Join the ADSL Hangout this Thursday!

Looking for a great way to stay involved in ARLIS/NA and ADSL between conferences? Join us this Thursday, March 30th at 3pm EST/12pm PST for our first Art & Design School Library Division Hangout!

For this initial Hangout, we’re looking for topics and potential contributors for future ADSL discussions, events, and collaborations. If you have an idea for a conference panel or other presentation, or if you just want to listen in, this will be a chance to brainstorm and vote on what you want to see ADSL do in the coming year.

We hope to use Hangouts as a way to gather and discuss throughout the year, so this first meeting is a great no-pressure situation to test out the tech and get yourself familiar with the new Google Hangouts (through YouTube). The first part of the discussion will be orienting people to the tools available, so don’t worry if you’ve never done this before!

Just click this link when it’s time to join us Thursday March 30th — it’s that simple! https://hangouts.google.com/hangouts/_/q7jmtoqvrjfjxptudhtbkbjewue(Tip: paste the link right into a calendar appointment so you don’t have to hunt for this e-mail later.)

How it works:
We’ll all gather in a Hangout and discuss our ideas. If multiple people want to talk at once, we can use the text chat sidebar.  When someone wants to present an idea to the group we can turn Presenter status over to you, and everyone will see either your face or a screen share.  The resulting discussion will be captured as a YouTube video which won’t be publicly searchable, but will be shareable with a link.

Can’t make it to the Hangout?
If you have any questions or concerns about this Hangout, or have suggestions for future ADSL events, you can let the moderators know directly. We’ll send a poll after the Hangout to collect more votes on topics, too.

We look forward to seeing you all then!

How will your library celebrate National Library Week?

Two full weeks remain until the start of National Library Week (April 9-15, 2017).  How do art and design school libraries celebrate this annual event?  Creatively, of course!

2017 LCAD Library National Library Week flyer by Lora Wanta (LCAD BFA Illustration, ’15)

At the Laguna College of Art + Design, we use National Library Week to celebrate our library and libraries in general. We also use it to celebrate and thank our library patrons and supporters. Some years we’ve had used book sales, other years we’ve had collaborative zine projects or book-making workshops, and sometimes we’ve done double-duty with National Poetry Month and hosted poetry events and readings.  This year we are delighted to be partnering with our local independent bookstore, Laguna Beach Books, to host New York Times bestselling author Lisa See, who will discuss her new novel, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, in LCAD’s beautiful Nina’s Park during National Library week.

Selected pages from the 2015 LCAD National Library Week MindMeld Zine

One year, we asked library patrons to fill out a small form, completing the phrase, “My favorite thing about the LCAD Library is…,” and we displayed them on our front door for all to see.  It was an easy, affordable and non-survey driven method to get our constituency to share their thoughts about what they like best about us.  Yes, there are replies about the great books, the compact shelving, and sleeping in the window seats, but it warms a librarian’s heart to see the “helpful and friendly” library staff frequently mentioned.

Since National Library Week typically takes place during the last few weeks of the spring semester, by then the students are wearing thin with end-of-year-projects and can use a little sugary pick-me-up. Thus, we decided to celebrate National Library Workers Day in earnest — with cupcakes!  Luckily, we have a bakery nearby that has a discounted rate on cupcakes on Tuesdays.  We hold the event just outside of the library, adjacent to the courtyard.  After I say a few words about National Library Week and why we celebrate libraries and those who work in them, everyone cheers and we all dig in.  Our library’s 7th annual cupcake celebration of those who work in the library will take place at 3pm on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017.

In my office hangs a Wayne Thiebaud-esque painting by a BFA painting alumna of one of our National Library Week cupcakes she picked up a few years ago and painted in the senior studios.  She titled it, “Library Day.”  Every day is a library day for me, but I hope our students and faculty find their library days to be as sweet and delectable as mine.

Amy Bergener (BFA Drawing and Painting, ’13), “Library Day,” oil on canvas, 12×12,” 2013

For more information about National Library Week, visit http://www.ala.org/conferencesevents/celebrationweeks/natlibraryweek

How will YOUR library celebrate National Library Week this year?

Mark your calendars! ADSL Afternoon Chat: Instruction and Assessment

ADSL Afternoon Chat: Instruction and Assessment in Art & Design Libraries

Wednesday, October 26, 3pm EST // 12pm PST (via GoToMeeting)

Link to chat: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/262611149


Join the ADSL for an afternoon chat on Wednesday, October 26 from 3-4pm EST/12-1pm PST. Our conversation will focus on issues with teaching and assessment in art and design school libraries, as students and learners navigate the studio, the classroom, and professional spaces.

Prior to the chat, ADSL will share a set of guiding questions to shape the discussion, as well as a “recommended reading” list. We’ll post further details closer to the chat date; in the meantime, if you have a suggested reading or question to address, please share it in the comments!

Questions to consider:

  • What do you think are the biggest challenges to teaching to artists and designers (or in an art & design context) as compared to more traditional applications of library/information literacy instruction?
    • Resources — both for teaching support and research tools?
    • Faculty expectations?
  • What are some of the opportunities with teaching in these settings? What makes this interesting and exciting?
    • What innovative approaches or tactics can we employ?
  • How are the needs of student artists and designers changing (if at all), and how does instruction adapt to these changes?
  • Does your library have a formalized program for assessing library instruction?
  • How do you assess the impact of instruction when the output may not be a traditional research paper or project?

 

Suggested Readings:

Wang, Rui. “Assessment for One-Shot Library Instruction: A Conceptual Approach.portal: Libraries and the Academy, vol. 16, no. 3, 2016, pp. 619-648. (Alternate link: OA preprint version)

Gendron, Heather and Sclippa, Eva. “Where Visual and Information Literacies Meet: Redesigning Research Skills Teaching and Assessment for Large Art History Survey Courses.” Art Documentation: Journal of the Art Libraries Society of North America, vol. 33, no. 2, 2014, pp. 327-344.

Halverson, Aniko. “Confronting information literacy in an academic arts library.” Art Documentation: Journal of the Art Libraries Society of North America, vol. 27, no. 2, 2008, pp. 34-38.

Murphy, Sarah Anne. “How data visualization supports academic library assessment: three examples from The Ohio State University Libraries using Tableau.” College & Research Libraries News, vol. 76, no. 9, pp. 482-486, 2015.

Reale, Michelle. “‘Hands-off’ teaching: facilitating conversation as pedagogy in library instruction.Digital Pedagogy Lab, 28 September 2016.

ALA Library Instruction Round Table (LIRT) Top Twenty: 2015’s best library instruction articles.

 

Art and design school library visual identity

Art and design schools are keen to establish and promote their individual visual identities.  Do libraries at these institutions need to follow suit?  At The New School, where half of the student body is enrolled at Parsons School of Design, communications are highly visual.  In the spring of 2015, the university commissioned Pentagram to design a new typeface (“Neue”), logos, and Pantone color (“Parsons Red”), for the university.

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The New School’s new logo designed by Pentagram, 2015

 The Neue typeface was met with positive reviews from Tobias Frere-Jones at Typographica and Armin at UnderConsideration. (The comments section is another matter: the words “fascinatingly ugly” were used to describe the new design.)  However, the new identity put the libraries in a bit of a conundrum.  

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Bookmarks from The New School Libraries and Archives, 2013

Just a year earlier, before Neue was born, we had printed bookmarks as promotional materials to accompany our move to the new University Center (read about it in an earlier blog post by Kira Appel).  This bookmark uses the angular design of the University Center façade as its motif, and looked to its interior walls for its color scheme.  Should we continue to use these bookmarks that had become obsolete more quickly than an iPhone?  In the interest of sustainability, we decided to continue to distribute the bookmarks at computer workstations as “scrap paper” until they run out.  The bookmarks do appear to be used, as evidenced by their being tucked inside a large number of the books that are returned to the library.  

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Stack signs in “Irma” and “Neue” typefaces, University Center Library, 2016

Next to change were our environmental graphics.  Our shelf labels were updated with the new typeface.  

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The New School Libraries and Archives website, library.newschool.edu, 2016

Then there the task of updating our online presence.  Our library technology department redesigned the website with the help of the marketing department of The New School, which distributed Neue to the University.  A custom logo was also created for the Libraries.  The new logo is used in our PowToon videos on Youtube (although we used one of PowToon’s typefaces, Nexa, which is the most similar to Neue, in our videos).

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The New School Libraries and Archives logo

Finally, we updated our email signatures with the style and format that is being used university-wide.   When it comes to printed material, librarians each take an individual approach when creating and distributing handouts that support instruction.

Does your institution promote the use of any specific logos, typefaces, or colors?  Does your library (1) adhere to the same visual identity as the school; (2) have its own, separate visual identity; (3) have multiple identities, depending on library function or division; or (4) doesn’t really have a defined approach to visual identity?