Program Schedule - Poster Sessions
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Saturday, April 24, 2010
Time Events
2:30pm - 3:00pm
Images for Everyone: From Finding Images Tutorial to Visual Literacy in the Curriculum
In January 2009, I presented a Finding Images workshop for the Education City librarians in Doha, Qatar during a visit to Virginia Commonwealth University’s Qatar campus. The librarians who attended served all academic disciplines as well as a variety of grade levels from school age to graduate students. I focused my workshop on how to locate and use images freely available through the Internet, with a special emphasis on search strategies, methods of locating images through search engines and directories, specialized image databases and digital repositories, and copyright and citation concerns. Since my return from Doha, the tutorial has had continued life following a presentation that was originally conceived and delivered for other librarians. This poster will present findings and work in progress of efforts to incorporate visual literacy skills into the curriculum through the adaptation of an online tutorial into a tool for instruction and outreach across the university.
Kristina Keogh, Reference Librarian for the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University, James Branch Cabell Library
Case Study in Setting up a Digital Video Collection: Issues
In the current economic climate and with the move to centralization of services, especially but not only in academic libraries, Fine Arts librarians and visual resource professionals may be asked to assume media responsibilities such as moving image collection development and management in addition to other media and/or subject responsibilities. With the transition to digital collections, this entails developing and managing digital video collections. I will share my experience at the University of Calgary Library as a case study in issues encountered while setting the groundwork for an interdisciplinary digital video collection. I look forward to receiving others’ experiences and suggestions in return.
Marilyn Nasserden, Head, Fine Arts and Visual Resources, University of Calgary Library
Information Literacy Asssement with Art History Classes at Framingham State College
Working with the upper level art history classes "Women in Art Seminar" and "Baroque Art," I administered an assessment pre- and post tests and worked closely in partnerships with the professors of these courses. The goal was to understand how much these students knew about advanced research in art history, to plan the session accordingly, and then to test them at the end of the course to see what they had learned from my session and the library research process in general.
Sandra Rothenberg, Reference/Instruction Librarian, Framingham State College
Public Art: Images and Sources for the Student Researcher
Public art on a university campus reinforces campus identity, enriches the sense of place, creates landmarks and meeting spaces, and serves as both art and infrastructure (e.g., seating). At the University of New Mexico, works of public art have attracted praise and admiration, as well as harsh newspaper editorials and student protests. Not surprisingly, works of public art are frequently the subject of student projects. Students are often frustrated in their research, however. Public art is often unlabeled and may have been executed by artists who are not prominent in the literature. Students may overlook regional, ethnic or retrospective indices, as well as archival material. This poster session highlights my ongoing project (with colleague Carroll Botts) to organize images and sources on our university’s public art collection. This information is currently presented on a LibGuide page, although we plan to eventually develop an interactive map for presentation to a campus-wide community.
Nina Stephenson, Art Librarian/Collection Development Manager, University of New Mexico
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Time Events
11:00am - 11:30am
Grass Roots Visual Literacy: An Organic Approach
My poster demonstrates methods I am using to create a locally grown crop of visual literacy tools and resources for campus wide adoption. I began this project by conducting a survey designed to measure visual literacy knowledge amongst the UC Irvine Libraries’ staff; resulting data informed my planning process for developing a training rubric for our librarians. My intention is to meet visual literacy needs in the Libraries so that staff may serve as ambassadors of visual literacy on campus. Concurrently, our Libraries’ Department of Education and Outreach and our Second Life Team are combining efforts to develop interactive visual literacy modular tutorials in Second Life. These tutorials will also reside online as embeddable learning objects on a Visual Literacy Libguide. My poster showcases the processes we are using to develop and market these tools, and our evolving efforts to root visual literacy initiatives within existing undergraduate curricula at UC Irvine.
Virginia Allison, Research Librarian for Visual Arts, University of California, Irvine
An Architecture Course Where the Library is the Client: Designing and Constructing an Exhibit Display
This poster session describes my experience as the “client” for a graduate design studio course, Exhibiting Construction that took place during fall semester at the Georgia Tech College of Architecture. It was a collaborative project between the library, the architecture school and twelve graduate students and was a learning experience not only for the students but for me. The course strengthened relationships with the College of Architecture and challenged the students concept of what a library can be; while the library received a customized exhibit wall created for the library’s specific needs. The exhibit wall is unique in that is was designed to be flexible to display various media – three-dimensional student work such as models and sculpture, as well as drawings, illustrations, and photographs. Lessons learned can be applied to academic art libraries wishing to transform library space with the ideas and effort of their students.
Cathy Carpenter, Head, Architecture Library, Georgia Institute of Technology
Branding & Marketing
This poster session shares lessons learned from a 6 month (7/08-1/09) assignment to brand and market the Emory PRIMO software, I will discuss how to gather customer understanding, create a diverse team, generate campus buzz, and roll-out a marketing plan that includes a new logo, media targets, promotions, and a "birthday bash" event. These practical tips about planning can be applied to many marketing projects for a variety of library services.
Kim Collins, Art History Librarian and Humanities Team Leader, Emory University/ Robert W. Woodruff Library
Seeing is Believing: Using Flickr to Promote Collections Visually
The desire to promote library resources and capture student attention at an urban art college led to the implementation of an "online new books shelf" in Flickr. Using the popular photo-sharing service to notify patrons of new acquisitions has several unique advantages, including engaging users through a website they are familiar with, increasing the library's visibility online, and matching the preferences of visually-oriented users. The library photographs new titles as they arrives, uploads the photos to Flickr, and adds tags and a link to the catalog for each book. Photos of the most recent acquisitions are embedded easily in an institution's website, blog, or other web presence. Attendees will learn how the project was developed and see other ways that photo-sharing websites are being used to connect with students.
Eamon Tewell, Senior Library Assistant, Moore College of Art & Design
3:30pm - 4:00pm
Teaching Ethics of Appropriation: The JeopARTy Game Show
To inform students about the ethics and legality of appropriating images, the library at Massachusetts College of Art and Design designed an interactive game show called JeopARTy. Partly based on Dartmouth’s The Cite Is Right, but using images instead of text, JeopARTy asks audience members to vote on whether examples of borrowing were fair or not. Case studies include homage, satire, critique, and outright theft. In numerous instances ethical or legal considerations are ambiguous, which has the effect of illustrating murky relationships between fair use, plagiarism, and copyright infringement. Famous examples like Duchamp v. Sherrie Levine, AP v. Shepard Fairey, Damien Hirst v. Cartrain are considered along with lesser-known examples to dramatize the pervasiveness of the issue. With alternately blatant and subtle “samplings,” theme music, “ballots,” legal briefings, and plenty of humor, the game generates thought-provoking participation and strong feelings from students and faculty.
Greg Wallace, Instruction Librarian, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Paul Dobbs, Library Director, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
Reading the Representation: Using Assessment to Understand Student Knowledge
Now that competencies for information literacy are widely communicated in higher education, including in Art and Design, assessing student learning of the standards is the next step in fully incorporating information literacy in the discipline. A recent investigation at San Jose State University of students’ ability to analyze citations illustrates that students need practice in identifying types of sources, and that this practice can be effectively delivered through brief active learning activities. This poster will share the results from a pilot of a class based assessment for upper level undergraduates in a writing intensive art history course. The questions used in the assessment test will be presented along with the students’ pre- and post-class performance results. A visual display of the pre and post assessment results will illustrate how student performance was evaluated in order to identify areas where future instruction sessions should be modified.
Rebecca Feind, Associate Librarian for the School of Art and Design, San Jose State University
Using Emerging Technologies for Target Marketing Art & Design Reference and Instruction
Emerging technologies including blogs, wikis, photo editing applications, and web based chat applications can be used to create different types of information and communication platforms to target market art & design instruction, reference, and research services to Art & Design faculty and students. The tools that I have created to promote my services using these emerging technologies are flyers, my blog called Art & Design Inforama (, library instruction class outlines, a personal chat widget for answering art research questions, and embedded library instruction class outline web pages in faculty’s class course management sites. Some of the applications and social networking tools that I am using are free or open source.
Tara Spies, Reference/Instruction Librarian, Art & Design Subject Librarian, Communication Studies Subject Librarian, Texas State University - San Marcos, Albert B. Alkek Library