I am delighted to invite you to participate in the 42nd Annual Conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America in Washington, DC exploring our theme, "Art+Politics." The conference will be held at the Grand Hyatt in downtown Washington from May 1-5, 2014. As the preeminent event for our organization of art and visual information professionals, the conference will provide attendees the occasion to connect with over 700 participants from the United States, Canada, Mexico, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East and to interact with book dealers, book artists, systems vendors, and other exhibitors in our large exhibits hall. For the first time in the history of the Society, the conference will be held in the hometown of the sitting President, so I am even more excited to have you explore my Washington!
The Grand Hyatt is located in downtown’s Penn Quarter (with a Metrorail red line station in the building) and is adjacent to the restaurants and nightlife of the popular Chinatown area, walking distance to the museums on the National Mall, a few stops on the Metro to Dupont Circle and only a short taxi ride to my own neighborhood in the hip and happening H Street NE corridor. Our conference committee hopes participants will take full advantage of the District’s many public transportation options that are located all around the hotel from the Metrorail and Metrobus to the Capital Bikeshare program. Come ready to traverse the city like a local!
As the capital of the United States of America, Washington is a city blessed with impressive governmental cultural agencies like the National Gallery of Art, the museums and research centers of the Smithsonian Institution, the Library of Congress, and the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. The District of Columbia is also fortunate to house many incredible private institutions like the Phillips Collection, the Folger Shakespeare Library, Hillwood Estate and Museum, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection, the Kreeger Museum, and dozens of theatres and musical venues. We encourage you to extend your stay and explore the varied neighborhoods of the Capital city. Tours will vary from all-day explorations to short walking tours of nearby sites.
In addition to the cultural life of the city, ARLIS/NA conferences offer many social highlights. Dumbarton Oaks will hold a reception and offer presentations exploring their many amazing research resources and collections on Friday, May 2. Our annual Convocation and Reception will be held on Saturday night at the Jefferson Building of the Library of Congress and will be a truly special event where we will be addressed by Susan Stamberg, Special Correspondent for National Public Radio. Local architectural historian James M. Goode will present his latest research project on the historic residential architecture of Washington at our Membership Brunch on Sunday morning.
The theme of the 42nd Annual Conference is "Art+Politics" and we have identified four intersections of these seemingly divergent realms: Of, By, and For the People; Fostering Creativity; Preserve and Protect; and Power and Agency. Papers and sessions will explore these ideas as well as address other library issues that affect us all from RDA implementation to copyright concerns. Our popular workshops will range from book arts to provenance research. Between thought provoking sessions, useful workshops, beautiful exhibits, fun social gatherings and diverse cultural offerings, it will be an exciting conference. I hope to see you here!
Gregory P. J. Most
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