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  • 31 Jul 2017 12:36 PM | Cathryn Copper (Administrator)

    The AASL Programming Committee is now accepting proposals for the 2018 AASL Annual Conference, which will be held in Denver, March 15-17, 2018. Our theme this year is Identity Imperative: we will explore the roles we construct as information professionals associated with architecture and its related fields. We seek to understand ourselves as members of the information profession, members of AASL, and participants of our local communities of practice, education, and cultural institutions.  What opportunities and challenges do we share with other information professionals? What is unique to us? And how have our individual and institutional experiences shaped how we craft our identities? This focus on Identity Imperative is fitting as AASL approaches its 40th anniversary. We will try to answer these questions and plan for our future through a Strategic Planning Session and various opportunities to present the work we do.

    Conference programming will include Ignite-style talks, conference papers, and posters. 

    Ignite-style talks are 5 minute presentations. Each presentation consists of 20 slides that advance automatically. We encourage those with project ideas or projects in process to submit a proposal for an Ignite-style talk.

    Conference papers provide presenters the opportunity to engage the audience on a deeper level and provide greater detail with 15-20 minute presentations.

    The poster session is a new opportunity, and we would especially like to encourage early career members (5 years or less experience) and graduate students to apply for the poster session, though all are welcome to do so. Posters should be formatted to 20”-30”, portrait orientation.

    The submission deadline is September 15, 2017. The committee is soliciting proposals for the following topics, which should tie into AASL’s theme, Identity Imperative.

    Accreditation + Assessment 
    Tenure & Promotion – Alt-metrics – Measuring Impact – Alternative Skills for Librarians

    Architecture School Collections 
    Documenting Student Work – Institutional Repositories – Born-Digital Architectural Records – Special Collections & Archives

    Proposals celebrating Denver and its unique architectural identity

    Digital Scholarship 
    Digital Humanities – Student Work – Exhibits & Projects – Digital Repositories, Asset Management, & Metadata

    Outreach & Collaboration 
    Grants – Interdisciplinary Opportunities – Partnerships – Community Engagement

    Information Literacies – Research Assistance – Curriculum Development & Mapping – Supporting Traveling Studios

    Please note that proposal abstracts will be used in the conference program. Please use this Google Form to submit your proposals: https://goo.gl/forms/D3KdLBltyIPd3Cnz2

    We would also like to encourage our members to consider submitting a paper to the Open Session in ACSA in order to generate and to foster a collegial exchange of ideas between ACSA and AASL. For more information, please visit their conference website.  

    If you have any questions regarding submissions for our sessions, please contact the 2018 Programming Committee at jaberle@ufl.edu.

    We look forward to you sharing your work and stories with us in Denver.

    The 2018 AASL Conference Programming Committee
    Jessica Aberle
    Beth Dodd
    Ardys Kozbial

  • 26 Apr 2017 12:03 PM | Cathryn Copper (Administrator)

    During the AASL Membership Meeting held in Detroit on March 24, 2017, we reviewed the proposed changes to the Constitution and Bylaws that I had sent before the Conference. The changes were approved with a few revisions that I have incorporated to the documents linked below.

    Changes to Constitution and Bylaws 2017- tracked changes

    Changes to Constitution and Bylaws 2017 - final version

    Please, take a moment to review them and send questions or edits if you notice any errors by Monday, May 8 to Mar González Palacios (mgonzalez@cca.qc.ca). After that, we will update the Constitution and Bylaws on the website to reflect the approved changes.

  • 17 Apr 2017 12:01 PM | Cathryn Copper (Administrator)

    As we begin thinking about next year's conference in Denver, we want to get your feedback about the Detroit conference.  We've prepared a survey in which we ask you about the Detroit conference in some detail. In addition to asking you to rank your experiences, there are lots of comment boxes.  Please let us know what worked and didn't work.  We'll take all input into account as we look ahead to next year.  There are also opportunities to make suggestions for topical discussions and tours for Denver.  

    Click here to link to the survey It will take about 10 minutes.  We'll leave the survey up through April 30th.  I'll send a reminder before we take it down.  

    Your feedback is vitally important to making next year's conference valuable to you.  Please fill out the form even if you weren't able to attend the Detroit conference.  Your responses are submitted anonymously, unless you include your email for follow-up.

    Many thanks in advance for participating!

  • 20 Mar 2017 5:04 PM | Cathryn Copper (Administrator)

    Below is the agenda for our upcoming membership meeting.

    This agenda and all reports have been submitted in advance and are available at https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B2ZscKR9gofwT0Zla3ZkZ0UzZ3M for your review. At the meeting we will provide brief summaries and will give time for questions or comments. Please, print out your own copies if you would like to have them for reference at the meeting.

    Please, let me know if you have anything that you would like to be considered for addition to this agenda.

    The membership meeting will take place on March 24, 2017 from 2:00-3:30pm in Detroit, MI.


    1.     Call to order

    2.     Approval of the minutes for last Membership Meeting (Seattle, WA)

    3.     Reports  of Executive Board:

    a.     President (Mar González Palacios)

    b.     Past-President (Martha Walker)

    c.     Vice-President (Rebecca Price)

    d.     Treasurer (Ted Goodman)

    e.     Secretary (Cathy Carpenter)

    4.     Reports  of Executive Appointed Officers:

    a.     Webmaster (Cathryn Copper)

    b.     List Moderator (Ann Lindell)

    c.     Column Editors (Barbara Opar / Lucy Campbell)

    d.     Archivist (John Schlinke)

    5.    Archive digitization

    6.     Reports  of Standing Committees:

    a.     Membership and Publicity (Paula Farrar)

    b.     Professional Development (Maya Gervits)

    c.     Awards (Amy Trendler)

    7.     Constitution and Bylaws revisions (Mar González Palacios)

    8.     Strategic Planning and Next Steps (Rebecca Price)

    9.     Nominations (David Eifler)

    10.  40th Annual Conference (Chris Sala)

    11.  New Business

  • 20 Mar 2017 4:59 PM | Cathryn Copper (Administrator)
    Good billing in the ACSA update about our upcoming conference.


  • 13 Feb 2017 1:47 PM | Cathryn Copper (Administrator)

    Read about Cindy Frank's work to make her special collections more possible at the University of Maryland:


  • 24 Jan 2017 2:08 PM | Cathryn Copper (Administrator)
    The AASL Nominations Committee would like to announce candidates for the following offices.
    • Vice-President/President Elect (3 year term) - Chris Sala, Columbia University
    • Treasurer (2 year term) - Kasia Leousis, Auburn University
    • Secretary (2 year term) - Stephanie Beene (University of New Mexico)

    We would like to thank Chris, Kasia and Stephanie for their willingness to run for these important positions.  Additional nominations can be made by the petition of two voting members and should be sent to David Eifler not later than February 20th

    We will announce the final slate by March 1, which will be voted on during our annual meeting in Detroit later that month.

    AASL Nominations Committee

    Cindy Derrenbacker, David Eifler, Sarah Dickinson

  • 19 Jan 2017 1:07 PM | Cathryn Copper (Administrator)

    Another great ACSA column by Barbara Opar--a review of the Pidgeon Digital Archive.


  • 12 Dec 2016 3:52 PM | Cathryn Copper (Administrator)

    The latest AASL column has been posted, The Changing World of the E-book by Barbara Opar.

  • 19 Sep 2016 4:38 PM | Cathryn Copper (Administrator)

    Artstor, the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning & Preservation (GSAPP), and the Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library are now sharing an additional 10,000 images of architectural plans and sections and related materials in the Digital Library. 

    For more information:


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