ACRL Arts Section Blog

June 18, 2015

ArtsGuide: 2015 ALA Annual Conference – San Francisco

ArtsGuide: 2015 ALA Annual Conference – San Francisco: Google Map

Going to ALA Annual? Check out our San Francisco ArtsGuide! It is a Google map accessible via both mobile devices and desktops, so you can have the info on the go. Each genre of art has its own layer, so you can choose to display whichever landmarks you’re most interested in seeing.

Plan on taking pictures of the arts/performances you attend during the conference? Share your photos via our Facebook page or tweet about it using the #ArtsSection hashtag.

Special thanks to contributors Eric Kidwell and Jacalyn Bryan, as well as Claudia Covert and the rest of the ACRL Arts Publications and Research Committee!

Have a wonderful time in San Francisco,

Ariel Turner

editor, ArtsGuide San Francisco


June 16, 2015

ACRL Arts Discussion Forum at ALA San Francisco

Going to ALA Annual? Please join us for ACRL Arts Discussion Forum on Saturday, June 27 from 10:30-11:30am at Hilton San Francisco Union Square Continental 6

Our presentations are:

Engaging Design: Visually Aesthetic Learning Design
Seth Porter
Instruction and Reference Librarian
The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Visually aesthetic design is an important part of the human experience. Colors, design and other aesthetics have a marked impact on behavior and emotion. Through the presentation the I will make the argument that visually aesthetic design in information literacy and other learning opportunities is a key tool for instructional designers and instructional librarians.

Teaching Information Literacy Skills Using Creative Play: The Rutgers Art Library Lego Playing Station
Megan Lotts
Art Librarian
Rutgers, the State University of NJ

In September of 2014 the Rutgers University Art Library implemented a Lego® playing station to help stimulate creativity and innovation within the library, as well as a new way to connect with Design students. The author will discuss a collaborative project with 100 freshmen from the Department of Landscape Architecture who experienced the Lego Playing Station as a means to stretch their design skills and to learn more about the libraries and Information Literacy. This presentation will be based off my research and a paper given at ACRL:
Lego® Play: Implementing a Culture of Creativity & Making in the Academic Library.

Fostering Visual Literacy through Project-Based Learning, Online Student Engagement, and Social Media Tools
Melissa Del Castillo
Virtual Learning & Outreach Librarian and Art, Art History, & Architecture Liaison
Florida International University

This presentation will chronicle early stage involvement of an embedded librarian in an introductory online art course as well as detail future goals for the collaboration. The existing librarian-faculty partnership seeks to realize the ACRL Frameworks and Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education through the creation and execution of engaging assignments via the use of social media.

Claudia Covert
Special Collections Librarian

May 17, 2015

CALL FOR PRESENTERS: ACRL ARTS Section’s Annual Discussion Forum in San Francisco

The ACRL Arts section invites you to submit a presentation proposal for our in person Discussion Forum to be held on Saturday, June 27, 2015 at 10:30am.

Presentations can be on any topic pertaining to the arts or design. 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 at The deadline for submissions is Tuesday, June 8. Chosen presenters will be notified on June 10.

Any questions, please contact Claudia Covert, ACRL Arts Publications & Research Committee Chair at

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