Development Committee (PDC) Meeting
ARLIS/NA Annual Conference, Baltimore, Maryland
Saturday, March 22, 2003, 4:00 p.m.
Wyndham Hotel – Adams Room
Welcome by Chair Heather Ball and then everyone introduced themselves. Special notice was made of the current ARLIS/NA Internship Award winner Laura Mosher who was in attendance.
ART LIBRARIANSHIP PROMOTION/RECRUITMENT
Heather asked for ideas concerning actively recruiting art history and art students into our profession of art librarianship. Henry Pisciotta suggested maybe investigating some sort of public relations that we could do smartly and cheaply? Maybe some way to target the library science faculty? Library school email lists seem closely guarded though. Carol Graney suggested maybe a bookmark with a web address? Heather seems to recall never seeing any literature at library schools promoting art librarianship specifically. Others concurred. Headquarters of ARLIS/NA might help with design like they did for the ARLIS brochure. Might Carol get a price quote from Elizabeth Clarke? Carol says she will. Laura suggested targeting art history programs like she found out at her school. Might want to look to architecture students, too. Maybe student chapters of national organizations like CAA and AIA? Maybe links from institutional web pages to the ARLIS careers page? If mail-outs are done, how many and will it be only to those who request them? Heather will e-mail Jonathan Franklin about updating the careers page – but NOT in the Members-Only section.
How to promote and get more applications? Lots of research awards seem to have trouble getting applicants as well. Testimonials from past award winners (like Laura Mosher) might help. Maybe with links to the actual application page for the internship award? Heather Thompson on the Membership Committee might be able to help with direct emails to student members. Henry said he would email Vicky Roper and see if he can’t get an email list from her. Then we can send out an announcement and link to the PDC internship award web page. Laura Mosher said she only found out about the award through word-of-mouth. She did not find out about it from her library school. Heather Topcik is supposedly emailing library schools. Then input was sought as to how to increase or expand the internship roster (listing of libraries/centers willing to take on interns). Maybe many institutions do not respond due to the time constraints? It might help to set up a session at the ARLIS conferences – like how to set up an internship? Provide examples of past internships? Do we have guidelines established for the internship program that can be posted? Everyone seemed to agree that would be very helpful.
There was some discussion of “core curriculum” versus “core competencies.” All agreed that “core competencies” is probably a better term. Elizabeth Clarke’s discussion paper “Certification/Professional Designation Program for Art Librarians in North America” is still in draft format. Carol will find out if there might be a task force drawn up. The PDC is also looking at the ARLIS/NA-VRA Joint Education Task Force’s Summer Institute for Visual Resources curriculum proposal (also in draft format, dated 5/30/02).
Maybe there could be a session drawn up to look at diversity in the profession at large (i.e. librarians as a whole, as opposed to just art librarians)? It might be good to look to ALA for this.
Carol reminded us that Allen Townsend wants each committee to report on their parts of the strategic planning initiative.
Meeting adjourned at 5:00 p.m.
Heather Ball, Virginia Polytechnical Institute & State University
Tom Caswell, University of Florida
Carol Graney, University of the Arts (ARLIS Board Liaison)
Henry Pisciotta, Penn State
Laura Mosher, SU student (current Internship Award recipient)
Laurie Whitehill Chong, RISD (outgoing ARLIS Board Liaison)
Meeting recorded by Tom Caswell
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