ARLIS/NA Mountain West + VRA Wild West Virtual Conference 2016 Call for Proposals

DEADLINE EXTENDED!

The ARLIS/NA Mountain West Chapter and The Wild West Chapter of VRA are teaming up to bring you a virtual conference in 2016. We would like to cordially invite you to submit proposals for the Virtual Conference 2016. With an extended deadline we also have decided to broaden the scope. Please feel free to submit a proposal for any project you have completed or that is a work-in-progress. The only criteria we ask proposals be limited to is work within the arts.

The extended proposal deadline is Monday, August 1.

Based on the success of the Mountain West Chapter’s new virtual conference format, we are eager to use the virtual format again. Similar to the last virtual conference, we need a diverse set of presenters. If you have an interesting project that you are currently working on or recently finished, please consider submitting a proposal to present it to your peers. Please note, this call for proposals is open to any; not only members of VRA and ARLIS.

Perhaps you had a proposal turned down for the ARLIS/NA national conference. Here is another opportunity to share it!

Here are the details:

  • Presenters will have their talks prerecorded by a member of our chapter and posted to a private site online.
    • Conference attendees will be given access to the site and will be able to watch all the presentations at their leisure.
    • Each talk will be accompanied by a discussion board for questions and comments.
    • Sessions will be recorded in late October and posted in November.
  • A live Q&A session will happen in December with all the presenters.
    • Each person will have a set amount of time to take and answer questions.
    • This session will be moderated by a member of the Mountain West chapter.
    • The Q&A Session will be recorded and posted to the site if attendees are unable to watch in real time.

Requirements:

  1. Proposals need to be focused on the arts but the can include just about any subtopic
  2. Presentations should be limited to 20 minutes.
  3. Presenter will work to find a time to record their presentation with a designated member of the Mountain West chapter.
  4. Presenter must be available for a live, virtual Q&A session on December 2.
  5. Each presenter will be asked to take questions for 10 to 15 minutes.

Click here to submit your proposal online: http://goo.gl/forms/SLbVY4S6oM

Please contact John Burns with any questions.

All the best,

John Burns, MLIS
Reference and Instruction Librarian
Chair, ARLIS/NA Mountatin West Chapter

Dixie State University Library 243
Dixie State University
225 S. University Ave.
Saint George, UT 84770

burns@dixie.edu

ARLIS/NA Mountain West + VRA Wild West Virtual Conference 2016 Call for Proposals

The ARLIS/NA Mountain West Chapter and The Wild West Chapter of VRA are teaming up to bring you a virtual conference in 2016. We would like to cordially invite you to submit proposals for the Virtual Conference 2016: Innovative Use of Art Resources and Marketing Success Stories.

The proposal deadline is Monday, March 7.

Based on the success of the Mountain West Chapter’s new virtual conference format, we are eager to use the virtual format again. Similar to the last virtual conference, we need a diverse set of presenters. If you have an interesting project that you are currently working on or recently finished, please consider submitting a proposal to present it to your peers. Please note, this call for proposals is open to any; not only members of VRA and ARLIS.

Perhaps you had a proposal turned down for the ARLIS/NA national conference. Here is another opportunity to share it!

Here are the details:

  • Presenters will have their talks prerecorded by a member of our chapter and posted to a private site online.
    • Conference attendees will be given access to the site and will be able to watch all the presentations at their leisure.
    • Each talk will be accompanied by a discussion board for questions and comments.
    • Sessions will be recorded in late October and posted in November.
  • A live Q&A session will happen in December with all the presenters.
    • Each person will have a set amount of time to take and answer questions.
    • This session will be moderated by a member of the Mountain West chapter.
    • The Q&A Session will be recorded and posted to the site if attendees are unable to watch in real time.

 

Requirements:

  1. Proposals should relate to the theme: Innovative Use of Art Resources and Marketing Success Stories.
  2. Presentations should be limited to 20 minutes.
  3. Presenter will work to find a time to record their presentation with a designated member of the Mountain West chapter.
  4. Presenter must be available for a live, virtual Q&A session on December 2.
  5. Each presenter will be asked to take questions for 10 to 15 minutes.

Click here to submit your proposal online: http://goo.gl/forms/SLbVY4S6oM

Please contact John Burns with any questions.

All the best,

John Burns, MLIS
Reference and Instruction Librarian
Chair, ARLIS/NA Mountatin West Chapter

Dixie State University Library 243
Dixie State University
225 S. University Ave.
Saint George, UT 84770

burns@dixie.edu

435.879.4712

Winberta Yao Travel Award

The Mountain West Chapter of ARLIS/NA (Art Libraries Society of North America) is pleased to invite applications for the Winberta Yao Travel Award. The recipient of the Winberta Yao Travel Award will receive $1000 to help cover registration/travel expenses to support attendance at the 44th annual ARLIS/NA conference being held jointly with VRA in Seattle, Washington, March 8-12, 2016.

For further details, please visit the conference website at: http://www.arlisna-vra.org/seattle2016/
Please note: Applicants must currently be members of ARLIS/NA-MW and ARLIS/NA and must live in the Mountain West region (Arizona, Colorado, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming).

For application instructions and additional details, please visit the Winberta Yao Travel Award page at: http://arlisna-mw.lib.byu.edu/travel.html

Applications are due by: Monday, January 11, 2016

Please refer inquiries and applications to Caroline Dechert at caroline.dechert@state.nm.us
Best regards,

The Winberta Yao Travel Award Committee, ARLIS/NA-MW Chapter
Margaret Van Dyk (Chair) and Caroline Dechert

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving to all our Chapter Members. Today I am giving thanks for a long-needed roof repair. When your roof leaks in four spots, from the back workroom through the stacks and over reading table all the way into your office, then happiness is a big truck with a big crane lifting a pallet of roofing material into the sky outside your nice, big library window. Hope you all have equally wonderful things to celebrate.Roofadj

News from New Mexico

moifaextfall   New Mexico ARLIS/NA-MW members are planning to meet November 13 to tour two museum libraries, The Bartlett Library at the Museum of International Folk Art and the Laboratory of Anthropology Library, now attached to the Museum of Indian Arts and Culture. Both libraries are on Museum Hill in Santa Fe, also home to the Museum Hill Cafe where we will enjoy lunch between libraries.

Many thanks to Heather Kline for getting us organized.

Any other Mountain West members have news to share, or meetings in the works?

Update on the Mackintosh Library

This morning I was curious to see what progress is being made on restoration and rebuilding of the Mackintosh Library at the Glasgow School of Art, damaged by fire last year. There were several articles posted in March on the subject, including this one from The Guardian covering the work of forensic archaeologists. There have been some valuable finds that will assist in reconstruction. I was also fascinated to see that some books survived in states that will allow conservation. The losses are still enormous.

The real reason I am sharing information here today, though, is another article from the Guardian, an article that explores some very interesting questions. It seems that before the fire the Mackintosh had become something closer to a museum than a working library, with students allowed only very limited access. Questions are now being raised as to what a restored Mackintosh Library should be:

Muriel Gray, chair of the board of governors (who has vowed that her first act will be to re-carve the naughty graffiti she engraved into the library woodwork as a student) has stated that the school of art “will die if it becomes a museum”. And Liz Davidson is frank. “We’re going to rebuild it all with extreme care,” she says, “then hand it over to the students to treat with extreme irreverence.”

Most of us (especially those of us with special collections) probably deal with this delicate balance to some degree: how to preserve, and still use? Where is the proper place to draw the line?

Another issue from the article also got me thinking. My undergraduate degree was in Comparative Literature and Literary Translation, and some of the issues faced by the Mackintosh restoration team reminded me of questions literary translators face. What is a faithful reproduction or translation?

The Kauri pine, from which the columns were built, was a cheap ballast material, he says, brought back in boats from New Zealand and readily available at the Glasgow shipyards. It has since become a protected species, so there are now questions over what to use instead.

Is the most faithful reproduction one that uses something that looks and feels closest to Kauri pine, or something that is closest to cheap material that can be repurposed? Is the aim to recreate, as closely as possible, what Charles Rennie Mackintosh created, or to follow as closely as possible his methods, translated into today’s materials?

These are the opportunities hidden in disaster, to question what we have done and are doing, and what our decisions mean. For my part, I hope to take this as a reminder to ask those questions while, hopefully and with good preparation, avoiding the disaster (and just as I write this, the fire alarm sounds… we are having some work done to improve our patchwork of fire alarm and suppression systems).

Hydra-in-a-Box

The Digitial Public Library of America (DPLA) has a great blog post today about the IMLS-supported Hydra-in-a-Box initiative:

The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA), Stanford University, and the DuraSpace organization are pleased to announce that their joint initiative has been awarded a $2M National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). Nicknamed Hydra-in-a-Box, the project aims foster a new, national, library network through a community-based repository system, enabling discovery, interoperability and reuse of digital resources by people from this country and around the world.

This transformative network is based on advanced repositories that not only empower local institutions with new asset management capabilities, but also interconnect their data and collections through a shared platform.

Many of us in small institutions wrestling with big digital management issues will be watching eagerly to see what comes of this work. It’s well worth reading the entire blog post. Three cheers for DPLA, Stanford, DuraSpace, and IMLS!