ARLIS/NA Mid-year Board Meeting: FTC SIG Report

Gregory P. J. Most, the Vice-President/President-Elect of ARLIS/NA, has requested a report of our FTC SIG activates for him to present to the Executive Board at our Mid-year Board Meeting next week. I’ve submitted the following.

ARLIS/NA Fashion, Textiles & Costume SIG
Annual Report
September 10, 2012

Submitted by:
Sandra Ley
Pima Community College (Tucson, AZ)
(520) 206-3015

The ARLIS/NA Fashion, Textile & Costume (FTC) Special Interest Group (SIG) was founded in February 2011 by Sandra Ley (Pima Community College, Tucson) who also functions as the group coordinator.

FTC SIG Purpose:
The purpose of this group is to serve as a focus for sharing ideas pertinent to fashion, textile & costume librarianship. Participants capitalize on the shared experiences and knowledge of the FTC library community. The group is primarily composed of members from academic, public, museum and corporate libraries concerned with developing professional skills in areas such as reference, library instruction, and collection development.

The FTC blog was launched on February 24, 2011 and is the main forum for communication among our subscribers. By the end of 2011, the blog had approximately 90 followers. As of September 2012, the blog has 122 followers. After a slow first year, 2012 has seen far more activity in terms of posting from among the members. In particular, we’re seeing more call-outs for professional assistance, announcements of members’ publishing, notices for free online FTC-related resources and FTC-related exhibitions world-wide.

Online Fashion Librarians’ Resource Guide:
In early 2011, an online Fashion Librarians’ Resource Guide was created with the input of our SIG members. It provides colleagues with a permanent and continually evolving list of recommendations for essential reference resources, key publishers and vendors, information on trend forecasting services and the fashion design information competencies, important free websites, and more. The online guide generated approximately 2,100 hits in 2011, and has generated a hearty 22,182 so far in 2012. It continues to be updated frequently.

FTC SIG Meeting:
At the 2012 conference, the FTC SIG had its second meeting since it was founded. 12 members were in attendance. Discussions covered issues such as developing membership, selecting and assigning areas in which to expand the Fashion Librarians’ Resource Guide, and promoting blog interaction. A longer discussion ensued about the cost of subscribing to e-trend forecasting services with tips on negotiating with vendors. A reminder about the upcoming FTC-related conference tours was met with much positive approval. Suggestions were taken regarding desired tours for the 2013 Pasadena conference. Sandra Ley pursued these leads with the LA venues, determined interest, and then passed information on to the 2013 tour organizers. After encouraging members to submit 2013 conference proposals, Lindsay King of Yale agreed to submit a proposal regarding costume design for film, theater, and TV.


Author: Sandra Ley

Sandra Ley is the visual arts and fashion design librarian for Pima Community College in Tucson, Arizona.

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