Art Libraries Society of North America | Mountain West Chapter Newsletter

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Mountain

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Vol.2, No.1
Spring/Summer 2003



PRESIDENT'S COLUMN

Hello to all from Cody, Wyoming. My term as chair began on January 1, 2003, and a busy year is already in full swing. Thirteen members of the Mountain West Chapter met over lunch on Sunday, March 23, 2003, during the annual ARLIS/NA Conference in Baltimore. Despite the short time frame, we were able to cover a range of topics, including plans for the joint ARLIS/NA Western Regional Conference being held in Portland, Oregon from July 31 to August 3, 2003.

Sponsored by the Northwest, Southern California, Northern California, and Mountain West Chapters of ARLIS/NA, the conference theme is "Artworks/Bookworks: Craft and Documentation in the Digital Age." For details on the conference and registration information visit the Western Conference website at: http://libweb.uoregon.edu/aaa/arliswest/. ARLIS/MW Vice-Chair/Chair-elect Eumie Imm-Stroukoff is serving on the planning committee for the conference. She distributed conference brochures to lunch meeting attendees. For a complete report of the meeting, please consult the minutes http://www.lib.byu.edu/arlismw/balt.html drafted by Peggy Keeran.

ARLIS/NA Baltimore

The conference was well attended with over 500 registered participants. In addition to librarians from Canada and the US, Librarians from New Zealand, Australia, France, Sweden, Denmark and Azerbaijan were participants at the conference. The pre-conference workshop on the cataloging of art materials was excellent. Specialists from the Library of Congress shared their collective knowledge and wisdom with a large group of interested participants. Based on this and previous experiences, I would like to encourage you to attend pre-conference workshops offered at ARLIS/NA annual meetings. Opportunities for learning from experts in their fields are important features of our conferences. If you wish to become more involved in our national organization, just ask our very own Jeanne Brown who is Vice-President/President-elect of ARLIS/NA. I'm sure she will happy to tell you all about the opportunities that exist.

Chapter history

At the meeting in Baltimore, Peggy Keeran reported that she has received the ARLIS/Arizona and ARLIS/MW papers from Genni Houlihan, and will be compiling a history of the chapter.

Bylaws

In February MW members voted on proposed revisions to chapter bylaws. The revisions were accepted and forwarded to the Executive Board of ARLIS/NA for review at their pre-conference meeting in Baltimore on March 20, 2003. The Board approved the revisions. Please take the time to familiarize yourselves with our bylaws. They are accessible from a link on the chapter home page.

Conference Handbook

As Past President Jeanne Brown reported in the last issue of the Mountain Ledger, she, Chris Ramsey and I will be working on putting together a guide for conference planning. We have not yet begun, but will be contacting members for suggestions and recommendations as we compile the guide. We hope this will be of assistance to future MW conference planners. I would like to see this project completed before the end of my term.

Travel Award

As of this writing, voting has been completed regarding the the ARLIS/MW Travel Award. A lively exchange unfolded on the ARLIS/MW list-serve, and continuing the award at an increased level was approved. We urge chapter members to apply. In this time of dwindling support for professional development travel in many sectors, a travel grant may be just what one of us needs to make a trip to Portland possible. Watch for developments!

2003 Conference.

Eumie will be chairing the MW Chapter meeting at the Portland conference, as I am unable to attend. I will miss seeing everyone. Please remember to complete the Membership Survey which can be accessed from the ARLIS/MW homepage. The information we gather through this survey will help us to better serve our members through our communications and conferences.

I wish you all a peaceful Spring and Summer.

Frances B. Clymer, Librarian
McCracken Research Library
Buffalo Bill Historical Center, Cody, Wyoming


MESSAGE FROM WESTERN REGIONAL REPRESENTATIVE ARLIS/NA

The ARLIS/NA annual conference in Baltimore was a very enjoyable, informative, and busy one. The new officers were officially welcomed and seated on the Executive Board of the Society -- including ARLIS/Mountain West's very own Jeanne Brown as Vice-President/President-Elect.

At the pre-conference Executive Board meeting, the Board accepted the changes to the ARLIS/Mountain West by-laws. Other items of interest from the pre-conference meeting:

  • the Board accepted the invitation of ARLIS/Texas-Mexico to hold the 2005 annual conference in Houston, Texas;
  • the Board accepted the renewal of our contract with our management firm, Clarke Association Services, for another 3-year term; and
  • the Board thanked the ARLIS/Texas-Mexico chapter's Mexican Relations Committee for their efforts to recruit art library professionals from Mexico.

Two highlights from the Baltimore conference for me were the Diversity Forum and the Membership Meeting. The Diversity Forum was a lively, respectful and important meeting where many good ideas were discussed. The Board further discussed diversity issues at its post-conference meeting. The Membership Meeting was well attended, and gave a chance for members to speak up about their concerns, particularly the potential restructuring of the Divisions, Sections, and Round Tables (DSRTs).

Among the topics discussed by the Board at its post-conference meeting were scheduling of conferences, the potential for developing continuing education programs, membership recruitment issues, and the structure of the Society. I encourage everyone to watch ARLIS-L for announcements and discussions as the Board works on its very full agenda throughout the year.

Upcoming West Regional Representative duties: ARLIS/Northern California spring meeting, April 25, 2003, at the new home of the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco; and the ARLIS/West regional conference, July 31-August 3, 2003, in Portland, Oregon. I hope to see many of you in Portland.

Kay Teel
West Regional Representative


INVITATION TO PORTLAND CONFERENCE

Dear colleagues,

You are invited to Portland, Oregon, the city of roses, for the ARLIS/NA Western Regional Conference, sponsored by the Society's Northwest, Northern California, Southern California, and Mountain West chapters.

The conference is organized around the theme, "Artworks/Bookworks: Craft and Documentation in the Digital Age." The conference features informative sessions, by distinguished speakers, covering book arts as well as digital formats.

A keynote event is a trip to nearby Mt. Hood by way of the scenic Columbia Gorge. Sited on Mt. Hood is the historic Timberline Lodge, a Depression-era handcrafted masterpiece.

Join your colleagues for a rare summertime opportunity to share and learn in one of America's most liveable cities. For more information, including a registration form, visit the conference web site: http://libweb.uoregon.edu/aaa/arliswest/.
Registration is limited; deadline: June 15, 2003.

Ed Teague
Chair, ARLIS/Northwest Chapter
ehteague@oregon.uoregon.edu
(541) 346-1954


MEMBERSHIP

Membership Committee:
Polly Trump, Co-Chair [trumpp@u.library.arizona.edu]
Eumie Imm-Stroukoff, Co-Chair [eumie@okeeffemuseum.org]
Peggy Keeran [pkeeran@DU.EDU]

State Coordinators
Arizona: Miguel Juarez [juarezm@u.library.arizona.edu]
Colorado: Kate Cunningham-Hendrix [kcunning@manta.colostate.edu]
Nevada: Jeanne Brown [jeanneb@UNLV.EDU]
New Mexico: Nina Stephenson [nstephen@UNM.EDU]
Utah: Christiane Ramsey [chris_ramsey@BYU.EDU]
Wyoming: Jennifer Mayer [mayerj@uwyo.edu]

The MW Chapter Membership Committee's goals are to examine how membership might be increased in the Mountain West chapter.
The State Coordinators for each of the MW Chapter States -- Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, and Nevada -- each act as a contact person for their respective states. Last winter each State Coordinator compiled a list of art librarians from their state that could be approached for potential memberships and submitted their lists to the Committee. Peggy Keeran has been sending information about the Chapter to these prospective members.
The next stage in our action plan is for the State Coordinators to contact lapsed members from each state and investigate why they may not be renewing.
The Committee also has posted a survey on the ARLIS/MW web site. Please take a few minutes out of your time to answer the survey and return it to Eumie. It only takes a few minutes to fill out and will help the Chapter serve its members better.

If you should have any questions or ideas, please feel free to contact the membership committee or your state coordinators.

Thank you!

Eumie Imm-Stroukoff
Co-Chair, MW Membership Committee


A list of current members is posted at http://www.lib.byu.edu/arlismw/mlist.html


COLORADO MEMBERSHIP MEETING

On February 21, current members of ARLIS/MW invited potential members to a lunch to meet and discuss our chapter. Tom Riedel, Kate Cunningham-Hendrix, Ellie Vaughter and Peggy Keeran were joined by librarians from the Rocky Mountain School of Art and Design, Hugh Thurlow, and the Art Institute of Colorado, Kimberly O'Neill and Mary Ellen Hoelsch. We met at Racine's, a Denver restaurant.

All invited guests had received the mailing Peggy sent out to individuals identified as potential members, which included a membership application, a copy of the latest newsletter, and a letter from the chair of the membership committee, Eumie Imm-Stroukoff. We described the purpose of our chapter and the opportunities it presents for art librarians in the Mountain West. All the librarians seemed interested, and in fact one, Mary Ellen Hoelsch, did join the chapter. We decided to meet once a quarter at one of our institutions to learn about our local art collections and to get to know each other better as colleagues. The next meeting will be in May at the University of Denver where we plan to visit the art department to view their slide digitization project.

The lunch was very enjoyable and we recommend it as a way to start communication between art librarians in your area.

Peggy Keeran


BALTIMORE REPORTS

Diversity Meeting

The ARLIS/NA Diversity Forum met on Sunday, March 23 with approximately 50 members in attendance. Allen Townsend facilitated the forum. Members expressed their concern over the abandonment of the ARLIS/NA Diversity AdHoc committee as a result to streamline the ARLIS/NA organization. Both Marilyn Russell and Luci Stylianopoulos, Diversity Committee Co-Chairs, voiced their concerns about diversity issues remaining as priorities for ARLIS/NA and its members. Many other members present at the meeting also voiced their opinions and suggestions for solutions. Among some of the suggestions:

  • making the Diversity Committee a standing committee,
  • appointing someone from the membership to serve as a liaison to Board Meetings, and
  • establishing a small group of individuals to pursue what needs to be done.

As an effort to continue the dialogue about the Diversity Committee and their issues, it was determined and supported by those present that Daniel Starr, Marilyn Russell and Luci Stylianopoulos form a team to pursue these efforts. A listserve will be initiated for ARLIS/NA members interested in this topic.

Marilyn Russell

Tour Reports submitted by Polly Trump

ARLIS tours are always entertaining and the unscheduled events make them more so. In San Antonio, I was on a tour bus that broke down. In Baltimore, several of the bus drivers had been brought in from Washington DC and really did not know their ways around Charm City any better than most ARLIS members.

The Garretts of Baltimore
This tour began with the misunderstanding that the driver knew where we were going. He missed a turn and seemed unable to decipher the one way streets of downtown Baltimore. He made the decision, much to our tour monitor's dismay, to develop his own tour. While we were supposed to be in the Mount Vernon area, we saw the Inner Harbor, Camden Yard, and passed several examples of beautiful architecture and sculpture several times.

We finally arrived at our first scheduled stop, the Engineer's Club. The Club is located in what was originally the Garrett-Jacobs Mansion on Mount Vernon Place. The row house was a wedding gift in 1872 to Robert Garrett and his new bride by the groom's father, John W. Garrett, president of the B & O Railroad. In 1884, the Garretts hired the famous architect, Stanford White, to design an expanded house, incorporating the house next door. Because the house has been owned by a number of groups outside the family, none of the original furnishings remain. At one point, the house was owned by the Shriners, and it purchased by the Engineering Society in 1962, who still own and use it today.

The second part of the tour was Evergreen House, originally built by the Broadbent family beginning in 1857. It was purchased in 1878 by John W. Garrett for another son, T. Harrison Garrett and his wife. In 1920, John Work Garrrett inherited the house from his parents, and he bequeathed the estate to John Hopkins University upon his death in 1942. What was once a country estate now sits in the middle of Loyola College and is owned by Johns Hopkins University.

Because of this lucky chain of custody, the current house is filled with furnishings and art work collected by the Garretts. The docent-led tour included an exhibition of work by Leon Bakst. We also were treated to work by Vuillard, Picasso, and Degas. The Garretts were strong patrons of the Spanish painter Zuloaga, and much of his work is in the main house.

The afternoon ended with high tea, served in what was originally a bowling alley for the Garrett children. Tea included a variety of sandwiches, scones, and several desserts, and, of course, hot tea. A good time was had by all.

For more information on Evergreen House, see
http://www.jhu.edu/~evrgreen/evergreen.html


Baltimore Row Houses
This was another tour in which the bus driver was not familiar with Baltimore. Fortunately, he told our guide before we ever got started, so good directions flowed and we got to every place we needed to be.

The row house tells the history of Baltimore. Our guide, Wayne Schaumburg, gave us a wonderful packet of information about the neighborhoods we saw. To those unschooled in the finer points of looking at row houses, they might seem all the same. This tour taught me how to tell at a glance, by looking at the brick work, the number of windows, if there are steps or porches, whether a row house was built for working class or upper class residents, Americans or immigrants. Seventy percent of Baltimore housing is row house, and the style has been continually built in Baltimore from the early 1800s through to current times.

We traveled to a number of neighborhoods, from Federal Hill to Union Square (where we saw the H.L. Menken house) to neighborhoods in west Baltimore. We saw daylight rows and swell fronts, and row houses with tudor facades. We learned that one way home ownership was made possible for immigrants was a developed system of land lease. One would purchase the row house, but only lease the land rather than purchase it. The ground is usually owned by banks, estates or investors and a land lease might have been as little as $6 per year. Ground rent still exists, although these days the holders of the land are trying to sell it to the owners of the homes.

An unusual and unique art form that rose with the row house is the painted screen. In the spring, when people take down their storm windows and put in their screens, Baltimore streets take on the look of an art fair. Because the row house design puts the living room window directly on the sidewalk, people developed the painted screen as a way to maintain some level of privacy while having their windows open for ventilation. Screens are often painted with pastoral scenes including a cottage on some land, a lake, and at least one swan. It was suggested that when one lives in row houses, nothing is as appealing as the idea of a lone house surrounded by land and nature. We only saw a few painted screens on the tour, but our guide assured us that this indigenous art form would be well displayed within a month of our visit as summer approached.

The Olmsteads' Baltimore
This tour focused on two neighborhoods, Roland Park and Sudbrook Park, planned by Frederick Law Olmstead and his sons Frederick Law Olmstead, Jr. and John Charles Olmstead. Again, the bus driver did not know his way around and, at first the guide assumed he did, so we had some minor detours through parking lots. This was strictly a bus tour, with no walking. Those of you who saw me in Baltimore with my cane will know that was a welcome relief to me, although two hours on a bus got to be a bit much.

Both neighborhoods have narrow streets with large homes on large lots. Garages are accessed off narrow alleys. Roland Park was built around the turn of the (last) century in rolling piedmont forest. Among the innovative designs is that the area is criss-crossed with walking paths and lanes to provide pedestrian traffic straight lines of access to different parts of the subdivision. Roland Park has about 1,000 residences and although the plan was for there to be a mix of incomes, I doubt any of the housing is really affordable for low income families. According to city records, the average home sale for 2002 in Roland Park was about $305,000. There are three business districts, and Roland Park is the home to the Baltimore Country Club.

Sudbrook Park is also a late Nineteenth Century subdivision, and also incorporates Olmstead's vision of transportation routes controlling growth. Another of the features that Olmstead used was the idea of private parks. A park space was surrounded by homes lots and only those homeowners would have access to the park. Sudbrook Park is on the National Register of Historic Sites in Baltimore County.


SOCIAL WHIRL

Convocation: Shriver Auditorium at Johns Hopkins University
Reception: Baltimore Museum of Art
Sunday, March 23, 2003, 6-10 p.m.

ARLIS/NA President, Daniel Starr, welcomed members to the Convocation and kept the program moving smoothly and efficiently during the evening.

Joyce Scott, the guest speaker, was undeniably the highlight of the Convocation Program. This well-known artist from Baltimore explores social and racial issues in mediums such as performance art, fiber arts, beaded sculpture, jewelry, and prints. Her presentation combined storytelling and song with visuals. As Ms. Scott spoke about her family and their artistic traditions, slides of family members and their works flashed across the screen. Her stirring singing voice filled the auditorium as she finished her presentation by showing a selection of her work. Ms. Scott received a standing ovation for her moving and inspirational presentation.

The following awards were presented during the program:

ARLIS/NA Conference Attendance Award: Lynda Bunting, Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, and Nensi Brailo, California College of Arts and Crafts

Research Libraries Group Award: Margaret Ericson, Bixler Art and Music Library, Colby College

Research Libraries Group Asia/Oceania Award: Gillian Currie, National Gallery of Australia

Howard & Beverly Joy Karno Award: Margarita Andrea Silva Alcayaga, Pontificia Universidad Catolica de Chile

Puvill Libros Award: Lina Pukstaite, National Library of Lithuania

Salander O'Reilly Student Travel Award: Miriam Intrator, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

ARLIS/NA Internship Award: Laura Mosher.

Gerd Muehsam Award: Donny Smith, "The Surrogate vs. The Thing"

H.W. Wilson Foundation Research Grant: Sarah McCleskey, "Staffing Standards and Core Competencies in Academic Art and Architecture Libraries: Case Studies"

Worldwide Books Award for Electronic Resources: Barbara Q. Prior, "Ask Clarence: an Expert System for Art History Reference"

Worldwide Books Award for Publications: Christel McCanless, "Faberge Eggs: A Retrospective Encyclopedia"; James Findlay, "Big Little Books: The Whitman Publishing Company's Gold Age, 1932-1938"; and Peter Erickson, "Images of White Identity in Othello" and "Can We Talk about Race in Hamlet"

Melva J. Dwyer Award: Directory of Publications on Canadian Contemporary Art/Repertoire des publications en art contemporain canadien (Montreal: Centre d'information Artexte = Artexte Information Centre, 1984-ongoing)

George Wittenborn Memorial Book Award: Alfred Stieglitz: The Key Set : The Alfred Stieglitz Collection of Photographs (Washington, D.C.: National Gallery of Art; New York: Harry N. Abrams, 2002)

ARLIS/NA Distinguised Service Award: Nancy S. Allen
The Reception was held at the Baltimore Museum of Art, which is adjacent to the Convocation site. ARLIS/NA members were able to view the collections and special exhibition Art of the Ballet Russes, mingle with colleagues, and enjoy the fine refreshments and food.

A special thanks to sponsors Johns Hopkins University and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

Eumie Imm Stroukoff

Poe Party
Tuesday, March 25, 2003, 6-9 p.m.

As the conference wound down on Tuesday evening, groups of ARLIS members strolled from the hotel to Westminster Hall at Fayette and Greene streets. This was the site of the Poe Party! Westminster Hall is a Gothic style church with a burial ground that is the final resting place for Edgar Allen Poe and many notable figures from the Revolutionary period and historic Baltimore.

In the beautifully renovated hall of the church, we enjoyed the delicious banquet spread before us and talked with our colleagues while an organist played the restored 1882 pipe organ. As night fell, the organist set an appropriate mood for the tours of the graveyard and catacombs.

Our tour guide began by taking us below the church to the catacombs. She explained that the church was built above many of the tombs to meet the demands of a growing congregation and to also protect the graves. She regaled us with stories of the ghosts of Westminster Hall, early gravediggers, and the mystery of the "Poe Toaster" who has left a cognac bottle and three roses on Poe's grave every night on the anniversary of Poe's birth since 1949.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed this special evening.

Eumie Imm Stroukoff


MEMBER NEWS

Marilyn Russell began her new position as Director of Library Program at the Institute of American Indian Arts Library and Technology Center on March 3. She will also be teaching a course in Native American Contemporary Art. The Library has three staff members in addition to Marilyn: a Librarian, a part-time Cataloger, and a Library Specialist. In addition, there are five work study students. The IAIA Library collections consists of 25,000 books, 200 serials, 40 tribal newspapers, 1,200 videos, 1,000 vinyl records, 100 CD's, 100 cassette tapes, 30,000 slides,15,000 Smithsonian photographs, and the archives that include the T.C Cannon collection, IAIA history, and the IAIA museum papers.

Bulldozers and construction workers are a common site on the IAIA campus. Phase one of the project is the 21,101 square foot library and technology center (LTC), scheduled for completion on July 15. Phase two of the building project is to include an 11,137 square foot lecture wing, scheduled for completion in late October. A third phase will be an Administrative wing that will bring the total square footage for the LTC to 52,238 square feet. The project is expected to cost a total of $7.5 million dollars, and will house a library, a technology center, an archival center, a conference room, a lecture hall, and administrative offices. In addition there will be a film/video laboratory and motion graphics and graphic design laboratories. The LTC will be state of the art in technology, lighting and energy efficiency. The IAIA Campus Development Coordinator Paul Fragua, believes that "both the LTC's functionality and form will determine its success as a modern building grounded in Native American values. The opportunity and challenge is to create a space that portrays an image and identity while providing for the functional needs and requirements of IAIA. Our goal is to create a building that speaks of many things, including quality education, Native peoples, contemporary Indian art, welcoming and home."


EDITOR'S NOTE

Thanks to all of you who made this our best issue yet. I think this issue gives the reader some idea of what went on in Baltimore (or at least what we are willing to acknowledge in print).

I also want to thank you for your patience in waiting for this issue and your good wishes. I recovered from my knee surgery without a hitch.

As always, special thanks to Chris Ramsey for her continued help and good nature in getting The Mountain Ledger up on the Web.

Polly Trump