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Saturday, April 24, 2010
Time Sessions
9:00am - 10:00am Session A:
Confronting the Future: Articulating Purpose, Documenting Value
In this time of great economic uncertainty and fear for the survival of libraries as we know them, we look for creative ways of “future-proofing” the art library and visual resources professions. Whether defending branch services and collections from the onslaught of internal budget cuts, or reshaping our visual resources services and collections to meet the changing external market, we are compelled to identify and effectively share how our libraries are valued. Jeanne Brown will address strategies for using and presenting data within the library and to the larger institution. Jolene de Verges will present ARTstor's “Shared Shelf” as a model that is giving rise to radically altered roles for VR professionals, and will suggest ways to influence how the future takes shape, both in our institutions and at ARTstor.
Betsy Peck Learned, Associate Dean of University Library Services, Roger Williams University
Demonstrating Library Value in a Period of Retrenchment
Jeanne Brown, Head, Architecture Studies Library, Art Librarian, Assessment Librarian, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Revolutionary Models for Managing and Sharing Image Collections: What's Our Future as Image Professionals?
Jolene De Verges, Images Librarian, Rotch Library of Architecture and Planning, MIT
Session B:
Alternative Access: Audio Descriptions and Visual Searching of Digital Image Collections
Traditionally images in collections have been described using textual systems that employed thesauri. Patrons utilized those thesauri in order to search and retrieve images. The entire process was dependent upon the description of a few salient features of the image. Technological advances and a shift in thinking about description and access may impact the construction of digital image collections in the future. One paper describes Stemmario, an experimental database which uses visual elements to search for drawings of Florentine coats of arms; the other paper discusses a project in which audio descriptions are applied to a digital image collection to enhance access for individuals with a print disability.
Angela Weaver, Head, Drama Library and Acting Head, Art Library, University of Washington
Stemmario: An Experimental Image Database
Jan Simane, PhD, Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, Max-Planck-Institut
When Visual Meets Verbal: The Role of Audio Description in a Digital Image Collection
Kathleen C. Lonbom, Art Librarian, Illinois State University
1:00pm - 2:30pm Session C:
Global Visions: Building Image Collections in a Participatory Culture
Today's technologies have transformed the Web into a global space where individuals can freely create, share, and interact with digital content. Information-based virtual communities are continuously being formed within media-rich social networking sites like Facebook, Flickr, and MySpace. In this ever-changing world of digital creation, how can the expertise of visual resources professionals and art librarians best be utilized? In this session, speakers discuss innovative and economical approaches to building image collections that embrace user contribution, innovative collaboration, and unique partnerships. They share their experiences with emergent image networks that employ professional expertise while vastly extending the boundaries of visual resources collections.
Edward H. Teague, Head, Architecture & Allied Arts Library, University of Oregon
Flickr as Discovery Tool: A Pilot Project for Digital Collections at San Diego State University Library
Laurel Bliss, Fine Arts Librarian, San Diego State University
RISD Visual Resources in the Age of Web 2.0
Marta Bustillo, Visual Resources Librarian, Rhode Island School of Design
Crossing the SAH ARA: The Value of a Digital Archive in Tough Times
Lucie Wall Stylianopoulos, Head, Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library, University of Virginia
Session D:
Documenting Now: Living Artists and their Archives
The future of art librarianship must serve the full scope of our arts communities, supporting research and studio culture. This session addresses archives of living artists and their role in both art historical research and artistic practice. Exploring aspects of living artists' archives from the perspectives of professional artists, art historians, and art librarians, the presenters will discuss the importance of such collections, issues of self-documentation, and the logistics of creating, maintaining, and supporting these archives.

This session is generously sponsored by Swann Auction Galleries.
Alice Whiteside, Carolina Academic Library Associate, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Utah Artists Project: Documenting and Archiving the Lives and Works of Utah's Arts Community
Greg Hatch, Head of Fine Arts, Marriott Library, University of Utah
Fireworks, Fire Flowers, Gunpowder Drawings and Explosion Events – A View Into the Archive of Living Artist Cai Guo-Qiang
Heather Gendron, Art Librarian, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Art "Historical" Research: Living Artists and their Archives
Eumie Imm-Stroukoff, Librarian and Assistant Director, Research Center, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
Session E:
The Engaged Librarian: Knowledge, Outreach, and Integration for Targeted Service

Two librarians share their research findings and solutions to the difficult problem of getting fine arts faculty and students into the library. By employing different service outreach techniques which specifically targeted these users unique needs, our panelists increased patron knowledge of library resources as well as improved the visibility and perceived value of the library and its staff. Attendees will enjoy lively presentations and take away methodologies which they can apply to their organizations.

Sylvia Welsh, Librarian/Archivist, Payette Associates
Thesis Committees: Integrating Instruction and Research Into Studio Culture
Yuki Hibben, Collection Librarian for the Arts, James Branch Cabell Library, Virginia Commonwealth University
Improving Outreach to Graduate Students: Learning from Graduate Fellows
Dena Kinney, Director, Outreach and Research Services Fine Arts and Design, Fine Arts and Design Library, University Libraries, University of New Mexico
3:00pm - 4:00pm Session F:
Revisiting the Past, Embracing the Future
This session explores two innovative uses of technology to address the challenges associated with acquiring, cataloging, managing and delivering digital archival materials unique to the fields of architecture and archaeology. One presentation will address the preservation of proprietary CAD models in an effort to properly document modern architectural practice. The other will describe how new technologies and partnerships with archaeologists can transform the traditional methods utilized by field researchers to access spatial, visual and textual information. In addition, the session will address opportunities for librarians to develop relationships with new communities and translate their skills to meet the evolving and complex arenas of highly specialized formats and data.
Jamie Lausch, University Library Associate and Curatorial Research Center Librarian, University of Michigan Art, Architecture and Engineering Library and University of Michigan Museum of Art
RePlacing the Old in the New
Patricia Kosco Cossard and Kimberly Detterbeck, Architecture, Planning, & Preservation Librarian and Visual Arts Reference and Instruction Librarian, University of Maryland College Park and Frostburg State University
Saving Our Cultural Heritage: New Efforts to Preserve CAD Models
Jolene de Verges and Allison Benedetti, Images Librarian and Project Librarian, Rotch Library of Architecture and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Session G:
Promoting Print Collections to Draw E-Patrons into the Library
The speakers presenting in this session will focus on two unique print collections -- pop-up books and rare architectural books. The speakers discuss innovations in how those paper collections are incorporated into existing print collections and marketed to draw patrons into the library. Specifically, Mr. Lindemann examines the Goralnick Pop-Up Book Collection in the Special Collections & Archives Department at Bowdoin College Library. Ms. Parker follows with a presentation on a new way of presenting and promoting rare architectural publications to raise awareness of the library on campus and teach students the value of working with first editions and rare materials.
Ray Anne Lockard, Art Bibliographer and Public Services Librarian, University of Pittsburgh
What Popped Up in a College Library
Richard Lindemann, Director, Special Collections & Archives, Bowdoin College Library
Building and Promoting Unique Collections - The History of the Study of Architecture in the US at the University of Notre Dame, Architecture Library
Jennifer Parker, Architecture Librarian, University of Notre Dame
4:00pm - 5:00pm Session H:
Information Literacy Theories and Competencies in Practice: Making IL Instruction Relevant to Faculty and Students
Both speakers address the challenges of effectively teaching information literacy to art and design students; students who need widely varied skills and knowledge and who often bring diverse backgrounds to design education. Using the ARLIS/NA Information Competencies to initiate discussion with faculty members, Rina collaborates with faculty to create information literacy instruction which is an integral part of architectural history classes. The Competencies serve as a foundation on which to build an information literacy program that is aligned with the faculty members' curricular goals and teaching methods. Nicole’s work, to create effective and ethical information literacy instruction, examines visual, cognitive, and intercultural literacy theories as they apply to students in various disciplines.
Susan Lewis, Library Director, Boston Architectural College
Using Information Competencies for Students in Design Disciplines to Collaborate with Faculty on Course Integrated Information Literacy Instruction
Rina Vecchiola, Art and Architecture Librarian, Washington University in St. Louis
Intercultural Visual Literacy: From Theories to Pedagogy
Nicole A. Beatty, Branch Library Coordinator, Fine Arts Library, Indiana University
Session I:
The New Deal: Reforming the Discrete Practices of Libraries, Archives, and Museums
Historically, archives, libraries and museums have shared a common mission: To collect and catalog, preserve and protect, and provide access to objects of cultural, intellectual, historical, and artistic importance. The institutions were silos in which specially trained individuals such as archivists, librarians, and curators served as the collectors, keepers, and main point of reference for their respective establishment and collection. Today, monetary resources are in short supply and with the ever-pressing need to stay relevant, archives, libraries, and museums are taking a different tack. Archivists, librarians, and curators are pooling expertise, collections, and monetary resources and working together to provide robust online access to their collective holdings. Institutions are building virtual bridges to one another (and to users) by way of collaborative websites and cross-collection search tools. Douglas Dodds of the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, and Margret Schild of the Theatre Museum and Film Museum in Düsseldorf, Germany share their own experiences with such collaborations. Topics that will be discussed include the standardization and presentation of metadata; intellectual property; digital preservation; collaborative collection development; the utilization of innovative, emerging technologies; and the future of art librarianship.
Jennifer Pollock, Head of the Robert A. Deshon and Karl J. Schlachter Library for Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning, University of Cincinnati - College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning
Library Management Meets Collection Management - New Partnerships, Traditional Methods and Strategies: Examples of Good Practice in Germany
Margret Schild, Theatre Museum and Film Museum, Dusseldorf, Germany
Virtual and Actual: Library, Archive and Museum Collaboration at the Victoria and Albert Museum
Douglas Dodds, Senior Curator, Word & Image Department, Victoria and Albert Museum
Sunday, April 25, 2010
Time Sessions
10:00am - 11:00am Session J:
The Art of Books from the Real to the Virtual: The Artistic, Cultural, and Historical Significance of American Decorated Publishers' Bindings
19th and 20th Century publishers’ bindings reflect a rich heritage of the printed word. They document aspects of material culture and serve as visual artifacts. Speakers will delve into identifying and managing collections of these materials and will offer how use can be optimized both locally and beyond existing geographic boundaries. Richard Minsky will present insights on promoting local collections to the benefit of the library and/or institution. His presentation will include numerous images of book covers from the golden age of American publisher’s bindings. Jessica Lacher-Feldman will share information about the Publishers Bindings Online digital project and identify the benefits of this unique resource that can enhance study and research possibilities beyond the local setting.
Nancy Pistorius, Associate Professor, Outreach and Research Services, University Libraries, University of New Mexico
Publishers’ Bindings Online, 1815-1930: The Art of Books: Anatomy and Impact of a Successful Digital Project
Jessica Lacher-Feldman, Curator of Rare Books and Special Collections, W. S. Hoole Special Collections library, The University of Alabama
Develop a Collection from Within: American Decorated Publishers’ Bindings
Richard Minsky, Founder, Center for Book Arts, New York
Session K:
New Publishing Models: the Emergence of Open Access in the Arts
Are open access and visual arts scholarship compatible? Discussion of open access (OA) publications, or those that are freely available to readers without barriers of price and permission, has largely focused on their adoption by the sciences. Yet open access presents a multitude of opportunities for visual arts scholarship, even considering the discipline’s need for the inclusion of rich media content. This session will discuss the emergence of open access in the arts and the art librarian’s role in it as well as the development of a new open access journal focusing on the scholarship, research, and teaching of contemporary artists’ books using Public Knowledge Project’s Open Journal System software.
Tracy Bergstrom, Special Collections Librarian, University of Notre Dame
A Matter of Discipline: The State of Open Access in the Arts
Patrick Tomlin, Head, Art + Architecture Library, Virginia Tech
Leveraging OA: Creating and Publishing a Hybrid Scholarly Journal
Sonja Staum, Director/Team Leader, Herron Art Library, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
Session L:
Divide and Collaborate: Building Digital Collections One Piece at a Time
Digitized collections allow previously hidden or restricted materials to be shared in new ways with new audiences. This session will explore processes and workflows of digitization projects through case studies of collaborative digitization within an organization as well as partnership-based cooperation. Examples include innovative approaches to the digitization of the Regis University Santo Collection of devotional objects and projects of the NYARC consortium (The Frick Art Reference Library and the libraries of The Metropolitan Museum, Brooklyn Museum and Museum of Modern Art) including partnerships with JSTOR and the creation of comprehensive collections of New York gallery publications.

This session is generously sponsored by Duncan Systems Specialists.
Elizabeth Darocha Berenz, Outreach and Instruction Librarian, ARTstor
Virtual Saints: Moving the Regis University Santo Collection Online
Tom Riedel, Distance Services Librarian & Assistant Curator, Santo Collection, Regis University
Divide and Conquer: Building Digital Collections One Piece at a Time
Deborah Kempe and Dan Lipcan, Chief, Collections Management & Access and Assistant Manager for Systems and Special Projects, Frick Art Reference Library and Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
11:30am - 12:30pm Session M:
Teaching Art Research: Two Collaborative Instruction Models
A pair of papers on teaching and instruction techniques particularly important for art librarians will be presented here, one based on primary source and special collections research, the other developed for visual art students. Ellen Petraits's paper discusses concept mapping, a visual mapping technique that helps students formulate questions and identify themes within a topic. She uses the technique to help art students and visual learners develop research topics in ways traditional bibliographic methods do not. Barbara Rockenbach's paper likewise addresses ways to engage students, describing new collaborative learning and active learning techniques that further critical thinking and research skills through the use of primary sources and special collections.
Karyn Hinkle, Reader Services Librarian, Bard Graduate Center
Mapping a Research Topic: Using Concept Mapping to Visualize Research
Ellen Petraits, Reference Librarian, Rhode Island School of Design
Objects not Subjects: Collaborative Techniques in Research Education
Barbara Rockenbach, Director of Undergraduate & Library Research Education, Yale University
Session N:
Permanent Beta – Evolving Role of Visual Resource Professionals
Functional competencies of visual resource professionals are continually expanding to keep pace with technical advancements, constantly evolving image products, complex intellectual property frameworks, and user expectations for integrated resources and service. The confluence of the changing image landscape, high-demand assets and services, and associated shifts in professional competencies present an environment where traditional roles and institutional boundaries may no longer be relevant, and where new more fluid and inventive service and stewardship models must be embraced. This session will explore evolving roles and present some model institutional responses to our challenging state of Permanent Beta.
Carole Ann Fabian, Director, Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University
Transformers: The New Visual Resources Professional
Elisa Lanzi, Director, Imaging Center, Smith College
A 21st Century Approach to Image Management and Services: Successful Scenarios
Elizabeth Schaub, Director, School of Architecture Visual Resources Collection, The University of Texas at Austin
2:30pm - 3:30pm Session O:
Creative Practice in Cyberspace
The worldwide Web has become essential to art librarians. Likewise, artists are utilizing the Web in order to further their careers by both informing their practice through research, and networking within their fields. This session will use current examples from the viewpoint of the researcher as well as that of the blogging “artist-librarian hybrid” to identify the Internet’s critical role within the creative process. Through practical tips for presenting work online, this session will demonstrate how blogs are a valid form of non-traditional publishing that foster scholarly engagement in communal settings.
Allison R. Schulte, Library Director and International Liaison, Tom of Finland Foundation
Blogging as an Artist/Librarian Hybrid
Heather Saunders, Art Librarian, Purchase College, Purchase, NY
Use of the Web by Visual Artists
Heather Koopmans, Reference Librarian, The Savannah College of Art and Design, Savannah, GA
Session P:
Kultivate and Captivate: Models for Improved Access to the Creative Arts through Digital Repositories
By and large, institutional repositories have spent less time actively collecting the creative content generated by colleges and universities, focusing instead on the acquisition of traditional text-based research materials. This session will highlight digital repository efforts that focus on providing free and improved access to the creative arts for the purposes of learning, teaching, and research. An examination of these repositories provides a better understanding of the nuanced needs for storing and making available digital content from the creative arts.

The Kultur Project, a JISC funded project from 2007-2009, provides transferable models for handling rights issues, properly showcasing digital versions of creative works, and a consortia approach to developing a digital repository. The success of the Kultur Project has spurred other related efforts including the Art Design Media Open Educational Resources Project and a proposed Kultivate Project. The latter would be a sector-wide Arts Repository for the benefit both of the small specialist institutions and of arts departments within large universities.

Visual Arts Data Services (VADS) is a national repository for images in the UK with over 120,000 items being offered on behalf of 300 collection holders. In an effort to captivate and engage existing and new users, VADS recent work includes developing subject taxonomies, soliciting feedback to make user-focused improvements, and using harvesting technologies to enhance the discoverability of collections.
Steven Folsom, Metadata Librarian, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Kultivating Kultur: A Transferable Model for Discipline-Based Institutional Repositories Within the Creative Arts
Pat Christie, Director of Information Services, University of the Arts London
Captivate: Audience Engagement and the Digital Image Repository in the Visual Arts
Leigh Garrett, Director, Visual Arts Data Service, University for the Creative Arts
5:00pm - 6:30pm SPECIAL SESSION :
Copyright and the Redefinition of the Library Landscape
The Google book digitization project and the recent lawsuit settlement have captured the attention of librarians and the public. The settlement has fueled fears of Google’s domination of a wide range of information-related markets. Concurrently, the copyright landscape around art and images has become more complex. This session will provide a summary of the Google settlement and discussion about the challenges and opportunities the settlement presents to libraries, and art libraries in particular. There will be an update on fair use and related copyright cases of special importance to the visual arts community; we will learn what judicial decisions are game changers, and how this is redefining the landscape of practice for art librarians, artists and scholars.

This session is generously sponsored by ARTstor.
Ellen Duranceau, Scholarly Publishing/Licensing Consultant, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
The Google Settlement and the Future of Art Librarianship
Jonathan Band PLLC, President, policybandwidth
2009-2010 Legal Developments in Copyright, Art and Media
Madelyn Wessel, Associate General Counsel, University of Virginia
Monday, April 26, 2010
10:30am - 4:00pm The City Experience: The Fenway
Maximum number: 30
Cost: $10
The Fenway City Experience brings you to Frederick Law Olmsted's Emerald Necklace. Along this lovely greenway you will find the heart of artistic Boston: the Museum of Fine Arts, the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, the School of the Museum of Fine Arts (SMFA), and Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt). As part of your City Experience you will enjoy a tour of the history of the Museum of Fine Arts by MFA Archivist and the author of Invitation to Art: A History of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Maureen Melton. No trip to Boston is complete without a visit to the Museum of Fine Arts and this tour offers a rare opportunity to experience it with a true expert. After lunch at the MFA or nearby restaurant (a list will be provided), you will head over to MassArt for an engaging session entitled “Defying Domains: Collectively Documenting Art Library Resources by Collaboration, Innovation, Cooperation and Transformation”. In the course of one day you will experience the best of the history and future of art.
Defying Domains: Collectively Documenting Art Library Resources by Collaboration, Innovation, Cooperation and Transformation
Session Abstract
In a time of shifting library usage, increased demand and cost-cutting imperatives, collaboration among institutions is essential. This session will explore how three organizations seized opportunities to deliver library services collectively. Lily Pregill will describe the creation of Arcade, the shared ILS of the Frick Art Reference Library and the libraries of the Brooklyn Museum and MoMA. Jen Green, Caitlin Pereira and Chris Ford will recount the birth and growth of the FLO Image Group, a consortium of 10 Boston academic libraries creating a common digital collection. And Francine Snyder will explore the generation of Koha, an open-source ILS, as the first online catalog of the Guggenheim Museum Library.
Susan Chute, Supervising Librarian, Circulating Art and Picture Collections, The New York Public Library
Fenway Libraries Online (FLO): An Image Sharing Initiative
Jen Green, Art Librarian, Lamson Library and Learning Commons, Plymouth State University
Chris Ford, Forner Visual Resources Curator, Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University
Caitlin Pereira, Assistant Director of Visual Resources, Massachusetts College of Art
Open Source Reality: Guggenheim Museum Library's implementation of Koha, an Open-Source ILS
Francine Snyder, Manager of the Library and Archives, Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Library and Archives
No Data Left Behind: Collaboration and the Building of Arcade
Lily Pregill, NYARC Project Coordinator & Systems Manager, NYARC (The New York Art Resources Consortium)
The City Experience: MIT
Maximum number: 30
Cost: $10
The City Experience in Cambridge and at MIT will bring you just across the Charles River to the city of Cambridge and the MIT campus. We'll take public transportation from the Seaport to Cambridge, where we'll meet with a curator from the List Visual Arts Center, one of the most prominent centers of contemporary art in New England, who will provide a tour of the amazing MIT Public Art Collection. The collection is a living archive of artist work that is integrated into the fabric of the campus. After the tour, we will find lunch at one of the eclectic restaurant options near to campus. Following lunch, we will attend the session “Seeing Past and Present Anew: Animating the Archive”. This City Experience will provide a day of experiencing Cambridge, MIT, and the idea of archives of different types in the contemporary world.
Seeing Past and Present Anew: Animating the Archive
Session Abstract
Traditionally the “archive” is thought of as a treasure trove of primary source materials, developed via an ongoing cumulation and classification that, over time, allows researchers to triangulate in their investigations into past cultural practices. The Future Archive Project at MIT expands this notion by documenting artists' methods of creation and collaboration so other artists, historians, and theorists can view artistic process as works are created via a Web portal, not years later. At Stanford a reconceptualization of “collection” from an incrementally increasing aggregate to an ever reconstituting and redefining mass of cultural detritus redefines collection development and instructional practices.
Günter Waibel, Program Officer, OCLC Research
Research at the Intersection of Creation, Archiving, Dissemination and Study of Contemporary Art
Michael Mittelman, Associate Director of the Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Founder and Publisher of ASPECT: The Chronicle of New Media Art, Center for Advanced Visual Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Rediscovering the Archive: Playing in the Fields of Cultural Production. Case Study: 1959 – More Than Robert Frank's The Americans
Peter Blank, Head Librarian, Stanford University Art & Architecture Library
The City Experience: Harvard - Focus on the Near: Mastering Local Architecture and Urban Planning Information
The City Experience: Harvard
Maximum number: 30
Cost: $10
The City Experience at Harvard will take us via subway from the Seaport across the river to Cambridge. First an architectural walking tour led by Design School Special Collections Librarian Mary Daniels will focus on the modern architecture of Quincy Street including Le Corbusier's Carpenter Center. Loeb Library at the Design School and the Fine Arts Library will be open to receive us afterward and the prospect of seeing the Harvard Art Museum, the Peabody Museum and the Harvard Museum of Natural History will tempt us to take a very short lunch break. Following lunch at a choice of campus cafeterias and restaurants, the afternoon session held back at the Design School will be "Focus on the Near: Mastering Local Architecture and Urban Planning Information".
Focus on the Near: Mastering Local Architecture and Urban Planning Information
Session Abstract
The mass media would have us believe that all the information we need is ubiquitous and readily available. One might also imagine that location and place no longer matter—having been replaced by digital connectivity. Ironically, successful and sustainable building projects often rely on a thorough understanding of the local climate, materials, customs, codes, and expectations, information that is often obscure or unpublished. More than ever, architects and urban planners (students and professionals alike) need access to local, detailed and site-specific resources. How do we become experts on local subject matter? This session will focus on strategies that architectural and urban planning librarians can employ to become experts in local information, ranging from the concrete, such as municipal building ordinances and regional ecosystem conditions, to the abstract, such as local social conditions and customs.
Kitty Chibnik, Associate Director/Head, Access Services, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University
A Micro Focus in a Macro World: Mastering Local Urban Planning Information
Alan Michelson, Head, Built Environments Library, University of Washington, Seattle
The Place of Architecture: Mastering Local Architectural Information
Rebecca Price, Architecture, Urban Planning, and Visual Resources Librarian, Art, Architecture & Engineering Library, University of Michigan
10:30am - 5:00pm The City Experience: RISD and Providence
Maximum number: 20
Cost: $30
The City Experience in Providence, RI will include a bus trip to Providence hosted by the Rhode Island School of Design, a tour of the RISD Library, and an architectural orientation to the RISD Campus. Lunch will be on your own and because there are so many wonderful places to eat, a list of nearby places will be provided. The engaging and interactive afternoon session will be an “Artist Book Slam”, held in the Special Collections department of the RISD Library. An exhibit of artists' books from the collection will also be on view. Refreshments will be provided for the return bus ride. This City Experience will give participants a taste of Providence and RISD plus the benefit of a lively and hands-on discussion of the issues and practices surrounding the use of artists' books in the academic environment.
Artists Book SLAM
Session Abstract
To start the session we will have an “Artist Book Slam” with each participant discussing, critiquing, and analyzing a pre-selected artist book from the RISD Library collection. After that there will be a facilitated discussion of creative strategies for integrating and using artists' books in the studio classroom. More information about this session and details about pre-selecting artists' books from the collection can be found on the ARLIS/NA Book Art SIG blog:
Tony White, Head, Fine Arts Library, Indiana University
Laurie Whitehill Chong, Special Collections Librarian / Curator of Artists' Books, Rhode Island School of Design