ACRL Arts Section Blog

March 23, 2015

Portland ArtsGuide

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ArtsGuide: ACRL Conference – Portland Google map

Going to ACRL? Check out our Portland ArtsGuide! It is a Google map that you can save to “My Maps” so you have the info on the go.

Plan on taking pictures of the arts/performances you attend during the conference? Share your photos via our Facebook page or tweet about using #ArtsSection hashtag.

A BIG thank you to our Portland ArtsGuide editors: Jennifer Cox & Bronwyn Dorhofer!

January 21, 2015

ACRL Art Virtual Midwinter Discussion Forum

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Please join us for the ACRL Art Virtual Midwinter Discussion Forum on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at 11 am PST, 2 pm EST. Details to connect coming soon.

Our exciting discussions are:

Using Artists Books to Turn Collection Development Appointments into Transforming Encounters for Wider Audiences

Sha Towers
Director of Liaison Services / Art Liaison Librarian
Baylor University

Optimizing Collections Care: Configuring Strategies and Options for Unusual Art Library Collections

Elizabeth Morris
Assistant Librarian
Yale Center for British Art Reference Library and Archives

Chicago ArtsGuide

Filed under: Publications and Research — ccovert @ 10:05 pm

Going to Midwinter? Check out the ArtsGuide for Chicago. Our Chicago ArtsGuide is a mobile google map that you can save to “my maps”.

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 and volunteers for putting this resource together:

Melanie Emerson, Editor
Jacalyn Bryan
Anne Danberg
Bridget O’Donnell
Shannon Marie Robinson
Ariel Turner

November 17, 2014

CALL FOR PRESENTERS: ACRL ARTS Section’s Discussion Forum at ALA Midwinter in Chicago

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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 virtual Discussion Forum to be held on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, 11am PST, 2pm EST.

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 at The deadline for submissions is Monday, December 15. 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 T. Covert,
ACRL Arts Publications and Research Committee Chair 2013-2015

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

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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


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