Spring 2005 Meeting Minutes
Jannes Library, Kansas City Art Institute
Kansas City, Missouri
May 19-21, 2005
The business meeting was called to order by Susan Bobo, chair, at 9:00.
Susan welcomed all Central Plains members and thanked Tom Young for organizing
the meeting and M. J. Poehler for hosting it.
Minutes: A motion to approve the minutes for the Fall 2004 meeting was
made by Susan Craig and seconded by Tom Young.
Secretary/Treasurer’s report: Clare Vasquez reported a total of
$ 1,036.90 in the chapter account as of April 30, 2005. The report was
approved (Susan Craig) and seconded (Nelda Elder). As of April 30,
2005, the chapter had 16 members (12 who had paid annual dues and 4 lifetime
members). Additional dues for membership were expected at the close
ARLIS/NA Regional Representative’s Report: Susan Bobo delivered Midwest Representative Leigh Gates’ report.
Hoping to follow in the exemplary footsteps of past representative Suzy
Frechette, Gates reported on ARLIS/NA executive board news. Guidelines
for chapter activities included promoting closer links with regional
library schools, contributing to success stories for chapters on the
ARLIS/NA website, conforming to the ARLIS/NA strategic plan and participating
in the 2006 ARLIS/NA convention in Banff. In the discussion that followed,
Susan Craig asked whether the Board had approved Indianapolis as the
site of the 2008 ARLIS/NA convention and urged that a West Coast location
Leadership Breakfast Report: Tom Young, recipient of the 2005 travel award, reported on attending
the leadership breakfast in Houston. Ideas presented at the “breakout
session” for chapters, a new feature, included recruiting new
members for chapters among library students by inviting them to chapter
meetings, and connecting better to library schools in general. Other
issues raised were fundraising, the revision of the chapter success
book, a discussion concerning insurance (liability for chapters) and
how ARLIS/NA could be helpful on this issue. (ARLIS/CP has not met
in facilities that require an insurance deposit.)
prompted a general discussion among chapter members about why members
attend ARLIS/CP meetings and about ways to stimulate more participation
(early announcements, firm dates, content-rich programs), and ways
to reach out to potential new members (student listservs, personal
contacts). Susan Bobo mentioned that contacts have already been made
with the library schools in Kansas and Oklahoma and plans to set
up contacts with the library school in Missouri.
Susan Craig questioned the wisdom of heavily recruiting students to
our chapter when there are so few job prospects for them in our region.
Susan Bobo added that, for our chapter, a bigger priority may be to get
everyone in our region who is currently in an art librarian position
to actively participate in the chapter, rather than emphasizing student
recruitment. On the issue of fundraising, M. J. Poehler suggested that
the issue of raising dues be put on the fall meeting agenda as a point
Joint Meeting with Mountain West: Susan Bobo gave an update on the Fall
2005 meeting in Santa Fe (October 27-30). The hotel is to be the Inn
of the Governors; all events are within walking distance of the hotel.
A workshop on conservation is planned for Thursday afternoon. Registration
and a reception will take place on Thursday evening (Gerald Peters Gallery).
A call has been issued for papers, with session on Friday and on Saturday
morning (some potential topics mentioned: Native American art, financial
issues for libraries, copyright). Tours under consideration include the
Georgia O’Keeffe Research Center, and Santa Fe Ghostwalk Tour.
The general theme is “Different Cultures: Different Libraries.” Members
are urged to check the chapter website for updates and to make reservations
early. There is space reserved for ARLIS/CP members, but there is much
interest in this meeting among members of other chapters: don’t
delay in registering!
Nominating committee: M. J. Poehler and Ellen Petraits volunteered to
serve as a nominating committee. The only vacant office next year will
35th Anniversary of ARLIS/NA: The Southeast Chapter will host the 35th
anniversary national meeting in Atlanta in 2007 and is seeking help in
updating the organization’s history timeline from other chapters.
Suzy Frechette volunteered to coordinate this effort for the Central
Spring 2006 meeting: A consensus was reached after a general discussion
that one meeting per year should be held in the Kansas City area (geographical
center of our region and home to the largest number of members). Susan
Craig volunteered to host the Spring 2006 meeting in Lawrence, KS. Because
of the late date of ARLIS/NA 2006, some adjustments to the usual schedule
may be made. Watch the website for definite news.
News and announcements:
Susan Craig asked for input from chapter members: do you use the ARLIS/NA
website for information about international book vendors? Please
contact Susan via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any comments.
Clare M. Vasquez, Secretary/Treasurer
Last Updated on August 8, 2005