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Survival Techniques for Art Librarians at Public Libraries<br />VRA + ARLIS/NA 2011<br />Sunday, March 27, 9:45am – 11:15a...
Public Library Subject Specialists Survey<br />
Public Library Subject Specialists survey60 responses<br />Official Subject Specialist<br />42% <br />
Public Library Subject Specialists survey60 responses<br />Unofficial Subject Specialist<br />57% <br />
General Trends About What Is Impacting Public Libraries<br />Library Trends<br />Administrators’ decisions<br />Budgets<br...
General Trends About What Is Impacting Public Libraries<br />Library Trends<br />Administrators’ decisions<br />Generaliza...
General Trends About What Is Impacting Public Libraries<br />Library Trends (cont’d)<br />Service Trends<br />Youth Servic...
General Trends About What Is Impacting Public Libraries<br />Public Trends<br />Perception<br />All library staff are libr...
How Public Librarian Jobs Are Changing: New Responsibilities By Assignment<br />Circulation<br />Clerical<br />City Servic...
How Public Librarian Jobs Are Changing: New Responsibilities By “Volunteering”<br />Advocacy<br />Cataloging<br />Committe...
Digitization Projects<br />50% of respondents have been involved in digitization to make special local collections availab...
Digitization Projects<br /><ul><li>Local newspaper
Public art bibliographies
Science titles
Local collection of 500,000 pages
“Hidden” collections
Specialized collections related to local history
Local photographs, local art collections
Building survey conducted by the City
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Alyssa Resnick presentation for the "Survival Techniques for Art Librarians at Public Libraries" session at the VRA + ARLIS/NA 2nd Joint Conference in Minneapolis, MN.

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  1. 1. Survival Techniques for Art Librarians at Public Libraries<br />VRA + ARLIS/NA 2011<br />Sunday, March 27, 9:45am – 11:15am<br />Marquette V<br />Speakers:<br />Alyssa G. Resnick, Glendale Public Library<br />Public Library Subject Specialists Survey: Trends & Overview<br />Cathy Billings, Brand Library & Art Center<br />Indispensible: How to Buck the Generalization Trend and Keep doing What You Love<br />Mary Stark, Beverly Hills Public Library<br />Beverly Hills Public Library’s Art Research Library: The Writing on the Wall<br />
  2. 2. Public Library Subject Specialists Survey<br />
  3. 3. Public Library Subject Specialists survey60 responses<br />Official Subject Specialist<br />42% <br />
  4. 4. Public Library Subject Specialists survey60 responses<br />Unofficial Subject Specialist<br />57% <br />
  5. 5. General Trends About What Is Impacting Public Libraries<br />Library Trends<br />Administrators’ decisions<br />Budgets<br />Service Trends<br />Technology<br />Public Trends<br />Perception <br />Needs<br />Technology<br />
  6. 6. General Trends About What Is Impacting Public Libraries<br />Library Trends<br />Administrators’ decisions<br />Generalization - Single, centralized reference services point<br />Consolidation of services<br />Review of Collections/ Weeding /<br />Budgets<br />Reduced hours of operation<br />Reduced materials budgets<br />Reduced staffing budgets/vacant positions not being filled<br />
  7. 7. General Trends About What Is Impacting Public Libraries<br />Library Trends (cont’d)<br />Service Trends<br />Youth Services<br />Movies – Game tie-ins<br />Spanish language services or other languages based on community<br />Local collections<br />Technology<br />Ebooks<br />Digital Media<br />Online resources<br />
  8. 8. General Trends About What Is Impacting Public Libraries<br />Public Trends<br />Perception<br />All library staff are librarians & generalists<br />All information is readily available online<br />Needs<br />Specialized staff are greatly appreciated (at some libraries)<br />Public is using specialized subject departments & reference services less<br />Technology<br />Public wants electronic content; misunderstanding of what is available digitally.<br />Public wants the librarian to be a computer tech & needs assistance to use online content.<br />Public wants more access to computers & software. <br />
  9. 9. How Public Librarian Jobs Are Changing: New Responsibilities By Assignment<br />Circulation<br />Clerical<br />City Services<br />Collection Development<br />Collection Maintenance<br />Database Maintenance<br />Digitizing Collections<br />Electronic Collections<br />Local History<br />Manager in Charge<br />Marketing/Publicity<br />Mergers<br />Preservation<br />Programming<br />Reference Services<br />Social Media<br />Strategic Planning<br />Technology Support<br />Volunteers <br />Young Adult & Teen Services<br />
  10. 10. How Public Librarian Jobs Are Changing: New Responsibilities By “Volunteering”<br />Advocacy<br />Cataloging<br />Committees<br />Conferences<br />Donations<br />Grants<br />Graphic design & publications<br />Spanish language programming<br />Teach computer classes<br />Tutoring<br />Website development<br />Writing & research assistance to HS students<br />
  11. 11. Digitization Projects<br />50% of respondents have been involved in digitization to make special local collections available online<br />
  12. 12. Digitization Projects<br /><ul><li>Local newspaper
  13. 13. Public art bibliographies
  14. 14. Science titles
  15. 15. Local collection of 500,000 pages
  16. 16. “Hidden” collections
  17. 17. Specialized collections related to local history
  18. 18. Local photographs, local art collections
  19. 19. Building survey conducted by the City
  20. 20. “Activating the Archive”
  21. 21. “Nebraska Memories”
  22. 22. California fiction index card file
  23. 23. Historical photo collections and yearbooks</li></li></ul><li>Digitization Projects<br /><ul><li> LAPL http://digital.lapl.org/
  24. 24. Bookplate collection
  25. 25. Casey Fashion Plates
  26. 26. Fruit Crate Labels
  27. 27. Hollywood Movie Posters
  28. 28. Menu collection
  29. 29. Travel Posters
  30. 30. NYPL http://digitalgallery.nypl.org/nypldigital/index.cfm
  31. 31. Arts & Literature
  32. 32. Cities & Buildings
  33. 33. Culture & Society
  34. 34. History & Geography
  35. 35. Industry & Technology
  36. 36. Nature & Science
  37. 37. Printing & Graphics</li></li></ul><li>Collection of historic photographs and documents related to Leslie C. Brand<br />OAC – Online Archive of California<br />
  38. 38. El Miradero Reception Hall 1906-1910?<br />
  39. 39. Brand Library music reading room1956<br />
  40. 40. Glendale Central Library <br />
  41. 41. Conclusions<br />Jobs ARE changing<br />Services ARE changing<br />Public needs ARE changing<br />Librarians are lifelong learners<br />
  42. 42. Alyssa G. Resnick<br />Development, Technology & Collection Services<br />Administrator<br />Glendale Public Library<br />818-548-2180<br />aresnick@ci.glendale.ca.us<br />
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