#ARLIS2017: Spotlight on Instruction and Collections Workshops

Happy New Year and welcome to another spotlight on ARLIS/NA New Orleans Conference Workshops! Today, we will look at a set of workshops that will help you enhance your skills with building collections and with meeting the needs of visual arts researchers.

Getting Started with Web Archiving answers the increasingly pressing need faced by art information professionals to collect, preserve, and provide access to valuable born-digital materials. Workshop facilitators will provide participants with help in getting started with such projects, often the most difficult part of the process. During the 2-hour workshop, attendees will be provided with the opportunity to review precedents, draft action plans, and get their hands dirty with some existing technologies. The cost of this workshop is $25.

Next, Teaching Fair Use to Arts Researchers, will likewise provide participants with the tools they need for supporting another pressing need faced by art librarians and information professionals. This 2-hour workshop will provide attendees with an understanding of fair use issues, how to apply knowledge of fair use and integrate it with library instruction, and how to (legally) address questions surrounding fair use law. Participants will also have the opportunity to work through materials from the ARLIS/NA Fair Use Instructional Materials project, which will focus on hands-on learning, example presentations, interactive exercises, group activities, and much more. The cost of this workshop is $40.

Finally, this year’s Postcards from the Edge workshop: Mardi Gras Culture and Costume from the Old World to the New World, is a shouldn’t-be-missed opportunity to learn more about Mardi Gras, carnival, and festival culture right where it all happens. Attendees at this almost 4-hour workshop will become immersed in the sights, sounds, and captivating resources that make up the unique histories of festivals. The site of the workshop – the Louisiana State Museum – is particularly notable for its collections on Mardi Gras. The workshop will also be led by local experts – 2 historians and a Mardi Gras artist. The resources discussed at this workshop will also be of wider interest to those who study and support art history, craft, performance, music, costume, and cultural history, among other disciplines. The fee for this unique experience is $30.

Don’t miss out on these exciting opportunities!

Kristina Keough, Workshops Coordinator

Conference planning with SCHED: printing and mobile apps

With only five weeks to go ’til #ARLIS2017, this is the perfect time to familiarize yourself with the conference program, scheduling tools, and social media channels. Read on to learn tips and tricks for SCHED, our conference planning tool.

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Thinking about NOLA: Getting around, resources, and apps!

Hello ARLISians!

You have noticed that the Conference website has a very good description and breakdown of transportation and getting around options in New Orleans. You now can check out the Local Guide there — it has Neighborhood Maps and a description of each neighborhood’s attractions. Familiarize yourself with this great resource!

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A second Vieux Carré tour!

Due to popular demand, we are adding a second Vieux Carré Walking Tour from 3-5pm on Tuesday, February 7.

If someone has registered for the conference already, they may add the tour by calling Nicole Cheever at ARLIS/NA headquarters, 414-908-4954 ext. 450. She will manually add it to your registration and collect credit card information for the payment.

Laissez les bon temps rouler!

Lindsey Reynolds, Tours Co-coordinator

Silent Auction: donations and updates

Happy 2017 ARLIS!

Cross off that New Year’s resolution of donating to the upcoming Silent Auction today. What sort of things can you donate? Well, everything and anything! Here’s some items on our wishlist: all types of exhibition catalogs, intriguing artists’ books, weird and wonderful handmade cards, unique jewelry, textiles, photographs, prints…turns out there’s a lot of things we want! Click the link below to donate:

ARLIS/NA 2017 Silent Auction Onsite Donation Form

Wherefore art thou Etsy?

Seattle saw the very first conference Etsy site for ARLIS/NA and while we hoped to pursue this effort again this year, policy changes with Etsy have caused some roadblocks. It has been the decision of the Silent Auction Coordinators to forego the online shop and focus efforts to the on-site Silent Auction.

So what does this mean for you? Instead of shopping online, you can shop in person for homemade goods created by our talented membership! If you had been considering donating something for Etsy, we encourage you to still donate to the Silent Auction. Conference attendance is not required to make a donation as you can ship ahead of time. Please contact Leslie Vega and Breanne Crumpton at arlisnolaauction2017 [at] gmail [dot] com for more info or with any questions.

Breanne Crumpton and Leslie Vega, ARLIS/NA 2017 Silent Auction Coordinators

#ARLIS2017 Pre-conference chat

Please join us for an informal and informative chat discussion about the upcoming ARLIS/NA conference in New Orleans!

Crescent City Connections: Developing your ARLIS/NA 2017 Conference Experience
Pre-conference Chat: Thursday, January 12, 2017
(3pm EST / 12pm PST)

Learn about fun things to do, tips for getting the most out of your conference experience, resources available for first-time attendees, and how to get involved in ARLIS.

This pre-conference chat is your chance to ask questions, share advice, and get ready for our meeting! The chat features Kim Collins and Kasia Leousis (Program Co-Chairs), Marty Miller and Nancy Hampton (Local Arrangements Co-Chairs) and E. Lee Eltzroth (Publicity Coordinator).

This chat is organized by the ARLIS PDC Education Subcommittee and will be moderated by Amy Ballmer.

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/474683533

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (571) 317-3116, Access Code: 474-683-533

Canada: +1 (647) 497-9372

Teresa Burk, Outgoing chair, PDC Education Committee

Going, going, gone: sign up for NOLA tours before they’re filled up!

With less than a month to go, all of our tours are filling up fast so consider this your reminder to sign up asap!

Tour offerings include walking tours of the French Quarter and Garden District, institutional tours at various special collections and museums, and two exciting opportunities for tours with some of the city’s resident artists. These tours are exclusively offered to ARLIS conference attendees – don’t miss your chance to get to know this magical city for yourself.

One tour that is filling up fast is being offered on both Monday (2/6) and Thursday (2/9). Industry of Ink will be led by local preservationist and champion of New Orleans print history, Joseph Makkos, founder of the New Orleans Digital Newspaper Archive. The tour is organized around Makkos’s personal research into the city’s print culture. We will learn about the untold and unexpected history of the South’s original hub for print as we walk through the French Quarter and the Central Business District. Points on the tour will highlight the industry-leading presses, newspaper histories, and renegade printers that created the material culture of New Orleans in the late 19th & 20th centuries. Highlights include Storyville Blue Books, the Times-Picayune’s first female editor (who took over the paper in 1876) and the site of the Loujon Press who first published Charles Bukowski in their Outsider literary magazine.

Ticket price for this tour also includes a special guidebook & ephemera, hand-printed on one of our subject’s own letterpresses!

Lindsey Reynolds, Tours Co-coordinator


Reminder: Childcare at the conference

Good evening, ARLISians! Just a friendly reminder that the due date for conference childcare registration is Monday, January 9. If you plan to use conference childcare, please register at your earliest convenience!

On-site conference childcare is being provided by A Charmed Life, a local professional service carefully selected by the EB. Care is available from Monday, February 6 through Wednesday, February 8 from 8 am to 5 pm for infants up to age 6, for full or partial days. Participants will be asked to pay $40 per child/per day to help offset the cost of care. This rate is open to ARLIS/NA members and non-members.

Participants may register for childcare using the online conference registration form.  For those of who have already registered for the conference, you may add childcare by contacting Shannon Lorenz directly at s.lorenz@arlisna.org, or by phone at 414-908-4954, ext. 106.

Help make this new initiative a success and try out conference childcare! If you have any questions please email Anna Simon at ajs299@georgetown.edu.

Best wishes for a wonderful New Year,

Anna Simon
Coordinator, Art Librarian Parents and Caregivers SIG

Conference Program Highlights (Part II)

As you make your plans for the ARLIS/NA 2017 conference, Arts Du Monde, take a moment to review some of our program highlights and features!

Dr. Kim Vaz-Deville, PhD

You won’t want to miss the Membership Lunch with Guest Speaker, Kim Vaz-Deville, PhD on Tues., Feb 7th from noon to 1pm ($25 fee for lunch).

Kim Vaz-Deville, Ph.D. is a professor of education and the associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Xavier University of Louisiana. Her research centers on the use of expressive arts as a response to large group social trauma with attention to women, gender, and insurgency.


Dr. Vaz-Deville’s book, The ‘Baby Dolls’: Breaking the Race and Gender Barriers of the New Orleans Mardi Gras Tradition (LSU Press, 2013), tells the story of an organization of African American women, the Baby Dolls, formed around 1912 and their crucial contribution to Louisiana’s cultural history. She traces the Baby Dolls’ origins from Storyville brothels and dance halls to their re-emergence in post-Katrina New Orleans and uncovers the fascinating history of the “raddy-walking, shake-dancing, cigar-smoking, money-flinging” ladies who strutted their way into the predominantly male establishment of the Mardi Gras parades. This book was chosen by the Young Leadership Council (YLC) members and book-loving New Orleanians as the “One Book One New Orleans” title for 2016.

Looking forward to seeing you in New Orleans!

ARLIS/NA 2017 Conference Programming Co-Chairs
Kim Collins, Emory University, kcolli2@emory.edu
Kasia Leousis, Auburn University, ksl0008@auburn.edu