ACRL Arts Section Blog

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,

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