#ARLISriss Librarian/Artist Collaboration Storify

If you weren’t able to participate in last night’s #ARLISriss Twitter chat or you want to recall a resource that was shared, make sure to check out the Storify of the chat! It will also be posted shortly to the ARLIS/NA Learning Portal.

We’re always curious for new topics and moderators, so if you’ve got an idea for a chat, email Amanda at amanda.margaret3(at)gmail(dot)com.

#arlisriss Twitter chat on October 10

Mark your calendars! Our final #arlisriss Twitter chat of 2016 on Monday, October 10 at 9pm EST will focus on collaborations between librarians and artists. All are welcome for what’s sure to be an inspiring conversation!

Twitter chat // Use #ARLISriss to participate
Monday, October 10, 2016 at 9pm EST
Moderated by: Beth Morris @bethieelon
Topic: Librarian / Artist Collaborations

Questions for discussion:

  • Have you had any successful librarian/artist collaborations or know any that stand out?
  • What has your experience been in terms of who initiates collaborations? Is it you or the artist(s)? How might we foster more?
  • How can we, as librarians, learn from the artists we work with and what might they learn from us? Any cross-disciplinary themes emerging?
  • What role does creativity play in these types of collaborations?
  • What are the pedagogical links between ‘making’ and ‘knowing’ within the arts?

Areas for thought and exploration:

  • Makerspaces
  • Artists’ Archives, http://artiststudioarchives.org/
  • Exhibitions
  • Artists’  books
  • Artists-In-Residence
  • Artists in the Archives (exhibition project)
  • Activities : Outreach, Collection Development, Special Events, Projects, etc…

Journal Club on Wednesday, August 10

Our next Journal Club meeting will be next Wednesday, August 10 at 3:00 pm EST. We’ll discuss Samuel S. Green’s short article “Personal Relations between Librarians and Readers”: http://polaris.gseis.ucla.edu/jrichardson/DIS245/personal.htm. To join the meeting, click here: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/774061733.

As you read, consider these questions (and please bring any of your own!):

  • How does curiosity factor into your day to day job responsibilities and what role did it play in your decision to become a librarian?
  • The author warns to “be careful not to make inquirers dependent.” What examples of dependency vs. effective teaching does the author point out?
  • The author mentions “slyly consulting a dictionary” when unsure about a question he was asked. When you don’t know something at the reference desk or in the classroom, do you model your “figuring it out” process for users? Why or why not?
  • How do you build relationships with people that might not feel comfortable approaching the reference desk?
  • When Green states that some researchers may “need encouragement before they become ready to say freely what they want,” what do you think he means? How often do you come across this hurdle in your library?
  • At the Frick, we have artists and researchers come in from time to time to, as Green puts it, “assist his imagination.”  How can we as gatekeepers of collections assist with this type of request? How do you help researchers with queries looking for “suggestion and inspiration”?

We will only use GoToMeeting’s chat function. Audio will not be used. All are welcome!

Mark your calendars! ADSL Afternoon Chat next Tuesday

Posted on behalf of Stephanie Grimm:

ADSL Afternoon Chat: Makerspaces and Alternative Modes of Outreach in Art & Design Libraries

Tuesday, August 2, 3pm EST // 12pm PST (via GoToMeeting)


Join the ADSL for an afternoon chat on the topic of makerspaces and alternative modes of outreach and engagement next Tuesday, August 2 from 3-4pm EST/12-1pm PST. Whether you’re a veteran of the maker movement or a true newbie, you’re invited to bring your questions, ideas, and experiences with adapting library spaces to foster art practices and experimentation.

Prior to the chat, ADSL will share a set of guiding questions to shape the discussion. In the meantime, you can learn more about makerspaces and alternative engagement below. (Want to suggest a reading? Let us know in the comments!)

Link to meeting: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/825326981

Recommended Readings:

Dickerson, Madelynn. Beta Spaces as a Model for Recontextualizing Reference Services in Libraries. In the Library with the Lead Pipe, May 2016. http://www.inthelibrarywiththeleadpipe.org/2016/reference-as-beta-space/

Educause. 7 Things You Should Know about… Makerspaces. Educause Learning Initiative, 2013. https://net.educause.edu/ir/library/pdf/eli7095.pdf

Lotts, Megan. Lego Play: Implementing a Culture of Creativity & Making in the Academic Library. ACRL Conference Proceedings 409-418. http://dx.doi.org/doi:10.7282/T3C53NJD

Topical LibGuides and Beyoncé’s ‘Lemonade’

As we search for ways to improve the content of our LibGuides, it’s inspiring to look at the work done by professionals like Jenny Ferretti, Digital Initiatives Librarian at Maryland Institute College of Art’s Decker Library. When creating guides meant to connect users and resources, it’s tempting to conceptualize them as a complement to a specific class or academic program. However, by allowing ourselves to think freely about the interests we and our users might have that could be empowered by a research guide, we’re able to see how flexible LibGuides or similar software can be. We can see some of this flexibility reflected in the Bank Street’s resource guide for families of incarcerated parents, the fashion librarian’s resource guide created by the Fashion, Textiles, and Costume Special Interest Group of ARLIS/NA, the business of art guide at the University of Kansas, and Ferretti’s guide on understanding civic unrest in Baltimore.

Ferretti’s latest guide—one that pulls together the different visual, literary, and cultural references in Beyoncé’s visual album Lemonade—garnered a huge response from within and outside the LIS community. Ferretti was kind enough to answer a few questions via email about the reaction to the Lemonade research guide.

Curious for more? Join the #libeyrianship Twitter chat hosted by Decker Library on June 8 at 2pm EST.

AV: What has been the best thing that’s come out of creating this research guide?

JF: IRL and URL discussions hands down. Lots of people have talked to me about this guide in person and have been very complimentary even if they haven’t yet watched Lemonade. After I give my typical spiel about why I composed it, they usually respond with something like “Now you’ve made me want to watch it.”

People in the library and information service profession have been overwhelmingly supportive, but it’s also reached people who might not have thought about the information and cultural literacy aspects of Lemonade. So far it’s been viewed over 40,000 times. It’s produced such a positive reaction online that Decker Library is organizing a Twitter chat so that we can directly interact with people who have used it in their own libraries.

AV: What do you like and dislike about LibGuides?

JF: LibGuides are great for institutions and organizations who don’t have an easy way of publishing resources and information on their own websites. If I think of an idea for a LibGuide, I can make it immediately and from anywhere I have an Internet connection. If you know the basics of how to make a LibGuide, you can figure out its other features fairly easily. I also like the fact that it uses the Bootstrap coding framework. Writing code is like writing in another language, but I find Bootstrap to be among the less complicated languages that produce an attractive product, at least from a beginner’s perspective. I haven’t ventured into anything too complicated, so maybe that will change in time.

I think one of the downsides to LibGuides being very simple to use and publish, is that it’s easy to be critical about how they look. As it goes, what we want out of websites as a user changes quickly. However, since Bootstrap is so easy to use, I feel like these LibGuides present a perfect opportunity to get out of my comfort zone, make some mistakes, and try something new by editing the code.

The only other thing I have an issue with is less about LibGuides and more about how we, the people who utilize the platform, talk about them with patrons. Saying “libguide” to an incoming freshman, for example, means nothing to them. They don’t understand what you mean unless your library really pushes this word into their vocabulary (by doing outreach and promotion). My preference is to refer to them as research or library guides. I’m absolutely not saying that students are incapable of learning what you mean by the word LibGuide. What I highly doubt is that every student that doesn’t understand what a LibGuide is will speak up in order to get clarification.

AV: I read your Medium article and loved what you said about Beyoncé “closing the gap between artist and archivist.” What do you think the Beyoncé archive will eventually look like?

JF: One of my missions in my position at MICA’s Decker Library is to close the gap between artist and archivist. As MICA alum, I know how difficult it is to gain intellectual control over your work (assets), which might include knowing which versions are the most up-to-date, file naming, and what to do with master files. I thought about this for years after graduating and didn’t know how to talk about it until I started working at Smithsonian Channel archiving born-digital video. I was doing things to archive video that artists could easily learn and should learn.

I was incredibly impressed to hear that Beyoncé’s company was looking for an archivist through library and information listservs. Obviously the archivist or archivists who have seen and worked with Bey’s archive can’t talk about it, but this is an important point to stress. Artists who show frequently domestically and internationally typically have teams behind them. When I hear a mega star like Beyoncé includes an archivist on her team, it makes me think information professionals should bring this up in order to be included in new dialogues.

It’s difficult to say whether or not the Beyoncé archive will be public one day whether in part or whole. All I can say is that I hope so. With an incredible amount of video footage, the archive would be an asset not only for the content, but also for the digital footprint it leaves behind.

Thanks so much, Jenny! Remember, if you’d like to chat more about the guide, mark your calendars for the #libeyrianship Twitter chat on Wednesday, June 8 at 2pm EST.

#arlisriss Storify and upcoming journal club meeting

The Storify for the #arlisriss Twitter chat on personal motivation and inspiration is now available and will also live on the ARLIS/NA Learning Portal.

Couldn’t make this chat? Mark your calendar for the next one!

Twitter chat // #ARLISriss
Monday, June 27, 2016 at 2pm EST

And don’t forget our journal club meeting on Tuesday, May 24 at 1pm EST. We’ll be discussing “Radical Purpose: The Critical Reference Dialogue at a Progressive Urban College” from Urban Library Journal by Kate Adler.

RISS Spotlight Interview: Alyssa Vincent

Alyssa Vincent_ reference desk

Alyssa Vincent

Psychology and Art Librarian 

Northeastern Illinois University 

 

 

 

 


 

Q.      What type of Reference Model do you currently use?

We have separate reference and circulation desks for the time being, but we’re talking about shifting to a blended model.

Q.       What is your favorite Reference Resource?

For written research on movements, artists, and concepts: Art & Architecture Complete. For visual references/inspiration, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s digital collections. 

Q.     Share one of the most interesting reference questions you’ve ever received.

This actually didn’t happen at the desk, but I’m working with a woman who is researching Ginette Spanier, Creative Directrice of Balmain from 1947-1976. She became quite the international figure and lectured in Europe and the United States about haute couture. I’m helping this woman create a list of every single lecture date and location for Madame Spanier. Without a  complete, free, digitized archive of all major U.S. newspapers, it’s quite the challenge! 

Q.     Tell us your favorite research subject area, or tell us what types of activities you like to do outside of the library!

Cultural studies related to fashion as well as the history of the beauty and fragrance industries. I like to cast a wide net! When I’m not watching Dior and I for the 6th time, I like to read, cook and bake, and force my cat to snuggle with me.