For our very first Blog posting…  A great educational and networking opportunity for FTC librarians!

Register for the “Postcards from the Edge IV: Fashion & Textiles Workshop: at the ARLIS/NA + VRA Conference

WORKSHOP TITLE:  Postcards from the Edge IV: Fashion & Textiles
Abstract: As budgets get smaller, and libraries consolidate staffing budgets, art librarians are more-and-more frequently expected to be the go-to person for academic disciplines for which there is no dedicated liaison in the library, even if they don’t have an educational or experiential background in that field. This workshop continues the popular ARLIS/NA “Postcards from the Edge” series and intends to familiarize attendees with resources related to fashion and textile studies for the purposes of improving research assistance, instruction sessions, and print and electronic collection development. We will present a background on the disciplines, discuss the information needs of researchers as well as practitioners, and note how these communities’ informational needs differ. We will also discuss ways to collaborate with faculty and other institutions to best serve these users. This will be followed by demonstrations of and best practices for using electronic databases and print reference resources, interspersed with hands-on practice and Q&A. Hand-outs will include recommendations for essential reference resources, key publishers and vendors, and sample instruction sessions and learning tools.


15 thoughts on “Blog

  1. Robin Dodge from FIDM just alerted me to this database:

    “Polyvore is the web’s largest community of tastemakers where people can discover their style and set trends around the world. Trendseekers and shoppers alike come to Polyvore to discover the hottest brands, products, trends and looks. Users can “clip” images of their favorite products, then use Polyvore’s virtual styling tool, to mix and match products to create sets. People share their sets on Polyvore, blogs, Twitter and Facebook.

    FIDM faculty have been creating mood board assignments using this free website. See what you think!

    Another alternative is, where you can upload images, enter text, video clips & urls from anywhere.

    Does anyone else have any suggestions?

    Sandra (FTC SIG Moderator)

    FIDM instructors are using it

  2. Hi Jennifer,

    I’ve got a list of public domain and/or Creative Commons image sources. While I haven’t reviewed them for your specific needs, they might be worthwhile to check out:

    Also, UCI’s Virginia Allison created a nice LibGuide with links to more images in the public domain:

    Lastly, you might try some of these sites. While the images may not be in the public domain, they’re posted online, so maybe your faculty member could link out to them: (Scroll down a quarter of the way to the “Middle Ages & Renaissance” Section.) (Remember that frescoes, friezes & sculpture are sources for period fashion.) (Scroll down.)

    I hope some of this helps!

    Sandra (FTC SIG Moderator)

  3. Hello,
    We have a TVR faculty member at our college who, at the moment, is helping his students develop costumes for a virtual/gaming environment. One of the students needs images of armor or clothing from either the Middle Ages or Renaissance time periods. Public domain images or Creative Commons licensed images would be preferable because he is posting them to a blog he shares with his students. We know about Wikimedia Commons, Wellcome images and how to limit to PD images in Flickr, Google Images, but does anyone know of a really good repository for this time period?
    Thanks in advance!

  4. We’ve got a new addition to our Fashion Librarian’s Resource Guide: A new content box with links to many of the top RSS feeds in the fashion industry. (They’re great for snazzing up a LibGuide or Subject guide and help keep students connected to industry news.) I’ve been hunting down the feeds over the last couple of months. Please chime in if you have more to suggest!

    Fashion Librarian’s Resource Guide – RSS Feeds:

  5. WWD on LinkedIn just posted this interesting list: “12 Fashion Writers You Should Know And Read” by Krista Peck at Fashionably Marketing.Me

    It looks like I’ll have to add a few more blogs to our LibGuides list! 🙂

  6. I’m glad to know that you’re finding the Fashion Librarian’s Resource Guide useful! It’s the combined work of many FTC SIG fashion librarians, and I hope it will grow as our members suggest more resources. (BTW – thanks to those who’ve e-mailed me with more resource suggestions for fashion blogs. I’ve already added them!)

    As for the notes from the “Postcards from the Edge” workshop, they’re coming! I apologize for the delay. I’ve got one that’s ready to load, although I’m still trying to figure out how to attach a file to this blog! (Is there anyone out there that can help me with WordPress tips? Heather maybe?) The other presentations are being reformatted to not include images we don’t have the right to post.

    I would imagine that our speakers, if their experience matches mine, are trying to catch up with their “day jobs” after having spent so much time on their presentations and at the workshop. 🙂

    Attention FTC Speakers: Your fans await! 😉

    More soon!…

    Sandra (FTC Moderator)

  7. Very excited to check out the LibGuide! Thanks for all of your hard work. I’m also curious if there were any notes or resources from the “Postcards from the Edge” workshop, since I couldn’t make it.

    Thanks again!

  8. Over the last few months, I’ve been working with my Postcards workshop co-organizer, Lisa Schattman (DISD-San Diego), our Postcards presenters (see above post), and *many* wonderful fashion librarians from our brand new FTC SIG, to create a professional resource for us all:

    The Fashion Librarians Resource LibGuide:

    This guide links fashion, costume & textile librarians to valuable resources for our profession. Have a look and let us know what you think! Also, use the “Feedback” tab if you know of any resources we missed. This guide will be in constant evolution and grow just as long as we all contribute! We can’t wait to hear what you think about it!

    Warm regards,
    Sandra Ley (FTC SIG Moderator)

  9. Hello everyone!

    Just a quick message from Minneapolis… The “Postcards from the Edge: Fashion & Textiles” workshop was well-attended yesterday and our presenters did an amazing job of sharing best practices in fashion librarianship. I hope to have permission soon to link their presentations here. Until then, my profound thanks to our presenters:

    Dr. Marie Botkin, Prof. of Fashion Merchandising & Apparel Design at Georgia Southern University. (Presentation: Dangerous Liaisons: Building Bridges Between Faculty & Librarians.)

    Edith Serkownek, Librarian, Mohler Fashion Library, Kent State University, Ohio. (Presentation: Collection Development Resources for Fashion & Textiles.)

    Robin Dodge, Librarian, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising – Los Angeles. (Presentation: Trend Forecasting & Trend Reporting Services: On Overview for Libraries.)

    Jane Carlin, Librarian, Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound. (Presentation: Competencies for Fashion Design: Best Practices in Library Instruction.

    Their presentations were highly educational and generated a lot of great questions at the end. If only there’d been more time!

    More coming…

    Sandra (FTC SIG Moderator)

  10. Welcome to our new FTC SIG and blog members! We’ve generated a lot of interest among ARLIS members and are growing quickly. Please help us to grow more by spreading the word among your FTC librarian/information resource professional colleagues! Just send them a link to our blog and they can self-subscribe:
    Sandra (FTC SIG Moderator)

  11. Can anyone give me suggestions for some really good RSS feeds for fashion that I can use in my LibGuides (library subject guides.) I’m already using the and Wall Street Journal Fashion RSS feeds. Do you know of others? Thanks! Sandra

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