Fall 2003 Meeting Minutes
Wichita Art Museum, Wichita, Kansas
October 10, 2003
The ARLIS Central Plains group enjoyed a warm welcome by Wichita Art
Museum Director Charles Steiner. The meeting was called to order at 9:45
a.m. by Kay Logan-Peters. Kay thanked Rachel Crane and Lois Crane for
organizing the meeting and reviewed the agenda for the day.
Minutes: MSC to approve the minutes of the spring 2003 meeting.
Secretary/Treasurer’s Report: M. J. Poehler reported the chapter
account balance was $919.53 as of September 30, 2003. MSC to approve
the treasurer’s report.
ARLIS/NA Regional Representative's Report: Suzy Frechette reviewed the
highlights of plans for the April 2004 Annual Conference in New York.
Two Central Plains members will be very involved with at least two events
at the annual conference. Mari Russell will be a member of a panel discussion
on destruction of cultural heritage in wars; Mari will address Native
American repatriation of sacred objects. Susan Craig is organizing a
program session on the future of the art book.
Suzy mentioned plans for future annual conferences. The 2005 conference
will take place in Houston. There are two bids for 2006: Southeast Chapter
would host the conference in Atlanta, while the Northwest Chapter would
host it in Banff.
Suzy reported on reorganization efforts affecting the Divisions, Sections,
and Round Tables of ARLIS/NA. A moratorium is still in effect but probably
will be lifted at the pre-conference board meeting in NY. The board will
try to come up with a new procedure for forming /disbanding round tables
that involves demonstration of continued demand.
Suzy reported that following the disbanding of the ad hoc Diversity Committee,
and in response to great interest in this topic demonstrated by ARLIS/NA
members at the 2003 conference, a Diversity Task Force has been created.
The task force is charged with making recommendations to the Executive
Board on matters related to diversity. Former Diversity Committee co-chairs
Marilyn Russell and Lucie Stylianopoulos will be active in the task force.
Lastly, regarding organizational changes-- There will be a public library
forum at the annual conference that will be of interest to public librarians.
Suzy informed the group on the Summer Educational Institute for Visual
Resources. A joint project of the Visual Resources Association & ARLIS,
this will be a week long class at Duke this summer focusing on visual
resources management with emphasis on transition to digital content.
Publicity and more details will come out mid-Fall.
Suzy reported that the total ARLIS NA membership is 1025. This is a
drop from 1163 reported at the end of 2002. The Executive Board will
be considering the
current set up for assessing the membership dues amount according to salary,
with the possibility of revising this.
Newsletter Editor's Report: Susan Bobo thanked everyone who has contributed
news items for the Central Plains Irregular.
Central Plains Web Page: Chris Jorgensen, creator, has left the Joslyn
Art Museum and will not continue to have a role in CP Chapter. Susan
Bobo has volunteered to take over the web page. Susan is waiting for
official approval from her library administration, which should be forthcoming.
Chris is ready to pass on the files via CD to Susan Bobo.
Spring Meeting 2004: The Joslyn Art Museum
in Omaha had tentatively been planned. With Chris Jorgensen’s departure
the Joslyn is out for the time being. Susan Craig proposed meeting at
Museum of Art in St. Joseph, MO, where she is acquainted with the director.
Possibilities for programming include architecture tours of St. Joseph,
with the option of including nearby Atchison, Kansas. By consensus,
potential dates are May 20-22, or June 3-5, 2004, with a preference for
Susan Craig will contact the museum director to determine if and when
the museum can accommodate us.
Future Meetings: The possibility of a joint meeting with Mountain West
Chapter was discussed. They usually meet in October, according to Marilyn
Russell, who is now at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Santa
Fe. Marilyn agreed to explore the idea of a joint meeting in Santa Fe
with the MW chapter membership.
Susan Bobo has proposed a future meeting in Oklahoma City. Susan is flexible
on the timing, and could adjust plans for an Oklahoma City meeting depending
on what comes of a joint meeting with Mountain West.
Nominating Committee Report: Kay Logan-Peters
and Rachel Crane reported that Susan Bobo accepted the nomination for
vice chair/chair-elect. The
floor was opened for adding names to the ballot. No names were added.
MSC to elect Susan Bobo Central Plains Chapter vice chair/chair-elect.
Susan intends to give up editorship of the chapter newsletter Central
Plains Irregular in 2004.
Meeting Fees: Discussion of how to set meeting
fees for the chapter’s spring and fall meetings was opened. By
consensus, the following guiding principles are suggested. In general,
a registration fee of $10 is suggested, plus an additional amount for
the purpose of covering the cost of the meeting. Meeting organizers
are asked to solicit free refreshments, in hopes of decreasing meeting
Travel Award Committee: Kay Logan-Peters and Marianne Cavanaugh volunteered
to serve as the travel award committee for the 2004 annual conference.
The $200 award is available to chapter officers. The committee solicits
letters of application for the award; recipient agrees to submit a
written report on the conference to the chapter.
Membership Effort: There was discussion on how to increase CP membership.
Among the suggested strategies: make meetings more meaningful with strong,
relevant programming. Announce the meetings early for planning purposes.
Members are encouraged to “buddy”—call colleagues to
encourage attendance at meetings.
Announcements: Susan Potter replaced Gloria Short as librarian at the
Springfield Art Museum.
The meeting adjourned at 12:30.
M. J. Poehler
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