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NSW Chapter Meeting 1 April 2016

The last NSW Chapter Meeting was held on 1 April at the National Insitute of Dramatic Art (NIDA).

NIDA premises has recently undergone extensive refrubishment. ARLIS/ANZ member and NIDA Library Manager Ross Bruzzese kindly hosted the meeting. Ross also conducted an interesting and informative tour of both the library and the new additions to the NIDA campus.

 

Paul Reynolds

Library Manager

I am pleased to announce that the AGL Shaw Research Library at the National Gallery of Victoria has selected OCLC WorldShare Management Services as its library management system. Our online catalogue is available at the following url:

http://ngvlibrary.worldcat.org

We have incorporated records for our auction catalogue holdings into the catalogue, a collection that was not previously searchable outside the Library.  We have also included our entire serial and artist file holdings into the database – not all of this data has been available through Libraries Australia in the past so we are excited to make our full holdings information available to the art library community.

The NGV’s Shaw Research Library was established in 1968 and holds a rich collection of books, serials, ephemera and auction catalogues that documents the NGV’s State Art Collection. These resources are available to researchers for use within the Library by appointment.

 

The 2016 Art Libraries Society of Australia and New Zealand (ARLIS/ANZ) conference is to be held in Sydney on 30 November-3 December (welcome drinks the evening of Wednesday 30 November) with the theme being "The persistence of the real".
The conference addresses art librarians, artists, scholars, curators, critics, educators, students and other visual arts professionals.
Digital opportunities and challenges for art libraries have been a recurring theme at ARLIS/ANZ conferences over the last 20 years. Papers have been given on projects to convert valuable card files and indices to digital databases. We have reflected on the changing nature of library spaces and the impact of emerging technologies on their services. There have been a number of presentations on digital initiatives in preservation and on the wide variety of issues around putting collections online.

At the 2014 Arlis/ANZ conference in Auckland, however, there emerged a renewed interest in the physicality of art libraries, from their collections of books, periodicals, artists' books, ephemera and archives, to the physical space of libraries themselves and to the real people who staff them. Keynote speaker Courtney Johnston was enthusiastic about the new frontiers that the digital age has opened up, but she also acknowledged the many things unique to the physical object, which a digital surrogate could not provide.

It is proposed that we use the 2016 conference to take stock of the situation today. How has the digital environment in which we all operate changed and improved our services, our collections and their management, our work patterns etc. since 1996 when the ARLIS/ANZ conference was last held in Sydney? Have there been surprises? What are the disappointments?

What has been the impact of the digital on our profession? Are we better placed to assist our users? How do we understand and harness the technical skills needed in the rapidly changing digital world? Have digital technologies provided any concrete solutions to the preservation of our collections? What about the continuing issues of the stability of digital platforms, on the need to preserve outmoded devices, on migration paths? And what about the costs? Have digital technologies delivered on their promise of saving us time, skills and storage space? Many of us envisaged one large outlay at the start of our digitisation projects and then a simple and economical management of them into the future. Has this occurred?

Our digital world has not diminished the continuing appeal of the real object, or an appreciation for the serendipity of encounter with the world provided by the real object in contrast to the digitally specific. Art book fairs are drawing large crowds and there has been a proliferation of small publishing houses specialising in limited editions. In the world of reading, ebooks have not replaced paper ones, just as in the world of music vinyl and the cassette continue to have a future. Archives and their unique collections are proving themselves increasingly relevant to the popular imagination.

These are just some of the questions and themes which we believe our theme of 'The Persistence of the Real' could open up for our 2016 conference.

There are a number of ways you can share your ideas and expertise:
Present a paper (30 minutes)
Individuals or groups are invited to submit proposals for papers that expand on the conference theme in relation to the broad topics below:
• What has been the impact of the digital on our profession?
• Are we better placed to assist our users?
• How do we understand and harness the technical skills needed in the rapidly changing digital world?
• Have digital technologies provided any concrete solutions to the preservation of our collections?
• What about the continuing issues of the stability of digital platforms, on the need to preserve outmoded devices, on migration paths? And what about the costs?
• Have digital technologies delivered on their promise of saving us time, skills and storage space?
• Many of us envisaged one large outlay at the start of our digitisation projects and then a simple and economical management of them into the future. Has this occurred?

Areas of focus could include art archives, art education, art publishing, information literacy, digitisation.

As at past conferences we are all interested in each other's libraries or archives....tell us about your place (10 minutes)
Individuals or groups are invited to submit a proposal to present a virtual visit to your place of work in 10 slides or less.

Please submit your 250-word abstract, break-out session proposal or virtual visit proposal via the online form(available under the Conference tab of this website) by 15 April.

Important dates:
29 February 2016 Call for participation
15 April 2016 Deadline for submission of abstracts
2 May 2016 Notice of acceptance by the conference committee
15 November 2016 Deadline for submission of visual material and technical requirements
30 November-3 December 2016 Conference

 

The next ARLIS/ANZ NSW Chapter meeting will take place on Friday 1 April at 3.30pm at The Rodney Seaborn Library, NIDA, 215 Anzac Parade Kensington.

For map, parking and public transport information go to this address: https://www.nida.edu.au/contact-us/getting-to-nida

The meeting will be preceded by a tour of the new library.

Can attendees meet at the library by 3.15pm and the tour will start at 3.30pm sharp.

Please RSVP and send any agenda items through to me by Close of Business Thursday 24 March.

My email address is: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Barbara Rendall

NSW Chapter Secretary

 

Reference: 100498
Element: Library and Learning Services

Overview:

Griffith University is regarded as one of Australia's most innovative tertiary institutions and one of the most influential Universities in the Asia-Pacific region. It was the first University in Australia to offer degrees in Asian studies and Environmental studies and remains a pioneer in these fields. It is a large multi-campus institution with internationally recognised strengths in teaching and research. Griffith now offers more than 300 degrees across five campuses and is home to more than 43, 000 students from 130 countries. It is Australia's ninth largest higher education provider.

Information Services (INS) is committed to the achievement of the University's vision, mission and strategic priorities through the provision of responsive services, specialist knowledge and expertise to improve University wide outcomes. INS has a long and proud tradition of providing quality service to Griffith students and staff. It also has an international reputation for being innovative and cutting-edge in the deployment of emerging technologies.


This is a continuing, full time position primarily based at the South Bank campus, however the successful applicant may also be required to work at the Gold Coast campus.

The role:
The Librarian is an important role in Library and Learning Services, a portfolio within Information Services. The primary objective of the position is to provide a range of information, learning and teaching, and research support services to Griffith academic staff and students, delivered through all relevant communications channels such as in person, online, email and chat, as and when required. The position advertised is at HEW 6 level.

The Librarian position requires specialist skills and knowledge to provide specific discipline support within the
creative arts. It will develop and maintain professional relationships to meet the needs of the Griffith community.

The position will work both individually and as part of a highly specialised team (Arts, Education and Law) to enhance students’ academic success and to support teaching and research goals of the university. This position will be located within the existing Library and Learning Services, Arts, Education and Law (AEL) Team, reporting to the Library Services Manager (AEL). The position may be required to undertake a variety of duties within the AEL Team depending on operational requirements.

The person:
The successful applicant will have a degree in library and information management
 and student centred teaching experience in a tertiary academic library context. Preferably, they will have experience across one or more of the creative arts e.g. music, visual arts.  The successful candidate will demonstrate an understanding of academic standards, research and expectations and the difficulties faced by students undertaking tertiary studies. The person will have strong communication and interpersonal skills with a proven ability to work in partnership with academic staff and colleagues. A client centred focus is essential.

Salary range:
HEW Level 6: $72,288 - $77,282 per annum. Salary package including 17% employer superannuation contribution: $84,578 - $90,421 per annum.

HEW Level 5: $62,322 - $70,295 per annum. Salary package including 17% employer superannuation contribution: $72,917 - $82,246 per annum.

Further information:
Obtain the position description and application requirements by clicking the following
link and searching for reference number 100498

For position queries, contact Ms Debi Howarth, Library Services Manager (Arts, Education and Law) on +61 (0) 7 3735 4294.

For application queries, contact Ms Kate Cooper, HR Officer on +61 (0) 7 3735 7359.

General staff positions (non-academic) are open to Australian permanent residents and Australian citizen only.

All applications must be submitted online.


Closing date: Monday 15 February 2016 at 4.30pm AEST.

 

Call for Papers: IFLA Art Libraries Section Satellite Meeting 2016

The Art Library as Place: Building on the Past, Building for the Future

August 9-11, 2016
The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago IL
 
The digital revolution, space and economics pressures, and a trend towards collaborative work have all stimulated a demand for libraries to re-invent themselves as physical spaces. Art and design libraries face particular challenges in this arena. While aspiring to embody those same, high aesthetic and design standards that are the focus of their collections, art libraries must accommodate the gamut of historic and modern library materials—from printed books and ephemera to digital images. Their patrons are similarly diverse and demanding, ranging from scholarly researchers and creative artists to museum docents and the general public.
 
The Art Libraries Section of IFLA in collaboration with the University of Notre Dame and the Midstates and Ohio Valley Chapters of ARLIS/NA (Art Libraries Society of North America) is organizing a three‐day conference in Chicago that will focus on modern and historic art library facilities. The Art Library as Place: Building on the Past, Building for the Future will consist of papers, panel discussions, site visits to local art museums and libraries, and tours of Chicago area architecture.
 
We are seeking speakers who will highlight various aspects of our theme. Facilities for art, architecture, and design library collections and art archival collections—both stand-alone facilities and those integrated within larger institutions—are of interest. Subjects include, but are not limited to:
•             New art library construction projects
•             Art library preservation and renovation projects
•             Buildings adapted for use as art libraries
•             History of art library architecture
•             Art library fixtures and furnishings
•             Innovative planning methodologies and design collaborations
•             User studies—what patrons want from art library spaces 
•             Art library facility standards
•             Environmental control in relation to facility design
•             Security issues in relation to facility design
•             Art library design and the digital shift
•             Speculative approaches to new paradigms of library design
 
Proposals must be submitted by email no later than February 12th to:
Sandra Ludig Brooke, Chair of the IFLA Art Libraries Section This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
Viveca Pattison Robichaud, Co-Chair of the Local Organizing Committee This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
 
Proposals must contain:
•             Email subject line “IFLA Chicago Paper Proposal”
•             Title of the paper
•             Author(s) of the paper
•             Paper abstract (500 words maximum)
•             Speaker’s name, professional affiliation, postal address, and email address
•             Biographical note on the speaker (100 words maximum)
•             Language of the paper
•             Papers must be original and not have been published or presented elsewhere
•             Invitations to speakers will be issued by March 1st 
 
Please note:
All expenses, including registration for the conference, travel, accommodations, etc., are the responsibility of the authors/presenters. No financial support can be provided by IFLA, but a special invitation can be issued to authors/presenters. Current members of ARLIS/NA are eligible to apply for an ARLIS/NA Kress Travel Award to support attendance at this conference. Kress Travel Awards are neither guaranteed to nor limited to presenters at the conference.
 
 
 
Unfortunately, the Victorian Chapter has been relatively inactive for the last twelve months.
 
In March a contingent of our members attended a lecture at the State Library of Victoria by Julius Bryant, Keeper of Word and Image at the Victoria and Albert Museum, followed by supper and a catch up.
 
 In November, some of our members attended an expert presentation on Digital Libraries of the Future, presented by Deakin University Library and CAVAL. Speakers included Sarah Kenderdine (Professor and Director of IGLAM Laboratory for Innovation in Galleries, Libraries, Archives & Museums) discussing engagement with digital cultural heritage; Gavin Winter (Visualisation & eResearch Manager at the Institute for Future Environment at QUT) presenting his vision on how libraries, universities and major public institutions can leverage high end visualisation technology in engaging and inspirational ways; and Shawna Sadler (Director, Digital Library and Innovation at Deakin University Library) presenting the Future for Digital Scholarship. 
Thanks to Marina Minns at Deakin University Library for inviting our members to this fascinating and insightful presentation.
 
Luke Doyle.
Chair, Victorian Chapter
 
 
During 2014/2105, the SA chapter of ARLIS/ANZ was relatively inactive. The President and Treasurer, Catherine Kerrigan and Jin Whittington, attended the 2014 ARLIS/ANZ conference in Auckland, New Zealand, where Catherine Kerrigan also presented a paper on Targeted Information Literacy for Art Students, which was well received. Jin Whittington also gave a presentation on the Art Gallery of South Australia Research Library.
Signatories on the chapter’s bank accounts have also been transferred to reflect the executive structure appointed in 2014.
Part of the reason for the inactivity is that, with the closure of the Adelaide College of the Arts library and the Arts SA Research Library, there are now only two dedicated art libraries in South Australia. Also, though Adelaide’s three university libraries have arts collections, university librarians in South Australia are generalist in their approach and have declined to join ARLIS/ANZ. This situation is likely to remain this way for the foreseeable future.
As a catch-up from 2014, changes to the executive were made at the chapter's 2014 AGM.  Ann Mather stepped down as President and became Secretary, Catherine Kerrigan was appointed President and Jin Whittington remains Treasurer.
At the 2014 conference, Catherine Kerrigan agreed to be the chapter's social media delegate on the ARLIS/ANZ Facebook page.
 
Catherine Kerrigan
SA Chapter Chair
 
 
NZ Chapter Executive
 
Catherine Hammond, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki (Chair), Jayne Carroll, Fine Arts Library, University of Auckland (Secretary), Caroline McBride, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki (Treasurer).
 
2015 Chapter Meetings and Activities
It was a quiet year for the NZ Chapter after the surge of activity in organising the annual conference. Some key activities in 2015 included:
-Catherine Hammond received the International Delegate Award to attend the ARLIS/UK & Ireland annual conference in Cardiff, Wales, 15-17 July 2015.
-A number of chapter members contributed to the Find NZ Artist website project http://findnzartists.org.nz/ which is an index of artist names which includes reference to artist files and art society records from libraries around New Zealand.
-All members or former members of ARLIS/ANZ NZ Chapter were contacted by email in November 2015 and encouraged to renew their membership. Members were also advised of the NZ Chapter AGM in early 2016 and the date of the next conference in Sydney. 
Catherine Hammond, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki , NZChair
 
 

13 May

A Window into History: The Hume Family Collection – Fryer Library

Attended presentation about the photographs from the Hume Collection at the The Fryer Library, University of Queensland. The Papers of Walter Cunningham Hume (1840-1921), surveyor and Chief Commissioner for Lands for Queensland are among the Fryer Library's significant heritage collections. Photographs from the collection provide a window into the personal and public world in which the Hume family lived. The Hume Collection is also part of Picture Australia.

Speakers: Dr Hilary Davies is the author of Surveying success: the Hume family in colonial Queensland. Mr Bill Kitson is the co-author, along with Dr Judith McKay, of Surveying Queensland 1839-1945 : a pictorial history. Mr Andrew Yeo has photographed the collection for preservation and access via the University's repository, UQ eSpace.

16 July

Artists’ books exhibition in conjunction with the abbe (artists books Brisbane event) - Queensland College of Art Library and Webb Gallery

Attended an exhibition of artists’ books at the Queensland College of Art|Griffith University Library, followed by a larger companion exhibition at the Webb Gallery.

The abbe conference provided a forum for critical thinking, discussion & debate in relation to literacy, the haptic, material aspects of reading. Keynote speakers included: Keynote speakers: Sarah Bodman, Senior research fellow for artists books, Centre for Fine Print Research, UK Editor,The Blue Notebook; Brad Freeman, Artist, Founder and editor in chief, The Journal of Artists Books; Dr Lyn Ashby, Australian artist and scholar.

10 September

Distant Lines exhibition tour, State Library of Queensland

 

Attended a guided tour of the Distant Lines exhibition at the State Library of Queensland. The exhibition presented emotional stories of Queenslanders who served in the First World War and the impact war had on them and their families. Experiences of war could be seen through personal letters, diaries and belongings as well as digital video.

17 December

APT8 tour, Queensland Art Gallery | Gallery of Modern Art

Attended a tour of APT8 with curator of Contemporary Asian Art, Reuben Keehan. The tour highlighted works from artists from Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan and other parts of south-east, central and western Asia. 

 
NSW Chapter End of Year Get Together

The NSW Chapter enjoyed the hospitality of the Art Gallery of NSW Research Library for our end of year get together on Wednesday 16 December.

We started the afternoon with a visit to the  AGNSW's wonderful current exhibition The Greats: masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland 

It was wild weather in Sydney so unfortunately we were unable to picnic in the Domain as planned. Instead we enjoyed drinks and nibbles in the library- which you can see from the pictures is undergoing some changes.

Thanks to Steven and AGNSW Research Library staff for hosting the party in amongst the boxes- it really was fun.

 

 

NZ Chapter Chair Report 2015

NZ Chapter Executive

Catherine Hammond, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki (Chair), Jayne Carroll, Fine Arts Library, University of Auckland (Secretary), Caroline McBride, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki (Treasurer).

 

2014 ARLIS/ANZ Conference

The 2014 ARLIS/ANZ Conference ‘He Raranga Toi’ was held in Auckland on 15-17 October and was hosted by Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki and the University of Auckland. Conference committee members were Catherine Hammond, Caroline McBride and Tom Irwin (Auckland Art Gallery), Kirsty Wilson and Jayne Carroll (University of Auckland), Susan Eady (UNITEC), and Victoria Passau (Auckland Museum).

There were a total of 43 conference registrations with 22 delegates from New Zealand, 20 from Australia and 1 from the United States. The new ARLIS/ANZ website enabled delegates to register online for the first time.

The conference programme included a keynote address by Courtney Johnston, the Director of Dowse Art Museum on the digital museum world and a wide variety of other papers from 17 speakers including a joint presentation from the Visual Resources Association (VRA). A Skype question and answer session was successfully held with one speaker based in New York. Conference papers were recorded and made available on the ARLIS/ANZ website as audiofiles: http://arlis.org.au/conference

Kirsty Wilson acted as MC and very ably kept the programme to schedule. Peter Thomas from Auckland Libraries provided a beautiful mihi whakatau (welcome) and karakia whakamutungā (farewell) in accordance with Māori protocol. Mary Kisler, Senior Curator at Auckland Art Gallery, was guest speaker - on Florentine art libraries - at the conference dinner.

Social media initiatives included posts on the ARLIS/ANZ Facebook page, a dedicated Twitter hashtag (#ARLISANZ2014) and two official tweeters, Vicki Marsh and Victoria Passau. Victoria created a summary of the conference on Storify: http://storify.com/ArlisAnz/arlis-anz-conference-2014-auckland-new-zealand 

2015 Chapter Meetings and Activities

It was a quiet year for the NZ Chapter after the surge of activity in organising the annual conference. Some key activities in 2015 included:

  • Catherine Hammond received the International Delegate Award to attend the ARLIS/UK & Ireland annual conference in Cardiff, Wales, 15-17 July 2015.

  • A number of chapter members contributed to the Find NZ Artist website project http://findnzartists.org.nz/ which is an index of artist names which includes reference to artist files and art society records from libraries around New Zealand.

  • All members or former members of ARLIS/ANZ NZ Chapter were contacted by email in November 2015 and encouraged to renew their membership. Members were also advised of the NZ Chapter AGM in early 2016 and the date of the next conference in Sydney.

 

2015 has been a quiet year for the NSW Chapter, with a total of two meetings. The NSW Executive took over the role of National Executive. Attendance at NSW Chapter meetings has been primarily members from Art Gallery of NSW, National Institute of Dramatic Art (NIDA), TAFE Sydney Institute Design Centre Enmore and National Art School.

Despite attempts to advertise meetings more widely – through both the TAFE and Unilinc networks, and emails to various individuals at art based libraries and other organisations, attendance at meetings and membership numbers remain low.

NSW Executive

Elizabeth Little continued as Chair, Barbara Rendall as Secretary and Steven Miller as Treasurer.

Chapter Meetings

We have held two Chapter meetings. One on 18 June 2015 at the National Art School where Deborah Beck (NAS Archivist) took us on a tour of the new Archive and Collections space. Our final meeting, in December 2015, will also include our AGM. This will be held at the Joanna and Edmund Capon Research Library, Art Gallery of NSW and will include a visit to the exhibition The Greats: masterpieces from the National Galleries of Scotland.

Elizabeth Little

NSW Chair

 

Georgina Binns

Liaison Librarian (p-t) vacancy - University of Melbourne Library, Faculty of VCA and MCM

The University of Melbourne Library is seeking a Liaison Librarian to support the Faculty of the Victorian College of the Arts and Melbourne Conservatorium of Music.

The role is a part-time Liaison Librarian (0.5FTE) fixed term (to 22 Dec 2017), job share arrangement. The role focuses on building relationships with and providing liaison services to staff, students and researchers in the University's Faculty of VCA and MCM. The position is based at Southbank campus but staff are expected to work on multiple campuses, as the Faculty is based at Southbank and Parkville. The position is a job share arrangement.

Applications close 29 November. For further information and position description: 

http://jobs.unimelb.edu.au/caw/en/job/886882/liaison-librarian

Enquiries to Georgina Binns This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 03 9035 9050

 

 

 

 

IFLA 2016 in Columbus, Ohio, will be a rich one for art librarians.   Not only will we be sponsoring events during the main conference but we shall also have a satellite conference to be held in Chicago at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Details of the satellite conference and the call for papers for the satellite conference are now available on the IFLA web-site at:

http://www.ifla.org/node/9979?og=71

The topics will, I believe, appeal to many ARLIS/ANZ members and offer an opportunity to meet many international colleagues.

J. Margaret Shaw

Corresponding Member

IFLA Art Libraries Section

Voluntary Librarian

National Portrait Gallery of Australia