Central Plains Irregular
Number 43, December 2007
Unofficial meeting notes from the Fall 2007 Meeting
by Tom Young
The Central Plains Chapter held its Fall meeting in Norman, OK, September 27-29, 2007. The meeting
was hosted by the University of Oklahoma; local arrangements were made by Matt Stock, the Fine & Applied
Arts Librarian at the University of Oklahoma. On Thursday evening ten attendees gathered for dinner
at Coach’s Restaurant and Brewery.
The meeting proper was held on Friday at the Oklahoma Memorial Union on the campus of the University
of Oklahoma. There were fourteen in attendance for the meeting, which opened with a welcome from
Dr. Sul H. Lee, Dean of the University Libraries.
Ellen Urton, Chair of the Central Plains Chapter, officiated over the business meeting, which
was followed by a session on Native American Art Resources: Paper and Electronic. The session
was presented by Thomas Young, who presented the Paper portion, and Mari Russell, who presented
the Electronic portion. Thomas Young spoke about the usefulness or the lack of usefulness of most
of the published basic fine arts bibliographies, as well as presenting a bibliography of bibliographies,
biography, and current periodicals relevant to Native American art. Mari Russell followed with
a presentation and discussion of twelve websites, both free and subscription, which she has found
to be useful for her students of Native American art and culture.
Following a lunch break the group reconvened at OU’s Charles M. Russell Center for the
Study of Art of the American West. The Director, Byron Price, discussed the soon to be released
catalogue raisonné of Charles M. Russell. The book will have an associated website with
images of all 4000 plus known works by Charles M. Russell. He also spoke in general about the
programs and goals of the Study Center.
Following the adjournment of the meeting, most in attendance went across the street to visit
the Fred Jones, Jr. Museum of Art. Later that evening most of the attendees got together for dinner
at Himalaya’s Indian Food Restaurant. There were no scheduled tours for Saturday, but some
people stopped at various museums or sites in Oklahoma City (e.g. Oklahoma City Art Museum, National
Cowboy Hall of Fame, Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum).
Report from our Midwest Regional Representative
The ARLIS/NA Board of Directors has been busy discussing the Assessment Task Force recommendations
and comments from the membership about the proposed changes. After careful consideration, the
board is moving forward with some changes as described in President Deborah Ultan Boudewyns’ messages
to the membership on ARLIS-L and on the ARLIS/NA web site (see the News page.)
Currently, board members are exploring how functional board roles might work and how the board
can best retain regional representation and foster board member attendance at chapter meetings.
Other proposed changes will not come to pass. For example, members spoke out strongly in favor
of retaining the existing sections, divisions, and committees and these will remain intact.
The Board has also been reviewing reports from committees, including the Membership Committee,
which conducted a membership survey earlier this year. The Education Task Force has been a topic
of discussion, along with the implementation of “MemberClicks” and a proposed technology
advisor to consider the society’s technological framework. We have also been considering
an advisory group that would undertake long-range planning for the popular Summer Educational
Institute, a joint program of ARLIS/NA and Visual Resources Association.
Look for more information on these topics in the coming months and at the 2009 annual conference
in Denver, Colorado. There will also be an opportunity to vote on revisions to the ARLIS/NA bylaws
as they relate to some of the changes proposed by the Assessment Task Force and approved by the
Board. In the meantime, please feel free to contact me at email@example.com or 765-285-5858 if
you have any questions or comments.
ARLIS/NA Midwest Regional Representative
Architecture Librarian, Ball State University
Ron Michael reports that the Birger Sandzen Memorial Gallery in Lindsborg
is celebrating its 50th Anniversary this fall, and that his ten-year anniversary as Curator and
Librarian at the Gallery occurred on April 1, 2007. The chapter congratulates Ron!
Mari Russell (Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence) reports
that, besides the presentation she made at the chapter’s fall meeting, she presented a session
on “Good Managers, Great Leaders” at the 2007 National Conference of Tribal Archives,
Libraries, and Museums in Oklahoma City, OK in October. 550 attended this conference. She was
also part of a panel at the Leadership Institute on Diversity at Emporia State University School
of Library and Information Management in October. She is still learning her new job as Director
of the Academic Support Center at Haskell, having been there 10 months now. She has hired a new
Librarian and a new Library Technician. On a personal note, she is enjoying her Lawrence home,
doing some landscaping and fixing up. She is taking a monoprinting class at the Lawrence Arts
Center. She further reports that it is great being in Lawrence and seeing her colleague Susan
Craig now and then.
Lois Crane (Wichita Art Museum) would like everyone to know that the
conversion of her library’s card catalog to an online format hosted by Wichita State University
is proceeding in good order. A large percentage of the library’s records are already available
on the WSU catalog, with an added feature of a map showing how to get to the museum from the campus.
Soon, patrons will be able to limit their search to find only Wichita Art Museum holdings. She
is also preparing a list of artist files, projected to be about 1800 names, to add to the online
Sally Closson (Kansas City Art Institute) announces her retirement.
She writes this message to the chapter:
“I’m retiring from KCAI after 24 years of “librarying” here. My last
day to work is January 4, 2008. I’ve seen many changes in the technology used in libraries
in that time, in cataloging, reference services and circulation procedures. What has remained
unchanged is the committed and sincere desire of librarians to provide the best and most complete
information resources to their patrons. In my book (pardon the phrase), the members of ARLIS/CP
are the “Best of the Best” as an example of this. It has been my great pleasure to
be associated with our chapter over these years.
I’m moving into another phase of my life, including becoming a grandmother for the first
time (so exciting), spending more time at the nursing home with Edward, and going through everything
in my house, with the intention of moving to a smaller situation and less maintenance in about
a year. When people ask me what I will do with my time upon retiring, I just want to roll on the
floor and laugh hysterically. Mostly, I want to stay healthy and be able to do all the things
I need and want to do. My best wishes to all of you for health, good fortune and happiness. Thanks
for your friendship.” The chapter congratulates Sally on a job well done, wishes her well,
and will definitely miss her.
Marianne Cavanaugh (St. Louis Art Museum) reports that the Richardson
Memorial Library is now fully operating in the OCLC environment. The library’s holdings
can be found in the WorldCat union catalog, but not the public WorldCat.org, as that requires
additional fees. The library welcomes new part-time employee Bryan S. Young as
the new Interlibrary Loan clerk. Bryan has recently retired from the Monsanto Corporation where
he toiled as its Electronic Resources Librarian. He is helping with switching to OCLC’s
World Resource Sharing, and the additional number of requests that have been filled.
Marianne also announces that the library recently sent out the Biennial Report of the Saint
Louis Art Museum to its exchange partners. Please allow time for delivery. If you are not an exchange
partner, please contact the library for additional information.
Additionally, the office of the Museum Archives has been moved into the former Resource Center.
This will allow the Archivist and Assistant Archivist to keep much more research materials available
for use during the construction of the new David Chipperfield wing of the museum. The storage
areas for the museum’s archives will be heavily affected by the building project. With the
retirement of the Resource Center Manager, and the loss of that full-time position, it was decided
to integrate the Resource Center materials into the library’s collection and create a teaching
materials center within the Reading Room. This will probably be the arrangement until the new
renovated space for education and public programs is developed. An Art Technology Center is currently
proposed for this new space which could incorporate many of the Resource Center’s items.
Suzy Frechette (St. Louis Public Library) reports that the Richardson
Memorial Library of the St. Louis Art Museum donated five books to the Steedman Architectural
Library. Three are mid-nineteenth century folio volumes that document the structure and renovations
of major French churches, one is a late nineteenth century volume on the history of the City Hall
of Paris, and one is a seventeenth century folio volume consisting of three titles that document
the palaces, gardens, and fountains of Rome. These books are very beautiful and valuable additions
to the collection.
The Steedman library was briefly featured in a seven-minute segment about SLPL on the St. Louis
PBS station’s program on local topics. To view the segment, choose “Library Tour” from
the KETC Channel 9 video archive Living
Kay Logan-Peters (University of Nebraska-Lincoln) has been on faculty
development leave since July 1, developing a web site on the architectural history of the UNL
campus. This is a project she started years ago, but the web version is relatively new. She hopes
to have it completed within a few weeks. She has researched and created an entry for every significant,
or not so significant, building on the city and east campuses. For each building, she has researched
the architects, costs, university personnel or donors associated with the building, found photos
and building plans. The website will feature over 60 buildings, and hundreds of photos. View the
website at: http://libr.unl.edu:2000/historic_buildings/index.html
Kay also advises that the new building for the International Quilt Study Center and Museum is
nearing completion and will be dedicated in late March. The building was designed by Robert AM
Stern, and is “quite a sight.” There is a webcam feature on the IQSC
website for watching the construction.
In honor of the 100th anniversary of statehood, Susan Bobo published Oklahoma Built:
a bibliography of information sources on Oklahoma’s built environment. It contains
more than 600 entries covering the state as a whole, counties and regions, cities and towns,
building types, architects, landmark buildings and related internet links. Oklahoma Built is
an e-document in OSU’s institutional repository and can be accessed through the following
stable URL: http://e-archive.library.okstate.edu/arch/1/
Last summer, Susan and a crew of six, including her husband Paul Bobo, successfully
moved the Architecture Library to temporary quarters. Because the Architecture Library’s
former home for the last 30 years is going to be completely renovated, everything down to the
bare walls had to be moved. All the pain and hard work was worth it, though. On October 30th ceremonies
were held to signify the official start of the renovation and expansion of the 87 year-old building,
funded in large part by a 14.8 million gift from the Donald W. Reynolds Foundation. The OSU School
of Architecture and the Cunningham Architecture Library expect to move into their new home in
The chapter welcomes new member Tori Gregory. Tori has been an Assistant
Professor of Humanities and Social Sciences and the subject specialist for fine art, theatre and
design at Oklahoma State University since 2002. She has also been the Branch Librarian at Hill
College, Johnson County Campus in Cleburne, TX and a Reference/Instruction Librarian at West Texas
A&M University in Canyon, TX. She holds a Master’s of Library Science from Texas Woman’s
University and is active in several professional organizations including the Mountain Plains Library
Association and the Oklahoma Library Association as well as ARLIS/NA. She has held committee positions
in each of these organizations and at Oklahoma State University. In addition to collection development
and reference duties, Tori conducts research in the area of user information needs (specifically
the information needs of working artists and art faculty) and has published articles in Collection
Development and Art Documentation. In her spare time, Tori enjoys designing and making quilts
and researching textile arts.
Long-time chapter member Tom Young will celebrate a career milestone
next month. In January 2008 he will complete thirty years of service with the Philbrook Museum
of Art in Tulsa. Congratulations, Tom. Well done!
Last Updated on Feb 29, 2008