Workshop fees are listed on the Registration Form.
The cost to Sponsor one of these workshops is $500.

A to Z(ine): Building, Promoting, and Sharing Zine Collections
Friday March 30, 2012 8:00am - 12:00pm @ Learning Zone, OCAD University.
Workshop Leaders: Virginia Allison, Research Librarian for Visual Arts & Dance. University of California, Irvine; andTony White, Head, Fine Arts Library/Assistant Librarian. Indiana University.
Description: This workshop will explore the zine’s evolution to date as a compelling contemporary genre. Broken Pencil editor Lindsay Gibb will provide a historical overview of zines and zine culture, highlighting current manifestations of the alternative publishing trend in Canada. A panel of experienced zine librarians will lead a discussion on strategies for starting and building a zine collection within a library or cultural institution. A variety of perspectives and solutions for zine related issues will be explored such as marketing, preservation and access. Participants will have the opportunity to peruse the OCAD University Library's zine collection to gain a better understanding of this unique publishing genre.

ARLIS/NA Career Mentoring Program Workshop
Friday March 30, 2012 8:00am - 12:00pm @ Conference Hotel.
Workshop Leaders: Rachel Resnik, Technical Services Librarian, Massachusetts College of Art and Design; and Anna Simon, Research and Instruction Librarian, Georgetown University.
Description: This workshop commences the year-long ARLIS/NA Career Mentoring program. It provides the tools necessary to create and maintain a successful mentoring relationship. Space is limited and acceptance to the program is competitive (please see application form). Each selected participant will be paired with another ARLIS/NA member. The program is centered around a DVD presentation led by Margaret Law, expert speaker at the 2005 ARLIS/NA Conference, and will explore the roles of mentors and mentees; communication methods; and the benefits and potential pitfalls of mentoring. The workshop facilitators will lead group discussions, role-playing exercises, breakout sessions, and provide program guidelines.

Digital Preservation & Web Archiving: Virtual Artists’ Files
Friday March 30, 2012 8:30am - 12:00am @ iSchool, University of Toronto.
Organized by: Jonathan Franklin, National Gallery of Canada.
Workshop Leaders: Kristine Hanna, Director, Archiving Services, and Lori Donovan, Partner Specialist, Web Archiving Services, Internet Archive.
Description: The focus of this workshop will be on archiving web content analogous to (and increasingly taking the place of) the kind of printed ephemera traditionally housed in vertical files. It will approach the challenges of digital preservation and web archiving from the perspective of institutions accustomed to preserving and providing access to document collections of artists' files, as described by ARLIS/NA's Artists Files Working Group. Practical experience of web archiving gained over the past year will be provided - including lessons learned, challenges, success stories - from ARLIS/NA member libraries using Internet Archive's Archive-It service.

Postcards from the Edge V: Film Studies
Friday March 30, 2012 8:30am - 12:00am @ iSchool, University of Toronto.
Workshop Leaders: Nedda Ahmed, Arts Librarian, Georgia State University; Virginia Allison, Research Librarian for Visual Arts & Dance. University of California, Irvine.
Description: Increasingly, art librarians are being called upon to shoulder subject areas outside their traditional purview. Consider this hands-on workshop to be your immersion course in film librarianship, starting with why and how people study film, and venturing as far as emerging technologies in film studies. Participants will leave the workshop with a solid foundation in film studies reference, collection development, and instruction.

Artist Multiples
Friday March 30, 2012 1:00pm - 5:00pm @ Art Metropole.
Workshop Leaders:  Miles Collyer, Shop Manager, Art Metropole; Denise Ryner, Registrar/Archives, Art Metropole.
Description: This workshop will introduce the practice of artist's multiples to the art library community. It will establish artist's multiples as an alternative to artist's books, demonstrate their role as an information resource, and attest to their rightful place in a library’s collection. It will focus on the unconventional artistic practice of artist's multiples, with a focus on contemporary Canadian practitioners of the form. In addition, the specific artistic practice of Canadian artist Maura Doyle will be explored, with a focus on the artist’s work in the multiple form and a discussion of her approach to the medium.

Introduction to 3D Rapid-Prototyping and Printing, File Sharing and Archiving
Friday March 30, 2012 1:00pm - 5:00pm @ Interaccess: Electronic Media Arts Centre.
Workshop Leaders: Michael Longford, Associate Dean Research, Faculty of Fine Arts, York University; William Turkel, Associate Professor, Department of History, University of Western Ontario; and Brandon Vickerd – Associate Professor, Faculty of Fine Arts, York University.
Description: 3D printing, known as rapid-prototyping, is now being taken up by a diverse set of disciplines and communities, from open source do-it-yourself groups to university and industry researchers in engineering, health sciences, architecture and the creative arts. Most recently, open-source communities have collaborated to produce inexpensive build-it-yourself desktop printers such as the Makerbot (, making this technology easily accessible to everyone. Workshop participants will consider the implications of these new technologies for librarians, educators, researchers and practitioners through discussion, and a hands-on workshop introducing them to 3D printing using the Makerbot. Equipment and material will be supplied.

NowSpace: DIY Telepresence
Friday March 30, 2012 1:00pm - 5:00pm @ Learning Zone OCAD University.
Workshop Leaders: Marta Chudolinska, Learning Zone Librarian, OCAD U; Kyle Duffield, NowSpace Researcher, OCAD U; and Mike Steventon, NowSpace Researcher, OCAD U.
Description: Combining open source software and affordable hardware, NowSpace is a telepresence toolkit for communities to engage in cultural exchange. The user will experience NowSpace as an 8-foot square screen that provides a full-body real-time portal from which to interact with groups of remote users, using physical gestures to control and manipulate the system. NowSpace can be applied to a variety of learning-based, creative and casual cultural activities, involving curriculum, research, curated exhibitions, events, conferences, brainstorming, gaming and interactive play. This workshop will take participants through the process of selecting software and assembling hardware to create their own NowSpace node.

Protective Boxes, Slipcases… and more
Friday March 30, 2012 1:00- 5:00pm @ Canadian Bookbinders and Book Artists Guild.
Workshop Leader: Betsy Palmer Eldridge, Book Conservator
Description: At the heart of every library is the basic problem of preserving its book collections. This workshop will look at a wide variety of solutions for protecting book materials - from catalogues and exhibition announcements to books - from the simple to the complex, from the standard to the unusual, from the traditional to the new. Examples will be shown and the pros and cons of each discussed. Participants will make a paper slipcase for the paperback, Margaret Locke’s “Bookbinding Materials and Techniques, 1700-1920”, as a hands-on, take-home example. This information will be both interesting and useful for anyone working with books.

Hardly Anyone is Typical or Average: Designing for Diversity
Monday April 2, 2012 8:00am - 12:00pm @ Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD University.
Workshop Leaders: Jutta Treviranus, Director, Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD U; Jess Mitchell, Project Manager, Inclusive Design Research Centre, OCAD U; and James Yoon, Interaction Designer, OCAD U.
Description: Innovation occurs at the margins. Librarians as stewards of public knowledge have a commitment to serving the full community and an interest in engaging and enhancing the knowledge and interests of all community members. Design that encompasses the requirements of individuals with extraordinary challenges benefits everyone and pushes our thinking and practice further. This workshop will introduce participants to the theory and practice of inclusive design, or design that addresses the full range of human diversity with respect to ability, language, culture, gender, age, and other forms of human difference - to meet legislative obligations and to creatively address foundational responsibilities of librarianship.