President's Column

I find hard to believe that it has been nearly four years since I started my current position at the Architecture & Planning Library at the University of Texas at Austin.

It was just a few months later that I was lucky enough to attend my first chapter meeting in Guadalajara where I met chapter members beyond Austin. Although I was born in that city, I never lived there so this was the first time I really spent some time in my birth town. I got to explore Guadalajara with fellow chapter members and it was what could be called “the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

I have since attended chapter meetings in McAllen, Houston and Fort Worth and each has offered great opportunities to visit new places and to spend time with colleagues across Texas. I am certainly drawing inspiration from these meetings for the 2012 Annual ARLIS/NA Texas-Mexico Chapter meeting. The dates have just been set; we will meet Thursday, November 8 to Saturday, November 10 in Marfa. Updates will be shared with members via the listserv and once a full schedule is put together, it will be posted on this site.

If you haven’t done so, I encourage you to watch the latest video message from Deborah Kempe, ARLIS/NA President. She gives an update on the planning for next year’s ARLIS/NA Annual Conference, which will take place April 25-29, 2013 in Pasadena, California. Deborah also touches on the executive commitment to strengthen communication and her goal to make ARLIS/NA a more outward looking organization. She informs us that negotiations for the renewal contract with our management company, TEI, are well underway including the search for a new ARLIS/NA Association & Conference Manager. You can find contact information for Deborah and other executive board members here.

As always, please feel free to contact me.

if you have any questions or comments.

Martha González Palacios
2012 President, Art Libraries Society of North America, Texas-Mexico Chapter