Call for Presentations: Fashion: Now & Then: Meaning, Media, and Mode

[reposted from COLLIB-L]

Call for Presentations: Fashion: Now & Then: Meaning, Media, and Mode

Proposal Due Date: June 10, 2013

Conference at LIM College, New York, NY – Thursday, October 3, 2013 to Saturday, October 5, 2013

The Adrian G. Marcuse Library at LIM College invites participation in the third annual conference Fashion: Now & Then, a three day conference in which participants will discuss the past, present, and future uses of fashion information.  Participants will be drawn from the fashion industry, libraries, archives, academic institutions, publishers, collectors, and museums to represent a full range of expertise.

The theme for this Fashion: Now & Then conference is Meaning, Media, and Mode and will include presentations about fashion and information. Proposal topics can include one or more of these subjects in relation to fashion or style: archives, blogs, books, business, collectors, collection development, designer archives, digital archives, digital collections, digitization projects, rare books, fashion analytics, fashion forecasting, fashion history, fashion studies, film, magazines, libraries, librarians, patrons, mapping & data visualization, merchandising, marketing, material culture, museums, new media, oral history, photography, preservation, print & non-print media, retail, social media, special collections, street style, textiles, trend reporting, demographics & psychographics, and ephemera.

Presentation Proposals and Notification: Proposals for presentations should include: the name, title, affiliation, and email address of the author and an abstract of the 15 minute paper or presentation (<500 words). Email the proposal to . Please submit the text of the proposal in the body of the email and as a PDF or Word attachment.  The proposal due date is due June 10, 2013. Notification of proposal acceptance will occur Thursday, June 20, 2013.

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Take the ADSL Social Media Survey

Is your library using Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or other social media tools to reach out to its art and design community? Are you inspired by other libraries’ use of social media? Interested in keeping up-to-date with your ADSL colleagues (while sharing what’s new in your library)?

If you answered “yes” to any of these, please take the ADSL Social Media survey! A list of ADSL members’ social media sites will eventually be compiled on the blog to show how we’re communicating and engaging with our users, provide inspiring examples, and help ADSL’ers keep up with each others’ accomplishments. Any social media sites that promote information services for student and faculty artists and designers will be considered.

Link to the survey:

Check out our new look!

The ADSL Division blog has gotten a makeover! If you’re reading this via email or RSS, click through to see the changes. Updates include:

  • Clean and easy-to-read overall look
  • New visual header
  • Compatibility with a variety of mobile devices
  • Quick links to follow ADSL via email or RSS feed

Do you have further recommendations for improving the look and feel of the ADSL blog? Or features/tools you’d like to see on this page? If so, tell us in the comments or send an email to the moderators.

In addition, I’d like to welcome anyone who has recently begun to follow the blog or is new to ARLIS/NA and ADSL. Our division’s purpose is to highlight library service to art and design students and faculty, and the blog supports this by offering a year-round forum where we can share our related ideas, news, projects, experiences and questions. A dedicated readership is essential to the blog’s success, as is a variety of authors from the ADSL Division. If you want to start writing, contact your current moderators or vice-moderators – Heather Koopmans, Deborah Evans-Cantrell, Claire Gunning, and Kim Detterbeck.

Inspiring Examples of Librarians’ Design Work

Here’s a really cool website that a colleague recently shared with me. It’s full of examples of fliers, displays, handouts and other visuals created by librarians.

Librarian Design Share :

What have you designed recently?

Remaking Research : Call For Proposals

Interesting event/opportunity… via ARLIS/L:


Remaking Research: Emerging Research Practices in Art and Design invites artists, designers and educators to submit proposals for Featured Research Projects to be presented at the symposium.

Remaking Research is an AICAD ‘working symposium’ centred on the discourse, pragmatics and possibilities of creative practice as research, both within art and design institutions and in the context of interdisciplinary, inter-institutional, and partnered relations taking place at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, Canada from November 1-3, 2012.

We are currently accepting proposals to present research projects that address the Remaking Research Symposium themes:

  • The Production of Knowledge in Art and Design
  • The Political Economies of Art and Design Research
  • Networked and Partnered Research Practice

The ten-minute Featured Research Projects presentations are an opportunity to share a project or collaboration.

To submit a proposal to present a Featured Research Project, please send the following information to

  • your name and institution
  • a short description of your project (300- 500 words)
  • no more than 5 images (jpeg or pdf)
  • an indication of the theme to which your project responds

DEADLINE: Thursday, September 20, 2012

PLEASE NOTE: Remaking Research is not able to support travel or conference fees for those presenting Featured Research Projects. We are happy, however, to support your participation by providing a letter confirming your contribution.

Moderators, Minutes and More


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


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