ACRL Arts Section Blog

June 29, 2011

Powerpoints: Annual 2011 Arts Section Discussion Forum

Filed under: ALA Annual 2011,Announcements,Publications and Research — Ngoc-Yen Tran @ 3:54 pm

We had some great presentations for our Discussion Forum this year in New Orleans.  If you missed the discussion, you can still view the powerpoints.  Please send comments or questions about a project directly to the presenter.

Comments or questions about the Discussion Forum can be sent to Ngoc-Yen Tran (Chair, Publications and Research Committee) at nttran[at]

June 22, 2011

Please review the Midwinter 2011 minutes

Filed under: ALA Annual 2011,ALA Midwinter 2011,Executive Committee — ccaviness @ 11:51 am

Please review this draft of the minutes from our Midwinter 2011 meeting in preparation for the upcoming Executive/Membership Meeting:

Sunday, June 26, 2011, 10:30 am to noon

New Orleans Marriott – La Galerie 2

Please feel free to leave a comment.

June 13, 2011

Arts Executive/Membership Meeting Agenda

Filed under: ALA Annual 2011,Executive Committee — ccovert @ 12:49 pm

Sunday, June 26, 2011, 10:30 am to noon

New Orleans Marriott – La Galerie 2


Tweet and Blog Annual

Filed under: ALA Annual 2011,Announcements — ccovert @ 12:20 pm
For all you blogging and tweeters, use #ala11 and #acrlarts at Annual for arts events!

June 8, 2011

Creating Multimedia Metadata: Controlled Vocabularies Across Time And Space

Filed under: ALA Annual 2011 — ccovert @ 11:14 am


Sunday, June 26, 2011
1:30pm – 3:30pm

Convention Center, Room 338

Moderator: Kathleen Haefliger, Music & Performing Arts Librarian, Chicago State University

Jenn Riley, Head, Carolina Digital Library and Archives,
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Lucie Wall Stylianopoulos, Head, Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library, University of Virginia
Susan L. Wiesner, 2011 ACLS Digital Innovation Fellow, RCL Subject Editor, Treasurer, Society of Dance History Scholars, Adjunct Faculty in Dance Theory, Kennesaw State University

The performing arts are ephemeral textual forms that often elude capture and are difficult to access. While libraries and archives have developed metadata that enables research into collections of written texts, little has been done for texts that encompass space and time: dance, theatre, architecture, and archeology. This panel will discuss issues and possible solutions to the development of controlled vocabularies for, and systematic description of, performance arts objects: both tactile and ephemeral.

Sponsored by ACRL Arts & co-sponsored in name only by ACRL Image Resources Interest Group, ACRL ANSS, ALCTS Metadata Interest Group

June 6, 2011

New Orleans ArtsGuide Now Available!

Filed under: ALA Annual 2011 — Joe Clark @ 3:51 pm

The ArtsGuide for New Orleans is now available here as a PDF:  ArtsGuide_NOLA 

The supplemental google maps guide is at:

May 31, 2011

ACRL Arts Event – New Orleans Museum of Art Library Open House

Filed under: ALA Annual 2011 — ccovert @ 11:14 am






Join us on Saturday June 25th at NOMA to view the exhibition BOOKMARKS : Illustration, Livres d’artiste,  Artist’s Books, Bookworks.

At   2:00 p.m. visit the Felix J. Dreyfous Library at the New Orleans Museum of Art for an open house and to view the library.

The open house will be followed by a program and demonstration of artists’ books, 3:30 – 5:00 p.m. in NOMA’s auditorium.

Conference goers that present their conference tags on this day will receive a 50% discount on admission, and a 10% discount in the museum shop.

Please call me at 504-658-4117 or email to if you will attend the open house and/or the program.

Please check our NOMA’s web site for information about exhibitions, hours, and location.

I look forward to seeing you,

Sheila A. Cork


May 2, 2011

ACRL Arts Meetings and Events for ALA Annual 2011 New Orleans

Filed under: ALA Annual 2011,Announcements — ccovert @ 2:57 pm

Saturday, June 25

All Committees Meeting

8-10 am Sheraton New Orleans – Southdown

Discussion Forum

10:30-12 pm Sheraton New Orleans – Southdown


  • The Psychoscope: A Staged Reading, a Departmental Collaboration, and a Mysterious Scientific Device

Ann Medaille, Reference & Instruction Librarian, University of Nevada, Reno

  • Indexing the Artist Journal

Amy Ballmer, Reference Librarian Mina Rees Library Graduate Center, CUNY

  • Surveying the Arts Perspective on Electronic Resources

Jessica Evans Brady, Visual & Performing Arts Librarian, Florida State University

  • Programming a Performing Arts Library

Joe Clark, Head of the Performing Arts Library, Kent State University

  • Outreach to Artists: Developing a Culture of Research within the Sam Fox School’s MFA Program

Kasia Leousis, Art & Architecture Librarian, Washington University in St Louis

Current Trends in European Film

10:30-12 pm Morial Convention Center – Rm 277

(Sponsored by ACRL WESS/SEES & co-sponsored in name only by ACRL Arts)

Dance Librarians Discussion Group

1:30-3:30 pm Sheraton New Orleans – Napoleon B3

New Orleans Museum of Art Open House

2-5pm One Collins Diboll Circle, City Park, for more info see, more info on admission and discounts forthcoming.

In conjunction with the exhibit “Bookmarks: The Artist’s Response to Text”

  • 2-3:30pm Library – light refreshments and drinks will be served
  • 3:30-5pm Auditorium – Program by Bill and Vicky Stewart from Vamp and Tramp, Booksellers, LLC, ( books will displayed for a up close look.

Film & Broadcast Librarians Discussion Group

4-5:30 pm Sheraton New Orleans – Bayside A/B

Sunday, June 26

Executive & General Membership

10:30-12 pm New Orleans Marriott – La Galerie 2

Filmmaker Helen Hill: Animation, Activism and Recovery

10:30-12pm Morial Convention Center – Rm 353

(Sponsored by ALA Video Roundtable & co-sponsored by ACRL Arts)

Creating Multimedia Metadata: Controlled Vocabularies Across Time and Space 1:30-3:30 pm Morial Convention Center – Rm 338

(Sponsored by ACRL Arts & co-sponsored in name only by ACRL Image Resources Interest Group, ACRL ANSS, ALCTS Metadata Interest Group)

Digital Arts Discussion Group

4:00-5:30 pm Marriott at Convention Center – Julia

Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education: Introducing a New Interdisciplinary Information Literacy Standard for 21st Century Learner

4:00-5:30 pm Morial Convention Center – Rm 339

(Sponsored by ACRL Image Resources Interest Group & co-sponsored in name only by ACRL Arts)

March 7, 2011

ALA 2011 IRIG visual literacy program

Filed under: ALA Annual 2011,Announcements — ccovert @ 11:42 am

Arts is a co sponsor (name only) of this program.  It would be wonderful to see some Arts members proposals!

Do you work with students on projects involving images and visual media? Do you teach image research, analysis, evaluation, or citation skills, or are you looking for ways to incorporate visual literacy instruction into the curriculum? We would like to hear from you!

The ACRL/IRIG visual Literacy Standards Task Force has recently released draft ACRL/IRIG Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education. We are looking for educators interested in testing implementation of parts of the draft Standards, then presenting about the experience at ALA 2011 in New Orleans. We are seeking proposals that outline your ideas for implementing parts of the Standards, and using the Standards as tools for pursuing visual literacy with college and university students. We welcome all proposals from individuals or teams, and especially encourage submissions from librarians, faculty, archivists, curators, educational technologists, visual resources professionals, and others with experience working with students and visual materials in higher education.

Proposals should include:

  • Your name, title, and institution
  • A brief statement about your interest or experience with visual literacy
  • The Standard(s) or Performance Indicator(s) from the draft ACRL/IRIG Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education you would like to implement
  • A general description of the student population and course, assignment, or setting where you plan to incorporate visual literacy learning outcomes from the draft Standards
  • Some of your ideas for implementation strategies, possibly including ideas for learning objects or instructional materials, classroom activities, online resources, or assessment methods

Proposal Deadline: Friday, March 18, 2011

Send proposals to: Joanna Burgess at

Accepted participants will:

  • Test implementation of one or more Performance Indicator(s) from the draft ACRL/IRIG Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education
  • Develop and use one or more learning objects (worksheet, tutorial, web page, activity, etc) in the implementation process
  • Assess student learning based on the Performance Indicator(s) and associated Learning Outcomes selected for implementation
  • Reflect on successes and challenges of the implementation process
  • Discuss your experiences with the ACRL/IRIG Visual Literacy Standards Task Force and provide feedback on the draft Standards
  • Give a 10-minute presentation describing your experiences in the ALA Annual 2011 session “Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education: Introducing a new interdisciplinary information literacy standard for 21st century learners” in New Orleans on Sunday, June 26, 2011, including a handout with the learning object or supporting materials and the assessment method used

Ideas for possible Performance Indicators to implement (see the draft Standards document for associated Learning Outcomes and more ideas):

The visually literate student…

  • identifies a variety of image sources, materials, and types (Standard One, Performance Indicator 2)
  • conducts effective image searches (Standard Two, Performance Indicator 2)
  • situates an image in its cultural, social, and historical contexts (Standard Three, Performance Indicator 2)
  • evaluates the effectiveness and reliability of images as visual communications (Standard Four, Performance Indicator 2)
  • uses technology effectively to work with images (Standard Five, Performance Indicator 2)
  • produces images for a range of projects and scholarly uses (Standard Six, Performance Indicator 1)
  • understands many of the ethical, legal, social, and economic issues surrounding images and visual media (Standard Seven, Performance Indicator 1)

Please contact Joanna Burgess ( or Denise Hattwig ( with any questions. For more information about the draft Visual Literacy Standards development process, please see the project blog at

We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

Joanna Burgess
Reed College

Denise Hattwig
University of Washington

ACRL/IRIG ALA 2011 Program Co-Chairs

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