Category: ARLIS/NA annual conference

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


RISS Panel on ACRL Framework accepted for ARLIS 2016

We are excited to announce that the panel entitled Reshaping Library Instruction within Art & Design Education: Experimenting and implementing the Info Lit Framework” was accepted for the 2016 ARLIS conference. Here is the submitted description and our enthused line-up of panelists:

Art and design teaching librarians understand the complexity of the various research practices our students use for their academic and creative work. As a result, flexibility and creativity often inform library instruction and outreach activities in the art library environment. The Academic and College Research Libraries (ACRL) Framework for Information Literacy, released in February 2015, gives teaching librarians a new opportunity to emphasize the natural connection between the library and the community of students, artists, and scholars. This panel will explore the ways that instruction librarians are experimenting with and implementing the new Framework and threshold concepts.  It will ask: How are art & design librarians interpreting this document within the context of their community, creating teaching tools and resources, and connecting the conceptual Framework to their pedagogical practices and visual literacy?

Speakers & Topics:
Nicole Beatty
Adventures in Librarianship and Interdisciplinary Instruction

Larissa K. Garcia
Using the threshold concepts as metaphors for the creative process in an advanced studio photography class

Amanda Meeks and Teresa Burk
Collaboratively developing a physical artifact and research guide with and for art and design students at SCAD as a way of sense-making within our unique context

Ashley Peterson
Searching as Serendipitous Exploration: Information and Visual Literacy in Studio Art Courses

Ellen Petraits
Connecting the dots to form a new constellation: Supporting studio learning environments in an emergent culture of research by connecting graduate students, library instruction, threshold concepts, and qualitative assessment

Chizu Morihara, Teaching special interest group partner

We look forward to an exciting discussion with many inspiring ideas and takeaways! See you in Seattle!

-Amanda Meeks, RISS vice-moderator

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]

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.

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.
  • 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
  2. Other standards: some groups are removing the emphasis on information literacy, i.e. Middle States & the Midwest (for example: ) How will this impact instruction? Can ARLIS/NA advocate for information literacy?
  3. The Association of Independent Colleges of Art & Design 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.





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