A blog for materials collections in art, architecture, and design environments. Sponsored by the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA).

MATSIG to Meet at 2015 ARLIS/NA Annual Conference

Please mark your SCHED(ule) for the meeting of the Materials Special Interest Group during the 2015 Annual Conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America at 1:30-2:30pm on Saturday, March 21 in Sundance 5 at the Omni conference hotel in downtown Fort Worth, Texas.

Topics will include:
  • Introduction Lightning Round
  • Project Updates
  • Session Proposals for 2016
  • Next Steps (Group Leadership & Resource Development)

Please send any additional items for discussion by Wednesday, March 18 to


February 9-13, 2015
Utrecht, The Netherlands

Free with online registration

Material Xperience is the leading trade event for (interior) architects and creative professionals focused on materials, innovation and inspiration. In 2015, the content and speakers program at Material Xperience will explore the theme of ‘The Five Senses’.

We live both consciously and unconsciously in our environment through touch, sight, hearing, taste and sense of smell. Good design and conscious material choice can positively influence one’s perception of the surrounding environment. This is not only terms of atmosphere and comfort, but also in terms of enhancing performance in schools, offices, care environments, shops and restaurants. A good `sensorial` design always delivers!

For knowledge junkies, Materia has invited inspiring experts, visionaries and innovators from diverse corners of the world. In short, everything you always wanted to know about the wonderful world of the senses will come to the forefront in a number of ways at this edition of Material Xperience.

Return this year to experience materials during Material Xperience and be inspired by the experts in the seminar program. This program will focus each day on a specific sector with six inspiring speakers per day.

6th North American Materials Education Symposium: REGISTRATION DEADLINE

Innovation, computation, simulation, and visualization in materials-related education

March 26-27, 2015, The Ohio State University, Columbus OH

Registration deadline: January 31, 2015


DEADLINE EXTENDED: 2015 Materials Education Symposia

EXTENDED DEADLINE: submit before Oct 31

Submit your abstract or register now for the 2015 Materials Education Symposia, which are open to all educators teaching undergraduates about materials within engineering, design, architecture, sustainability, and other science subjects.

In the words of one attendee, these events provide “the main forum for discussion of education issues in engineering materials”.

Both talks and posters are being accepted for the 2015 events—submit yours before October 31.

Bringing Focus to the Materials Collection

Barbara Opar
Librarian for Architecture, French Language and Literature, Judaic Studies and Religion Research and Scholarship
Bird Library at Syracuse University

The first blog post on the topic of the (Physical) Materials Collection housed in the Architecture Reading Room was produced almost a year ago: This unique collection is jointly supported by the Syracuse University Libraries and the School of Architecture.

Since then, programming has been added. Scheduled vendor visits have been introduced to help promote the existing collection and to grow it in different ways with new products and expanded information on existing samples. Student and faculty feedback obtained through a survey strengthened our resolve to introduce this educational component. Developing the materials collection through focused sessions, therefore, provided the opportunity for involving students and faculty and acquainting them with this new collection. Since 96 percent of survey respondents indicated a need for more product information, this was seen as a mandate to offer Material Focus sessions.

The existing materials samples collection was reviewed to identify potential vendors based on the quality of the product, use patterns and depth of holdings. Additionally one of the comprehensive design studios in the School of Architecture was researching metals. Vendors with regional representatives were identified; an email drafted and sent and appropriate dates determined. Several viable candidates responded. Hendricks Manufacturing agreed to an April 1st date and was able to offer continuing education credits. This became our first Material Focus session with an informal demonstration, a presentation and an opportunity for questions. Hendricks sent three representatives to the event, with the Vice President of Sales, John Brandt, conducting the lecture session. The chat session drew a good number of attendees with about 14 or 15 people attending the more formal meeting.

Hendrick 3form

The fall program is now underway and our second Material Focus session was led by Russell Blanchard of 3form. 3form is known to many in the academic and professional architecture communities for their innovative products including translucent resin and recycled glass. The September 17th program again afforded the opportunity for informal discussion, followed by an overview of the company’s products at 11 o’clock. About 25 attended this presentation.

After our first Material Focus session, we were contacted by several vendors, who now see this as an opportunity to educate those who will soon be specifying their materials. Just this fall, Larry Liberatore, a part-time School of Architecture faculty member, actively began helping us identify and recruit additional speakers.

Additional Material Focus events are planned for the fall, so stay tuned! Patterned after the lunch and learn partnerships of many firms and vendors, the goal of the Materials Focus sessions is student training on how architectural products and systems are designed. Faculty, alumni and guests are offered the opportunity to earn continuing education credits and learn about new vendor lines. The sessions often result in more products coming into the materials collection. We hope that Materials Focus sessions will gain momentum, provide outreach and educational opportunities, while expanding use of this unique collection.

Materials Education Symposia 2014-2015: Call for Abstracts

Call for Abstracts

2014-15 Materials Education Symposia

  • National University of Singapore, December 11-12, 2014
  • The Ohio State University, March 26-27, 2015
  • University of Cambridge, UK, April 9-10, 2015

Submit your abstract or register now for the upcoming MaterialsEducation Symposia that are open to all educators teaching undergraduates about materials within engineering, design, architecture, sustainability, and other science subjects.

Early-bird registration is also available online for the three upcoming Symposia: book now to secure your place and accommodation.

MATSIG to Meet at 2014 ARLIS/NA Annual Conference

Please mark your SCHED(ule) for the meeting of the Materials Special Interest Group during the 2014 Annual Conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America at 4:30-5:30pm on Friday, May 2 in Penn Quarter B at the Grand Hyatt conference hotel in downtown Washington, DC.

Topics will include:
  • SIG leadership and resources (brief history of the SIG, recent events, and an overview of the SIG site, material|resource)
  • current projects and updates from attendees
  • plans for the coming year
Please send any additional items for discussion by Friday, May 2 to



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