The ARLIS/NA Texas-Mexico Chapter is pleased to announce the 2014 Lois Swan Jones Professional Development Award. This $500 award cultivates active involvement of a Texas-Mexico Chapter member in the 42nd ARLIS/NA annual conference held in Washington, D.C., May 1–5, 2014.
The deadline for applications is Friday, March 7, 2014. The award committee will announce the winner on Tuesday, March 18, 2014. Direct all inquiries to the 2014 award committee chair: Lynn Wexler (The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston). Other members of the 2014 committee are Samuel Duncan (Amon Carter Museum of American Art), Beth Dodd (University of Texas, Austin), and last year’s winner, Annie Sollinger (University of Massachusetts, Amherst).
Submitted by Lynn Wexler, Chair, Lois Swan Jones Award Committee; Reference Librarian, Hirsch Library, The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
What a great experience I have had presiding as the ARLIS/NA Texas-Mexico Chapter president for this year! I enjoyed the challenges of planning our annual meeting in San Antonio and working with my fellow chapter members. Because I am not from San Antonio, I relied heavily on the advice of locals who were extremely hospitable and helpful, including our host of local presenters during our meeting. Some of the presenters also contributed articles to this issue of The Medium, which contains articles written by our members about some of the art collections, archives, and venues that we visited during our meeting in San Antonio.
Our chapter’s accomplishments for this year are numerous. Using a survey created by our ARLIS/NA 2011-2015 Action Plan Goals Implementation Committee, we identified ARLIS/NA 2011-2015 Strategic Plan Goals & Action Items that we can execute as a chapter to further the mission of ARLIS/NA. One of the goals is to “develop innovative outreach efforts to increase membership recruitment, retention, prospects, and sponsorship from both familiar sources and emerging frontiers.” The next goal we identified to help implement is “scheduling appearances at college job fairs to promote art librarianship as a potential career path for students and to promote student membership in ARLIS/NA .” In our 2013 Annual Business Meeting Minutes, you can see details on how we will accomplish these action items.
Several of our members are serving on the Art Libraries Society of North America Executive Board. Our chapter has also established conference committee chairs for planning the ARLIS/NA 2015 Conference in Ft. Worth and has chosen the conference hotel. More exciting details are in the 2013 Annual Business Meeting Minutes.
I encourage all chapter members or anyone interested in joining our chapter to volunteer to serve as one of our officers or in other roles as needed. Serving as an officer or in another role in our chapter or in ARLIS/NA is a great professional development experience; it is also an excellent way to increase your planning, organizational, and leadership abilities.
I am looking forward to the ARLIS/NA 2014 Conference in Washington D.C. and to our chapter’s annual meeting in Orange, Texas in October 2014. Please let me know if you have any questions for me. Thank you all for a wonderful year!
Tara Spies Smith
2013 President, Art Libraries Society of North America, Texas-Mexico Chapter