Reference and Information Services Section (RISS) Agenda


The #arlis2014 Reference and Information Services Section (RISS) will meet Sunday May 4, 2014, from 8:00- 9:00am, in the Conference Theater of the Grand Hyatt. Do not forget to check out the RISS workshop and RISS session. Bring coffee! :)

• Welcome and Introductions
• Overview of RISS’s activities since the last conference
• Overview of Multimedia & Technology Reviews (M&T Reviews)
• Call for Vice-Moderator for 2015
• Discussion about RISS News Contributor position
• RISS Webinars
• RISS Journal Club
• Open Discussion


Elizabeth Lane

RISS at #ARLIS2014

Hello there, conference goers!

The #arlis2014 Reference and Information Services Section (RISS) will meet Sunday May 4, 2014, from 8:00- 9:00am, in the Conference Theater of the Grand Hyatt. We know that is early, but we will be ready to wow you with a cheery overview of all that outgoing Moderator Emilee Mathews has accomplished this past year. We have a few agenda items on the table already, but we wanted to cast a line out to interested RISS members, past, present and future. What would you like to talk about at RISS?

In the meantime, add the RISS section meeting to your conference schedule and make time for the following RISS workshop and RISS.

Workshop: They Didn’t Cover this in Library School: Applying Public Policy to Institutional Guidelines for Scholarly Communication and Fair Use
Thursday, May 1 8am-12pm, Farragut Square Room
Brandon Butler, Practitioner-in-Residence, Glushko-Samuelson Intellectual Property Law Clinic, American University Washington College of Law
Christine Sundt, Editor of Visual Resources: An International Journal of Documentation
Gail Ravnitzky Silberglied, Vice President, Government Relations & Advocacy, American Alliance of Museums
Julia Blixrud, Assistant Executive Director, Scholarly Communication, Association of Research Libraries

Session: Retooling Art Reference and Information Services: Collaborative Tools, Strategies, and Models
Saturday, May 3 1-2:30pm, in McPherson Square Room
Sara Snyder, Information Technology Specialist, Archives of American Art
Elizabeth Botten, Archives Specialist, Archives of American Art
Kraig Binkowski Chief Librarian, Yale Center for British Art
Elizabeth Morris Assistant Librarian, Yale Center for British Art
Fran Scott, Director of Library Services, Georgian Court University
I look forward to your input. See you in DC!

Your incoming RISS Moderator,

Elizabeth Lane

Multimedia & Technology Reviews are Launched!

Reposting an announcement sent out by ARLIS Present Gregg Most about our publication’s launch!


On April 15th, 2014, the Art Libraries Society of North America launched the first issue of its newest publication, the Multimedia & Technology Reviews, an e-publication made freely available on the ARLIS/NA website.

The Multimedia & Technology Reviews (M&T Reviews) targets projects, products, events, and issues within the broad realm of multimedia and technology as they pertain to arts scholarship, research, and librarianship. While assessing current products and projects, these reviews are also designed to engage readers in a conversation about how technologies and multimedia are being or can be deployed within our profession and by our constituents. The issues are published bi-monthly, alternating with the publication schedule of the ARLIS/NA Reviews.

M&T Reviews is managed by co-editors Hannah Bennett, Elizabeth Schaub, and Emilee Mathews, who also serves as the appointed liaison to the ARLIS/NA Reference and Information Services Section (RISS) to ensure that an area of the M&T Reviews directly reflects the sorts of tools and resources of interest the RISS membership. Reviews are written by volunteer reviewers, elected by the M&T Reviews co-editors.  One does not need to be a member of ARLIS/NA or a professional librarian in order to get involved with this publication. Those interested in volunteering to review are encouraged to read over the publication’s policies and guidelines.

Issues are published on the Multimedia & Technology Reviews website within the ARLIS/NA’s organizational website.  Questions about the reviews, getting involved, or the general management of the publication may be directed to Hannah Bennett.

Gregory P. J. Most


Art Libraries Society of North America

Revving up to write your conference proposal – an interview with 2014 Conference Program co-chair Roger Lawson

Who’s excited about submitting proposals for the Washington D.C. conference “Art+Politics?” We RISS folks are! In fact, we’re so excited that we asked Roger Lawson, program co-chair, to answer some burning questions we had about the conference. Below is the transcript of our interview, and below that we put together some tips and tricks learned from last year’s chat session “Crafting Proposals: Pasadena & Beyond,” co-sponsored by the Education subcommittee and the ARLISNAP section, with Pasadena program co-chairs Cathy Billings and Sarah Sherman, guest-starring seasoned conference presenters Tony White and Nedda Ahmed.


EM: What’s your favorite thing about being an art librarian in Washington, DC?

RL: I am always impressed by the rich variety of our collections, as well as the talents devoted to preserving and promoting them.

EM: Why did you volunteer to serve on the conference planning committee?

RL: There have been many changes to Washington since 1987, the last year the conference was held in the city — and having assisted with that conference, I was eager to help show our members what Washington and the entire DC MD VA Chapter have to offer.

EM: What has been your favorite ARLIS conference and why?

RL: It would be difficult to choose only one: New Orleans, 1980 (my first) for introducing me early in my career to so many dedicated art librarians willing to accept a novice; Los Angeles, 1985 and 2001; Banff, 2006 and Denver, 2008 (great programs in beautiful settings); but every conference is memorable for individual reasons.

EM: How did you decide on the “Art + Politics” theme?

RL: It seemed a natural theme for a city preoccupied with politics, where policy decisions have broad national and international impact. It is purposefully a big topic, one that can bring to light considerations of major issues such as intellectual property and copyright, provenance, and preservation as they relate to the arts and their documentation.

EM: ARLIS members come from a vast array of institutions, geographic locations, skill sets, experience levels, and job duties. How do you balance all of those factors in the conference theme and call for papers?

RL: We seek proposals for papers, sessions, and workshops from students and practitioners in a wide range of professions, not just librarians and visual resource specialists. We want to offer a program that will be as interesting and as valuable to the newly-minted art information professional as to the seasoned employee, and that will present viewpoints from outside the confines of conventional thinking.

EM: What do you hope that conference attendees will take away from this experience?

RL: We hope that conference attendees will be able to use the information and skills acquired and put them into action creatively  — and we expect to see the results of ideas planted here brought to fruition in future conferences and accomplishments. Most importantly, the ARLIS/NA annual conference presents professional networking opportunities well beyond those provided by social media and email (as convenient as they may be). Attendees will be able to engage in lively person-to-person discussions with peers and experts alike, and form friendships that can last throughout a career.

EM: Do you have any advice for those submitting proposals?

RL: Be bold and imaginative! The deadline is rapidly approaching, but don’t worry if the proposal is not fully formed — there is time to refine the details. We welcome proposals that will challenge conventional thinking, encourage active participation, and bring fresh insight to the range of professional issues we face.


Conference Proposing Tips and Tricks

Here’s the transcript from last year’s session, “Crafting Conference Proposals: Pasadena and Beyond.”

Here are some tips gleaned from this session:

  • Make sure the theme of your paper or session fits well into the overall conference theme: conference program committee will be looking carefully to enhance their chosen theme.
  • However, conference themes are generally written to accommodate a broad array of themes, so don’t let that stop you!
  • Once you get an idea, start outlining your theme to flesh it out
  • Send a message to ARLIS-L to find colleagues with similar interests at similar institutions or start conversing with your peers to generate potential collaborations
  • When attending conferences, engage with panels, discussions, conversations and think about how you could potentially work within these situations at your own institution
  • Familiarity with issues in art librarianship helps! But also identifying real needs and real solutions, or applying new answers to perennial questions. To gain familiarity with art librarianship issues, go back through previous conference programs and issues of Art Documentation.
  • Think about your audience: ARLIS members come from a very diverse background and variety of institutional settings, so making your proposal interesting to a wide scope of experience levels, job duties and institutional settings is key to a successful proposal

Benefits of presenting at a conference

  • become better known to your peers, increasing the chance of getting to know people, and thus networking!!
  • instant feedback or peer-review – this can be very helpful if you intend to continue with your project or turn it into a publishable article
  • practicing valuable public speaking skills

Also take a look at this article we posted last year! Good luck everyone!

Europeana iPad App!

An email message from Milena Popova, Senior Marketing Specialist at Europeana, to the open GLAM listserve this morning:


“Europeana has just launched its first free iPad app. ‘Europeana Open Culture’ introduces the public to hand-picked and beautiful collections from some of Europe’s top institutions, and allows people to explore, share and comment on them. Designed by Glimworm IT during a Europeana hackathon, the app provides an easy introduction to Europe’s glorious cultural treasury through five specially curated themes: Maps and Plans, Treasures of Art, Treasures of the Past, Treasures of Nature, and Images of the Past.

The 350,000 images available through the app are either in the public domain or are openly licensed which means they can be used for any purpose, like in a school project or a thesis, or in a presentation to your local history society, or on blogs, Wikipedia, or even commercially. What’s more, the app is built on the Muse open source platform developed by Glimworm IT. The code behind the app is available on GitHub repository and others can experiment with it and develop it as they choose (for instance, to create an Android version).

Download the app from iTunes and let use know about your comments or any further code developments at”

Call for Applicants: Multimedia and Technology Reviews Co-Editor

This message is reposted from Hannah Bennett, ARLIS/NA’s Professional Resources Editor:

Dear Colleagues,

The ARLIS/NA Executive Board invites applications for a co-editor to join the small team responsible for ARLIS Multimedia & Technology Reviews. This new online publication will appear bi-monthly in alternation with ARLIS/NA Reviews.


ARLIS Multimedia & Technology Reviews is designed to provide insightful evaluations of projects, products, events, and issues within the broad realm of multimedia and technology as they pertain to arts scholarship, research, and librarianship.  Subject areas may include films, performance videos, viral videos, video games, productivity software, mobile devices, social media applications, digital design collectives, research guides, databases and indexes, native online exhibitions, and much more.

The Multimedia & Technology Reviews Co-Editor is appointed by the President for a two-year, renewable term. The incumbent works with the M&T editorial team, which in includes the Professional Resources Editor who also convenes the team and serves as liaison to the Communications and Publications Committee, as well as a third co-editor appointed by the ARLIS/NA Reference and Information Services Section.

This position shares responsibility with the other co-editors for all content posted to the reviews’ featured section on the ARLIS/NA website.  At the same time, this position will be involved in soliciting and selecting appropriate topics for review.

Major Responsibilities:

  • Identifies potential topics for review
  • Solicits reviewer participation from the ARLIS/NA membership and affiliate organizations
  • Assigns reviews to reviewers
  • Obtains visuals, if available, from the reviewed resources to serve as “cover art”
  • Edits reviews alongside the other editors
  • Formats all reviews and submits them in required format to the ARLIS/NA Web site editor; checks posted reviews and notifies the Web site editor if any changes are necessary

Members with proven editorial experience and deep interest or knowledge in arts research technologies and related forms of multimedia are encouraged to submit a letter of interest and résumé to Hannah Bennett by Friday, June 21, 2013. Any inquiries about the position may also be directed to me.

An evaluation subcommittee consisting of the Art Documentation Editor, ARLIS/NA Review Editors, the Professional Resources Editor and the Reference and Information Services Section co-editor will review applications. The subcommittee will make a recommendation to the ARLIS/NA Executive Board for appointment no later than July 15, 2013.


Hannah Bennett, Librarian

Multimedia and Technology Reviews Announcement

This message is reposted from ARLIS/NA President Gregory Most:


Dear Colleagues;


Over the last 50 years or so, arts librarianship and the disciplines it serves have become inconceivable without multimedia resources and ever-changing technologies. Today, websites, specialized software, mobile technologies, collaborative forums, films, and video games are just a few areas constituting one’s engagement with arts research.  As arts information specialists, we must remain attune to these technologies and resources as we develop new dimensions or spaces fostering arts research. Thus, I am pleased to announce a new category of reviews for ARLIS/NA, the Multimedia and Technology Reviews.


Developed in the same spirit of the ARLIS/NA Reviews, these reviews will target projects, products, events, and issues within the broad realm of multimedia and technology as they pertain to arts scholarship, research, and librarianship. While assessing current products and projects, these reviews are also designed to engage the membership in a conversation about how technologies and multimedia are being or can be deployed within our profession and by our constituents. These reviews are designed to incorporate an element of experimentation by highlighting resources that take readership a bit by surprise and are not as likely to be covered in other library literature.


The publishing schedule will alternate with the bi-monthly schedule of the ARLIS/NA Reviews, with the first installment expected towards the end of the summer or early fall. These reviews will be overseen by a small editorial team convened by the Professional Resources Editor and will include a standing co-editor from the ARLIS Reference and Information Services Section, namely Emilee Mathews, section moderator, as well as a third editor to be chosen by a selection committee.  The editorial team and the new review category will, organizationally, fall within the Communications and Publications Committee’s purview.


If you are interested in serving on this editorial board, please stay tuned for a call for applicants to be distributed on ARLIS-L in the weeks to come.  As with the ARLIS/NA Reviews, reviewer participation from ARLIS/NA and its affiliates is key and the editorial team will be soliciting reviewer participation. In the mean time, if you have something in mind that would be perfect for this category of reviews, please pitch it to Hannah Bennett, Professional Resources Editor, while also directing any questions about this new category to her.


On behalf of the new ARLIS/NA Communications and Publications Committee,


Gregory Most



Gregory P. J. Most


Art Libraries Society of North America