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Wednesday, March 27 • 1:30pm - 2:50pm
You, Too, Can Write a Review: Demystifying the Library Resource Review Process

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ARLIS/NA Reviews and Multimedia & Technology Reviews are two award-winning bi-monthly digital reviews publications produced by ARLIS/NA, and Notable Graphic Novels Review is a new yearly ARLIS/NA publication established in 2017. Each publication provides reviewers an opportunity to participate in scholarly communication and further their professional development through the writing of short reviews of print publications or digital resources. However, the editors of these publications have discovered through surveys and informal feedback that potential reviewers can be unduly intimidated by writing reviews for ARLIS/NA online publications. With book reviews, some potential reviewers are intimidated by newness to the profession and a concern that they lack sufficient knowledge to write a review. With reviews of multimedia and other technologies, some potential reviewers mistakenly believe that they need to be able to have programmer-level tech skills to write a competent review. This interactive panel aims to demystify and dispel misconceptions about the review writing process for ARLIS/NA online publications as well as other similar publications. The panel will bring together editors and reviewers to share insights about the publication process, discuss what makes a good review, highlight other potential reviewing opportunities, and foster connections and networks between new and seasoned reviewers. Editors from each publication will provide background on the publications. Experienced reviewers will engage in a moderated conversation with editors about the process of writing a review, with participation from the audience. Finally, prospective and experienced reviewers will have a chance to work in smaller groups to workshop a sample review.

Session resources available here: http://bit.ly/arlis2019-reviews

We acknowledge Tara S. Spies Smith and Gabriella Karl-Johnson for their help organizing this event.

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Melanie Emerson

Dean of the Library + Special Collections, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

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Terrie Wilson

Humanities Collections Coordinator, Art Librarian and Head, Michigan State University
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Amy Trendler

Architecture Librarian, University Libraries Ball State University, ARLIS/NA Past President
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Alexandra Provo

Metadata Librarian (NYU) and Access and Preservation Advisor (Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide), New York University

Andrew Wang

Ringling College of Art & Design

Wednesday March 27, 2019 1:30pm - 2:50pm MDT
Grand America Hotel: Audubon (3rd Floor) 555 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111