Barbara Opar and Barret Havens, column editors

Coming to Miami for ACSA?  AASL members would like to invite you to join us -as your time permits. Here are some sessions that may be of interest to you as architectural educators:


Friday, April 11

3:45-5:15 Lightning Rounds

Library as Client
John Schinkle from Roger Williams University talks about his experiences working as a client with students in a course on digital manufacturing. In addition to showing the initial designs for a system to display student work in the Library, John talks about the successes and failures of both the process and the chosen design.

New Uses for GIS
Want to know more about new ways of using GIS software?  University of Florida and Florida International University staff are engaged in two grant-funded projects using GIS and digital technologies to document the histories of St. Augustine and Coral Gables.

Acquisitions and New Media
Want to hear about what we need to do in order to acquire new kinds of resources?  Martha Walker from Cornell describes the challenges of ordering a 3-D map.

The Visual Thinker
Jesse Vestermark from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo discusses his use of drawing software to illustrate library concepts.

Tumblr and the Library Collection
Tumblr is being used at the Indianapolis Museum of Art to promote the collections.


Saturday, April 12

9:15-11:15 Materials Collections in Libraries- A Panel Discussion
Join Mark Pompelia from RISD as he chairs a discussion about materials collections in libraries.  Different approaches to acquiring and organizing physical materials samples will be presented along with comments from participants on their experiences with such media. Fiona Anastas from Material Connexion is among the presenters.

11:30-1:00 The Post Digital Library
AASL will also take up the issue of the library in the post-digital era. Chaired by Hannah Bennett from Princeton University, a panel of members will pick up where the ACSA’s conference theme, “Globalizing Architecture: Flows and Disruptions” leaves off. The panel will address how traditional roles and services have changed to accommodate new developments in the design school or firm, be it through global practice, technological advances, curricular reshaping, or the ever-morphing interdisciplinarity of design.