Society of North America 31st Annual Conference
Wyndham Baltimore Inner Harbor, Baltimore, Maryland – March 20-26, 2003
Reference and Information Services Section Meeting
March 24, 2003, 6:00 – 7:20 p.m.
Moderator: Judy Donovan, Delaware College of Art and Design
Recorder: Erika Dowell, Indiana University
Donovan began the meeting by introducing the Executive
Board Liaison, Judith Herschman (University of California, Los Angeles).
Members approved the minutes from the Sections’ 2002
Kelly Weaver, who was to move into the co-moderator
position this year, resigned the office because of a job change. Donovan called
for volunteers/nominees to fill the positions of co-moderator and Update column
editor. Ellen Kempf (Pennsylvania State University) was approved as
co-moderator; Anne Haas (Bowdoin College) is the new Update column editor.
Donovan gave an update on the RISS website. Liv Valmstead
will continue to manage the site. She is on a year-long maternity leave, so it
will be necessary to improve communication with her to get changes made on the
site. Anne Haas volunteered to contact Valmstead about changes to the site.
Barbara Prior (Oberlin College) proposed creating a group
to organize conference workshops in the series she initiated several years ago
under the title, “They Never Covered This in Library School”. She outlined
the responsibilities of such a group: determining content of session, finding
speakers, making local arrangements, creating bibliographies and other
documentation, advertising, etc. Discussion followed regarding the value of the
sessions and possible topics (e.g., architecture, African art, dance and
theater). Carole Ann Fabian (University of Buffalo, SUNY) suggested the section
ask the Executive Board to create a “permanent placeholder” in the
conference schedule for such a workshop. It was observed that such workshops
could tie in with a program of professional certification. Certification is
being discussed at the Board level and in other committees. Board Liaison
Herschman will contact these other groups to see how workshops might fit into
the discussion of certification. After more discussion, the following motion was
That the Reference and Information
Services Section will provide service to ARLIS/NA through continuing education
activities at each annual conference in the form of in-depth bibliographical and
reference workshops, such as those presented under the title, “They Never
Covered This in Library School”.
Barbara Prior will chair the organizing group. Other
members are: Lou Adrean (Cleveland Museum of Art), Sara Harrington (Rutgers
University), Barbara Polowy (Smith College), Terrie Wilson (Michigan State
University), and Linda Zieper (University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth).
Erika Dowell (Indiana University) asked for volunteers for
a group to discuss the possible actions RISS (and ARLIS/NA) could take to
improving access to collections of artist files. The group is composed of
Dowell, John Evans (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston), Pam Eyerdam (Cleveland State
University), Alba Fernandez (Indianapolis Museum of Art), Roberta Geier
(National Gallery of Art), Andrea Goldstein (Temple University), and Terrie
Wilson (Michigan State University).
gave some background to previous RISS efforts to create a core collection of
freely available Internet resources on art topics. Discussion following
regarding the enormity of the task, different ways a project could be organized,
the feasibility of creating a portal, and concern about not “re-inventing the
wheel”. The following motion was approved:
The Reference and Information Services Section will convene
a small working group to explore the possibility of creating more efficient
access to existing free Internet subject resources on the arts.
Walker (Cornell University) will facilitate discussion on ARLIS-L about this
Ann Fabian (University of Buffalo, SUNY) announced that New York conference
planners are eager to receive proposals for the next annual conference. Inklings
and full-fledged proposals are welcome. The deadline is May 5, 2003.
also reported on a meeting of teaching librarians that took place earlier in the
conference. The meeting drew about 70 interested people. Fabian brought up the
relationship of this informal group to RISS and expressed interest in building
on the energy displayed at the teaching librarians meeting. It was agreed that
the group would be informally associated with RISS, keeping the RISS membership
informed of their news and using the existing RISS website as home for a
proposed clearinghouse of teaching materials.
Geier (National Gallery of Art) expressed interest in a session on how reference
work has changed over the years.
The meeting was adjourned at 7:20 p.m.