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Welcome to Houston and the 33rd annual conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America.
The Houston Conference promises a wealth of sessions and workshops, a broad array of exhibitors and vendors, as well as fascinating tours featuring regional architecture, art collections, cemeteries, and museums.
Hosted by ARLIS/NA's Texas-Mexico Chapter, the 2005 Conference will offer all of the networking and professional development opportunities members and exhibitors have come to expect from the Society's annual gatherings!
Houston offers a diverse environment which has the potential to surprise our members. The Houston team, including Jon Evans and Mark Pompelia as local arrangements co-chairs, Laura Schwartz and Elizabeth Schaub as program co-chairs, and Margaret Culbertson as tours organizer, are eager to share their insights and love of the city with you. Houston is both a traditional Southern city, almost tropical in climate and full of flowers and green growing things, and a vibrant metropolitan center featuring well-known and respected art museums, public art (throughout the city but especially dense in the downtown area in walking distance of our hotel), unique restaurants, and more.
And capitalizing on that environment is the theme Beyond Borders: Collaborative and Explorative Ventures in Arts Information. The theme, and Houston itself, has sparked some creative and substantive program sessions and tours that will whet your appetite and result in a learning experience you will long remember.
The new Hilton Americas Hotel provides an attractive and functional setting for this year's Conference. The hotel is filled with art works, including a dramatic ceiling-mounted glass piece. The meeting room floors offer picture windows with expansive views of the sky and the city, and soft chairs and couches for between-meeting conversation. The ground floor cafe has a section which is separated from the hotel space only by a railing, a comfortable space to see and be seen -- great for impromtu networking!
All the elements are in place for a fantastic conference--all that needs to be added is you! I look forward to seeing each of you in Houston in April 2005. It's going to be a wonderful conference!