Thank you to everyone who attended our Winter Lightning Talks this past week! We hope that you enjoyed all of the presentations as much as we did. We were able to record the talks for those who were unable to join us live, so please enjoy! The total length is just over 55 minutes. A special thank you to our wonderful presenters: Maggie Murphy and Dan Hale from University of North Carolina Greensboro, and Mackenzie Salisbury from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.Read More →

Hello Teaching SIG!  As a reminder, this coming Friday, December 10th at 4pm EST is the date of our Winter Lightning Talks. This year, we’re focusing on visual literacy in the library classroom, and we have three wonderful presenters who will give slightly longer presentations.  Maggie Murphy and Dan Hale, from UNC Greensboro, will give a talk on class that Maggie taught for Dan’s ART 400X course, on the topic of algorithms and visual literacy.  Mackenzie Salisbury, from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, will give a talk on a collaborative visual literacy lesson plan, focusing around an Instagram account which pairs visuallyRead More →

What is your name? Where are you in the field currently? What has been your teaching experience thus far? My name is Ana Diab; I am the Collections, Reference + Instruction Librarian at Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, Canada. This is my first full-time librarian position after working as a library technician for five years, then completing my MLIS in 2016. As part of my role, I am the liaison librarian for the Faculty of Art, and I coordinate, plan and develop information literacy sessions across the curriculum. I am also responsible for managing research help services and selecting monographs, journalsRead More →

Teaching SIG Annual Meeting | Monday, May 3rd, 2021 Agenda I. Introductions: Eva, Anna, and Rebecca PriceII. Poll for the Winter MeetingIII. Helpful Teaching ResourcesIV. Blog DiscussionV. Future Conference Session Topics Meeting slides are available at this link. Introductions Teaching SIG Co-Coordinators Eva SclippaFirst Year Engagement Librarian at UNC Wilmington Anna Boutin-CooperResearch & Visual Arts Librarian at Franklin & Marshall College New Vice President/President-Elect of ARLIS/NA Rebecca Price Architecture, Urban Planning, and Visual Resources Librarian at the University of Michigan Poll for the Winter Meeting Overwhelmingly, Teaching SIG members voted to continue our lightning talks, with 73% of attendees responding positively. There was a smallerRead More →

The Teaching SIG is seeking proposals from practicing teaching librarians on the subject of navigating the new (to many of us) virtual classroom as a result of COVID-19. We are seeking a variety of voices for this panel, and while submissions are welcomed from all, please especially consider submitting a proposal if you are Black, Indigenous, or a Person of Color (BIPOC) or a new teacher. Please read on for the panel description.  Please submit your proposal by Thursday, February 25th to both Eva Sclippa and Anna Boutin-Cooper, Teaching SIG co-coordinators, via email: and We ask that you send us an abstract ofRead More →

In December of 2020, the Teaching SIG hosted our first lightning talk event as a way for Teaching SIG members to gather and learn from each other in this virtual environment. We had a total of five presenters, each of whom spoke about the ways in which their approach to teaching has changed as a response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please read on for brief summaries of each presenter’s talks, and click here for a recording of the session in its entirety. Patricia Gimenez, Research & Instruction Librarian at the Savannah College of Art & Design In her presentation, Patricia spoke about ways in whichRead More →

Hello and happy new year, all! The Teaching SIG is organizing and sponsoring a session for the 2021 ARLIS/NA annual conference focused on diversity, equity, and inclusion in art information literacy instruction. Though DEI work has always been critical, the events of the past year have clarified the urgency of addressing systemic inequity in our teaching. The ways we teach about finding and using information and understanding art; the subjects we use in our classrooms; and the way we structure our learning experiences can all have a significant impact on our students and our field. The Teaching SIG is seeking speakers who have meaningfully engagedRead More →

Well, the fall semester is finally over! We know that this past fall was a challenge for us all, though not everyone had quite the same experience. With this in mind, the Blog Team sent out a survey to all Teaching SIG members, asking how your fall semester went in your own words. Overall, respondents (15) had a mix of experiences, with some common trends. Let’s explore them a bit together. By your estimate, did your teaching load increase, decrease, or stay the same during the fall 2020 semester? Answers to this question were split pretty evenly, with the majority stating that their instruction largelyRead More →

by Anna Boutin-Cooper, Research & Visual Arts Librarian, Franklin & Marshall College The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA) defines trauma as “an event, series of events, or set of circumstances that is experienced by an individual as physically or emotionally harmful or life threatening and that has lasting adverse effects on the individual’s functioning and mental, physical, social, emotional, or spiritual well-being.”  With this definition in mind, it’s easy to see how the current national climate — struck between witnessing the glaring inequality of race-based violence and police brutality amidst a global pandemic — can cause trauma in ourselves, our students, ourRead More →

by Courtney BaronDirector, Art Library, University of Louisville The COVID-19 outbreak in March 2020 led to the rapid movement of higher education to online formats and the closure of academic libraries across the globe. Faculty and librarians specializing in art, architecture, and design disciplines had to rethink how to deliver instruction and support students in a remote environment. Since art and design research still heavily relies on print materials, the closing of art research collections meant faculty and students lost access to many key library resources. The ARLIS/NA listservs have been abuzz with questions, resources, and words of support and encouragement during this difficult time.Read More →