Annual Report (2004)
February 22, 2005
Submitted by: Ellen K. Corrigan,
Arts Library, University of California, Santa
The officers for 2004-05 have been:
Ellen Corrigan (née Kempf), UCSB,
Anne Haas, Bowdoin College,
Laura Graveline, Dartmouth College, Update
For the past several years, elections have
been held during the annual section meeting. The pattern has been to elect the Update
editor, who will assume the vice-moderator position the next year and the
moderator position the following year.
Additionally, Annette Haines (University of Michigan) took on the
position of Web site editor this past year.
RISS modified its statement of purpose to
include instruction. The amended
first clause, which now reads, “To study and analyze current issues, trends, and
developments relating to the provision of reference
and information (including instructional) services to art library users,”
was unanimously endorsed by the Executive Board at its July 2004 meeting. This change will be added to the Policy
Manual and to the Handbook for 2006.
At the annual section meeting, the RISS
membership decided to continue with two ongoing projects:
Artists’ files working group
Jonathan Evans (Museum of
Fine Arts, Houston) took over leadership of this group, working toward a
web-based directory pointing to institutional holdings of artists’ files. The group has considered several issues,
including the scope of the project, a survey instrument, models for organizing
and disseminating the data, and collaborating with the Publications Committee to
produce content for the ARLIS/NA web site.
At the invitation of Gunter Weibel (RLG), Jon Evans will be addressing
this topic at the AAG meeting at the 2005 conference in Houston to gauge the
level of interest and potential support.
The group also plans to reconvene at the conference.
Guide to free Internet resources on the
Martha Walker (Cornell University) recruited
volunteers to investigate the need for and possible development of a guide to
free Internet resources on the visual arts. Future directions for this project, if
interest remains among section members, include the creation of a task force to
move forward on the guide as well as coordination with the Publications
Also under discussion at the annual meeting
was the continuing series of “They Never Covered This in Library School”
workshops, organized under the leadership of Barbara Prior (Oberlin College),
that evolved out of RISS. Given the
location of the next conference in Houston, the section strongly favored a
workshop on resources for Latin American art, which was selected as the topic
for the 2005 session.