t Forget: “Boston Bound” Online Chat This Friday!

Whether you are new to ARLIS/NA, are simply attending your first conference or are a long-time veteran of the conference, please join Brian Loar and Jennifer Friedman to learn more about what to expect, or to share your own sage advice.

Lunchtime Chat, This Friday, April 9th, 2010:

ARLIS/NA 101: Boston Bound
Accessible, informative, and fun. This chat will cover the basics of ARLIS/NA community and its annual conference. Learn what makes ARLIS/NA fabulous, get insider tips for navigating the conference, and learn ways to get involved.

Moderators: Bryan Loar, Ann Whiteside, Jennifer Friedman

April 9th, 2010, 11am Pacific – 12pm Mountain – 1pm Central – 2pm Eastern

  1. What are your expectations and what do you want to gain from the conference?
  2. What resources are available for first-time conference attendees?
  3. What’s there to do in Boston?
  4. What makes ARLIS/NA unique?
  5. How can I get involved?

Instructions on how to use Meebo chat software are included on the Chats page: http://www.arlisna.org/chats/
Transcripts of previous chats are also available on the Chats page.