Committee Business Meeting
Libraries Society of North America 29th Annual Conference, Los
present: Judy Dyki (incoming
Chair), Liz Ginno, Paula Hardin (outgoing Chair), Claudia Hill, Roger Lawson.
Judy Dyki, Chair
Hardin began the meeting with an announcement that the AMICO representative
would soon be joining the Technology Committee in an ex officio capacity and
reporting to the Technology Committee Chair rather than the ARLIS/NA President.
This will mirror the current relationship of the NINCH representative.
A Board vote is still needed to make the change official.
long discussion took place concerning the technology Web site which is
referenced in three of the four Strategic Plan Action Items assigned to the
committee. Paula clarified that
ARLIS/NA committees will be allowed to have space on the ARLIS/NA Web server for
official ARLIS/NA work and communication. At
this time, however, divisions, sections and roundtables that would like to
create their own Web sites still need to seek alternate hosting arrangements.
Much debate between committee members concerning the technology Web site
took place via e-mail prior to the conference.
Committee members attending the business meeting echoed the reservations
that had been expressed about some of the directives in the Action Items.
The charges to develop a Q&A section and a list of technology experts
to contact on issues of relevance to the profession were both considered to be
impractical -- it was felt that ARLIS/NA members would not use the Web site in
this capacity (ARLIS-L is the more likely source).
It would also be difficult to identify "experts" that would be
willing to serve in this role. Links
to technology-related information/educational Web sites were also considered of
questionable value since ARLIS/NA members already have sources for keeping
current with general technology issues and information.
There was also concern expressed that information on technology vendors
and product information might be viewed as endorsements.
After further consideration, committee members decided that it would make the most sense to focus on technology related directly to art libraries/visual resource collections and not on the broader world of library technology. The target audience would be librarians and VR professionals new to art librarianship -- in other words, those who need a resource guide for technology in this subject specialization. Possible sections would include vendor and product information on Web/CD-ROM indexes (Art Abstracts, ArtBibliographies Modern, Design and Applied Arts Index, etc.); image databases (e.g., AMICO); related organizations (e.g., Museum Computer Network, ArtsWire); specialized software and database products (auction price guides, museum exhibition catalogue exchange tracking software); and national initiatives (e.g., NINCH). Liz Ginno offered to host the Web site at California State University-Hayward and volunteered to construct a general outline for the site. Individual committee members will then work on different sections to develop the information.
Action Item to "develop relationships with other technology groups in
related professional organizations" was briefly discussed, but there was no
agreement on the purpose of the liaison when he/she has no official role.
This item will go back into post-conference e-discussion with the full
members felt strongly that workshops and sessions were an appropriate activity
for the committee and continued discussion on a session proposed by Judy
Silverman before the conference. The
session would explore the issue of archiving digital resources, both national
initiatives and local projects. Judy
Silverman and Roger Lawson will develop the proposal on behalf of the committee.
final moments of the meeting were spent considering the committee's charge and
other roles it could/should be playing. This
discussion will continue electronically over the course of the year, and
recommendations will be presented to the Board in the Annual Report.