ARLIS/NA Upstate NY Fall 2015 Meeting: September 25 in Corning

ARLIS/NA Upstate NY Fall 2015 Meeting
Friday, September 25, 2015 at Corning Museum of Glass, Corning
Hosted by Beth Hylen

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9:00 – 10:00 am Coffee and Registration
Rakow Research Library, Library Seminar Room

10:00 – 10:45 am Business Meeting
Rakow Research Library, Library Seminar Room

10:45 – 11:00 am Silent Auction Bidding
Rakow Research Library, Library Seminar Room

11:00-11:50 Whitefriars Conservation Project – Jim Galbraith, Chief Librarian and Rakow Library staff members
Library Seminar Room

12:00-1:00 Catered Lunch
Education Lab

1:00-1:30 Architecture of the Contemporary Glass + Design Wing – Rob Cassetti,
Education Lab Senior Director, Creative Services & Marketing

1:30 – 2:00 Tour of the Contemporary Glass + Design Wing

2:15-3:00, 3:15-4:00
Select two options :
Tour “America’s Favorite Dish: Celebrating a Century of Pyrex” – Rakow Library Atrium
Behind the Scenes Tour of the Rakow Research Library — Library
Hands-on-Beadmaking — Studio: (8 people at a time in 45 min slots) *
* We have 16 beadmaking slots. We can schedule additional slots from 4:00-4:45 if needed or you could try sandblasting instead.


ARLIS/NA Upstate NY Spring 2015 Meeting: June 12 in Buffalo


ARLIS/NA Upstate NY Spring 2015 Meeting
Friday, June 12, 2015 at Silo City, Buffalo
Hosted by Rose Orcutt

ARLIS Upstate NY Spring 2015 Registration Form

9:30 – 10:30: Registration and Breakfast (breakfast donated by the UB Libraries)

10:30 – 11:15: Business meeting

11:30 – 12:15: Elevator B Hive City presentation and tour, presenter Courtney Creenan-Chorley, Flynn Battaglia Architects, PC, Hive City.

12:15 – 1:15: Lunch

1:15 – 2:00: “Project 2XmT” and tour, presenters Nick Bruscia , Clinical Assistant Professor, UB School of Architecture & Planning.

2:00 – 3:00: Elevators Tour, tour guide Beth Tauke, Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Associate Professor Department of Architecture, UB School of Architecture & Planning.

3:00pm – refreshments

3:30 – 4:30: Waterfront Memories and More Museum tour

Travel Award Report from ARLIS 2015 in Fort Worth


I was grateful to be the recipient of this year’s ARLIS/NA Upstate NY Travel Award, which helped fund my trip to Fort Worth, Texas to attend the ARLIS’ 2015 national conference.

My flights were canceled (both to and from Fort Worth) because of snowstorms, and this unfortunately caused me to miss the first day of the conference in its entirety (and left me marooned in Chicago for 24 hours). I was able to attend panels including New Voices, numerous sessions on Digital Art History/Humanities, the ArLiSNAP meeting, the Gerd awards committee meeting, the membership meeting, the poster sessions, and I spent time with the exhibitors, which was useful for collection development. One of the highlights for me was an excellent session entitled “Focus on the Learner: Strategies for Improving PowerPoint Presentations.” I give a workshop each semester on Designing Effective Presentations and it was so validating to hear someone discuss similar tips and techniques to the ones that I pass on to the people that attend my sessions. The facilitator, Lee A. Hilyer, has a blog that can be found here, and it contains many of his resources:

I was able to go to the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, which was an unexpected pleasure. The space itself, designed by Tadao Ando, is majestic and allows for so much space for the works to breathe and for people to interact with them. There was a beautiful exhibition on recent acquisitions of photographs and video, which were stunning, and the show was composed beautifully. More information can be found here:

One of the most rewarding parts of the conference was facilitating a well-attended session on urban planning. I co-organized the Postcards from the Edge panel this year entitled, “I Didn’t Know Urban Planning Was About…” with Rebecca Price and Kathy Edwards. The panel addressed the challenges brought about by the broad array of disciplines that need to be addressed by the urban planning librarian. Speakers included planning experts from the Dallas/Fort Worth area, including a member of the city’s planning department, the dean of UT Arlington’s School of Urban and Public Affairs, a member of the Fort Worth Open Data Portal and a geospatial librarian, who was able to demonstrate a few resources, including SimplyMap.

I facilitated the Urban & Regional Planning special interest group’s meeting. We mostly discussed potential tours and workshops for ARLIS/VRA 2016 in Seattle. There was no upstate New York chapter meeting, and so I was unable to take notes. Members of the chapter met informally at the hotel bar, and I used the time to attend another panel, and I caught up with our colleagues between sessions.

Thank you to the awards committee (Tina Chan, Barbara Opar and Stephanie Frontz) for supporting my application for funding to attend this conference. It was a privilege to receive this award.

– Marsha Taichman

The Newly Available Online Core List of Architecture Resources (AASL)

ARLIS/NA Collection Development SIG Blog

The Newly Available Online Core List of Architecture Resources / by Barbara Opar

Want to check your library collection for core reference works? Not familiar with the discipline and need to quickly see what resources are considered basic to the field? The Association of Architecture School Librarians has made freely available in an online format such a list of core architecture resources. The list can be accessed at

AASL members previously compiled a core list of architecture periodicals and will be revising it soon. This new list provides an additional aid to librarians, especially those less familiar with architectural librarianship.

Several years ago, Kathy Edwards (Clemson University), Janine Henri (University of California, Los Angeles), Barbara Opar (Syracuse University), and Amy Trendler (Ball State University) took the initiative to begin developing a core reference list for architecture based on discussion which took place at the AASL annual meeting. The AASL…

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ARLIS/NA Upstate NY Fall 2014 Meeting: October 3 at Skidmore College

ARLIS/NA Upstate NY Fall 2014 Meeting
Friday, October 3, 2014 at Skidmore College
Hosted by Yvette Cortes

ARLIS/NA Upstate NY Fall 2014 Registration Form

9:00 – 9:45: Registration and coffee/Silent Auction
Payne Room, Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery

10:00 – 11:00: Curator’s tour: “I Was a Double,” Ian Berry, Dayton Director, Tang Museum Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery

11:00 – 11:45: Chapter Business meeting
Payne Room, Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery

11:45 – 12:15: Silent Auction Bidding
Payne Room, Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery

12:15 – 1:15: Lunch at the Test Kitchen, Murray-Aikins Dining Hall

1:30 – 2:30: “The Art and Science of Creating Sustainable Digital Collections”, presented by David Seiler, Director of Visual Resources and Kathryn Frederick, Head of Digital and Collection Services
Lucy Scribner Library, Pohndorff Room (Special Collections), 3rd floor

2:30 – 4:00: “Bibliocraft: Featuring the Scribner Library’s Collections”, presented by Jessica Pigza, Assistant Curator of Rare Books at New York Public Library, will be speaking about her newest book Bibliocraft: A Modern Crafter’s Guide to Using Library Resources to Jumpstart Creative Projects. You’ll have an opportunity to do a craft workshop using resources from the Scribner Library’s collections as inspiration.
Lucy Scribner Library, Pohndorff Room (Special Collections), 3rd floor

For more info on Saratoga Springs, see:

City Guide: Saratoga Springs, Design*Sponge

Skip the Horse Races in Saratoga Springs, New York magazine

Saratoga Springs, N.Y., a Perennial Favorite, Boston Globe

Saratoga Convention & Tourism Bureau

Maps & Directions:


2014 ARLIS/NA Upstate NY Silent Auction

We are now accepting donations for the 2014 ARLIS/NA Upstate NY Silent Auction!

When: The Silent Auction will take place during the ARLIS/NA Upstate NY Fall Meeting on Friday, October 3 at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY

What: Whatever you want to donate, i.e. a handcrafted item, jewelry, a photographic print, a painting, a bottle of wine, a beautiful book, specialty teas or candles, fall bulbs!, seed packets. Whatever brings you joy to give or receive.

What will the monies raised be used for: To support student travel awards and/or professional development scholarships.

How: Fill out the ARLIS/NA Upstate NY Donation Form, scan it, and send it to Rose Orcutt or Barbara Opar at the address below. You may deliver your contribution(s) in person when you attend the fall meeting. You are also welcome to send your contribution ahead of time to one of the organizers (please contact via e-mail in advance) who will make certain that your item is delivered to the site and displayed in the most advantageous manner possible.
Keep in mind: Some costs related to auction donations are tax deductible! (so save your receipts).

Questions? Please contact the Silent Auction Planning Committee:

Rose Orcutt: or
Barbara Opar:

Last year’s Silent Auction was a success, we made $350! Here’s to another successful year!

Cornell’s Fine Arts Library: The Gift and the Architect

Mui Ho. Photo: Bill Hocker.
Mui Ho. Photo: Bill Hocker

Martha Walker, Architecture Librarian at Cornell University’s Fine Arts Library recently sent this announcement about a monetary gift to support the expansion of Cornell’s Fine Arts Library. The project is expected to be completed in (roughly) two years.  Over the next few months Cornell librarians will share additional posts about progress on the project, including information on the selection of the architect, the design process, managing a library operations during a major construction project, and, images pre- and post- occupancy.

Here is the first story in this sequence, which is reprinted with permission of The Communications Department at Cornell’s College of Architecture, Art and Planning:

Architect Mui Ho has made a $6 million gift commitment to overhaul and expand the Fine Arts Library (FAL) at Cornell University. Scheduled for completion in 2016, the library will hold one of the country’s most distinguished academic art and architecture collections in state-of-the-art, revamped facilities on the top two floors of Rand Hall, a 1912 campus icon.“The FAL is absolutely essential to all students and scholars who work with visual material,” said Kent Kleinman, AAP dean. He foresees a luminescent, contemporary research center housing 250,000 volumes, ample digital resources, and generous study spaces. “It will be a light-filled, 21st century library, glowing from behind the large industrial windows of Rand Hall — a perfect metaphor for conserving the old while erecting the new,” said Kleinman.

“It is critical that Cornell keeps this world-class collection in a good environment,” said Ho. “These books are important for students in architecture, arts, history, and other disciplines on the Cornell campus. Most images found within this collection are not readily available on the internet, and students, researchers, and teachers need to use these books intensely.”

A retired design faculty member from the University of California, Berkeley, Ho emphasized that accessing information is not only a mental act but a tactile and visual experience as well. “The digital age changes how students research their information,” she said. “The physical handling of materials at a real scale and seeing the true color as intended is important — but digital representations will enable broader archiving and distribution of the important work of our alumni and faculty. As technology changes, the way the work is represented will, too.”

Anne Kenney, the Carl A. Kroch University Librarian, noted a “groundswell of academic interest” in visual materials at Cornell and said that the recent hiring of a visual resource librarian will strongly complement the resources of the new library.

“The new FAL will be poised to compete with the very best art and architecture libraries in the world,” Kenney said. “Having a library that can bridge the physical/digital divide — offering cutting-edge services and deep research collections in tandem — will make the FAL one of the major jewels in the Cornell University Library crown and will serve to draw the best faculty and students to this amazing university on the hill.”