Art Libraries Society of North America | Mountain West Chapter Newsletter




Vol.11, No.1
Summer 2012

Chair's Column
Chapter Liaison Report
MW Chapter Business Meeting Minutes
Toronto, March 31, 2012
New Mexico's MW Chapter Members Meet

Colouring Outside the Lines/ Joan Benedetti

Spotlight on Institutions and Collections
Member Highlights

Chair's Column
Contributed by Peggy Keeran

Dear MW members,

I hope you are all enjoying your summer.

Although somewhat plagued by technical difficulties with Adobe Connect, the virtual conference on November 3, 2011, Discovery, Literacy, Practice: Current Trends in Art Information, was ultimately successful and rewarding, with 36 attendees, with attendees pleased with the content but concerned about the poor performance Adobe Connect.  If you weren’t able to attend, do view the video recordings of the conference presentations at We learned a great deal about special collections related to the arts found in our libraries, visual literacy, copyright and images, QR codes, and digital initiatives.

Because our chapter is so geographically spread out, we have used technology such as GoToMeeting and Adobe Connect to meet virtually, to share ideas and to discuss issues.  Adobe Connect, although problematic for our conference, did allow us to hold a virtual meeting effectively. 

A survey conducted by Meredith Kahn in July 2011 found most members satisfied with our chapter, but would like to see more informal localized events for members during the year.  State Coordinators, keep us updated on your plans and successes!

In the July 2011 survey, in-person conferences were rated, contradictorily, as both valuable and yet with ambivalence.  As our chapter has not held a regional conference since before the ARLIS/NA conference in Denver, Julie Williamsen and Chris Ramsey enthusiastically agreed to organize a Mountain West conference in Park City, Wide Angle: Perspectives on Visual + Media Arts Information, from September 13-15. My sincere thanks to Julie and Chris for their wonderful local arrangements.  A huge thanks to Meredith Kahn for her work as chair of the program committe. And finally, many thanks to Alexandria Caster, chair, and Kay Teel for their work on the Winberta Yao Travel Award.

Unfortunately, due to a lack of sufficient numbers of presentation proposals, we made the difficult decision to cancel the conference. At our fall virtual business meeting, we will need to identify what members want from the chapter since both the in-person and last virtual conferences presentations came largely from non-members. Be thinking of what you value about MW, and what you would like the chapter to offer.

I want to express thanks to Jenni James, Secretary and Treasurer, for her research and implementation of online membership registration and conference registration solutions!  No longer will we have to remember to send that check in – MW has joined the twenty-first century.  Chris Ramsey worked with Jenni to incorporate these changes into the MW website.

The ARLIS/NA conference in Toronto was excellent, and I enjoyed seeing everyone from our chapter who was able to attend.

Have a wonderful summer.


Peggy Keeran
ARLIS/NA Mountain West Chapter Chair

Chapter Liaison Report
Contributed by Laurel Bliss

Hello Mountain West Chapter!

I thought I'd share some of my notes from recent Executive Board conference calls, especially items that relate to chapters.

a) The Membership Committee is interested in working with chapters on recruitment strategies, particularly when it comes to ways of reaching out to students.  Special regional events can be a draw for those chapters that cover a large geographic area, as you have seen with your own chapter.  I will be coordinating with Rina Vecchiola on this issue.

b)  Several chapters have started using Paypal to collect dues, and that seems to be working well.  Our management company, TEI, can only collect chapter dues if all chapters agree to participate, so Paypal is a more viable option.

c)  On the software front, chapters are encouraged to use the GoToMeeting software that TEI has in order to hold online meetings.  Plus, we've renewed our subscription to Survey Monkey and chapters are welcome to use it.  Please contact me if you'd like to use either program.  Also, Sarah Carter is compiling information about project management software.  Whatever program we go with will be available to chapters.

d)  One of my responsibilities is to keep track of chapter events and share them with the rest of the board.  We like to attend events whenever possible.  Your conference in September in Park City, Utah sounds fabulous, but it is the exact same time as our mid-year board meeting in New York.  I'm disappointed to miss out on the conference, but look forward to hearing about how it goes.

That's all for now!  Feel free to contact me at if you have any questions.

Happy summer,
Laurel Bliss
ARLIS/NA Chapters Liaison
Fine Arts Librarian
San Diego State University

ARLIS/NA-MW Chapter Business Meeting Minutes
Saturday, March 31, 2012 | Toronto, Sheraton Centre Hotel
Contributed by Joan Benedetti

The Mountain West Chapter held its annual business meeting during the ARLIS/NA Annual Conference on March 31, 2012.

The meeting minutes are available on the Mountain West Chapter’s website:

New Mexico’s Mountain West Chapter Members Meet:  May 17, 2012
Contributed by Jenni James

A gathering of New Mexico members of the Mountain West Chapter was held in Santa Fe on May 17, 2012. Five members from Albuquerque and five from Santa Fe met for a wonderful afternoon of tours and lunch, arranged by Joan Benedetti.

The day began at the Fray Angelico Chavez Memorial History Library, which includes the papers of Ernest Blumenshein and Bill Lumpkin. Tomas Jaehn, the Curator of Library Collections, delighted us with stories of the history of the library and its collections, highlighting art and architecture aspects.

After learning a great deal from Tomas, we walked across the street to the Inn of the Anasazi for lunch in their Wine Cellar. The setting was elegant and private, making it an excellent place for our meeting and visiting over lunch. Lunch provided an opportunity for us to learn something about everyone as each of the attendees introduced themselves. Our membership includes a wealth of experience and energy. Several members were congratulated for recent achievements. Nina Kay Stephensen and Maryhelen Jones have recently retired. Kathleen Keating is now the Fine Arts Team Leader for the University of New Mexico. Valerie Nye will be the new Library Director for the Institute of American Indian Arts, and Heather Kline added to her MLIS by completing an MA in Art History. Cheers to them all!

Jenni James provided updates and postcards about the Mountain West Conference taking place in Park City in September, encouraging everyone to attend. Joan Benedetti and Jenni discussed opportunities for serving on the Mountain West Chapter Board and there seems to be some interest among the New Mexico members.

Following lunch we walked to the nearby New Mexico Museum of Art where Museum Director Mary Kershaw talked to us about the new directions the Museum is heading with dynamic use of exhibit space and collections. Her vision includes a more public presence for the Museum’s Library. The librarian position was vacant at the time of our visit, so Deputy Director Mary Jebsen provided a tour of the library. As a former librarian for the Museum, Mary provided some insight into how the library has developed and its key collections, such as artist biographical files and exhibit history files.

Our day ended with visits to the New Mexico Museum of Art’s galleries, where the recently opened, “It’s About Time: 14,000 Years of Art in New Mexico” was on view.  Later there was an opportunity for individuals to attend Friday evening museum and gallery receptions around Santa Fe. It seemed everyone enjoyed our gathering, learning about area collections, seeing old friends and meeting new.  It was a great time.

A future meeting is being planned by Kathleen Keating for October 12 in Albuquerque. The tentative schedule includes a visit to the University of New Mexico Art Museum Print Room and an overview of the UNM University Libraries Artist’s Book collection.

Fray Angelico Chavez Memorial History Library


Inn of the Anasazi Wine Room


New Mexico
Museum of Art

Colouring Outside the Lines: One MW Chapter Member's Impressions of the ARLIS/NA 40th Annual Conference  |  Toronto, March 29-April 2, 2012
Contributed by Joan Benedetti

ARLIS/NA Anniversary Cake


Art Gallery of Ontario


AGO Learning Centre


Beading at Woodland Cultural Centre


Exhibition at TIFF Film Centre


Lost on Lost Mile Road


Conference Stats

1. Total number of attendees (including exhibitors) = 598

2. Total number of exhibitors = 51

3. Total number of Canadian attendees = 113

4. Total number of U.S. attendees = 386

5. Total number of attendees from outside the U.S. and Canada = 12

6. Total number of countries represented outside the U.S. and Canada = 8
(France, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Nigeria, Qatar, South Africa, United Kingdom)

The 2012 conference was a very special one for ARLIS/NA: our 40th Anniversary!  Meeting at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel in downtown Toronto, 540 conferees (including ten MW members) gathered, representing art and architecture libraries and visual resources collections in art museums, art schools, and art departments in colleges, universities, and public libraries, as well as private associations and firms. 

If you didn’t check out the conference website when it was first put up last winter, you can still see it at:  See also the Conference Proceedings at:

Thursday, March 29:

Most members arrive Thursday afternoon or evening in order to be ready for the tours and workshops to be held on Friday.  Some members arrived early as three half-day tours were offered that afternoon.  I got in on Thursday night, had dinner with a friend, and retired early as I was going on a tour the next morning.

Friday, March 30:

Eight workshops (some just half-day) were offered on Friday, but since I’m retired I tend to be more interested in tours and I chose an all-day tour, “Canadian Art—Picturing a Distinctive Land,” which took us—by very comfortable bus through a truly picturesque countryside —to the McMichael Canadian Art Collection, 17 miles north of Toronto.  We were given a tour of its unparalleled Group of Seven collection, Inuit and First Nations art, and a beautiful sculpture garden, followed by a delicious Canadian-flavored buffet lunch.  Then back into the city to the Art Gallery of Ontario (the AGO), dramatically renovated in 2008 by Frank Gehry.  Within the AGO, we had a choice of tours and I went with a small group to see the new Weston Family Learning Centre, an enormous new space (several large spaces actually) filled with glass and light, where the focus is really on the visitor and interactivity. ARLIS/NA Executive Board members, of course (like our own Tom Riedel, who was the ARLIS/NA Treasurer for the past two years), had to pass up these events to attend an all-day Executive Board meeting on Friday—and part of Monday too!

The traditional Welcome Party on Friday night was turned into a huge celebration of the 40th anniversary.  The program started in the largest hotel ballroom with a presentation by artist Diana Thorneycroft, whose political art was both funny and sobering.  Then our president, Jon Evans, Head Librarian at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, acted as emcee for a visual 40-year history of the Society.  Many familiar faces appeared on screen as he recounted ARLIS’s beginnings in 1972 and many landmarks over the years as the Society grew both in size and complexity, fulfilling the needs of members from many types of organizations, large and small.  After this formal program, we adjourned for cake and champagne in the outer lobby and there were many toasts and (of course) a cutting of the cake by board members and founding members in attendance.  An attempt was made to do video interviews with some of the older members, but I’m not sure how successful this was as the videographer was competing with a lot of champagne and hilarity next door.

Saturday, March 31:

Saturday morning started very early (7:30 am!) for those of us attending the Mountain West Chapter Business Meeting in the hotel lobby.  I think all of us who were at the conference actually made it to the Chapter meeting, for which we should have gotten some kind of medal after the late hour the night before!  (See separate minutes and photos of the Chapter meeting.)  Early morning meetings are reason enough to always stay at the conference hotel (rather than one of the alternatives available).

The Chapter meeting was over in time to go to the Coffee Reception provided as part of the Exhibits Opening at 9:30.  I went for the coffee (badly needed) and visited the exhibits later in the week.  At 11 am, the first sessions started.  I attended a really inspiring one that focused on collections of “zines.”  One of the panelists, Susan Thomas from Long Island U. put together an example of a zine as an audience handout: printed front and back on an ll” x 17” piece of paper, then folded three times, it was titled, “Zine Studies Fanzine!” and was in reality a very creatively designed zine bibliography.  Zines are alternative sources of information, usually around 100+ copies produced.  Panelists made the case for them to be cataloged and used for research; they can be exhibition catalogs or “take-aways.”  They are available from Etsy, Printed Matter, Booklyn, and Art Metropole, among other places.  Some are more like mini-graphic novels.  Many are artist-produced.  The panelists focused on sources, why to collect, and how to develop a collection policy.

After lunch I attended the Museum Libraries Division Meeting.  This is a kind of “home room” for museum librarians.  (I was a museum librarian for 26 years in Los Angeles.)  Other type-of-library meetings happening simultaneously were for the Academic Division, the Art & Design School Division, and the Visual Resources Division.

Checking my notes for sessions attended later in the day, I’m afraid I did not record much, and I may, in fact, have taken an afternoon nap to be fresh for the Convocation festivities.  The Convocation, which is a kind of ARLIS/NA “Academy Awards,” took place in one of the hotel ballrooms.  Many awards were given for travel, research, publications, etc.  The highlight of the program is the presentation of the Distinguished Service Award, which is given (not necessarily every year) to an individual who “whose exemplary service in art librarianship, visual resources curatorship, or a related field, has made an outstanding national or international contribution to art information.”  The award is most often a “lifetime achievement” award.  This year it was given to Rosemary Furtak, for 29 years the Director of the Walker Art Center Library, known for her early collecting of artists’ books and for her championing of, in her words, “books that refuse to behave like other books.”

After the Convocation awards program at the hotel, we took a shuttle bus to the Art Gallery of Ontario, where a sumptuous reception included delicious (and plentiful!) hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar.  Several galleries were open as was the AGO gift shop, both very popular!

Sunday, April 1:

A session that started at 9 am, “Collecting to Serve the Needs of the 21st Century Art Patron,” dealt with collecting for art patrons who expect more materials available in electronic formats—and described some new resources.

At 12:30 we convened for a sit-down Membership Luncheon—really excellent (free!) buffet—and a chance to catch up with colleagues perhaps not yet seen at earlier events.  The Membership Meeting that follows the luncheon is fun for a number of reasons.  It’s a chance to see the national executive board; they’re up on a slightly raised dais and they usually each give a short (and sometimes very entertaining) report.  At the end of the meeting, the “old” board leaves the dais and the newly appointed ones go up on the stage.  For new members, this may not be that meaningful, but after you’ve been to a few conferences, you will get to know them and if you subscribe to ARLIS-L or look at the website, you’ll see that these leaders really make a difference to the organization.  Mari Russell, ARLIS/NA Past President (2010) and Mountain West’s former Chapter Chair (2006) went off the Executive Board after the meeting as did ARLIS/NA Treasurer Tom Riedel, former MW Chapter Sec./Treas. (2005 – 2006).

The Membership Meeting itself is a good chance to hear first-hand what’s been going on.  This time we got a report about the newly revamped, peer-reviewed Art Documentation and what seems like a very good deal with the University of Chicago Press, which is now publishing it.  (Members of ARLIS/NA get a discount on all U. of C. Press books and there is now an online index to all back issues of Art Doc.)  We heard about the activities of the International Relations Committee, which has been sponsoring trips abroad every year for the past few years.  They are going to Scandinavia this summer and this past spring they organized a group of art librarians from Germany hosted by ARLIS/NA members in NYC and in Washington DC. 

We took some time to remember six members who had passed away since our last conference, as photos of them were shown.  For obituaries, see:

Always a highlight of the Membership Meeting is hearing about next year’s conference from the 2013 planning committee.  As you’ve probably already heard, it will be in Pasadena, California, April 25 – 29.  We were treated to enticing projected pictures of Pasadena and the Los Angeles region and promised exciting sessions on the theme of “Crafting Our Future” and tours of the many Arts & Crafts and other architectural and historic sites in the area.

My favorite session was right after the Membership Meeting: “Curating in Context.”  It was about curatorial practice using items from Special Collections and focused on the challenges resulting from political, cultural, and religious considerations when choosing archival items for display.  The emphasis by the panelists was on the need for more context in labels as well as in programs that augment exhibitions.

At 5:30 pm the exhibits area closed, so I was there at 4:30 taking advantage of discounts on books that were about to be packed up.  Then at 7:30 the ARLIS fundraising group, Society Circle, had their (always very special) party.  The venue this time was the TIFF Bell Lightbox, which occupies an entire city block.  It is home to the Toronto International Film Festival and it has five public cinema theatres plus a performance stage.  Society Circle members met in a very chic lounge area, where we were served lovely hors d’oeuvres and great wines and then were given a tour of the fascinating Film Reference Library and Gallery by the reference librarian and director of the Canadian Film Gallery, Sylvia Frank.  The exhibition, “Otherworldly: the Art of Canadian Costume Design,” was of costumes and props from sci-fi films.  The film library included many different types of projection equipment in different formats as well as a very large collection of films and film readers.

Monday, April 2:

Last day—always mixed emotions—tired from the very rich, socially and intellectually intense experience of the conference itself and the tours, but also exhilarated from seeing old friends and meeting new colleagues, seeing (and hearing) about new places and new technologies.  Many people have to be on their way home (and back to work) at this point, but lucky me and a few others who are now retired or taking this opportunity for a vacation—we are going on another all-day tour.  There are a couple more tours available as well as a workshop and a few committee meetings, so the hotel still hums with ARLIS people, but lots of suitcases are in evidence at the registration desk as many people wait for taxis and shuttles to go back to the airport. 
I am going on the “First Nations Art & Culture” tour.  We have a smaller bus for our smaller group—but still very comfortable.  Mari Russell, formerly Head Librarian at IAIA (and ARLIS/NA President last year) was on this tour and she was a definite asset as you will hear.  We are going to spend most of the day at the Woodland Cultural Center on the Six Nations  (Mohawk, Oneida, Onondaga, Cayuga, Seneca, and Tuscarora) Reserve in Brantford, Southern Ontario.  About an hour and fifteen minutes southwest of Toronto is the Center, established in 1972.  The complex includes a museum housing 35,000 artifacts and a library situated in a former residential school for native children.

Our visit started in a multi-purpose room with a welcome from staff and coffee and pastries.  We were then given a tour of the very attractive museum, which includes items from prehistoric and contemporary history of the Six Nations people; the library, where a display of many types of books about the woodland tribes was on display; and the old school, which has been kept intact as a reminder of a sad part of their history.  There we were treated to a hands-on demonstration of the art of Iroquois beadwork.  Using clay as a foundation for the bead designs, and inspired by pictures of authentic beaded bags, our teacher instructed us in making a beaded bag design using a fantastic array of colored beads.  This workshop lasted almost an hour and we all agreed it was very meditative and relaxing—very unusual for an ARLIS tour.

We were then taken back to the multipurpose room where we were served an ample lunch including some native foods.  After lunch we heard from Tom Hill, an artist and Director of the Cultural Center and several other native artists.  We also viewed a couple of native-made films including one by contemporary artist Shelley Niro.  Hill talked about his experiences in 1967 at the Expo in Montreal, where for the first time contemporary native artists from different tribes gathered for discussions, arguments, etc.  Getting back on the bus, we were taken into downtown Brantford, where we visited Shelley Niro’s studio.  Niro is a member of the Turtle Clan, Bay of Quinte Mohawk from the Six Nations Reserve. A graduate of the Ontario College of Art, Niro received her MFA from the University of Western Ontario. Working in photography, painting, sculpture and film, Niro utilizes parody and appropriation in her works to challenge stereotypical images of native peoples, and women in particular.

From Niro’s studio we drove to a Brantford shop called Iroqrafts, known for traditional and ceremonial Iroquois arts and crafts.  This was also a place where bead workers purchased supplies and some of us could not resist the bright colors in small plastic bottles.  Books, musical instruments, paintings, and sculptures were also available.  Prices were good and we all indulged ourselves.

On the way back to Toronto, we had an unexpected “adventure.”  On a rural road, appropriately named “Lost Mile Road,” on our way back to the freeway, our bus accidentally backed into a car at a stop sign.  Although no one was hurt, we had to wait for the police to arrive to sort things out.  While we waited over an hour before being transferred to another bus, Mari Russell led us in a singalong and we watched the long afternoon shadows creep across the beautiful, still-brown corn fields.  It was a great day and a great end to the ARLIS/NA 40th anniversary year!


Arizona Historical Society to Digitize Photos in The Mexican Heritage Project: La Herencia del Pueblo
Contributed by Alexandria Caster

The Arizona State Library, Archives and Public Records announced in May 2012 that the Arizona Historical Society Library and Archives in Tucson was awarded one of Arizona’s highly competitive LSTA (Library Services and Technology Act) grants for 2012 in the amount of $5734 to support the creation of a new digital exhibit of historic photographs.

This grant, written and submitted by Collections Librarian Alexandria Caster, will support the digitization of 200 selected photographs collected as part of The Mexican Heritage Project, an important collaborative effort undertaken by archivists, field historians, librarians, scholars and community members who united in an active effort in the early 1980s to gather, preserve, describe and make accessible thousands of photographs and oral histories directly from Tucson’s Mexican American community.

This digital photograph collection of images (spanning the years from the 1880s-1940s) will be called The Mexican Heritage Project: La Herencia del Pueblo and will be hosted on the Arizona Memory Project

This digital collection will allow researchers, students, community members and internet users worldwide to have increased access to and awareness of these important historic photographs and related resources in our collections.

 In addition, the grant provides support for an accompanying public lecture series with noted scholars and authors Dr. Thomas Sheridan, Patricia Preciado Martin, Dr. Raquel Rubio Goldsmith and Dr. Norma González, all of whom were instrumental in the Mexican Heritage Project here at AHS.

The goal of this grant is to provide online access to primary historical materials from our collections and to educate about the importance of efforts to preserve community history in the belief that all of our citizens deserve to have an awareness and understanding of the complex tapestry of cultures, traditions and peoples who have contributed to the development and cultural heritage of southern Arizona.

This historic photo collection is scheduled to become accessible online in February 2013.

For additional information, please contact Alexandria Caster at

The University of Wyoming Libraries and Student Artwork
Contributed by Jennifer Mayer

The UW Libraries' main library—the William R. Coe Library--has a long history of exhibiting student artwork in our building.  Our current Student Art League (SAL) show is on display in our Level 3 exhibit space.  The show is called “Encounters.

The exhibit statement reads:  "Through the use of different media and techniques, this particular body of work focuses on human experience with animals and insects.  These encounters may be real or imaginary, and the artists ask the viewer to examine their own encounters, either those that took place in reality, or those in dreams." 

The SAL artists featured in the Encounters show are:  Anjie Beeson, Felicia Follum, Courtney Googe, Nathan Huseth and Kaitlyn Whitlock. The show will remain up until mid-September, 2012.  We look forward to many more shows with the University of Wyoming's talented student artists!

Student Art League member Felicia installs one of
her lizard watercolors.


Student Art League Past President Courtney
installs her textile starfish around the corner
from the exhibit hall.

Arizona State Museum Awarded $400,000 Save America’s Treasures Grant
Contributed by Mary Graham

The Arizona State Museum has been awarded a $400,000 Save America’s Treasures grant to construct a climate-controlled storeroom and a new interpretive space for its vast collection of Southwestern woven materials.  The Museum curates more than 25,000 specimens, including baskets, cradleboards, sandals, mats, cordage, and preserved fibers representing every indigenous basket-making group in North America from 6,000 years ago to the present. 

Dr. Nancy Odegaard, the Museum’s Head of Preservation, says that the upgraded “visible vault” for the collection will provide the vital atmospheric controls needed to mitigate threats from light, temperature, humidity, insects, and abrasion, as well as create a living exhibit and a dynamic educational venue to share this incomparable collection with the public as never before.  Dr. Odegaard previously supervised the upgrade of the Museum’s storage and conservation area for its pottery collection, creating a state-of-the-art laboratory, visible storage vault of compact shelving and dedicated exhibition gallery for the Museum’s 20,000+ whole vessels.  

The grants are made in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and Save America’s Treasures’ private partner, the National Trust for Historic Preservation.  The Museum is currently fund raising to match the award.  The targeted completion date is 2013.

Assortment of historic American Indian
baskets (1890s-1950s), photo by Jannelle Weakly.

Arizona State Museum Library & Archives Improving Access to Its Gray Literature and Archives
Contributed by Marly Helm

Gray literature represents a challenge for most libraries and archives because of its unique character and the fact that it is not generally published by commercial publishers or cataloged by cooperative cataloging services.  The Arizona State Museum Library and Archives (ASMLA) has begun two programs to improve access to its Ephemera Collection, located in the Library, and to its Archive-level folders.

The Ephemera Collection has over 3000 folders that are being cataloged and entered into the library’s Voyager Integrated Library System (ILS).  Organized by author, the collection contains offprints of articles from journals and monographic series, as well as original papers given at conferences, symposiums, etc.  A template was created to record the significant information contained in the folder and library school students from the University of Arizona’s School of Information Resources and Library Science (SILRS) have been trained to enter the data.

In order to provide access to the small archives collections, ASMLA has scanned and OCR-ed the detailed inventories of over 1200 collections. Each small collection will have its own searchable record in the ASM Library online catalog. We are adding enhanced access through a web link to the scanned inventory.  The small archives collections consist of over 4000 folders, containing unique manuscript materials collected by the Archives over the past century.  Sample items in the collection include correspondence and writings of the Rev. Victor R. Stoner, founder of the ASM Library; writings of Byron Cummings, first ASM Director from 1915-1938; and correspondence from 1941-1944 identifying the fauna and flora of Ventana Cave, AZ.   It is anticipated that both projects will take several years to complete, but researchers are already finding this once “hidden material” in the online catalog.

J. Alden Weir at the Museum and in the Library
Contributed by Christiane Erbolato-Ramsey

Xiomáro. Ryder Door Knob
and Lock- Downstairs
Bedroom Side

Xiomáro. Ryder Dutch Door
into Library- Three Reflections.

Xiomáro. Ryder Library
Door 1932.

The Brigham Young University Museum of Art has recently ended the major exhibition "The Weir Family, 1820-1920: Expanding the Traditions of American Art" in the Spring of 2012, showcasing works by Robert Walter Weir, John Ferguson Weir, and Julian Alden Weir from museums and private collections all over the country.  The exhibiton was accompanied by a beautiful catalog written by Curator of American Art Marian Wardle, who has received the W.E. Fischelis Award from the Victorian Society in America for her work as editor and co-author of the book.
Read more here ...

In order to extend the interest in research materials related to the Weir Family, the BYU Lee Library has digitized all resources in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections related to the Weir family, including correspondence, diaries, scrapbooks, manuscripts, speeches, artwork, clippings, and published material relating to the family dating from between 1765 to 1929.  This collection can now be viewed online at: Weir Family Papers and Weir Family Photographs.

In addition, the BYU Lee Library will also host an exhibition of photographs of the Weir House and Weir Studio at the Weir Farm, a national historic site in Connecticut, by renown visual artist Xiomáro"Weir Was Here – Secret Rooms, Doors and Windows" will be on exhibit from November 1, 2012- January 30, 2013 at the Lee Library Auditorium Gallery.

It is "the first artistic collection of photographs documenting the beauty and textures of the interiors of the Julian Alden Weir house and studio and the Mahonri Young studio, presently closed to the general public.  The images feature the rooms, doors, windows and other distinguishing characteristics of the interiors – unadorned but, at once, stark, rustic and ethereal.  For appreciators, collectors and historians of Weir and Young, the images add a sense of intimacy with their lives, thus humanizing their art – the same eyes and hands that painted works of Impressionism unlocked the doors and opened the shutters featured in the photographs."

This exhibition will be hosted by the Lee Library Art in the Library Program, which aims to connect the library with exhibitions at the Museum of Art, to foster an environment of creativity, and to support the work of visual and media arts students and visiting artists.

For additional questions, please contact Chris Ramsey, Fine Arts Librarian at

Crowdsourced Indexing: A Strategy to Capture a Growing Body of Work
Contributed by Julie Williamsen

The Mormon Literature & Creative Arts Database is a unique scholarly resource that provides researchers with current and historical information on works by and about Mormons, and includes information on authors, playwrights, critics, filmmakers, and other creative personnel involved in those works. It is the thirteenth most used web resource at Brigham Young University’s Harold B. Lee Library with 390,620 page views from February 2010 to February 2011. The database was initially created in 2003 to index
Mormon literature, and in 2006 the database was enhanced to index Mormon film. A third release of the database in early fall 2012 will feature fully revised search functionality, a redesigned layout, and for the first time will allow for crowdsourced contributions.

Published literary, cinematic, theatrical, and musical works by and about Mormons continues to grow. As a result, it has become increasingly difficult for librarians to identify and index all of these materials. In order to capture these growing bodies of works, the new release of the Mormon Literature and Creative Arts Database will give the global community the ability to submit content to the database, and subject specialists will vet the submitted content.  Those involved in the film and television industry, the literary world, and the interested general public will be able to submit information to be included in the database.

The new redesign of the database will also allow for the future inclusion of additional subject areas such as music, theatre, and the visual arts.  The revised database will debut this fall at  Until then, the current version can be seen at the same site.

Homepage of Fall 2012 Release of The Mormon Literature & Creative Arts Database

Advanced Search Page of Fall 2012 Release of The Mormon Literature & Creative Arts Database

Contributed by Marly Helm


Congratulations to Mountain West Chapter members who have recently retired:

Maryhelen Jones, Library Director Technical Research Library, Air Force Research Laboratory, Kirtland AFB, NM

Nina Stephenson, Art Librarian, Fine Arts and Design Library, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.


Marly Helm recently completed the Western Archives Institute, a two-week intensive immersion into archival training, held at the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona CA.

Meredith Kahn is now the Publishing Services and Outreach Librarian at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor MI.

Kathleen Keating is now the Fine Arts Team leader at the Fine Arts and Design Library, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM.

Heather Kline recently completed her MA in Art History.

Jennifer Mayer, Associate Librarian, Visual & Performing Arts Liaison, Women & Gender Studies Liaison, University of Wyoming Libraries gave a presentation on June 7, 2012, at the Loex of the West conference in Burbank, CA entitled “Participation on the High Plains: Increasing Student Engagement in an Upper-Division, Three-Credit Information Literacy Course."  Loex of the West conferences focus on issues related to information literacy instruction.  Starting on July 1st, 2012 Jennifer will serve in the role of Chair for the Women & Gender Studies Section (WGSS) for ACRL.  

Valerie Nye is soon to be the Library Director at the Institute of American Indian Arts, Santa Fe, NM.



Welcome to New Mountain West Chapter Members:

Cindy Abel Morris, Manager, Bunting Visual Resources Library, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Nicole Beatty, Arts and Humanities Librarian, Stewart Library, Weber State University, Ogden, UT

Greg Hatch, Head of Fine Arts and Architecture, J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah, Salt Lake City, UT

Kathleen Keating, Professor, Fine Arts and Design Library, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Casey Landau, Campus Librarian, Broadview Entertainment Arts University, Salt Lake City, UT

Valerie Nye, Library Director, Fogelson Library, Santa Fe University of Arts & Design, Santa Fe, NM

Margaret Van Dyk, Librarian, Fogelson Library, Santa Fe University of Arts & Design, Santa Fe, NM


Newsletter Editor:
Marly Helm, Arizona State Museum Library, University of Arizona

Online Editor:
Christiane Erbolato-Ramsey, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University

August 7, 2012