Welcome to Pasadena and the 41st annual conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America!
On behalf of the ARLIS/NA Executive Board and the Pasadena conference planning team I extend a warm invitation to join us at the premier event for art information professionals.
Hosted by the ARLIS/NA Southern California Chapter from April 25-29, 2013, our conference theme, "Crafting our Future," is inspired by Pasadena's renowned arts and crafts heritage and emphasizes the importance of building on our past as we actively shape the future of art librarianship. The Pasadena Convention Center, a spectacular facility located in the historic Pasadena Civic Center District, offers a convenient location in the center of downtown and direct proximity to The Sheraton Pasadena Hotel, our official conference hotel. The Civic Center District is listed in the National Register of Historic Places as a nationally significant example of civic art in the 'City Beautiful' style of the 1920s.
The 41st conference will be packed with stellar programs and special events, with an emphasis on the rich and diverse cultural landscape of Southern California. That said, we expect this conference to be the most international in scope ever, with speakers and attendees expected from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Latin America, Europe, and beyond.
The program has been expertly crafted by co-chairs Cathy Billings and Sarah Sherman, who drew from a record number of proposals to create an agenda that guarantees to engage, enlighten, and educate all in attendance. The topics genuinely reflect our members’ interests, as drawn from proposals, listserv discussions, and past conference evaluations. There are too many highlights to list all of them here, but I see some trending of topics that address social media, data visualization, digital humanities, open source technologies, information literacy assessment, RDA, and alternative careers. Plenary sessions will examine important new documentation of contemporary art led by southern California institutions. Learn about “Googie Style Architecture” at the Members’ Lunch. Workshops offer numerous opportunities to hone skills that will burnish your resumes and sharpen your job performance.
The Pasadena Convention Center recently inaugurated a $150 million LEED Gold certified expansion, which means that meeting and Exhibits spaces will be state-of-the-art in comfort and technology. We expect a record number of exhibitors to be on hand for the latest in products and services. This is your opportunity to personally meet with the vendors you know and to discover new possibilities for strengthening your library’s operations.
Special events will take advantage of Pasadena’s mild climate and distinctive architecture, and we’ll even give you time to explore the pedestrian-friendly city on your own. Our local arrangement co-chairs Alyssa Resnick and Lynda Bunting, with help from all of the local team, have produced a fantastic array of events, including a package of exciting tours that have been specially crafted for ARLIS/NA members, with behind-the-scenes experiences that you won’t find elsewhere. Be sure to make room in your visit to participate in one or more tours.
ARLIS/NA depends on our generous sponsors to support our conferences, and once again they have come through to insure that the conference meets our high expectations. They will underwrite programs, refreshment breaks, speaker costs, awards to members, and much more, including a grand Convocation Ceremony and Reception at the historic Pasadena Civic Auditorium, a 1931 architectural gem.
Pasadena is a medium size city alive with world-renowned cultural and scientific institutions that would be the envy of many large cities. Within convenient distance are the Norton Simon Museum; the Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens; the Gamble House; the Arts and Crafts District; California Institute of Technology; and the Pacific Asia Museum. Culinary offerings are equally world-class, as befits the birthplace of Julia Child. From The Dining Room at The Langham Huntington, the only Michelin-rated hotel restaurant in Southern California, to the 46-year-old Pasadena landmark Pie ‘n Burger, it’s all here.
Getting around the conference area is trouble-free. Not only is Pasadena an invitingly walkable community, but it also features a smart, streamlined transit system. Shuttles, buses, and light rail can take you anywhere in the city and to the greater Los Angeles area. There’s even a colorful ARTS bus that seems custom-made for our members.
With an average temperature of 76 in April and a winning combination of sophisticated charm, culture, history, and fun, this will be a conference you can’t miss. So come join us in Pasadena to enhance your professional skills, reconnect with old colleagues, forge new friendships, and craft your own future!
Deborah Kempe, ARLIS/NA President