ABOUT The Society of Art Librarianship Students is a group for graduate students at Indiana University â€“ Bloomington interested in the field of art librarianship, visual resources and anything related. The society promotes professional development, facilitate networking among members and art librarians, organize informational talks by professionals, and visit fine arts libraries. While this student group is independent of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), many students pursuing careers in art librarianship are also active with this national association.
@sals_iub salsiub.wordpress.com Note from the editor ART//LIB was conceived as an informal platform for the Society of Art Librarianship Students (SALS) at Indiana University to have a voice without having to grapple with receiving departmental permission. In order to express your opinions in grad school, youâ€™re constantly jumping through hoops or being cautious about stepping on toes. Being a grad student means being on edge all the time because rubbing an administrator, a faculty member, or supervisor the wrong way could mean ending your career before it even begins. There are no real parameters for the content of this zine though I have recommended that our contributors keep librarianship, visual resource management, and the arts in mind. Really, this is just an outlet for our organization to make something without being graded or assessed.
Andrew & Kendra
Thoughts after staring at Jeanne Hébuterne Without the eyes the face is just a mask. Without words, there is no breath to breathe into a story of maroon hair, a torso waiting to be embraced. Only her arms speak openly; one resting towards a chair, the other held close to her chest, as if to say, “I exist to listen.” To be lost or entranced by the hands of another. What will you observe? How her arms drag like a rag doll? How her neck appears twisted like a swan? No use for an object. No light or song for a language to sing. If towers are tall, then so are the missing traces caught between pale blues & reds. Her body directed at your gaze like a record playing over and over. It was her choice to sit for you. She knew you were a mistake, an oversight, but are there really ever mistakes? Not in this room of layered walls and the calling of evening from the winds rustling, left unsatisfied. If loyalty can lead only to sadness, or a certain blankness in expression, then perhaps somewhere inside, she still smiles. Tonight she wants to be named, but what is a name without eyes? A face without precision? Her lips left half open as if to speak─
Written by Erica Hayes
At Your Service: An Asian-American Perspective on Academic Librarianship Now that I am pursuing a career in librarianship, I’ve noticed the ongoing trend of emphasizing librarianship as a service. For the record, I agree that librarianship is a service. I’m writing to verbalize my own insecurities with the term “service” because it so easily established a hierarchy in my previous job as a “server.” Having served a community of predominantly white patrons for over half my life, I can say that I never want to go through the racism and indignities I faced as a server ever again. Chinese restaurants, like most cultural experiences for Americans, are highly susceptible to abuse by our country’s pervasive sense of western entitlement. Yes, we have an established service industry complex that “justifies” our expectations for the best service your money can buy, but racist micro-aggressions can easily morph a reasonable “complaint” into a reaffirmation of white power over the desperate Asian immigrant. I used to watch customers yell at my mother for delays in their takeout orders: “My children are starving!” White middle-class all-American suburban dance moms screaming at my mother (a woman who fled a war-torn, poverty-stricken country by boat) that their children were starving because of the ten-minute delay on their smorgasbord of deep fried chicken. In my younger years, having worked at my parents’ restaurant since age 8, I would cry in the walk-in fridge when I was reprimanded by customers. I served my neighbors, I served my teachers, I served my peers; I was nice to everyone, no matter how they treated me because I knew that my friendly facade was correlated to some extent with my family’s economic stability. Customers exploited my kindness. Their x% tips would ultimately become my college tuition payments. They could tell me to go back to China and at the end of the day I would still be serving them lo mein. After serving upper-middle class suburbia for over a decade, I developed an inferiority complex that rivals the self-deprecating facult ass-kissing so prevalent in academia. Upon entering grad school, I quickly picked up on a general condescension toward library science students from grad students and professors in other departments. For example: “You actually need a degree to be a librarian?” And then it struck me. Here I am, yet again, serving a predominantly white community (surprise, academia is very white), this time with PhD-propped egos. What makes me wince about the term “service” is the inference by the served that they are superior to the servers. Paradoxically, as library services become more involved with information production (in contrast to information storage), librarians continue to re-brand, and thus reaffirm, themselves as service-oriented. Yes, librarians provide services, but they are also often collaborators. This is especially true with emerging trends in library publishing and digital humanities projects. Regardless, servers deserve respect. Professors are not better than librarians and librarians are not better than restaurant servers. The served are not better than the servers. I may still be at your service in the library, but you better check your privileges before I revoke them.
Written by Andrew Wang
Compiled Google Search History
Compiled by Anna Vanderjagt 3
Lists, Reminders, Alarms, and Calendars: The Pre-Memoir of a Graduate Student Fellow graduate students, or those who commiserate with the graduate student lifestyle, this is for you.** The following list is a compilation of best ways I have been able to keep on task in grad school, whilst remaining (mostly) human: Post-it notes: as environmentally unfriendly as these are, they are YOUR friends. I highly recommend using a sharpie to write your last-minute-before-crashing thoughts in all caps on this brightly colored notepad and sticking the post-it note to your alarm clock. These notes usually include statements like, “Shower!” or “Wear pants tomorrow!” This is a good way to avoid looking foolish the next day were you to forget those essentials components of your busy life. Note: sticking post-its to your door by the lock is a good way to ensure you have to read them before exiting. Make sure to write in big, obnoxious letters so you don’t miss your important message! Scraps of paper from various locations (including bar coasters): very good to have around and will ensure that your friends think you are losing it when you pull five scrambled pieces of paper out of your pocket on accident... little do they know, you have it all under control. Invariably, you will, at times, forget where you have placed these notes. Not to worry, it happens to the best of us. legal pads: This is a very classy way to compile all the sentiments you have already recorded on scrap paper and post-it notes. In a pinch, you can sometimes tape the scraps and post-it notes onto a piece of legal paper to further impose the appearance of order in your life. Hand or forearm: should only be used in desperate situations, especially if you are a frequent hand-washer (and let’s be honest, you should be in the densely germ infested academic environs you frequent). iCal: Crucial for showing up to places on time with the correct things done. I highly recommend inserting your entire work and class schedule to repeat weekly, input your class syllabi (color-coded, of course) with the assignments due that day in the notes section. Be sure to set the several alarms/reminders for each event so that you will get the most out of inputting your entire life into a single apple application. When things come up in a casual conversation, it’s completely acceptable to stop the conversation in order to add the event to your calendar. Your friends, employers, and family will appreciate how much you care about showing up on time in the appropriate attire. Additionally, it is helpful to plan out every waking hour left over so that you can actually complete everything by the time it is due. If there is any blank space after the allotted time, make sure to cram any social event into that space if possible. You will love the inflexibility of this system, and be so happy that you use it as a crutch rather than your own memory. Reminders: There is a handy app on iPhones called “reminders.” This is your greatest confidant. You will create your eccentric triple-digit to-do lists here, as well as your significantly more sparse grocery list (ramen, chocolate, wine, etc.). Make sure to use the handy reminder and priority settings to get that extra foreboding sense of pressure every time your phone buzzes, beeps or twitches. 4
Alarms: The importance of alarms cannot be overemphasized. While you may hate the droning sound of your alarm that initial moment of waking, the 3rd, 4th and 5th alarms actually become quite soothing. It is nice to know that an alarm for “breakfast” will go off in the precise amount of time necessary before the alarms “pack lunch” and “leave for the 7:30 AM bus.” It might not be a bad idea to make a post-it note to remind you to set all these alarms the night before. It also helps to create witty titles for these various alarms so you don’t loathe the life you lead. For example, I start out my day with “Get up. GET UP.” which is closely followed by “Seriously. GET UP.” While this list just scratches the surface of helpful tools and tricks of the grad-school trade, I hope it helps you discover the complicated ways you can utilize to uncomplicate your life. If you find you still forget things (like turning in your zine submission on time), it is fairly simple to fix: just ramp up your alarms and note taking so that no other important things slip through the cracks... **Please note that this is particularly for you if you are a Mac-user; it is nothing personal against PC-users, it was just how this particular apple fell... Written by Leslie J. Winter
WE THE PEOPLE ARE BECOMING TRANSPARENT AND DISPOSABLE!!!
Created by Vaughan Hennen 6
Digital Divide I was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. Kansas City has a very prominent digital divide. Many low-income individuals and families do not have access to a computer or the Internet. Too many residents are excluded from economic, health, social, education, and cultural benefits of the digital age because of a lack of resources. Having a computer with Internet access, in many cases, is vital for people to provide for their family whether it is by taking online classes to gain more education or filling out job applications. Young people are affected as well, students who are not able to complete their homework due to a lack of technology should not be held accountable. There needs to be more discussion and action between communities, governments, and schools. The digital divide is not just in your backyard, it’s worldwide. Spaces that have advanced technology, such as MakerSpaces, concern me. MakerSpaces provide people of all ages, depending, with a space to be engaged, creative and challenged. My concern is that the neglected communities that do not have the same opportunities will fall behind and the gap in digital literacy will only get bigger. People without basic technology skills will be left in the dust thus leading a community down a slippery slope. I am not asking academics to not explore MakerSpaces in their institutional setting but how can MakerSpaces be incorporated in communities stricken with economic and social inequalities. Librarians should connect within their communities and reach out to local community centers to set up classes that could teach computer skills. For example, Kansas City has a grass roots organization called Kansas City Women in Technology - an organization that envisions growing the number of women in technology careers. The women who are a part of the organization could volunteer or work by teaching basic to advanced technology skills to others who are lacking. This would allow those who have either been in the field for years to give back or the novice women to gain experience in technology instruction. This would benefit their organization by interacting with girls and women of all ages, thus promoting their cause. In regards to the recent conversation of the federal prison system and criminal justice reform, inmates who finish their sentences are released back into the world with an unreasonable amount of collateral consequences stacked up against them. This ranges from not being able to get jobs, public housing, getting loans, Pell grants, food stamps, and more. Prisoners want to get back to work and should be able to. This is an opportunity to connect and provide a service for released inmates and inmates who will be released. Basic to advanced computer skills could be taught inside and outside prisons. Upon being released the parolee could transition to a community technology center to teach and share their skills. This would allow them to gain skills and experience for a profitable field and to interact with a community! Addressing the term ‘community technology centers’ used above, this is another idea where cities restore old buildings that are falling apart within low-income communities and turn them into a community computer lab. I see librarianship as a progressive and ever-changing field. Librarians are pioneers and are more-than-qualified to implement the ideas mentioned above. Librarians are humble, patient, and accepting of others. I think the opportunities are endless when a community works together and gathers their local resources to help others. Bridging the digital divide only creates strength within communities. I have one last question though, are library schools promoting an environment where there is a dialogue with students about social issues and how they can be incorporated with librarianship? "Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.” - Kofi Annan
Written by Kendra Werst
SALS BIOGRAPHIES Erica Hayes is currently pursuing a Master of Information Science and Master of Library Science dual degree. Specializing in digital libraries and focusing on scholarly communication, she hopes to work in a digital scholarship center one day. Her research interests include 19th century American and British Literature, contemporary poetry and poetics, and geospatial humanities. Prior to studying librarianship and information science, her first love was poetry. She also holds an MFA in Poetry from California State University, Long Beach. She could have written an essay on the intersection of the arts and sciences, among other library and digital humanities subjects, but she thought sheâ€™d share a few of her poems (rejects and other works of expression).
Vaughan Hennen is in his second year of the dual degree program in Library Science and Information Science at Indiana University. He is getting specializations in Music Librarianship and Art Librarianship and hopes with these areas of focus he can help tear down the iron bars that exist between many music and art libraries. Vaughan came to Library School only a few weeks after graduating with a Bachelor of Music in Cello Performance from the University of North Texas. The original plan that Vaughan wanted to pursue was to become a music librarian, but these plans have since changed. After taking Kristina Keogh's Art Librarianship course, he has been addicted to all of the offerings of Art Librarianship and the radical people associated with art libraries. Originally from the balmy, beautiful, Texas Gulf Coast, Vaughan wishes that Indiana would warm up, as he is freezing his butt off in this weather.
Julia Kilgore received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Art from Hillsdale College in 2014. She is currently pursuing a duel Masters degree in Library Science and Art History and is specializing in archives and digital libraries within the Library Science side. Julia hopes to find a position working in a museum, library, archive, or a similar cultural institution in order to teach people about the past through the study of objects and help preserve material culture for future generations.
Vicki Shively's early career goal was to work in the motion picture and television industry. In 1990 she graduated from the University of Oklahoma where she earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Art and Filmmaking. From 1991 through 2015 she worked as both a freelance artist and full-time employee for several television studios and post-production shops in Colorado and Los Angeles. As a Senior Art Director and Creative Director, she designed, developed and executed projects for both major motion pictures and television series for Twentieth Century Fox, Paramount Studios, and Sony Entertainment to name a few. In 2015, Vicki decided she was ready to pursue a new career direction. She believes it is essential to collect and conserve all forms of art, film, and information, and wishes to continue the legacy of past librarians by helping others to access these materials, improve lives, and reshape the digital world around us. Because of her extensive Art and Film background, and after researching several institutions, she settled on Indiana University to pursue a Master's Degree in Library Science with a specialization in Art Librarianship. In addition to her graduate studies, she is presently working as an assistant film archivist for the Indiana University.
SALS BIOGRAPHIES Anna VanderJagt received a Bachelor of Science degree in Art History from Kendall College of Art and Design in 2013. She is currently pursuing a Masters in Library Science specializing in Digital Libraries. Anna hopes to find Carmen Sandiego, do things well, and make her cat more cuddly.
Andrew Wang is a grad student in the art history and library science programs. Plagued with chronic dissatisfaction, he constantly longs for both his big city hometown (Philadelphia) and a future life as a recluse in the mountains. He would also love the opportunity to do more traveling, including a trip back to his second family in Catalonia. For the time being, he spends his days working non-stop, leaving trails of unfinished art projects, and spending quality time with his plants. He has a weakness for pizza, donuts, snacks (in general), and dogs. Though Andrew has worked as a Chinese restaurant server, a security guard, and a photo technician, he aspires to be a librarian. He currently works at the IU Art Museum and the Fine Arts Library. Some of his upcoming professional development projects include presentations about zines and comics in art libraries at the ARLIS/NA conference in Seattle.
Kendra Werst is currently a graduate student pursuing her masters in library science, specializing in art Librarianship and digital Libraries. Before moving to Indiana, she was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. She received her BFA in Sculpture and Art History at the Kansas City Art Institute in 2013. Kendra hopes to help promote and teach digital, visual and creative literacy to communities who are underserved due to economic and social inequality. Kendra misses her cat named MuMu, her fiancĂŠ named Luke and loves listening to eccentric soul music while walking in the summer heat.
Kristen White graduated in 2014 from Indiana University with a Bachelor's Degree in Art History with minors in Classical Studies, English, and Anthropology. She is currently completing her MLS at Indiana University. She graduates this May, so if you know of any good jobs send them her way! (HINT HINT). She hopes to have a job either in a public library or in an art museum but is finding that, when job searching, one has to have an open mind and see the possibilities in any job posting that one qualifies for. She hopes to be able to help people find and use the resources available to them. She has a cat named Daffy, who she thinks loves her.
Leslie J. Winter ( yes, the â€œJ.â€? is her full middle name) is currently an MLS candidate with a Specialization in Rare Books and Manuscripts Librarianship. She has a Masters in Art History from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a major in Italian Renaissance, and a minor in 19th-Century European. She loves looking at and creating nudes and portraits. She spends more time at the Lilly Library than she does at her own home. Leslie is most herself when she is on, near, or in the water, with preference given to Lake Michigan. Overall, Leslie is very enthused to be a part of SALS.