ACRL Arts Section Blog

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.

January 10, 2011

ACRL Arts Virtual Executive Committee/General Membership Meeting Reminder

Filed under: ALA Midwinter 2011 — ccovert @ 4:37 pm

Please join us for ACRL Arts Virtual Executive Committee/General Membership Meeting on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 1pm EST  The agenda can be found here:

We will be reviewing ACRL’s Strategic Plan, Plan for Excellence.  Please review this document and be prepared to answer the following questions: 

1.  In considering a 3-5 year planning cycle and a focused strategic plan, is there anything you expected to see in the goals and objective that is not included?
2.  Given the three goal areas, what suggestions do you have for activities and projects that ACRL should undertake an to advance the plan?
3.  Is there anything in the draft plan that is not clear?

See you soon,
Claudia Covert, Chair

January 5, 2011

San Diego ArtsGuide now available!

Filed under: ALA Midwinter 2011,Announcements — ccaviness @ 1:15 pm

The San Diego ArtsGuide to selected events going on during the Midwinter 2011 conference is now available.
For an easy way to get directions to museums, galleries, architectural sites, and venues, check out the Google Map supplement:

This guide has been designed and prepared by:
Caroline Caviness (ARTstor)
Contributors: Karen Kinney (NewSchool of Architecture and Design), Alessia Zanin Yost
(Western Carolina University)

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.

January 4, 2011

Arts Midwinter 2011 Events

Filed under: ALA Midwinter 2011 — ccovert @ 8:58 pm

ACRL Arts Midwinter 2011 Events

Virtual Discussion Forum: Using QR codes to engage students with the arts: A practical approach

Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 11am PST.
QR codes (or Quick Response codes) are interesting things.  With them, you can go anywhere.  Scan a QR code with your smartphone’s camera and soon you’re looking at a website, a map, or a telephone number – just to name a few. Libraries are using these cryptic squares to help students locate library materials, men and women have them on business cards to share contact information easily, and artists use them as inspiration for their artworks.  How can the arts expand on the usage of QR codes to involve students with the arts on campus?  Join the Arts Section for their *Virtual* Discussion Forum to find out how two academic libraries are using these 2D barcodes to engage their students with the 3D art on campus.

Jolanda-Piete van Arnhem (College of Charleston Libraries) will talk about a recycling and waste processing exhibition in the library’s rotunda.  Over 100,000 bottle caps and lids were transformed into contemporary mandalas.  QR codes were used in the exhibit for educational outreach.

Liv Valmestad (University of Manitoba) through the convergence of media, including Google maps, Flickr, blogging, and QR codes, created a virtual gallery accessible to students.  She combined the gallery with augmented reality using Wikitude and FourSquare to create a robust gallery of art on campus.

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Questions?  Contact Yen Tran (nttran at, Chair of the Research and Publications Committee

Dance Librarians Discussion Group

Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 1:30pm.  San Diego Marriott and Marina – Point Loma Room.

Strategic Planning

Saturday, January 8, 2011 at 8:00 am San Diego Marriott and Marina-New York Room.

Virtual Executive Committee/General Membership Meeting
Wednesday, January 12, 2011, 1pm EST.

Midwinter mobile site

Filed under: ALA Midwinter 2011 — ccovert @ 12:14 pm

Headed to the 2011 ALA Midwinter Meeting in San Diego? Then check out, which is the ALA Midwinter Schedule sized perfectly for your mobile browser. If you have an iPhone you can download the schedule as an app by going into the Apple App store and searching “ALA Midwinter.”

December 2, 2010

Dance Librarians Discussion Group Midwinter 2011 Agenda

Filed under: ALA Midwinter 2011,Dance Librarians Discussion Group — Helice @ 12:29 am
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Dance Librarians Discussion Group at ALA Midwinter 2011

San Diego Marriott Hotel & Marina, Point Loma Room

Saturday, January 8, 2011

1:30 pm- 3:30 pm



Welcome and introductions


Discussion topics continued from last meeting:

  • Next steps regarding the recruitment of new professionals.  Ideas proposed so far have included: Surveying which library schools, if any, offer entire courses on performing arts librarianship or as a component in existing classes, such as a special libraries overview; development of fact sheet for dance students in academic programs and dance schools, as well apprentices and professionals in dance companies with career transition programs.
  • Outlets for reviews of books and media.  Seek better representation for dance material in library literature – a review essay in Choice or C&RL News?  Should we begin bestowing our own DLDG “best of” awards?

New discussion topic: Ballet in popular culture

  • Ballet rarely registers in the mainstream media, but it is resurfacing in a big way as 2010 winds down. If there’s time, be prepared to dish about the well-reviewed Apollo’s Angels and the soon-to-be-released Black Swan.

November 18, 2010

Call for *virtual* Discussion Forum presenters at Midwinter 2011


11AM-12noon PST/12-1PM MST/1-2PM CST/2-3PM EST

Are you interested in presenting at Midwinter but won’t be able to make it to sunny San Diego?  Sharing your experiences with fellow members in the Arts Section’s *virtual* Discussion Forum is a great way to participate!

  • 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 register for Midwinter nor do presenters need to be Arts Section members to participate.  Everyone is welcome!
  • Presenters need to be available on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at 2-3PM EST.  Each presentation will be 10-15 minutes with a short Q&A after.

Email your proposals to me Yen Tran (  The deadline for submissions is Friday, December 3rd. Chosen presenters will be notified shortly after. If you have questions, please contact me. Thank you!

Yen Tran
Chair, ACRL Arts Section Publications & Research Committee
805-493-3092 |

“There is one thing one has to have: either a soul that is cheerful by nature, or a soul made cheerful by work, love, art, and knowledge. ”
~ Nietzsche

November 10, 2010

ACRL Research Writer’s Consultations @ ALA Midwinter

Filed under: ALA Midwinter 2011,Announcements — ccovert @ 1:40 pm


The ACRL Research Program Committee (RPC) is once again sponsoring Research Writer’s Consultations at the 2010 ALA Midwinter Meeting, held January 7-12  in San Diego, CA. Aimed at the new or inexperienced writer, the Research Writer’s Consultations will match a writer with an experienced writer or editor, who will offer guidance and critique.



Are you an ACRL member working on a research article? Would you like some constructive feedback? Submit a draft research paper for consultation. RPC will match each new writer with an experienced writer and the pairs will meet face-to-face during the San Diego meeting. Draft research papers must be submitted by Monday, December 20, 2010. Papers will be shared with the experienced writer/editor only. Submission details follow:


Include on first page: Author’s name and contact information in upper left and a paragraph describing what you would like others to comment on about your paper (e.g,. grammar, writing style, clarity, presentation of the research methodology).


Page limit:  25 double-spaced pages, standard 1″ margins


Preferred format:  Microsoft Word. Number pages. Footers should include author’s full name and e-mail.


Draft research papers should be in complete enough form for others to read easily.


Submit by Monday, December 20th to: Sheril Hook at



Are you an experienced, published writer or editor? Interested in providing guidance to your colleagues who may be writing their first research article? Submit your name and a description of your areas of expertise by December 1, 2010. Reviewers are expected to review papers submitted by authors in advance of the San Diego conference, as well as meet with the author for consultation onsite during the conference.


Please send your current contact information, a copy of your current resume or list of publications, and a brief description of your current research interests.


Submit by December 15, 2010 to: Sheril Hook at


MEET DURING ALA Midwinter Meeting

Each pair will correspond ahead of time to set up their own meeting time and place at the Midwinter Meeting to critique the papers, discuss approaches for writing, and share ideas on where to submit articles.


Questions should be directed to Sheril Hook at


November 9, 2010

LRRT Call for Proposals

Filed under: ALA Midwinter 2011,Announcements — ccovert @ 11:03 am

Folks: At each year’s ALA Annual Meeting the Library Research Round Table sponsors two research forums.  Proposals are now being taken for possible inclusion in the 2011 forums.  The process is double-blind referring.  Information is as follows (please feel free to forward this announcement):


Call for Presentation Proposals


2011 Library Research Round Table Forums at

ALA Annual Conference

The Library Research Round Table (LRRT) will sponsor two Research Forums at the 2011 American Library Association Annual Conference in New Orleans (June 24-29).  The LRRT Forums are a set of programs at the ALA Annual Conference featuring presentations of LIS research, in progress or completed, followed by discussion.  Two LRRT Research Forums are scheduled for 2011, one on general LIS research and one on a more specific topic that will emerge as we evaluate the submissions. The two forums are:



Research to Understand Users: Issues and Approaches

This session will feature three library-related research papers investigating users and their use of libraries and information.  An LRRT committee will select the winning papers based on quality of study design, significance of the research topic, and potential for significant contribution to librarianship.


Four-Star Research

This session will feature three library-related research papers describing studies of libraries and librarianship.  An LRRT committee will select the winning papers based on quality and creativity of study design, significance of the research topic, and potential for significant contribution to librarianship.



This is an opportunity to present and discuss your research project conducted in the broad area of library and information science or in a more specialized area of the field. LRRT welcomes papers emphasizing the problems, theories, methodologies, or significance of research findings for LIS.  Topics can include, but are not limited to, user studies and user behavior, electronic services, service effectiveness, organizational structure and personnel, library value determination, and evaluation of library and information services.  Both completed research and research in progress will be considered.  All researchers, including practitioners from all types of libraries, library school faculty and students, and other interested individuals are encouraged to submit proposals.  LRRT Members and nonmembers of LRRT are invited and welcomed to submit proposals.


The Committee will use a blind review process to select a maximum of six projects, three for each of the two forums.  The selected researchers will be required to present their papers in person at the forums and to register for the conference.  Criteria for selection are:


  1. Significance of the study to library and information science research;
  2. Quality and creativity of the methodology;
  3. Potential to fill a research gap or to build on previous LIS studies;
  4. Adherence to submission requirements (see below).


Please submit a two-page proposal by Wednesday, December 15, 2010.  Late submissions will not be considered, and submissions must be limited to two pages in length.  On the first page, please list your name(s), title(s), institutional affiliation(s), and contact information (telephone number, mailing address, and email address).  The second page should NOT show your name or any other identifying information.  Instead, it must include: 1) The title of your project, and 2) A 500-word or less abstract.  The abstract must include a problem statement, problem significance, project objectives, methodology, and conclusions (or tentative conclusions for work in progress), and an indication of whether the research is in-progress or completed. Previously published research or research accepted for publication by December 15, 2010, will not be considered.


Notification of acceptance will be made by Monday, February 21, 2011. Please send submissions (via email or snail mail) to:


John M. Budd

Library Research Round Table Chair-Elect

School of Information Science & Learning Technologies

303 Townsend Hall

University of Missouri

Columbia, MO 65203

Phone: 573.882.3258

Fax: 573.884.4944



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