Seasons Change…But We’re Still Editing!

Let’s continue to learn from each other and develop awareness about underrepresented artists and movements on Wikipedia!

Linden How and I will continue to host Wikipedia editing hours on the following dates. If you’d like a Hangout invite, please email Alyssa at a-vincent(at)neiu(dot)edu or Linden at lhow(at)pnca(dot)edu.

Wednesday, September 12 at 11am PST/1pm CST/2pm EST
Wednesday, October 10 at 11am PST/1pm CST/2pm EST
Wednesday, November 14 at 11am PST/1pm CST/2pm EST
Wednesday, December 12 at 11am PST/1pm CST/2pm EST

Summer of Wikipedia

We’re in the dog days of summer (I think?), so what better time to edit some Wikipedia articles? Let’s raise awareness about artists and movements that are underrepresented in Wikipedia and try to create community around what can sometimes be a lonely practice while we’re at it.

Linden How and I will host Google Hangouts on the dates and times below – drop in to ask questions, chat about Wikipedia, or just have a dedicated time on your calendar to develop or brush up on your editing skills.

  • Wednesday, August 1 at 11am PST/1pm CST/2pm EST
  • Wednesday, August 15 at 11am PST/1pm CST/2pm EST
  • Wednesday, August 29 at 11am PST/1pm CST/2pm EST

If you’d like a Hangout invite, please email Alyssa at a-vincent(at)neiu(dot)edu or Linden at lhow(at)pnca(dot)edu.


RISS Annual Meeting re-cap

Thanks to those who attended this year’s annual meeting! We talked about how to best put our new mission and goals into practice and had a fantastic discussion about Fobazi Ettarh’s article, “Vocational Awe and Librarianship: The Lies we Tell Ourselves.” Check out Vice-Moderator Linden How’s meeting notes here!

Inspired by the work of Art+Feminism, 1Lib1Ref, and several RISS-ers experiences with Wikipedia edit-a-thons, we proposed collaboratively editing Wikipedia pages through Google Hangouts as a potential way to build community and our critical practice. If you’re interested in participating, please fill out this Google Form by Friday, April 6! We’ll email interested people to start organizing this shortly after that date.

Want to propose an #arlisriss Twitter chat? Please let me know at avincent17(at)gmail(dot)com! If you’d like to do one but aren’t sure how, never fear. We can help!

Looking forward to an exciting year of working together.


Image of an excited Oprah Winfrey on her show.

Yes, we’re as excited as Oprah.

Revising our Mission and Goals

If you were unable to attend the RISS annual meeting in NOLA you may view our meeting agenda/notes here. The majority of the meeting was spent working to revise our mission and goals for the section and I’d like to highlight this activity in order to share it with those who were not present. In total, we had approximately 40 people in attendance and all participated in the following activity.

Each person was given a stack of post-it notes and asked to provide one word or one thought per note addressing who we are, what we do, and why we do it. (This is also a follow up to the interest we had at the meeting last year in “why we do what we do.”) Everyone was then asked to place their post-its addressing who, what, and why in various locations around the room (all of the “who” post-its were grouped in one corner, for example). Next, everyone received stickers and up-voted their top choices for each category. 20170207_114237

After up-voting, volunteers organized the ideas based on the number of votes each one got.



Each group reported back to everyone on the themes that emerged and what the top ideas were, based on votes. These were then compiled by RISS leadership to develop a new mission and three goals that represent the group’s input. We are currently working to incorporate further input from our membership on the mission and goals and will share those once it is agreed upon. Thank you to all who attended, participated, and helped develop the mission and goals so far!

If you would like to join us for a conversation on our mission and goals please participate in our Twitter chat on March 28th at 9pm EST/6pm PST. Follow along and tweet using #ARLISriss during that time.

Amanda // RISS Moderator


Tuesday, January 24 #arlisriss Twitter Chat

Our first #arlisriss Twitter chat of 2017 on Tuesday, January 24 at 9pm EST will focus on utilizing design thinking in libraries, archives, and museums. Come one, come all for a thought-provoking conversation!

Twitter chat // Use #ARLISriss to participate
Tuesday, January 24 at 9pm EST
Moderated by: Alyssa Vincent @vin_alyssa
Topic: Design thinking in libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs)

Questions for discussion:

1) How do you define design thinking?
2) What are some “wicked problems” in the LAM world that can be served by design thinking?
3) What does a “designerly way of thinking” in LAMs look like?
4) How can you engage in design thinking with a limited budget and time?
5) Have you gone through an “inspiration, ideation, iteration” cycle to solve a problem? What did your process look like?
6) What can design thinking teach us about libraries?


Design Thinking for Libraries
Fosmire, Michael. (2016). “What can design thinking do for libraries?Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, 83. Retrieved from

#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.