Arts Section

arts logoArts is a section of the Association of College and Research Libraries, a division of the American Library Association. The Arts Section represents librarians and specialists working in or interested in the fields of visual and performing arts. Arts provides an umbrella organization for the promotion of library service in this field through discussion of current issues, the exchange of information, and the carrying out of suitable projects.

Check out the presentations from the ACRL Arts Discussion Forum at ALA San Francisco

The ACRL Arts Discussion Forum was held on Saturday, June 27 from 10:30-11:30am at Hilton San Francisco Union Square Continental 6

Links to each presentation are below: 

Engaging Design: Visually Aesthetic Learning Design ; handout
Seth Porter
Instruction and Reference Librarian
The University of Alabama in Huntsville

Visually aesthetic design is an important part of the human experience. Colors, design and other aesthetics have a marked impact on behavior and emotion. Through the presentation the I will make the argument that visually aesthetic design in information literacy and other learning opportunities is a key tool for instructional designers and instructional librarians.

Teaching Information Literacy Skills Using Creative Play: The Rutgers Art Library Lego Playing Station
Megan Lotts
Art Librarian
Rutgers, the State University of NJ

In September of 2014 the Rutgers University Art Library implemented a Lego® playing station to help stimulate creativity and innovation within the library, as well as a new way to connect with Design students. The author will discuss a collaborative project with 100 freshmen from the Department of Landscape Architecture who experienced the Lego Playing Station as a means to stretch their design skills and to learn more about the libraries and Information Literacy. This presentation will be based off my research and a paper given at ACRL:
Lego® Play: Implementing a Culture of Creativity & Making in the Academic Library.

Fostering Visual Literacy through Project-Based Learning, Online Student Engagement, and Social Media Tools

Melissa Del Castillo
Virtual Learning & Outreach Librarian and Art, Art History, & Architecture Liaison
Florida International University

This presentation will chronicle early stage involvement of an embedded librarian in an introductory online art course as well as detail future goals for the collaboration. The existing librarian-faculty partnership seeks to realize the ACRL Frameworks and Visual Literacy Competency Standards for Higher Education through the creation and execution of engaging assignments via the use of social media.

Claudia Covert
Special Collections Librarian

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Updated: June 2015