The ARLIS/NA Texas-Mexico Chapter proudly announces Alison Larson, MLS student at the University of North Texas and part-time employee in art reference in the Crouch Fine Arts Library at Baylor University, as the recipient of the 2014 Lois Swan Jones Professional Development Award. The $500 award will support expenses related to attending her first ARLIS/NA annual conference in Washington, D.C., May 1–5, 2014. In addition to taking advantage of a broad selection of conference programming, she will moderate the session: Meet the Policy Experts. Alison will also write an article on her conference experience for the issue of the Chapter's newsletter The Medium that follows the conference.
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