ACRL Arts Section Blog

July 23, 2009

50th Anniversary Commemorative Broadside

Filed under: 50th Anniversary Celebration 2009,Announcements — billhemmig @ 3:33 pm

Here’s a better image of the wonderful broadside created by Michael Pearce for our anniversary celebration.  There are still some copies available; if you’d like one please contact Roland Hansen at rchansen@colum.edu and he will send you one.

Broadside by Michael Pearce
Broadside by Michael Pearce

Tribute Resolution from ALA on the Occasion of Our 50th Anniversary

Filed under: 50th Anniversary Celebration 2009,Announcements — billhemmig @ 3:17 pm

First time I’ve been near a scanner since the conference.  This was presented to the Section at our 50th Anniversary Reception (see the post for July 12 conference activities).

"Dedicated to the Arts Section...on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Arts."

"Dedicated to the Arts Section...on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of Arts."

July 13, 2009

Sunday, July 12

Filed under: 50th Anniversary Celebration 2009,Announcements — billhemmig @ 5:09 pm

Big, big day for the Section.  So big in fact that I had to wait a day to post this report on it.  The Executive Committee/General Membership meeting in the morning was well-attended and lively, with a few new members in attendance. (We need only 30 more members to reach the magic number of 1000 which would increase our funding, so if you’re not a member PLEASE consider joining, and if you are a member TELL YOUR FRIENDS.)  The minutes of the meeting will be posted here  later, but I will go ahead and report that there was a discussion about virtual meetings that went well beyond what I expected….watch this blog where we intend to conduct a serious discussion of this issue.

Arts Program 2009: at the table: Elisabeth Long

Arts Program 2009: at the table: Elisabeth Long

Speaking: Sally Alatalo. At the table, L to R: Jeff Weddle, Michael Pearce

Speaking: Sally Alatalo. At the table, L to R: Jeff Weddle, Michael Pearce

Our program, More Than Paper: The Small Press and the Artists’ Book, was well attended and enthusiastically received.  It brought a unique perspective to our appreciation of these sorts of materials and the unique challenges they present to those of us who collect and provide access to them.
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Dr. Jeff Weddle, Asst. Professor at the University of Alabama and author of Bohemian New Orleans: The Story of the Outsider and Loujon Press, spoke about the amazing lives and careers of Jon Edgar and Louise “Gypsy Lou” Webb, founders of Loujon Press and its literary review, the Outsider
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Sally Alatalo, Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, book artist and publisher at Sara Ranchouse Publishing, demonstrated with her own work and that of other book artists the difficulty that book artists have “behaving themselves,” instead exploiting the qualities of the book format to do all sorts of unorthodox things that libraries tend not to address when indexing them. 
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Elizabeth Long, Co-Director of the Digital Library Development Center at the University of Chicago, observed that because of the many ways in which technology has changed the dissemination of information, the book is freed to exploit its best qualities, and in fact is already changing radically.  These changes are presenting libraries with new challenges in providing access; Long showed us some recent alternatives to standard cataloging for artists’ books.
Stimulating discussion between presenters and attendees followed the presentations.  Many thanks to Roland Hansen, Chair of the 2009 Program Planning Comittee, Michael Pearce, program moderator, and the rest of the committee for a great program.
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Immediately after the program and just down the hall we celebrated our 50th Anniversary.  Chair Lucie Stylianopoulos welcomed everyone to the celebration, after which ACRL President Erika Linke and our Board Liaison Mary Carr presented us with a proclamation from ALA honoring our 50 years of service to the profession.  Arts member Michael Pearce created a broadside commemmorating our 50th year (there’s an unsatisfactory photo of it below–I’ll post a better image soon).  It was a great start for our next 50 years!
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Many thanks again to Casalini Libri and the Section members who generously made this event a possibility.
Mary Carr, Erika Linke, Lucie Stylianopoulis

Mary Carr, Erika Linke, Lucie StylianopoulisRoland Hansen, Michael Pearce

Erika Linke, Lucie Stylianopoulos, Brenda Bikos, Mary Carr, Susan Weisner
Erika Linke, Lucie Stylianopoulos, Brenda Bikos, Mary Carr, Susan Weisner
Roland Hansen, Michael Pearce

Roland Hansen, Michael Pearce

July 11, 2009

Section Events for Sunday, July 12

Filed under: 50th Anniversary Celebration 2009,Announcements — billhemmig @ 4:38 pm

Executive & General Membership Meeting: Sunday, July 12, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, Sheraton Chicago, Ontario Room

More Than Paper: The Small Press and the Artist’s Book: Program, Sunday, July 12, 1:30-3:00 pm, Hyatt Regency McCormick  Hotel, Conference Center Room 23
Our program will focus on three primary aspects of the Book Arts: the aesthetic elements involved in production, distribution and sale of fine letterpress books and other materials and their artistic and cultural value as objects, the cultural and historical significance of small press publications in the realm of literature, and the role libraries must play in preserving these resources, and promoting their availability for scholars and laymen alike.

Arts 50th Anniversary Reception: Sunday, July 12, 3:00-5:00 pm, Hyatt Regency McCormick  Hotel, Pullman Room
Please come help us celebrate our first 50 years!

Saturday July 11

Filed under: 50th Anniversary Celebration 2009,Announcements — billhemmig @ 2:29 pm
Arts 50th Anniversary

Arts 50th Anniversary

I’m taking advantage of the wireless internet access ALA is providing at the conference center to post a few notes about this morning’s Arts activities.  The turnout for both All-Committees and the Discussion Forum was amazing, and Chair Lucie Stylianopoulos represented us at the ACRL101 orientation session, which resulted in some welcome new faces at the Discussion Forum.

The Discussion Forum departed from our usual informal member presentations.  Instead we held a general discussion on the current and possible future state of arts librarianship.  Discussion began with our reactions to the reported demise of the BHA database, and grew into discussion of the future of databases of concern to the arts: coverage, stability, economics, the demand for full text, the viability of Google Scholar, and how we can work with providers to affect future content.

We talked about the recent and rapid phasing out of slide libraries and visual resources librarians, and ways in which we can promote our unique skills in the face of dwindling budgets: working collaboratively with non-arts disciplines to extend awareness of visual resources and services, and taking on leadership roles in the critical areas of new media literacies and copyright and fair use.

Other topics included outreach to classroom faculty, particularly in the performing arts, the need to make non-arts-oriented citation style arbiters such as the APA aware of their lack of guidelines for citing media, mentoring as a possible future direction for the Section, and the need for future discussion of emerging changes in the ways that research is conducted.  Thanks to Beth Kerr for leading the discussions.

It was a stimulating morning and a promising start to the conference.  Many thanks to everyone who attended.

BTW, Carrie Bertling, Reference & Instruction Librarian at Towson University in Maryland, has graciously agreed to succeed me as moderator of this blog as I prepare to become Section Chair.  I’ll still be posting from time to time (and I hope more of you become contributors here too), but watch for Carrie’s voice here soon.  Welcome, Carrie, and thank you!!

Bill

July 10, 2009

Welcome to ALA Annual 2009!

Filed under: 50th Anniversary Celebration 2009,Announcements — billhemmig @ 10:46 am

The weather’s a bit iffy in Chicago today, and I’m posting this from the corridor outside my hotel room because I can’t get a decent wireless connection in the room, but nonetheless it’s great to be back in Chicago and I’m looking forward to a terrific conference.  If you’re here too, or soon will be, please make time for tommorrow’s Arts events:

All Committees Meeting: Saturday, July 11, 8:00-10:00 am, Sheraton Chicago BR 1
If you’re not a member of a Section committee but you’d like to find out how to get involved, come to the All Committees meeting and jump right in.  Newcomers are always welcome!

Arts Discussion Forum: Saturday, July 11, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, Intercontinental Hotel, Toledo Room
In lieu of our usual presentations by Section members, we are holding a special open discussion: Arts: The Next 50 Years.  Where are we headed as a section?  As arts librarians?  Where should we focus our energies in uncertain times?  Any issues from the current (the future of BHA?) to the more remote (virtual conferences?) are fair game, but this discussion is for you.  Please come and tell us what’s on your mind. 

And if you’re looking for something unforgettable to do in your free time don’t forget the Chicago ArtsGuide 2009 and the ArtsGuide Google Map (http://tinyurl.com/09artsguide).

If you’re not attending the conference but you’d like to keep up with Section activities, follow this blog or use Twitter tag #acrlarts.

Bill Hemmig
Vice Chair

New: Arts Section History Timeline

Filed under: 50th Anniversary Celebration 2009,Announcements — billhemmig @ 10:28 am

Many thanks again to Stephen Patrick for giving us this graphic illustration of our history.  The Arts 50th Anniversary Timeline is, like the more in-depth Arts Chronology, a work in progress, so if you see  any informational gaps that you can fill, please leave comments.

June 30, 2009

Arts Section Chronology and Notable Dates — Your Input Welcome

Filed under: 50th Anniversary Celebration 2009,Announcements — billhemmig @ 2:43 pm

To commemorate our 50th Anniversary, Arts Section member Stephen Patrick has created a Section Chronology, documenting our history from the first work toward its creation in 1958 until, well, next week.  This is a work in progress: if you notice anything that needs to be corrected or realize that something’s missing that shouldn’t be, please post your comment here and help make this as complete a history as we can make it.

Thank you, Stephen, for all your work on this important document.  It is a true gift to us.

ARTS_50th_Chronology

June 23, 2009

Thank you!

Filed under: 50th Anniversary Celebration 2009,Announcements — billhemmig @ 12:57 pm

Many, many thanks to Casalini Libri and to the many Arts Members who so graciously contributed to make our 50th Anniversary party a success.

See you in Chicago!

Arts Activities at ALA Annual 2009

Filed under: 50th Anniversary Celebration 2009,Announcements — billhemmig @ 9:40 am

Please make room on your Conference schedule for these Section activities:

All Committees Meeting: Saturday, July 11, 8:00-10:00 am, Sheraton Chicago BR 1
If you’re not a member of a Section committee but you’d like to find out how to get involved, come to the All Committees meeting and jump right in.  Newcomers are always welcome!

Arts Discussion Forum: Saturday, July 11, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, Intercontinental Hotel, Toledo Room
In lieu of our usual presentations by Section members, we are holding a special open discussion: Arts: The Next 50 Years.  Where are we headed as a section?  As arts librarians?  Where should we focus our energies in uncertain times?  Any issues from the current (the future of BHA?) to the more remote (virtual conferences?) are fair game, but this discussion is for you.  Please come and tell us what’s on your mind. 

Film & Broadcast Librarians Discussion Group: Saturday, July 11, 1:30-3:00 pm, Sheraton Chicago, Columbus Room

Dance Librarians Discussion Group: Saturday, July 11, 3:30-5:30 pm, Sheraton Chicago, Parlor C

Executive & General Membership Meeting: Sunday, July 12, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, Sheraton Chicago, Ontario Room

More Than Paper: The Small Press and the Artist’s Book: Program, Sunday, July 12, 1:30-3:00 pm, Hyatt Regency McCormick  Hotel, Conference Center Room 23
Our program will focus on three primary aspects of the Book Arts: the aesthetic elements involved in production, distribution and sale of fine letterpress books and other materials and their artistic and cultural value as objects, the cultural and historical significance of small press publications in the realm of literature, and the role libraries must play in preserving these resources, and promoting their availability for scholars and laymen alike.

Arts 50th Anniversary Reception: Sunday, July 12, 3:00-5:00 pm, Hyatt Regency McCormick  Hotel, Pullman Room
See the invitation posted below.  Please come help us celebrate our first 50 years!

Attend virtually!
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