RISS Meeting Agenda

Please join us for the Reference and Information Services Section meeting!

When: Sunday March 22, 2015 1:00pm – 2:00pm

Room: Texas H (Omni Fort Worth Hotel 1300 Houston Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102)


– Introductions

– Updates on:

* Multimedia & Technology Reviews – Emilee Mathews

* RISS “Journal Club” – Beth Morris

* Top webinar topics – RISS survey results

– New Business

– Session ideas for the 2016 conference – please come with suggestions

– Open discussion: Reference models

Reference models and the changing nature of reference was high on the list of webinar topics. It was also one of the most popular sessions at the 2014 ARLIS/NA conference. Let’s revisit the topic informally. Please come ready to tell us:

What does your reference model look like? For example,

– Do you have a standalone reference desk?

– Do you have tiered reference?

– Do you have librarians, staff, students staffing the desk and other reference service points?

– What types of virtual services do you offer? Mobile APPS?

Why have you or your institution chosen this model? Are you considering a change?

Think about how academic, museum, and public library reference desks differ & what can we learn from each model?

Other ideas?

Check out the PowerPoint slides from the 2014 presentation “Retooling Art Reference and Information Services: Collaborative Tools, Strategies, and Models”

If you have comments or questions, feel free to e-mail RISS Moderator Beth Hylen,  hylenej [at] cmog.org

Ft. Worth Workshop for RISS’ers to check out

Lassoing Attention, Corralling the Class: Mindfulness-Based Pedagogy for the One-Shot

Deborah Ultan Boudewyns, Art & Architecture Librarian, University of Minnesota
Lindsay Keating, Arts & Architecture Librarian Project Assistant, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Jill E. Luedke, Art & Architecture Librarian, Temple University

Pioneering pedagogies that use mindfulness and reflective techniques in the classroom can help students settle their minds and roundup their attention to be more receptive learners. A growing number of programs and centers point to alternative teaching approaches that incorporate mindfulness, contemplation, and engaged learning environments. Notable educators are undertaking poignant research and writing on the topic of mindfulness in education. Research demonstrates that “contemplative pedagogy” and the integration of mindful practices into higher education facilitates the achievement of traditional educational goals such as improved cognitive and academic performance.

Read more about the workshop here.

Announcement and Invitation to Workshop: Postcards from the Edge VIII: I didn’t know Urban Planning was about…

As you sign up for ARLIS/NA conference tours and workshops, we’d like to draw your attention to a new edition in the Postcards from the Edge workshop series. This year the focus will be on developing an understanding of the current scholarship in urban and regional planning as well as hands-on training in online planning resources.

We’ll set the stage for the afternoon with brief presentations and a panel discussion by three guests: Barbara Becker, former dean of the UT-Arlington School of Urban and Public Affairs, Patrina Newton, senior planner from the Fort Worth City Planning Department, and Brian Chatman, content manager for Open Data Fort Worth.  After what is sure to be an informative discussion, we’ll move to workshop mode.  Cecilia Smith, the Geospatial Librarian from Texas A&M, will lead an instruction session on GIS resources.  We’ll spend the last portion of our afternoon discussing and delving into online databases and tools relevant to the multi- and cross-disciplinary facets of urban and regional planning studies.

The workshop will be held at the UT-Arlington Library. Transportation from and back to the Omni Hotel will be provided for all attendees.  If it sounds interesting and useful, sign up!

Kathy Edwards, Clemson University

Rebecca Price, University of Michigan

Marsha Taichman, Cornell University
If you have questions, contact Marsha at met228@cornell.edu

Call for Vice-Moderator and Announcements

The 2015 ARLIS/NA Conference is quickly approaching. We are looking for someone to jump into the role of vice-moderator of the Reference and Information Services Section (RISS). Don’t be shy! New faces and new ideas are welcome.  You would be working with Beth Hylen as she moves into the role of moderator.  Your term would last one year, with the hope that you would transition into the role of moderator upon the commencement of the 2016 ARLIS/NA Conference.  If you are interested in reference, this is a great opportunity to meet others with similar interests and shape the conversation moving forward.  RISS includes a lively bunch of information professionals from a myriad of backgrounds.

Finally, a few bullet point announcements:


Elizabeth Lane

RISS Journal Club Meeting TODAY: Reminder with Meeting Link

The 1st RISS Journal Club meeting will be held TODAY, Tuesday, December 16th at 2pm Eastern / 1pm Central / 12pm Mountain / 11am Pacific time. Here is the GoToMeeting information:
Where: GoToMeeting
Meeting ID: 634-602-757
We will not be using audio. The meeting will be held via text chat.
Not at your computer? Click the link to join this meeting from your iPhone®, iPad®, Android® or Windows Phone® device via the GoToMeeting app.

We will be discussing the following article:

Oakleaf, Megan. “A Roadmap For Assessing Student Learning Using The New Framework For Information Literacy For Higher Education.” Journal Of Academic Librarianship 40.5 (2014): 510-514.

(Pre-print version is available here: http://meganoakleaf.info/framework.pdf)

See you there!


Elizabeth Lane

1st RISS Journal Club Meeting: Tuesday, December 16th

Happy Holidays, RISS!

I am excited to announce that the 1st RISS Journal Club meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 16th at 2pm Eastern / 1pm Central / 12pm Mountain / 11am Pacific time.

We will be discussing the following article:

Oakleaf, Megan. “A Roadmap For Assessing Student Learning Using The New Framework For Information Literacy For Higher Education.” Journal Of Academic Librarianship 40.5 (2014): 510-514.

(Pre-print version is available here.)

Please fill out the following form to RSVP and shape the final format.

Journal Club RSVP

Everyone is welcome!


Elizabeth Lane

Reference and Information Services Section (RISS) SIG Notes: 2014 ARLIS/NA Conference, Washington, D.C.

2014 ARLIS/NA Conference, Washington, D.C.

Sunday May 4, 2014, 8:00- 9:00am


Moderator: Elizabeth Lane

Vice-Moderator: Beth Hylen

Recorders: Elizabeth Lane and Beth Hylen


35 attendees


  1. Welcome and Introductions
  2. Overview of RISS’s activities since the last conference
  • Overview of Multimedia & Technology Reviews (M&T Reviews)
    • M&T Reviews is managed by co-editors Hannah Bennett, Elizabeth Schaub, and Emilee Mathews, who also serves as the appointed liaison to theRISS to ensure that an area of M&T Reviews directly reflects the sorts of tools and resources of interest to the RISS membership.
    • M&T Reviews debuted in April.
    • Two authors of the April publication are RISS members – Amy Ballmer and Sylvia Page. Congrats to both!
    • If you would like to author a post, please contact Emilee Mathews.
  1. Call for Vice-Moderator for 2015
    • Please let us know if you are interested in being Vice-Moderator for RISS!
  2. Discussion about RISS News Contributor position
    • Please let us know if you are interested in being RISS News Contributor!
  • Could the news contributor position become a blog editor for RISS? Does anyone look at the RISS blog? Elizabeth will post once a month.
  • Elizabeth plans to have a RISS hashtag post on Twitter so we can be seen in the greater ARLIS community. First, ARLIS must set Twitter policies.
  • ACTION ITEM: Generate RISS blog content.
  1. RISS Webinars
    • We would like to have a few RISS-sponsored ARLIS/NA webinars.
    • Emilee Mathews is on the Education Subcommittee and has offered to work with us on a proposal. Also, Alice Whiteside is chair of the Education Subcommittee and she would like to work with us.
    • Webinars take around 6 weeks to produce.
    • Other more informal options:
      1. Twitter Conversation
      2. ARLIS/NA Chat using Adobe Connect
  • Google Hangout
  1. Virtual Meeting using GoToMeeting
  • Subject specific vs. procedural webinars. Ex. Iconography for art & design students.
  • Webinar ideas:
    1. Highlights of museum websites; what kinds of tools are available? (timelines, collection searches, special databases, etc.)
    2. Using primary resources. This is particularly relevant for institutions who are working with the “Common Core” standards for elementary through high school students. http://www.corestandards.org/
  • Assessment of reference or instruction
  1. App based webinar: show and tell
  2. Embedded course guides; LibGuides and other tools
  3. What is the 2014 Reference Desk?
  1. How to train staff
  2. Ask for webinar ideas from students
  • ACTION ITEM: Send out webinar survey to RISS membership asking about preferred medium, length of discussion and possible topics.
  • RISS Journal Club
    • From Wikipedia: a journal club is a group of individuals who meet regularly to critically evaluate recent articles in the academic literature, generally of some branch of science or philosophy. Journal clubs are usually organized around a defined subject in basic or applied research.
    • It was mentioned that the Social Media chat group distributed a reading list prior to their conference session. They used the list for discussion. Should we do something similar for our RISS meeting next year?
    • ACTION ITEM: RISS should start an online journal club. We could add it to our webinar agenda.
  • Open Discussion
    • TOPICS – 2015 Conference session topics:
      1. Reference service to diverse groups
      2. Working with English as a second language patrons.
  • How to identify those who need help?
  1. Use of LibGuides and other embedded course guides – pros & cons (are we spoon-feeding? Is there room for self-discovery?)
  2. Changing nature of resources and how that affects what we do with instruction
  3. Lifelong research process (student access to information and databases after graduation as well as service to other researchers)
  • Instructional services (how do we make an independent researcher?)
  • Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) threshold concepts (what are they? How do we integrate them into our instruction programs?
  1. ACRL Thresholds meets ARLIS/NA: The Importance of Visual Literacy http://www.ala.org/acrl/aboutacrl/directoryofleadership/sections/is/iswebsite/projpubs/fivethings
  2. Other standards: some groups are removing the emphasis on information literacy, i.e. Middle States & the Midwest (for example: http://www.msche.org/?Nav1=About&Nav2=FAQ&Nav3=Question07 ) How will this impact instruction? Can ARLIS/NA advocate for information literacy?
  3. The Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design http://www.aicad.org/ is creating a MOOC that can be shared between schools. How far have they gotten & what have they done so far?
  • Assessment and its role; student learning outcomes
  • Change in Reference Desk/Reference Collection models
  • Use of LibGuides (see webinar topics, above; also new 2.0 version is coming out)
  • RISS membership should take a Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) together.
  • RISS advocacy ideas should be organized and presented to ARLIS/NA Board and Public Policy Committee.
    • ACRL Thresholds
  • ACTION ITEM: Post RISS conference notes to RISS Blog.