ACRL Arts Section Blog

April 25, 2016

Message from the Strategic Planning Committee: Looking Forward

Sajewski headshotHello ACRL/ Arts Section members!

I am the chair of the Strategic Planning Committee, and I am very excited to introduce you to the section’s new core values and strategic directions.

The planning process began in November, when the previous chair of the Strategic Planning Committee stepped down. Shortly after I became the new chair of the committee, the Vice Chair/ Chair Elect of our section’s Executive Committee Kai Alexis Smith and I began looking for the last strategic plan that the committee had drafted. There was not a strategic plan on our website, and even the longest-serving members of the committee and the section could not recall ever seeing one. After it was determined that there wasn’t an existing document to work with, Kai charged the Strategic Planning Committee with drafting a strategic plan for the next five years.

Throughout the winter, the committee held online meetings in Google Hangouts and via email to discuss the section’s goals. We thought about what the section could do to move forward and to stay relevant, and what the section could do to be a resource to and support arts librarians. Four common themes emerged: member retention and engagement, professional development, organization within the section, and communication within the section.

After the Executive Committee reviewed and agreed with our goals for the section, we decided that we would pursue a statement of strategic directions. While a strategic plan would be looking at the next five years, the strategic directions will allow us to be more nimble and to change with the times.In addition, with the help of the Executive Committee core values were drafted. The Strategic Planning Committee will review the new directions and core values annually, and we’ll also seek input from Arts Section members every year!

 

The core values of the Arts Section has us committed to:

  • Developing an open, inclusive, and collaborative environment for students interested in becoming an academic liaison to the arts and art library professionals (includes, but is not limited to: arts, art history, dance, and theater in all types of libraries).
  • Cultivating excellence and innovation of art library services to all types of users.
  • Employ ethical practices, professionalism, and integrity related to library services and resources.

 

The new strategic directions are as follows:

  • Membership. Seek ways to engage and actively involve both new and existing members for increased retention.
  • Professional Development. Foster and develop programming and continuing education opportunities for members to discuss current trends in academic arts librarianship.
  • Organization within the Section. Facilitate the transfer of leadership and continuity within committees through record keeping and communication.
  • Communication. Strengthen communication within the section in order to improve the presence and value of resources to Arts Section members.

 

As the Arts Section implements these new directions, you’ll notice a few changes! Expect more frequent updates from the Executive Committee, new website, new networking and mentoring opportunities, a new template for submitting committee minutes and reports, an improved orientation manual, increased social media usage, and even more.

To better learn about our members and what they hope to get out of their membership in the Arts Section, the Strategic Planning and Membership committees are working together to develop a survey. When you receive the survey this summer, please take a few minutes to fill it out. Your input will help guide the section forward!

 

Mallory Sajewski
Music Librarian, Western Illinois University
Chair, ACRL/Arts Section Strategic Planning Committee

 

April 19, 2016

Member’s Spotlight: Shannon Marie Robinson

This month’s member’s spotlight features Shannon Marie Robinson. She is the Liaison Librarian in Media Arts & Design at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She is also the ACRL/Arts Section’s new Webmaster. Stay up to date with Shannon’s blog Robinsonat shannonmarierobinson.com, her Tumblr MA&D Librarian, and her Twitter @ArtistLibrarian.

Tell us what type of library do you work in?
Academic research institution

How long have you been a member of ACRL/Arts Section?
Four years

Describe your position and what you like best about it.
I have been in my current position only about three months! It’s your typical liaison librarian job. Instruction, reference, faculty support, and collection development are my biggest responsibilities. The College of Media Arts & Design is far-ranging in the programs offered. The departments include Architecture & Interior Design, Art & Art History, Arts & Entertainment Enterprise, Cinema & TV, Design, Digital Media, and Performing Arts. I’m working with animators, game designers, photographers, fashion designers, arts administrators, television producers … someone new every day. The programs in these departments are industry-focused so I am learning a lot about the business aspects of arts and design. One student will need assistance researching a Renaissance painter and the next will ask for help with demographics and company financials. The diversity of the programs is challenging, but very interesting.

What are you reading or what is the latest exhibition you have seen?
The last exhibition I saw was Art Brut in America: The Incursion of Jean Dubuffet at the American Folk Art Museum in NYC. I’m a huge fan of Outsider Art or Art Brut.

Tell us about the arts related activities you are involved in outside of librarianship.
Though I’m trained in textiles, I haven’t found a way to balance my art practice with a full-time librarian job and professional activities. Once I am settled back in Philadelphia, I hope to re-start some embroidery/weaving/quilting projects. After I stopped exhibiting my work, I started creating pieces for family, friends, and colleagues; I really enjoyed that. In the meantime, I discovered a gem of a gallery in West Philadelphia, just up the street from Drexel University. It’s the Esther Klein Gallery and they host exhibits that explore the relationships between art, science, and technology. I love poking my head in each month to see what’s new.

Do you have any upcoming publications that you would like to tell us about?
Sure, I have an article coming up in College & Research Libraries to be published (probably) in November called Artists as Scholars: The Research Behavior of Dance Faculty (there is a link to the pre-printed article). I’ll be presenting on the research at ALA in Orlando.

Describe your vision for ACRL/Arts Section in three words.
Colleagues becoming friends

Interested in being featured in Member’s Spotlight. Fill out the form here and send a photo to sgekosky@wvup.edu.

March 7, 2016

Interested in becoming a representative for IFLA?

Filed under: Announcements,Uncategorized — Sandy @ 3:41 pm

Dear ACRL Arts section Members,

ACRL invites applicants to serve as ALA representatives to IFLA standing committees for the 2017– 2021 term. There is currently one vacancy for Art Libraries. To apply for the Art Libraries ALA representative to IFLA, submit the materials detailed below, to Megan Lotts at megan.lotts@rutgers.edu no later than May 6, 2016.

  1. Completed “Request to be Nominated to IFLA” application form: http://www.ala.org/acrl/resources/forms.
  2. A resume reflecting expertise in field of the section applied for
  3. Affirmation that the person can fulfill the working language and travel requirements

ACRL sections review the IFLA representative applications and make recommendations to the ACRL Leadership Recruitment and Nominations Committee (LRNC). The LRNC will review applications at the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando. The LRNC then submits its recommendations to the ACRL Board for consideration at the 2016 Fall Executive Committee Meeting. In turn, the ACRL Board submits the approved candidates for nomination to the ALA International Relations Committee in November, 2016.

Please review the detailed guidelines located at: http://www.ala.org/acrl/resources/policies/chapter7#7.2.3.

Additional Information is also available on the ALA IRO page at: http://www.ala.org/offices/iro/internationalrelations and http://www.ala.org/offices/iro/intlassocorgconf/iflarepresentatives

Summary of the highlights:
Members are nominated and officially endorsed for a four-year term to every IFLA section standing committee at each IFLA election. The new appointments will be for the 2017 – 2021 term. Individuals can only serve on one IFLA committee at a time, and a maximum of two consecutive terms. Any ALA/ACRL member may be suggested for nomination to one of the six IFLA standing committees above. Individual applications for nomination are also acceptable. Current incumbents who are eligible for a second term may apply for continuation.

Nominees should be experts in the field covered by the section and have a working knowledge of at least one working language of IFLA (English is an IFLA working language), and should have reasonable expectation of attending meetings of the standing committee without cost to IFLA or to ACRL

ALA representatives on IFLA section standing committees are required to:

  • Report to their constituencies on appropriate developments and information originating from their respective committees; these communications may be published in ALA journals or newsletters, or as special reports to ALA members;
  • Transmit a copy of the report(s) to the ALA International Relations Committee.

Questions? Please contact the ACRL Program Officer Megan Griffin, mgriffin@ala.org or Megan Lotts at megan.lotts@rutgers.edu or call (848)932-7189.

February 23, 2016

News from ACRL/ Arts Section chair, Kai Alexis Smith

Filed under: Announcements,Membership and Outreach,Uncategorized — Sandy @ 9:21 am

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ACRL/Arts Section members,

 

I am your new ACRL/Arts Chair. Unfortunately, chair elect Greg Hatch of the University of Utah decided to step down in early Fall 2015. With the support of the Executive Committee and ALA Liaison Megan Griffin, I am getting caught up on my new responsibilities. I am very excited to lead the section and am very happy to bring you a number of updates and developments.

 

First, we are very happy to have Sandra Gekosky from West Virginia University at Parkersburg as our new Social Media Manager. Shortly, we will have our Twitter, Facebook and blog up and running again after a long hiatus. We are also excited to have Shannon Robinson of Drexel University on the team to maintain our website presence.

 

It looks like we don’t have all our users switched over to using the ALA hosted listserv. If you are on the old one please understand we have shut that down. Privacy issues and concerns prevent us from automatically moving all subscribers from the old list to the new list, so please, subscribe to the new list as soon as possible. If you want to stay abreast of what the ACRL/Arts Section is doing please join the new listsserv here: http://lists.ala.org/sympa

 

We are looking for volunteers for the 2016- 2017 service. If you are interested or have expertise in any of the committees below, please fill out the volunteer form here: http://www.ala.org/acrl/membership/volunteer/volunteer

 

Open positions (select the name of the committee to learn more about it):

2017 Conference planning Committee 3 members needed

Membership and Outreach Committee 5 members needed

Strategic Planning Committee 4 members needed

Publications and Research Committee 2 members needed

 

Because many of our members often cannot attend Midwinter, there is a virtual forum webinar conducted in it’s place and provides members the opportunity to share projects around a theme. The recording of our Midwinter Virtual Webinar on Introducing the Artists’ Books Thesaurus is available here: https://youtu.be/pY7Y8WL8gi4

 

Even if you didn’t attend Midwinter, check out our Arts Guide here. The Membership and Outreach Committee works hard to assemble these guides for the membership for both the Midwinter and Annual Conferences.

 

We are always looking for ways for the membership to engage with each other and discuss topics of interest. However, there were a number of discussion groups and a committee that was recently dissolved because of inactivity. These include the Digital Technologies in the Arts Committee, Digital Arts Discussion Group, and the Film and Broadcast Studies Librarians Discussion Group. We strongly encourage discussion groups. Please feel free to contact me if you have ideas or bring them to the Executive Committee meeting at the Annual Conference in Orlando. Both the Executive Committee and I would be delighted to hear from you!

Before we know it, the Annual Conference will be here in no time. Again this year, the Section will be holding meetings at the conference. I look forward to engaging with you all then and working with you all in the coming years!

 

Kai Alexis Smith

Chair, ACRL/Arts Section

February 16, 2016

Call for proposals! 2016 Discussion Forum at the ALA Annual Conference

Filed under: ALA ANNUAL 2016,Uncategorized — Sandy @ 12:09 pm

The ACRL Arts Publications and Research Committee invites you to submit a presentation proposal for our in person Discussion Forum at this year’s ALA Annual Conference.

Presentations can be on any topic pertaining to the arts or design. 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 https://goo.gl/q6S0DL . The deadline for submissions is March 4, 2016. Applicants will be notified by March 16, 2016.

If you have questions, please contact Ariel Turner, ACRL Arts Publications & Research Committee Chair at aturne93@kennesaw.edu

Ariel Turner
Discovery Librarian
Art & Design and Foreign Languages Liaison
Kennesaw State University Library System
Kennesaw State University
1200 Chastain Road, Suite 209
Kennesaw, GA 30144
Phone: 470-578-6273
aturne93@kennesaw.edu

January 11, 2016

ACRL Arts Virtual Midwinter Discussion Forum Recording Now Available!

Filed under: Virtual Midwinter — Sandy @ 10:01 am

Hello ACRL Arts Members!

Thank you to everyone who attended our Virtual Midwinter Discussion Forum on Wednesday, January 6, 2016. A recording is now available at the following link for anyone who could not attend:

https://youtu.be/pY7Y8WL8gi4

Many thanks again to our wonderful presenters — Allison Jai O’Dell, Nell Chenault, Steve Burton and Carey Huddlestun!

ACRL Arts Virtual Midwinter Discussion Forum – January 6, 2016 at 1PM CST
Introducing the Artists’ Books Thesaurus
Presenter: Allison Jai O’Dell, Metadata Librarian, University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries

Summary: The Artists’ Books Thesaurus is a project spearheaded by a working group of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) Book Art Special Interest Group (SIG). It will offer a much-needed vocabulary for indexing artists’ books and their features, ultimately leading to enhanced discovery and cross-collection collocation of artists’ books. The first release–published as both a human-readable, illustrated, browsable, and searchable interface and in Linked Data formats–is ready for review at: http://tinyurl.com/abthes. This presentation will provide an overview of the Thesaurus and its functionality, as well as a history of the working group’s procedures, methods, and discoveries. Library and museum professionals will learn how to apply the Thesaurus to describe and access their collections. Ontology and thesaurus designers will learn how the group used visual content to overcome challenges in knowledge representation. Researchers and artists will learn how to engage with and contribute to the Thesaurus through their work and social media. Initial adoption of the Thesaurus will be voted on at the Book Art SIG meeting at the upcoming ARLIS/NA and VRA joint conference, “Natural Connections,” March 8-12, 2016, Seattle, Washington. This presentation gives the ACRL Arts community a sneak preview of the new Artists’ Books Thesaurus
Commonwealth of Fine Art Video
Presenter: Nell Chenault, Film and Performing Arts Research Librarian, VCU Libraries, Virginia Commonwealth University
Summary: Virtual Library of Virginia  has a project reviewing video and DVD holdings of eight doctoral institutions across the Commonwealth of Virginia. This presentation will focus on what this has uncovered about art education film holdings and use trends among these collections, as well as how this can help inform collection decisions for these collections and future media purchases for VCU.
The Library Down the Hall
Presenters: Steve Burton, Arts Librarian and Carey Huddlestun, Librarian Assistant Professor, Kennesaw State University Library System
Summary: In this virtual discussion forum participants will learn about the advantages and disadvantages of having a subject specific library in close physical proximity to the college and departments it serves. The Performing Arts Library (PAL) at Kennesaw State University is a small, 700 square foot, one room library. Though funded and operated by the University Library System, the PAL is physically separate from the main library and housed in the institution’s College of the Arts (COTA). The PAL contains COTA subject specific material, e.g., play scripts, music scores, study scores, and chamber music. In addition, the PAL is staffed by librarians with performing arts degrees and experience and by student assistants who are performing arts majors. After a brief summary of the history of the PAL, this session will present how such close physical proximity between library and college effects liaison relationships, reference service, technical service, and collection development. The various advantages and disadvantages of such physical proximity will be presented and discussed.

Ariel Turner
ACRL Arts Publications and Research Committee Chair 2015-2017

January 5, 2016

Just a friendly reminder — join us tomorrow for our Midwinter Discussion Forum!

Filed under: Virtual Midwinter — Sandy @ 12:12 pm

Hello ACRL Arts Members!

Please join us for the ACRL Arts Virtual Midwinter Discussion Forum on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, at 11 AM PST / 1 PM CST / 2 PM EST.

REGISTER TODAY: https://acrl.webex.com/acrl/onstage/g.php?MTID=e85d56366ac4981e4abafec1245a28b45

Our exciting discussions are:

Introducing the Artists’ Books Thesaurus
Presenter: Allison Jai O’Dell, Metadata Librarian, University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries

Summary: The Artists’ Books Thesaurus is a project spearheaded by a working group of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) Book Art Special Interest Group (SIG). It will offer a much-needed vocabulary for indexing artists’ books and their features, ultimately leading to enhanced discovery and cross-collection collocation of artists’ books. The first release–published as both a human-readable, illustrated, browsable, and searchable interface and in Linked Data formats–is ready for review at: http://tinyurl.com/abthes. This presentation will provide an overview of the Thesaurus and its functionality, as well as a history of the working group’s procedures, methods, and discoveries. Library and museum professionals will learn how to apply the Thesaurus to describe and access their collections. Ontology and thesaurus designers will learn how the group used visual content to overcome challenges in knowledge representation. Researchers and artists will learn how to engage with and contribute to the Thesaurus through their work and social media. Initial adoption of the Thesaurus will be voted on at the Book Art SIG meeting at the upcoming ARLIS/NA and VRA joint conference, “Natural Connections,” March 8-12, 2016, Seattle, Washington. This presentation gives the ACRL Arts community a sneak preview of the new Artists’ Books Thesaurus

Commonwealth of Fine Art Video
Presenter: Nell Chenault, Film and Performing Arts Research Librarian, VCU Libraries, Virginia Commonwealth University

Summary: Virtual Library of Virginia  has a project reviewing video and DVD holdings of eight doctoral institutions across the Commonwealth of Virginia. This presentation will focus on what this has uncovered about art education film holdings and use trends among these collections, as well as how this can help inform collection decisions for these collections and future media purchases for VCU.

The Library Down the Hall
Presenters: Steve Burton, Arts Librarian and Carey Huddlestun, Librarian Assistant Professor, Kennesaw State University Library System

Summary: In this virtual discussion forum participants will learn about the advantages and disadvantages of having a subject specific library in close physical proximity to the college and departments it serves. The Performing Arts Library (PAL) at Kennesaw State University is a small, 700 square foot, one room library. Though funded and operated by the University Library System, the PAL is physically separate from the main library and housed in the institution’s College of the Arts (COTA). The PAL contains COTA subject specific material, e.g., play scripts, music scores, study scores, and chamber music. In addition, the PAL is staffed by librarians with performing arts degrees and experience and by student assistants who are performing arts majors. After a brief summary of the history of the PAL, this session will present how such close physical proximity between library and college effects liaison relationships, reference service, technical service, and collection development. The various advantages and disadvantages of such physical proximity will be presented and discussed.

Ariel Turner
ACRL Arts Publications and Research Committee Chair 2015-2017

January 4, 2016

Just a reminder if you’re headed to Boston this weekend — checkout the Boston ArtsGuide!

Filed under: Uncategorized — Sandy @ 4:09 pm

ArtsGuide: 2016 ALA Midwinter Conference – Boston: Google Map

Going to ALA Midwinter? Check out our Boston ArtsGuide! It is a Google map accessible via both mobile devices and desktops, so you can have the info on the go. Each genre of art has its own layer, so you can choose to display whichever landmarks you’re most interested in seeing.

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

Special thanks to all of our contributors and the ACRL Arts Publications and Research Committee!

Have a wonderful time in Boston,

Claudia Covert

editor, ArtsGuide Boston

 

 

December 29, 2015

Save the Date: ACRL Arts Virtual Midwinter Discussion Forum

Filed under: Announcements,Virtual Midwinter — Sandy @ 3:39 pm

Hello ACRL Arts Members!

Please join us for the ACRL Arts Virtual Midwinter Discussion Forum on Wednesday, January 6, 2016, at 11 AM PST / 1 PM CST / 2 PM EST.  Details to connect coming soon. 

Our exciting discussions are: 

Introducing the Artists’ Books Thesaurus 

Presenter: Allison Jai O’Dell, Metadata Librarian, University of Florida, George A. Smathers Libraries 

Summary: The Artists’ Books Thesaurus is a project spearheaded by a working group of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) Book Art Special Interest Group (SIG). It will offer a much-needed vocabulary for indexing artists’ books and their features, ultimately leading to enhanced discovery and cross-collection collocation of artists’ books. The first release–published as both a human-readable, illustrated, browsable, and searchable interface and in Linked Data formats–is ready for review at: http://tinyurl.com/abthes. This presentation will provide an overview of the Thesaurus and its functionality, as well as a history of the working group’s procedures, methods, and discoveries. Library and museum professionals will learn how to apply the Thesaurus to describe and access their collections. Ontology and thesaurus designers will learn how the group used visual content to overcome challenges in knowledge representation. Researchers and artists will learn how to engage with and contribute to the Thesaurus through their work and social media. Initial adoption of the Thesaurus will be voted on at the Book Art SIG meeting at the upcoming ARLIS/NA and VRA joint conference, “Natural Connections,” March 8-12, 2016, Seattle, Washington. This presentation gives the ACRL Arts community a sneak preview of the new Artists’ Books Thesaurus

Commonwealth of Fine Art Video 

Presenter: Nell Chenault, Film and Performing Arts Research Librarian, VCU Libraries, Virginia Commonwealth University 

Summary: Virtual Library of Virginia has a project reviewing video and DVD holdings of eight doctoral institutions across the Commonwealth of Virginia. This presentation will focus on what this has uncovered about art education film holdings and use trends among these collections, as well as how this can help inform collection decisions for these collections and future media purchases for VCU.

The Library Down the Hall 

Presenters: Steve Burton, Arts Librarian and Carey Huddlestun, Librarian Assistant Professor, Kennesaw State University Library System 

Summary: In this virtual discussion forum participants will learn about the advantages and disadvantages of having a subject specific library in close physical proximity to the college and departments it serves. The Performing Arts Library (PAL) at Kennesaw State University is a small, 700 square foot, one room library. Though funded and operated by the University Library System, the PAL is physically separate from the main library and housed in the institution’s College of the Arts (COTA). The PAL contains COTA subject specific material, e.g., play scripts, music scores, study scores, and chamber music. In addition, the PAL is staffed by librarians with performing arts degrees and experience and by student assistants who are performing arts majors. After a brief summary of the history of the PAL, this session will present how such close physical proximity between library and college effects liaison relationships, reference service, technical service, and collection development. The various advantages and disadvantages of such physical proximity will be presented and discussed.
— 

Ariel Turner

ACRL Arts Publications and Research Committee Chair 2015-2017 
Ariel Turner 

Discovery Librarian 

Art & Design and Foreign Languages Liaison 

Kennesaw State University 

1200 Chastain Road, Suite 209

Kennesaw, GA 30144 

Phone: 470-578-6273 

aturne93@kennesaw.edu 

December 22, 2015

ArtsGuide: 2016 ALA Annual Conference – Boston

ArtsGuide: 2016 ALA Annual Conference – Boston: Google Map

Going to ALA Midwinter? Check out our Boston ArtsGuide! It is a Google map accessible via both mobile devices and desktops, so you can have the info on the go. Each genre of art has its own layer, so you can choose to display whichever landmarks you’re most interested in seeing.

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

Special thanks to all of our contributors and the ACRL Arts Publications and Research Committee!

Have a wonderful time in Boston,

Claudia Covert

editor, ArtsGuide Boston
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