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From the PresidentJune 5 2013
Our amazing conference in Pasadena is still lingering in my mind. It was a pleasure to be around so many of my colleagues who I hope left the conference as energized as I did and will channel that energy into projects for the coming year. The Pasadena conference broke many records--highest registration, most international participants, and most funds raised. It will be a tall order to try to surpass these many records but the Washington, D.C. conference committee is up for the challenge!
The Washington, D.C. conference will be May 1-6, 2014. We will hold the conference at the Grand Hyatt in downtown D.C., close to hotspots like Penn Quarter, Chinatown, and a short bus or taxi ride to the hip H Street NE corridor. The hotel sits atop the Metro Center subway stop so you can easily access other sights and neighborhoods and will have easy access to transportation at Reagan National Airport and Union Station. The call for papers was recently issued on ARLIS-L and asks for sessions on our conference theme, "Art + Politics". The convocation will be held on Saturday, May 3rd, at The Library of Congress in the glorious Jefferson Building that looks spectacular at night! Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection will host a reception on Friday, May 2nd. We will be fortunate to be in Washington when the Dumbarton Oaks gardens will be in their glory and we will be able to stroll the Beatrix Farrand-designed gardens until thirty minutes after sunset.
In future conference news, I am pleased to announce that the Executive Board has accepted an offer from the ARLIS/Texas-Mexico Chapter to hold our 2015 conference in Fort Worth, Texas. Home to amazing museums and stunning architecture, Fort Worth is sure to surprise us and we will once more be fortunate to experience the legendary hospitality of our Texas-Mexico chapter. Expect more news on upcoming conferences in July!
At the Pasadena conference, we noted the tenth anniversary of the Society Circle, the fundraising group of the Society. To mark the occasion, members of the Society Circle were presented with round pins. If you did not receive a pin or did not attend the conference, please send a note to our new association manager, Robert Kopchinski and he will mail one to you. I encourage all members to help support the Society by making even a small donation. Your generosity helps fund our initiatives like the Internship Fund, the Conference Speakers Fund, The Travel Awards Fund, and the Alternative Voices Fund. Your donations to these funds or to the general operating expenses help keep our membership dues and conference fees remarkably low.
This month, groups of ARLIS/NA members will head to Europe for study tours in Germany and Russia. Following the Society's successful visit of German librarians to New York, New Haven, and Washington, Evelin Morgenstern, the managing director of Initiative Fortbildung für wissenschaftliche Spezialbibliotheken und verwandte Einrichtungen e.V. (Initiative for Continuing Education in Academic and Research-Oriented Special Libraries and Related Institutions), has planned a reciprocal study tour and colloquium for the American organizers. In conjunction with the colloquium with the Arbeitsgemeinschaft der Kunst- und Museumsbibliotheken (AKMB), our past president Deborah Kempe, will receive the 2013 John Jacob Astor Prize in Library Studies and Information Science from the Checkpoint Charlie Foundation. Congratulations, Debbie! Following the Berlin study tour, the International Relations Committee, chaired by Holly Hathaway, has arranged a study tour of libraries in Moscow and St. Petersburg. I will be on both study tours and will report back (with a few pictures of our members in action!) in July.
With best wishes for a happy and productive June, I am sincerely yours,
Gregory P. J. Most
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