ARLIS/NA 2014 Conference

Our annual conference will be taking place May 1-5, 2014, in Washington, D.C.  Several of our ADSL Division members are involved with sessions or workshops, which are highlighted below. Sometimes it’s difficult to choose between conflicting sessions, but I hope you’ll be able to attend several of them:

May 1

Workshop: “Incorporating Technology: Apps for Reference and Teaching in Art and Architecture Libraries”, co-taught by Lucy Campbell, Librarian, New School of Architecture and Design.

May 3

“Designing an Information Literacy Mooc for Art Students”, speakers: Tony White, Director, Maryland Institute College of Art; Sue Mayberry, Director of the Library + Instructional Technology, Otis College of Art and Design; Jennifer Friedman, Instruction + Research Services Librarian, Ringling College of Art and Design; David Pemberton, Reference and Periodicals Librarian, School of the Visual Arts

“Visual Literacy: Putting Guidelines into Practice”, speakers: Jennifer Friedman, Instruction + Research Services Librarian, Ringling College of Art and Design; Sarah Carter, Instruction + Research Services Librarian, Ringling College of Art and Design

“Hidden in Plain Sight: Facilitating Discovery in Material Culture Resource Collections”, speaker: Daniel Payne, Head of Instructional Services, OCAD University

“Professional Trajectories: Career Paths and Leadership Training”, speaker: Rachel Resnick, Librarian, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Poster Sessions:

Surprise! Pop-up Libraries Where You Least Expect Them — Jennifer Friedman and Sarah Carter, Instruction + Research Services Librarians, Ringling College of Art and Design

Alt-Text Accommodations for the Art Student — Gabrielle Reed, Head of Access Services, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Staying Alive! — co-presenter, Daniel Payne, Head of Instructional Services, OCAD University

May 4

“New Voices in the Profession”, co-moderator, Caley Cannon, Reference Librarian, Savannah College of Art and Design

“Of, By, For the Artist: the Library as Venue for Student Creativity”, moderator: Annette Haines, Art + Design Field Librarian, Art, Architecture + Engineering Library, University of Michigan

Be sure to mark your calendars for the division meeting. This will be another opportunity to hear more about the AICAD MOOC initiative and to participate in a further discussion.

I look forward to seeing you in D.C.

Ellie Nacheman

Call for Presentations: Fashion: Now & Then: Meaning, Media, and Mode

[reposted from COLLIB-L]

Call for Presentations: Fashion: Now & Then: Meaning, Media, and Mode

Proposal Due Date: June 10, 2013

Conference at LIM College, New York, NY – Thursday, October 3, 2013 to Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Adrian G. Marcuse Library at LIM College invites participation in the third annual conference Fashion: Now & Then, a three day conference in which participants will discuss the past, present, and future uses of fashion information.  Participants will be drawn from the fashion industry, libraries, archives, academic institutions, publishers, collectors, and museums to represent a full range of expertise.

The theme for this Fashion: Now & Then conference is Meaning, Media, and Mode and will include presentations about fashion and information. Proposal topics can include one or more of these subjects in relation to fashion or style: archives, blogs, books, business, collectors, collection development, designer archives, digital archives, digital collections, digitization projects, rare books, fashion analytics, fashion forecasting, fashion history, fashion studies, film, magazines, libraries, librarians, patrons, mapping & data visualization, merchandising, marketing, material culture, museums, new media, oral history, photography, preservation, print & non-print media, retail, social media, special collections, street style, textiles, trend reporting, demographics & psychographics, and ephemera.

Presentation Proposals and Notification: Proposals for presentations should include: the name, title, affiliation, and email address of the author and an abstract of the 15 minute paper or presentation (<500 words). Email the proposal to . Please submit the text of the proposal in the body of the email and as a PDF or Word attachment.  The proposal due date is due June 10, 2013. Notification of proposal acceptance will occur Thursday, June 20, 2013.

For more information, visit

Take the ADSL Social Media Survey

Is your library using Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or other social media tools to reach out to its art and design community? Are you inspired by other libraries’ use of social media? Interested in keeping up-to-date with your ADSL colleagues (while sharing what’s new in your library)?

If you answered “yes” to any of these, please take the ADSL Social Media survey! A list of ADSL members’ social media sites will eventually be compiled on the blog to show how we’re communicating and engaging with our users, provide inspiring examples, and help ADSL’ers keep up with each others’ accomplishments. Any social media sites that promote information services for student and faculty artists and designers will be considered.

Link to the survey:

Materials Collections in Art and Design School Libraries — Symposium

The Fleet Library at Rhode Island School of Design is the recipient of a $50,000 National Forum Grant from the Institute of Museum & Library Services (IMLS) to hold a symposium titled Materials Education and Research in Art and Design: A New Role for Libraries. From June 6-8, 2013, this unprecedented summit will convene international stakeholders, including artists, architects and designers, educators, researchers and librarians, to focus on the resources and documentation that are required to prepare art and design students for knowledgeable, responsible, and innovative use of materials in their professional work. Participants, including designers in the field, will speak to the current practical and expansive needs for information about materials; in addition faculty now teaching in art and design institutions will articulate the support they need to develop and collect material knowledge and share it to their students. Librarians in the process of building collections and databases of material samples will also be on hand to speak to the issues they have encountered. Respondents and other participants from Association of Independent Colleges of Art and Design (AICAD) schools with materials collections, as well as faculty and librarians from these and other AICAD schools and university art and architecture programs at non-AICAD institutions will attend the forum. The symposium includes an evening keynote and reception, a day of sessions, and a half-day workshop. A white paper will serve as a record of the symposium and a guiding resource for the creation and development of materials collections.

Confirmed keynote speakers include:

  • Billie Faircloth, Research Director at KieranTimberlake, Philadelphia
  • Liat Margolis, Assistant Professor of Landscape Architecture at University of Toronto
  • Chris Lefteri, Design Materials Specialist at Chris Lefteri Design Ltd., London
  • Rosanne Somerson, Furniture Maker and Provost at Rhode Island School of Design

Confirmed designers/firms include:

Participating schools include:

  • Art Center (Pasadena)
  • California College of Arts (San Francisco)
  • College for Creative Studies (Detroit)
  • Emily Carr University of Art + Design (Vancouver)
  • Harvard University (Cambridge)
  • Holon Design Museum (Israel)
  • Kent State University (Kent, OH)
  • Maryland Institute College of Art (Baltimore)
  • Ontario College of Art & Design University (Toronto)
  • Otis College of Art & Design (Los Angeles)
  • Pratt Institute (Brooklyn)
  • Rhode Island School of Design (Providence)
  • School of Visual Arts (New York City)
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago
  • University of Michigan (Ann Arbor)
  • University of Virginia (Charlottesville)
  • University of the Arts (Philadelphia)

Registration $30.
 Look for more information to appear on the Fleet Library website,

Member news

41st Annual ARLIS/NA Conference, Pasadena

Greetings all,

The conference is rapidly approaching and I wanted to draw your attention to several wonderful sounding panel and poster sessions in which members of our division are involved.  I hope that you’ll be able to attend at least some of these and show support for your ADSL colleagues. Unfortunately, I won’t be attending the conference this year, but it sounds like a terrific program.

Saturday, April 27th

  1. Artists’ Books: Turning the Page to the Future (panel session)—“Contemporary Artists’ Publishing, Not Artists’ Books”-Tony White, Director of the Decker Library, Maryland Institute College of Art
  2. Queering our Collections (panel session) – Moderator, Deborah Evans-Cantrell, former Catalog/Reference Librarian, Indianapolis Museum of Art
  3. Power up! How can Academic Libraries Collect for Video Game Design Students (topic talk to start off the ADSL meeting)—Olivia Miller, MLIS candidate, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
  4. Emerging Technology (forum) – “If this, then that: taming the Web using IFTTT”-Caitlin Pereira, Visual Resources Librarian, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Sunday, April 28th

Poster Sessions:

  1. Writing on the Walls: Entice Your Users to Share their Thoughts – Sarah Carter and Jennifer Friedman, Instruction and Research Services Librarians, Ringling College of Art+Design
  2. The Artists as Writers Database Project—Farah Chung, Reference Intern, Ontario College of Art and Design
  3. Inside/Outside: Outreach at SCAD-Savannah – Patricia Gimenez and Carla-Mae Crookendale, Reference Librarians, Savannah College of Art and Design
  4. DIY-Zines, Minicomix, and More at the Art Center College of Design—Gina Scolares, Catalog Librarian, Art Center College of Design

Panel sessions:

  1. Librarian/Faculty Collaboration in Teaching and Assessing Information Literacy Across the Curriculum: Successes and Challenges—panelist, Sue Maberry, Director of Library and Instructional Technology, Otis College of Art and Design ; Moderator, Jennifer Friedman, Instruction and Research Services Librarian, Ringling College of Art and Design
  2. “I Don’t do Copying: Structuring a Meaningful Library Internship”—Jacqueline Protka, Digital Assets Librarian & Media Coordinator, Corcoran Gallery and College of Art+Design

Check out our new look!

The ADSL Division blog has gotten a makeover! If you’re reading this via email or RSS, click through to see the changes. Updates include:

  • Clean and easy-to-read overall look
  • New visual header
  • Compatibility with a variety of mobile devices
  • Quick links to follow ADSL via email or RSS feed

Do you have further recommendations for improving the look and feel of the ADSL blog? Or features/tools you’d like to see on this page? If so, tell us in the comments or send an email to the moderators.

In addition, I’d like to welcome anyone who has recently begun to follow the blog or is new to ARLIS/NA and ADSL. Our division’s purpose is to highlight library service to art and design students and faculty, and the blog supports this by offering a year-round forum where we can share our related ideas, news, projects, experiences and questions. A dedicated readership is essential to the blog’s success, as is a variety of authors from the ADSL Division. If you want to start writing, contact your current moderators or vice-moderators – Heather Koopmans, Deborah Evans-Cantrell, Claire Gunning, and Kim Detterbeck.

Inspiring Examples of Librarians’ Design Work

Here’s a really cool website that a colleague recently shared with me. It’s full of examples of fliers, displays, handouts and other visuals created by librarians.

Librarian Design Share :

What have you designed recently?