1. Data + Art: data driven art in studio art courses
Megan Martinsen, Baylor University
Ben Johansen, Baylor University
Baylor Digital Scholarship Librarians offer an easily replicable strategy for librarians to engage with studio arts courses. Based on a successful experience collaborating with an Installation Art class, they will share how digital scholarship, in the form of data driven art, can provide an in-road to studio arts for librarians to discuss information literacy, visual literacy, library services, and data management. They were recently embedded in the last half of an upper level studio course. Through class instruction and student meetings: they introduced the concept of data driven art, covered research strategies for finding data sets, taught techniques for manipulating and cleaning data, and served as critique panel members for the students' final presentations. The opportunity for library outreach was simple to implement, usable at any university, and produced substantial learning outcomes.
2. A Ticket to the World of Information & Visual Literacy: Introducing Freshmen to Comics and Graphic Novels
Olivia Miller, Public Services Librarian, Greensboro College
This poster will describe the creation and teaching of a 2 credit hour first year seminar focused on breaking down stereotypes related to comics with non-superhero graphic novels. Through this theme, students are also introduced to campus resources and information and visual literacies with readings, discussions, field trips, and active and engaging assignments. Fellow art librarians can find inspiration in this course creation based on a medium inherently based in the arts to promote literacies and campus resources.
3. Visualizing Arguments: Constructing Comics to Unpack Scholarly Texts
Samantha Kirk, Reference and Information Literacy Librarian, University of Pennsylvania Libraries
Patricia Guardiola, Assistant Head, Fisher Fine Arts Library, University of Pennsylvania Libraries
When engaging in critical reading practices, students look for how an author summarizes, synthesizes, challenges, and ultimately derives their own claims from a set of sources. This is not easy to do, especially considering the often dense prose of scholarly literature in higher education. As librarians, what can we do to aid in the development of critical reading skills? Is it our place to do so? To answer those questions, the poster presenters will unveil their innovative approach to applying comic design to reinforce methods of critical reading. Translating complex scholarly prose into a visual medium – the cartoon, or comic – helps students to visualize scholars in conversation, and serves as a model for crafting their own arguments from sources. This poster will reflect upon two instances of comic construction in the classroom – one instance with an American literature course, and the other with a Visual Studies course.
4. Curating Relationships: Art Museum Programming for Internal and External Outreach
Catherine Robertson, Reference Librarian, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum
In an effort to increase programming and to integrate more effectively with our parent museum, the Phillips Library began participating in a popular Peabody Essex Museum event in late 2015. PEM/PM is a monthly party hosted by PEM which is open to the public. Each event revolves around a current exhibition or theme and includes relevant activities, vendors, performances, food, and drink. At PEM/PM, the library has exhibited original materials from our collections, ranging from the 1600s to the present, which have direct relation to the event theme. Under supervision from library staff, attendees are encouraged to handle and interact with material which fosters a visceral connection to the overall theme. Some examples of our involvement include bringing miniature books for the event on scale, presenting eighteenth-century manuscript materials on the rum and slave trade, and creating an adult coloring book with images from our Dutch art collections. By participating in these programs, we are increasing visibility to our public constituents. Additionally, we are educating our museum colleagues on the breadth and depth of our collections; many of our newer librarians had not met much of the museum staff prior to participating in this program, as the library is currently relocated in a neighboring city. Having face-to-face interaction with our colleagues better prepares librarians to support staff and feel like an integral part of the institution. By participating in museum programs, libraries can simultaneously develop internal relevance and reach out to engage the public in new and proactive ways.
5. Metadata and Liaison Librarian Collaboration: Using Outreach and Metadata to Enhance Access to a Local Art Collection
Jennifer Mayer, Head, Library Research Services, University of Northern Colorado
Bryan Ricupero, Metadata Librarian, University of Wyoming
The presenters, a former arts liaison librarian and a metadata librarian, will share how they improved access to the University of Wyoming's art collection through artist outreach. The one hundred piece physical collection has been digitized and presented as a complementary digital collection of both permanent and temporary artwork exhibited in the library. The library acquires original artwork through a variety of ways: student art purchase awards, commissions professional artists, a local art invitational event, and donations. Prior to our project, digital images of the artworks provided little accompanying metadata. We decided that the most effective way to highlight and increase access to this unique collection was an interdepartmental library effort that included outreach to artists via interviews about their work and metadata augmentation. We will share how we collaborated to create a clear workflow that addresses acquisition, digitization, ingestion, and description of future additions to the collection.
6. Biophilic Design for Libraries: integrating and referencing Nature to create more human-centered spaces
Rebecca Barham, Art Librarian, University of North Texas
Erin O'Toole, Science Librarian, University of North Texas
Susan Smith, Head of Library Research and Support Services, University of North Texas
Biophilic design is a concept based in environmental psychology that recognizes mankind's psychological affinity with nature and seeks to enhance and restore the experience of the natural world into the built environment. It is sometimes called restorative environmental design. Psychological and physical benefits of people who inhabit a biophilically designed building or environment include a sense of well-being, less stress, better performance, increased comfort and circadian rhythm regulation of the serotonin and melatonin cycles in the brain. Biophilic design places more focus on the human element compared to sustainable architecture's focus on renewable materials and efficiency. Biophilic design principles can complement the practice of sustainable architecture to create a more integrated, healthy and complete system of architecture and design. In this poster presentation we will share aspects and elements of biophilic design and how they can be integrated into the library built environment. Some examples or elements that will be shared include: 1.) integrating features found in the natural environment such as natural light or daylighting, natural ventilation, plants, natural vistas and views, and water elements; 2.) using natural forms, shapes, patterns and colors reminiscent of the natural world and natural cycles; 3.) using light as a physical and psychological design element; 4.) creating inside-outside spaces, transitional and or bound spaces; 5.) referencing the cultural, historic, indigenous and or ecological aspects that are specific to the land of the building site; and 6.) meeting the basic psychological human need for a sense of space that provides refuge, security and protection.
7. Student Paintings, Tattoo artists, and Scientists: the [Institution name] Art Library Exhibition Spaces
Megan Lotts, Art Librarian, Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey
The Rutgers University Art Library Exhibition Spaces (RALES) were created so that an Art Librarian could more intentionally connect with the departments with whom she is a liaison, and to further engage the local campus communities by elevating the importance of scholarly research happening in the Arts. These spaces also provide an opportunity for student artists, graduate students in librarianship, and organizations putting up their first exhibit, to learn more about what goes into an exhibition, from creation of the work, to the public viewing, marketing, and reception. RALES also provides an opportunity for individuals to view artworks in person, as opposed to studying an image in a book. In three years, this teaching gallery has hosted 40 exhibits by students, faculty, and staff, from the Rutgers communities, as well as a few local and out of state artists. There has been little to no cost in running this gallery space, other than the time. The most impact-ful aspect of RALES is that is has created a deeper connection to the patrons that the Art Library serves, as well as built bridges across the campuses that have introduced the libraries to many new potential partnerships. This poster will include a brief review of exhibition spaces in academic libraries as well as a discussion on how gallery spaces can be low cost, easy to coordinate, and create a lasting impact. Audience members will learn more about the physical make up of RALES, and view examples of exhibits shown in the space.
8. Artcaching: Exploring the Visual Arts of Baton Rouge, New Orleans and Beyond Through GPS-based Gaming
Marty Miller, Art & Design Librarian, Louisiana State University
Geocaching, Munzees, Ingress - all of these GPS-driven activities are different kinds of treasure hunting games that use GPS devices to find hidden objects or discover points of interest. While essentially recreational in nature, these games also have practical applications. In recent years, tourism organizations have utilized geocaching tours in particular to help visitors learn about the unique cultural, historical and environment characteristics of their states. For a new residents of Louisiana, it can be a fun, informative way to familiarize themselves with the history of the state, as well as helping them scope out their new city or parish. All three options can serve as valuable educational tools for studying Louisiana art and architecture, particularly those works that are 'off the beaten path.' Geotours, Ingress 'missions' or Munzee challenges have the potential to enhance students' visual literacy by allowing them to view the art in its original context, provide new topics for research and stimulate discussion about issues of preservation and cultural awareness. This poster will address the possible uses and activities that can be created, the pros and cons inherent in launching and maintaining these, as well as the potential awards of adding a GPS activity to the college research process.
9. An App for an architectural images collaborative environment: Arquigrafia
Artur Simoes Rozestraten, Professor, School of Architecture and Urbanism of University of Sao Paulo
Vƒnia Mara Alves Lima, Professor, School of Communications and Arts of University of Sao Paulo
This work presents the development of a first experimental Android app prototype for smartphones to access digital images stored in a collaborative environment on the Web dedicated to promote the convergence of private and public collections of Architecture and Urban Planning. The project involves the improvement of image indexing, the allocation of tags (keywords), the terms of classification and the search tools in the system accessible by mobile devices. The app prototype has allowed the collaboration among users and their direct contact with buildings and urban spaces in Brazilian cities. Including technical challenges, the research is concerned with image evaluation; smartphone application and the expansion of the system coverage to help other areas of knowledge to work with iconographic data such as photographs, videos, drawings and all kind of images in a wide sense. Some specific features are intended to be refined and consolidated in the App such as: the plastic-spatial binomial evaluation of every image producing semantic differential graphics and the free software based system able to be replicate and adapted to other areas of knowledge beyond architecture, named +GRAFIA. This project has been producing direct actions and systematic methodological reflections over the whole process of original photographic collection conservation and their digital webcasting and it is developed in close cooperation with the library of School of the Architecture and Urbanism of the University of Sao Paulo (FAUUSP).
10. How do #BlackLivesMatter in the DPLA?
Tatiana Bryant, Special Collections Librarian, University of Oregon
The Digital Public Library of America serves as the U.S. equivalent to Europeana and Australia's Trove. It is essentially a portal to over 13 million photographs, books, sounds, and images from U.S. libraries, archives, and museums. Users can browse and search DPLA collections and curated digital exhibitions in multiple ways. Software developers can use DPLA's open API (application programming interface) and open data to create novel tools and apps to make DPLA collections more discoverable. Educators can access learning objects like Creative Commons lesson plans to utilize in courses. This poster will showcase how libraries and cultural institutions can utilize DPLA apps, curatorial tools, and educational resources to magnify digital collections that reflect diversity- locally, regionally, and beyond through a #BlackLivesMatter framework.
11. The Art of Costume Design: The Work of Dunya Ramicova
Jerrold Shiroma, Digital Assets Librarian, University of California, Merced
In the spring of 2014, the University of California, Merced Library began the process of receiving as a gift the work of costume designer, Dunya Ramicova. This collection of drawings, called "The Dunya Ramicova Costume Design Collection," totals some 2,000 drawings, comprises her life's work and is now part of the Library's Special Collections. "The Art of Costume Design: The Work of Dunya Ramicova" is a continuing project by the Library to digitize, preserve and promote this collection, one of the few of its kind among academic library holdings. This collection features costume designs for close to 200 productions of opera, theater, dance, ballet and film. The costumes themselves have been showcased at such venues as the Metropolitan Opera, the Lincoln Center for Performing Arts, the Royal Opera House in London, the Salzburger Festspiele and many others. This poster provides an overview of the collection and the various projects undertaken in support of its preservation and promotion, both physically and digitally.
12. Marketing & Outreach in the Architecture & Design Library
Bronwyn Dorhofer, Access Services & Outreach Librarian, University of Oregon Portland Library & Learning Commons
Karen Munro, Head, University of Oregon Portland Library & Learning Commons
Marketing the library to students in studio-based programs can be challenging. These students rarely rely on traditional monograph collections and often don't see the connection between their design projects and what the library has to offer. This poster will present the successful strategies the UO Portland has implemented for engaging our students and building their use of the library through marketing and outreach. Highlights include: Mobile pop-up services in studio spaces, targeted use of library displays to match course content, marketing campaigns to promote library collections and services, commissioning students to design library furniture and art, and creative library events. The main takeaway from the poster will be concrete ideas for marketing to students in studio-based programs, engaging with users in order to gain their input and feedback, and leveraging students' talents to build their sense of ownership of library spaces.
13. Facsimiles as Open Access for Interactive Research
Brittany Boler, Research Assistant, Florida State University
This poster presentation will display the empirical research and data collected from Florida State University Special Collections and Archives regarding the use of certain medieval manuscript facsimiles for research by undergraduate students, graduate students, and faculty. Questions for the researchers will address their satisfaction with the medium and whether they found the facsimile to be an adequate substitution for the original document and why. This data will be analyzed and compared with other data in the field to discuss how rare document and manuscript facsimiles are used in libraries to provide the researcher with an expanded level of access through touch and close inspection to materials, which otherwise would be inaccessible. It will be suggested that the investment of libraries in facsimiles provides less physical restrictions to valuable historical and artistic texts while maintaining higher levels of preservation for the originals. Ultimately, with the use of facsimiles, researchers are encouraged to touch and feel the facsimile to gather a sense of the physical object in the traditional format thereby providing open access to the most delicate items of a library's collection.
14. The Evolution of C.O.O.L. (Collaboration, Outreach, and Organization (in the) Library)
Nicole LaMoreaux, Reference & Instruction Librarian, LIM College
Lauren Gavin, Technical Services & Reference Librarian, LIM College
The library has collaborated with faculty in many ways. In this poster, we hope to demonstrate how we have been able to evolve our collaboration and outreach processes through two courses, Introduction to the Fashion Business and Textiles. We will illustrate how we have been able to progress our methodology to not only have required library information literacy sessions, but also expand our collection and involvement with these courses. The librarians started the outreach for the Introduction to the Fashion Business in 2011 with reaching out to the course coordinator and explaining what the library could do for the course and students. This allowed us to create library packets to hand out during each of the sessions which evolved to a course specific LibGuide. The instruction has evolved to include a recorded session to support online sections. We also collaborated by creating a recommended reading list of over 500 titles that was recently moved from print to online. In 2014, the librarians developed better subject collections for textiles though collaboration. It started with the course coordinator booking a project specific instruction session and has now grown to regularly scheduled sessions with multiple faculty and sections concluding with invitations for librarians to attend student presentations. The collection grew through collaboration from biannual survey responses and term project requirement of two books. We realize that building strong relationships with faculty can be problematic for many academic libraries and we hope to have the opportunity to share our methods with our fellow librarians.
15. Fun and Games in the Art/Music Library: Developing a Video Game Collection
Stephanie Frontz, Art Librarian and Head, Art/Music Library, University of Rochester
We noticed that increasingly, faculty are using video games in their classes as a way to encourage students to think about gender, role playing, historical facts and fiction, visual culture, etc.--the possibilities are really endless. They needed to have a place to collect and view the games, and the Art/Music library was a logical location. We already had DVDs, which are available for 1 week loans and reserves, and therefore we have a variety of hardware for viewing purposes. We began with a small collection of pirate games for a particular history class, and an XBox360 system. Two years later, we now have over 200 video games and 8 different gaming systems. Students aren't necessarily designing video games (another nearby university has that covered) but graduate and undergraduate students are using games as a way to think about contemporary visual culture and help with understanding what's behind the games. The original class on pirates used their experience with the games to design a digital humanities project portraying the multiple layers of history at an archaeological site in Bermuda.
16. Is this any way to learn RDA?
Julia Wisniewski, Cataloging Librarian, Library of Congress
Our profession revolves around images. Could they help catalogers master RDA: Resource Description and Access? This poster reflects one cataloger's pictorial take on RDA 6.27.1, Authorized Access Point Representing a Work. Pictures not only help visual learners; drawing your own historiated decision tree makes 'naming the work' unforgettable!
17. Exhibits, Please!: Developing a Robust Exhibit Program for Academic Libraries
Elizabeth Meinke, Librarian, Case Western Reserve University Kelvin Smith Library
Exhibits, Please!: Developing a Robust Exhibit Program for Academic Libraries My research poster will tell the story of my efforts in establishing and growing an exhibit program in the research university library environment where I work as a special collections librarian and exhibits coordinator. Through my experiences (case studies) with exhibits I will convey my evaluation through visuals and a methodical review of what works and what does not work for my institutional patrons. Thus far, I have used my institution's exhibit program as an experiment to trigger engagement and awareness. My findings may prompt other libraries to establish a formalized exhibit program or make efforts to grow their program based upon the feedback and impact evidenced in my research poster. My goal, both for this poster and professionally, is to evidence that a robust exhibit program (influenced by museum studies practices: aesthetics, experiential, enjoyable, and creating connections) is essential to making libraries engaging environments that patrons want to experience in the twenty first century.
18. Virtual Visitors to the Artists' Books Collection: Making Fair Use Work for Your Online Project
Sarah Carter, Director, Bridwell Art Library, University of Louisville
Alex O'Keefe, LIS Graduate Student, University of Kentucky
Since most artists' books collections are not accessible in open stacks, creating online access to an artists' books collection can help users engage with these materials in ways that may not be possible otherwise. Knowing that primary users of artists' books collections are artists or art students means recognizing their desire for large images of books' constructions and styles. Many online artists' books resources include only small images without views of construction details. However the inclusion of larger, detailed images requires careful attention to copyright standards around fair use. This poster will present one institution's interpretation of fair use to create online access to artists' books collections, resulting in the Artists' Books Index. The project will be broken down into discrete steps to demonstrate how the staff worked within institutional guidelines to construct their argument for fair use. A literature review of relevant projects, as well as documents such as the CAA Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for the Visual Arts, the ARL Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries, and fair use checklists will be discussed. The authors will also include a document with a suggested workflow as well as general recommendations for other institutions seeking to apply these strategies when creating their own online artists' books projects.
19. Opening Doors Online: Virtual Tours as Wayfinding Tools
Patricia Guardiola, Assistant Head, Fisher Fine Arts Library, University of Pennsylvania
Wayfinding in a library can be daunting for new students and visitors. It can be more of a challenge when the library in question is a historic landmark that is remarkable for its architecture but confusing in its layout. From collections tucked into alcoves, to hidden stairways and offices, patrons often do not know how to navigate the building and its variety of spaces. We needed a tool that could improve outreach, aid in orientations, and minimize anxiety before patrons enter the space. Using YouVisit, a free online platform that has been used for campus tours, we developed a virtual tour of the library spaces and mapped them on an interactive floor plan. Each stop in the virtual tour provides detail on an area of the library - such as the periodicals room, scanning alcoves, or seminar room. This is a quick way to provide practical information about access and use, as well as to highlight historical tidbits about architectural features in the spaces. Our YouVisit virtual tour approach provides a layout of the building and clarifies how the library spaces relate to one another. It is also responsive to mobile displays, so visitors with cell phones can access the tool easily. Additionally, the tour can be embedded in the library web site as well as Libguides, resulting in more outreach potential.
20. From Comic Book to Text Book: Communicating the Value of Cartoon Art Across University Classrooms
Caitlin McGurk, Associate Curator, Assistant Professor, The Ohio State University Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum
A driving necessity behind the success and continual acceptance of comics in the academic setting is the understanding of comics not as a genre, but rather a format - another communication platform through which knowledge can be gained on various subject matter. This poster, based on a peer-reviewed article published in New Review of Academic Librarianship, is an exploration of the varying applications of comics and cartoon art as primary resources, pedagogical tools, and subjects of study within the university setting. Just as one would never assume that any written textbook, purely on the basis of it being "written", should belong only to disciplines of English or Language Arts - librarians need to emphasize that the comics form can and should be used across disciplines. This poster will explore how to work with professors and students to embed these materials in disciplines ranging from Women's Studies to Psychology, ESL, History, Fashion, Architecture, Music, and more. Beyond just the graphic novel, this paper aims to serve as a springboard for "thinking outside of the box" to maximize the value and use of library collections including early American newspaper comics, 19th century humor serials, political cartoons and manga. The poster will highlight innovative and targeted ways to embed cartoon art into various departments in the university setting.
21. Reciprocal Relationships: Student Organizations and Professionals
Kendra Werst, Student, President of SALS, Indiana University
Andrew Wang, Student, Secretary of SALS, Indiana University
Though mentorships and internships can help foster relationships between information professionals and students, partnerships with library science student organizations are often overlooked or underappreciated. Rather than fulfilling academic requirements, members of student organizations are often self-motivated and eager to develop professional skills beyond the scope of their curricula. The Society of Art Librarianship Students (SALS) at Indiana University is one such organization that has taken great strides to create a strong and dynamic professional community through their active engagement within the field, both locally and nationally. Some of the activities that SALS members have organized include taking trips to art libraries, cultural institutions, and conferences. These experiences allow members to meet and learn from other professionals, leading them to implement creative programming and library instruction, organizing exhibitions and hosting web-based conference screenings, fundraising and creating our own zines, and much more. This poster presentation, authored by the organization's former president, Andrew Wang and current president, Kendra Werst, will detail the successes of the SALS and their plans for the future. Most importantly, the presentation will address ways in which information professionals can work with student organizations to organize and execute events, to conduct greater outreach efforts at their institutions, to network with other professionals in the field, and to achieve greater diversity and inclusion in the next generation of information professionals. By working with student organizations, information professionals can develop mutually beneficial relationships, expanding the opportunities and possibilities for their pupils, for their institutions, and for themselves.
22. ArLiSNAP New Professional Travel Award Crowdfunding Campaign
Breanne Crumpton, GSK Library Fellow, North Carolina Museum of Art
Heather Slania, Director of the Decker Library, Maryland Institute College of Art
Courtney Baron, Teaching and Learning Librarian, Oxford College of Emory University
Tiffany Saulter, User Services Manager, Technical Lead, Artstor
The ARLIS/NA Development Committee and the Art Library Students & New ARLIS Professionals (ArLiSNAP) are working on a joint project whose goal is to crowdfund a seed fund amount for an ArLiSNAP New Professional Travel Award, which would award one $1,000 travel award to a new professional to help them attend the annual conference. The crowdfunding campaign is expected to launch in the fall of 2017 in order to fund the first recipient for the 46th Annual Conference in New York City, in 2018. This poster will raise awareness and provide information on the upcoming crowdfunding campaign. The poster will also invite viewers to participate in helping to inform our campaign as well as provide a space for people to give their contact information if they would like to be personally informed on the progress and launch of the campaign.
23. CREATE: Adapting the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy to Studio Art & Creative Research Practices
Amanda Meeks, Teaching, Learning and Research Services/Arts and Humanities, Northern Arizona University
Ashley Peterson, Research & Instruction Librarian, School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University
Larissa Garcia, Information Literacy Librarian / Art & FCNS Subject Specialist, Northern Illinois University
Alyssa Vincent, Information Services Librarian/Psychology and Art liaison, Northeastern Illinois University
The research and corresponding library instruction that supports studio art coursework and artistic practice often looks different from the methods used to conduct scholarship in other disciplines. The Framework for Information Literacy, with its emphasis on knowledge practices and dispositions, resonates with art librarians because it provides much more flexibility for discipline-specific applications across a broad array of institutions than the previous Standards.This poster will offer an example of how Framework concepts can be adapted to teaching information literacy to students within art and design programs. Four librarians identified concepts that illuminate research practices in studio art and design disciplines and developed the memorable mnemonic device CREATE (conversation, revision, exploration, authority, thoughtful, experiential) to draw parallels between the research process and the creative process. CREATE can be used to introduce, reinforce, and enhance information literacy for learners in the arts. In keeping with the ethos of the Framework, CREATE is meant to be flexible in its application; it is not prescriptive and does not provide a "how-to" guide for working with art students. Instead, its concepts (and the Framework concepts) can help to contextualize information literacy within the discipline and to cultivate new knowledge practices and learning activities that are tied to the specific curricula and goals of individual institutions.
24. Edit-a-thons as Outreach: Connecting with Students and Faculty through Collaboration
Leah Sherman, Visual & Performing Arts Librarian, Florida State University Libraries
Michelle Demeter, Distance & Outreach Coordinator, Florida State University Libraries
The use of Wikipedia has not slowed, and librarians have begun to embrace the online encyclopedia in new ways as users and editors. By participating in the Wikipedia community, arts librarians in particular can employ their unique skills in citation management and content-specific research to engage with community members at their institution and beyond. Wikipedia Edit-a-thons can manifest these new skills as outreach events but also as excellent opportunities to connect scholarship to new users in practical, technologically-driven ways. Florida State University Libraries has now hosted five editing events, including several devoted to Art + Feminism. This poster will offer ways to develop and execute an Edit-a-thon as well as what we learned and can pass onto to others interested in understanding how participation in these events fosters outreach, collaboration, and instruction among groups from across your campus. Using the Art + Feminism Edit-a-thons as a case study, this poster will show how this inclusion can raise awareness for community in the arts and how it can strengthen partnerships with faculty and student groups.
25. Putting Libraries on the Map: How Technological Innovation Can Impact Reference Services
Giana Ricci, Samuel H. Kress NYARC Fellow, Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives
As library professionals, one of our greatest challenges is incorporating technology and innovation into reference services. For my first reference request as a fellow at the Brooklyn Museum Libraries and Archives, I used the geographic information system CARTO to create an interactive map of Prospect Park in Brooklyn, NY. This map allows viewers to click on pinpointed locations in the park and see images of digitized lantern slides from the Brooklyn Museum Archives that date from the late 1800s. If viewers hover over the points on the map, the metadata from the images also becomes visible. The map is available to the public free of charge and can be accessed on smartphones and tablets for a portable guide to one of the most beautiful parks in New York. The map proved to be a great success on social media with the Facebook post on our page dedicated to this topic reaching more than triple the amount of users than any other post to that date. The Brooklyn Museum chose to share the map on its Instagram, Twitter, and Tumblr as well, providing additional visibility for the library and proving that interactive elements tend to be most popular with target social media audiences. Additionally, this project demonstrated the importance of digitization and creation of metadata for our collection, since these past efforts facilitated my use of further technological innovation. This fascinating reference inquiry serves as a great example of how technology and innovation can positively impact reference services and increase library visibility.
26. Initiating Inter-departmental Collaboration: Bringing Student Art into the RPS Libraries
Vaughan Hennen, Digital Design & Access Librarian, Dakota State University
Interdepartmental collaborations offer an opportunity to expose unique and often forgotten collections on university campuses. This poster presentation will examine a series of programs that were initiated to draw attention to the unique collections and resources held by various departmental libraries on campus. As a supervisor in the Residential Programs and Services (RPS) Libraries, the author instituted a program of art exhibitions featuring work by student artists from the Art Fundamentals program within the School of Fine Arts. Through this initiative, the author and his collaborators hoped to expose exhibition attendees both to the courses offered through the Art Fundamentals department and to the resources and services available through the RPS Libraries. The exhibits, which were first installed in three of the thirteen residential hall libraries, were continued during three subsequent semesters, each with a greater number of participating libraries and student work. During the exhibitions, the author collected feedback from visitors through a voluntary survey that, when analyzed, measured both the qualitative and quantitative views of exhibition attendees. This poster will examine the results of these surveys and how the programs met the goals of the collaborators. The presentation will offer insights to how librarians in academic, public, and museum settings can implement more effective outreach programs and collaborative efforts with local artists.
27. Documenting Creative Activity: institutional repositories and fine arts faculty
Kate Lambaria, Fine Arts Librarian, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
As institutional repositories aspire to document campus output, the works created by those in the fine arts can create unique circumstances. These circumstances might include concerns the creator has in regard to copyright or the online presentation of their work, or issues with file formats and metadata. Therefore, understanding how the creators of these unique works perceive and understand institutional repositories is imperative. Presenting preliminary research findings, this poster will explore the relationship between institutional repositories and the creative intellectual output by faculty in the fine arts (architecture, art, dance, film, music, theatre) at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The case study presented in the poster will include a visual analysis of institutional repository data to understand the content currently found in the university's institutional repository in the fine arts disciplines. It will also include the preliminary analysis of a series of in-depth interviews with fine arts faculty to examine how they understand the institutional repository and the role it plays, or could play, for the fine arts. To maximize participant experience, emphasis will be placed on interviews conducted with those in the visual arts. This case study will allow for a better understanding of how fine arts faculty view institutional repositories and any concerns or benefits they identify in relation to them. This understanding will then allow for improved promotion of institutional repositories to this specific community and for a better understanding of technical developments that may be necessary for institutional repositories.
28. Visualizing Catalog Data: A Collection Assessment of the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library
Meredith Hale, Kress Fellow in Art Librarianship, Yale University Libraries
Active collection assessment is necessary to ensure that a library's resources are both relevant and accessible to its users. In arts libraries, collection assessment is significantly complicated by reluctance to weed collections, the limitations of off-site facilities for browsing visual resources, and the considerable number of items - such as special collections materials and catalogues raisonn‚s - that are non-circulating. In this case study, both collection and usage data will be employed to assess the overall holdings of Yale's Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library and how it is distributed over three physical locations - the main stacks, the off-site storage facility, and special collections. Particular attention will be given to analyzing the subject of these materials based on their call number classification. Other important characteristics that will be considered include usage, language, resource format, and method of acquisition (approval plan, slip order, donation). Complementing the visual nature of the collection, the results of this analysis will be visualized using Tableau. These visualizations will serve as valuable resources for evaluating current approval plans, the criteria used to assign item location, and the types of items patrons are borrowing from other institutions. Does an item's usage have any correspondence with the way in which it was acquired? Is the character of the on-site and off-site collection consistent with the library's documented location assignment procedures? When do patrons turn to consortiums for borrowing? This study will give the library data-driven evidence with which to assess its policies and refine the content and distribution of the collection.
29. A Special Place on the South Side: Stony Island Arts Bank
Courtney Becks, Graduate Student, School of Library and Information Studies at the Univerity of Wisconsin-Madison
Stony Island Arts Bank opened in October 2015 as Rebuild Foundation's latest program site. Highly hybridized, it's a "gallery, media archive, library and community center - and a home for Rebuild's archives and collections;" its intention is to create "a space for neighborhood residents to preserve, access, reimagine and share their heritage - and a destination for artists, scholars, curators, and collectors to research and engage with South Side history." Less than a year old, is also necessarily a work in progress. It is not only Theaster Gates's own work of art, but also a space -and organization- in flux, one that is intended to be in co--creation with the community, the neighborhood of which it is a part. Both the building housing Stony Island Arts Bank and the community in which it is located were left dormant, devalued. Quite appropriately, the building and the very collections it houses have been reactivated--and they, in turn, are reactivating a community.
30. Artists' Books Holdings
Megan De Armond, Assistant Digital and Metadata Librarian, Frick Art Reference Library, The Frick Collection
Our project, Artists' Books Holdings, is an attempt to analyze and visualize data about artists' books holdings on an international scale. This project was created for LIS 664-Programming for Cultural Heritage (PFCH) at Pratt Institute. It illustrates working with data in a programmatic manner and create visualizations that represent data in a more human readable manner. Our project currently consists of four phases: data scraping, using the "request module" to get more information from the scrape, cleaning the data, then creating visualizations based on those results. The first phase involves gathering author names and titles of artists' books. We started with data found in the NYARC consortial catalog, Arcade. As of November 2015, according to Arcade, there were 15,486 holdings in the libraries of the museums of NYARC. We used Beautiful Soup to parse the text of Arcade's web pages to look for the author and title and then to write that information out as JSON. The next step involved using the author and title of 14K+ artists' books and request the holdings number and OCLC number from Classify, an API tool created by OCLC. This information was written out to a JSON file. The third step involved taking that data and cleaning it up by putting it into a CSV file, which we could work with to create data visualizations. Our poster will include one or more visualizations of our results and process as well as some text about how we found our results.
31. Cities in Text: Rome - Virtual Tools to Study the Built Environment
Jennifer Parker, Head, Architecture Library, University of Notre Dame
Viveca Robichaud, Special Collections Librarian, University of Notre Dame
Cities in Text: Rome is an exercise in the digital documentation of a historic urban environment that investigates a city's transformation over three centuries. This collaborative project unites librarians, architects, computer scientists, and architecture students by creating web and mobile resources to study the built environment virtually. Using Rome, the Eternal City, as the backbone, this project digitizes and geo-locates three historic architecturally focused tour books from the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries, allowing the users to understand the changes and/or continuity of a specific urban environment over time. The three selected texts have been digitized, translated, illustrated, and mapped. The data was then built into a website and multi-platform mobile applications. From the website, one can program the related mobile applications to take the historic documentation on site through a series of curated walking tours. Through this combination of archival sources, present day field documentation, and digital mapping, this project breaks down the physical barrier of the library and provides access to traditional library resources combined with new technologies to study the built environment in new and exciting ways. The methodological approach to digital documentation that has developed into Cities in Text: Rome allows for the user to access three hundred years of architectural and urban development, seamlessly comparing the state of sites and monuments of the past, alongside present day views.
32. A New Path for Materials Collections: A Shared Materials Database & Materials Consortium
Johanna Kasubowski, Materials and Media Collections Librarian
Mark Pompelia, Visual + Material Resource Librarian, Rhode Island School of Design, Fleet Library
Alix Reiskind, Digital Initiatives Librarian, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Frances Loeb Library
Ann Whiteside, Librarian/Assistant Dean for Information Services, Harvard University Graduate School of Design, Frances Loeb Library
Libraries supporting art, architecture, and design programs are creating collections of material samples to advance the curriculum and research of their institutions. Librarians and faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Design (GSD) and Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) have been partners in a multi-year development of a shared open-source cataloging and collection management database for materials collections. Working with CollectionSpace since 2015, the team has achieved that goal. In parallel, the project sought to expand collaboration to include other partners, which inspired a consortium model. The consortium, Material Order, is intended to use, administer, and develop the database as well as provide a network of materials collection experts. By utilizing and developing standards and best practices, the consortium provides a community-based approach to management of and access to materials collections. Since September 2016, the GSD and RISD have been using the database. Simultaneously, the partners have been working on the front-end discovery system, additional database functionality, creation of training documentation and shared cataloging standards, and outreach to build Material Order's partner base. This poster will present the project team's work and accomplishments, showing the taxonomy, database build-out, future developments, and benefits of becoming a consortium partner. This will be a valuable opportunity to show the database in use and share it and project experiences with art and design colleagues.
33. The Art of Outreach: Using Student Artwork as Outreach at a Public University Library
Maia Hajj, Research and Instructional Services Librarian, University of Memphis
Caitlin Harrington, Electronic Resources Librarian, University of Memphis
The University of Memphis' Ned R. McWherter Library has recently embarked on an outreach initiative to host a juried exhibit of student artwork in order to improve campus and community engagement with the library. This poster will document our process of increasing outreach through student art, and provide actionable advice and a framework for other institutions to replicate. The University of Memphis is a mid-sized metropolitan public university with a full-time enrollment of about 20,000 students. Our undergraduate student population is 88% commuters, with 35% older than 23 years; making non-traditional students a large component of our population. Given the University of Memphis' particular campus demographic, we hope to increase student involvement with the library, foster a sense of ownership, and raise the profile of the library throughout the campus and larger community by introducing a juried art show into the library's programming. Inviting a local artist to serve as judge will create opportunities for professional exposure and facilitate relationship-building between students and the Memphis community. Though facing the challenges and constraints shared by libraries at similar public institutions (including limitations of finances, personnel, and space), we began this initiative by analyzing the experiences of schools that have successfully integrated student art into their libraries, and refining them to suit our needs. It is our hope to develop a sustainable program that will help to celebrate the talents of our students and further connections between the student community and the library.
34. Display -> Play -> ???: Reconfiguring Artists' Books Instruction
Sara DeWaay, Art and Architecture Librarian, University of Oregon
Encouraging students to interact with artists' books is an improvement over hands-off instruction, but does it do enough to address changing library pedagogy? Does object-based teaching have to reflect classroom-flipping teaching methods? Many librarians have switched their teaching practice from lecture to activities-based instruction when demonstrating how to use and find books, databases, and other library tools. Making that same switch in artists' books instruction is more difficult. This poster looks at attempts to create learning activities for artists' books library instruction sessions and explores how object-based instruction differs and relates to other types of teaching techniques. This poster will work to start a conversation with other librarians who teach with artists' books and similar objects by including an idea board.
35. Zines as Outreach (Or: How to Get Ecologists Involved in Art-Making)
Stacy Brinkman, Interim Head of Information Services, Miami University Libraries
Carly Sentieri, Curator of Special Collections, Miami University Libraries
Erin Vonnahme, Humanities Librarian, Miami University Libraries
Zines are well-known as vibrant and diverse collection opportunities, showcasing important--but often marginalized--histories, personal narratives, and political engagement through individual and/or collaborative art. It turns out that zines are powerful tools of outreach as well, and are a great entry point for non-artists to engage with the process of art-making, even if you don't have a particularly strong zine collection. This poster describes outreach efforts at one university that used zines to engage with the campus community through projects in credit-based classes, non-credit information literacy sessions, and monthly drop-in workshops. With a low barrier for entry (Can you fold and cut? Great! You're 75% done!), these flexible, DIY teaching and learning objects create a dynamic, interactive energy as easily as they foster quiet contemplation through drawing and writing. Examples of how we incorporated zines into non-artist learning spaces include working with faculty to create a zine-making assignment in a "Drawing for Non-Majors" class, creating an 8-page mini-zine instead of a handout to deliver basic library information to journalism students in a more creative format, and assembling basic "zine making supply kits" available for checkout to students. These initiatives demonstrate that a library does not have to have a large, established zine collection in order to use zines as an outreach tool to promote creativity as well as awareness of alternative forms of publishing throughout the campus community.
36. Establishing an Open Access MFA Thesis Collection
Jennifer Akins, Subject Librarian for Art and Architecture, Washington University in St. Louis
Open access MFA theses (ETDs) allow students the opportunity to publish and establish their work in the public sphere. While providing visibility and preservation of their work, it also serves as a resource to future scholars and their university community. This poster will document the process of working with the Graduate School of Art at Washington University in St. Louis to archive its written MFA theses and related files. Even with an established institutional repository, special considerations for visual art theses must be addressed, including image copyright and privacy and creative concerns. In addition to the team effort on campus, the ARLIS/NA community responses to a survey proved instrumental when approaching the School and developing an initial plan.
37. ALPACA Advocacy NOW! Encouraging Supportive Policies for Working Parents in Libraries
Kim Loconto, Assistant Archivist, Brooklyn Museum
Cathryn Copper, Librarian, Woodbury University School of Architecture
Elizabeth Lane, Branch Manager, Hartford Public Library, Hartford, CT
The Art Librarian Parents and Caregivers (ALPACA) Special Interest Group was developed in early 2016 in order to "promote dialogue, support, and advocacy pertaining to balancing an art librarian career with being a parent or caregiver." Building on the ideas showcased by art and academic librarian parents and the ALA-APA's emphasis on "work/life balance," this submission will focus on advocacy toward the creation of productive and supportive environments for working parents in library workplaces, specifically in the United States as compared to countries "du monde" with more supportive policies. We will build on a strong evidence base regarding the underlying causes of contemporary challenges faced by librarian parents, notably past work by Rebecca Friedman and Cassandra Watt. This piece also aims to provide concrete recommendations to address these challenges, including family-friendly management policies providing parents with opportunities to sustain employment and advance careers while also caring for their families. This proposed poster session will present a review of issues including federal and state family leave laws, flex-time and work-from-home options, professional development, work-life balance, the negotiation of equal pay and better benefits, and childcare responsibilities. It will explore tools to address discrimination, i.e. working with Human Resources, negotiating of equal pay and better benefits, and advocating for new mothers to have a safe and secure place to pump.