ACRL Arts Section Blog

February 21, 2014

ACRL Arts and ARLIS/NA Joint Webinar: Perspectives on Art Publishing: Past, Present, Future and Open

Filed under: Announcements,Publications and Research,Uncategorized — ccovert @ 9:11 am
Join us for a Webinar on February 28:

Perspectives on Art Publishing: Past, Present, Future and Open

ARLIS/NA and ACRL Arts members are invited to attend this special joint webinar that explores the past, present, and future of scholarly publishing in the arts.
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Alexander Watkins, Art & Architecture Librarian at the University of Colorado Boulder, will discuss the Open Access movement in relation to arts journals, the future of arts scholarship, and potential roles for libraries and librarians. Open Access is about removing the walls around research, making scholarship universally available for free. The presentation will arm arts librarians with arguments and rationale that will help them promote Open Access in their own communities. (This presentation is encored from the ACRL Arts Discussion Forum at the 2013 ALA annual conference.)

Ian McDermott (Collection Development Manager at ARTStor) and Erin Dunigan (Retail Manager at Park Life and recently Sales Associate at ARTBOOK | DAP) will explore the changing landscape of art book publishing in the face of, bookstore closures, self-publishing, and shrinking library budgets. Their presentation will share how diverse publishers are approaching their long-term viability in the commercial and academic marketplaces and will invite discussion from the ARLIS and ACRL Arts communities about what this means for art librarians. (This presentation follows an article published in the Fall 2013 issue of Art Documentation and a panel discussion held at the New York Public Library on Feb. 12, 2013.)

Only current ARLIS/NA and ACRL Arts members may attend this event. Registration will close February 27, 2014, one day before the webinar. For assistance, please contact

This webinar will be recorded, and the video will be made available to current members of ARLIS/NA and ACRL Arts members within two weeks after the webinar.

By registering, I understand and acknowledge that this Webinar will be recorded by ARLIS/NA and ACRL Arts and/or those designated by ARLIS/NA and ACRL Arts. ARLIS/NA and ACRL Arts may record my name and questions I ask during the course of the Webinar presentation. As a condition of my participation in the Webinar, I agree to irrevocably grant to ARLIS/NA and ACRL Arts, its assigns, licensees and successors the right to publish, record, broadcast, exhibit, display, reproduce, edit or otherwise use perpetually throughout the world, in all media now and hereafter known or devised, in whole or in part, my name, questions, quotes and material otherwise provided by me (collectively, the “Material”) during my participation in the Webinar. I also agree that ARLIS/NA and ACRL Arts shall be the sole owners in perpetuity of any and all rights in and to any and all works containing the Material, in whole or in part, for all purposes whatsoever and in any manner or media including, without limitation, printed works, compact discs, DVDs, MP3, and computer on line services.

January 28, 2014

Update: ACRL Art Midwinter Discussion Forum – Recording now available

Filed under: Uncategorized — ccovert @ 2:46 pm

Please join on Wednesday, January 29, 2014

for the ACRL Arts Midwinter Virtual Discussion Forum.

11-12:30am PST

12-1:30pm MST

1-2:30pm CST

2-3:30pm EST

A recording of the session can be found here.

January 23, 2014

Dance Librarians Discussion Group Meeting at ALA Midwinter (and after)

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Michael J.Maicher photograph from the”Philadelphia Evening Bulletin” showing Paul Wagner and Francesca Meunier-Barcklow on the foyer steps of the Academy of Music, 1967. From the George D. McDowell Philadelphia Evening Bulletin Collection, Temple University Libraries, Special Collections Research Center

Please join the Dance Librarians Discussion Group at the ALA Midwinter meeting in Philadelphia, this Saturday, January 25, 2014, from 4:30-5:30 PM at the Pennsylvania Convention Center 303 AB. Our special guest will be Margery N. Sly, Director of the Special Collections Research Center at Temple University Libraries, who will discuss dance collections and related
digital projects at Temple.

Unable to make it to Philadelphia? DLDG also will be holding a bonus virtual meeting on Thursday, January 30, 2014 at 11:00 AM EST / 8:00 AM PST. The name of our special guest for that meeting and other relevant details will be announced in Philadelphia on Saturday and posted here afterwards.



January 13, 2014

ACRL Arts Midwinter Virtual Discussion Forum

Filed under: ALA Midwinter 2014,Publications and Research — ccovert @ 5:55 pm

Please join on Wednesday, January 29, 2014

for the ACRL Arts Midwinter Virtual Discussion Forum.

11-12:30am PST

12-1:30pm MST

1-2:30pm CST

2-3:30pm EST

Go to here on January 29 to view our forum (attendance is limited to the first 100 attendees).

Our topics and speakers will be:

Emerging Roles for Academic Arts Librarians

As collections and spaces in academic libraries change, so too must librarians. Libraries are now introducing emerging roles to subject librarians, and this presentation will address some of those roles. Programming, outreach, marketing, user experience, and balancing print and electronic collections present new and exciting challenges (and opportunities) for those in the field. In this presentation I will discuss strategies on how one can integrate these activities into his/her evolving job responsibilities in arts librarianship and offer evidence that these new duties can enhance and promote user relations, student success, and library relevancy.

- Joe Clark,  Head of the Performing Arts Library, Kent State University

Gilding the Gilded Age: Interior Decoration Tastes and Trends in New York City

Presenters will talk about Phase III of the METRO grant funded digitization project entitled, Gilding the Gilded Age: Interior Decoration Tastes and Trends in New York City. The grant was awarded to the Frick Art Reference Library (FARL), allowing them to digitize approximately 107 historical sales catalogues in collaboration with The William Randolph Hearst Archive at Long Island University’s Post Campus. The selected catalogues held at the two institutions focus on New York City auction house sales of decorative arts. Staff from both institutions also collaborated to produce an online exhibit featuring the digitized documents and giving them further context in New York History (

- Alexandra Janvey, Library Assistant, Digital Initiatives & Art Image Library, Long Island University

-Catherine Larkin, Department Head, Digital Initiatives & Art Image Library, Long Island University

-Victoria Pilato, Project Manager, Frick Art Reference Library

The UCLA Library Affordable Course Materials Initiative and Theater Curricula: A First-Year Review

In 2013, the UCLA Library began a new program called the Affordable Course Materials Initiative, aimed at encouraging teaching faculty to identify resources and adjust syllabi to create more cost-effective options for student course materials. This program will focus on the challenges and outcomes of working with the instructor of a large undergraduate-level Theater class to replace reliance on an expensive textbook and multiple print play titles, including the impact on class reserves and cost savings for students.

- Diana King, Librarian for Film, Television and Theater, UCLA Arts Library

Using Omeka to Promote Your Collections: A Case Study with the Leonard Willeke Postcard Collection

The University of Michigan Art, Architecture, and Engineering Library is home to the Leonard B. Willeke Historical Postcard Collection. The Willeke Collection totals approximately 13,000 postcards and includes examples depicting European architecture gathered during Willeke’s travels in western Europe and North Africa between 1908-1910. The collection is unique because Willeke added observations, notes, and sketches to the postcards, providing insight to his fascination with stone and architectural ornamentation. During the summer of 2013, Association of Research Libraries Career Enhancement Program Fellow Kai Alexis Smith created an online exhibit using the Omeka platform. The exhibit was created to both highlight examples from the physical collection and build anticipation for a future digital collection of the postcards. The Willeke online exhibit is part of a larger online exhibit program at the University of Michigan Library using the Omeka platform. The goal of the project is for all online exhibits created at the Library to exist in one central space and provide the opportunity for Library staff to create content and narrative for our physical and digital collections.  Kai Smith and Meghan Musolff will discuss the online exhibit and describe how Omeka is being used at the University of Michigan Library for online exhibits.

- Meghan Musolff, Special Projects Librarian for Library Information
Technology & Michigan Publishing, Omeka Coordinator, University of
Michigan Library

-Kai Alexis Smith,  Adjunct Reference Librarian, Graduate Center Library,

ArtsGuide for Philadelphia

Filed under: ALA Midwinter 2014,Publications and Research — ccovert @ 5:26 pm

Going to Philly?  Check out the ArtsGuide for Philadelphia.

ArtsGuides are created for every ALA and ACRL conference to provide attendees with cultural attractions and events of the host city.

A big THANK YOU to the ACRL Arts Publication and Research Committee for putting this resource together:

Bridget O’Donnell, editor (New York University)
Lauren McDonald (California College of Arts)
Ariel Turner (Kennesaw State University)

December 3, 2013

The ACRL Arts Section is seeking contributors to the Philadelphia, PA ArtsGuide

Filed under: Uncategorized — ccovert @ 12:34 pm

The ACRL Arts Section is seeking contributors to the Philadelphia, PA ArtsGuide

for the upcoming 2013 ALA Midwinter 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 or update content to our sections:

1. Visual Arts & Museums

2. Architecture

3. Dance

4. Theatre

5. Music

6. Film

Submissions are due by December 16th, 2013.

Questions, please contact:

Bridget O’Donnell, ArtsGuide Editor –

Claudia Covert, ACRL Arts Publications and Research Committee Chair –

November 27, 2013

CALL FOR PRESENTERS: ACRL ARTS Section’s Midwinter Virtual Discussion Forum

Filed under: Uncategorized — ccovert @ 3:11 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 Virtual Discussion Forum to be held on Wednesday, January 22, 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 email your proposals to Claudia Covert ( deadline for submissions is Monday, December 16. 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
Chair ACRL Arts Publications and Research Committee Chair 

June 24, 2013

ALA Annual 2013 Chicago Arts Section Events

Filed under: Uncategorized — Ngoc-Yen Tran @ 4:42 pm

Saturday June 29

8:30-10:00am Executive Committee Meeting. Hyatt Regency/ Columbus, CD

This is an informal meeting to discuss work from all committees, get and share ideas. Please feel free to come as you can.

10:30-11:30 am. Presentations.  Hyatt Regency Chicago/Skyway 269.

“Why Open Access Matters for the Arts”- Alexander Watkins. University of Colorado Boulder. Art & Architecture Librarian.

Open Access (OA) is about removing the walls around research, making scholarship universally available for free. The skyrocketing price of journals has been one of the rallying cries of the open access movement. But arts journals are among those with the lowest average price. If there is no journal crisis in the arts, why do we still need open access? The point I hope to make with this presentation is that Open Access has never just been about lowering subscription costs for libraries, and that OA publishing has a lot more to offer the Arts. What we should be asking is how has limited access hurt arts scholarship? The presentation will arm arts librarians with arguments and rationale that will help them promote Open Access in their own communities.

“Uncovering Hidden Arts Collections”- Michelle Strizever and Amanda Meeks, ARLIS/NA Book Art SIG Co-Coordinators

Every collection has hidden gems within it, but if researchers, artists, and students are unaware of unique, rare, and important arts collections then they are of little help to those we serve.  Outreach related to hidden arts collections within libraries, archives, and museums can provide valuable opportunities for institutional collaboration and collection visibility.  As Smithsonian Institution Library Professional Development Interns, we successfully worked together to highlight the underutilized collection of artists’ books within three museum libraries.  Through working towards separating the artists’ books – physically and intellectually – from the broader collections, writing posts for the SIL blog, and curating a small exhibition, we brought the SIL artists’ book collection a great deal of publicity and recognition.  We will share our experiences, the responses we received, and strategies for others to complete similar projects with hidden arts collections.

Sunday June 30

10:30-11:30am Executive Committee.

1:00- 2:30pm AND 3:00-4:00pm All Committee Members. McCormick Place. N133

NOTE: This is the same meeting (1:00-4:00pm). This time is for all committees/groups members/chairs/conveners to discuss/plan for 2014 and network. Please try to end the meeting by 3:00pm to give the opportunity to attend the Arts program.

3:00-4:00pm Program: Transformations in Performing Arts Librarianship. McCormick Place. N427a

June 13, 2013

Chicago ArtsGuide!

Filed under: ALA Annual 2013,ArtsGuide — Regan Brumagen @ 10:43 am

Check out the Chicago ArtsGuide 2013 to find all of the interesting and wonderful arts opportunities during the Chicago Annual Conference.


April 4, 2013

Indianapolis Arts Guide available

Filed under: Uncategorized — Regan Brumagen @ 10:24 am

The Indianapolis ArtsGuide is a selective guide to cultural attractions and events created for attendees of the ACRL 2013 Conference in Indianapolis, IN.

The Indianapolis ArtsGuide is available on the ACRL Arts Section website:

For an easy way to locate the venues and sites listed in the ArtsGuide, view the Google Maps supplement at:

The guide has been designed and edited by Ngoc-Yen Tran (University of Oregon), with contributions from Jacalyn E. Bryan (Saint Leo University), Jenny Grasto (North Dakota State University), Alba Fernandez Keys (Indianapolis Museum of Art), Jennifer L. Hehman (Indiana University – Purdue University), Megan Lotts (Rutgers University), and Anne Shelley (Illinois State University).

Enjoy Indianapolis’s many cultural attractions!

Yvette Cortes
Chair, ACRL Arts Section Publications & Research Committee

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