Professional Development in Pasadena – Workshops & Tours sponsored by the Art Libraries Society of North America

The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) will hold its 41st annual conference in Pasadena, California, April 25-29, 2013.


Consider taking advantage of this unique opportunity for professional development and register for one (or more!) of the following workshops and tours:

Workshop: The Art of GLAM-Wiki: The Basics of Sharing Cultural Knowledge with the World on Wikipedia 
Friday, April 26, 2013, 8:00am-12:00pm 
Learn how your organization can share its cultural heritage content with a diverse audience on the world’s fifth most popular website! Instructors well-versed in the Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums with Wikipedia (GLAM-Wiki) Initiative will teach you how to engage with Wikipedia and the Wikipedia community, the basics of GLAM-Wiki, Wikipedia’s policies and procedures, and basic editing skills.

Workshop: Postcards from the Edge VI: Television & Media Industries 
Friday, April 26, 2013, 9:00am-12:30pm 
This hands-on workshop format provides practical training for reference and research librarians. The origins and nature of television and media studies will be discussed and participants will be introduced to the most important and useful resources related to the Television and Media industries; special trial access to a number of electronic resources will be provided.

Workshop: Omeka: Creating and Sharing Collections With An Open Source Web Publishing Tool 
Friday, April 26, 2013, 8:00am-12:00pm 
Do you have an exhibition idea or a hidden collection that needs exposure? Come learn the basics of Omeka, a free, flexible, and open source web-publishing platform for the online exhibition and display of library, museum, and archival collections. In this hands-on format you will create your own project with images, audio, video, and texts.

Workshop: Hands-on Letterpress Broadside Printing Workshop at Art Center’s Archetype Press 
Monday, April 29, 2013, 9:00am-1:00pm 
Experience the letterpress renaissance and plan to get hands-on in this participatory workshop where you will print a broadside and be exposed to the cultural history and heritage of typography and print culture. This is a rare opportunity to view and handle the largest collection of American and European metal foundry type, wood type and ornaments in California.

Tour: Los Angeles County Museum of Art and Watts Towers 
Thursday, April 25, 2013, 9:00am-5:00pm 
Experience a one-hour tour of the Stanley Kubrick exhibition led by a LACMA curator, plus a presentation on the conservation challenges presented by the iconic Watts Towers from LACMA’s senior conservation scientist. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the museum before you continue on to a docent led tour at Watts Towers.

Tour: Exploring El Pueblo de Los Angeles Historical Monument: Siqueiros Mural, Avila Adobe, Olvera Street 
Friday, April 26, 2013, 9:00am-1:00pm 
Tour the Avila Adobe (1818), the oldest standing residence in L.A., followed by a visit to the only David Alfaro Siqueiros public mural in the U.S., América Tropical (1932). Leslie Rainer, Senior Project Specialist from the Getty Conservation Institute will give an informative and detailed overview of the mural and talk about the challenges and process of its recent restoration.

Tour: The Getty Villa 
Monday, April 29, 2013, 8:30am-5:30pm 
The day will include a private tour of the Getty Villa, including a curator-led tour of the special exhibition, Sicily: Art and Invention between Greece and Rome. The second part of the day will include a behind-the-scenes tour with an Education Specialist who will talk about the highlights and history of the Villa, including the architecture, the garden, and the renovated Ranch House, which was the original residence of J. Paul Getty.

PLEASE NOTE: Colleagues and students who take advantage of this special opportunity will pay the regular price of the workshop or tour as listed in the program, plus a $15 administrative fee.

For more information, visit the conference website, conference schedule, or our Facebook page


Sincerely, Conference Program Co-chairs
Sarah Sherman & Cathy Billings

Sarah Sherman
Reference Librarian
 Getty Research Institute
1200 Getty Center Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90049

CFP: Reimagining the Archive

Reimagining the Archive

A Three-Day Symposium
November 12-14, 2010
James Bridges Theater
School of Theater, Film & Television
University of California, Los Angeles

Organized by:
UCLA Film & Television Archive
UCLA M.A. Program in Moving Image Archive Studies (MIAS)
Institut National de l’Audiovisuel (INA), Paris
INA’Sup / European Centre for Research, Training and Education on Digital Media
With additional support from:
National Digital Information Infrastructure Preservation Program (NDIIPP),
U.S. Library of Congress
Department of Information Studies /
Graduate School of Education & Information Studies, UCLA Cinema & Media Studies Faculty, Department of Film, Television & Digital Media /
School of Theater, Film & Television, UCLA

Digitality has radically and dynamically transformed the role of traditional archives and museums as repositories for revered, to-be-safeguarded cultural objects. As de facto archives created by users and industry organizations proliferate online; as the social engagement and complexity of Web 2.0 culture expand; and as expansive copyright regimes entail ever more intrusive forms of monitoring and enforcement, archives’ traditional missions of custody and controlled access are being challenged by the new habits and expectations of scholars, researchers, and the general public alike.
The unquestioned trust and task of defining the authenticity, provenance, and movement of archival objects and collections – once the sole province and prerogative of legacy institutions and expert curators – has become more open, participatory, and fluid. In the face of “remix culture,” “archive fever,” and emergent “long tail” phenomena, institutions and rights holders are struggling to come to terms with these new, shared missions and responsibilities. The way ahead for reinventing cultural heritage institutions is uncharted, but inaction is not an altermative. They must adapt or risk irrelevance.
Reimagining the Archive will explore the changing role of archives and cultural heritage institutions, and the new opportunities presented by the remapping and remixing of traditional, cherished, and seemingly immutable institutional models and practices. How might archives build new relationships and professional paradigms, and perhaps ultimately a new philosophy of archives and archiving that embrace and enrich the contemporary “many to many” landscape of media culture?
The Symposium aims to bring together archival and cultural scholars, professionals from private and public cultural organizations, mainstream and independent creative artists who make digital media and artworks, and specialists from major information technology and media firms engaged in all aspects of digital asset management, conservation, and preservation. The Symposium will provide a forum for wide-ranging discussion and debate on all aspects of archival practice, technology, and research.
Symposium organizers invite the submission of competitive presentations in a range of formats (e.g., papers, posters, interactive demonstrations, media projects, artworks) related to any of the following conference themes, broadly conceived:
• Transition
New roles for archives: circulation, annotation, mediation and evaluation
Shifts in institutional focus from archives of objects to archives of events — from archive as entity/repository to archive as activity and performance
The proliferation of de facto archives
From “audiences” to “users”: from reception to engagement and social production
The documentation, annotation and evaluation of emergent and innovative objects, forms, genres, e.g., games, net apps, social media, “worlds”

• Navigation
The changing legal, regulatory, ethical, and policy landscape of digital cultural heritage, nationally and internationally; threats fair use and the public domain
Digital creation and clearance culture: remix and policing
Intellectual freedom v. digital rights management (DRM)
Peer-to-peer architectures and collections
The cloud and the archive
Internet, archives, or both? Does the Internet need to be archived? Is it a container of content, content in itself, or both? Can it be archived in the absence of designated archival responsibility or action?

• Curation
The future of archives as knowledge references and authorities
Digital challenges to core archival principles
Assigning value, selection, collecting
The significance of independent / amateur media production
Persistence of memory, ecstasy of forgetting: issues of exclusion, selection, sorting, and choice; what to keep and why? Where and when is memory, remembering, forgetting?
Archives as memory and knowledge. Digitization and new possibilities for scholarly, analytical and critical reading. Do digital media convey knowledge in a new way, and if so, what kinds of knowledge? What are the implications for education, cultural transmission, and pedagogy?

Submission Guidelines
All proposals must include the following information:
• Name, title and affiliation of each author (please indicate student authors)
• An extended abstract (500 words) describing the presentation, including illustrations or diagrams for installation as needed
• Requirements for technical support (e.g., AV, space, electrical) required for presentation or installation, if needed
• First author’s name and page numbers on all proposal pages
Student submissions are strongly encouraged.
Proposals should be submitted as attachments to email.
Please send proposals and other inquiries to:

Important Deadlines
• Proposals will be considered as they are received
• Preliminary deadline for receipt of proposals: August 1, 2010
• Acceptance notification by September 1, 2010

Jaimie Baron and Dawn Fratini

Conference at USC on Critical Code Studies (announcement and call for submissions)

Announcing a 1-Day conference on Critical Code Studies at the University of Southern California

Critical Code Studies @ USC
July 23, 2010
Hosted by The Center for Transformative Scholarship & The Institute for Multimedia Literacy
Keynote: Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, Brown University

As digital humanitarians continue to turn their attention to the software and hardware that shape culture, the interpretation of source code offers a rich set of symbols and processes for exploration.

Critical Code Studies names the practice of explicating the extra-functional significance of source code. Rather than one specific approach or theories, CCS names a growing set of methodologies that help unpack the symbols that make up software. While still in its initial state, this nascent area of study has been growing rapidly over the course of 2010.

Following the massively successful Critical Code Study Working Group, we will be gathering at USC for a one-day conference to present readings of code. We are currently exploring the innovative publication of conference proceedings through Vectors and others partnerships.

Wendy Hui Kyong Chun, author of Control and Freedom: Power and Paranoia in the Age of Fiber Optics, will present a keynote address. During the Working Group, she presented a powerful chapter from her monograph, Programmed Visions: Software, DNA, Race (forthcoming MIT, 2010).

Please submit a 250-word abstract to markcmarino at gmail dot com by June 1, 2010 (Subject: “CCS @ USC 2010”). Presenters will be notified by June 15.

Visit Critical Code Studies Working Group at:

Literature.Culture.Media Research Slam – EXTENDED

This call went out a couple months ago to the UCSB campus, but I’d like to extend the invitation to any DH SoCal scholars that wish to participate!

Call for Submissions

Literature.Culture.Media Center Research Slam
Down from the lectern and into the crowd!

Friday, May 21
1 pm – 530 pm

University of California, Santa Barbara

Department of English
South Hall (various locations)

Please send project description, technical requirements (if any), and a short biography by May 9 to

Have you done recent work that you’re particularly proud of? Are you working on a project and would like to get feedback from your peers and faculty? Interested in seeing the diversity of scholarship occurring on campus? UCSB’s Literature.Culture.Media Center is devoted to investigating and highlighting innovative ways of combining traditional humanities research with concepts and methodologies related to information media and technology. In this tradition, we are hosting the third annual Research Slam to showcase the unique work done by scholars across campus.

The goal of the Research Slam is to combine the best features of traditional academic humanities venues like lectures and roundtables and combine them with the free-flowing, hyperattentive and participatory focus of the poster session and poetry slam. The format includes a series of parallel presentations, followed by a plenary discussion at the end of the afternoon. Glow necklaces will be provided!

A Research Slam is:

• Non-linear intellectual encounters
• Smaller, more personalized discussions, followed by a large group session
• Multi-media, multi-modal, and/or multi-temporal
• Inclusive of faculty and students
• Performative, interactive, playful
• Interested in new paradigms of sharing scholarly work

A Research Slam is not:

• Divided and structured hierarchically
• Quiet or stationary
• Lecture-based
• Traditional or conventional
• Boring

The Literature.Culture.Media Center is now soliciting multimedia projects, research posters, and other creative or scholarly works taking advantage of the intersections between academics, information and technology to showcase at the Slam, regardless of department, class level, or period of focus of the contributor. We invite faculty, graduate students, or undergraduates to apply! If you think your project fits the structure of the event, we’d love to have you!

Potential Critical Nodes:

reading/audience practices
educational technology
media arts
popular culture
GIS/mapping/locative media
communication studies

(Please note that the Research Slam does not endorse exhaustive lists. Please expand at your will.)