Materials Collections Discussant Panel: Call for Speakers

Association of Architecture School Librarians
Annual Conference
April 10-13, 2014 | Miami Beach, FL

Discussant Panel:
Materials Collections

Materials collections are becoming increasingly relevant in supporting architecture and design programs, offering faculty and students learning opportunities in these and related disciplines. The importance of hands-on materials research is a recurring topic at many colleges and in the architectural education literature. It is a key component to students’ learning in design disciplines and the tactile and visual experience of handling physical samples allows students to investigate and discover materials in new ways.

In June 2013, the IMLS-funded symposium Materials Education and Research in Art and Design: A New Role for Libraries was held at Rhode Island School of Design to address questions and propose solutions surrounding the creation, development, and support of materials collections by academic libraries. This unprecedented event gathered international researchers, authors, administrators, faculty, librarians, and students to benefit from each other’s approaches to such collections and went far to foster a new community. A white paper from that event will appear in early 2014 and will be used to partially frame the discussion.

This 90-minute panel will be comprised of 4-5 speakers in the first hour and allow for discussion in the remaining time.


  • Mark Pompelia, Visual +  Material Resource Librarian, Rhode Island School of Design
  • Kasia Leousis, Architecture and Art Librarian, Library of Architecture, Design, and Construction, Auburn University
  • Barbara Ann Opar, Architecture Librarian, Syracuse University
  • Others to be announced.

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