Annual Report (2001)
Public Library Division, ARLIS NA
Jeffrey Stephens, Moderator/Update column editor
phone: 718 / 515-0420
At the division business meeting at the annual conference in Los Angeles, Jeffrey Stephens was re-elected as Moderator/Update column editor for another year. Division member attendance at the conference was less than the previous year as nine members attended. Fewer attended the discussion group directly following the business meeting as it conflicted with panel sessions that members wanted to attend.
Members discussed the cancellation of the public library tour. There was extreme disappointment that the tour had been scheduled for Wednesday after most public librarians would probably have left because of lack of travel funds to stay the extra day. There were also other day long tours that conflicted, making it impossible that enough people would sign up to make enough money to cover the cost. Members were left to visit the three major public libraries in the Los Angeles area on their own time.
There was discussion about the St. Louis Conference. Suzy Frechette of the St. Louis Public Library urged everyone to attend. Members discussed proposals for the conference regarding digital imaging projects in public libraries and internet filtering. Members agreed that internet filtering probably pertained more to public than academic or museum libraries.
Members discussed the fact that conference travel funds are scarce for public librarians and raised the possibility of a travel award for a member of the division. This would have to be funded by a sponsor most likely.
Membership in the Public Library Division remained about the same as in previous years. At the upcoming conference in St. Louis there should be further discussion on how to increase the membership. There also needs to be more communication among members which shouldn't be difficult since most of us have e-mail.
Other issues which need to be addressed are collecting more news from members for the Update Column, getting more Public Library Division session proposals off the ground, and how the division can work more closely with the other divisions on art librarianship issues.