News From the ARLIS/NA Chapter Liaison

Hello Texas-Mexico Chapter!

The Executive Board had our mid-year meeting on September 13-14, 2012, at the Frick Collection in New York.  We have also had a couple of conference calls since then.  I wanted to share some highlights from our discussions that might be of interest. 

1. Strategic planning

The Board would like chapters to review the strategic plan and consider the goals and actions outlined within (see the committee website at Each chapter should let me know about any goals and objectives that have already been met, but also how the chapter is working to reach other goals set forth. 

2. Conferences

  • Pasadena 2013:  We discussed the program content, tours, locations of special events, and the budget.  Details are coming together on schedule.  I am totally biased, but it really looks like it will be a fabulous conference.
  • Washington, DC 2014: The co-chairs are working with TEI on a contract with a conference hotel and are firming up dates.
  • Future conferences: the Board has been exploring options for 2015 and beyond, and there are some exciting possibilities under discussion.

3. Scheduling webinars and virtual meetings

Guadalupe Rodriguez at TEI ( or (414) 768-8000 x136) is able to set up hosted webinars and virtual meetings for chapters using  the GoToMeeting software, but needs 3-4 weeks lead time.  We're looking at ways for chapter chairs to be able to self schedule these meetings.

4. Basecamp subscription

The Board has decided to subscribe to Basecamp for project management of ARLIS/NA activities. Once the account is set up, chapters will have the opportunity to use the software to manage and track activities.

5. ARLIS/NA website (AWS)

The Communications & Publications Committee is currently accepting bids for a redesign of the AWS.  They are hoping the design work can be done this spring with migrations of content to Joomla over the summer. I think we're all looking forward to a new and improved AWS.

That's all for now! Feel free to contact me at if you have any questions.

Happy holidays,

Laurel Bliss
ARLIS/NA Chapters Liaison
Fine Arts Librarian
San Diego State University