Conference meeting agenda

Good afternoon, ADSL readers! As a reminder, we’ll host our annual meeting during the ARLIS/NA 2017 conference in New Orleans on this Wednesday (2/8) from 8-9am in the Newberry room.

See our meeting agenda here, and comment if you have any thoughts or questions for the session!


Registration & Schedule are Live for Fashion: Now & Then Conference


October 22-24, 2015

New York City, NY, U.S.A.

The Adrian G. Marcuse Library at LIM College is excited to host the fifth annual Fashion: Now & Then Conference, a three day conference in which participants will discuss the past, present, and future uses of fashion information and the global reach that the fashion industry possess. 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 year’s Fashion: Now & Then Conference is Passé, Presente, 未来. We are looking forward to presentations that will demonstrate how fashion information and the global reach of the fashion industry has evolved through time and how it will continue to evolve in the future.

For more information on the conference, please check out the Fashion: Now & Then blog.

For more information on the schedule, please check out the Adrian G. Marcuse Library website. You can register here.

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.

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

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.

For more information, visit

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

2011 ADSL Division Meeting


Minneapolis, MN

Hello all,

On behalf of myself and Elinor Nacheman I would like to welcome you all to join us for the next Art & Design school libraries division meeting. This meeting will be held Sunday, March 27th at 11:15.  The venue is Marquette II. We will be posting the agenda soon on the Sched site. We will also be posting a plea for topics concerning our art and design library community on the ARLIS list-serve. Please take the time to e-mail us back so we can begin brainstorming.



Elinor Nachemen, RISD Fleet Library


Gabrielle Reed, MassART Morton R. Godine Library

Boston 2010 ADSL Division Meeting Agenda

2010 ADSL Division Meeting Agenda
Sunday, April 25th (4 – 5pm)

Introduction of Current Officers (Ellen Petraits and Moira Steven)
Meeting Recorder: Lisa Schattman
Announcement of next year’s moderators (Elinor Nacheman and Gabrielle Reed)
Volunteers for Incoming vice-moderators
Passing of Division attendence sheet

Open Forum Topics

  • status of the ADSL blog – 13 posts over the past 3 years(including this one)
    New ways to use the blog? Switch to another platform? Interest in continuing the blog?
  • Managing in these economic times – strategies to stretch the dollar
  • The fate of the reference collection in A&D libraries
  • The library as exhibition space
  • Developing library instruction content specifically for upper-level undergraduates
  • how other schools provide access to their back-issues of Vogue
  • discuss studio artists using library websites as an access tool and if through assessment are we designing our websites for actual usability