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Monday, February 26

9:45am EST

Born-digital and Other E-journals in Art History: Crossing Boundaries Among Art Historians, Editors, and Librarians
Note: This session will be recorded and made accessible after the conference in the ARLIS/NA Learning Portal.

E-journals have existed for about three decades. They were pioneered by the sciences and social sciences, but for various reasons, some more valid than others, the arts and humanities were slower to catch on. In the field of art history, in particular, a major retardant was the need to establish protocols governing permissions and licenses for reproducing high-quality color images in perpetuity on the internet.

Today, the e-publishing of art history journals has become an accepted practice, yet it is certainly not the standard. Key challenges remain: how to adapt traditional print journals to digital formats, and how to take full advantage of the possibilities the digital medium has to offer; how to index and archive e-journals, and how to fund them, especially open-access journals that are born digital.

This round-table brings together art historians, editors, and librarians involved in different aspects of journal e-publishing. Interactive in format, the session will address questions about content, format, access, archiving, and new possibilities in the digital publishing realm. The session will begin with short presentations by the panelists about their experiences in e-publishing, highlighting lessons learned and future challenges to be addressed. The second half of the panel will open the floor to the audience for comments, questions, ideas, and information sharing, so a larger cooperative experience can be shared by all.

Elizabeth L. Block, “The Art History Journal Unbound: An Editor’s Perspective on an Evolving Readership”
Martina Droth, “Creating a Born-digital Journal for Art History: Objectives, Challenges, and Lessons”
Alexandra Provo, “Indexing for Access: How Librarians Can Help Situate E-journals Online”
Isabel L. Taube, “Preservation Management in E-journals: What Are We Doing to Fix Links and Archive Resources and Are We Doing Enough?”


Petra ten-Doesschate Chu

Professor of Art History and Museum Studies, and Editor, Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, Seton Hall University




Elizabeth L. Block

Senior Editor, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Martina Droth

Deputy Director of Research and Curator of Sculpture, and Co-Editor, British Art Studies, Yale Center for British Art
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Alexandra Provo

Metadata Librarian (NYU) and Access and Preservation Advisor (Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide), New York University

Isabel L. Taube

Lecturer in Art History, and Executive Editor, Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide, Rutgers University

Monday February 26, 2018 9:45am - 11:00am EST
Hilton: Gramercy West

1:45pm EST

Finding a Better Balance: Personal and Institutional Solutions to the Contemporary Work/Life Crisis in Libraries, Archives, and Museums
Note: This session will be recorded and made accessible after the conference in the ARLIS/NA Learning Portal.

This session features four speakers on the topic of establishing family-friendly policies in libraries, archives, and museums (LAMs). Despite having a high percentage of female professionals, LAM workplaces have been slow to embrace flexible work schedules and policies that accommodate working parents. While this may be attributable to the place-based nature and service environment of library work, it reflects the larger crisis in the US workplace wherein full-time, linear career trajectories are a frequent mismatch for the non-nuclear, single-parent, and dual-earner households. The speakers, including librarians and work/life policy leaders from outside LAM professions, contextualize this work-life crisis and discuss topics like flexible work schedules, parental leave, infant-friendly work environments, and other factors that would create more inclusive work environments for employees at cultural and educational institutions. The session will also chart the current state of work/life policy in the United States and Canada and introduce practical strategies for employees and supervisors to advocate for more family-friendly work policies. Discussions will consider structural solutions within the workplace that re-align institutional policy and culture with the needs of the contemporary LAM worker.

This session is organized by the Art Librarian Parents and Caregivers SIG.


Jill Luedke

Art & Architecture Librarian, Temple University
Reference & Instruction Library at Temple University. Subject Specialist for Art & Architecture.


Kathleen Christensen

Program Director, Alfred P. Sloan Foundation

Rachael Ellison

Principal, The REworking Group
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Amy Furness

Head, Library & Archives, Art Gallery of Ontario

Carla Moquin

President, Parenting in the Workplace Institute

Monday February 26, 2018 1:45pm - 3:15pm EST
Hilton: Gramercy West
Tuesday, February 27

1:30pm EST

Thinking Outside the (Library) Box: Using Your Librarian Skills for the Public Good
Note: This session will be recorded and made accessible after the conference in the ARLIS/NA Learning Portal.

While we teach that "authority is constructed and contextual," librarianship typically relies on institutions that may not welcome critique of their power structures or dynamics. Working outside or between these institutions can create dynamic ways to help build a more equitable world. There are many successful examples of this radical library work, such as the panelists we bring together from AfroCROWD, Art+Feminism, Black Lunch Table, Interference Archive, and Radical Reference. These organizations’ missions touch on Wikipedia editing, para-institutional reference and instruction work, public programming and non-institutional archiving. This panel explores how librarians can decenter the institution and create spaces, physical and virtual, that are active sites of resistance and activism. Attendees can expect to leave with a greater knowledge of how this work, which has happened on the margins of our field for a long time, can relate to their library practice both within and outside the institution. They can also expect to get constructive advice on community organizing, outreach and marketing, and diversity and equity planning, all of which will help them cultivate a social justice oriented practice and help with the practical, everyday machinations of librarianship.

Following bell hooks’ model for critical pedagogy, this panel will be a guided, open-ended discussion between a number of librarians, archivists and information activists who have been doing this work both in and outside of the traditional institutional strongholds of librarianship. Topics may include but not be limited to: awareness of intersectional identities in library work, creating institutional partnerships, securing funding through grants and crowdsourcing, and partnering with community organizations.

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Sian Evans

Information Literacy and Instructional Design Librarian, Maryland Institute College of Art
Siân Evans is the Information Literacy & Instructional Design Librarian at Maryland Institute College of Art and the co-founder of Art+Feminism, a campaign to create meaningful changes to the body of knowledge available about feminism and the arts on Wikipedia. Her writing can be... Read More →

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Nora Almeida

Writer & Librarian, New York City College of Technology of the City University of New York
Nora Almeida is a volunteer at Interference Archive, an all-volunteer, collectively run archive of social movement ephemera. The mission of Interference Archive is to explore the relationship between cultural production and social movements through public programs, exhibitions, and... Read More →

Alice Backer

Founder, AfroCROWD
Alice Backer is a social media professional, lawyer and free culture curator. In 2015, she launched AfroCROWD, a multilingual initiative to increase Afro descendant participation in crowdsourcing initiatives such as Wikipedia and Wikidata.
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Jenna Freedman

Zine Librarian, Barnard College
Talk to me about zines, Radical Reference, you cat(s), my cats, and open positions at my library.
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Lia Friedman

Director of Learning Services at UC San Diego / Radical Reference Volunteer/Staff Librarian Make/Shift Magazine, UC San Diego / Radical Reference
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Heather Hart

Co-founder/visual artist, Black Lunch Table
I'm interested in questioning dominant narratives and proposing alternatives to them. I am a public artist and co-run Black Lunch Table, an oral history archiving project with a metadata tagged dynamic searchable database and a Wikipedia editing initiative.
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Jen Hoyer

Jen Hoyer helps make things go at Interference Archive and teaches about local history at the Brooklyn Public Library. S, Interference Archive / Brooklyn Public Library
Jen Hoyer from the Interference Archive will discuss archive-based activism, organizing volunteer archive programming, and building ephemeral collections. The Interference Archive is an all volunteer, open stacks archive that “... [uses] cultural ephemera to animate histories of... Read More →
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Sherry Antoine, MPA

Executive Director, AfroCROWD.org
Executive director of AfroCROWD.org, a Wikipedia initiative focused on the African diaspora, Sherry is a New York area - based outreach strategist and speaker committed to addressing gender and diversity gaps. Sherry is the co-organizer of News on Wiki, an initiative to improve Wikipedia coverage of local, Black-owne... Read More →

Tuesday February 27, 2018 1:30pm - 3:00pm EST
Hilton: Gramercy West

3:15pm EST

Common Ground: Provenance Research Agendas in Libraries, Archives and Museums
Note: This session will be recorded and made accessible after the conference in the ARLIS/NA Learning Portal.

This session will provide useful and precise information regarding a wide range of provenance research endeavors in museums, research libraries, archives, and academic institutions. This includes the investigation of original works of art, works recorded in the archives of dealers and collectors and the invaluable tools utilized in the research process. Rodica Tanjala Krauss will discuss a unique manuscript log from a major auction house that will serve as a valued resource for art history and interdisciplinary scholars, for art dealers and connoisseurs, for collectors and artists, and for the research of art market politics. Lynn Rother will provide practical knowledge regarding the methodology, resources and, and challenges of Nazi-era provenance research in art museums. Louis Adrean will discuss a National Endowment for the Arts grant funded project that examines the provenance history of collections and educational collaborations at the Ingalls Library, The Cleveland Museum of Art. Philip Dombowsky will provide an overview of the Max Stern Art Restitution Project and will present case studies to illustrate the complexities of researching the provenance of Nazi-era looted art. Catherine Larkin will report on a Samuel H. Kress funded digital project to provide electronic access to information and updated provenance on William Randolph Hearst's art purchases, including some objects unintentionally acquired from forced sales during the Nazi Era.

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Samantha Deutch

Assistant Director, Center for the History of Collecting, The Frick Collection

Sally McKay

Head, Research Services, Getty Research Institute


Louis Adrean

Head, Research and Programs, Ingalls Library, The Cleveland Museum of Art

Philip Dombowsky

Archivist, National Gallery of Canada
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Rodica Tanjala Krauss

Head, Cataloging Projects, Frick Art Reference Library
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Catherine Larkin

Associate Professor, Head, Digital Initiatives, Long Island University
I received my Ph.D. from the Palmer School of Library and Information Science, College of Information and Computer Science, Long Island University (LIU), Brookville, New York. My dissertation research focused on the information-seeking behaviors and processes of visual arts humanities... Read More →

Lynn Rother

Senior Provenance Specialist, The Museum of Modern Art, NY


Tuesday February 27, 2018 3:15pm - 4:30pm EST
Hilton: Gramercy West