pic-sherman_cropHello Upstate New York Chapter Members!

As the current Executive Board Chapters Liaison, I look forward to working with your Chapter during my two-year term, which ends at the 2015 annual conference.

At the 2013 annual conference in Pasadena, the Executive Board had a series of meetings in addition to gathering for two days in Washington D.C. in September for the mid-year Board Meeting. I wanted to share few highlights with you:

Conferences

Pasadena Conference: It was a record-breaking success! We welcomed just over 710 registrants during a week of perfect weather — warm with sunshine. The fundraising efforts totaled $71,250.

Future Conferences: The Washington D.C. Conference planning team is hard at work.  It will be a fantastic conference from May 1-6, 2014. For more information visit the conference website. For the first time at a conference, a small number of sessions will be video recorded and available to members after the conference. Looking forward, we will begin to incorporate regular conference programming for international attendees and issues, following the success of welcoming Latin American and European librarians to the Pasadena conference. We come back to the West to meet in Forth Worth, Texas in 2015. We will meet in Seattle, WA in 2016 for the 3rd joint conference with the Visual Resources Association (VRA). The Executive Board is working with prospective host chapters to select a 2017 location.

Virtual Conference: I look forward to seeing many of you in-person at the future conferences. However, between DC and Fort Worth in Fall 2014, we will have the opportunity to meet online. A Virtual Conference is in development under the leadership of Executive Board Education Liaison, Sarah Falls. An implementation team is being formed.

Fundraising

Chapters have generously sponsored the annual conference. The donations have been greatly appreciated. I hope all Chapters will consider contributing a minimum of $200 to the D.C. conference. Get creative with fundraising throughout the year to support the annual conference and your chapter. The Development Committee members are available to support chapter fundraising efforts. Please be in touch with them or me for any assistance.

ARLIS/NA Website (AWS)

The website content has migrated to the new platform. The unveiling of the new website and new ARLIS/NA logo will be coming soon.

Association Manager

Robert Kopchinski was hired as the ARLIS/NA Association Manager in April 2013.  He has over 24 years of association management experience. Robert’s contact information is on the ARLIS/NA Website. His email is r.kopchinski@arlisna.org.

The Executive Board will continue to have our monthly meetings. As usual, with every meeting we will have a lot to discuss toward the advancement of ARLIS/NA. I will keep you posted!

If you have questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact me.

Wishing you all the best for a great start to 2014!

Sarah Sherman
ARLIS/NA Executive Board, Chapters Liaison
Reference Librarian
Getty Research Institute
ssherman@getty.edu

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