Summary of Topic Talk on Prioritizing during COVID-19 / Mary Seem

The third Collection Development SIG Topic Talk was held on July 8th, 2020, and focused on Prioritizing during COVID-19. The Topic Talk notes are available via the Google Doc link below and were taken by Mary Seem, Acquisitions Lead at the Frick Art Reference Library. Many thanks to all ARLIS/NA members who have joined us for these Topic Talk phone calls! They are proving very … Continue reading Summary of Topic Talk on Prioritizing during COVID-19 / Mary Seem

Results of the Topic Talks Survey / Mary Seem

The goal of the Topic Talks survey was to get a sense of who has been attending past Topic Talks, barriers to attending, and most importantly: themes for future talks. The suggested topics have been organized into broader discussion topics and added the Topic Talks page as future topics. The survey received 16 responses and the results are shown below: Topics for future talks included: … Continue reading Results of the Topic Talks Survey / Mary Seem

Meeting Minutes: The Collection Development SIG remote annual meeting / Mary Seem

Thank you to all who attended our remote meeting in lieu of an in-person meeting at the ARLIS Conference. I am happy to report that despite being unable to meet face to face, we did have a record number of attendees! Click here access the meeting notes.     Continue reading Meeting Minutes: The Collection Development SIG remote annual meeting / Mary Seem

Summary of Topic Talk on eBooks / Mary Seem and Chantal Sulkow

The second Collection Development SIG Topic Talk was held on November 7, 2019, and focused on eBooks. Approximately 15 people joined the call, representing various libraries from the ARLIS/NA community. The Topic Talk notes are available via the Google Doc link below and were taken by Mary Seem, Assistant Acquisitions and Cataloging Librarian at the Frick  Art Reference Library, and edited by Chantal Sulkow, Acquisitions … Continue reading Summary of Topic Talk on eBooks / Mary Seem and Chantal Sulkow

Summary of Topic Talk on Gifts / Mary Seem

The Topic Talk on Gifts – which occurred on July 18th, 2019, and was open to members of the Collection Development SIG and the larger ARLIS/NA community – was an opportunity to discuss issues and concerns surrounding gifts and donations of library material. Approximately 16 people were on the call and they represented libraries in several states.  The call focused on institutional policies for accepting … Continue reading Summary of Topic Talk on Gifts / Mary Seem

Gatekeeping and Library Ethics 101 / Barbara Opar

This past April, I wrote a column addressing the Shitty Architecture Men list of 2018 and the reactions of some library patrons and staff to certain materials in our small branch.  See https://arlisnacdsig.wordpress.com/2019/04/12/metoo-and-the-library/. This second column includes the results of a brief survey distributed late spring to both the ARLIS and AASL listservs as well as students and faculty here. The results noted below are … Continue reading Gatekeeping and Library Ethics 101 / Barbara Opar

Request for Museum-Specific Issues Regarding Collection Development / Doug Litts

Having been responsible for developing museum library collections of different sizes through my career, I am currently writing a chapter of the upcoming book The New Art Museum Library. While the size of the chapter will be limited, I would like to make sure that I don’t miss any important museum-specific issues regarding collection development. I welcome topic suggestions from the Collection Development SIG membership. Please … Continue reading Request for Museum-Specific Issues Regarding Collection Development / Doug Litts

From Library Intern to Interim Librarian / Klaudia Kendall

A recent and unfortunate trend in cultural institutions has been the defunding, reduction and elimination of libraries. Recently, in the art museum research library where I started working as an intern in June, I found myself in an unexpected situation. After the museum board enacted organizational restructuring and budget cuts, the head librarian, who was also my supervisor, was suddenly let go. Our library staff … Continue reading From Library Intern to Interim Librarian / Klaudia Kendall

Building from the Ground Up: Collection Development Strategies for a New Graduate Master’s Program / Sarah Carter

Libraries must routinely identify and acquire new resources, but they less frequently make large-scale acquisitions to support entirely new academic programs.  This post describes the process of building a new graduate-level, practice-based collection to support a professional Master of Architecture (M.Arch) degree program.  Indiana University announced in March of 2017[1] that it would enroll its first cohort of Master of Architecture students within eighteen months.  … Continue reading Building from the Ground Up: Collection Development Strategies for a New Graduate Master’s Program / Sarah Carter