A listing of past webinar sessions, including video captures, when available.

Some ARLIS/NA webinars are recorded. When a recording is available, it will be initially shared with current ARLIS/NA members under "member log in", where it will be kept for a six month moratorium following the original event date.

To access member preview recordings:

  1. Click member log in and sign in.
  2. Recordings are listed at the bottom of the page--a link and a password for each recording is posted.
  3. Click the link to access the video.
  4. Enter the indicated password when prompted.

After the moratorium has passed, the recording will be moved to this page where it may be viewed by anyone. Archived recordings older than six months are embedded below.


Using Book Art to Cultivate and Engage Library Supporters

Friday, June 7, 2013 | 2pm Eastern - 1pm Central - 12pm Mountain - 11am Pacific

Guest presenters:
Richard Minsky, Independent book artist, collector, curator (http://www.minsky.com/)
Laura Russell, Founder, 23 Sandy Gallery (http://www.23sandy.com/)

Moderator: Teresa Burk, Head Librarian, SCAD Atlanta
Artists' books appeal to a wide range of audiences and are an enticing attraction for library outreach. This session will focus specifically on tips and techniques for cultivating and engaging donors, administrators and other library supporters via interactions with book art and artists. Our guest presenters--a book artist and a book art gallery founder-- will discuss their experiences partnering with libraries to offer meaningful, exciting, hand-on events, in order to educate key stakeholders about book art and raise support for library collections.

* Attendance is limited to current ARLIS/NA members only.

Imagining, Innovating, Leading: Exploring the Connections Between Librarianship and Creativity

Friday, December 7, 2012 | 2pm Eastern - 1pm Central - 12pm Mountain - 11am Pacific

ARLIS/NA and ACRL Arts Section members are invited to attend this special joint webinar that explores the role of librarians' individual creativity and its effects in the library workplace and greater community.

Tina Chan, Reference/Instruction Librarian at SUNY-Oswego, will discuss On My Own Time, a community event that celebrates the creative talent of faculty and staff who are visual artists "on their own time." SUNY Oswego participated in On My Own Time to recognize employees' individual artistic talents and to foster imagination and creativity among employees. (Chan's presentation is encored from the ACRL-Arts discussion forum at the 2012 ALA annual conference.)

Annette Haines, Art & Design Field Librarian at the University of Michigan, will explore the existing theories and ideas on workplace creativity and how they apply to librarianship. Haines stresses the imperative of putting creative work first and offers strategies librarians can apply to manage workplace stress and foster creativity in themselves and others. (Haines' presentation is an encore from the 2012 ARLIS/NA annual conference.)

*Attendance is limited to current ARLIS/NA and ACRL-Arts members only.

Fair Use and Research Librarians: ARL's Code of Best Practices in Fair Use for Academic and Research Libraries

Friday, September 21, 2012 | 11am Pacific - 12pm Mountain - 1pm Central - 2pm Eastern

This webinar will discuss the Association of Research Libraries' recently published Code of Best Practices in Fair Use. Supported by a grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Code is intended to give librarians the tools needed to tackle increasingly challenging copyright issues. The document, along with supporting materials, is available for free download online at http://www.arl.org/fairuse.

Our speaker, Brandon Butler, is the Director of Public Policy Initiatives at the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), a group of 126 major academic and research libraries in North America. His responsibilities there include analysis and advocacy regarding copyright, privacy and surveillance, free expression, and telecommunications. He also writes the ARL Policy Notes blog, http://policynotes.arl.org, and the @ARLpolicy Twitter account.

Fashion and Textiles Collection Development, Stitch by Stitch

Friday, November 4, 2011 | 11am Pacific - 12pm Mountain - 1pm Central - 2pm Eastern
Registration is limited to current ARLIS/NA members only.

Does your institution serve fashion and textiles researchers? Then don't miss this webinar, which will examine resources and strategies for developing collections in this specialized subject area. Robin Dodge, Special Collections Librarian at the Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising, will discuss trend forecasting services for libraries: what they are, why to consider building a trend forecasting collection, special considerations for access, and specific recommendations for libraries with both small and large budgets. Edith Serkownik, Assistant Professor at the June F. Mohler Fashion Library at Kent State, will touch on fashion and textiles collection development policies, key publishers, reviews, reference resources and research databases, as well as some of the free resources that are available. These are encore presentations from the "Postcards from the Edge" workshop at ARLIS/NA 2011 annual conference.

Robin Dodge, Special Collections Librarian, Fashion Institute of Design and Merchandising
Edith Serkownek, Assistant Professor, June F. Mohler Fashion Library, Kent State University

PDC-Ed committee contact: Heather Koopmans

From Multiple Literacies to Managing Assessment: New Directions in Library Instruction in the Arts

Friday, September 30, 2011 | 11am Pacific - 12pm Mountain - 1pm Central - 2pm Eastern
Registration is limited to current ARLIS/NA members only.

This webinar will focus on innovative directions in library instruction for the arts disciplines. Librarians Holly Wilson and Laena McCarthy will discuss their efforts to serve multiple literacies and engage diverse learning styles in the art and design library. Their presentation will provide a series of strategies to engage visual and kinesthetic learners, improve their information-seeking behaviors, and shift user experiences of the library. Additionally, we'll have a report from Mike Wirtz and Jenna Rinadulcci about lessons learned from their participation in the ACRL Immersion program. Specifically targeting assessment, these two presenters will cover the latest methods for incorporating assessment techniques and learning outcomes into instruction.

The Digital Arts Bookshelf: eBooks and eJournals in Art Libraries

Thursday, July 21, 2011 | 11am Pacific - 12pm Mountain - 1pm Central - 2pm Eastern

From Ejournals to iPads, the growing ubiquity of electronic content is radically changing how libraries provide access to their collections--and how and when patrons expect to find scholarship. Nowhere is the issue more pressing than in the art library. In this webinar, two librarians will explore the rapidly changing landscape of Ebooks and Ejournals in the arts and design disciplines and its impact on collection development. Sarah Falls, Director of the Library at the New York School of Interior Design will discuss the nature of individual selection of electronic titles and the integration of Ebooks into the catalog of an Arts and Design School Library. Stephanie Frontz, Art Librarian, University of Rochester, will discuss the increasingly complex issues of copyright and image access in electronic journals. These are encore presentations from the 2011 VRA + ARLIS/NA 2nd Joint Conference session "How Do We Shelve It? The Place for Vendor-Provided Electronic Titles in Art and Architecture."

Contacts from Education Subcommittee: Heather Koopmans and Patrick Tomlin

Registration is limited to current ARLIS/NA members only.

Getting Started: Cover Letter, Resume and Interview Tips for New (and Soon-To-Be) Professionals

February 11th, 2011 | 11am Pacific - 12pm Mountain - 1pm Central - 2pm Eastern
This webinar will last one hour.

New to the field of art librarianship? Applying for professional positions for the first time? We've invited two guests to talk about the application and interviewing process. They'll offer expert advice for new (and soon-to-be) professionals on reading job descriptions, writing cover letters and resumes, and selecting good references. We'll also take a look at some of the skills and knowledge search committees look for when recruiting new art information professionals.


  • Tiffany Allen, Director of Library Human Resources, UNC Chapel Hill
  • Allen Townsend, Director, Arts Library, Yale University

The Benefits of Career Mentoring

January 14, 2011 | 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST
Space is limited.

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

On March 24th a workshop on Career Mentoring will be offered at the joint VRA & ARLIS/NA conference in Minneapolis. Learn more about the benefits of participating in the workshop, for both mentors and mentees. We'll cover what training is provided, and how to apply.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server
Macintosh®-based attendees Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer

A Matter of Discipline: The State of Open Access in the Arts

December 3, 2010 | 11am Pacific - 12pm Mountain - 1pm Central - 2pm Eastern
Encore presentation*

Providing a survey of open access publishing in the arts, Patrick Tomlin will give us an overview of the two dominant "flavors" of open publishing, the open access journal and the institutional or disciplinary repository, examining successful examples of both in disciplines like art history, architecture and design. We will look at what obstacles are slowing the uptake of open access publishing by scholars in the arts, and what possible roles the art librarian might play in raising awareness of open access and other pressing scholarly communication issues.

Patrick Tomlin, Head of the Art + Architecture Library, Virginia Tech
*This is an encore presentation of Patrick's ARLIS/NA 2010 Boston conference presentation.

ARLIS/NA Education Subcommittee contact: Heather Gendron

Reaching Visual Art Students in the Classroom and Beyond

November 19, 2010 | 11am Pacific – 12pm Mountain – 1pm Central – 2pm Eastern

Encore presentation*

Does your library serve student designers, artists, and other visual learners? If so, join us for this webinar on tailoring instruction and outreach for this population. Ellen Petraits will discuss concept mapping, a visual exercise she uses in library instruction at the Rhode Island School of Design ( RISD ) to help students identify and develop research topics in art and design courses. (*This is an encore of Ellen's ARLIS /NA 2010 Boston conference presentation.) Peter Blank promotes the artistic qualities of special collections materials to attract student artists to Stanford University’s Art and Architecture Library, but also participates in MFA studio critiques across campus to bring the library to the artists.


  • Ellen Petraits, Art Reference Librarian, Rhode Island School of Design
  • Peter Blank, Head Librarian, Art and Architecture Library, Stanford University

ARLIS/NA Education Subcommittee contacts:
Heather Koopmans & Cara List

ACRL Visual Literacy Standards

November 5, 2010 | 11am Pacific – 12pm Mountain – 1pm Central – 2pm Eastern

In this webinar, we will learn about recent initiatives to integrate visual literacy into the broad academic curriculum. How is visual literacy relevant in disciplines beyond the visual arts, art/architectural history and design, and how can it be applied to standards and instructional programs? Denise Hattwig will discuss the process of developing the ACRL/IRIG Visual Literacy Competency Standards and Juli Hinz and Alison Regan will discuss a campus-wide initiative to integrate Visual, Information, and Technology literacies across the curriculum at the University of Utah.


  • Denise Hattwig, Chair, ACRL/IRIG Visual Literacy Standards Task Force and Curator of Image Collections and Services, University of Washington, Bothell
  • Julie Hinz, Associate Director for Research and Learning Services and Alison Regan, Head of Education Services J. Willard Marriott Library, University of Utah

Related Links/Background reading:

ARLIS/NA Education Subcommittee contacts:
Stacy Brinkman & Adrienne Lai

Innovative Applications for Instructive Outreach - Best Practices for LibGuides and Online Pathfinders

Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Presenters: Nedda Ahmed, Georgia State University & Jill Luedke, Temple University

This webinar will give you guidance on advancing the usability of online pathfinders such as LibGuides. You will learn best practices for layout, content and access, experiment with software to tweak your guides, collaborate and communicate with your peers and walk away with a "toolkit of ideas and resources."

The workshop is designed to help folks make their LibGuides better. It is an abbreviated version of the 4 hour workshop held in Boston. People who sign up should have a basic understanding of LibGuides and how to use the LibGuides system. If your institution is using a different system for managing web content, much of the information in the workshop will still be useful.