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:
  2. View from the University Center’s green roof:
  3. The building has it’s own font called Irma. Seen here being hand-painted throughout the outer stairwells:

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

Columbus College of Art and Design Announces New President

Retired CCAD president Dennison W. Griffith (left) and newly-appointed CCAD president Thomas White (right)

Retired CCAD president Dennison W. Griffith (left) and newly-appointed CCAD president Thomas White (right)

The Columbus College of Art & Design has named Thomas White, an industrial designer and branding expert, as its fourth president, succeeding Denny Griffith who retired on June 30.

White most recently was vice-president of corporate development for Los Angeles-based Co-Optimum Connect, an advertising co-operative that ensures manufacturer’s brand standards are followed in retail advertising. He taught college-level drawing at UCLA and industrial design at Cal State – Northridge before his design firm took off. He also held design and executive roles at Citicorp, Lockheed Martin Corp. and RKS Design.

For more information, follow these links:

Major Work from MECA’s first Textile and Fashion Design Graduate!


Major Work from MECA's first Textile and Fashion Design Graduate!

Rosie Allard, our first graduate from the new Textile and Fashion Design program, made these fabulous coats as part of her thesis project. All fabrics were made by her and are inspired by her Finnish grandmother’s home. During the Senior exhibition her work was given a plum location in the front window of MECA’s Porteous Building. Rosie is the first of many future grads from this progam and we couldn’t be prouder!

“Let’s Have Lunch”… an exhibition of artists’ books

Greetings ADSL Division Members,
Posting about our current exhibition of artists’ books on view through July 11th.
If you are in the Atlanta metro area please stop by.
-Teresa Burk, Head Librarian ACA Library SCAD Atlanta

‘Let’s Have Lunch:’ Selections from the ACA Library Artist’s Book Collection at SCAD Atlanta
This exhibition focuses on the striking re-occurrence of food as subject matter featured in artists’ books throughout the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s.
Now through July 11
Gallery 1600, Atlanta, Georgia



Greetings fellow Art and Design School Division members! We’d like to introduce ourselves, Christine Mannix- Vice Moderator and Kimberly Lesley- Moderator.


I’ve been the Public Services Librarian at the Columbus College of Art & Design for four years now. Since we’re a small library, I do a little bit of everything, like library instruction, circulation, reference, and ILL, but my favorite work involves being the Grand Poobah of Special Collections. My B.A. is in history of art from The Ohio State University where I wrote my honors thesis on self-taught artist, William L. Hawkins. When I’m not at work I’m often at my kitchen table making collages, prints, narrative quilts, and artists’ books.  Basically, if I don’t make art, I start to gnaw off my arm.


Signorina Maria Spelterina in her high rope performance. 1876-1920. From the Boston Public Library Stereographs Collection. Accessed via Flickr.


I am the Access Services Librarian at University of the Arts in Philadelphia, where I offer research instruction, provide reference services, supervise circulation as well as organize and participate in outreach. I’ve been in this position going on two years, and I particularly enjoy working with the students here. I earned my B.F.A. in photography (film, anyone?) from Herron School of Art & Design, Indiana University. When I’m not digging around in my garden with my helper cat, or hanging upside down at the Philadelphia School of Circus Arts, I’m headed somewhere on my bike.

Thanks for reading!


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