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 →

Post by: Jenna Dufour, Research Librarian for Visual Arts, University of California Irvine Intellectual Credit: This blog post is based on what I learned watching a “Decolonizing Citations” virtual workshop facilitated by Bronwen McKie student librarian at the University of British Columbia X̱wi7x̱wa Library branch) in October 2020 What Is Citational Politics? As librarians with instruction portfolios, we are often tasked with teaching students about citations. This usually involves contextualizing citation as giving credit to the intellectual work of others, as a way to provide readers with necessary information to locate a specific source, and that the rules for citing are rooted in formatting practices thatRead 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 →

This month, we are delighted to have invited guest author Jamie Ding on the blog! In August 2020, Jaime presented virtually on the topic of ‘Updating LibGuides with an Anti-Racist Framework’ which can be viewed at, or click on the video image below. While we wanted to circulate this excellent presentation for our fellow colleagues to watch and consider, we also wanted to hear Jamie’s thoughts on this topic since her presentation last August. Please read on! Updating LibGuides with an Anti-Racist Framework – A Reflection by Jamie Ding:Perhaps as a somewhat relatable endeavor, I have taken until my deadline to write this. TheRead 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 →

“While systemic racism is unlikely to be dismantled through information literacy instruction, naming the issue systemic racism and its prevalence in the information environment (something the Framework fails to do), providing counterstories in the classroom, and creating a supporting learning community are important antiracist steps that can lead to librarians and students working together to address white supremacy in their universities and beyond.” (Rapchak, 188) Before we begin this month’s blog post, we want to acknowledge both the limits and the possibilities of art library information literacy instruction in impacting systemic racism. As Marcia Rapchak notes in her 2019 article (above), we cannot expect toRead More →