ACRL Arts Section Blog

August 12, 2014

ABT Archives at LoC

Just announced a few days ago that the American Theatre Ballet’s archives have been acquired by the Library of Congress, with a special 75th anniversary exhibition to open this Thursday. Also timed perfectly with the Society of American Archivists annual meeting, which started this week in Washington, D.C.

June 26, 2014

Dance Librarians Discussion Group Meeting on Sunday, June 29

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 Josephine Spinedi costume design drawing of gold jeweled showgirl costume with headpiece and gold bands, circa 1965-75

Josephine Spinedi costume design drawing of gold jeweled showgirl costume with headpiece and gold bands, circa 1965-75; image credit: University of Nevada, Las Vegas, University Libraries


The Dance Librarians Discussion Group will be meeting at the Las Vegas Convention Center, Room N234 on June 29th from 4:30-5:30 pm.

Our special guests will be: Su Kim Chung, Head, UNLV Special Collections Public Services, who will speak about their dance collections, including material used in the Showgirls digital collection, and Nancy Hardy, a former dancer on the Strip, who appeared in in Les Folies Bergere, Lido de Paris, and Jubilee!.

June 24, 2014

Arts Section All Committees Meetings ALA Annual 2014

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Arts Section All Committees Meetings ALA Annual 2014

Sunday, June 29, 2014 3-4 p.m. Las Vegas Convention Center N219

Outgoing and incoming Arts Section committee chairs and members, as well as those not on any committee but interested in the work of the Arts Section, are invited to attend.

This is an open meeting.

Questions?: Contact Sara Harrington, Arts Section Chair, at

Prelude: Harriett Green, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Major agenda items for all committees/discussion groups meeting at this time:

  1. Review of committee charge
  2. Discussion of committee activities
  3. Outline of next steps


  • 2015 Conference Program Planning (San Francisco)
  • Membership and Outreach
  • Nominating
  • Publications and Research
  • Strategic Planning

Discussion Groups:

  • Digital Arts
  • Digital Technologies and the Arts
  • Film and Broadcast Studies

Note: The Dance Librarians Discussion Group will hold is meeting on Sunday, June 29, 2014 from 4:30-5:30 p.m. in the Las Vegas Convention Center room N234.

Event at Annual: Arts District Walking Gallery Tour

Filed under: Uncategorized — harringtonse @ 10:32 am

Arts District 18B Walking Gallery Tour Monday June 30 10:30 AM-1:30 PM

Meet Diane Kachmar at the LVCC RTA (City ) Bus Stop by 10:45 AM.

Cell:  561-385-7312

Have your RTA bus pass (can purchased at any kiosk around the city) to ride the bus.

Recommend the all-day pass – which doesn’t expire after two hours.

Ride the bus to the Charleston stop (Arts District).

The group will be met at the Charleston stop by the gallery owners

who will then take us through their galleries.

Lunch is on your own.  There are places to eat in the district.

After the gallery tours are over, the members of the group can either explore the Arts district further

or return to the Charleston stop and take the RTA (city) bus back to the convention center.


Arts Section Forum: ArtsVegas: Everything You Wanted to Know and More

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American Library Association Annual Conference

ArtsVegas: Everything You Wanted to Know and More

Sunday, June 29, 2014 1:00-2:30 p.m.

Las Vegas Convention Center N116

ACRL ARTS Forum.  Las Vegas is the home of a vibrant contemporary arts scene.  In this forum, resident artists, gallerists, and librarians will discuss the Las Vegas arts scene and the intersecting communities which form a part of this arts nexus. 

Speakers are slated to include:

Matthew Couper, Artist

David Hardy, ArtsVegas blog

Amanda Harris, Amanda Harris Gallery of Contemporary Art

Diane Kachmar, Florida Atlantic University

Molly O’Donnell, ArtsVegas blog

JK Russ, Artist

Marty Walsh, Trifecta Gallery

The discussion will be of interest to arts information professionals, librarians and staff who curate exhibits, those engage in community outreach and wish to collaborate with those interested in the arts in their communities, as well as to students and many others.

All are invited and welcome!

June 19, 2014

Agenda: Arts Section Executive Board and General Membership Meeting

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Arts Section Executive Board and General Membership Meeting
American Library Association Annual Meeting 2014
Saturday, June 28, 2014 from 8:30-10 a.m. Flamingo, Bryce Board Room

This is an open meeting and all are invited to attend.
Questions or comments? Contact Chair Sara Harrington ( and Vice-Chair Yen Tran (

Draft Agenda

1. Approval of the agenda
2. Discussion: Arts Section representative to IFLA
3. Proposal and Discussion: Section listserv transition
4. Announcement: Incoming Officers, Chairs and Committee members
5. Agenda/activities/discussion for All Committees meeting
6. Status of website revision
7. Announcement: ArtsVegas program and tour
8. Announcement: Other Arts Section programming at Annual
9. Discussion: Communication across the Section
a. vehicles for communication
i. Blog
ii. ALA Connect
iii. Listserv
iv. Other
10. Open discussion
11. Adjournment


ArtsGuide Las Vegas and Photo Contest

ArtsGuide: Las Vegas – Annual 2014 (PDF) and Google map

Plan on taking pictures of the arts/performances you attend during the conference? 

Upload your photos to our Facebook page (ACRL Arts Section, tweet about it or give it the #ArtsSection hashtag to share your photos on our live social media streams. Photos submitted will be entered in a contest. Deadline is July 2, 2014.

Fine print:
If there are people in your photo, you are responsible for obtaining the necessary releases from the individual depicted.  You must not submit images that put any person or animal in danger or infringe on the right of another person.  Photo captions must include the subject of the image, the location the image was taken, and the name of the photographer.  You will retain all rights to any photograph you submit.  Only the winners (1st, 2nd, and 3rd) grant ACRL Arts Section royalty free rights to your photograph to publicize on our website and our social media.  We will credit all photos by your name.

*A BIG thank you to all of our contributors especially the ACRL Arts Research and Publication Committee: Bridget O’Donnell, editor, Ariel Turner, and  Lauren McDonald.

June 6, 2014

ACRL Arts Discussion Forum – Las Vegas 2014

Going to ALA?
Please join us for the ACRL Arts Discussion Forum!
Saturday, June 28, 2014 10:30-11:30am
Las Vegas Convention Center – N119


Dramaturgy Challenge: Real-Life Research Instruction for Performing Arts Students
Maryke Barber, Public Services and Arts Liaison Librarian, Hollins University

This presentation will introduce the audience to a framework for information literacy instruction specifically designed for arts students. It is hands-on, team-based, and includes elements of evaluation, presentation, and competition. Most importantly, it is grounded in the real-life work of dramaturgs, theatre professionals whose work depends on their versatility and skills as researchers. Dramaturgs are responsible for gathering contextual research for actors, directors, and designers. This session turns students into competing teams of dramaturgs who must work together to gather the best possible information for an upcoming production. The teams present and defend their top resources in a winner-take-all competition with the other team. This program successfully engages students who have already received basic instruction in previous courses, and who might therefore resist another standard format one-shot session. While designed for theatre students, it can be adapted to work for all areas of performance, and as a “curator challenge” for visual arts students.



Visiting Artist Lecture Series: A Librarian Creation Bringing Artists to Campus and the Community

John Burns, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Dixie State University

Take art librarianship to the next level and create a visiting artist lecture series at your institution! The speaker (an avid art librarian) will talk about the creation of a free art lecture series he created for students, faculty, and the community in partnership with several campus and community entities. He will share his experience bringing professional artists on campus to lecture/demo about their work and inspiration in various mediums. Learn how you can create a similar series with little more than passion and an investment of time. The speaker will also share his experiences that led to becoming the director of another campus wide lecture series that also brings artist to campus bringing the arts to science students, business, students, nursing students, and more.


The New Fenwick Hallway Gallery: A Space for Art & Inquiry
Jenna Rinalducci, Art & Visual Technology Liaison Librarian, George Mason University

Fenwick Library at George Mason University is currently undergoing a major addition. In an effort to make public spaces as attractive as possible during construction, a highly-trafficked hallway was transformed into a gallery space for inquiry and engagement. This space highlights work by students, faculty, and associates and connects their work to the library collection. We partnered with the College of Visual and Performing Arts to hire a graduate assistant. We also developed policies about using exhibit images for educational and promotional purposes. Using the WordPress platform, the website ( is a critical to this education and promotion. It showcases the art along with information about the artists. The website also lists circulating books that complement the exhibit theme (including thumbnail images of the books and links to the catalog). The website even tracks the progress of the gallery through images (e.g. images of the former hallway, the exhibit installation).


May 12, 2014

ACRL Arts Las Vegas ArtsGuide – Seeking Contributors

Filed under: ALA Annual 2014,ArtsGuide — ccovert @ 12:54 pm

What are your favorite art places in Las Vegas?  The ACRL Arts Section is seeking contributors to the Las Vegas ArtsGuide for the upcoming 2014 ALA Annual Conference!

The ArtsGuide is a semi-annual guide and customized Google Map developed by the ACRL Arts Section’s Publications & Research Committee to help ALA conference attendees find arts-related venues and events in and around host cities.

It’s a great opportunity to get involved with the ACRL Arts Section! It’s also a fun way to contribute your knowledge of the area to enhance everyone’s conference experience. Both ACRL members and non-members are welcome to contribute.

You can see previous ArtsGuides here:

Please use our online submission form: (

to add content to our sections:

1. Visual Arts & Museums

2. Architecture

3. Dance

4. Theatre

5. Music

6. Film

Submissions are due by May 22, 2014.

Questions, please contact:

Bridget O’Donnell, ArtsGuide Editor –

Claudia Covert, ACRL Arts Publications and Research Committee Chair –

CALL FOR PRESENTERS: ACRL ARTS Section’s Discussion Forum at ALA Annual in Las Vegas

Filed under: ALA Annual 2014,Announcements — ccovert @ 12:52 pm

Are you doing research in the arts that you would like to share with fellow librarians?  

Is there something you’re doing at your library dealing with the arts that you think others should know about?

If so, the ACRL Arts section invites you to submit a presentation proposal for our in person Discussion Forum to be held on Saturday, June 28, 2014.

Presentations can be on any topic pertaining to the arts or design (see list of possible topics below). It can be a project that you are currently working on or research you are engaged in. There is no requirement for presenters to be Arts Section members to participate. Students are also encouraged to make a submission.  Each presentation will be 15-20 minutes with a short Q&A after.

Proposals should include presenter name, position, and institution as well as a presentation title and a short abstract. Please submit your proposals online.  The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, June 2. Chosen presenters will be notified shortly after.

Possible topics:

  • Innovations in providing/accessing art publications
  • Use of audio-video/tutorials/mobile media in arts libraries
  • Copyright and fair use in the arts environment
  • Developments in the display and/or preservation of arts materials
  • Innovative information literacy or visual literacy techniques with arts students
  • Emerging technologies in arts libraries
  • Inventive collection management and development in the arts
  • Strategies for reaching out to arts users (students and faculty)
  • Copyright and fair use in the arts environment
  • Evaluating the needs of arts users
  • Use of images in information literacy instruction
  • Creative physical or online/virtual exhibits

If you have questions, please contact me.

Claudia Covert,

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