Please join ARLIS/NA New York for an post-conference roundtable on Wednesday, May 25, 12:00-2:00 pm, to be held over Zoom. Our colleagues from institutions in the greater New York area have generously agreed to share their conference presentations for those of us that were unable to attend in-person.
Joining us will be:
Nic Caldwell, Belle da Costa Greene Curatorial Fellow, The Morgan Library & Museum
Our Artists, Our Culture: Critically Cataloging The Black Arts Movement
This lightning talk focuses on how critical, ethical, and anti-racist cataloging come into play when describing materials created during the Black Arts Movement of the 1960-70s. The talk will provide specific examples of how enhancing catalog records can make these materials more discoverable to researchers, focusing on works published by Black-owned presses.
Claire Payne, Web Services and Data Librarian, Web Services and Data Librarian, Stony Brook University Libraries
Have We Made Sure It’s Accessible?: Building a Culture of Accessibility and Sustainable Workflows
In libraries without an accessibility specialist on staff, it can feel daunting to even begin work on creating accessible (or remediating inaccessible) digital content. This presentation will discuss how seeding and growing a culture of accessibility--in institutions of all sizes--can be an effective strategy for sustainably undertaking this critical work.
Phoebe Stein, Digital Services Librarian, SVA Library
Redesigning for Accessibility: Implementing Standards on the Library Website and LibGuides
In late 2020 and early 2021, the School of Visual Arts overhauled its library website, moving from a standalone site to a subpage of sva.edu as part of a larger college-wide web accessibility initiative. In Summer 2021, the SVA Libraries then undertook an accessibility overhaul of our LibGuides platform, following guidelines created by NYU Libraries. These guidelines created a structure and checklist for us to follow when making system-wide, guide- and asset-level changes towards WCAG 2.0 standards.
Molly Schoen, Visiting Assistant Professor, Pratt Institute
Visual Literacy in the Classroom: Empowering Future Information Professionals
This presentation was part of the session Visual Literacy in and Beyond the Classroom. It covers a number of examples and resources used when teaching graduate-level students about visual literacy.
Rebecca K. Friedman, Assistant Librarian, Marquand Library, Princeton University
Visioning the (im)possible: experiences of librarian-caregivers during the pandemic and strategies for the future of library work
Rebecca was one of the speakers on this panel and will provide an overview of the content of the session’s four speakers, as well as share a digital version of a zine with caregiver contributions that was distributed at the event. The panel was a collaborative endeavor of the Art Librarian Parents and Caregivers (ALPACA) SIG.
What has the pandemic work-life experience been for library workers who have caregiving responsibilities? As reports trickle into popular media about the perilously strained state of working parents, we look to our membership to ask: how are librarian caregivers holding up, moving forward, and making change in the workplace? This panel conversation addresses the current state and future possibilities of remote, hybrid, and flexible work arrangements in art libraries, specifically examining how these arrangements impact art librarians and library workers who are also caregivers. We ask: how has the “how” of our work changed? How can we co-create library workplaces that allow all workers to contribute and thrive? Panelists will share aggregate information gathered from the media, ARLIS/NA members, vignettes of life during the pandemic that illustrate shared but often unspoken experiences, and examples of advocacy and success in grappling with and implementing change toward a more equitable workplace.
Karly Wildenhaus, Senior Metadata Specialist, New York Public Library
Mix'n'Match-ing Artist Names at the Frick Art Reference Library
From 2019 to 2021, staff at the Frick Art Reference Library worked to create and update over 45,000 entries related to the Frick's resources in Wikidata, an open and multilingual knowledge base hosted by the Wikimedia Foundation. This talk will focus on the process of matching tens of thousands of artist names from the Frick Photoarchive to Wikidata using the free reconciliation tool, Mix'n'Match.
Jared Ash, The Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Black Artists Matter: Assessing and Expanding Representation and Visibility in the Metropolitan Museum of Art Library Collections
The Thomas J. Watson Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art and the National Gallery of Australia Research Library & Archives have each embarked on DEIA-centered collection assessment and expansion projects.
Watson assessed and expanded African American artist representation and visibility in the collections through bibliographic reviews for 700+ artists, identifying works for acquisition and enhancing catalog records with expanded content notes. Additionally, Watson launched an online index connecting researchers with records for those artists in Watson’s online catalog.
Please RSVP and we will send a Zoom link the with a reminder email before the event. We look forward to seeing you on the 25th! If you have any questions, please reach out to Missy Brown, Programming Coordinator, ARLISNA/New York firstname.lastname@example.org.