First, let me say that I LOVE Washington, DC. I think that the city is amazing and the library community is exceptionally vibrant and awesome. The ARLIS/NA conference was held in DC this year and I’ve been planning on attending this conference since my internship at the Smithsonian two summers ago. I’m going to do a very brief recap and include some photos.
Topics I learned more about at the conference (or got really excited about):
- Copyright and fair use
- The People’s Library Project
- Makerspaces in libraries
- Budgets and collection development policies for Artists’ books
- Book art thesaurus project
- Rare book librarianship (=Custodianship, stewardship, advocacy, and outreach)
- Using visual literacy to market library services
- Current/possible collaborations between libraries/archives and artists
- Feminism and wikipedia: a social movement
*I took about 10 pages of notes on these topics, but I’ll spare you.
Some fun things I did while in DC (outside of the conference):
- Visited the Hirshhorn to see the Barbara Krueger exhibit
- Ate at a super fancy restaurant called Rogue 24
- Walked around and listened to Bluebrain’s National Mall location-aware app-album
- Visited friends and made new ones at the conference
How I participated in the conference:
- Attended as many workshops as I could fit in
- Presented on my outreach work and the BiblioTreka at Read/Write Library
- Taught a free workshop at Pyramid Atlantic on the self-preservation of artists’ books
- Led the book art special interest group meeting with my friend/co-coordinator Michelle
All in all, I learned a lot and I packed a LOT into the 5 days that I was in DC. There were a number of social events that were exhausting but fun. We also got to “party” in the Library of Congress (if you call giving overly tired, mentally exhausted, introverted librarians an open bar and a light dinner a party).