Division Meeting Minutes- 2015 Annual Conference Ft. Worth

Ft. Worth

Art & Design School Libraries Division
Saturday, March 21, 2015 9:45-10:30am

Moderator: Christine Mannix
Recorder: Leslie Jankowski
In Attendance: Jennifer Friedman (Ringling College of Art & Design), Gabrielle Reed (Massachusetts College of Art & Design), Claire Gunning (Cooper Union), Sara MacDonald (University of the Arts), Kathy Coyle (University of the Arts), Mary Louise Castaldi (University of the Arts), Phoebe Stein (School of Visual Arts), Robert Lobe (School of Visual Arts), Kay Streng (Minneapolis College of Art & Design), Jamie Vander Broek (University of Michigan, Stamps School of Art & Design), Carol Terry (Rhode Island School of Design), Sue Maberry (Otis College of Art & Design), Heather Koopmans (Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah), Teresa Burk (Savannah College of Art & Design, Atlanta), Alice Whiteside (Rhode Island School of Design), Lauren MacDonald (California College of the Arts), Leigh Gates (Harrington College of Design), Jean Hines (Pratt, Manhattan), Gail Storer (Columbus College of Art & Design), Kris Liberman (Boston Architectural College), Geraldine Billingham (Bloomsbury Publishing)

Welcome from the Art & Design School Libraries Division Moderator Christine Mannix.

Nominations and election of Lauren McDonald (California College of the Arts) for 2016 moderator.

Old Business:

No work was done on the craft/folk art/materials studies images in ARTStor issue, however it will be worked on for next year.

The guest post sign-up for the ADSL blog worked well. A new sign-up sheet was passed around for the upcoming year.

Update on the ARLIS/NA policy manual: all divisions are out of date, so revisions with be forthcoming.

New Business:

In response to outreach to students:
The Columbus College of Art & Design’s library has put on a few of workshops based on Wright State University’s Research Toolkit series as well as a zine making workshop. Chris Mannix has been working on creating circulating bookbinding examples and hosted a protective box making workshop.

Minneapolis College of Art & Design created a book about the grad students in their MFA program. It included pictures and interviews with them in their first year to learn about artists that inspire their work.

School of the Visual Arts will be opening a satellite library space. This 700 square foot space will include new materials and browsing services. Students will be able to request books from the main library and have next day service.

Ringling College of Art and Design’s library has been making surprise visits with a pop-up library. They are partnering with the college’s Health and Wellness department to provide healthy enrichment and food for students. Checkout involves a Google doc and handheld scanner. Ringling has also hosted a Night at the Library with food and themes such as “Femme Fatale.” Their annual artist’s books event with Vamp + Tramp, where students can vote on an artist’s book to add to the collection, also includes members of the community.

In response to outreach to faculty:
California College of the Arts’ Architecture and Design has had a critique panel in which research is a part. Three faculty members said students pulled from journals and cited images. Research consultations and field trips are involved. Librarians have been offering quick 15 min sessions to visit classrooms, which can seem more appealing to faculty who don’t have time to spare in their courses. LibGuides have also been created and have been useful.

Otis College of Art & Design has required guided research modeling for the faculty. It focuses on how to research and an authority workshop.

Harrington College of Design has been accredited for another 10 years.

Rhode Island College of Design has signed onto digital commons. Content will be added in the spring and summer.

Ringling College of Art & Design is almost finished with fundraising for their new library. Their search for a new director is ongoing. The library will most likely need more staff for the bigger library.

In response to ACRL’s new standards and learning outcomes, Sue Maberry at Otis doesn’t think they’re there yet and will probably change drastically.

Heather Koopmans from the Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, will be attending ACRL’s Program Immersion and will follow up with a blog post.

Meeting was adjourned at 10:35 a.m.

ACRL 2015: Portland!

I attended ACRL for the second time this year. The keynotes by Jad Abumrad and Lawrence Lessig were excellent. Abumrad gave an inspiring and wide ranging performance on personal change and transformation. Lessig’s talk on open access and political reform did an interesting job of connecting the two concepts.

I attended a session on Research Data Management with a great presentation by Nicole Vasilevsky from OHSU. In order to teach grad students RD principles, she does an amazing gummy bear project: she presents assets related to fictional research about gummy bears. The students got a packet with a gummy bear image and data. She had students crop and annotate the image, create a graph with the data, and then appropriately add metadata and citations. The student results were all different despite consistent instructions, and students universally left at least one thing out. Nicole also does a data management happy hour, which seemed like a good idea. Link: Slideshare.net/Nicolevasilevsky/acrl-march2015-final

Another session I thought was useful focused on maker spaces and programming. Megan Lotts, the Art Librarian at Rutgers, talked about her addition of a lego table to her library. She has students create their ideal library with legos — super interesting idea. She also leaves them out all the time as a source of creative energy and inspiration as well as a relief from writer’s block. Additionally, she’s sponsored a lego block party. She teaches a mini course and one of the assignments she does involves the lego table. She also works with a landscape architecture class. She has them observe everyone in he library and then build a model of what they observed.

Probably the best piece of advice from the lego presentation was that Megan doesn’t do a project without getting buy-in from at least one other department, which seemed like a great rule of thumb to try to employ when programming.

The New School University Center with its Library

New School tweet 6:15 AM - 28 Jan 2014

The University Center at The New School, New School tweet 6:15 AM – 28 Jan 2014

January 2015 marked one year in the University Center at The New School with its new Arnhold Forum Library on the 6th and 7th floors. Arnhold Forum Library offers bookable group workspaces and quiet study areas; computer workstations and printing, scanning and copying services; on-site collections of our most highly-used art, architecture, design, fashion and technology materials; and self-checkout kiosks.

Fun story, a water main broke flooding the neighborhood on the morning of our move. However, the large crater in the intersection of Fifth Ave and 13th Street ended up being an advantage for the book movers later in the week. With the street closed off, they were able to simply roll the book carts across the street. Sadly, the lower two levels of the building were flooded as well and came back online just last month.

Book mover (blue hoodie lower left) rolling books around the crater on Fifth Ave and 13th Street

Book mover (blue hoodie lower left) rolling books around the crater on Fifth Ave and 13th Street

The University Center illustrates The New School’s commitment to sustainable practices, (for a description of the the building’s green building features, click here) and serves as an educational tool (see YouTube video below) for courses.

By location, design, and spirit (#newschoolspirit), the University Center is the hub of our urban campus. The architecture encourages activity–as seen from the street by its visible staircases–and interaction. While used by all Divisions, it’s also the new home of the School of Fashion which relocated from its building in midtown.


Alfredo Jaar, “Searching for Africa in LIFE,” 1996-2014, Commissioned for The New School

The Curator of the University Art Collection has seeded art throughout the building and The New School commissioned new work, as well. Among the new works is Rita McBride’s “Bells & Whistles,” and Alfredo Jarr’s “Searching for Africa in LIFE.” We hosted a small opening for Alfredo Jarr in December and administration, students, faculty and staff gathered to hear him speak about the work.

Happy student on the perimeter of Arnhold Forum Library, 6th floor

Happy student on the perimeter of Arnhold Forum Library, 6th floor

In our former locations, the Libraries and Archives struggled with providing optimal study space. We’ve been so successful at marketing our great study spaces, we have come across students using them without realizing they’re in a library! But we’ll be there when they need us and in the meantime, they’re happy.


More Images:

  1. Image from the stacks through collaboration room on 6th floor: https://instagram.com/p/svqqfSG-i1/?modal=true
  2. View from the University Center’s green roof: https://instagram.com/p/oriOeYG-oj/?modal=true
  3. The building has it’s own font called Irma. Seen here being hand-painted throughout the outer stairwells: https://instagram.com/p/tk0v92m-vH/?modal=true

Showcasing Intimate Imagination: Sketchbooks at MICA’s Decker Library

From the sketchbook of Louis Fratino, Sketchbook Annual Event, 2012

From the sketchbook of student Louis Fratino,  Sketchbook Annual Event, 2013

For the past four years Decker Library, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), has partnered with its Drawing and Painting Department for their popular fall Sketchbook Annual. During the informal event, books from the college community are opened onto folding tables in the lobby of a nearby, large campus building. Many brave artists and several seasoned faculty members share their intimate recorded moments–in line, sometimes in verse, in doodledom, alongside deliberate craft. Since sketchbooks are an integral, and often very private part of an artist’s process, it is rare that others get a glimpse. This is their chance. It has become a unique opportunity, as well, for the library to participate by sharing its own gems from the genre.

According to Professor Howie Weiss, the creator of the event now in its 7th year, it continues to grow in popularity with participants as well as visitors. To his delight they “have to keep adding tables!” After the event, some of his handpicked stars wind up on exhibit in the library’s two upstairs flat display cases for several weeks. Here media varies as does form: ink pen marks swirl ‘round notebooks, pop-up collages sprung from little paper books. There are usually a lot of surprises. The artists, (this year’s participants here) enjoy seeing their work and bringing guests to see their work as well as the other case spotlighting diverse sketchbooks from Decker’s special and circulating collections.

The collaboration began as a friendly conversation between librarian Marianne Sade and Howie Weiss, around the library’s homespun Journals, Sketchbooks and Visual Diaries index. The database was created to provide convenient visual access to examples of the subject in the Library’s collection: master sketchbooks, facsimiles, catalogs of exhibits, and a few “how-to’s,” in a variety of media. Next came the welcome invitation to join the event as an exhibitor. The library usually shares around 75 library books in concert with the many sketchbooks and journals on display. This year, the Library also publicized the event on social media sites (Facebook, tumblr and Twitter) and participation jumped considerably — more than 80 students showed books! The exhibit is in the Library through November 14.

By Marianne Sade, Instruction Librarian, and Katherine Cowan, Senior Reference Librarian

Photos from the 7th Annual Sketchbook Event, courtesy of Meredith Moore, 2014


Visitors view Decker Library books during annual event


Students get a glimpse at classmates’ work


Selections on exhibit at Decker Library

Golgonooza at MassArt

Intersection by Dan Carr and Julia Ferrari

This academic year’s opening exhibit In the Morton R. Godine Library at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt) is The Whole Art of Language, Julia Ferrari’s & Dan Carr’s Presses at Golgonooza. 

Ferrari and late partner Carr, began making books 34 years ago. Golgonooza Letter Foundry & Press designs, composes, prints and with Enitharmon Bindery binds fine handmade books for their publishing wing Trois Fontaines and for the public.

The exhibit which includes books, broadsides, and ephemera is a retrospective look at the work of Ferrari and Carr.

For more information about Golgonooza Letter Foundry and Press:


And for more information about the Morton R. Godine Library at MassArt:


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LCAD Library celebrates centennial of artist Rex Brandt

# 5074 Evening Rendezvous _ Rex BrandtBrandt seated at easel

For the first time, Laguna College of Art and Design (LCAD) is exhibiting sketchbooks, correspondence, photos, business records and more from The Rex Brandt Archives in celebration of the acclaimed watercolorist’s 100th birthday. Rex Brandt: Awash With Color opened June 18 and will run through the end of September 2014 in LCAD’s Dennis and Leslie Power Library.

Renown for his watercolor paintings of the Southern California coast, Rexford Elson Brandt (1914-2000) was born in San Diego, grew up in Riverside, and graduated from the University of California, Berkeley prior to establishing his home and studio, “Blue Sky,” in Corona del Mar, California. The publication of his paintings of the California aqueduct in Fortune magazine in 1937 launched him to national fame early in his career. For decades, Brant was the quintessential teacher, operating classes out of his studio home, leading painting excursions and writing numerous books on watercolor technique. Brandt served as president of the California Water Color Society in the late 1940s, and along with his contemporaries Phil Dike, Emil Kosa Jr., Barse Miller, Phil Paradise, George Post, Millard Sheets, Robert E. Wood and Milford Zornes, Brandt was known as part of what has been variously called the California School, the White Paper Painters and the California Regionalists.

The exhibition also showcases art and drawings by Brandt’s wife and fellow artist, Joan Irving, as well as artifacts never before displayed to the public, including Brandt’s brushes, portable easel and an unfinished watercolor painting on board. Materials loaned to the exhibition are from the collections of Shelley and Sam Walker, Mimi Hansen, and Mark and Jan Hilbert of The Hilbert Collection. The Rex Brandt Archives were donated to LCAD in 2011 by Joan Scarboro and Shelley Walker, daughters of Brandt and his wife, Joan Irving Brandt.

Known for his landscapes and murals, Brandt was involved in designing the first two studios built for LCAD, then known as the Laguna Beach School of Art. Brandt taught for the College in the early 1960′s and, in 1978, served on its advisory board and its endowment fund campaign.

“The Rex Brandt Archives have not only expanded the range of offerings available through LCAD’s Library for inspiration and research, but also demonstrate the dynamic ways in which the artist’s personal records and correspondence can inspire students when they are incorporated into a class discussion,” Burke said. “Brandt’s legacy and contributions to 20th century art will be studied and preserved for generations to come.”

On Friday, September 12, a special program will take place at the college from 4-6pm to celebrate Rex Brandt¹s actual 100th birth date.

Library tours – how do you do them at your school?

It’s that time of year again. Time for library tours and new student orientation events.
At RISD Library tours take place on a Sunday afternoon as part of the Orientation Office’s campus walking tour. 40 groups of 15 students each are led by orientation leaders through the library’s two floors. Signs posted on easels give highligts of each area.
In total we see about 450 students that day. A sneak peek is available here on our library virtual tour.

Ellen Petraits, Fleet Library at RISD