ACRL Arts Section Blog

June 20, 2011

Dance Librarians Discussion Group Meeting at ALA Annual 2011

Filed under: ALA Annual 2010,Dance Librarians Discussion Group — Helice @ 10:26 pm

Cover image from "Apollo's Angels: A History of Ballet" (2010) by Jennifer Homans

Please excuse the late notification about the upcoming meeting, which will be taking place as scheduled, on Saturday, June 25, 2011, from 1:30-3:30 pm.  More details about the location, etc. can be found on the Conference Scheduler page.

Although I will not be able to attend this year’s ALA Annual Meeting in New Orleans, Kathleen Haefliger has graciously agreed to lead the Dance Librarians Discussion Group meeting in my absence.

In lieu of a formal agenda, you are invited to bring your own ideas for discussion topics to the meeting.  To get the conversation started, here also are some of the topics from our most recent past meetings that it would be great to see develop into full fledged projects:

  • Outreach with library schools and/or dance departments to develop training opportunities for students with an interest in dance librarianship, archives, and history.
  • A review feature on recent dance on film and video created by DLDG for publication in Booklist, C&RL News, or some other venue.

I also tried to arrange for an online chat with Jennifer Homans, author of Apollo’s Angels: A History of Ballet to take place during ALA week, but, unfortunately, she was unavailable this month due to travel and other commitments.  However, she is enthusiastic about communicating with the group and has agreed to an do an interview in late July.  Please send in any ideas for interview questions or your comments about the book as a reply to the discussion page.

Thanks so much!  I hope it’s a great conference!

January 5, 2011

Please Review the Annual 2010 Meeting Minutes

Please review this draft of the minutes from our annual 2010 meeting in preparation for the virtual Executive/Membership Meeting Wednesday, January 12th at 1:00pm EST.

Please feel free to leave a comment.

June 22, 2010

Full Schedule of Arts Section Activities at Annual 2010

Filed under: ALA Annual 2010,Announcements — billhemmig @ 2:05 pm

All Committees Meeting: Saturday, June 26, 8:00-10:00 am, Hyatt Regency Washington, Ticonderoga.
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.  We have upcoming vacancies on many committees and newcomers are always welcome!

Arts Discussion Forum: Saturday, June 26, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, Hyatt Regency Washington, Ticonderoga.
Stay after the All-Committees meeting for lively PechaKucha presentations and discussions on how to reach out to studio art and architecture students with Stacy B. Brinkman, the Art and Architecture Librarian from Miami University; the evolutionary journey of the Delaware College of Art & Design’s library blog with the Library Director, Amelia Nelson; and a study on video tutorials in academic libraries with Eamon Tewell, the Senior Library Assistant at Moore College of Art & Design.

Dance Librarians Discussion Group: Saturday, June 26, 1:30-3:30 pm, Grand Hyatt Washington, Independence G.
Topics will include: What is a dance librarian? How do we define dance librarians in order to identify them for outreach?  How should dance librarians respond to the increased popularity of dance in popular culture?  Are the current venues for reviews of new books and other media sufficient for dance collections?

Film & Broadcast Librarians Discussion Group: Saturday, June 26, 4:00-5:30 pm, Grand Hyatt Washington, Independence G.
The highlight of this discussion will be proposals for two group-authored articles, one about librarians’ favorite film and media resources, and one about the 100 essential Blu-ray DVDs for any library’s collection.

Executive & General Membership Meeting: Sunday, June 27, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, Washington Plaza, Jefferson.
This is the place to get the big picture of what happens in Arts.  It’s also another opportunity to meet the committee chairs and get involved.

How We Memorialize: The Art and Politics of Public Memorialization: Program, Sunday, June 27, 1:30-3:30 pm, Renaissance Washington, Congressional Hall A/B.
Our program will examine emotional, spiritual and intellectual responses to public memorials and consider political issues involved in their creation.  In addition, the program will examine, within the context of the nature of the public memorial, how the act of memorializing is evolving.  What is the definition of a memorial?  Is this definition being recast in light of virtual or transitory memorials?  How does one document and “preserve” memorials that are not physical or permanent?

Tours of the National Japanese Memorial to Patriotism During World War II: Sunday, June 27, 4:00 and 4:45 pm.
In conjunction with our Program, Architect Davis Buckley will be giving special tours of the National Japanese Memorial to Patriotism During World War II, a memorial designed by his firm.  Two tours will be given at 4:00 and 4:45 and are limited to 20 people each. Tour groups will meet at the memorial, which is located at the intersection of New Jersey Avenue, Louisiana Avenue, and D Street ( Union Station is the closest Metro stop.  To reserve your spot on a tour, please email Eric Kidwell at or Shannon Van Kirk at by Monday, June 21. Please specify whether you will attend the 4:00 or 4:45 tour.

Digital Arts Discussion Group: Sunday, June 27, 4:00-5:30 pm, Renaissance Washington, Meeting Room 5.
This is the first meeting of our new discussion group, for anyone interested in issues affecting the creation and collection of, and access to, the digital arts.  Join us and help set the agenda for future discussions.

Still have time left?
Use our DC ArtsGuide to find cultural activities in Washington during the conference.  This year it includes a supplemental guide to Washington public memorials to accompany our program!  Check it out at

Attend virtually!
Whether you’ll be in DC or not, follow the Arts Section Blog ( for postings from the conference.  If you Twitter, follow and post using tags #ala10 for the Conference and #acrlarts for the Arts Section.  Also check out our Facebook page ( and the Section Website ( for Conference information.

June 16, 2010

Women’s Studies Section 2010 Conference Program

Filed under: ALA Annual 2010,Announcements — billhemmig @ 1:30 pm

This program should be of interest to many Arts members:


Women’s Studies Section 2010 Conference Program

Finding the Best Film for the Classroom: Feminist Pedagogy, Visual Literacy and Representation

Date/time: Monday June 28, 8:30AM (it will be preceded by an award ceremony at 8AM)

Place: Washington Convention Center – 147A

Description:  Multimedia resources allow students who are increasingly visually oriented to experience other eras and cultures and to acquire ethnographic sensibility and visual literacy that could not be delivered through textual material. A panel of four experts: a media librarian, a film distributor, a film review e-journal editor, and a university faculty member will discuss issues concerning multimedia resources on women’s issues sharing their perspectives on collection development, marketing, distribution and classroom use. The program will be moderated by Kayo Denda, Head, Margery Somers Foster Center and Women’s Studies Librarian, Rutgers University. Panel particpants include:

Karen Alexander is Senior Editor of /Signs: Journal of Women in Culture and Society (, a founding editor of  Films for the Feminist Classroom

Chimene Tucker is the librarian for the Film and Media Studies, LGBT Studies, and World History at the University of California Santa Barbara.

Debra Zimmerman is the Executive Director of  Women Make Movies.

Dan Moshenberg is the Director of the Women’s Studies Program and professor of English at George Washington University.

The co-sponsors of this program are Feminist Task Force (FTF) and Committee on the Status of Women in Librarianship (COSWL).

June 15, 2010

Dance Librarians Discussion Group Agenda — ALA Annual 2010

Filed under: ALA Annual 2010,Dance Librarians Discussion Group — Helice @ 6:10 pm
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Dance Librarians Discussion Group


Grand Hyatt Washington, Independence G
Saturday, June 26, 2010
1:30 pm- 3:30 pm

Welcome and introductions


Discussion topics:

  • What is a dance librarian?

Develop a fact sheet to recruit new professionals.  In addition to students in academic dance programs, we could work on targeting dance schools, as well as dance companies with career transition programs.

  • As evidenced by the success of television shows such as Dancing with the Stars and So You Think You Can Dance and the reception of recent film and documentary releases (restored Red Shoes, Frederick Wiseman’s La Danse and PBS broadcast of New York Export: Opus Jazz are prime examples), it is undeniable that dance is growing more popular than ever.

Are we seeing a corresponding demand from our users (or strains on our materials budgets)?  How do we respond more proactively?  How can we leverage this popularity?  How can we be more creative with our programming and outreach efforts?  See recent New York Times article on the impact that DWTS and SYTYCD are having on the development of training and repertory as a possible jumping off point for our discussion.

  • Outlets for reviews of new books and media

Are we well-represented in Choice and other existing publications?  Do we need new venues?

  • Identifying other groups in ALA, etc. with whom to collaborate on a conference program or other project

June 9, 2010

D.C. Dance Performance During ALA Annual

Hof-Atelier Elvira cabinet photograph of Isadora Duncan. NYPL Digital Gallery ID ISADORA_0052V

Is anyone interested in attending one of the performances of Word Dance Theater at Dance Place on either June 26 or June 27?  The program offers a “multi-media production of the life and times of Isadora Duncan.”

From the Dance Place Web site:

“WDT dancers provide brilliant and authentic reconstructions of Isadora Duncan’s choreography. In this production, the events of Duncan’s life are woven together with eleven of her dances which run the gamut from joy to love to patriotism to mourning and to communism. Ranging from the lyric flow of Water Study to the grounded power of Revolutionary Etude you will understand why Duncan is considered the founder of Modern Dance and one of the greatest artists of the modern epoch. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience the life and work of one of America’s greatest geniuses.”

May 25, 2010

Please Review the Midwinter Meeting Minutes

Filed under: ALA Annual 2010,ALA Midwinter 2010 — megansh @ 8:52 am

Please review this draft of the minutes from our midwinter meeting in preparation for Washington D.C.  Please feel free to leave a comment.

May 3, 2010

Mark Your ALA Calendars

Filed under: ALA Annual 2010 — carriebert @ 4:07 pm

ALA Annual logoMark your ALA calendars for Sunday, June 27, 1:30-3:30. The Arts Section program, How We Memorialize: The Art and Politics of Public Memorialization, will be held at this time in the Renaissance Washington (REN) Congressional Hall A/B.

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