Thinking About NOLA – Final Thoughts

Happy Friday, ARLISians!

Good news for attendees to our 2017 annual meeting in New Orleans!

With your member’s badge you will get into both the New Orleans Museum of Art and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art FREE. The Newcomb Art Museum (at Tulane) is always free and open to the public, but they would love to have ARLIS/NA members sign their visitors book when they visit.

At the Center for Contemporary Art you will have entry to the Shop only, and Louisiana State Museum has free venues, and we are waiting to hear about which of the fee venues will be free to our attendees. Stay tuned for updates on these and other “lagniappe” (a little something extra) for attendees!

And don’t forget, Tulane has several different libraries to visit. One is the Latin American Library on the fourth floor, Howard-Tilton Memorial Library. They have a collection of books (over 510,000), including those by Latin American women and artists’ books, newspapers (from 22 countries), periodicals, rare books (over 14,500 titles), an image archive (113,000 images), and much more. For instance, they have the Spratling-Taxco Collection — original design drawings by William Spratling and other sliver designers from Taxco, Mexico.

There is a link to this repository on our Pinterest board, too.

Another collection unique to New Orleans is The Charles F. Heartman Manuscripts of Slavery Collection. It consists of over 4000 pieces, 1724-1897. It relates to the social, economic, civil, and legal status of enslaved Negroes and Free People of Color in Louisiana, especially in the city of New Orleans.

New Orleans has a very rich history of having the largest population of free people of color in the United States. Xavier University of Louisiana (1 Drexel Drive, New Orleans, 504-520-7311), who purchased the collection, is actively digitizing it. You can see the collection guide or finding aid online, and view the collection at the Xavier University Archives and Special Collections – Digital Collections page.

Check out New Orleans Magazine for more “things to do” while you are in the Big Easy. Shopping? Music? Dancing? You will find links to all of it there.

I was interested to hear from a member that there is a Belloq Lounge at the Hotel Modern, named after the New Orleans photographer Ernest Joseph Bellocq (1873–1949). For you photo folks, the hotel is on the St. Charles streetcar line at 936 St. Charles Ave. at Lee Circle, near the Ogdon Museum.

Another ARLIS member told me something I wish I had known sooner. On Saturday February 4 is a symposium at the Historic New Orleans Collection called “Storyville and Jazz, 1917.” It includes Jeff Rosenheim on “A Taste of the Tenderloin: The Photographs of E.J. Bellocq and Eugene Atget.” Sigh. I hope some of you registered and are in town early to attend.

Don’t forget to check out the ARLIS/NA Instagram page (@ARLIS_NA) and Pinterest board (ARLIS/NA) for information and for fun. The Pinterest board now includes links to those people, places, books, movies, photo collections, etc. that I have mentioned in these “Thinking About —“ posts.

In addition, you can monitor conference happenings and updates through the conference website and blog, the ARLIS/NA Facebook page (ARLIS/NA FB), and via Twitter (@ARLIS_NA). Please track and share your conference questions and experiences and snapshots using the official conference hashtag: #ARLIS2017.

And now for something completely different — Staying Safe.

In any big city it is always important to be aware of and to pay attention to your surroundings — whether you are simply crossing the street, going outside the hotel for a walk or a meal, or going to catch the streetcar to explore more of the city.

Your conference badge makes it plain that your are a visitor to the Crescent City. Unless you are with an ARLIS-sponsored tour group, or with a group going out of the hotel to a Conference reception, remember to take off you conference badge and tuck it away (to pull out for those FREE museums!). As in every big city, there are sometimes persons out there who “target” visitors.

But think about this! “Downtown is one of the safest neighborhoods in New Orleans, thanks in part to the Downtown Development District’s robust Public Safety Ranger program.” New Orleans offers us an excellent service with its Downtown Public Safety Rangers.

More detailed information on the DDD and the Safety Rangers is found at the Downtown NOLA website. Take a look at the additional information and the additional Tips and you will realize how very useful the Safety Rangers are!

The Rangers are on duty every day of the week from 10 a.m. – 10 p.m. They assist visitors with directions, maps, etc. as well as act as extra eyes and ears for the police. Speaking of police, the DDD provides NOPD Officer Details for Downtown around the clock.

The DDD also has their Downtown SafeWalk escorts who are offered free of charge and will safely escort you to your Downtown destination. To take advantage of this service, just call or text (504) 415-1730 and check availability (put this number into your smartphone). Give them your name, location, and when they should meet you, but they do need a 20 minute lead.

Be smart, and you will have such fun in New Orleans at Arts du Monde! Can’t wait to see you there!

E. Lee Eltzroth, ARLIS/NA 2017 publicity coordinator

Thinking About NOLA: Airport Transportation, Weather, and What to Wear

Happy Friday ARLISians!

We are on the home stretch and getting close to the dates of our annual meeting in lovely New Orleans. Let’s talk about the nitty-gritty of getting to the hotel from the airport.

If you take a look at our conference site’s “About New Orleans” page, you will find all kinds of information about getting from the airport to the hotel including taxi, Uber, bus, and shuttle.

I have used airport to hotel shuttles in many, many cities and have never had a problem. They may take longer than you would like, depending on the number of hotels they must stop at to drop off passengers, but at times your hotel stop will be the first one! Just sit back and enjoy the ride.

The conference site says there is not a mass transportation option from the Airport available, but the Louis Armstrong International Airport site gives information on two bus options.

A member tells me he has taken the bus from/to the Airport, but I see that the bus, or busses, take (at least) 50 minutes, and I am unsure of how close to our hotel they come, so you may need to make a transfer.

See the Airport site given above for a description of the difference in the two bus routes that  run from the Airport to downtown.

As for the weather – be prepared! Winter in the south is rainy and New Orleans is no exception. I do not travel anywhere without my hooded rain slicker (remember the rainy walk to the welcome party in Seattle?), and you will at the very least want to pack an umbrella, as well as shoes you don’t mind getting wet! Add New Orleans to the cities on your smartphone weather app, or stay apprised of the forecast another way. The weather can change rapidly, and don’t forget how windy it can get when you are near a body of water.

Wear your favorite things, but it is winter so it’s always smart to pack layers (sweaters, vests, jackets) in addition to having a coat.

During this current week in New Orleans, it’s balmy with rain showers, but some days of full sun are in the forecast. This being said, I know the Conference committee members have ordered beautiful weather for the week of February 5th especially for you!

See you in New Orleans,

E. Lee Eltzroth, ARLIS/NA 2017 Publicity Coordinator

Reminder: NOLA Pre-Conference Chat TODAY

Reminder: join us this afternoon for an informal and informative chat discussion about the upcoming ARLIS/NA conference in New Orleans!

Learn about fun things to do, tips for getting the most out of your conference experience, resources available for first-time attendees, and how to get involved in ARLIS. This is your chance to ask questions, share advice, and get ready for our meeting!

Crescent City Connections: Developing your ARLIS/NA 2017 Conference Experience
Thursday, January 12, 2017, 3pm EST / 12pm PST

This chat features Kim Collins and Kasia Leousis (Program Co-Chairs), Marty Miller and Nancy Hampton (Local Arrangements Co-Chairs) and E. Lee Eltzroth (Publicity Coordinator).  The chat is organized by the ARLIS/NA PDC Education Subcommittee and will be moderated by Amy Ballmer.

You can join the meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/474683533

You can also dial in using your phone.

Teresa Burk, Outgoing Chair, PDC Education Subcommittee

Conference planning with SCHED: printing and mobile apps

With only five weeks to go ’til #ARLIS2017, this is the perfect time to familiarize yourself with the conference program, scheduling tools, and social media channels. Read on to learn tips and tricks for SCHED, our conference planning tool.

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Thinking about NOLA: Getting around, resources, and apps!

Hello ARLISians!

You have noticed that the Conference website has a very good description and breakdown of transportation and getting around options in New Orleans. You now can check out the Local Guide there — it has Neighborhood Maps and a description of each neighborhood’s attractions. Familiarize yourself with this great resource!

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#ARLIS2017 Pre-conference chat

Please join us for an informal and informative chat discussion about the upcoming ARLIS/NA conference in New Orleans!

Crescent City Connections: Developing your ARLIS/NA 2017 Conference Experience
Pre-conference Chat: Thursday, January 12, 2017
(3pm EST / 12pm PST)

Learn about fun things to do, tips for getting the most out of your conference experience, resources available for first-time attendees, and how to get involved in ARLIS.

This pre-conference chat is your chance to ask questions, share advice, and get ready for our meeting! The chat features Kim Collins and Kasia Leousis (Program Co-Chairs), Marty Miller and Nancy Hampton (Local Arrangements Co-Chairs) and E. Lee Eltzroth (Publicity Coordinator).

This chat is organized by the ARLIS PDC Education Subcommittee and will be moderated by Amy Ballmer.

Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/474683533

You can also dial in using your phone.

United States: +1 (571) 317-3116, Access Code: 474-683-533

Canada: +1 (647) 497-9372

Teresa Burk, Outgoing chair, PDC Education Committee

Reminder: Childcare at the conference

Good evening, ARLISians! Just a friendly reminder that the due date for conference childcare registration is Monday, January 9. If you plan to use conference childcare, please register at your earliest convenience!

On-site conference childcare is being provided by A Charmed Life, a local professional service carefully selected by the EB. Care is available from Monday, February 6 through Wednesday, February 8 from 8 am to 5 pm for infants up to age 6, for full or partial days. Participants will be asked to pay $40 per child/per day to help offset the cost of care. This rate is open to ARLIS/NA members and non-members.

Participants may register for childcare using the online conference registration form.  For those of who have already registered for the conference, you may add childcare by contacting Shannon Lorenz directly at s.lorenz@arlisna.org, or by phone at 414-908-4954, ext. 106.

Help make this new initiative a success and try out conference childcare! If you have any questions please email Anna Simon at ajs299@georgetown.edu.

Best wishes for a wonderful New Year,

Anna Simon
Coordinator, Art Librarian Parents and Caregivers SIG

SCHED and Social Media

You’ve registered at the Early Bird rate (good through Dec. 30th!); you’ve booked your hotel room and flight; you’re thinking about the great restaurants, neighborhoods, and landmarks to visit in New Orleans. What’s next?

With only seven weeks to go til #ARLIS2017, this is the perfect time to familiarize yourself with the conference program, scheduling tools, and ARLIS/NA social media channels. Read on to learn more about SCHED, our conference planning tool, and how to keep up with real-time conference happenings across Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

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ARLIS/NA Conference Registration Coming

Happy Monday ARLISians!

In less than one month, on November 1, 2016, you will be able to register for the upcoming annual conference to be held February 5-9, 2017 in New Orleans.

Registration information is already available online at http://www.arlisna.org/neworleans2017/registration.php. If you have any questions, contact information is also found there.

With this data you will be able to begin your planning, and figure your potential expenses, but here are the basics:

  • Early Bird Registration period lasts through December 23, 2016.
  • As of December 24, fees will increase by $100.00 for regular, institutional, business, and affiliate organization members (from $280 to $380).
  • Other types of membership and non-member registration fees will also increase at this time (non-member fees include a one-year membership to ARLIS-NA, so if you are not yet a member, it’s quite a deal!)

After January 23, registration is available on-site only.

Information on the conference hotel is also on-line at http://www.arlisna.org/neworleans2017/hotel.php
Note that the discount rate will not be available after December 30, 2016. It is best to make your hotel reservation as soon as you can!

Regards,

E. Lee Eltzroth, publicity coordinator, ARLIS-NA 2017
http://www.arlisna.org/neworleans2017/

Join us for the ARLIS/NA 45th Annual Conference!

"Preservation Hall Sign," by Swampler, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0
“Preservation Hall Sign,” by Swampler, licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

“I’m not sure, but I’m almost positive, that all music came from New Orleans.” –Ernie K Doe

We invite you to participate in the Art Libraries Society of North America’s 45th Annual Conference in New Orleans, Louisiana and to engage an exploration of our theme Arts du Monde.  From February 5-9, 2017, the ARLIS/NA Southeast Chapter will host an exciting program dedicated to navigating the collaborative, diverse, and global nature of art librarianship, while encompassing the carnival, jazz, and vibrant culture of the Crescent City.

The conference website is populated with a wealth of information.  Registration opens November 1, 2016, but the Hilton New Orleans Riverside is ready and waiting to accept your room reservation today. Sign up early to take advantage of opportunities to explore the diverse culture and rich history of New Orleans with tours of the Faubourg Tremé, French Quarter, Garden District, Tulane University, and much, much more…

Join us for stimulating programming, to participate in an exchange of ideas that nurtures your practice, and as always, for ARLIS/NA’s invaluable networking opportunities. You are invited to attend our exciting social events and “laissez les bons temps rouler” in the spirit made famous by New Orleans during our Welcome Party at the New Orleans Museum of Art and Convocation reception at the Ogden Museum of Southern Art.

NOLA 2017 is not to be missed—be sure to join us in February!

Sincerely,

ARLIS/NA 2017 Conference Programming Co-Chairs
Kim Collins, Emory University, (404) 727-2997, kcolli2@emory.edu
Kasia Leousis, Auburn University, (334) 844-1752, ksl0008@auburn.edu

Website: http://www.arlisna.org/neworleans2017/