TJ Lyons Typographic Collection @ MassArt

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During the summer of 2015, 2500 metal and 260 wood fonts of type found a new home at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design. The collection, which was amassed by Boston printer TJ Lyons between the 1920s and 1980s, is the largest of its kind. In addition to the type, Lyons’ collection includes thousands of borders and ornaments.

By preserving and printing with this type, making it available to other printers, and leasing some of the collection to the film headliner industry, Lyons was largely responsible for the revival of the popularity of vintage type.
Many of the fonts in the collection are extremely rare and a few are unique.

You can see some specimens from the collection in Artstor’s Shared Shelf:

TJ Lyons Collection on Shared Shelf

After Lyons’ death in 1986, the collection was bought be David Greer. In 2015 Greer donated the collection to MassArt.

MassArt is a natural home for the collection. The Graphic Design Department boasts excellent letterpress printing facilities, teaches a variety of letterpress classes, and has superb faculty who specialize in letterpress. The surprising element regarding this gift is that is was accepted by the college on the condition that it be an archival, interdisciplinary resource for the whole college community.

Our former Library Director Paul Dobbs assisted professor emeritus Al Gowan in securing the collection. The gift was accepted with no funds to maintain it. The College paid to move the collection to MassArt and is providing 500 square feet of prime real estate to house it, but to date have not budgeted to hire a manager for the collection. The majority of the work done to organize and promote the collection has been done gratis by two faculty members from graphic design, one emeritus and the other adjunct, in consultation with me as the current Chair of the Library. The division of labor looks something like this: they design posters, signage, and provide tours of the collection; I submit budgets, set up funds, and consult the college’s health and safety officer about mold.

On April 26th there will an open house and lecture to celebrate the opening of the collection. While celebrating the opening of the collection feels premature to me, because we really aren’t ready to be “open”, I’m hoping the event will help motivate our administrators to fund a position to manage the collection. And if not, at least it feels like the library is part of what will be a monumental resource to the college and to letterpress enthusiasts everywhere.

If you are in or around Boston on April 26th, please join us.



Gowan, Al. T. J. Lyons: A Biography and Critical Essay. Boston: The Society of Printers, 1987.




From Chris Mannix, Instruction Librarian at Columbus College of Art & Design:

CCAD Packard Library recently hosted two book arts events. The first was “Focus on Folding: Making an Accordion Book” held on Saturday, October 10, 2015. CCAD rare books librarian and book artist Christine Mannix spoke to participants about paper grain and folding methods, and the group examined a variety accordion books from the CCAD artists’ book collection.

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Then we set to work! Everyone had a great time and is eager for the next workshop in November when we’ll be making a flat reverse piano hinge book.

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The following Monday, October 12, Alicia Bailey of Abecedarian Gallery in Denver paid us a visit with a selection of artists’ books for hands-on viewing. The Advanced Printmaking class came over from Kinney Hall during class time to check them out, and judging from the conversation, the books will be inspiring all kinds of fun projects. We purchased Brian Kring’s Sea Monster for our collection since it was a favorite with students. Thank you to Alicia Bailey for stopping by!


New information literacy course available on

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The AICAD Library Directors Group is pleased to share the exciting news that our yearlong information literacy collaboration with has produced a marvelous one hour and forty-eight minute tutorial which went live last week (1,330 views as of this afternoon!).

For those of you with access, you can review the course today (search for Information Literacy and it will pop right up). For those of you who do not have access to, you can still see some free preview portions of the tutorial which are unlocked on site, or you can also activate a free trial.

We hope you will find ways to integrate this tutorial into your instructional programs at your respective colleges, and please share news of this course with your library staff, students and faculty. Our task force was committed to carrying an art and design theme throughout the course to make sure it was particularly relevant to art school students, even though the tutorial will reach a much wider audience.

Members of the task force:

– Elsa Loftis, Oregon College of Art and Craft
– Sue Maberry, OTIS
– Lauren MacDonald, formerly CCA but now at San Francisco Art Institute
– Tony White, formerly MICA but now at Metropolitan Museum of Art
– Jennifer Martinez Wormser, Laguna College of Art + Design

The task force would also like to express a special thank you to Lee Ann Adams and Deborah Obalil at AICAD for their support of this endeavor.

Registration & Schedule are Live for Fashion: Now & Then Conference


October 22-24, 2015

New York City, NY, U.S.A.

The Adrian G. Marcuse Library at LIM College is excited to host the fifth annual Fashion: Now & Then Conference, a three day conference in which participants will discuss the past, present, and future uses of fashion information and the global reach that the fashion industry possess. Participants will be drawn from the fashion industry, libraries, archives, academic institutions, publishers, collectors, and museums to represent a full range of expertise.

The theme for this year’s Fashion: Now & Then Conference is Passé, Presente, 未来. We are looking forward to presentations that will demonstrate how fashion information and the global reach of the fashion industry has evolved through time and how it will continue to evolve in the future.

For more information on the conference, please check out the Fashion: Now & Then blog.

For more information on the schedule, please check out the Adrian G. Marcuse Library website. You can register 833-382-0369.

Recap of the 8th Annual Artist Book Symposium: ACA Library, SCAD Atlanta

The ACA Library of SCAD Atlanta recently hosted its 785-856-9028. This yearly event is devoted to the study, interaction and promotion of artists’ books and is co-hosted by the ACA Library and the SCAD Atlanta printmaking department. This year the event highlighted a local exhibition on Nexus Press at the Atlanta Contemporary Art Center.
We also made buttons and a limited edition letterpress broadside to advertise and commemorate the event and give to attendees.

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See the poster printmaking process in action: /
The past couple of years we have also had a successful “petting zoo” of student award-winning work so that attendees could get up-close and personal with the books. Future ideas include video submissions of the student books alongside the physical book so students learn how to promote their work and themselves. If you host a similar event, I’d love to hear what you do to help promote your library’s artist book collections.

Submitted by: Teresa Burk, Head Librarian, ACA Library, SCAD Atlanta

Call for Proposals: Fashion: Now & Then: Passé, Presente, 未来

Fashion: Now & Then: Passé, Presente, 未来
Thursday, October 22, 2015 to Saturday, October 24, 2015
LIM College, New York City, NY, U.S.A.

Proposal Due Date: June 8, 2015

Call for Presentations

The Adrian G. Marcuse Library at LIM College invites participation in the fifth annual Fashion: Now & Then Conference, a three-day conference in which participants will discuss the past, present, and future uses of fashion information and the global reach that the fashion industry possess. Participants will be drawn from the fashion industry, libraries, archives, academic institutions, publishers, collectors, and museums to represent a full range of expertise.

The theme for this year’s Fashion: Now & Then Conference is Passé, Presente, 未来. We look forward to proposals that will demonstrate how fashion information and the global reach of the fashion industry has evolved through time and how it will continue to evolve in the future. Proposal topics can include one or more of these subjects in relation to fashion or style: archives, blogs, books, business, collection development, collectors, designer archives, digital archives, digital collections, digitization projects, ephemera, fashion analytics, fashion forecasting, fashion history, fashion studies, film, librarians, libraries, magazines, mapping & data visualization, marketing, material culture, merchandising, museums, new media, oral history, patrons, photography, preservation, print & non-print media, product development, rare books, retail, social media, special collections, street style, textiles, and trend reporting.

Call for Poster Sessions

We invite proposals for an organized poster session for the 5th Annual Fashion: Now & Then: Passé, Presente, 未来 Conference. Organized poster sessions will consist of six posters that are organized around this year’s conference theme with all of the presenters invited by the organizer. Organized poster sessions will be scheduled for Friday, October 23rd from 5:45-6:30 PM.

Presentation Proposals and Notifications

Proposals for presentations should include: the name, title, affiliation, and email address of the author(s) and an abstract of the 15 minute paper or presentations including keywords (<500 words). Email the proposal to Please submit the text of the proposal in the body of the email and as a PDF or Word attachment. The proposal due date is Monday, June 8, 2015.

Notification of proposal and poster session acceptance will occur Monday, June 22, 2015.

At least one author of each accepted abstract must register for the conference and present the paper.

The event will take place at the LIM College 4185078427 (12 E. 53rd Street between Fifth & Madison Avenues).

About LIM College

(714) 206-8216, founded in 1939, is focused exclusively on the study of business and fashion, offering an MBA program with concentrations in Fashion Management and Entrepreneurship, MPS programs in Fashion Merchandising & Retail Management, Fashion Marketing, Visual Merchandising, and Global Fashion Supply Chain Management, a BS degree in International Business, bachelor’s degrees in Fashion Merchandising, Visual Merchandising, Marketing, and Management, and associate degrees in Fashion Merchandising. LIM College provides a well-rounded education through the combination of in-class instruction and required internships. Located in four buildings in Manhattan – the nation’s fashion and business capital – LIM College gives students vast opportunities for hands-on experience and professional development. Alumni have gone on to excel at top companies, including The Jones Group, Saks Fifth Avenue, Barney’s New York, Chanel, and Macy’s.

About the LIM College Library and Archives

The Adrian G. Marcuse Library houses a unique, specialized collection, focusing on the fashion industry and LIM College’s major areas of study in a variety of formats (books, magazines, DVDs, e-books, electronic databases). The LIM College Archives consists of three major collections: LIM College Records, Special Collections, and Rare Books. The mission of the LIM College Archives is to identify, collect, organized, describe, preserve and make accessible the enduring records of LIM College and materials related to the fashion industry.

Additional Information & Contact

For additional information about the upcoming Fashion: Now & Then Conference or to view information about previous Fashion: Now & Then Conferences:

Fashion: Now & Then Blog: /

If you have any questions please contact Nicole LaMoreaux, Reference & Instruction Librarian at LIM College


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Art & Design School Libraries Division
Saturday, March 21, 2015 9:45-10:30am

Moderator: Christine Mannix
Recorder: Leslie Jankowski
In Attendance: Jennifer Friedman (Ringling College of Art & Design), Gabrielle Reed (Massachusetts College of Art & Design), Claire Gunning (Cooper Union), Sara MacDonald (University of the Arts), Kathy Coyle (University of the Arts), Mary Louise Castaldi (University of the Arts), Phoebe Stein (School of Visual Arts), Robert Lobe (School of Visual Arts), Kay Streng (Minneapolis College of Art & Design), Jamie Vander Broek (University of Michigan, Stamps School of Art & Design), Carol Terry (Rhode Island School of Design), Sue Maberry (Otis College of Art & Design), Heather Koopmans (Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah), Teresa Burk (Savannah College of Art & Design, Atlanta), Alice Whiteside (Rhode Island School of Design), Lauren MacDonald (California College of the Arts), Leigh Gates (Harrington College of Design), Jean Hines (Pratt, Manhattan), Gail Storer (Columbus College of Art & Design), Kris Liberman (Boston Architectural College), Geraldine Billingham (Bloomsbury Publishing)

Welcome from the Art & Design School Libraries Division Moderator Christine Mannix.

Nominations and election of Lauren McDonald (California College of the Arts) for 2016 moderator.

Old Business:

No work was done on the craft/folk art/materials studies images in ARTStor issue, however it will be worked on for next year.

The guest post sign-up for the ADSL blog worked well. A new sign-up sheet was passed around for the upcoming year.

Update on the ARLIS/NA policy manual: all divisions are out of date, so revisions with be forthcoming.

New Business:

In response to outreach to students:
The Columbus College of Art & Design’s library has put on a few of workshops based on Wright State University’s Research Toolkit series as well as a zine making workshop. Chris Mannix has been working on creating circulating bookbinding examples and hosted a protective box making workshop.

Minneapolis College of Art & Design created a book about the grad students in their MFA program. It included pictures and interviews with them in their first year to learn about artists that inspire their work.

School of the Visual Arts will be opening a satellite library space. This 700 square foot space will include new materials and browsing services. Students will be able to request books from the main library and have next day service.

Ringling College of Art and Design’s library has been making surprise visits with a pop-up library. They are partnering with the college’s Health and Wellness department to provide healthy enrichment and food for students. Checkout involves a Google doc and handheld scanner. Ringling has also hosted a Night at the Library with food and themes such as “Femme Fatale.” Their annual artist’s books event with Vamp + Tramp, where students can vote on an artist’s book to add to the collection, also includes members of the community.

In response to outreach to faculty:
California College of the Arts’ Architecture and Design has had a critique panel in which research is a part. Three faculty members said students pulled from journals and cited images. Research consultations and field trips are involved. Librarians have been offering quick 15 min sessions to visit classrooms, which can seem more appealing to faculty who don’t have time to spare in their courses. LibGuides have also been created and have been useful.

Otis College of Art & Design has required guided research modeling for the faculty. It focuses on how to research and an authority workshop.

Harrington College of Design has been accredited for another 10 years.

Rhode Island College of Design has signed onto digital commons. Content will be added in the spring and summer.

Ringling College of Art & Design is almost finished with fundraising for their new library. Their search for a new director is ongoing. The library will most likely need more staff for the bigger library.

In response to ACRL’s new standards and learning outcomes, Sue Maberry at Otis doesn’t think they’re there yet and will probably change drastically.

Heather Koopmans from the Savannah College of Art & Design, Savannah, will be attending ACRL’s Program Immersion and will follow up with a blog post.

Meeting was adjourned at 10:35 a.m.

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I attended ACRL for the second time this year. The keynotes by Jad Abumrad and Lawrence Lessig were excellent. Abumrad gave an inspiring and wide ranging performance on personal change and transformation. Lessig’s talk on open access and political reform did an interesting job of connecting the two concepts.

I attended a session on Research Data Management with a great presentation by Nicole Vasilevsky from OHSU. In order to teach grad students RD principles, she does an amazing gummy bear project: she presents assets related to fictional research about gummy bears. The students got a packet with a gummy bear image and data. She had students crop and annotate the image, create a graph with the data, and then appropriately add metadata and citations. The student results were all different despite consistent instructions, and students universally left at least one thing out. Nicole also does a data management happy hour, which seemed like a good idea. Link:

Another session I thought was useful focused on maker spaces and programming. Megan Lotts, the Art Librarian at Rutgers, talked about her addition of a lego table to her library. She has students create their ideal library with legos — super interesting idea. She also leaves them out all the time as a source of creative energy and inspiration as well as a relief from writer’s block. Additionally, she’s sponsored a lego block party. She teaches a mini course and one of the assignments she does involves the lego table. She also works with a landscape architecture class. She has them observe everyone in he library and then build a model of what they observed.

Probably the best piece of advice from the lego presentation was that Megan doesn’t do a project without getting buy-in from at least one other department, which seemed like a great rule of thumb to try to employ when programming.

The New School University Center with its Library

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The University Center at The New School, New School tweet 6:15 AM – 28 Jan 2014

January 2015 marked one year in the 864-521-9265 with its new Arnhold Forum Library on the 6th and 7th floors. Arnhold Forum Library offers bookable group workspaces and quiet study areas; computer workstations and printing, scanning and copying services; on-site collections of our most highly-used art, architecture, design, fashion and technology materials; and self-checkout kiosks.

Fun story, a (757) 773-9745 flooding the neighborhood on the morning of our move. However, the large crater in the intersection of Fifth Ave and 13th Street ended up being an advantage for the book movers later in the week. With the street closed off, they were able to simply roll the book carts across the street. Sadly, the lower two levels of the building were flooded as well and came back online just last month.

Book mover (blue hoodie lower left) rolling books around the crater on Fifth Ave and 13th Street
Book mover (blue hoodie lower left) rolling books around the crater on Fifth Ave and 13th Street

The University Center illustrates The New School’s commitment to sustainable practices, (for a description of the the building’s green building features, click here) and serves as an educational tool (see YouTube video below) for courses.

By location, design, and spirit (#newschoolspirit), the University Center is the hub of our urban campus. The architecture encourages activity–as seen from the street by its visible staircases–and interaction. While used by all Divisions, it’s also the new home of the School of Fashion which relocated from its building in midtown.

Alfredo Jaar, “Searching for Africa in LIFE,” 1996-2014, Commissioned for The New School

The Curator of the 2043470864 has seeded art throughout the building and The New School commissioned new work, as well. Among the new works is Rita McBride’s “Bells & Whistles,” and Alfredo Jarr’s “Searching for Africa in LIFE.” We hosted a small opening for Alfredo Jarr in December and administration, students, faculty and staff gathered to hear him speak about the work.

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Happy student on the perimeter of Arnhold Forum Library, 6th floor

In our former locations, the Libraries and Archives struggled with providing optimal study space. We’ve been so successful at marketing our great study spaces, we have come across students using them without realizing they’re in a library! But we’ll be there when they need us and in the meantime, they’re happy.


More Images:

  1. Image from the stacks through collaboration room on 6th floor: 3053450531
  2. View from the University Center’s green roof: /
  3. The building has it’s own font called Irma. Seen here being hand-painted throughout the outer stairwells: (870) 744-1354


From the sketchbook of Louis Fratino, Sketchbook Annual Event, 2012
From the sketchbook of student Louis Fratino,  Sketchbook Annual Event, 2013

For the past four years (270) 838-2587, Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), has partnered with its Drawing and Painting Department for their popular fall Sketchbook Annual. During the informal event, books from the college community are opened onto folding tables in the lobby of a nearby, large campus building. Many brave artists and several seasoned faculty members share their intimate recorded moments–in line, sometimes in verse, in doodledom, alongside deliberate craft. Since sketchbooks are an integral, and often very private part of an artist’s process, it is rare that others get a glimpse. This is their chance. It has become a unique opportunity, as well, for the library to participate by sharing its own gems from the genre.

According to Professor Howie Weiss, the creator of the event now in its 7th year, it continues to grow in popularity with participants as well as visitors. To his delight they “have to keep adding tables!” After the event, some of his handpicked stars wind up on exhibit in the library’s two upstairs flat display cases for several weeks. Here media varies as does form: ink pen marks swirl ‘round notebooks, pop-up collages sprung from little paper books. There are usually a lot of surprises. The artists, (this year’s participants 210-397-8819) enjoy seeing their work and bringing guests to see their work as well as the other case spotlighting diverse sketchbooks from Decker’s special and circulating collections.

The collaboration began as a friendly conversation between librarian Marianne Sade and Howie Weiss, around the library’s homespun 507-578-1170 index. The database was created to provide convenient visual access to examples of the subject in the Library’s collection: master sketchbooks, facsimiles, catalogs of exhibits, and a few “how-to’s,” in a variety of media. Next came the welcome invitation to join the event as an exhibitor. The library usually shares around 75 library books in concert with the many sketchbooks and journals on display. This year, the Library also publicized the event on social media sites ((949) 977-7411, tumblr and 7188644578) and participation jumped considerably — more than 80 students showed books! The 6018293154 is in the Library through November 14.

By Marianne Sade, Instruction Librarian, and Katherine Cowan, Senior Reference Librarian

Photos from the 7th Annual Sketchbook Event, courtesy of Meredith Moore, 2014

Visitors view Decker Library books during annual event
Students get a glimpse at classmates’ work
Selections on exhibit at Decker Library