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?

Mark your calendars! ADSL Afternoon Chat next Tuesday

ADSL Afternoon Chat: Makerspaces and Alternative Modes of Outreach in Art & Design Libraries

Tuesday, August 2, 3pm EST // 12pm PST (via GoToMeeting)


Join the ADSL for an afternoon chat on the topic of makerspaces and alternative modes of outreach and engagement next Tuesday, August 2 from 3-4pm EST/12-1pm PST. Whether you’re a veteran of the maker movement or a true newbie, you’re invited to bring your questions, ideas, and experiences with adapting library spaces to foster art practices and experimentation.

Prior to the chat, ADSL will share a set of guiding questions to shape the discussion. In the meantime, you can learn more about makerspaces and alternative engagement below. (Want to suggest a reading? Let us know in the comments!)

Link to meeting: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/825326981

Questions to consider:

  1. How do you or your institution define “makerspaces” and other initiatives for active,  “real-time” learning in the library? (Or, what do you think should be the intent of makerspaces?) How might these notions differ between art & design schools and more traditional academic institutions?
  2. How have you adapted or created new library services to serve the evolving needs of artists and makers? How do you keep abreast of new modes of creation and scholarship in the arts (e.g. new media, digital humanities projects) to be able to adapt or develop library services?
  3. Within your academic community, who are the most frequent users or participants in these spaces or outreach services? Who do you wish were a greater presence, contributor, or collaborator?
  4. How do you assess the impact of your makerspaces and outreach? What are your metrics for success?
  5. What are the potential critical issues with makerspaces and other forms of project-focused learning spaces in libraries? What can makerspaces, beta spaces, and other creative library spaces do to foster critical inquiry and scholarship, where learning extends beyond the tools and continues even after the “thing” is made?

Recommended Readings:

Dickerson, Madelynn. Beta Spaces as a Model for Recontextualizing Reference Services in Libraries. In the Library with the Lead Pipe, May 2016. http://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/2016/reference-as-beta-space/

Educause. 7 Things You Should Know about… Makerspaces. Educause Learning Initiative, 2013. https://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/eli7095.pdf

Lotts, Megan. Lego Play: Implementing a Culture of Creativity & Making in the Academic Library. ACRL Conference Proceedings 409-418. http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.7282/T3C53NJD