Moderators, Minutes and More

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It’s a new year for ADSL. (CC image via Wikimedia, click to view source)

ADSL’ers,

Meet your new Co-Moderators for 2012 – 2013. Deborah Evans-Cantrell is Catalog/Reference Librarian at the Indianapolis Museum of Art. Heather Koopmans is the Head of Reference Services at the Savannah College of Art and Design’s Jen Library in Savannah, GA. Also joining the crew are Co-Vice-Moderators, Kim Detterbeck, Art Librarian at SUNY-Purchase College Library, and Claire Gunning, Art/Architecture Librarian at Cooper Union Library. And, welcome to Shannon Robinson, Access Services Librarian at the University of the Arts, who is an incoming Vice-Moderator beginning in 2013. Last but not least, thanks to outgoing moderators Gabrielle Reed (MassArt) and Elinor Nacheman (RISD). Ellie will continue to gather and post ADSL member updates in her capacity as AWS news contributor.

It was great to see so many of you at the annual meeting in Toronto, on Saturday March 31. In particular, Gabrielle Reed discussed her work on the ADSL member survey of unique collections. Susan Severtson from the Design Information Alliance presented news regarding DIA’s goal of assembling a freely searchable database of design-related information and resources. Group discussion about current projects and outreach initiatives in our various libraries, as well as several other issues of shared interest, followed.

The 2012 meeting minutes are attached and will also be included in the (forthcoming) conference proceedings on ARLIS’ web site.

Finally, please feel free to post news, new projects and initiatives, and questions for group discussion on this blog. This is a shared space for any topics that are relevant to art and design libraries. If you don’t yet have a WordPress account or author privileges, contact Heather, Deborah or Ellie to get your invite and start writing! In addition, ARLIS/NA’s Facebook page is becoming more active with news from across the organization, and occasionally you may see ADSL-related updates there. We welcome additional feedback on how to best communicate within our group.

All the best, and looking forward to the year ahead,

Heather Koopmans & Deborah Evans-Cantrell

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