ACRL Arts Section Blog

June 19, 2014

ArtsGuide Las Vegas and Photo Contest

ArtsGuide: Las Vegas – Annual 2014 (PDF) and Google map

Plan on taking pictures of the arts/performances you attend during the conference? 

Upload your photos to our Facebook page (ACRL Arts Section, tweet about it or give it the #ArtsSection hashtag to share your photos on our live social media streams. Photos submitted will be entered in a contest. Deadline is July 2, 2014.

Fine print:
If there are people in your photo, you are responsible for obtaining the necessary releases from the individual depicted.  You must not submit images that put any person or animal in danger or infringe on the right of another person.  Photo captions must include the subject of the image, the location the image was taken, and the name of the photographer.  You will retain all rights to any photograph you submit.  Only the winners (1st, 2nd, and 3rd) grant ACRL Arts Section royalty free rights to your photograph to publicize on our website and our social media.  We will credit all photos by your name.

*A BIG thank you to all of our contributors especially the ACRL Arts Research and Publication Committee: Bridget O’Donnell, editor, Ariel Turner, and  Lauren McDonald.

June 6, 2014

ACRL Arts Discussion Forum – Las Vegas 2014

Going to ALA?
Please join us for the ACRL Arts Discussion Forum!
Saturday, June 28, 2014 10:30-11:30am
Las Vegas Convention Center – N119


Dramaturgy Challenge: Real-Life Research Instruction for Performing Arts Students
Maryke Barber, Public Services and Arts Liaison Librarian, Hollins University

This presentation will introduce the audience to a framework for information literacy instruction specifically designed for arts students. It is hands-on, team-based, and includes elements of evaluation, presentation, and competition. Most importantly, it is grounded in the real-life work of dramaturgs, theatre professionals whose work depends on their versatility and skills as researchers. Dramaturgs are responsible for gathering contextual research for actors, directors, and designers. This session turns students into competing teams of dramaturgs who must work together to gather the best possible information for an upcoming production. The teams present and defend their top resources in a winner-take-all competition with the other team. This program successfully engages students who have already received basic instruction in previous courses, and who might therefore resist another standard format one-shot session. While designed for theatre students, it can be adapted to work for all areas of performance, and as a “curator challenge” for visual arts students.



Visiting Artist Lecture Series: A Librarian Creation Bringing Artists to Campus and the Community

John Burns, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Dixie State University

Take art librarianship to the next level and create a visiting artist lecture series at your institution! The speaker (an avid art librarian) will talk about the creation of a free art lecture series he created for students, faculty, and the community in partnership with several campus and community entities. He will share his experience bringing professional artists on campus to lecture/demo about their work and inspiration in various mediums. Learn how you can create a similar series with little more than passion and an investment of time. The speaker will also share his experiences that led to becoming the director of another campus wide lecture series that also brings artist to campus bringing the arts to science students, business, students, nursing students, and more.


The New Fenwick Hallway Gallery: A Space for Art & Inquiry
Jenna Rinalducci, Art & Visual Technology Liaison Librarian, George Mason University

Fenwick Library at George Mason University is currently undergoing a major addition. In an effort to make public spaces as attractive as possible during construction, a highly-trafficked hallway was transformed into a gallery space for inquiry and engagement. This space highlights work by students, faculty, and associates and connects their work to the library collection. We partnered with the College of Visual and Performing Arts to hire a graduate assistant. We also developed policies about using exhibit images for educational and promotional purposes. Using the WordPress platform, the website ( is a critical to this education and promotion. It showcases the art along with information about the artists. The website also lists circulating books that complement the exhibit theme (including thumbnail images of the books and links to the catalog). The website even tracks the progress of the gallery through images (e.g. images of the former hallway, the exhibit installation).


May 12, 2014

ACRL Arts Las Vegas ArtsGuide – Seeking Contributors

Filed under: ALA Annual 2014,ArtsGuide — ccovert @ 12:54 pm

What are your favorite art places in Las Vegas?  The ACRL Arts Section is seeking contributors to the Las Vegas ArtsGuide for the upcoming 2014 ALA Annual Conference!

The ArtsGuide is a semi-annual guide and customized Google Map developed by the ACRL Arts Section’s Publications & Research Committee to help ALA conference attendees find arts-related venues and events in and around host cities.

It’s a great opportunity to get involved with the ACRL Arts Section! It’s also a fun way to contribute your knowledge of the area to enhance everyone’s conference experience. Both ACRL members and non-members are welcome to contribute.

You can see previous ArtsGuides here:

Please use our online submission form: (

to add content to our sections:

1. Visual Arts & Museums

2. Architecture

3. Dance

4. Theatre

5. Music

6. Film

Submissions are due by May 22, 2014.

Questions, please contact:

Bridget O’Donnell, ArtsGuide Editor –

Claudia Covert, ACRL Arts Publications and Research Committee Chair –

CALL FOR PRESENTERS: ACRL ARTS Section’s Discussion Forum at ALA Annual in Las Vegas

Filed under: ALA Annual 2014,Announcements — ccovert @ 12:52 pm

Are you doing research in the arts that you would like to share with fellow librarians?  

Is there something you’re doing at your library dealing with the arts that you think others should know about?

If so, the ACRL Arts section invites you to submit a presentation proposal for our in person Discussion Forum to be held on Saturday, June 28, 2014.

Presentations can be on any topic pertaining to the arts or design (see list of possible topics below). It can be a project that you are currently working on or research you are engaged in. There is no requirement for presenters to be Arts Section members to participate. Students are also encouraged to make a submission.  Each presentation will be 15-20 minutes with a short Q&A after.

Proposals should include presenter name, position, and institution as well as a presentation title and a short abstract. Please submit your proposals online.  The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, June 2. Chosen presenters will be notified shortly after.

Possible topics:

  • Innovations in providing/accessing art publications
  • Use of audio-video/tutorials/mobile media in arts libraries
  • Copyright and fair use in the arts environment
  • Developments in the display and/or preservation of arts materials
  • Innovative information literacy or visual literacy techniques with arts students
  • Emerging technologies in arts libraries
  • Inventive collection management and development in the arts
  • Strategies for reaching out to arts users (students and faculty)
  • Copyright and fair use in the arts environment
  • Evaluating the needs of arts users
  • Use of images in information literacy instruction
  • Creative physical or online/virtual exhibits

If you have questions, please contact me.

Claudia Covert,

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