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


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

New Design Initiative

Design Information Alliance (DIA), was formed in 2007 by Susan and Johan Severtson in an effort to address the need for an interdisciplinary approach to the practice and study of design. DIA’s purpose is to identify, archive and make freely available resources for the study and practice of design and design research in multiple disciplines and formats to enhance the practical, aesthetic and socially responsible goals of design in society and to advance design awareness.

The project encompasses the fields of:

  • architectural design
  • advertising design
  • fashion design
  • communication design
  • industrial design
  • interior design
  • jewelry design
  • media design
  • system design
  • . . .and more

The task of doing this is somewhat daunting, but Susan and Johan have been trying to connect with as many institutions as possible to get the word out about their project and to get as many institutions with design collections as possible, to share in the larger awareness of their unique resources. Toward this effort, the Severtson’s took a 12,000 mile road trip this past June-October, 2011, visiting with many institutions. You can read more about this and their project at

Johan and Susan will be attending the ARLIS Conference and have scheduled the Windsor East room, Friday March 30th, 5-7 PM for an informational meeting.


Ellie Nacheman, Cataloger/Reference Librarian, RISD/AWS news contributor

ADSL Member news

Tony White, currently head of the Fine Arts Library, Indiana University has announced he will be leaving in mid-March to become the new Director of the Decker Library, Maryland Institute College of Art.

Congratulations, Tony.


On February, 8, 2012, UArts Access Services Librarian Shannon Robinson presented at the Southwest Texas Popular Culture and American Culture Associations conference in Albuquerque, NM. Her presentation, “New Curiosity: The Wunderkammer as Inspiration for Twenty-First Century Artists” was part of a panel on collectors and collecting. Shannon also chaired the panel.



Ellie Nacheman, Cataloger/Reference Librarian, RISD,/AWS news contributor

ADSL member news

Our annual conference in Toronto is rapidly approaching.  I hope that many of our Art and Design School Library Division colleagues will be able to attend, and look forward to seeing you. I’d like to draw your attention to those sessions in particular where members of our division are involved as moderators and, or, as speakers. I know at times, simultaneously scheduled sessions require difficult choices, but hopefully  you’ll be able to attend at least some of these provocative sounding sessions:

March 30th:

Career Mentoring Program / Co-Leader/Co-speaker,  Rachel Resnick, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Workshop: A to Z(ine): building, promoting and sharing zine collections / Co-leader/Speaker, Tony White, Fine Arts Library, Indiana University


March 31st:

“Colouring with Artists: Librarians Coordinating and Facilitating Information Creation and Appropriation in the Studio” / Moderator, Jill Luedke, Temple University; Speakers, Paul Dobbs/Gregg Wallace, Massachusetts College of Art and Design

“Marketing Librarians, Practice and Spaces in the 21st Century” / Speaker, Mark Pompelia, Rhode Island School of Design

“Digital Humanities, the Changing Book, and the New Librarianship” / Moderator, Ann Whiteside, Harvard University, Graduate School of Design

April 1st:

“New Voices in the Profession” / Moderator, Maggie Portis, New York School of Interior Design

“Provoking Change: Creativity, Leadership and Planning for the Future” / Speakers, Annette Haines, University of Michigan ; Daniel Payne, OCAD University

Creative processes and formats: artist’s publishing, fine press and the altered book / Moderator/speaker, Tony White, Fine Arts Library, Indiana University

“Remix, Reuse, Rework: Fostering Learning Beyond the Classroom” / Speaker, Dan McClure, Pacific Northwest College of Art

“Information Design in a Digital World” / Speaker, Jutta Treviranus, OCAD University

Ellie Nacheman                                                                                                                                                                                                 Cataloger/Reference Librarian,  Fleet Library, RISD /AWS news contributor

Katherine Cowan, Senior Reference Librarian at MICA has sent the following news about a publication which should be of interest to all of us in the ADSL division:

I am pleased to announce that a book published earlier this year by the Maryland Institute College of Art has been awarded the Arline Custer Memorial Award for 2011 by the Mid-Atlantic Regional Archives Conference (MARAC).

MICA: Making History / Making Art by Douglas L. Frost

About the Book:

On November 3, 1825, in a large assembly room on South Charles Street a group of Baltimore’s leading citizens met to organize a new educational institution they called ‘The Maryland Institute for the Promotion of the Mechanic Arts.’

Thus begins the story of present-day Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), and the text of MICA: Making History / Making Art by Douglas L. Frost. The book utilizes hundreds of documents—texts and images—from sources held in the MICA Archives at the Decker Library & Media Resources Collection and in other collections in Baltimore and beyond.

From its roots as the Maryland Institute for the Promotion of the Mechanic Arts, the College’s history spans the great advances in technology of the Industrial Revolution to the fast-paced, ever changing technology of the Digital Age. This resilient institution endured the upheavals of Civil, World and Cold wars, the Great Fire of Baltimore and the Great Depression, the politically tumultuous Sixties and the sobering realities of the 21st century—and not only survived but thrived. The threads of MICA’s history are interwoven with those of America itself, with links to historical and cultural icons including Noah Webster, Abraham Lincoln, Louis Kahn, Alistair Cooke, Grace Hartigan, and Robert Rauschenberg.

MICA’s nearly two-century history is told through 336 pages of flowing narrative and more than 450 images. The layers of history, from 1826 through the present and looking into the future, are written by Vice President for Development Emeritus Douglas L. Frost, who undertook this extensive research project upon his 2006 retirement after 40 years of service to the College, in the course of which he became the school’s de facto historian.

Opening essays for MICA: Making History / Making Art have been written by Baltimore Museum of Art Director Doreen Bolger, 1976 alumnus Jeff Koons, President Fred Lazarus, and Walters Art Museum Director Gary Vikan. The oversized, full-color, hard-cover, Smyth-bound book—an artwork in itself—was designed in the Baltimore office of international design firm Pentagram by MICA faculty Abbott Miller and alumnus Jeremy Hoffman (2000), and printed by Schmitz Press in Sparks, Maryland. The book’s large format provides ample space to appreciate distinctive imagery from nearly two centuries of Baltimore’s and MICA’s interwoven history.
Further information about the book, including a link to the MICA Store where the book is available for purchase, is at the following link:

About the Award:
The Arline Custer Memorial Award recognizes the best books and articles written or compiled by individuals and institutions in the MARAC region – the District of Columbia, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia.

Works under consideration include, but are not limited to, monographs, popular narratives, reference works and exhibition catalogs using archival sources.

Works must be relevant to the general public as well as the archival community. They also should be original and well-researched using available sources. In addition, they should be clearly presented, well-written and organized. Visual materials, if used, should be appropriate to the text.


Kathy also asked that I post the following sad news for those who may not have seen the recent posting on ARLIS-L:

It is with great sadness we share with you that our dear friend and colleague Florence Thorp died early on October 3rd at her parent’s home in Vernon Center, NY.  Florence joined MICA in July, 2001 as Director of the Media Resources Collection. She was promoted in June, 2009 to Director of the Decker Library when the Library and Media Resources were merged into a single department. Florence had previously worked in visual resources at her alma mater, Hartwick College in Oneonta, NY.


Florence courageously battled pancreatic cancer over the past year. She was one of the best of us, a consummate professional, always with a smile and a wonderfully mischievous sense of humor. She will be tremendously missed by all who had the pleasure of knowing her.


A memorial gathering was held at MICA’s Decker Library on Thursday, October 6. Services for Florence were in Vernon Center, NY, also on October 6. A full obituary with details about the services can be found at the following link to the Utica Observer-Dispatch:


Several of our division members are involved in various sessions at this year’s upcoming conference in Minneapolis. Please be sure show your support and hear what they have to say.

They include:

March 24:

Workshop–“Postcards From the Edge IV: Fashion and Textiles”

Lisa Schattman, Design Institute of San Diego, co-organizer; Robin Dodge, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, presenter.

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Exhibition: “No Translation Required: Artists’ Books in Germany and Georgia”

A major exhibition “No Translation Required: Artists’ Books in Germany and Georgia” is currently on exhibit (March 8-April 16th) at the Trois Gallery, Savannah College of Art and Design. The exhibition developed out of a three week collaboration during Summer 2009, between nine students and two faculty from SCAD who traveled to Germany to create artists’ books with faculty and students at the University of the Arts, in Braunschweig.  Dr. Deborah Prosser,  Dean of Library Service s at SCAD and Atlanta librarians Teresa Burk and Mary Murphy were all heavily involved in managing the exhibit which eventually will travel to Germany and be on display in the Klingspor Museum in October 2010.
For images and more information, please see: