President's Column

The end of the year is quickly approaching and with it, my tenure as Chapter President will also come to an end. I am grateful to my fellow members for giving me the opportunity to serve in that capacity.  It has been a great experience that has given me a better understanding of the role chapters play in ARLIS/NA and the work behind the scenes needed to keep ARLIS/NA and the chapters running smoothly.  Working with Shari Salisbury, Secretary, Laura Schwartz, Treasurer and Tara Spies Smith, Vice President/President Elect was a pleasure and I look forward to continue my involvement with chapter in years to come.  My thanks also go to Beverly Mitchell, Past President, for answering my interminable questions; I hope to be able to do the same for Tara.

Planning the 2012 ARLIS/NA Chapter Meeting in Marfa was an important part of my activities as Chapter President. I had been in Marfa twice before and I thoroughly enjoyed the chance to make it out there one more time.  This visit was particularly enriched by sharing it with my fellow chapter members.  We had wonderful and knowledgeable guides at the Chinati and Judd Foundation; like me, they appreciated having a group that was clearly engaged and thrilled to experience Judd's vision of how art should be displayed.

We had a very busy business meeting during our visit to Marfa.  If you were unable to attend, please, take a moment to review the minutes also published in this issue of The Medium.  You will find the ARLIS/NA Executive Board Report that was presented by Jon Evans, ARLIS/NA Past President.  Some of the highlights are positive news regarding TEI, our management company, and Art Documentation.  If you want further background on these issues, take a look at the latest issue of News From the President on the ARLIS/NA website.

I am looking forward to seeing you in Pasadena, California for the ARLIS/NA Annual Conference from April 25-29, 2013 and later in the year at our Annual Chapter Meeting in San Antonio, in what promises to be another great gathering of colleagues from across the region.

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