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Friday, May 2


Collecting Outside the Mainstream: Alternative Avenues for Library Collections
Sponsored by Washington Art Library Resources Committee (WALRC)


Erin Dunigan, Sales & Marking Associate, D.A.P./Distributed Art Publishers
Julia Klein, Publisher, Soberscove Press
David Senior, Bibliographer, The Museum of Modern Art Library
Brian Cassidy, Independent Bookseller, Silver Spring, MD

Amy Ballmer, Assistant Head of Research and Instructional Services, Gladys Marcus Library, Fashion Institute of Technology
Melanie Emerson, Head of Reader Services  Ryerson & Burnham Libraries, The Art Institute of Chicago  Chicago, IL

There is growing agreement in the art library community that homogonous collections do not reflect the interests and experiences of our diverse community of researchers, students and artists. Small press, indie, and artists’ publications strengthen collections and support research through the alternative voices, practices, and experiences they present.  But how can we effectively integrate small publishers into collection development and acquisitions workflow? Publishers and authors need to know the best way to connect with librarians and make their books easy to purchase considering the byzantine and restrictive purchasing processes many libraries must go through. Alternatively, librarians and other Acquisition staff members need the freedom to move beyond traditional approval plans and attend book fairs and explore venues that allow direct access to those producing and distributing these unique materials in the US and abroad.    

Speakers on this panel will explore the ways in which librarians and non-librarians (artists, publishers, book sellers) collaborate to establish relationships that enrich collections and provide access to materials produced outside the mainstream publishing establishment. The panelists represent a diverse range of ideas and focus on different aspects of collection development. Each panelist will consider ways to navigate the challenges inherent to collecting and producing many types of non-traditional publications and resources from both sides of this exchange. They will also provide an overview of how they currently work with libraries, problems they’ve encountered that require solutions, and questions they have about the collection development process.

Friday May 2, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Room: Farragut Square Grand Hyatt 1000 H Street NW, Washington DC 20001


Social Media 'Think Tank'

Sponsored by Society Circle


Nedda Ahmed, Arts Librarian, Georgia State University

Modeled after the Social Media Sewing Circle that was held in Pasadena, this session will be a moderated "unconference" session devoted to social media. We'll cover some of the recent literature on social media in libraries (and beyond), then have ample time for open discussion about trends and ideas, sprinkled with attendees' show & tell.

Friday May 2, 2014 3:45pm - 4:45pm
Room: Farragut Square Grand Hyatt 1000 H Street NW, Washington DC 20001
Saturday, May 3


Designing an Information Literacy MOOC for Art Students
Sponsored by Washington Art Library Resources Committee (WALRC)


Tony White, Director, Decker Library, Maryland Institute College of Art
Sue Maberry, Director of the Library and Instructional Technology, Otis College of Art and Design
Jennifer Friedman, Instruction and Research Services Librarian, Ringling College of Art and Design
David Pemberton, Reference and Periodicals Librarian, School of the Visual Arts
Carrie Saarinen, Senior Instructional Designer for Canvas Network, Instructure, Inc.

Diana Harter, Humanities Department Assistant, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University

Under the theme of "Power and Agency" this session will focus on Inter-Institutional collaboration. We don’t all have to reinvent the wheel. This session will focus on a case study of an inter-institutional collaboration among the Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) to create an information literacy MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) for students in art and design. 

The idea for a MOOC was suggested at the AICAD Library Director’s meeting in Pasadena. The initial goal was to provide a MOOC for AICAD students in their first year of study, but also open for anyone to enroll in. Lessons learned from our efforts may have broader impact and importance for other libraries and institutions, and consortia, and may provide a new model for collaboration with regard to library instruction. The MOOC provider Canvas.net expressed interest in the concept and requested a syllabus and course draft by August 2013.  The course was broken down into asynchronous modules, and included interactive learning objects, videos, assignments, quizzes, handouts, and an assessment instrument.  Modules included: Why is research important; search terms and concept mapping; beyond Google (i.e., databases); All Information Is NOT Created Equal; and Copyright and How to Avoid Plagiarism.  In this session AICAD directors and Librarians will report on how successful (or not) the MOOC was, recommend improvements, next steps, as well as the discussion of the process of collaboration.

Saturday May 3, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room: Farragut Square Grand Hyatt 1000 H Street NW, Washington DC 20001


The Politics of Change: Digital Humanities
Sponsored by Statewide California Electronic Library Consortium (SCELC)


Mapping Cultural Exchange: Strategies for Locating the Narrative in the Digital World - Dr. Michele Greet, Dept. of History and Art History, George Mason University
Partnering for Agency: Empowering Users in the Creative Teaching and Research Process - Kristina Keogh, Head, Fine Arts Library, Indiana University at Bloomington
Hidden from Sight: Exposing Local World War I Collections for a Centennial Exhibition - Kathleen Lonbom, Art, Theater and Dance Librarian, and Angela Bonnell, Head of Liaison and Reference Services, Milner Library, Illinois Sate University

Sarah Falls, Head, Fine Arts Library, Ohio State University

Digital Humanities interprets the cultural and social impact of new media and information technologies—the fundamental components of the new information age—as well as creates and applies these technologies to answer cultural, social, historical, and philological questions, both those traditionally conceived and those only enabled by new technologies.” (UCLA Center for Digital Humanities). Digital Humanities (DH) includes such activities as curating online collections, mining large cultural data sets, data visualization, information retrieval, digital publishing, gaming, multimedia, peer-to-peer collaboration, and GIS and mapping. Visual arts DH projects draw on one or many of these components, as well as incorporating content and methodologies from related humanities, or science and social science, disciplines. In this new collaborative, interdisciplinary digital environment, librarians and visual resources specialists work side-by-side with faculty and students to develop and support DH projects for teaching and research.

This session seeks to highlight the issues and politics of change surrounding the support, development, dissemination, and preservation of DH projects in the arts and humanities. Panelists will address the issues surrounding the transformational changes brought about by introducing the concepts of Digital Humanities into the arts disciplines -- empowering new modes of research in the visual arts, intra-institutional collaboration, preservation and access (new technologies, organizational models, collaborative projects), copyright, and scholarly publishing.

Recorded Session Available Summer 2014

Saturday May 3, 2014 10:30am - 12:00pm
Room: Lafayette Grand Hyatt 1000 H Street NW, Washington DC 20001


Creative Engagement for Advocacy: Innovative Partnerships between Artists and Librarians
Sponsored by Washington Art Library Resources Committee (WALRC)


The Ar(t)chive: The Intersection of Artists and Archives through Collaboration - Marcie Farwell, Collections Assistant, Cornell University, and Jessica Rozler, Independent Researcher
Visiting Artist Lecture Series: An Academic Library, Civic, and Community Partnership to Advocate and Educate about the Arts- John Burns, Reference Librarian, Dixie State University
The People's Library: Libraries Designed, Built, and Authored by Community Members - Mark Strandquist and Courtney Bowles, Co-directors, The People's Library

John Burns, Reference Librarian, Dixie State University

While artists have used archival and bibliographic materials as inspiration for years, today a growing number of libraries and archives are fostering relationships with artists via artist-in-residency programs, classes, workshops, and exhibitions. This session will discuss three distinctive ways to encourage collaborations between libraries and archives and their constituencies.

Saturday May 3, 2014 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Room: Bulfinch/Renwick Grand Hyatt 1000 H Street NW, Washington DC 20001


Hidden in Plain Sight: Facilitating Discovery in Material Culture Resource Collections
Sponsored by Washington Art Library Resources Committee (WALRC)


Provenance, Pedigree, and Poverty: Challenging Museumologists Discourse on Navajo Textile History- Kathy M'Closkey, Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Windsor (presented by Kathy Edwards)
Indigenous Visual Culture at OCAD University Library: Diffusing the Discourses of Power- Daniel Payne, Head Instructional Services, Dorothy H. Hoover Library, OCAD University

Kathy Edwards, Research & Collection Development Librarian, Gunnin Architecture Library, Clemson University

This session will discuss ways in which libraries can facilitate discovery of unknown primary and secondary resources relevant to research in indigenous material culture collections.

In 1996, the Heard Museum (Phoenix, AZ), sponsored the symposium and exhibition “Inventing the Southwest: The Fred Harvey Company and Native American Art.” Founded in 1876, the Company managed the restaurants and dining cars for the Santa Fe Railroad. A publication featuring essays from twenty contributors accompanied the show. Although sixty percent of the papers dealt with important stakeholders involved with marketing Native American collectibles, none of the authors accessed information from the Company’s Indian Department ledger books containing thousands of entries related to the purchase and disposition of Native American creations acquired after 1900. Yet these primary documents were housed directly above the symposium’s location--in the Museum’s library.

Can post-colonial voices be heard within an institutional forum founded in a colonial past? Michel Foucault’s Archaeology of Knowledge (L'archéologie du savoir, 1969) offers an indictment of hegemonic environments constructed by institutions that use codified discursive practices to arbitrarily impose a hierarchical order onto the world of knowledge based on values, norms and assumptions unique to their own cultural vantage point. For libraries using subject classification schemes such as Library of Congress system, criticisms of this nature seem deeply provoking. Concerns of this nature became prescient at OCAD University with the introduction of the Indigenous Visual Culture (INVC) program, a degree stream that offers either major or minor courses of study. Founded by the university’s School of Interdisciplinary Studies, the INVC curriculum encompasses courses from all three OCAD U faculties of Art, Design and Liberal Arts & Sciences. In addition to new course offerings, each faculty has revised selected pre-existing courses to include components of aboriginal ways of understanding and knowing, leading to a meaningful integration of course objectives where indigenous perspectives permeate all aspects of the university’s curriculum.

Saturday May 3, 2014 4:30pm - 5:30pm
Room: Bulfinch/Renwick Grand Hyatt 1000 H Street NW, Washington DC 20001
Sunday, May 4


Of, By, For the Artist: The Library as Venue for Student Creativity
Sponsored by Washington Art Library Resources Committee (WALRC)


Gary Ginther, Fine Arts Librarian, Frederick & Kazuko Harris Arts Collection, Ohio University
Judy Donovan, Art Librarian, Honickman Art Library, The Barnes Foundation
Jamie Lausch Vander Broek, Learning Librarian/Exhibits and Programming Librarian, University of Michigan
Amanda H. Brown, Special Collections Instruction Librarian, University of Colorado Boulder Libraries
Megan Lotts, Art Librarian, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
Jill E. Luedke, Reference & Instruction Librarian, Art Subject Specialist / German Studies, Temple University Libraries

Annette Haines, Art & Design Field Librarian, Art, Architecture & Engineering Library, University of Michigan

One of our primary goals as librarians is to stimulate and engage people with our services and collections toward furthering creative and scholarly work. Traditionally we do this through library instruction, exhibits, and hosting events. One of the distinct challenges art librarians face is getting studio artists and designers through our doors. The work of an art history scholar seems more adapted to the scholarly atmosphere of quiet book stacks, but for many reasons the studio artist or designer, particularly the undergraduate student, is less inclined toward engaging with libraries. One recent phenomenon in the library world involves empowering users by giving them opportunities to shape their libraries collections through patron-driven acquisitions.

This panel session will explore ways in which art librarians use similar strategies of engagement to empower artists. Panelists will present the innovative means they have used to interact and connect with studio artists by tapping into their creative nature and empowering them to contribute their energy and unique talents toward transforming library spaces. Librarians are not just opening up the library as exhibition areas, but getting students to engage with the collections and spaces by curating exhibits from library collections, displaying library materials in conjunction with their own art and design, and using their design talents to enliven library environments. Panelists will discuss their experiences working with students, the problems they may have encountered, and ways in which librarians can encourage creative student involvement with the library to the benefit of all parties.

Sunday May 4, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
Room: Farragut Square Grand Hyatt 1000 H Street NW, Washington DC 20001


Empowerment by Design: Academic Libraries as Laboratories for Innovation

Sponsored by Society Circle


Library as Laboratory: A New Role in a Changing Landscape- Rebecca Price, Architecture, Urban Planning and Visual Resources Librarian, University of Michigan
Serving the Studio through Innovative Services- Patricia Kosco Cossard, Research Commons Librarian, University of Maryland

Cathryn Ziefle, Librarian, Woodbury University

Changes in academia and the museum world, driven to a large extent by a focus on budget and measurable outcomes, are requiring libraries to redefine their mission, their purposes, and their services. Many point to the increasing number of resources available online and suggest that the so-called traditional library is losing relevancy. Librarians know this to be false, but also understand that the necessary response requires a new approach to services the library can offer.

An emerging model for a repositioning of the library is that of the laboratory. Students and researchers need a place for active learning, for creating, for making, and for collaboration. Our administrators call upon us to envision a new library that provides for these activities. We are asked to develop new collections (e.g., Materials Collections), to imagine new spaces (e.g., media conversion centers, technology-rich workspaces), and to provide new services (e.g., 3-d modeling). The library is perfectly positioned to be an open laboratory for researchers and students; the resources and experts are available and the place is a neutral zone for creativity and learning. How can we embrace this new role and anticipate accompanying expectations? What are the steps necessary to move into this arena? How does the library maintain its current role fostering the research and scholarship of the individual scholar, while also addressing the needs of the collaborative group? How can you engage students and faculty in collection development? This session will frame the discussion about ways to create library services that better serve a variety of learning communities in the arts by presenting two distinctive approaches.

Sunday May 4, 2014 3:15pm - 4:15pm
Room: Farragut Square Grand Hyatt 1000 H Street NW, Washington DC 20001