ARLIS/NA Upstate NY Fall 2016 Meeting: November 11 in Ithaca


ARLIS/NA Upstate NY Fall 2016 Meeting
Friday, November 11 at Cornell University, Ithaca

ARLIS/NA Upstate NY Fall 2016 Meeting Registration Form

9:00-10:00am   Coffee and Registration. Silent Auction.
Rare and Manuscript Collection – Conference Room

Feel free to wander through the Punk Exhibit, “Anarchy in the Archive”

10:00-11:30am Tour of the “Anarchy in the Archive” exhibit and
Art and Architecture Highlights from the RMC

Rare and Manuscript Collection – Exhibit Hall and Lecture Room

11:30-11:45am Auction Wrap-up
Rare and Manuscript Collection – Conference Room

Since we won’t be coming back to the RMC the Auction will have to be condensed this year. It will end at 11:45, so take your item and the sheet with it.
All payments including dues and registration will be taken at lunch.

11:45-12:45pm Catered Lunch
Olin Library Room 702 & 703

12:45-1:30pm  Business Meeting
Olin 703

2:00-3:00pm  Tour of Johnson Museum’s Current Exhibitions

3:15-4:45pm Letterpress Printing
Risley Hall

For this activity please come prepared with a line from your favorite book or a quote (short). We will learn the basics of letterpress printing and then we will be printing those quotes on coasters. Everyone will receive a mixture from the rest of the class. We’ll also have another press prepped for those that finish early and want to make more.



ARLIS/NA Upstate NY visits Storm King Art Center: June 17

aboutPlease arrive at Storm King around 11:30, and meet at the Café.  Identify yourself as ARLIS members to the attendant at the admissions gate and you’ll be directed to the Café.  We can gather there and have lunch before the tour.  Either bring a picnic or lunch can be purchased there.  (I may bring some possible lunch/beverage items—let me know if others plan to do so)  There is a roof over the pavilion where the Café is, so if it’s raining (which it won’t be!) we will be protected somewhat.  Watch the forecast and bring rain gear if needed (it won’t be!).  The tour will start at 1, and lasts a little over an hour.  There is an indoor gallery as well as the grounds to see throughout the rest of the afternoon.  The Center closes at 5pm.

Storm King Art Center is one of the world’s leading sculpture parks. Located in New York’s Hudson Valley about an hour north of New York City, Storm King encompasses over 500 acres of rolling hills, woodlands, and fields of native grasses and wildflowers. This landscape provides a dramatic backdrop for a collection of more than 100 large-scale sculptures by some of the most acclaimed artists of our time, including Alice Aycock, Louise Bourgeois, Alexander Calder, Mark di Suvero, Andy Goldsworthy, Sol Lewitt, Maya Lin, Louise Nevelson, Claes Oldenburg, Nam June Paik, Richard Serra, David Smith, and Ursula von Rydingsvard, among others.

Special Exhibitions:
Dennis Oppenheim: Terrestrial Studio
Outlooks: Josephine Halvorson

Contact Stephanie Frontz, if you are interested in joining us at Storm King on June 17th.

Travel Award Report for ARLIS/NA + VRA 3rd Joint Conference, Seattle, WA By Tina Chan

Thanks to the ARLIS/NA Upstate New York conference travel award, I was able to attend the ARLIS/NA + VRA 3rd Joint Conference in Seattle.  Before arriving in Seattle, I noted the sessions to attend that were relevant to my position at work and in the chapter, as well as the galleries and museums I was interested in attending.  The following are some of the highlights of my conference experience.

I attended the session titled “Connecting the Past to the Present: Promoting Cultural Understanding through Collections and Exhibitions.”  The presenters discussed their experiences with academic freedom and the library exhibit, showcasing a war exhibit, digitizing a Japanese American collection, and highlighting an indigenous graphic novel collection.  As exhibitions coordinator at my library, their experiences helped me think of the implications of a potentially controversial exhibition or display, as well as the educational rewards as evidenced by the presenters’ experiences.

Another session I attended was “Connecting Social Justice to the Workplace: Issues of Diversity in our Professional Lives.”  The presenters discussed their experiences with processing social justice collections, managing the LIS Microagressions website and zine, designing a toolkit for inclusive learning environments, being a token, and developing intergroup relations and intercultural competency.  It was great to see how libraries and archives are inclusive of all people, collections, and learning environments, and that the presenters educate the public to be fully inclusive.

Chapter member Beth Hylen moderated and was one of the presenters in “Contemporary Glass: Seattle and Beyond.”  The presenters discussed a short history of American studio glass, the Chihuly archives, studio and contemporary glass resources for researchers, the Pilchuck Glass School, and working as a glass artist.  Having little prior knowledge of glass and glass making before attending the session, I was not aware of the large glass artist community in the Pacific Northwest and its impact on society.  As a result, I have a deeper appreciation for the study and making of glass.

As chapter president, I attended the chapter chairs meeting.  The meeting was an opportunity for chapter presidents, vice presidents, and chapter representatives to share recent successful stories from their chapter, learn from other chapters’ successes and challenges, and network with fellow chapter leaders.  Listening to what chapters have done allowed other chapters to have additional ideas they may want to try for their chapter.  Meeting chapter leaders in person allowed everyone to make contacts for possible future collaborations.

The convocation speaker was Sarah Bergmann, Seattle-based designer and director of the Pollinator Pathway, an ongoing multidisciplinary design project that incorporates urban planning, design, and ecology.  The project helps green spaces be an environmentally friendly environment for pollinators such as honeybees.  The project has gotten local and national media attention, and has been exhibited at Seattle Art Museum.

In addition to attending the above sessions, I also visited the exhibitors, poster session, Seattle Art Museum, Chihuly Garden and Glass, Seattle Public Library, and the Henry Art Gallery.  Additionally, our chapter held two informal meetings at the conference hotel lobby on the same day in the morning and evening.  Meeting at different times of the day allowed members to attend when it was more convenient for them.  It was also an opportunity to catch up with each other during a busy conference.

My thanks to the conference travel award committee (Beth Hylen, Rose Orcutt, and Marsha Taichman) for selecting me as the recipient of the conference travel award.  I am grateful for everything our chapter has done to develop and enrich our members’ and my professional growth.

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

Corning Museum TPP 0679

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.”