Minutes of the Professional Development Committee (PDC) Meeting at ARLIS 2004 (New York City)
Friday, April 16, 2004, 5-6 p.m.
New committee member Angel Moyes, Serials Reference Librarian, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Foundation, was introduced and welcomed to the committee. A round robin introduction of meeting attendees then took place. Deborah Ultan of the Academic Library Division also attended the meeting as a visitor. Carol Graney, Board Liaison, attended the meeting and invited feedback to the board on the ARLIS committee structure (including the numbers who serve on committees, the length of terms, committee turnover, and other issues)
2. Funding needs
Additional funding for brochures may be sought. These brochures would be designed to inform students and other individuals about ARLIS and the fields of arts librarianship and visual resources curatorship. T. Caswell and J. Allen will continue working on this issue. It would perhaps be useful to get estimates from a design firm for the costs of a brochure. C. Graney will check if another brochure has recently been printed for a sense of the cost estimate.
3. Mentoring program
The Committee established a mentoring program subcommittee consisting of: Angel Moyes, Deborah Ultan, Tony White, and Heidi Hass. It was also agreed to copy Carol Graney (Board Liaison) on all business and correspondence. The committee will investigate what we mean by mentoring, who the audience for the program would be, and what activities other organizations with mentoring programs engage in. It might be useful to consider different kinds of mentoring, for example, in the areas of management, publishing, research, etc. It was questioned whether we need to gather information on the strengths of our members, so that the mentoring program can function as a clearinghouse for who we are and what we do best. Committee members noted that the program, if established, should be proactive rather than simply reactive. Members speculated that other ARLIS groups, such as the Management Issues Round Table or the Academic Library Division, might be interested in actively participating or contributing, and that it might be wise to submit a message to ARLIS_L to gauge potential interest. C. Graney noted that she would raise the issue at the post-conference Board meeting. At the end of the discussion, the subcommittee agreed to email each other to begin work, the larger PDC will foster the work of the subcommittee.
4. Internship award
Cathy Billings is the recipient of this year’s Internship Award. She will work with Gregory Most at the National Gallery of Art. The Committee would like to engage in a longer-term follow-up with internship recipients after the internship ends, and perhaps then facilitate involvement with ARLIS and the larger profession. The schedule for the next internship award cycle is forthcoming. PDC will once again work with the Membership Committee.
5. Core competencies project
H. Ball invited comments on the core competencies draft from everyone, and noted that the session on Core Competencies would be a vehicle for the membership to begin to talk about the topic, thereby opening discussion on the working core competencies draft. A survey on the draft will take place. The possibility of conducting a survey on the roles and responsibilities of ARLIS members in their positions was raised, and the ARL Spec Kit was mentioned as a model. A discussion took place on the distinctions between job descriptions versus job advertisements in the development of the competency standards. The Board views the competency standards as a way to help provide content and structure to conferences and sessions. A brief discussion took place on the importance of underscoring the commitment of arts librarians and visual resource professional to visual information research as a unique element of what we do. Others commented that retrospective collection development in a monograph-driven field was an important factor.
6. Recruitment activities
T. Caswell and J. Allen will continue working on the design of a brochure intended to inform students and other individuals about ARLIS and the fields of arts librarianship and visual resources curatorship.
The meeting was adjourned shortly after 6 p.m.
Compiled by Sara Harrington, Art Librarian, Rutgers University, email@example.com
Jacqui Allen, Dallas Museum of Art
Heather Ball, Virginia Tech
Tom Caswell, University of Florida, Gainesville
Elizabeth Clarke, ARLIS/NA Calgary
Carol Graney, University of the Arts
Sara Harrington, Rutgers University
V. Heidi Hass, Pierpont Morgan Library
Angelica Moyes, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Foundation
Henry Pisciotta, Penn State University
Barbara Prior, Oberlin College
Jack Robertson, Thomas Jefferson Foundation
Christiane Schaper, Frankfurt University
Deborah Ultan, University of Minnesota
Tony White, Pratt Institute