Conference Highlights: Workshops

ARLIS/NA 2019 will offer a variety of fantastic workshops for attendees. Whether your interests lean toward papermaking, conservation, cataloging, or metadata, we have the options to suit your needs! 


For those interested in book arts or conservation, consider one of these workshops:

Intro to Book Arts Processes & Practice
Ever wonder about the processes and techniques that lead to the final product of an artists’ book? Join us to explore several facets of book arts: papermaking, paper decorating, bookmaking, and letterpress printing.

Book Arts Studio, Marriott Library, University of Utah

It’s 2019. Why print on a letter press?!
Investigate theory through practice as you work with metal type on the Columbian handpress and found objects on Vandercook cylinder presses. Mixing ink with traditional and experimental techniques, the group will produce a broadside that offers some post-millennial perspective on the playful potential of the cylinder press.

Basic Conservation Techniques
Come for a hands-on introduction to basic conservation techniques: flattening rolled, folded, or crumpled documents; repairing tears and filling losses; dry cleaning; encapsulation.

Clarifying the Quagmire of Cataloging Book Arts and Artists’ Publications
Covering artists’ books, zines and graphic novels, this workshop will help catalogers by highlighting common issues and thornier cases. We’ll provide recommendations for applying RDA rules focusing on the new fields and subfields incorporating proper usage and formatting; assigning Library of Congress Subject Headings; appropriate utilization and discussing local headings instead of problematic LCSH; utilization of thesauri AAT, ARLIS’ Thesaurus for Artists’ Books, and RBMS for form terms; and more!

Leather Binding Fundamentals
Try your hand at basic leather edge-paring with a knife and fundamental skills for working with paste and leather. Participants will have the chance to pare leather scraps on a Scharf-fix and to experiment with blind tooling on a plaquette.


For boosting your metadata skills, we have:

Data in Sight: Leveraging MarcEdit to Bring (Better) Data to Light
Learn about MarcEdit, a free suite of software tools developed by Terry Reese, widely used in libraries to create or edit metadata that originates in or is bound for the MARC format. Terry will join us for this hands-on workshop geared toward beginning to intermediate users of the software.

The Art of OpenRefine: Data Manipulation, Reconciliation, and GREL
Participants will get to work firsthand with OpenRefine using data from the University of Utah’s “Utah Artists Project.” OpenRefine is an open source software program that has been adopted by the library profession to manipulate and clean data in a variety of formats (XML, CSV, JSON, etc.). While particularly applicable for professionals working with digital collections, this workshop is relevant for anyone dealing with data or those who want to learn more about open source tools and resources.


For more details, check the Conference Program Schedule and click on “Workshop” on the right column.

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