in Washington D.C., May 1-5, 2014

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Reading List for Social Media Think Tank

The following list contains 7 suggested readings for the Social Media Think Tank session happening on Friday (3:45pm). Let me know if you are unable to access any of the articles.

Looking forward to seeing everyone!

Nedda H. Ahmed, Arts Librarian, Georgia State University

  • Cotelo, Juan M., Fermin L. Cruz, and Jose A. Troyano. “Dynamic Topic-Related Tweet Retrieval.” Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology 65.3 (March 2014): 513-523. DOI 10.1002/asi.22991
  • Kim, Kyung-Sun, Sei-Ching Joanna Sin, and Tien-I Tsai. “Individual Differences in Social Media Use for Information Seeking.” The Journal of Academic Librarianship 40.2 (March 2014): 171-178.
  • Young, Courtney L. “Crowdsourcing the Virtual Reference Interview.” The Reference Librarian 55.2 (2014): 172-174. DOI 10.1080/02763877.2014.879030
  • Abbruzzese, Jason. “Instagram Is a Marketer’s Best Friend — For Now” Mashable. April 30, 2014.
  • Cargill, Bob. “10 Types of Images to Boost Your Social Media Engagement” Mashable. April 25, 2014.
  • Gates, Carla. “Why Images Are So Important for Social Media Engagement” 3 to 5 Marketing. March 25, 2014.
  •  Washenko, Anna. “The 25 Best Tumblr Accounts for Book Nerds.” Mashable. March 13, 2014.



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But What will I Wear?

Many of you may be packing your bags today as you prepare to travel to DC (we can’t wait to see you!), so we thought you might appreciate some brief guidelines on what to bring. The weather in DC is currently rainy and cool, but it is forecast to warm up tomorrow and continue to be relatively sunny for the remainder of the conference, however, a light waterproof jacket is never a bad idea! The temperature for the next few days should be in the 60s/low 70s during the day, dipping into the low 50s/high 40s at night.

But beyond questions of practicality, you may be wondering, especially if you have never attended an ARLIS conference before, WHAT TO WEAR? Easy – all ARLIS gear all the time! Just kidding. A good rule of thumb is that most people will probably be dressing the way they dress for a normal workday during the day for sessions and workshops, and then might kick it up a notch for evening events. Keep in mind if you are going to Dumbarton Oaks that much of the event will be outside in the gardens, so bring a light jacket or shawl to keep warm after the sun sets. If you want more specific guidance, try perusing flickr sets from past conferences (such as Pasadena’s) to get a feel for the range of attires represented. And of course, if you want to be featured on Librarian Wardrobe, don’t hesitate to include something that will help you stand out!

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Top Ten Friday Night Alternatives

Illustration by Ida Waugh. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

Illustration by Ida Waugh. Source: Wikimedia Commons.

So you didn’t manage to snag a spot to the reception at Dumbarton Oaks on Friday. Don’t lay down in despair, the city of DC is your oyster! Grab some fellow Arlisians and try out one of these alternative evening activities. After seeing this list, those who did get tickets might be jealous of your options.

1. Mix and mingle with new ARLIS members at the ArLiSNAP Night Out. SNAPers will be gathering at Capitol City Brewing Company (one block west of the conference hotel) starting at 8:30pm.

2. Visit Politics and Prose, DC’s most venerated independent bookstore. Francine Prose will be reading from her novel Lovers at the Chameleon Club, Paris 1932 starting at 7pm.

3. Go to the drive-in. Union Market is showing Diner as part of their drive-in series. If you just went on the Baltimore tour on Thursday, Barry Levinson’s classic comedy set in Charm City will have added resonance for you. You don’t have to have a car to go – seating in the picnic area is free of charge on a first come, first served basis. Get your picnic vittles from one of the Market’s fine vendors (we’ve heard good things about the smoked salmon sandwiches at Neopol Savery Smokery). Movie begins at 8pm.

4. Experience a puppet ballet. Pointless Theatre Co. is an up-and-coming company that merges dance, theater and puppetry. They are putting on their version of Sleeping Beauty at Flashpoint (916 G Street NW, 0.3 miles from the Grand Hyatt). Tickets are $25 or $18 for seniors/students, show starts at 8pm.

5. Get an exhibit sneak peek AND see a classic film noir. The Smithsonian’s Freer|Sackler is offering a sneak preview of their exhibit An American in London: Whistler and the Thames, as part of an after-hours event (5:30 – 8:30pm) that will feature sketch comedy by the British Players and 19th century popular music. Stroll in the Freer’s courtyard or pop in to Whistler’s Peacock Room while you’re there. At 8:30 will be a free screening of Night and the City.

6. Go on safari. A photo safari, that is! Washington Photo Safari offers guided tours of DC landmarks and tips on how best to photograph them. See info for tickets here.

7. Celebrate a folk artist’s 100th birthday. At 6:30, the Smithsonian American Art Museum will host a free lecture on artist Ralph Fasanella. Son Mark Fasanella and Leslie Umberger, curator of folk and self-taught art at the museum, will address his life, family, and artistic career.

8. See the monuments by night. All that white marble positively glows when it is lit up after dark. See options for guided tours here and here, or navigate them on your own for free.

9. Ghost Hunters: Georgetown edition. The neighborhood that features the Exorcist Steps is rife with ghost stories. Two companies offer free self-guided versions of a Georgetown ghost tour, one scary, one family-friendly.

10. Have your OWN garden party. If all you wanted was a cocktail outdoors, just pick one of the fine establishments off of these lists of the best DC rooftop bars, and the best places to drink outside.

There is more information on how to book your own tours in our local guide to sightseeing.

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Have A Free Night? Catch A Performance in DC.

Foyer, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC. Photo: Andreas Praefcke. Public domain.

Here are links to calendars at local performance spaces from rock clubs to the Kennedy Center.


9:30 Club
Black Cat
Blues Alley
U Street Music Hall
Rock n’ Roll Hotel
Madam’s Organ


Kennedy Center
Millennium Stage (Kennedy Center’s daily free performances)
George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium
Studio Theater
DC Improv (comedy club)
Shakespeare Theater Company (around the corner from the hotel)


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A Tour You Can Take From Your Desk

Before you pack your bags for DC, take a moment to appreciate the creative lives of our colleagues by visiting the exciting ARLIS/NA 2014 Members’ Art Exhibition. This online gallery was made possible by one of ARLIS/NA’s newest SIGs, Stimulating Creativity in Practice (SCIP), and features work by:

Annette Haines
Eric M. Wolf
Elizabeth Hollenbeck
Gabriella Solti
Marcie Farwell
Marianne Sade
Marta Chudolinska
Robert Lobe
Claire Dannenbaum
Hillary Veeder
Peter Klubek
Kai Alexis Smith
Rene Aranzamendez
Laura Graveline
Isabel Ayres
Greta Bahnemann
Cynthia Gregory

SCIP members Elizabeth Hollenbeck and Angela Weaver collaborated to showcase this amazing work in advance of the 2014 Annual Conference.  Visitors can browse by item, artist or medium (paintings, sculpture/3D, prints/mixed-media/collage, textiles, and photographs).

Be sure to visit the site and congratulate these artists on their commitment to creative practice while also being active and engaged professionals.

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Got Your ARLIS/NA Gear?

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Members of the ARLIS/DC-Maryland-Virginia chapter pose on the National Mall with items from our CafePress store.  Travel mugs, water bottles luggage tags, tees, and even a yoga mat can be purchased with the new ARLIS/NA logo or the conference logo designed by Christopher Hibben Graphic Design of Richmond, Va. Proceeds from the store support the Chapter and its Caroline Backlund Travel Award for the annual conference. An ARLIS/NA coffee mug would look swell on your desk and you will always be able to spot a fellow Society member at the luggage carousel!

Gregg Most, President, ARLIS/NA and Chief, Department of Image Collections, Library, National Gallery of Art

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Local Libraries Open House – Conference Hotel Neighborhood edition

If you are staying at (or near) the Grand Hyatt, these last two libraries participating in the open house are easy to reach on foot.

Immediately around the corner (walk east on H Street then turn right on 9th) you will find 750 9th Street, which houses the Smithsonian American Art Museum (SAAM)/National Portrait Gallery (NPG) Library. The SAAM/NPG Library boasts a collection of 180,000 books, exhibition catalogs, catalogues raisonnés, serials, and dissertations concentrated in the area of American art, history, and biography with supportive materials on European art. It also contains artists’ books, ephemeral materials, auction catalogs, scrapbooks, among other resources. The library will be featuring a display celebrating its 50th anniversary and will be featuring highlights from its artists’ book collection and vertical files. This building also houses (on separate floors) the NPG’s Catalog of American Portraits and the SAAM Research and Scholars Center. Both will be open – drop by the Catalog of American Portraits on the concourse level to learn more about their efforts to maintain information and images for nearly 200,000 portraits of notable American subjects or by notable American artists. Head up to the 3rd floor to learn about the Research and Scholars Center’s unique art resources in more detail, such as the Museum’s efforts to document America’s cultural heritage through the comprehensive Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture databases and Save Outdoor Sculpture! project.

Head back in the direction of the hotel, go three blocks and turn right on 12th, then left on New York Avenue, and you will find yourself at the National Museum of Women in the Arts. Director of the NMWA Library, Heather Slania, and Curator of Book Arts, Krystyna Wasserman, will be showcasing rare books, archival materials, and artist books. On view will be a few letters from the Frida Kahlo letters archive, examples of 19th century publishers’ bindings by women, and a sneak preview of Heather’s next library exhibition: The First Woman Graphic Novelist: Helena Bochořáková-Dittrichová. Krystyna will show several fine examples from the museum’s renowned artist book collection. And once you are done, you can use your conference badge to see the museum’s exhibits free of charge.

If you finish your library open house tour here and find yourself famished, don’t forget to check out our hotel area guides on Pinterest for foodstuffs and other necessities.