Digital Futures: New Directions in Art Librarianship

Live Webcast 
May 21, 2014
11 a.m. Pacific | 12:00 p.m. Mountain | 1:00 p.m. Central | 2:00 p.m. Eastern

90 minutes

Co-sponsored by the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), in coordination with its Professional Development Committee

Description: Digital Humanities, Scholarly Publishing, Open Access, Born Digital Content, the Future of the Book: Each of these topics has vast ramifications on how libraries collect, maintain, and make available information. But how do these themes impact the subject or discipline-specific library?  This webcast will focus on how art libraries are responding to the transition to digital scholarly publishing and born-digital content in ways that are important to the broader scholarly community. During this live, interactive webcast, examine the following themes:

1: The Leading Edge: art and the digital humanities  
2: The Bleeding Edge: archiving born-digital art content  
3: The Trailing Edge: challenges of e-publishing in the arts    

Presenters will illustrate how initiatives that are taking place in academic and museum art research institutions are not only innovative but can provide leadership and momentum for librarians in any field. 

Learning Outcomes:

  • The learner will observe how art libraries are working with digital humanities and born digital content and contributing to future developments in libraries.
  • The learner will connect trends in art and subject specialized libraries to work in their own area or subject specific library.
  • The learner will engage with specific projects that are considered by ARLIS/NA to be on the cutting edge.

Presenter(s): Greg Albers, Digital Publications Manager, Getty Publications; Carole Ann Fabian, Director Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University; Deborah Kempe Chief, Collections Management & Access Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection; Moderator Claire Gunning, Art and Architecture Librarian, Cooper Union Library

Technical Requirements: ACRL Webcasts are held in an Elluminate virtual classroom. Speakers or a headset for listening to the presentation are required. You may ask questions through text-based chat or a microphone.  You will be prompted to download a java-based application (Elluminate) before being able to enter the classroom.  Elluminate works on both PC and Macintosh platforms.  The minimum PC requirements are a Pentium II 266 Mhz with 64MB of memory and a sound card. The minimum Mac requirements are a G3 233 Mhz with 64MB of memory when using OS 9.0 - 9.2 or 128MB of memory when using OS X.

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Registration fees:
ACRL member: $50
ARLIS member: $50 (ARLIS members register via paper form in order to get discounted rate)
ALA member: $75
Nonmember: $90
Student: $40
Group*: $295

* Webcasts take place in an interactive, online classroom environment with one user/one login. If you select the group rate, one person must register, login, and keyboard during the event. A group registration allows an institution to project the Webcast to participants in the same location.

How to register:

  • Locate the webcast by the date of the event.
  • Select the "Register" link next to the Webcast title on ALA's webcast registration page (linked above).
  • You will need to log in with your ALA ID & password. If you do not have an ALA ID & password, you will be asked to create one in order to register.

You will receive your Webcast access information one business day before the live Webcast. Webcasts will be recorded and made available to registrants as an archive, so if you sign up but cannot attend the live event, you will receive the complete archived webcast recording.

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