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On Saturday, after a very early ARLIS/Ohio Valley meeting, I was able to attend more sessions and lectures. First up was The Evolution of Art Reference and Instruction: Outreach, Overlay, Online. Here are my notes from that great group of speakers:

Assessing Online Reference Services through ARLIS’ Information Competencies for Students in Design Disciplines by Audrey Ferrie, Information Literacy Librarian, Academy of Art University
– ARLIS Information Literacy Competencies and Remote Reference Benchmark
– wants to use reference stats in a meaningful and productive way and determine if she was hitting her benchmarks (online)
– RUSA guidelines for reference interview; Internet Public Library standards (best practices for email reference)
– created codes for the standards and applied codes to the reference questions (emails) and assessed through codes (essentially summarized competency into a few words and then labeled: orientation to information/organization and access/ searching/topic/strategy and search techniques/citation)
– assessed reference responses by the codes and then went back and rewrote the responses to better meet the needs of IL standards
– now codes as the emails come in and writes according to the standard

Deeply Embedded: Library/Studio Partnerships in the Development of Graduate Design Curriculum by Michael Wirtz, Head of Research and Library Technology, Virginia Commonwealth University in Qatar
– student deficiencies: identification of thesis topics; collection and use of information; development of a research plan; organization and presentation of info; comprehension of what research is and how it relates to design
– developed hybrid studio/lecture course; team teaching model with graphic design faculty
– emphasis on collecting and using information (not just text scholarship!)
– simplified as a mini thesis exploration
– presented the non-linear design process which iterates the non-linear research process in the arts

Embedding Outside Your Comfort Zone: Reference & Instruction for the Non-Art Side of Arts Management  by Kimberly Detterbeck, Art Librarian, Purchase College SUNY
– useful sources: Guidestar, artnet, Nielsen Reports, Opera America, PollStar Pro, Billboard Charts for Professionals

(m) iReference: Roaming, Flashing and Embedding with Mobile Technology by Liv Valmestad, Art Librarian, University of Manitoba
– moving from collection centered to engagement centered; increases visibility of library; point of need reference
– uses Optoma Pico PK 100 projector (hand held) and accessories to attach projector to iPad or iPhone
Mobile Technology for Art and Architecture
–  from The User Experience: Revamping Reference
– document the service and tie to strategic plan

That afternoon I had the privilege to moderate a session, Alt-ARLIS: How Non-Traditional Paths Can Serve Your Career and Society. A quick survey of the audience, via clicker questions, showed that most attendees were students or young professionals. Meredith Kahn (Publishing Services and Outreach Librarian, University of Michigan), Ian McDermott (Collection Development Associate, ARTstor), Jamie Lausch Vander Broek (Exhibits and Programming Librarian and Learning Librarian, University of Michigan), and Alice Whiteside (Librarian and Information Technology Consultant, Mount Holyoke College) all discussed how they work in non-art jobs but still call ARLIS/NA their home. With the growing diversity of ARLIS’ members and the need for young professionals to be creative in finding their first job, Alt-ARLIS may have a future as a repeated session or SIG!

I finished off the day checking out the exhibits and posters sessions. I also sat in on Olivia Miller’s (MLIS candidate, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill) Power Up! How Can Academic Libraries Collect for Video Game Design Students. She introduced me to some great resources like Gamasutra, Kotaku, and Polycount Forum.