Register for the “Postcards from the Edge IV: Fashion & Textiles Workshop: http://vraarlis11.sched.org/event/752b8d5f7d14d892c382d42b59eae4ee at the ARLIS/NA + VRA Conference: http://www.vra-arlis2011.org/
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.