The meeting on March 13, 2007 was a great success. I would like to thank everyone for their interest, with special thanks to Rachel Resnik, Public Relations Officer for the New England Chapter of the Art Librarians Society of North America (ARLIS/NE); Anne Reid, Administrative Manager for the Dean’s Office for their help in initiating the forming of the interest group; and GSLIS professor, Martha Mahard, who has graciously volunteered to be our faculty advisor. To date, approximately two dozen students have expressed interest in participating.
The group is meant to serve GSLIS students interested in working with images in libraries. This includes, but is not limited to, the following subject concentrations: Architecture, Archives, Art, Cataloging, Data Standards, Digital Services, Humanities, Moving Images, Museums, Photography, Scientific Images, Special Libraries, Technology, and Visual Resources.
Emphasis will be placed on bringing together relevant professional development organizations, in particular the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), the Visual Resources Association (VRA), the Society of American Archivists (SAA), and the Special Libraries Association (SLA).
Membership is open to the entire GSLIS community. We hope that this group will appeal to active participants in other student organizations (ALA, ASIS&T, LISSA, LISSA-West, PLG, SCoSAA, SIR, SLA, etc) who are willing to share their special interests.
Virtual communication will be our primarily activity. Currently a blog, wiki, and list-serve are being set up for the group. The primary aim is to share information concerning image management in libraries. This includes, but is not limited to:
Job announcements; postings for relevant events (conferences, workshops, and training sessions); discussions of data & content standards; and resource sharing of library tools, websites, news items, copyright issues, technological developments, and visual literacy.
There is certainly strong interest in other events as well. Suggestions included: speakers, library tours, presentations based on conference attendance, and gallery/open studio events. (There was interest in attending the SoWa First Friday open studios in the South End). If a group meeting is needed then one can easily be arranged.
We would also like to involve participants from GSLIS – West. The group could also be instrumental in informing new students about specific course mapping for art/image careers. Additionally, it could provide a place to discuss internship and job opportunities and experiences.
Another goal is for Simmons/GSLIS to participate in the new Art Library Students & New ARLIS* Professionals site, http://www.arlisnap.org/.
Be on the lookout for emails announcing list-serve. Hopefully everything will be in place by next week. The first meeting attendees decided on an appropriate name; the group is to be called Panopticon, which alludes to total visual awareness of one’s surroundings. (OED- A place where all is on display; a public exhibition hall or showroom.)
Important note: This is an interest group and not a student organization. This means that we have no formal budget and events requiring funds would need to be sponsored by a willing student group. Luckily, there are many student groups willing to do that. If, in the future, the interest group would like to develop into a student group we would need to write a constitution and submit a formal request for a budget. (One of the major drawbacks of doing that would be smaller budgets for every GSLIS student organization because it is a shared financial pool. But we can worry about that in the future).
I’m quite sure that I did not include everything discussed at Tuesday’s meeting. It was a very dynamic and lively discussion and not everything made it into my notes, my apologies for that.
Thank you all for your interest. The overall response has been very positive. Feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions or concerns at email@example.com. Please include “panopticon” or “panop” in the subject line.