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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.

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  1. Cindy Stewart Grant permalink
    October 1, 2012 10:48 am

    Sounds like a fun filled meeting and great opportunity to reconnect. Thanks for the update!

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