MW Members’ Poster Sessions in Ft. Worth

Peggy Keeran shares her photos of three conference poster sessions presented by Mountain West members. A description of each poster session follows the image.


What’s Your Story?: The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center Oral History Project — Eumie Imm Stroukoff, Emily Fisher Landau Director of the Research Center, Georgia O’Keeffe Museum

The Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center is in the first phase of an oral project.  We are actively collecting stories about Georgia O’Keeffe from the people who knew her personally and employing a variety of methods to gather these stories. One way is by using telephone technology to gather recollections from visitors who audio record memories of personal interactions with Georgia O’Keeffe.  We are also conducting in-depth interviews with individuals who had friendships with her. Finally, we are collaborating with the Pueblo de Abiquiu Library and Community Center to collect stories as told by community members attending local events such as fiestas.  These stories and recollections give our visitors and researchers a rich context to learn about Georgia O’Keeffe as a person and as an artist. The audio recordings and supplemental materials (such as transcriptions, photographs, and biographies) will be ingested into the archives, making it possible for researchers to access and utilize them.  In addition, these recordings might be used for educational purposes as well as interpretive purposes in the galleries at the museum.



Bringing the Outside Inside: Brazilian Graffiti and “String Literature” on the Walls Are Not Your Typical Art in the Library Exhibit — Christiane Erbolato-Ramsey, Fine Arts Librarian, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University

Art exhibitions in academic libraries traditionally display works by visual arts students, faculty, or visiting artists. In an effort to strengthen the liaison between the Brigham Young University Lee Library and the area of Brazilian studies, two exhibitions were organized to bring exposure to otherwise inaccessible art forms in Brazil.  Both belong in dynamic, outdoor public spaces and are meant to be discovered by passersby. This poster session will provide an overview of these exhibitions and offer accompanying bibliographic material. One exhibition featured images and videos of major works by “grafiteiros” on the streets of inner cities in Brazil, projected on the gallery walls.  Brazilian graffiti has gained a significant role in voicing sociopolitical opinions and has become a frequent topic of research by students. The other exhibition presented a selection of the library’s unique collection of “literatura de cordel” (string literature), zine-like booklets containing the folk stories and covers illustrated with woodcuts.  These are hung on strings on the walls, in the way they are traditionally sold in the public open markets of Northeast Brazil.




Testing the Waters: Harnessing the Power of Technology in the Virtual Conference Environment — Luke Leither, Art and Architecture Librarian, University of Utah

Come and learn more about an experimental new format for virtual conferences attempted for the first time by the ALRIS Mountain West Chapter in the fall of 2014.  Having run virtual conferences over the last several years, our chapter has learned that many attendees find it nearly impossible to barricade themselves behind computer screens in their offices for an entire day.  We found that a stable platform allows our conference, conversations, critiques, and questions to take form over the course of weeks and months rather than a single day.  This promised to be a richer experience for everyone who participated.  Thus, the conference “Testing the Waters: Professional Experimentation in the Arts and Art Librarianship was born.

At this poster presentation, there will be a demonstration on how we used the course management software Canvas and the virtual meeting software AdobeConnect to host our content.  Our conference featured pre-recorded presentations attendees could watch at their own convenience, along with a live Q&A event for real-time interaction with our presenters.  This poster will cover the successes and failures observed with this model as well as the feedback we received throughout the process.