Meg Klinkow, Co-Moderator
Ken Soehner, Co-Moderator (replacing Toni
Kaylyn Hipps, Column Editor
We had a large turnout for the 2000 business
meeting in Pittsburgh, with 85 members signing in. Jolene de Verges
submitted an excellent and succinct report on the meeting. In summary,
Nancy Simon, Co-Moderator, reviewed the ARLIS/NA Strategic Plan and targeted
four major goals for the division for the coming year. These included:
1/ Develop opportunities, awards, grants.
2/ Develop stimulating conference programs.
3/ Exert influence on the external forces that affect our profession.
4/ Develop programs that promote leadership.
Nancy also outlined specific issues that
affect museum librarians and some unique characteristics of our division.
Among the issues were a need to be advocates for greater funding, a need
for standards in our work, and support for advocacy for smaller libraries.
The unique characteristics of museum librarians include being able to interact
easily with other museum professionals and being part of an accreditation
process. Yet negative characteristics also exist and include having limited
financial resources and
a limited teaching role for the library.
Toni Reese of the Joslyn Art Museum library was also elected Co-Moderator. Unfortunately, in October Toni changed jobs and resigned that position. We were very fortunate to have Kenneth Soehner, Chief Librarian, Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, volunteer to fill out Toni's term and run for the position for next year.
A committee of seven was formed after the
business meeting to work on the Division Action Steps. This included
Stephanie Sigala, Kathy Corcoran, Grace Reid, Roger Lawson, Mary Graham,
Vicky Bohm, and Meg Klinkow. Emails were exchanged. Kathy gave several
suggestions about the importance of institutional power accruing to the
library and liaisons with other official groups, such as AAM. Stephanie
Sigala suggested working more with RLG, creating internships and providing
grants for travel, sharing information on special collections. Roger
Lawson became liaison to NINCH in its conference on museums and libraries.
Ken Soehner, when he became Co-Moderator, expressed an interest in finding
ways to involve curators more in using the library collections and services.
It is intended that action steps will be presented
at the 2001 business meeting for voting on by the division.
In accord with the second and fourth goals
of the Division (based on Strategic Plan for the whole of ARLIS/NA), we
supported several programs for next year's conference. The Division
was approached and sponsored the following sessions:
"Native American Art Now - Reflecting Contemporary Realities" (Joan Benedetti) -- This is now Session 10.
"Never the Twain Shall Meet?: Museum Systems and Library Systems" (Elizabeth
O'Keefe) - This is ASK ARLIS 4.
"Through Time and Space: documenting museum collecting and exhibition history
on the web" (Jonathan Franklin) - This is Session 4.
-- and two other programs that were not selected for inclusion in the L.A. conference.
Meg Klinkow kept an eye on ARLIS-L throughout
the year and responded to questions that arose related to museum libraries.
She also approached Dominican University's Dean of the Graduate School
of Library and Information Science about sponsoring an art library (particularly
museum library) educational program. The Dean was open to having
a 3-day workshop but not an entire course. Meg could not find anyone among
the local librarians who would commit to teaching for no money, however.
This will also be brought up in L.A. in conjunction for the need to develop
leadership and educational
There are no issues for the Executive Board
of ARLIS/NA at present.