#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.

Favorite Emerging Technologies or Tools? Nominate them here!

mtrRISS members have a standing relationship with ARLIS/NA’s newest publication Multimedia & Technology Reviews, which highlights one resource per issue of particular interest to RISS membership. We’d like to extend the invitation to proactively submit your own go-to resources! Please submit using this form and indicate that you think RISS should review in the questionnaire. Thank you!

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] 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.