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Friday, May 2


Fair Use/Fair Game: Intellectual Property and the Visual Arts
Sponsored by Society Circle


Visual Arts: Copyright Registration, Problems, and Proposed Solutions - Robert J. Kasunic, Associate Register of Copyrights and Director of Registration Policy, U.S. Copyright Office
The CAA Fair Use Project - Angelica Das, Associate Director, Center for Media & Social Impact, School of Communication, American University
Untangling the Ethics and Copyright of Appropriation Art in an Age of Piracy  - Alexander Watkins, Art & Architecture Librarian, University of Colorado Boulder

Amanda Bowen, Head of Collections, Fine Arts Library, Harvard University

Art information and visual resources professionals continue to play a crucial role in educating artists, researchers, and professional colleagues about the nuances of copyright and fair use, as well as the ethical considerations as they apply to visual materials in education, publishing, and artistic expression.

This session brings practitioners and experts together to address three important aspects of image use in the visual arts. The ease of finding and reproducing images often obscures the complex legal issues; fair-use “best practices” guidelines have become one way to illuminate strategies for working within existing and changing copyright laws. What is legal under fair use, however, is not always ethical, and this session will address the state of current requirements for registering visual materials for copyright protection; issues of originality, cultural appropriation, and socioeconomic inequality as aspects of image use; and the ongoing development of new guidelines for using images for instruction and publishing.

Friday May 2, 2014 11:30am - 1:00pm
Room: Farragut Square Grand Hyatt 1000 H Street NW, Washington DC 20001


Supporting the Changing Research Practices of Art Historians

Sponsored by Society Circle


Matthew Long, Project Coordinator, Ithaka S+R
Roger Schonfeld, Program Director for Libraries, Users, and Scholarly Practices, Ithaka S+R
Sandra Brooke, Librarian, Marquand Library of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University
Heather Gendron, Art Librarian, Sloane Art Library, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill


Roger C. Schonfield, Program Director for Libraries, Users, and Scholarly Practices Ithaka S+R

‪Ithaka S+R, a strategic consulting and research service that focuses on the transformation of scholarship in an online environment, has conducted an in-depth study of research practices in art history.

This project is part of Ithaka S+R’s larger Research Support Services Program. The goal of this program is to examine the evolving needs of researchers on a field-specific basis in order to best understand how libraries, visual resource centers, publishers, database providers, and other information services providers meet these needs. The project in art history is jointly funded by the Getty Foundation and the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Through interviews with faculty members, curators, museum professionals, graduate students, visual resource professionals, librarians, and others involved in the academic study of art history, Ithaka S+R has explored a wide variety of themes related to research practices. The project examines art historians’ work processes, their use of primary and secondary sources, their publication habits, and their adaptation to the digital environment. Special attention has been given to the impact of technology on research methodologies.

This session will provide an overview of the project findings and a discussion of their implications. The full findings will be published in early 2014 in a report that will be available on the Ithaka S+R website.

Recorded Session Available Summer 2014

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


Politics, Power, and Preservation

Sponsored by Society Circle


The Tile Industry, Government Art, and The White House 'Restoration': The Brief Life of the White House Library's Fireplace Surround - Sally Stokes, Adjunct Lecturer, Cultural Heritage Information Management, School of Library and Information Science, The Catholic University of America and Interim Head, Art and Architecture Libraries, University of Maryland
Coinage, Politics, and Power: Preservation Grants and Fundraising at the Library of the American Numismatic Society - Elizabeth Hahn, Librarian, American Numismatic Society

Susan Reyburn, Senior Writer-editor, Publishing Office, Library of Congress

This session will address the complex connections between politics and cultural heritage preservation from two different perspectives.

Drawing from the fascinating story of the Franklin D. Roosevelt fireplace surround in the White House library, Sally Stokes of the Catholic University of America will discuss the role of government policy – or lack thereof – in the decoration, renovation, restoration, and documentation of government buildings. She will explain the challenges of conducting research on architectural elements within the White House when records are scant, scattered, and, in some cases, closed to researchers for security purposes. Stokes will also describe the efforts of a community of art librarians and historians to study the history of the ceramic tiles in the fireplace surround.

Presenter Elizabeth Hahn, head librarian for the American Numismatic Society, will describe her experience securing funding for preservation and access projects through private and government agencies. The example of coinage as propaganda will underline a continuing theme of the connection of art, and the institutions that preserve art, and politics, from the past to the present while also demonstrating how our actions often repeat the past. Hahn will also discuss the importance of exploring new ways for libraries and museums to attract donors to projects that may be perceived as unexciting, though necessary for the preservation and study of our cultural heritage.

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


Reinventing the Scholarly Collection Catalogue for the Online Age

Sponsored by Society Circle


Jennifer Henel, Curatorial Associate, Department of Northern Baroque Paintings, National Gallery of Art
Nancy Thomas, Senior Deputy Director, Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Michele Miller, Registrar and Museum Database Specialist, Seattle Art Museum
Nancy Micklewright, Head of Scholarly Programs and Publications, Freer and Sackler Galleries, Smithsonian Institution

Anne Helmreich, Senior Program Officer, Getty Foundation

Publishing scholarly collection catalogues is a critical part of a museum's mission. Based on meticulous research, these catalogues make available detailed information about the individual works in a museum's collection, ensuring the contents a place in art history. Yet printed volumes are costly to produce and difficult to update regularly; their potential content often exceeds allotted space. One could say they are like thoroughbred horses confined to stock pens. Digital publishing presents an alternative, and the Getty Foundation's Online Scholarly Catalogue Initiative (OSCI) is helping museums make the transition from printed volumes to multimedia, web-based publications freely available to anyone with a computer, tablet, or smartphone.

The Foundation launched OSCI in 2009 in partnership with the J. Paul Getty Museum and eight other institutions: the Art Institute of Chicago; the Arthur M. Sackler and Freer Gallery of Art; the Los Angeles County Museum of Art; the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D. C.; the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art; the Seattle Art Museum; Tate; and the Walker Art Center. The consortium's goals are to create models for online catalogues that will dramatically increase access to museum collections; make available new, interdisciplinary, up-to-date research; and revolutionize how this research is conducted, presented, and utilized. The panelists will discuss the different approaches taken by their respective institutions to implement this innovative concept.

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


All Power to the People: Collecting and Preserving Art of Social Movements

Sponsored by Society Circle


Digital Activism: Manifestos and Protest Ephemera in the Library- Hannah Bennett, Librarian, Princeton University School of Architecture

Telling the Story of the Lions: A Collaborative, Community-Based Approach to Documenting and Preserving Political Graphics Collections- Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez, Project Archivist, Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG) and Bolton Doub, Project Archivist, Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG)

Greta Suiter, Processing Specialist, George Mason University Libraries

Preserving and collection social movements presents myriad challenges for archivists and information professionals. This session pairs a fervent call to action with an exemplary case study.

Hannah Bennett of Princeton University will challenge art and architecture libraries to identify, collect, catalog and preserve the manifestos and ephemeral productions created by today's Design Activists. Tracking and preserving such material is especially difficult since it appears in the fugitive forms of email, microblogs, Wikileaks, social media sites, and so on. Simply recognizing activist productions can be problematic in the digital age, let alone collecting, cataloging and preserving them. They can appear--and disappear--instantaneously; they emerge at points along a network rather than on discrete sheets of paper. This paper will address the vital struggle to curate creative audacity in all its forms for the use of generations to come.

A second paper by Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez and Bolton Doub from the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG) will show how a grassroots archive independent of a parent institution, was able to successfully establish long-term relationships with the communities it documents, while providing access to archival collections through grants, public programming, and collaborative projects. The paper will detail examples of CSPG’s community-based and inter-institutional collaborative projects, with a particular focus on a current two-year National Historical Publications and Records Commission (NHPRC) grant-funded project to arrange, describe, process, catalog, and partially digitize its entire holdings.

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


The Politics of Diversity in the Art Library Profession

Sponsored by Society Circle


Charlene Maxey Harris, Associate Professor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Mark Pompelia, Visual Resources Librarian, Fleet Library, Rhode Island School of Design
Eumie Imm-Stroukoff, Director, Research Center, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Jina Park, Archive Assistant at Fairchild Archive & Library, Condé Nast

Elvia Arroyo-Ramirez, Project Archivist, Center for the Study of Political Graphics
Kai Alexis Smith, Adjunct Reference Librarian at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate Center

Enrollment in arts programs are changing and slowly so are the faces of the art library profession. New art library professionals entering the field are more diverse than ever. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) from 2007-2018, enrollment of Hispanic/Latinos in institutions of higher learning will increase by 38% and projections include 32% for American Indian/ Alaska natives, 29% for Asian/ Pacific Islanders and 26% for African Americans or Blacks. In the National Endowment for the Arts 2008 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, about 26% of non-Hispanic whites, 15% of Hispanics, 12 % of African Americans, and 23% of adults in other racial/ethnic categories (largely Asian Americans and Native Americans) visited an art museum or gallery in that year.

With this increase will the staff become more blended to serve the more diverse population in art libraries? What about LGBT students and professional staff? Are they represented in the art library profession? In 2012, the ALA Demographic survey indicated that approximately 11.3% of all LIS graduates claim minority status, while a 2009-2010 study showed that the total minority representation of “credentialed” librarians was 12.1%. A 2009 ARL report indicates that minorities represent 14.1% of professionals working in research libraries. What percentage pursued the art librarian track? What about the early minority art librarian pioneers? What was it like for them to break into the field? This session topic will address the history of diversity in the art library profession as well as new diversity initiatives.

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