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Thursday, May 1


They Didn’t Cover this in Library School: Applying Public Policy to Institutional Guidelines for Scholarly Communication and Fair Use
Brandon Butler, Practitioner-in-Residence, Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic, American University Washington College of Law
Christine Sundt, Editor of Visual Resources: An International Journal of Documentation
Gail Ravnitzky Silberglied, Vice President, Government Relations & Advocacy, American Alliance of Museums
Julia Blixrud, Assistant Executive Director, Scholarly Communication, Association of Research Libraries

Emilee Mathews, Research Librarian for Visual Arts, University of California, Irvine

Libraries are charged with preserving and maintaining access to information, yet rapid changes in public policy affecting fair use and scholarly communication makes writing and reviewing existing policies difficult, and advising creators and scholars on best practices in fair use in text and images complicated. However, institutions can directly affect public policy by interpreting their policies to privilege fair use, underlining core missions to further culture and learning.

Workshop participants will become more informed and empowered information citizens: they will learn key issues and current debates on fair use and public policy; examine and master issues through case study analysis and debate; start to develop or revise an existing institutional policy to be relevant and responsive, with input from speakers and fellow participants; and cultivate an outreach and advocacy toolkit to incorporate in their professional practice, including how to talk horizontally and vertically within their organization, and reach out to constituents. Speakers from the Association of Research Libraries, the College Art Association, and the American Alliance of Museums will provide invaluable expertise, guidance, and represent the diverse perspectives and concerns of ARLIS/NA members.

Maximum Participants: 20

Fee: $50

Thursday May 1, 2014 8:00am - 12:00pm
Room: Farragut Square Grand Hyatt 1000 H Street NW, Washington DC 20001


Applying Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Graphics)
Ellen Cordes, Head of Technical Services, Lewis Walpole Library
Erin Blake, Head of Collection Information Services, Folger Shakespeare Library
Helena Zinkham, Chief of the Prints and Photographs Division, Library of Congress

Through lectures, visual aids, and in-class exercises, workshop participants will be introduced to and gain some practical experience in using Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Graphics), or DCRM(G), the successor to Elisabeth Betz Parker’s Graphic Materials: Rules for Describing Original Items and Historical Collections. The full-day workshop will focus on the descriptive portions of the bibliographic record, following the scope of DCRM(G), with special attention to instructions that are given new emphasis, such as transcription. In addition, it will cover creating records for illustrations within books, and creating group-level records. It is aimed at catalogers who have used Graphic Materials in the past, but is open to anyone with experience in MARC cataloging. Workshop participants will receive a spiral-bound copy of Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Graphics).

Note: Breakfast will be offered 8:00-8:30
Breakfast and refreshments will be provided for morning and afternoon breaks. Lunch will be on your own, with several dining options in the immediate area.

Maximum Participants: 20

Fee: $65 (includes morning and afternoon refreshments, and spiral-bound copy of DCRM)

Thursday May 1, 2014 8:00am - 5:00pm
Haskell Center, Folger Shakespeare Library 301 E. Capitol St. SE, Washington, DC, 20003


Incorporating Technology: Apps for Reference and Teaching in Art and Architecture Libraries
Sponsored by Washington Art Library Resources Committee (WALRC)

Cathryn Ziefle, Librarian, Woodbury University; Lucy Campbell, Librarian, New School of Architecture and Design

We live in an interactive world where we discover and share our information via technology, meaning librarians are no longer limited to books and databases. Instead, architecture, urban studies and augmented reality apps can help us answer reference questions, assist in instruction, and create a more interactive library of the future. This workshop will be an extension of Cathryn Ziefle's lightning talk presentation at the 2013 AASL conference in San Francisco, CA, "Isn't There an App for That?" It will expand by highlighting the features of top apps related to art, architecture, urban design, photography, and academia. It is designed around visual media and encourages attendees to participate with their own tablets or mobile devices (not required). Participants will share the apps they use and how they have incorporated them into their libraries; and groups will brainstorm ways that apps can be incorporated into reference and teaching. The workshop hosts will share their experiences with using mobile technology and apps at the reference desk and in the classroom. Participants will walk away with a clear understanding of popular apps for art, architecture, urban design, photography, and academia. They will be able to incorporate apps into reference and instruction. Above all, they will be inspired to use tablets and more technology in their libraries.

Maximum Participants:


Thursday May 1, 2014 10:00am - 12:00pm
Room: Lafayette Grand Hyatt 1000 H Street NW, Washington DC 20001


ARLIS/NA Yearlong Career Mentoring Program
Anna Simon, Research and Instruction Librarian, Georgetown University Library and chair of the Mentoring Subcommittee
Heather Slania, Director of the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center, National Museum of Women in the Arts

The ARLIS/NA Subcommittee on Mentoring seeks to facilitate mentoring among members by pairing emerging and established professionals together to provide them with the tools and support to carry out a successful mentoring relationship. To this end, the 9th annual workshop is the catalyst for the ARLIS/NA year-long Career Mentoring Program. The workshop purpose is to provide the training tools necessary to create and maintain a successful mentoring relationship throughout the upcoming year.

The four-hour workshop is loosely modeled on the 2005 ARLIS/NA Mentoring Program workshop led by Margaret Law, associate director of the University of Alberta Learning Services. Two presenters lead the workshop, which is divided into sections for mentees, mentors, and the combined group. The presentation includes an introduction to mentoring; characteristics of mentors, mentees, and the mentoring relationship; realistic goal-setting; appropriate behavior and expectations; methods of communication; and benefits and potential pitfalls of mentoring. The presentation style is through PowerPoint, discussion, group-work, and independent writing exercises.

In order to facilitate optimal matching of mentor/mentee pairs, a short application form must be submitted prior to the annual conference.

NOTE: Attendance at this workshop is a requirement for participation in the year-long ARLIS/NA Career Mentoring Program.

Maximum Participants: 24

Fee: This workshop is free.

Thursday May 1, 2014 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Room: Constitution Ballroom D Grand Hyatt Washington 1000 H Street NW Washington DC


Bookings: Making Makerspaces for Artists Books
Sponsored by Washington Art Library Resources Committee (WALRC)


Ann Kalmbach, Executive Director, Women's Studio Workshop
Tatana Kellner, Artistic Director, Women's Studio Workshop
Gretchen Schermerhorn, Artistic Director, Pyramid Atlantic Art Center
Susan Chute, Archival Collections Consultant, WSW
Sandra Brown, WSW and MLIS Candidate, SUNY Albany

Susan Chute, Archival Consultant, WSW
Sandra Brown, Office Manager, WSW and MLIS Candidate, SUNY Albany

This workshop, presented by the Artistic Directors and Librarians of Women's Studio Workshop and hosted by Pyramid Atlantic Arts Center, will address the evolution of Library as Place by offering participants hands-on experience in conducting MakerSpace sessions focusing on the creation of handmade artists’ books. Participants will each create an artist’s book while learning strategies to sponsor bookmaking sessions in their own libraries and workspaces. Specific attention will be devoted to developing thematic content; we'll use the changing library landscape as a prompt. Possible topics include the decline of the book in a physical form; the widespread dispersion of personal information through social media; the definition of library community; the demonization of people who democratize the spread of proprietary information (Aaron Swartz, Chelsea Manning, Edward J. Snowden); the dilemma of complying with FISA requests and National Security Letters; the legitimacy of information in a knowledge landscape where anyone can publish; and adaptive reuse of artistic work. Participants will leave the workshop with an artist’s book of their own making, using monoprinting and other practical printing techniques. They will also come away with a blueprint for building community and advocating for libraries by designing creative, collaborative MakerSpaces focused around the book. Registration includes a materials fee.

Maximum Participants: 15

Fee: $65 (includes materials fee)

Thursday May 1, 2014 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Pyramid Atlantic Art Center 8230 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring MD 20910


We're Here to Help: An Introduction to the NEH Funding Opportunities for Digital Projects 
Perry Collins, Senior Program Office, Office of Digital Humanities, NEH
David Weinstein, Senior Program Officer, Division of Public Programs, NEH
Mary Downs, Senior Program Officer, Division of Preservation and Access, NEH
Jennifer Serventi, Senior Program Officer, Office of Digital Humanities, NEH

Jennifer Serventi, Senior Program Officer, Office of Digital Humanities, NEH

Presented by officers from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), this workshop will provide an opportunity for participants to learn more about grant opportunities from the NEH that support digital humanities projects, from planning for sustainable digitization efforts; to undertaking innovative humanities efforts that explore new uses of digital technologies; to using existing digital platforms and applications for engaging new, particularly public, audiences with humanities questions and themes. The first half of the workshop will be an introduction to the resources and grant programs of the Endowment, led by NEH program officers. Ample time will be allotted during this half for questions from and discussion with the audience.

The second half of the workshop will be two mock panels that will give workshop participants a sense of the peer review process employed by the Endowment. Before the conference, the organizers will ask for 10 of the workshop registrants to volunteer as mock grant reviewers. The volunteers will be provided with materials from a sample application to review before the workshop so that they can serve on the mock panel. After the mock panels, the presenters will respond to questions from all workshop participants about the NEH review process.

Maximum Participants: 40

Fee: $30 (Fee reflects the Association's overhead, and not a fee charged by the NEH.)

Thursday May 1, 2014 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Room: Constitution Ballroom C Grand Hyatt
Friday, May 2


Postcards from the Edge VII: Arts Management
Kimberly Detterbeck, Art Librarian, Purchase College (SUNY)
Michael Matos, Assistant Librarian, American University Library

Arts Management is a young, rapidly growing discipline and profession that requires its practitioners and scholars to not only be well-versed in the visual and performing arts, but also to be skilled in various aspects of business, law, communication, and technology. As stated by the Association of Arts Administration Educators, “managers and administrative leaders of arts organizations provide a bridge between art, artists, and audiences. They combine the tools of business—management, marketing, financial accounting, operations, negotiation—with the tools of community-building—fundraising, development, education, outreach, volunteerism, partnership—to make thriving and vital spaces for arts and culture.” The seventh "Postcards from the Edge" workshop will emphasize these aspects of arts management that fall outside the confines of the arts, and delve into the research methods and resources that arts managers and administrators employ in the field and in the academy.

This hands-on workshop exemplifies the mission of the Postcards from the Edge series in that the resources covered and demonstrated are not “art” resources that art librarians are commonly called upon to collect, use, and integrate into teaching and learning. Attendees will learn the history, issues, and trends within arts management and gain familiarity and experience with fundamental print and electronic resources in the field.  The audience for this workshop is information professionals (librarians, visual resource center faculty and staff, and archivist) who serve arts management departments at their institutions. Additionally information professionals who work at art institutions who employ arts managers such as theaters, dance companies, art educational institutions, and museums (of which Washington, D.C. has many) are especially encouraged to attend and share their own experiences.

Maximum Participants: 30

Fee: $50

Friday May 2, 2014 9:00am - 12:00am
American University, Bender Library, Graduate Research Classroom (Rm. B60) 4400 Massachusetts Avenue, NW, Washington, DC 20016
Monday, May 5


The Art + Politics of Contributing to Wikipedia
Sara Snyder, Information Technology Specialist, Archives of American Art
Dominic McDevitt-Parks, Wikimedia DC, National Archives and Records Administration

When the results of a web search on nearly any topic include a Wikipedia page, frequently as the number one result, how can institutions ensure that their digital resources remain relevant? Organizations like libraries, archives, and museums continue to share their collections and expertise online, but many struggle with questions about how they can provide greater context and reach broader audiences. How should they understand and relate to Wikipedia, the free online encyclopedia, and the online community of volunteers that crowdsource its contents?

To begin to addressing these questions, an increasing number of organizations around the globe--including the Smithsonian Institution and the National Archives and Records Administration--have begun partnering with the Wikipedia online community, working together to improve encyclopedia entries relating to their collections. This workshop will introduce participants to the world behind Wikipedia: the community of volunteers who create and edit articles, and who protect the site against vandalism and copyright violations. With hands-on training and lots of interactivity, participants will gain 21st century information literacy skills and technical skills that they will immediately be able to put into practice.They will also have the chance to form valuable new interpersonal connections among the network of librarians, archivists, and cultural professionals who are also Wikipedia contributors.

Maximum Participants: 30

Fee: $50

Monday May 5, 2014 8:00am - 12:00pm
Room: Farragut Square Grand Hyatt 1000 H Street NW, Washington DC 20001


World War II Provenance Research: Methods and Resources
Sponsored by Washington Art Library Resources Committee (WALRC)


Nancy H. Yeide, Head, Department of Curatorial Records, National Gallery of Art
Victoria Reed, Sadler Curator for Provenance, Museumof Fine  Arts, Boston
Chris Naylor, Director of Textual Records, Research Services, National Archives and Records Administration
Megan Lewis, Reference Librarian, Library and Archives, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum
Marisa Bourgoin, Chief of Reference Services, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution
Barbara Aikens, Chief, Collections Processing, Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution

Directed by Nancy H. Yeide (Head, Department of Curatorial Records, National Gallery of Art), this workshop will provide introductory training in provenance research methods and resources related to art and other cultural property looted during the Nazi era in Germany and surrounding countries. The workshop will be tailored to meet the needs of art librarians and archivists, and will present practical and specific information regarding a broad range of provenance research resources, including online sources such as the Einsatzstab Reichsleiter Rosenberg (ERR) and the Munich Central Collecting Point databases. Key archival collections, including those held by the American Archives of Art, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), will also be discussed.

Case studies will be presented to help illustrate the complexities of researching provenance between 1933 and 1945. Each workshop participant will receive a copy of Nancy Yeide’s Beyond the Dreams of Avarice: the Hermann Goering Collection, compliments of the Monuments Men Foundation for the Preservation of Art and Robert M. Edsel.

Maximum Participants: 40

Fee: $65 (includes book)

Transportation: Attendees are responsible for their own transportation to/from the workshop location which is 0.2 miles from the Grand Hyatt hotel. Walking and taxi are both viable options. Specific instructions (including maps) will be provided via e-mail to those who registered for this workshop. If you have questions, please ask at Registration/Hospitality Desk.

Monday May 5, 2014 8:00am - 12:00pm
Archives of American Art 750 9th Street NW, Suite 2200, Washington DC