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From the PresidentNovember 20, 2013
Happy autumn to the many members and friends of the Art Libraries Society of North America. Can it be time for Thanksgiving already (well, at least in the Unites States)? I am always amazed how time flies and have realized that my year as president of ARLIS/NA is half over. While we have all been busy in our jobs, the executive board, committee chairs, leaders of our divisions, sections, and special interest groups have also been devoting their time to the business of the society.
In August, the society signed a two-year management contract with Technical Enterprises Inc. (TEI), our association management firm. With the work being done by the staff of TEI, most notably our incredible association manager, Robert Kopchinski, the society has had a smooth period of operation.
Photo caption: 2013 Executive Board at the Mid-Year Board Meeting in Washington, D.C.
The midyear executive board meeting was held at the end of September in Washington, D.C. at the National Gallery of Art. I would like to thank all the committee and chapter chairs; division, section and SIG leaders; society representatives and appointees who submitted mid-year reports to their liaisons to keep the executive board abreast of the scope and variety of work each group has completed or has in progress. It is incredibly impressive to hear about all the work our members perform for the society.
Among the many items of business brought before the executive board are the following highlights:
At our 40th Annual Conference, following our then president Jon Evans' presentation on the first 40 years of the society's history, a videographer captured responses from members about their ARLIS memories and what the society meant to them. While it has taken some time to edit the interviews, the video is now complete and can be viewed below. Thanks to Jon for an amazing idea and for preserving a bit of our history.
Planning for our 42nd Annual Conference in Washington, D.C., May 1-5, continues apace with many dedicated volunteers (and even some spouses!) from the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia Chapter. The program has been finalized and will be posted to the conference website at the end of November. Registration will open in the new year. Over the holidays, chapter members will craft neighborhood guides so that you can easily explore the local flavor of the real D.C. that exists beyond the monuments and museums. The guides will include favorite restaurants for our foodies as well as shopping venues for those so inclined. We will pick out our favorite offbeat spots such as Gertrude Vanderbilt Whitney's Titanic Memorial in Southwest D.C., Augustus Saint-Gaudens' Adams Memorial in Rock Creek Cemetery, or the original United States Capitol columns at the National Arboretum, that the more adventurous might wish to see. Washington is a city with extensive public transportation as well as an incredibly walkable city, so come prepared to explore. We will take advantage of public transportation and use Metro to get to the convocation and reception at the Library of Congress. The conference hotel sits on top of the Metro Center stop and is only five stops away from the Library of Congress on the Orange and Blue lines. Our host chapter will provide a group of "shepherds" to help members find their way. Tours and workshops are in the final stages of planning. I am excited to bring the society back to Washington, D.C. after 27 years.
I am pleased to announce the dates for the 2015 Annual Conference in Fort Worth, Texas. We will meet at the Omni Fort Worth Hotel from March 19 to March 23. Please mark your calendars! Robert Kopchinski, ARLIS/NA association manager, was able to negotiate a favorable room rate and ample meeting and exhibit space. Fort Worth is home to amazing museums including the Amon Carter Museum of American Art, The Kimbell Art Museum, and the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, and the city is noted for some incredible modern structures, extensive parks and gardens, and varied nightlife so we will have much to see and do in addition to attending our meeting.
As the year draws to a close, I want to encourage our members to make a donation to the society, no matter how small. Every year, the executive board tries to keep our dues low so that membership in ARLIS/NA is affordable. Many of you have noticed that it has been many years since the dues have been increased. This is thanks to the support of many donors, especially members of the Society Circle. Donations are used to help fund our internships, conference speakers, and travel awards in addition to providing funds for operating costs and new endeavors. Our mission for excellence in our profession would be diminished without the additional support of our donors. I hope you will consider joining them.
Gregory P. J. Most
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