Thinking About NOLA: Airport Transportation, Weather, and What to Wear

Happy Friday ARLISians!

We are on the home stretch and getting close to the dates of our annual meeting in lovely New Orleans. Let’s talk about the nitty-gritty of getting to the hotel from the airport.

If you take a look at our conference site’s “About New Orleans” page, you will find all kinds of information about getting from the airport to the hotel including taxi, Uber, bus, and shuttle.

I have used airport to hotel shuttles in many, many cities and have never had a problem. They may take longer than you would like, depending on the number of hotels they must stop at to drop off passengers, but at times your hotel stop will be the first one! Just sit back and enjoy the ride.

The conference site says there is not a mass transportation option from the Airport available, but the Louis Armstrong International Airport site gives information on two bus options.

A member tells me he has taken the bus from/to the Airport, but I see that the bus, or busses, take (at least) 50 minutes, and I am unsure of how close to our hotel they come, so you may need to make a transfer.

See the Airport site given above for a description of the difference in the two bus routes that  run from the Airport to downtown.

As for the weather – be prepared! Winter in the south is rainy and New Orleans is no exception. I do not travel anywhere without my hooded rain slicker (remember the rainy walk to the welcome party in Seattle?), and you will at the very least want to pack an umbrella, as well as shoes you don’t mind getting wet! Add New Orleans to the cities on your smartphone weather app, or stay apprised of the forecast another way. The weather can change rapidly, and don’t forget how windy it can get when you are near a body of water.

Wear your favorite things, but it is winter so it’s always smart to pack layers (sweaters, vests, jackets) in addition to having a coat.

During this current week in New Orleans, it’s balmy with rain showers, but some days of full sun are in the forecast. This being said, I know the Conference committee members have ordered beautiful weather for the week of February 5th especially for you!

See you in New Orleans,

E. Lee Eltzroth, ARLIS/NA 2017 Publicity Coordinator

Thinking about NOLA: Getting around, resources, and apps!

Hello ARLISians!

You have noticed that the Conference website has a very good description and breakdown of transportation and getting around options in New Orleans. You now can check out the Local Guide there — it has Neighborhood Maps and a description of each neighborhood’s attractions. Familiarize yourself with this great resource!

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ARLIS/NA Conference Registration Coming

Happy Monday ARLISians!

In less than one month, on November 1, 2016, you will be able to register for the upcoming annual conference to be held February 5-9, 2017 in New Orleans.

Registration information is already available online at If you have any questions, contact information is also found there.

With this data you will be able to begin your planning, and figure your potential expenses, but here are the basics:

  • Early Bird Registration period lasts through December 23, 2016.
  • As of December 24, fees will increase by $100.00 for regular, institutional, business, and affiliate organization members (from $280 to $380).
  • Other types of membership and non-member registration fees will also increase at this time (non-member fees include a one-year membership to ARLIS-NA, so if you are not yet a member, it’s quite a deal!)

After January 23, registration is available on-site only.

Information on the conference hotel is also on-line at
Note that the discount rate will not be available after December 30, 2016. It is best to make your hotel reservation as soon as you can!


E. Lee Eltzroth, publicity coordinator, ARLIS-NA 2017

Join us for the ARLIS/NA 45th Annual Conference!

"Preservation Hall Sign," by Swampler, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
“Preservation Hall Sign,” by Swampler, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

“I’m not sure, but I’m almost positive, that all music came from New Orleans.” –Ernie K Doe

We invite you to participate in the Art Libraries Society of North America’s 45th Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana and to engage an exploration of our theme Arts du Monde.  From February 5-9, 2017, the ARLIS/NA Southeast Chapter will host an exciting program dedicated to navigating the collaborative, diverse, and global nature of art librarianship, while encompassing the carnival, jazz, and vibrant culture of the Crescent City.

The conference website is populated with a wealth of information.  Registration opens November 1, 2016, but the Hilton New Orleans Riverside is ready and waiting to accept your room reservation today. Sign up early to take advantage of opportunities to explore the diverse culture and rich history of New Orleans with tours of the Faubourg Tremé, French Quarter, Garden District, Tulane University, and much, much more…

Join us for stimulating programming, to participate in an exchange of ideas that nurtures your practice, and as always, for ARLIS/NA’s invaluable networking opportunities. You are invited to attend our exciting social events and “laissez les bons temps rouler” in the spirit made famous by New Orleans during our Welcome Party at the New Orleans Museum of Art and Convocation reception at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

NOLA 2017 is not to be missed—be sure to join us in February!


ARLIS/NA 2017 Conference Programming Co-Chairs
Kim Collins, Emory University, (404) 727-2997,
Kasia Leousis, Auburn University, (334) 844-1752,