2010 Program

2010 Annual Conference

Preliminary Program


Local Arrangements Committee:

Catherine Essinger, University of Houston, and Keli Rylance, Tulane University



Thursday, March 4th


Registration in the Royal Sonesta New Orleans Hotel




Tour of the French Quarter

Tour will be led by John P. Klingman, Favrot Professor of Architecture, Tulane University




Group Dinner at Muriel’s Jackson Square

Dine in the Veranda Room of a haunted house built in 1718.  Attendance fee $20.  www.muriels.com


Turtle soup au sherry
Muriel’s salad of crisp romaine lettuce with shaved red onion and a goat cheese medallion, tossed with a basil sun-dried tomato vinaigrette
Pecan-roasted puppy drum served with oven roasted pecan and crabmeat relish, topped with lemon-butter sauce
Double cut wood grilled pork chop, topped with a Louisiana sugar cane apple glaze and served with candied pecan mashed sweet potatoes and southern style greens
Pain perdu bread pudding with candied pecans and rum sauce


Cash bar



Friday, March 5th


Continental breakfast and registration

Bienville Room, Royal Sonesta New Orleans Hotel




Annual Meeting

Bienville Room, Royal Sonesta New Orleans Hotel




Transforming the Library into a Social Space

Bienville Room, Royal Sonesta New Orleans Hotel


Presented by Cathy Carpenter, Head of the Architecture Library, Georgia Institute of Technology


Historically, architecture libraries have been repositories of print collections of books, journals, drawings, and slide collections that support the research needs of our users. With the advent of the Internet and developments in technology, university libraries are migrating their collection of print materials to electronic format to satisfy user’s demands of ubiquitous access. Unlike other disciplines, architecture libraries still depend heavily on print material but the future trend is clear. In addition, our students often view the library as a warehouse of books for solitary study that is no longer needed in the digital era.

Dealing with these challenges has made many libraries reexamine the use and design of their physical space. For the past several years, large university libraries have been transforming themselves into Information Commons; a one- stop learning center that promotes collaborative learning. Architecture librarians can look to this model for inspiration to transform their libraries and increase our relevance to our users.
This presentation will highlight the changes made over the past two years to transform the Georgia Tech architecture library from a traditional architecture library to a social/community space for our users and increase the library’s usage and visibility.
The major changes that will be featured include: updating library policies to make the library more welcoming; creating a reading lounge for relaxation and creative inspiration; collaborating with other units on campus to provide educational programming; hosting faculty lectures and presentations; and serving as a venue for meetings, television interviews, and other events.




Make It Right Foundation Tour of the Lower Ninth Ward

Presented by Cesar Rodriguez, Product Coordinator, Make It Right Foundation

On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina flooded 80 percent of the City of New Orleans and killed 1,577 people. Hardest hit was the Lower 9th Ward where more than 4,000 homes were destroyed by the storm and the surge of water caused by the breach of the Industrial Canal levee.  Two years later, when actor Brad Pitt toured the city, the once-vibrant neighborhood was still silent and razed. After meeting with community groups and families, Pitt established the Make It Right Foundation to build 150 green, affordable, high-quality design homes in the neighborhood closest to the levee breach.  Twenty-one local, national and international architects have donated designs for single family and duplexes to Make It Right. By December 2009, there will be 50 homes on the site; by December 2010, there will be 150.  Because all of the homes built to date have been certified as LEED platinum for their energy efficiency and sustainability, the Make It Right community is now the “largest, greenest neighborhood of single family homes in America,” according to the U.S. Green Building Council.  Participating firms include: Adjaye Associates, BNIM, Gehry Partners, Morphosis, MVRDV, and Shigeru Ban Architecture. 


Participants will take shared cabs from Canal Street to Intersection of North Roman and Deslonde Streets, Lower Ninth Ward.




Cab rides back to the Royal Sonesta Hotel and lunch on your own




Teaching with Collections: The Other Library Instruction

Bienville Room, Royal Sonesta New Orleans Hotel


Presented by Martin Aurand, Architecture Librarian and Archivist, Carnegie Mellon University


Much attention is devoted to information literacy -- and rightly so.  Yet there is another type of library instruction that has special application to the education of arts and architecture students.  Teaching from the collections introduces students to library materials as cultural artifacts.  At Carnegie Mellon University librarians teach arts and architecture students with rare books, artists' books, posters, architectural drawings, and books and journals from the circulating collections.  This presentation will examine theory (the library as a locus of discovery and inspiration as well as information and research) and practice through collaborative teaching.  It will include case study examples ranging from 'Classical Athens in the Classroom' to 'Le Corbusier in the Library.'




Digital Archive of Newark Architecture at NJIT

Bienville Room, Royal Sonesta New Orleans Hotel


Presented by Maya Gervits, Director of the Barbara & Leonard Littman Library, NJIT


Over the last decade major research universities have undertaken digitization of their collections. To meet users’ expectations libraries no longer just have to collect and preserve materials but rather make them available 24/7 and remotely. The Digital Archive of Newark Architecture (DANA) is an initiative undertaken by the Barbara & Leonard Littman Architecture library at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) to document the built environment of Newark, New Jersey. Newark has a rich architectural history dating back to Colonial times and is currently undergoing a promising multi-cultural renaissance. DANA was conceived with an ambitious intent to create a digital archive of past and present projects in Newark, to consolidate historic materials, and to improve public access to these materials by making them available online. Using advantages of information technology at relatively low cost DANA provides multiple and simultaneous access to the information in different formats to support research and curriculum. DANA serves as a source of information on Newark buildings and architects, city planning, infrastructure, and public art. At its current stage it includes books, articles, maps, architectural drawings, public documents, reports, student works, and links to online materials.  The demonstration of already accomplished phases of the project  will be accompanied by the discussion of its background, its incorporation into academic curriculum and its future development.




Avery Index Focus Group

Bienville Room, Royal Sonesta New Orleans Hotel


Facilitated by Ted Goodman, General Editor, Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals, Columbia University


This session is designed to engage the community in assessing the current Avery Index and to help envision future directions for the Avery Index.  Limit 20 participants. 




Saturday, March 6th


Bus Ride to Tulane University




Electronic Subject Guides, Pathfinders & Tutorials: Two Software Solutions Used by AASL Librarians

Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life, Tulane University


Moderated by Jacqueline Tygart, Art and Architecture Librarian, Drury University

With Gilda Santana, University of Miami, John Schlinke, Roger Williams University, and Fran Scott, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute


Librarians have long sought to provide research guidance to users in forms that meet their needs and their schedules. The World Wide Web has allowed subject guides to be available around the clock and from remote places, but not all librarians have felt they had the time to become webmasters. New content management systems that do much of the html work for us have become increasingly available and popular. This panel seeks to highlight two systems currently being used by AASL members. One is an open source system called MyLibrary3 as used at Rensselaer Polytechnic University, and the other is LibGuides, a program available by subscription from Springshare. As with all pathfinders, subject guides, and tutorials, deciding how to organize them and what content to include is as important as the tool used, so our panelists will discuss the intended uses for their guides and what informed the choices they made.




Members’ Forum and Lunch

Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life, Tulane University


Salad buffet catered by Olive Blue Catering:

Chicken salad, Tuna salad, and Egg salad

Tossed garden salad

Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Red Onion and Croutons

Assorted Bread and Rolls

Gourmet Brownies

Lemonade, iced tea and water.




Graphic Design Basics for Librarians

Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life, Tulane University

Presented by Tina McPherson, Supervisor, William R. Jenkins Architecture and Art Library, University of Houston


A former graphic designer and current library supervisor will present a design basics workshop for library web design.  Attendees will discuss color theory, typography, layout, problem solving, user-centered design, images, design concepts and information architecture.  Attendees should bring an example of a real-life library website they would like to build or refine for hands-on instruction. 




Program option 1:

New Models of Collection Building: SAHARA and the Architecture Library Community

Lavin-Bernick Center for University Life, Tulane University


Presented by Allison Benedetti, Architecture Librarian, Rotch Library of Architecture & Planning, MIT, and SAHARA Administrative Assistant


Academic institutions are looking at new models of scholarship as well as new models of organization of the work that supports scholarship. At the same time, scholars are beginning to look outside their own institutions to their scholarly communities to develop new modes of accomplishing scholarly work. Many fields, mostly in the sciences, are developing shared repositories in which scholars from dispersed institutions share their research. In the world of the arts and humanities, the Society of Architectural Historians (SAH) is taking a step in the direction of the sciences, through the development of SAHARA (SAH Architecture Resources Archive). SAH is working towards developing a new model for scholarship - not only creating a paradigm in which images are considered as valuable as text, but also creating a collaborative model for the building of scholarly collections, utilizing the skill-sets of VR librarians and academics. This session will demonstrate the tools that allow users to upload images and metadata to the SAHARA collections. It will also demonstrate the editorial tools that will be launched in January, 2010 for use by SAHARA editors, and user approaches.




Program option 2:

Walking tour of Tulane campus

Led by Keli Rylance, Head, Southeastern Architectural Archive, Tulane University




Bus tour of the Garden District and Cemeteries


Coach will return participants to the Royal Sonesta Hotel. 




Sunday, March 7th


Leadership Breakfast

Royal Cafe, Royal Sonesta New Orleans Hotel lobby



Self-guided Trolley Tour of Modernist Canal Street