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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.

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