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Sunday, February 25

8:30am EST

Leadership Institute (By Invitation Only)
How do assumptions, mental models, and paradigms held by the leadership and profession affect how ARLIS/NA leadership views the Society and its role in the field? What are some of the most critical uncertainties facing our profession? At this year’s Leadership Institute, participants will examine key mental models, explore a range of alternative future scenarios that might unfold for ARLIS/NA and the profession, develop strategies for operating strategically within each scenario, and identify implications for future Executive Board and committee work. This workshop will provide opportunities for ARLIS/NA leadership to hone their strategic and generative analysis and decision-making skills, thereby enhancing Board and committee capacity to govern effectively in the future.

The workshop will be facilitated by Frank Martinelli, President of the Center for Public Skills Training. Mr. Martinelli has over 35 years of work, training, and consulting experience and specializes in strategic planning, governing board development, and community partnership and alliance building.

The workshop is by invitation-only.


Frank Martinelli

President, Center for Public Skills Training
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Eumie Imm Stroukoff

Emily Fisher Landau Director of the Research Center, Georgia O'Keeffe Museum
I look forward to discussing how ARLIS/NA's strategic directions and core values can help us explore and discover new ways of working together. See you in NYC!


Sunday February 25, 2018 8:30am - 1:00pm EST
Hilton: Gramercy West

9:00am EST

ARLIS/NA Yearlong Mentoring Program Workshop
You must apply and be accepted to the Yearlong Mentoring Program in order to attend the workshop. The Yearlong Mentoring Program is administered by the Mentoring Subcommittee. For more information about the program, visit Mentoring Programs on the ARLIS/NA website. Applications to the program will open in January and the link will be on the Mentoring Programs page. If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer Friedman (jennifer.friedman@umass.edu).

Do you have leadership experience within your organization or within ARLIS/NA, or are you hoping to attain a leadership role in the future? The ARLIS/NA Mentoring Subcommittee is focusing its 2018-19 career mentoring program on cultivating relationships between mentors and mentees interested in leadership. This workshop will be the catalyst for the year-long mentoring program, pairing emerging and established leaders in the art library community and providing them with the tools to support and carry out a successful mentoring relationship.

The four-hour workshop is loosely modeled on the 2005 ARLIS/NA Mentoring Program workshop led by Margaret Law, associate director of the University of Alberta Learning Services. Mentoring subcommittee members will lead the workshop. Prior to the workshop, there will be pre-work that includes an introduction to mentoring; characteristics of mentors, mentees, and the mentoring relationship; realistic goal-setting; appropriate behavior and expectations; methods of communication; and benefits and potential pitfalls of mentoring. The presentation will continue building on these topics through PowerPoint, discussion, group-work, and working in your mentoring pairs.

Fee: $0
Advance application and acceptance required, see above.


Lynn Cunningham

Art Librarian, University of California Berkeley
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Shira Loev Eller

Art and Design Librarian, George Washington University
Talk to me about artists' books, art and design students, collection development, library instruction, liaison work, and art librarianship in an academic library.
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Jennifer Friedman

Head, Research Services, University of Massachusetts Amherst
All aspects of liaison work, instruction, outreach, research support, Springshare!, creating processes and systems, and especially any fun and/or silly things!

Darin Murphy

Head of SMFA Library at Tufts, Tufts University
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Mackenzie Salisbury

Information Literacy Librarian, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Sunday February 25, 2018 9:00am - 1:00pm EST
Hilton: Morgan

9:00am EST

Consulting with Artists: Creating, Describing, and Disseminating the Visual Arts
The Visual Resources Division of ARLIS/NA is pleased to support this workshop which will present resources and hands-on guidance for art information professionals to liaise with and provide consultation services to working artists. The topics to be addressed include: copyright/fair use as it applies to visual and performing artists; supporting best practices for portfolio management, documentation, and archiving; the importance of robust metadata creation and organization; and potential models for community engagement. The workshop will culminate in the creation of a community-driven ARLIS/NA Research Guide to provide practical examples and a variety of textual and electronic resources to support liaison activities. All are welcome to participate, particularly information professionals who provide public and technical services or participate in liaison/consultation duties, those who interact with artists and their materials in all formats, and anyone performing community outreach activities.

Fee: $20
Maximum participants: 80

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Jasmine Burns

Visual Resources Metadata Librarian, Cornell University
Through her work on an interdepartmental digital projects team, Jasmine consults with faculty, students, curators, and librarians on metadata modelling/production/preservation for both digital and physical image collections. She has worked previously as an image cataloger and visual... Read More →
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Nazareth Pantaloni

Head, Copyright Program, Indiana University Libraries
Nazareth “Naz” Pantaloni is a lawyer and librarian who directs the Copyright Program at Indiana University (Bloomington) Libraries. He works with faculty and student creators, including composers, filmmakers, and visual and multi-media artists, to navigate intellectual property... Read More →

Colin Post

Assistant Professor, University of North Carolina at Greensboro
Colin Post is starting as an Assistant Professor in Library and Information Science at the University of North Carolina - Greensboro in Fall 2020. He researches how artists use digital technologies to create, exhibit, and care for artworks.
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Marsha Taichman

VIsual Resources & Public Services Librarian, Cornell University
Embedded in the College of Architecture, Art and Planning, Taichman works with artists directly and helps them execute their research and maintain documentation related to their art. She has worked with museum archives and in gallery settings, and is interested in the challenges and... Read More →

Katrina Windon

Accessioning and Processing Archivist, University of Arkansas
Katrina Windon is the Accessioning and Processing Archivist for the University of Arkansas Special Collections. Windon holds an MSIS in Information Studies from the University of Texas at Austin, and is a Certified Archivist.

Sunday February 25, 2018 9:00am - 1:00pm EST
Hilton: Gramercy East

2:00pm EST

Advocating for Ourselves: Negotiation Skills and Closing the Gender Pay Gap: Sponsor - Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, Yale University
Negotiation is a critical skill for any professional, but by and large, library professionals are not taught how to negotiate for increased salary and benefits, and much of the resources available only tangentially apply to library contexts. Another key reason why negotiation training is needed is that a majority of library professionals are women (85% of ARLIS/NA members, as shown by the recent Census of Art Information Professionals).
This workshop will be led by a trained facilitator through the American Association of University Women (AAUW). It combines aspects of their Start Smart workshop series and their Work Smart series to offer targeted resources to those who are just starting out or who are contemplating promotion, counter offers, or other negotiated benefits. Content will include market research strategies, persuasive language, and other key negotiation tactics. There will be hands-on activities, role-playing and other active learning exercises incorporated into the learning content.

AAUW speakers: 
Jane Pendergast
Roli Wendorf
After the AAUW content, there will be a panel composed of ARLIS/NA members in various work environments and stages in their career, who will share their negotiation stories and tactics they’ve learned.

ARLIS/NA Member Panelists:
Stacy Brinkman, facilitator
Kasia Leousis
Emilee Mathews
Ann Roll
Heather Slania
Takeaways include an informational packet provided by AAUW, key statistics from the recent Census of Art Information Professionals, and a literature review of relevant articles and books.

Fee: $30
Maximum participants: 40

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Stacy Nakamura Brinkman

Head of Education and Outreach, University of California, Irvine

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Kasia Leousis

Head, Library of Architecture, Design and Construction, Auburn University

Jane Pendergast

Jane Pendergast has worked as a high school English teacher; an analyst, a public relations professional, a fund raiser and a manager in nonprofit organizations; a software sales professional to the finance industry; an editor, a trainer, a manager in a large financial services firm... Read More →
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Ann Roll

Associate Dean of Collections and Scholarly Comm, California State University Fullerton
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Heather Slania

Director of the Decker Library, MICA
Director of the Decker Library at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

Roli Wendorf

President, American Association of University Women - New York State, Inc. (AAUW-NYS)
Roli Wendorf is President of the American Association of University Women - New York State, Inc. (AAUW-NYS). She was Co-President of AAUW Westchester Branch from 2014-2016. Prior to joining AAUW, she was a senior researcher at Philips Research and adjunct faculty of computer science... Read More →

Sunday February 25, 2018 2:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Hilton: Gramercy East

2:00pm EST

From the Margins to the Center: Cultivating a Critical, Reflective, and Radical Practice in Art Librarianship
"When education is the practice of freedom, students are not the only ones who are asked to share, to confess." - bell hooks, Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom

This four hour workshop is intended to give participants practical tools to develop a critical, reflective and radical practice in their librarianship. The four facilitators each have an ever-evolving critical practice that in many ways predate their roles as librarians and see critical practice as underlying their work within library instruction, digital initiatives, programming, collection development, and research.

Workshop facilitators will lead participants through hands-on activities that consider each individual's experiences (professional and personal), experiences of their patrons, and activities that support social justice - or the idea of education as the practice of freedom - within their community. The activities and conversations of the workshop will be created with all levels of audience members in mind. No prior knowledge or experiences are required to participate. We aim for the workshop to be an open, inclusive, and welcoming environment for difficult conversations, personal and professional growth, as well as a bit of creativity.

We are offering this workshop as a #critlib event, and this workshop also supports the Research and Information Services Section’s (RISS) goal to model critical and reflective practice in art librarianship to encourage creativity and positive change in our community.

Fee: $20
Maximum participants: no maximum

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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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Jennifer Ferretti

Digital Initiatives Librarian, Maryland Institute College of Art
Jennifer Ferretti is the Digital Initiatives Librarian at the Maryland Institute College of Art. She is a first-generation American Latina whose librarianship is guided by critical perspectives and anti-neutrality. She has spent ten years in libraries, museums, and archives digitizing... Read More →
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Amanda Meeks

Librarian, UofA
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Olivia Piepmeier

Arts & Humanities Librarian, UMass Dartmouth

Sunday February 25, 2018 2:00pm - 6:00pm EST
Hilton: Morgan
Thursday, March 1

8:30am EST

Big Changes, Big Moves, Smaller Footprints: Strategies for Rightsizing the Onsite Print Collection for the 21st Century Library—The Workshop - SOLD OUT
Academic, museum, and art and design school libraries are all facing space issues as library spaces are being repurposed for user-centered research, teaching, and learning. Achieving these transformed spaces often means reducing the footprint of the onsite collection. Librarians from libraries of all types and sizes are engaging in collections analysis projects to make that happen.

The workshop includes two hours of active learning in the classroom and 1 ¼ hours touring Hunter College Libraries. Attendees will spend a focused two hours delving into sophisticated collection analysis strategies for art and architecture collections to tighten collections and reduce footprints. Workshop instructor Scott Stone will introduce attendees to the freely available data visualization software Tableau Public; demonstrate and lead attendees in cleaning raw item circulation data from a LMS; and then demonstrate and lead attendees in the creation of their own data visualizations using provided circulation data. The second part of the workshop will be a tour of Hunter College's Leon & Toby Cooperman Library which has undergone major space changes and Zabar Art Library. Strategies used to reduce the onsite collection, and the results in terms of both redesigned library space and collections use will be featured.

Ready to tackle projects big and small, attendees will leave the workshop confident in their ability to perform collection analysis, familiar with some of the digital products available, and more comfortable with space transformation.

Those interested in this topic may want to attend the proposed companion session, “Big Changes, Big Moves, Smaller Footprints: Strategies for Rightsizing the Onsite Print Collection for the 21st Century Library—The Session,” which will feature presentations that highlight strategies for collection analysis, collaborative print collecting, transformation to digital collections when appropriate, and case studies applying these methods.

‪8:30-9:00 am: Transportation to Hunter College via the new Q train, with a little walking involved from either the Lexington Avenue/63rd Street stop or the 72nd Street stop.‬
9:00-11:00 am: Collection Analysis using Tableau
11:00-11:15 am: Break
11:15-11:45 am: Tour of Cooperman Library
11:45 am-12:30 pm: Walk to and Tour of Zabar Art Library and reception
12:30-1:00 pm: Transportation to Midtown Hilton via the new Q train.

Fee: $31
Note: Participants are required to buy a loaded MetroCard in advance of the workshop, so that the workshop can remain on schedule. Round-trip travel will cost $5.50 cash ($6.50 if you are purchasing a new MetroCard).
Maximum participants: 25

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Laura Schwartz

Subject Specialist for Visual Arts, UC San Diego Libraries
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Amy Trendler

Architecture Librarian, University Libraries Ball State University, ARLIS/NA President


Danise Hoover

Associate Librarian for Public Services, Hunter College
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Steven Kowalik

Head, Zabar Art Library, CUNY-Hunter College
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Scott Stone

Research Librarian for Performing Arts, University of California, Irvine

9:00am EST

ArLiSNAP Career Development Workshop
Organized by the Art Library Students and New ARLIS Professionals (ArLiSNAP) Division, this Career Development Workshop will provide meaningful discussions for students and new professionals looking to break into the field of art librarianship. This half-day workshop will consist of a presentation on publishing, an open forum panel discussion on applying for jobs, and an interactive resume and cover letter review session.

Students and new professionals are invited to ask their questions to our panel of professionals. Our panelists, each with various hiring experiences under their belt, represent academia, museums, and search committees offering a unique chance for participants to ask questions about the job search process from those who have been on the other side of the table. After the panel, there will be a hands-on resume and cover letter review where we will discuss some best practices. Please remember to bring a copy of your resumes to participate in an interactive review session and gain feedback from our panelists and fellow peers.

Career advice panelists are:
Heather Slania, Director of Decker Library at Maryland Institute College of Art
Suz Massen, Chief of Public Services at The Frick Collection
Tina Lidogoster, Assistant Museum Librarian at Watson Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art
Molly Schoen, Visual Resources Curator at the Fashion Institute of Technology

Our second panel will break down the publishing process and provide insights on writing and publishing as a librarian. Our presenters will offer perspectives from the publihing world as well as from both early career and experienced librarians.

Publishing panelists are: 
Alodie Larson, Senior Editor for Art Reference at Oxford University Press
Alexander Watkins, Art and Architecture Librarian at University of Colorado, Boulder 
Eric Wolf, Head Librarian at Sotheby's Institue of Art

Fee: $0
Maximum participants: 50

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Tina Lidogoster

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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Suz Massen

Associate Chief Librarian, Access, Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection

Molly Schoen

Visual Resources Curator, Fashion Institute of Technology
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Heather Slania

Director of the Decker Library, MICA
Director of the Decker Library at the Maryland Institute College of Art.
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Alexander Watkins

University of Colorado Boulder
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Michelle Wilson

Digital Publishing Librarian, Columbia University
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Eric Michael Wolf

Head Librarian, Sotheby's Institute of Art, New York

Thursday March 1, 2018 9:00am - 1:00pm EST
Hilton: Murray Hill West

10:00am EST

How many photographic processes can you identify? Photographic Processes Identification, Preservation and Other Collection Management Tips Workshop from the Photography Collection at the New York Public Library - SOLD OUT
At the New York Public Library, the Photography Collection is a special collection, part of the Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints and Photographs. It is comprised of over 500,000 photographs that include examples of almost every photographic process from daguerreotypes to digital imagery and inkjet prints. It also holds major collections such as the Farm Security Administration photographs; over 42,000 stereographs; 9/11 Photo Collection; Pageant of America photo archive and many more. During this workshop, we will examine at least 20 different photographic objects (in book form and loose prints) to show the different types of photographic processes from the beginning of photography (1839) to our most recent acquisitions representing contemporary processes. Participants are able to study the objects up-close, and be able to see different physical characteristics that make up each process. For materials that require closer examination, a mini microscope will be used (provided by NYPL). Many of the objects shown will include fine examples of early processes to the most obscure processes, that still elude conservators and historians today. Of course, there will also be more common processes (i.e. gelatin silver prints and albumen silver prints) found in many library and archival collections. Subject matter will focus on the diversity of the collection, as well as New York City scenes, people and the creators themselves.

'Take-aways' for participants:
  • Opportunity to see many different types of photographic processes, including negatives and photomechanical processes.
  • Learn about the diverse holdings of the Photography Collection, including a brief mention of the Art & Architecture collection, the Print Collection; the Spencer Collection of illustrated books and fine bindings, and the Picture Collection that are also part of the Wallach Division.
  • Best practices on how to preserve photographic materials, including negatives.
  • Best practices on physical arrangement and description, based on the Photography Collection at NYPL.
  • Best practices on how to physically handle different types and formats of photographs.
  • Resource guides on the history of photography; photobooks; photographic processes; photographic preservation (Bibliography handout will be supplied).
  • Informal discussion among participants and workshop host to talk and ask questions about their own photographic collections and suggest possible solutions.

Administrative fee: $20
Maximum participants: 30


Zulay Chang

Specialist II, New York Public Library
Zulay Chang is a Specialist in the Photography Collection at the New York Public Library since 2012. She has an MA in Photographic Preservation and Collections Management from Ryerson University, Toronto, Canada and a BFA in Photography (fine art) from Emily Carr University, Vancouver... Read More →

1:00pm EST

Preservation Techniques for Paper-Based Art Library Collections - SOLD OUT
Drawing on the conference theme, "Out of Bounds," this workshop will expand beyond the typical boundaries of art librarianship to explore the important areas of preservation and conservation for paper-based collections. The purpose of this workshop will be to provide didactic and hands-on instruction in how to conduct basic, low-cost preservation techniques for non-rare paper-based collections. An emphasis will be placed on materials typically found in art library collections, such as large, visual monographs, smaller publications composed of a single folio, various ephemeral items in singular form or as accompanying material, and other fragile, paper-based collection items. Materials, tools, and methods will stress efficient and cost-effective strategies for librarians with limited budgets and time. Participants will receive material samples, some tools and completed work from the hands-on activities, as well as detailed handouts with techniques, materials, tools, and vendors, to serve as reference material for future work. Additionally, an extensive bibliography of sources to assist with further preservation techniques that can be implemented at their own institutions will be provided.

Fee: $48
Maximum participants: 12

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Beth Morris

Librarian, Yale Center for British Art Reference Library and Archives
Beth Morris is Librarian at the Yale Center for British Art, Reference Library and Archives where she has been providing collections care and in-house treatments for the past 6 years. She has taken numerous courses in book conservation, paper conservation, preservation, bookbinding... Read More →

Thursday March 1, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm EST
Hilton: Madison