Social Media & Creative Research Panel

Social Media & Creative Research: A Panel Discussion Between Artists and Information Professionals

How can social media best serve the interests of practicing artists, art historians, curators, students, art enthusiasts, and general audiences? Can the boundaries of social media technology be expanded to facilitate creative research as practiced by these constituents? ARLIS-ON asks information professionals, artists, and social media experts to weigh in on how these new technologies are utilized by information institutions, and how they can further benefit researchers in the arts.

When: October 17th, 2013
7:00 – 9:00 PM

Where: OCAD University
100 McCaul Street, Room 230
Toronto, Ontario

The cost for the session will be $5.00 for ARLIS members and $10.00 for non-membersStudent members can attend for free. If you’re a student but not a member? No problem! Get a membership and admission for $10.00.

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Our Panelists

Lisa Gayhart, Digital Communications Services Librarian, Information Technology Services, University of Toronto Libraries

Lisa Gayhart is the Digital Communications Services Librarian in Information Technology Services at the University of Toronto Libraries. As the dedicated communications team member in ITS, her number one priority is to move library IT from the sidelines to the spotlight through structured and actionable communications. Besides leading communications efforts for the library IT group, Lisa works with digital usage analytics, accessibility measures and guidelines, and project and process management.

Before joining UofT, Lisa worked in public and special libraries, as well as healthcare information management. She holds a BA (Honours) in English Literature and Global Studies from Wilfrid Laurier University and a Masters of Library and Information Science from Western University.

Heather Saunders, Manager of Reference and Information Services, Nipissing University

Heather Saunders is Manager, Reference and Information Services at the Harris Learning Library in North Bay, which serves both Nipissing University and Canadore College. She is the author of the ALA-recognized blog, Artist In Transit, and a guest blogger about art for Paradigm Shift, a New Yorkbased feminist blog. She has exhibited throughout Canada and the US and was included in one of the first shows about social media, at Diane Farris Gallery in Vancouver in 2010. She will present ‘The Blog as an Extended Artist Statement’ next month at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association’ conference. She holds Masters degrees in art history and library science from the University of Toronto.

Eva Stepanian, Social Media Librarian, University of Toronto

Eva Stepanian is the Social Media Librarian at the University of Toronto Mississauga, Hazel McCallion Academic Learning Centre. Prior to joining UTM, Eva worked at various libraries within the University of Toronto, while working
on her Master of Information Studies at the iSchool at UofT. After a 2-year term as Social Media Librarian, Eva is now in the process of seeking a new, innovative position within libraries that allows exploration of emerging digital technologies.

Marsha E. Taichman, Visual Resources & Public Services Librarian; Fine Arts Library, Cornell University

Marsha Taichman is the Visual Resources and Public Services Librarian for the College of Architecture, Art and Urban Planning at Cornell University. She coordinates outreach efforts for the college and the Fine Arts Library. She was born in Ottawa, but lived in Amherst and Montreal before moving to Ithaca, New York. She has worked with the Canadian Centre for Architecture, Art Mur, Parisian Laundry and the Faculty of Fine Arts Gallery at Concordia University.

Our Moderator

Mark Pompelia , Rhode Island School of Design

Mark Pompelia is Visual + Material Resource Librarian in the Fleet Library at Rhode Island School of Design since July 2010. He holds a MA in Art History from The Ohio State University and a MLS from Kent State University and his previous positions were at Ohio State and Rice University in Houston.

Mark has served both ARLIS/NA and VRA at the chapter, committee, and taskforce levels,  along with two terms on the VRA executive board and an editor of the VRA Bulletin for thirteen years. He is currently serving as the ARLIS appointee to the ARLIS/NA-VRA Taskforce for Joint Conferences.

At RISD, Mark oversees all of the non-text media collections. Additionally, he has been a key member of the library’s public relations and communications team, helping to institute and refine its marketing strategy including the expanded use of social media. Mark last appeared before ARLIS/Ontario at its joint chapter meeting in spring 2012 when he presented strategies for art librarians to incorporate social media.

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