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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.

#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,
  • 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”: To join the meeting, click here:

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!

#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.

RISS Spotlight Interview: Amanda Meeks

Amanda Meeks, Research and Instruction Librarian

Savannah College of Art and Design (Atlanta campus)

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

We have a blended model: reference and circulation wrapped into one.

Q. What is your favorite Reference Resource?

I really enjoy getting to use our industry databases for reports and statistics, such as Euromonitor and WARC, during research consultations. Students are generally really impressed with these resources and that’s fun. I’m also partial to the NYPL’s digital image collection; there is a wealth of inspiration in that collection.

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

The thing about being a research librarian is that I find so many of the questions my students bring me “interesting” and enjoy learning from them as we search for sources together. Today, though, a student asked me if they could sketch me while I worked on the desk. I’d call that an interesting “reference interaction.”

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

My professional research interests are currently feminist and critical pedagogy in library instruction and on the reference desk, ACRL Framework and threshold concepts and visual literacy intersections, and the research habits of art and design students. Outside of the library I like researching all kinds of things, but love packaging that research into zines and artist books most of all.