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The Mountain Ledger NEWSLETTER

2016 Annual Virtual Conference
ARLIS/NA-Mountain West Chapter & VRA Wild West Chapter

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2016 | 2-4PM (Mountain Time)

The ARLIS/NA Mountain West + VRA Wild West Virtual Conference will be held on Friday, Dec. 2, 2016 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. (Mountain Time). This mini virtual conference is brought to you by the Mountain West Chapter and is provided free of charge. However, under no obligation whatsoever we would humbly ask that interested participants donate to the chapter at any amount they would like.


Anna Bernhard
Director of the Stanley G. Wold Resource Center
Colorado State University

Anna will present on teaching visual literacy to students concentrating in majors outside of the visual arts. This presentation would cover the design and redesign of an assignment meant to engaged a 98 seat, non-art majors class in writing, visual literacy, and academic inquiry.

Megan Lotts
Art Librarian

Megan will present on The Rutgers University Art Library Exhibition Spaces (RALES). RALES was created so that an Art Librarian could more intentionally connect with the departments with whom they liaison. These spaces also provide an opportunity to learn more about what goes into an exhibition, from creation of the work, to the public viewing, marketing, and reception.

Sarah Carter
Director, Bridwell Art Library
University of Louisville

Alexandra O'Keefe
MLS student
University of Kentucky

Sarah and Alexandra will present on art librarians selecting artists' books for student viewings. Art librarians know how challenging it can be to find items in their collections based upon specific requests such as binding style, materials, or artistic techniques. Students who want to independently investigate these collections may also feel frustration, especially since artists' books collections are not typically accessible for browsing. So how can both librarian and user needs be met? This presentation will showcase the presenters answer to this question


Please REGISTER HERE to register in advance for the virtual conference.

Registration must be received no later than Wednesday, November 30, 2016. After we receive your submission of this form we will email you details on how to connect to the virtual conference online.

2017 Winberta Yao Travel Award

Congratulations to John Burns, recipient of the 2017 Winberta Yao Travel Award!

The award will support travel expenses for John’s attendance at the ARLIS/NA 45th annual conference to be held in New Orleans February 5th-9th, 2017.

John earned his MLIS from the University Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2010 and serves as the chair of our Mountain West Chapter.  He is an assistant professor, Reference and Instruction Librarian, Electronic Resources Librarian and Art Librarian at Dixie State University, St. George, Utah.  John will be a panelist in the following sessions at the New Orleans conference: “Engaging Library Users in Collection Development” and “When Research Doesn’t Start with a Question: Teaching with the Framework within Art and Architecture Librarianship”. He will also chair our annual Mountain West Chapter’s business meeting.

We are pleased to be able to support John’s attendance at the upcoming conference in New Orleans. It is a measure of our appreciation for his contributions to the Mountain West Chapter.

The Winberta Yao Travel Award Committee also wishes to extend special thanks to all contributing chapter members who made the award possible.

Best regards,
Caroline Dechert (Chair) and Margaret Van Dyk The Winberta Yao Travel Award Committee

ARLIS/NA Mountain West + VRA Wild West Virtual Conference 2016
Call for Proposals

Deadline Extended: August 1, 2016

The ARLIS/NA Mountain West Chapter and The Wild West Chapter of VRA are teaming up to bring you a virtual conference in 2016. We would like to cordially invite you to submit proposals for the Virtual Conference in 2016.

With an extended deadline, we also have decided to broaden the scope. Submit a proposal for any project you have completed or that is a work-in-progress. The only criteria we ask is for proposals to be work within the arts.

Based on the success of the Mountain West Chapter’s new virtual conference format, we are eager to use it again. Similar to the last virtual conference, we need a diverse set of presenters.  If you have an interesting project that you are currently working on or recently finished, please consider submitting a proposal to present it to your peers. Please note, this call for proposals is open to anyone; not only members of VRA and ARLIS.

Perhaps you had a proposal turned down for the ARLIS/NA national conference. Here is another opportunity to share it!



Chapter Membership Dues

To join or renew your membership, fill out the ONLINE FORM HERE, or print the pdf form below and mail it with a check made out to "ARLIS/NA-MW" to:

Rebecca Potance, ARLIS/NA-MW Secretary/Treasurer
PO Box 2087
Santa Fe, NM 87504



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