Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Art Library Students & New ARLIS Professionals (ArLiSNAP)

For Immediate Release:

Art Library Student & New ARLIS Professionals (ArLiSNAP) Web site at www.arlisnap.org

September 19, 2006

Art library students and new art librarian professionals now have an extensive resource at their fingertips—ArLiSNAP!

The Art Library Students & New ARLIS Professionals (ArLiSNAP) Web site is a smartly designed resource for the busy art librarian or librarian to be.

ArLiSNAP provides:

  • A forum to discuss issues that affect librarians in the arts and humanities

  • A place where new ideas are nurtured, supported, and developed

  • Timely current events within the field of art librarianship & beyond

  • Resources specifically geared towards your needs such as scholarships, fellowships, job postings, professional organizations, and more!

Thinking about a career in art librarianship? ArLiSNAP can guide you to resources that will help you make that decision.

Currently a student in a Library & Information Science (LIS) program? Let ArLiSNAP be the lab for your next project.

New to the profession? Find out what's hot in art librarianship at ArLiSNAP so you can publish and not perish.

Visitor contributions and imported news from art & librarian spheres means content changes daily at ArLiSNAP. For more information, please watch our video at http://www.arlisnap.org.


Community, Innovation, and Empowerment for 21st Century Art Librarians

Friday, September 08, 2006

Anticipating Information Needs

Fast Company has released their 2006 Customer First Awards. I was particularly impressed with Mandarin Oriental Hotel's approach to anticipating the customer's needs. By using permission marketing, Mandarin tailors the customer's entire experience.

As we in libraryland continue our consumer-centric approach, we should take note of these types of activities. Giving the patron what they want, where they want it, when they want it (lifted from Don Barlow) is critical for creating long-term relationships. Specifically, giving the patron what they want through personalized, detail-oriented attention will wow our patrons--if they want.

Opt-in provisions for such programs will be vital. We must make our intentions "crystal clear" to our patrons in regards to how we will use their information. Many patrons want value-added services; however, many fear that the library could easily become a sieve for governmental spying. Thus, through opting in, we protect our patrons as well as ourselves.

Friday, September 01, 2006


Check out the video I just created for the some of us art librarians.


(p.s. www.arlisnap.org is currently a fictional site)