ACRL Arts Section Blog

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

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