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Spring 2014 Meeting in Kansas City

June 9, 2014

Please join us on June 12 – 14 in Kansas City!

Thursday evening (June 12), we will gather at Aixois, a restaurant located at 251 East 55th Street, for our traditional get re-acquainted dinner.

On Friday, June 13, our schedule is:

Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Spencer Art Reference Library. Use the Nelson-Atkins underground parking garage just north of 4525 Oak Street.
o 8:15 AM – Enter the Bloch Building through the underground parking at the public doors (security will admit attendees from 8:15-9:00 AM)-bring in your parking ticket.
All Nelson-Atkins sessions are in the Bloch Building, Lens 2; lunch in Rozzelle Court Restaurant.

o 8:30 – 8:45 Registration ($10), Lens 2, Bloch Building, coffee service/continental nosh from Rozzelle Court provided by the Spencer Art Reference Library, Nelson-Atkins

o 8:30 – 9:45 Business meeting including reports from ARLIS/NA, convener, Tracey Boswell, ARLIS-CP chair

o 10 – 11:30 Arts Community Engagement
Panel Presentations & Discussion:
• Jennifer Holland, Evaluator, Interpretation Services, Education Division, Nelson-Atkins Museum on Visitor Studies, Evaluation and Visitor Motivation Research (Museums)
• Rina Vecchiola, Library Director, Kranzberg Art & Architecture Library, Washington University on Library User research: LIbQual+ and a Washington University Libraries adaptation of a University of Virginia instrument (Academic Libraries)
• Anne Lacey, Art and Humanities Librarian, Kansas City Kansas Public Library on the Art Exhibition Gallery program and local artists at the KCK Public Library (Public Libraries)

o 11:40 – 12:45 PM -Library Practice: Artist Files / Projects and Reports
Panel to start discussion. Everyone to share updates, including cataloging practices and outreach
• Marilyn Carbonell, Head, Library Services, Nelson-Atkins Library initiative for regional artists
• Suzy Frechette, Head, Fine Arts Department, St. Louis Public Library, ARLIS/NA’s Artists Files Revealed Project
• Amelia Nelson, Public Services Librarian, Nelson-Atkins, Process Outline
• Tracey Boswell, Catalog/Reference librarian, Nelson-Atkins, Cataloging Practice
• Janet Simpson, Executive Director, Kansas City Artists Coalition

o 12:45 – 1:45 Lunch at Reserved Tables, Rozzelle Court Restaurant, separate checks.

o 1:45 – 2:30 Provenance Research for Nazi-Era Art at the Nelson-Atkins – Lens 2
Research Presentation:
• Nicole Myers, Associate Curator, European Painting and Sculpture, the Nelson’s project and National initiatives
• MacKenzie Mallon, Department Assistant, European Painting and Sculpture, on examples of resources and information searches

2:30 – 3:15 Travel to Johnson County Community College 12345 College Blvd. Overland Park, KS 66210.
(16 miles from the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak, Kansas City, MO 64111, carpooling encouraged)

3:15 – 4:00 Nerman Museum of Art on the Johnson County Community College campus
• Bruce Hartman, director, will welcome us with a short talk addressing the museum’s strategies for engaging with the students and faculty of JCCC. Talk will be followed by unguided museum viewing.

o 4:00 – 5:00 Walking Tour of Johnson County Community College art on campus, with Tracey Boswell

o 6:30 PM — Café Sebastienne, inside the Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art, 4420 Warwick Blvd., Kansas City, Missouri, 64111. Very close to the Best Western Plus Seville Plaza, the Nelson-Atkins, and the Kansas City Art Institute.

o Post-Dinner – Explore the Kemper Museum, open until 9:00 PM

On Saturday the 14th,

o 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM: Public Library Engagement with Its Communities
Kansas City Public Library, Central Library, 14 West 10th, Kansas City, Missouri, Meet in the Stanley Durwood Vault. The Kansas City Missouri Public Library was named the 2014 winner of American Library Association Excellence in Library Programming Award. The award, supported by ALA’s Cultural Communities Fund, recognizes a library that demonstrates excellence by providing programs that have community impact and respond to community needs.
Coffee service graciously provided by the Library. KCPL has a covered garage parking across the street
• Cheptoo Kositanny-Buckner, Deputy Executive Director, on New Digital Initiatives
• Henry Fortunato, Director of Public Affairs, on Public Programming Challenges
• Eli Paul, Manager, Missouri Valley Special Collections, on Regional History Initiatives, such as the Black Archives, and a behind-the-scenes tour in MVSC

o Lunch afterwards, if anyone is interested downtown or Webster House (near Moshe Safdie’s Kauffman Performing Arts Center), etc.


ARLIS/CP Fall 2013 Meeting in Arkansas

January 18, 2014

The Chapter held its Fall meeting in northwest Arkansas on November 7-9, 2013. This meeting was organized and hosted by our members Philip J. Jones at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and Catherine Petersen at the Crystal Bridges Museum in Bentonville, towns that are about 20 miles apart.

On Thursday the 7th, early arrivals met in Fayetteville to tour Vol Walker Hall and its new addition, the Steven Anderson Design Center. The new complex houses all three academic components of the School of Architecture: Architecture, Interior Design, and Landscape Architecture. The traditional get-reacquainted dinner was held at a Thai restaurant near campus.

Friday’s activities started at the main library at the University. During the Business Meeting, the new chapter Flickr account ( was unveiled, and among other things, by-laws and 2014 meeting locations were discussed. The Spring meeting will be held in Kansas City, and in the Fall we will gather in St. Louis.

Mikael Kriz of St. Louis University gave the first presentation, on the career of Walter T. Bailey, an early African-American architect from Illinois, with special emphasis on his Pythian Bath House and Hotel in Hot Springs, Arkansas. After lunch and a tour of the Fine Arts Library, Phil Jones, Catherine Petersen, and Lois Crane spoke about their experiences with collaborations between museum, public, and academic libraries.


The group then made the trip to Bentonville to see the magnificent Crystal Bridges Museum of Art. Catherine Petersen led the group on a quick tour, which included the library, after which there was free time to admire the building complex and the art collection before dinner in the museum’s spectacular restaurant.

Some members met for breakfast on Saturday and more sight-seeing before scattering back to our homes. All agreed this was another highly successful meeting.

Spring Chapter Meeting in Omaha

June 24, 2013

The Chapter held its Spring meeting in Omaha, Nebraska on June 6 – 8, 2013. This meeting was superbly organized and hosted by Kay Logan-Peters, our member in Lincoln, who among other things is the head Art & Architecture Librarian at the University of Nebraska.

We ate our traditional get-reacquainted dinner at King Fong in the Old Market area, a traditional Chinese-American restaurant that is the oldest operating restaurant in Omaha.

On Friday morning we met at The Kaneko, a new non-profit cultural institution that bills itself as a place that fosters and celebrates creativity of all kinds ( It holds art exhibits, concerts, classes, lectures, workshops, and has a small library, where the sit-down portions of our day were held. During the Business Meeting, we discussed various housekeeping issues, talked about our website and social media, heard a report about the Pasadena conference, and discussed meeting frequency and locations.

We then toured the Kaneko facility, which is being carved out of three old warehouse buildings, guided by its Director of Visitor Services.

After lunch we returned to the Kaneko library for our afternoon program, “21st Century Collection Development”. Four of our members spoke about different aspects of this topic. Amelia Nelson (Nelson-Atkins Museum) reported on the Art Museum Libraries Symposium that was held recently at the Peabody Essex Museum. Phillip Jones (University of Arkansas) spoke about the decision process of acquiring e-books. Kay Logan-Peters’ presentation dealt with problems with her current approval plan and her strategies to circumvent it. Susan Craig (University of Kansas), gave us the scoop on her enviable collection development trips to Europe, funded by a special endowment, when she visits bookstores, dealers, and publishers.

We then walked a few blocks to the old Union Pacific railroad station, a white Art Deco extravaganza that has been restored and is now a breathtaking historic site/railroad museum. ( A knowledgeable docent showed us around, then let us wander on our own.

Saturday morning, we toured the Joslyn Art Museum. To our surprise and dismay, its wonderful library was closed and dark. We had known there was no professional librarian there any longer, but a guard told us that there was no library staff at all and it is not open to the public. Otherwise, the museum was interesting and rewarding; the new exhibit, Renoir to Chagall: Paris and the Allure of Color , was enjoying a large crowd on its opening day. The group gradually broke up for journeys home by noon.

SLPL featured in AIA periodical

March 30, 2013

Architect, the official periodical of the American Institute of Architects, published a feature article on the recent renovation of the St. Louis Public Library’s historic Central building in its April, 2012 issue.  The Great Hall is pictured on the Contents Page (p. 2) and the actual article starts on page 90.  Take a look!

Business Meeting Minutes, Sept. 28, 2012

March 20, 2013

Members in attendance:

Jennifer Akins, Washington University

Andi Back, University of Kansas

Susan Bobo, Oklahama State University

Tracey Boswell, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Marilyn Carbonell, Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art

Susan Craig, University of Kansas

Lois Crane, Wichita Art Museum (retired)

Suzy Frechette, St. Louis Public Library

Kathleen Goodyear, MLS student

Phil Jones, University of Arkansas

Kay Logan-Peters, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Jessica Miesner, Oklahoma State University

Joyce Norris, Wichita Art Museum

Carmen Orth-Alfie, University of Kansas

M.J. Poehler, Kansas City Art Institute

Mari Russell, Haskell Indian Nations University

Ellen Urton, Kansas State University

Clare Vasquez, Saint Louis Art Museum

Thomas Young, Philbrook Museum 


Tom Bell, University of Kansas

Anne Lacy, Kansas City, KS Public Library

 Chapter Chair Ellen Urton called the meeting to order at 9 a.m. and thanked the local committee, Susan Craig, Andie Back, Carmen Orth-Alfie, and Mari Russell. Minutes of the last chapter meeting and the treasurer’s report were presented and accepted. The registration fee for the fall 2012 chapter meeting was waived, since there were no expenses to the chapter for the meeting.

Old Business:

Chapter website:  The new chapter website is nearly ready. It may be previewed at Ellen will contact webmaster Mikael Kriz to work out a deadline for completing the website. TEI should be able to give someone else access to the site if needed. Susan Bobo suggested that we add photos of our libraries. Susan Craig suggested that the chapter think of additional content to add that would help those who would like to join us. It might be good to post a testimonial–what individual members value about the chapter–along the lines of the content on ARLIS/NA’s website. Phil would like to use the listserv to look for a hook: a sense of mission and vision. In addition, we need to remove the old chapter sites and to archive the content of the old sites. It would be useful if the new website included email contacts for members.

Cloud-enabled chapter projects:  Ellen has created a Gmail account for the chapter to serve as base for other applications: Google Drive, Google Group for collaboration. There is also a chapter Flickr account.

New Business:

Spring 2013 meeting: Kay Logan-Peters will plan the spring 2013 meeting in Omaha. Possible dates: May 30-June 1 or June 5-June 7. The Embassy Suites in the Haymarket would make a good conference hotel, or the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s library might provide space. We might visit Jun Kaneko’s studio. There are many new sites of interest. Kay will also see if the Joslyn has anything/anyone to offer.

Fall 2013 meeting: Phil Jones will plan the meeting. Tentative dates: late October, early November. The business meeting will be held at the University of Arkansas. Other events will include a tour of Crystal Bridges and side trips to Eureka Springs and several chapels by the architect Fay Jones. He will arrange for a block of rooms at the Inn at Carnall Hall, a historic women’s dormitory at the university.

Future meeting ideas:  Spring 2014–Kansas City; Fall 2014: St. Louis & Hannibal

Travel Award committee:  Carmen Orth-Alfie, Clare Vasquez. Chapter officers who do not receive support from their institution to go to the national conference are eligible. Only obligation is to attend & report on the leadership breakfast meeting. Applications will open after election of new officers in 2013.

Other new business:  Amelia Nelson wondered if there might be a student internship hosted by the chapter. Tom Young, Amelia Nelson and Jason Dean all attended the Fall 2012 conference on libraries and archives at the Peabody Essex Museum. A report or discussion by them might be a topic for the listserv or for a future meeting. Any ideas for new chapter projects? Past projects included a list of serial exhibitions, description of cultural institutions and arts facilities in the Central Plains.

Meeting adjourned at 10:30

Submitted by Clare Vasquez, Secretary/Treasurer

Fall Meeting in Lawrence, Kansas

September 30, 2012

The Chapter held its Fall 2012 meeting in Lawrence, Kansas on September 27th and 28th. Librarians from the University of Kansas (KU) and Haskell Nations University organized and hosted this informative, enjoyable, and well-attended meeting. Our traditional get-reacquainted dinner was generously hosted at a member’s home, with food and drink provided by other local members. During the Business Meeting, held at the Murphy Art & Architecture Library at KU, recurring issues of membership, communication, and our online presence were debated. The group also discussed future meetings, such as Spring 2013 in Omaha, Fall 2013 in Fayetteville/Bentonville, and Spring 2014 in Kansas City. It is time to elect new officers for 2013/2014: a Secretary/Treasurer and a Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect. Anyone interested in serving should contact any chapter member or comment to this blog.

A KU expert in communication and fundraising then presented a program, “Preparing a Communication Plan for your Library”. She explained the details of how she and her colleagues are improving public perceptions and increasing donations for the university’s libraries. After lunch at the Kansas Union, the group viewed the exhibit “Giorgio Vasari and Court Culture” at the Spencer Museum of Art, then assembled back at the library to hear the exhibit’s curator’s fascinating explanation of how she researched the exhibition in libraries, museums, and archives around the world.

We then traveled to the campus of Haskell Indian Nations University, where we first toured the library, and then were treated to a wonderful presentation of Native American dances and costumes by five students. During one relatively simple Friendship Dance, many members of the chapter joined in, creating a good atmosphere of camaraderie to end the day. Many members then headed to downtown Lawrence to browse and shop at exhibits and bookstores and hear street musicians before gathering again for dinner. As always, chapter members provided and received important opportunities to learn, see, and get to know their colleagues at this meeting.

Spring 2012 Meeting in Wichita, Kansas

May 7, 2012

The Central Plains Chapter (Missouri, Kansas, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Arkansas) of the Art Libraries Society of North America held its Spring meeting in Wichita, Kansas from April 25–27, 2012. Our three members there, from the Wichita Art Museum and Wichita State University, did a wonderful job of organizing and hosting the meeting. We had a gratifyingly large number of attendees, including at least one member from all of our states. It was a good combination of long-time and newer members.

On Thursday the 25th, the group met in the late afternoon to explore a restored historic section of downtown, “Old Town”, and eat our traditional get-reacquainted dinner.

On Friday morning we met at the Ablah Library at of Wichita State. During the Business Meeting we again discussed ways of increasing chapter membership and consented to have a chapter Facebook page created. We also discussed the recent ARLIS/NA conference in Toronto and the chapter’s travel awards. For a change, the next two meetings have already been scheduled or spoken for. The Fall meeting will be held in Lawrence, Kansas from September 27 – 29, and the meeting next Spring will be in Omaha, Nebraska.

The program portion started with a presentation by chapter member Rachel Crane about the project to document and keep up with the outdoor murals and other street art of Wichita. View her website at:

Next, chapter member Ron Michael presented a program on artist Henry Varnum Poor, a well-known early 20th century painter and ceramicist who had ties to Kansas. Ron spoke about Poor’s life and work, and an upcoming exhibit of Poor’s work at the Birger Sandzen museum that he curated.

After lunch at the student center, we returned to the library where we were treated to a slide talk from Dr. Jerry Martin, distinguished anthropologist on the WSU faculty. Dr. Martin has traveled the world collecting artifacts (legally and ethically), and had wonderful stories and incredible photos of his adventures. In particular, two cultures in Papua, New Guinea that until just a few years ago were still headhunters and cannibals proved to be quite challenging.

We then adjourned to the Wichita Art Museum where the group enjoyed viewing the current temporary exhibits, the permanent collection, and of course the library. The last time the chapter met in Wichita, the new wing of the museum was under construction and we had only glimpsed the unfinished library space.

At the group dinner at the end of the day, we had time at leisure to discuss the fine presentations we saw and the various issues brought up in the Business Meeting.

Saturday morning, a smaller group met for breakfast at Rachel’s home before touring more of Wichita or returning home. All felt that this meeting was a very successful combination of strong programming and fun socializing.