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Central Plains Irregular
Number 39, December 2005
Report of ARLIS/NA Annual Conference, Houston, Texas
Thomas E. Young
First I wish to thank the chapter for the $200 ARLIS/CP Travel Award,
which helped make it possible for me to attend the ARLIS/NA Annual Conference
in Houston this past April 2005. The conference was a wonderful experience
from beginning to end.
For me it began first thing with the Leadership
Breakfast meeting on Saturday morning. During the breakout session for
the Chapter Officers there was general discussion on the relationship
between the chapters and the society, revisions for the Chapter Success
Book, the tax status and liability insurance for the chapters. The latter
two issues are being researched by the society to see the best way of
providing them to the chapters. Among the things discussed was how the
society could provide distance delivery of conference content (e.g. through
web casts, power point, etc.). During the open discussion were issues
of better recruitment and relationships with library schools, fundraising.
How can chapters increase membership was discussed with problems and
possible solutions presented by different chapters. The intense early
morning session was followed by the “Orange Show Eye Opener tour”,
which was a cross-section of visionary art to Coptic chapel murals, and
who can forget the “Flower Man’s” garden!
Sunday was the beginning of the sessions, which was followed up by the
convocation at Rice University. This is a serious event honoring individuals
and presenting travel awards, but was enlivened by a presentation of
Houston’s home-town “The Art Guys.” They certainly
entertained us with a presentation of their long collaborative career
with their often tongue-in-cheek look at the world around us. The reception
afterwards at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston topped off what was a
delightful and busy day.
The conference was in full swing by Monday, which included the member’s
luncheon and meeting. During the latter the annual conference for 2006
in Banff, Canada was presented by hosting chapter, and one is tempted
to attend despite its (psychological) distance. The sessions I attended
included: Cataloguing Cultural Objects: Implications for the Field; Solo
Librarians Discussion Group; Art Museums and their Libraries: A European
Perspective; and Oil Patch to Oil on Canvas: Four Texas Women Collectors.
The best things about attending the conference were the opportunity to
meet for the first time or re-connect with other art librarians and friends
from across the country.
Those knowing me, realize that of course I drove to the conference and
spent a total of two weeks away from work. This allowed me the opportunity
to visit various friends and family members along the road there and
back. Checking out the newly re-opened and expanded Fred R. Jones, Jr.
Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma, where I also introduced
myself to Matt Stock, the new Fine & Applied Arts Librarian at the
University of Oklahoma. Among the other sights along the way were the
Dan Flavin retrospective exhibition in Ft. Worth, the Chinese exhibition
at the Dallas Museum of Art, The Nasher Sculpture Garden and Museum and
the Art Deco buildings and the “Carasaurusus” at the Texas
Centennial Fair Grounds.
Arkansas Arts Center
Heather Hignite is the librarian at the Elizabeth Prewitt Taylor Memorial
Library at the Arkansas Arts Center. Her previous position was Coordinator
of Library Services and Information Resources for the Kern County Superintendent
of Schools Office in Bakersfield, California. She received her MLIS from
San Jose State University, San Jose, California.
Kansas City Art Institute
Leesa Duby left her position as circulation
coordinator at the KCAI Library in August to focus on family and spend
more time weaving. Amelia
Nelson is KCAI’s new circ coordinator, coming to us from the Kansas City
(Missouri) Public Library. Amelia received a Bachelor of Architecture
degree from Kansas State in 2003 and is currently at work on her MLS
at University of Missouri – Columbia. Amelia worked at Hale Library
while a student at KSU and has been a graphic design consultant for Kansas
City Design Center and an exhibition design consultant for the Nelson-Atkins
Museum of Art. In the summer of 2001, she completed an internship at
the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum Research Center.
M. J. Poehler, Library Director, and Deborah
Tinsley, Associate Librarian
for Visual Resources, attended the ARLIS – VRA Summer Educational
Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management held at Duke in July,
2005. The week was well organized and packed with excellent content.
Some of the top experts in visual resources presented strategies for
developing and managing visual resources in the digital age. We returned
sobered by the enormity of the challenge, but ready to forge ahead.
Marilyn Carbonell will leave the University
Libraries at University of Missouri-Kansas City after 29 years of service.
In January 2006 Marilyn
will assume the position of Head of Libraries Services at the Nelson-Atkins
Museum of Art, where she will lead a team of 15 staff members at
the Spencer Art Reference Library, the Museum Archives, and the Slide
For the past 18 years, Marilyn has served as head of collection development
at UMKC, and has had oversight of the Special Collections Department.
Marilyn has also served as an adjunct assistant professor for the
Department of Art and Art History and has been extensively involved
work with the UMKC Friends of the Library. Marilyn comments that
she looks forward to rejoining the ARLIS Central Plains chapter.
University of Kansas
Susan Craig has resumed work on the "Biographical
Dictionary of Kansas Artists active before 1945" that she first
began in 1982. The dictionary now includes over 1600 biographical entries
on Kansas art schools, Kansas art museums, and Kansas art organizations.
The entries range from those that have only a name, flourished date and
place, and information source to more lengthy entries that include name,
date and place, death date and place, artistic pursuits, biographical
notes, memberships, exhibition record, awards, collections, and sources
of information. The intent is to mount the dictionary as a free internet
site through the University of Kansas Scholarworks program sometime next
year. In pursuit of information for the dictionary, Susan has had the
of recent visits to the Kansas City Art Institute and the Birger Sandzen
Memorial Art Gallery to use their archives and hopes to visit several
other collections in the next few months.
Susan Craig and Henry
Pisciotta of Penn State University are investigating
the possibility of organizing an art librarians trip to the Frankfurt
(Germany) Book Fair in October 2006. This is in the very early stages
but Susan, email@example.com, would be interested in hearing from anyone
who might be interested in joining such a venture.
A reminder that the spring meeting of ARLIS/Central Plains will be March
16-18, 2006 in Lawrence. The program has not yet been determined so program
topics and speaker suggestions are welcome. Please contact Ellen Urton,
Tom Young or Susan Craig with program ideas.
On August 24, 2005, St. Louis area art librarians met for lunch at Cunetto's
on The Hill. It was an informal gathering with no agenda - an opportunity
to meet our colleagues and compare notes. Some of us had never met before,
and several people have new libraries or will have new facilities soon.
We shared contact information and discussed topics of common interest:
changes at our institutions, resources, facilities, collections, and
professional organizations including ARLIS/NA and ARLIS/CP.
The attendees included Suzy Frechette, Fine Arts Librarian, St. Louis
Public Library; Ellen Petraits, Art & Architecture Librarian, Washington
University; Betha Whitlow, Visual Resources Curator, Washington University;
Rina Vecchiola, Reference Librarian, Washington University; Joy
Wright, Librarian, Laumeier Sculpture Park; Karen, Library Assistant, Laumeier
Sculpture Park; Sue Gold, Reference Librarian, Webster University;
Susan Baerwald, Librarian, HOK; Mikael
Kriz, Reference Librarian, St.
Louis University; Marianne Cavanaugh, Head Librarian, Saint Louis Art
Museum, and Clare Vasquez, Public Services Librarian, Saint Louis Art
Museum. We hope to meet again, perhaps with an agenda, in the spring.
Saint Louis University
New to ARLIS-CP, Mikael D. Kriz started work
as a Reference Librarian and liaison to Art, Art History, Theatre, and
Communication at Saint
Louis University in the fall of 2003. Mikael received an M.A. in Art
History in 2002 and an M.S. in Library and Information Science in 2003
from the University of Illinois. Mikael presented a session, "Primary
Source Research and the Visual Arts in the 21st Century, at the Fall
2005 ARLIS/Moutain West/Central Plains Joint Chapter Meeting in Santa
Washington University’s Art and Architecture library staff are
digitizing 250 photographs from eight albums of the St. Louis based architectural
firm, Eames and Young. The project is being studied as a prototype by
the Libraries’ Digital Library team for future digital projects.
Philbrook Museum of Art
Roberta Campbell Lawson: Keeper of Traditions," is currently at
the Philbrook Museum of Art, reports Tom Young. (Sept.
19, 2005 - January 15, 2006.) This is an exhibition is about Roberta
C. Lawson, whose collection
objects and supporting library were donated to Philbrook in 1947.
Born in Oklahoma and of Native American heritage (Delaware-Wyandotte)
she was interested in preserving Native American culture. Toward
this end, she presented programs on "American Indian music",
collected objects and a library. She was active in the Women's Club movement,
serving in 1935-38 as President of the General Federation of Women's
Club. Additionally, she was involved in a wide range
of political, educational and social movements in Oklahoma.
Bookworks: Exploring the Book as Art." is to be held at The Philbrook
Museum of Art, January 29 - April 23, 2006. This exhibition will
present a range of artist's books and books by artists, from fine printing
to one-of-a kind works. It will include a work by one of our Central
members, Ellen Petraits.
Oklahoma State University
On November 30, OSU announced a $14.8 million gift from the Donald W.
Reynolds Foundation to renovate and expand facilities for the university’s
nationally renowned School of Architecture. The nearly $15 million
project will create 45,000 square feet of new space and renovate 37,000
square feet of space in the existing OSU Architecture Building. The
facility will complete a key element of OSU’s historic Bennett
Master Plan for the Stillwater campus.
The new building will provide OSU with new campus amenities including a 300-seat
auditorium, multimedia classrooms, a visualization/computer lab, gallery space
and a greatly expanded architecture library. CP member Susan
Bobo is thrilled
about the latter. Spaces dedicated to the School of Architecture will include
new design studio space,
administrative areas to accommodate new faculty and various other spaces which
will further enrich both the architecture and architectural engineering programs.
Institute of American Indian Arts Library
The IAIA Library has recently added the following databases to their
resources: ARTstor, Foundation Grants to Individuals, Human Relations
Area Files (eHRAF) Ethnographic Material, and Visual Thesaurus.
Mari Russell, Director of Library Programs
at the Institute of American Indian Arts, attended the 12th Annual
Tribal College Librarians Professional
Development Institute at Montana State University in Bozeman, MT., June
13-17, 2005. Mari presented a paper titled "Repatriation of Native
American Objects and Removal of Sacred Lands."
Jenni James, IAIA Electronic Services Librarian, attended the Summer
Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management sponsored
by ARLIS/NA and VRA and hosted by the Department of Art and Art History
at Duke University, July 4- 9, 2005.
Mari Russell attended the 4th International
Indigenous Librarians Forum in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, September
13-17, 2005. Mari presented
a paper titled "Responding to the Information Needs of Native Americans:
Changes, Challenges, and Collaborations.
Mari Russell recently had two paintings on
exhibit at the 17th juried Annual Lawrence Indian Art Show, September
10 - October 8 at the Lawrence
Arts Center in Lawrence, KS. Major sponsors for the Art Show were the
University of Kansas, the Kansas Arts Commission, and the Prairie Band
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