ACRL Arts Section Blog

June 7, 2016

ArtsGuide: 2016 ALA Annual Conference – Orlando: Google Map

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Check out our Orlando ArtsGuide!

It’s a mobile-friendly Google map of cultural attractions and events in or near Orlando, and has been created for attendees of the 2016 ALA Annual Conference in Orlando, Florida by the ACRL Arts Section.

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 hashtag #ArtsSection.

Special thanks to all of our contributors and the ACRL Arts Publications and Research Committee!”


Ariel Turner
Discovery Librarian
Art & Design and Foreign Languages Liaison
Kennesaw State University Library System
Kennesaw State University

December 22, 2015

ArtsGuide: 2016 ALA Annual Conference – Boston

ArtsGuide: 2016 ALA Annual Conference – Boston: Google Map

Going to ALA Midwinter? Check out our Boston 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 all of our contributors and the ACRL Arts Publications and Research Committee!

Have a wonderful time in Boston,

Claudia Covert

editor, ArtsGuide Boston

November 25, 2015

ACRL Arts ArtsGuide for Boston – Call for Contributors

What are your favorite art places in Boston?  The ACRL Arts Section is seeking contributors to the Boston ArtsGuide for the upcoming 2016 ALA Midwinter Meeting.

The ArtsGuide is a semi-annual guide. This edition will be produced in the form of 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:  Visual Arts & Museums, Architecture, Dance, Theatre, Music, Film.

Submissions are due by December 11, 2015.

Questions, please contact:

Claudia Covert ArtsGuide Editor:

See you in Boston!

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

January 21, 2015

Chicago ArtsGuide

Filed under: Publications and Research — ccovert @ 10:05 pm

Going to Midwinter? Check out the ArtsGuide for Chicago. Our Chicago ArtsGuide is a mobile google map that you can save to “my maps”.

ArtsGuides are created for every ALA and ACRL conference to provide attendees with cultural attractions and events of the host city.

A big THANK YOU to the ACRL Arts Publication and Research Committee and volunteers for putting this resource together:

Melanie Emerson, Editor
Jacalyn Bryan
Anne Danberg
Bridget O’Donnell
Shannon Marie Robinson
Ariel Turner

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).


February 21, 2014

ACRL Arts and ARLIS/NA Joint Webinar: Perspectives on Art Publishing: Past, Present, Future and Open

Filed under: Announcements,Publications and Research,Uncategorized — ccovert @ 9:11 am
Join us for a Webinar on February 28:

Perspectives on Art Publishing: Past, Present, Future and Open

ARLIS/NA and ACRL Arts members are invited to attend this special joint webinar that explores the past, present, and future of scholarly publishing in the arts.
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

Alexander Watkins, Art & Architecture Librarian at the University of Colorado Boulder, will discuss the Open Access movement in relation to arts journals, the future of arts scholarship, and potential roles for libraries and librarians. Open Access is about removing the walls around research, making scholarship universally available for free. The presentation will arm arts librarians with arguments and rationale that will help them promote Open Access in their own communities. (This presentation is encored from the ACRL Arts Discussion Forum at the 2013 ALA annual conference.)

Ian McDermott (Collection Development Manager at ARTStor) and Erin Dunigan (Retail Manager at Park Life and recently Sales Associate at ARTBOOK | DAP) will explore the changing landscape of art book publishing in the face of, bookstore closures, self-publishing, and shrinking library budgets. Their presentation will share how diverse publishers are approaching their long-term viability in the commercial and academic marketplaces and will invite discussion from the ARLIS and ACRL Arts communities about what this means for art librarians. (This presentation follows an article published in the Fall 2013 issue of Art Documentation and a panel discussion held at the New York Public Library on Feb. 12, 2013.)

Only current ARLIS/NA and ACRL Arts members may attend this event. Registration will close February 27, 2014, one day before the webinar. For assistance, please contact

This webinar will be recorded, and the video will be made available to current members of ARLIS/NA and ACRL Arts members within two weeks after the webinar.

By registering, I understand and acknowledge that this Webinar will be recorded by ARLIS/NA and ACRL Arts and/or those designated by ARLIS/NA and ACRL Arts. ARLIS/NA and ACRL Arts may record my name and questions I ask during the course of the Webinar presentation. As a condition of my participation in the Webinar, I agree to irrevocably grant to ARLIS/NA and ACRL Arts, its assigns, licensees and successors the right to publish, record, broadcast, exhibit, display, reproduce, edit or otherwise use perpetually throughout the world, in all media now and hereafter known or devised, in whole or in part, my name, questions, quotes and material otherwise provided by me (collectively, the “Material”) during my participation in the Webinar. I also agree that ARLIS/NA and ACRL Arts shall be the sole owners in perpetuity of any and all rights in and to any and all works containing the Material, in whole or in part, for all purposes whatsoever and in any manner or media including, without limitation, printed works, compact discs, DVDs, MP3, and computer on line services.

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