Art Libraries Society of North America | Mountain West Chapter Newsletter




Vol.3, No.2

Report from the Chair

Report from the Western Regional Representative

Arizona Membership Meeting

ARLIS/NA Conference Reports - New York City

Member News

Editor’s Note

Report from the Chair


The ARLIS/NA conference in NYC was a great success! NYC offered a wonderful backdrop for a truly stimulating and informative conference program.

The MW Chapter had high visibility at the conference this year. We are proud and pleased to have two of our chapter members serving on the 2004-2005 ARLIS/NA Executive Board: Jeanne Brown, President, and Peggy Keeran, Western Regional Representative. In addition, MW Chapter members played very active roles at this year’s conference by acting as speakers (Polly McCord, Tom Riedel, and Marilyn Russell) and national committee members (Jeanne Brown, Polly McCord, Eumie Imm-Stroukoff, and Marilyn Russell). We were also very well-represented by the following chapter members who attended the conference: Lisa Blankenship, Jeanne Brown, Frances Clymer, Tom Grieves, Eumie Imm-Stroukoff, Miguel Juarez, Peggy Keeran, Deborah Koshinsky, Margaret Landesman, Mary Ellen Lawrence, Polly McCord, Nancy Pistorius, Chris Ramsey, Tom Riedel, Marilyn Russell, and Nina Stephenson.

The chapter’s business meeting minutes were written by Tom Riedel and are available on the conference link of the chapter website.

Mark your calendars for the chapter’s next big event! Denver will be hosting the 2004 MW chapter conference from September 30-October 2. Tom Riedel and Peggy Keeran are working hard at local arrangements, and Nancy Pistorius is planning some wonderful sessions. Please feel free to contact Tom, Peggy, or Nancy if you have any questions, ideas, or suggestions.

Read on!

Best wishes,
Eumie Imm-Stroukoff

Report from the Western Regional Representative

I assumed my responsibilities as Western Representative for ARLIS/NA at the conference in New York City. The ARLIS/NA board met for two full days to discuss issues left over from last year and new issues we will tackle this year. One of the main items the Board must address is the legal relationship between the national organization and the chapters. The Society will consider a series of models for the Society to clarify these ties.

In addition, the Board recognized two new Round Tables based upon petitions submitted with 15 or more member signatures: the Public Libraries Round Table and the Book Arts Round Table.

This summer, ARLIS/NA members will be receiving a ballot to approve a new dues structure in place of the old one based upon salary, so be on the look out for that.

The Board accepted the Publications Committee proposal to form a web site task force. The task force will examine design, content and functionality of the Society web site. This is an important undertaking, which will provide the Society with opportunities to define our organization via our Web presence.

Until next time!

Peggy Keeran
Western Regional Representative

Arizona Membership Meeting

In his capacity as Arizona State Membership Coordinator, Miguel Juarez is working with Mario Nick Klimiades, Library and Archives Manager at the Heard Museum Library and Archives, to organize a meeting of Arizona members and prospective members. The meeting is scheduled for Friday, June 4, 2004 from 12 noon to 3:30 p.m. We’ll meet in the Monte Vista Room at the Heard Museum, located at: 2301 North Central Avenue in Phoenix.

This is a great opportunity for Arizona members to meet informally and catch up on activities in the state. It is also designed to welcome new or prospective members.

Dutch treat lunch from 12-1:30 (either at Phoenix Museum Café or the Heard Museum Café)
Meeting from 1:30-3:30 at the Monte Vista Room at the Heard Museum
Drinks afterwards somewhere nearby.

Please confirm your attendance with Miguel ( Feel free to send your ideas about possible items for discussion at this VERY informal meeting.

For directions to the Heard Museum, call (602) 252-8840 or visit the Heard online at

Submitted by Miguel Juarez

ARLIS/NA Conference Reports - New York City

ARLIS/NA Diversity Forum
Monday, April 19, 3-4 p.m., New York City

About 50 individuals were present when Lucie Wall Stylianopoulos, from the University of Virginia and Marilyn L. Russell, outgoing Diversity Co-Chairs welcomed everyone to the Diversity Forum. The outgoing President of ARLIS/NA, Allen Townsend, was recognized by Wall Stylianopoulos for his efforts at reconstituting the Diversity Committee.

Wall Stylianopoulos introduced the new Diversity Committee Co-Chairs, Miguel Juarez (University of Arizona) and Shannon Van Kirk (Miami University in Ohio). Russell emphasized that the membership needs to be vocal about diversity and not be shy. The outgoing Co-Chairs will continue to serve as consultants to the Diversity Committee in the coming year.

Jerome Offord, Program Officer for Training and Diversity for the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), spoke about possible collaborations and training opportunities the Diversity Committee could initiate with ARL on behalf of ARLIS/NA to try to encourage diversity throughout the organization. Juarez reported that the Diversity Committee had had a very successful meeting prior to the Forum. All of the committee members were in attendance, as was Mr. Offord. The committee discussed a multitude of issues and plans to follow up via e-mail to chart a possible course for diversity in the Society.

Submitted by Miguel Juarez

Librarians On the Wall…
… a review of the Art Libraries Society of North America: Members' Exhibition,
Queens College Art Center, April 15 - July 15, 2004

Many art librarians and visual resource specialists are also artists. This may not be obvious to our colleagues, faculty, students, museum staff, and other patrons that we serve. We are known for the reference service we provide, the library workshops we teach, and the library collections we build. If we manage to carve out the time to create art, it is often a private or personal endeavor. We may show our work to family and friends, and may even show or sell our art on a local or national level, but we have few opportunities to share our creative endeavors with other art information professionals.

In 1998, ARLIS/NA members had the opportunity to show their art in Philadelphia during the annual meeting. Inspired by that exhibition, Suzanna Simor, Alexandra de Luise and Mollie Moskowitz of Queens College decided to curate another ARLIS/NA show to coincide with this year’s annual meeting in New York. Artists submitted images of their art well before the exhibition. The show’s curators selected artworks created by 23 artists. The Queens College Art Library is fortunate to have a beautiful gallery on the sixth floor of the Benjamin S. Rosenthal Library. This is where the exhibition was installed. An opening reception was held during the annual meeting on Sunday, April 18, during which the artists spoke about their art during an organized gallery talk. Others in attendance included members of the artists’ families, ARLIS colleagues, and students and other individuals from Queens College. The show will remain up through July 15, 2004.

The exhibition embraces an impressive range of media, including paintings, drawings, prints, photographs, artists’ books, collages, glass, and fiber arts. The ARLIS/Mountain West chapter is well represented in this show. Two sparkling watercolor paintings by Tom Greives (Arizona State University) give the impression of having been spontaneously created roadside while touring some remote southwestern highway. The snapshot of two men clad in black leather done by Miguel Juarez (University of Arizona) provides a candid glimpse into the Leather and BDSM community of Phoenix. The watercolor painting and mixed media collage done by Marilyn Russell (Institute of American Indian Arts) present a colorful evocation of spirituality and Native American heritage. It was a treat for me to view these and all the other artworks on display, and to hear what my librarian colleagues had to say about the role of creativity and artistic expression in their personal and professional lives.

Before the exhibition, the curators announced that there were many “surprises” in the exhibition. I am sure they were referring to the range of art in the show, but a big “surprise” for me was the talk that I gave during the opening reception. My artist’s book, For Maya, was inspired by very private feelings about my daughter, whom I adopted in China in 1998. I had no idea what I would say in such a public forum until the words were literally coming out of my mouth. I was touched by the genuine response I received, which, in turn, has inspired me to continue exploring this and similar themes in my art. And here’s another surprise. Who could have anticipated that someone would want to purchase my diminutive and very personal artist’s book? (Sorry, Miguel, it’s not for sale, but I AM flattered.)

For the web-based version of the exhibition, visit

Submitted by Nina Stephenson

Session III: Ancient Matter, Modern Practice: Acquiring, Interpreting and Exploiting
Saturday, April 17, 2004, 10:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m

Classical arts and archaeology were the focus of speakers' presentations that identified levels of print and electronic resources most relevant to students and the intricacies of identifying and acquiring current materials essential to student and faculty needs.

Lucie Stylianopoulos, University of Virginia, presented techniques and tools she has developed for introducing students to the study of classical archaeology. A pathfinder on the web, updated regularly, serves as a useful tool for introducing students to specific publications and resources. Additionally, customized web pages are created to meet the needs of specific classes. When combined with classes where strategies are demonstrated on developing and refining topics, students learn to navigate through critical electronic resources and are exposed to important print resources as well.

For initiating research, three archive databases and detailed techniques for optional use for each were emphasized. The databases were:

Further assisting in the research process, Stylianopoulos identified the best peer reviewed web sites for study in this area to include the following:

There are numerous additional web sites available. Related print materials include the following top three resources: Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae (LIMC); Der Neue Pauly; and, the Oxford Classical Dictionary.

As details in the research process become necessary, the following print resources were recommended:

Tyler Jo Smith, McIntire Department of Art, University of Virginia, presented some of the history and online search features of The Beazley Archive. Some of Sir John Beazley’s life was presented and his fascination with Greek vases was described. Although Beazley’s collection initiated The Archive, documentation on Greek pottery includes over 35,000 images and contains over 75,000 records. Not all of these are accessible through the web site. Development of the online archive is continuing.

David Sullivan, University of California, Berkeley, was the final speaker. He addressed the issue of “How to be a Classics Librarian in your spare time”. He described the 19th century tradition of training the classical scholar and an overview of societies that focus on the profession. Also, presented were factors concerning the literature of the field and their availability limited to a specific group of publishers. A description of both primary and secondary collection development resources and techniques for keeping current on the literature was also presented.

Submitted by Nancy Pistorius

Integrating Intellectual Access to Library, Museum, and Archival Materials

This session, moderated by Maria Oldal from the Pierpont Morgan Library, was held on Saturday afternoon (April 17) and focused on integrating the intellectual content of library, museum, and archival records. Maria introduced the first speaker, Elizabeth O’Keefe, the Director of Collection Information Services at the Pierpont Morgan Library. Liz spoke about the Corsair database at the Pierpont Morgan Library: Corsair is the comprehensive online collections catalog for the Pierpont Morgan Library, which is both a museum and a library. Thus, Corsair is a single online catalog for both the curatorial and library collections. Next, Diana Folsom from the Los Angeles County Museum of Art spoke about how LACMA’s project to connect library and museum databases to find useful material in LACMA Collections Online Catalogue:

Finally, Terry Catapano from Columbia University spoke about the technical aspects of intellectual integration and referred to his role in converting records into the Corsair database.

Submitted by Eumie Imm-Stroukoff


Submitted by Eumie Imm-Stroukoff

ARLIS/NA Leadership/Chapter Officers Breakfast

The Leadership/Chapter Officers Breakfast was attended by ARLIS/NA Committee Chairs and Chapter Officers and is an orientation to the organization, as well as a discussion of upcoming plans and goals for the year. Among the speakers: Jeanne Brown, who spoke to the group about the year’s goals and issues; Ted Goodman, who spoke about administrative documents; Laura Schwartz and Elizabeth Schaub, who spoke about the 2005 conference in Houston; and Leslie Abrams and Lucie Stylianopoulos, who spoke about the 2006-2009 Strategic Plan. The Leadership/Chapter Officers Breakfast was sponsored by F.A. Bernett.

Welcome Cocktail Party

The Welcome Cocktail Party for conference attendees was held in the Terrace Suite of the Roosevelt Hotel. The regional chapters of ARLIS/NA generously sponsored this event. In the spacious 4,000+ square foot Terrace Suite, members had the opportunity to mingle with their colleagues from 6:00-8:00 p.m.

Convocation Ceremony and Reception

The Convocation Ceremony and Reception were held at El Museo del Barrio. Before the Convocation began, many attendees took the opportunity to explore the Central Park Conservancy Garden, a beautiful six-acre formal garden in Central Park which is located across the street from the El Museo del Barrio.

At the ceremony, ARLIS/NA President Allen Townsend welcomed the membership and introduced the Director of El Museo del Barrio, Julian Zugazagoitia. The following awards were presented at the convocation: ARLIS/NA Internship Award, Gerd Muehsam Award, Research Awards, Travel Awards, and Publications Awards. A special tribute was presented to Florence Da Luiso Zoll, and the ARLIS/NA Distinguished Service Award was presented to Angela Giral.

The reception was sponsored by Patricia Phelps de Cisneros. During the reception, members had the opportunity to view the current exhibition: MoMA at El Museo: Latin American and Caribbean Art from the Collection of the Museum of Modern Art.

Mountain West Chapter Dinner

Several members of the MW Chapter, including Peggy Keeran, Mary Ellen Lawrence, Chris Ramsey, Marilyn Russell, and Eumie Imm-Stroukoff, attended the MW Chapter Dinner at Café Centro. Liz O’Keeffe from the Pierpont Morgan Library and Kay Teel from Stanford University Library also joined the group for dinner. Delicious food and great company made for a wonderful evening!


We did not buy it - but we crossed it!!!

Monday evening, April 19, 2004, an intrepid band of ARLIS members ventured out into the unknown. Our destination? BROOKLYN!
Guided by that bon vivant and all around good sport Sherman Clarke with assistance from Andy Gessner, we walked to Grand Central Terminal from the Roosevelt Hotel and embarked on a subterranean Odyssey to the southern tip of Manhattan. After negotiating ticket purchases and turnstiles and admiring the quirky bronzes decorating the platform, we boarded the subway and speeded south. Emerging into the waning light near City Hall, we admired the adjacent edifices and monuments as we strolled to: THE BROOKLYN BRIDGE.

The bridge is 5989 feet long (that's over a mile), and we ambled across it admiring its graceful arcs and sturdy Gothic piers, pausing now and then to ooh and ah, and making way for the joggers and bicyclists who use the bridge for their evening workouts. Standing near the middle, the views in all directions were magnificent. The city looked like a shimmering jewel box as lights of all colors began to appear in the gathering darkness.

Our guide led us through the streets of Brooklyn to DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass) where we hoped we might find a bite to eat at the famous Grimaldi's Pizzeria. Sadly, that was not to be. The line was long, we were hungry, and so we set out to find other eateries. We strolled along the pier and the Brooklyn Promenade as we made our way to Montague Street, home to a variety of restaurants.

Lisa Blankenship and I opted for "Mr Souvlaki" which has inviting little tables out front. Delicious. Our waiter was a tall, distinguished-looking man with an impressive mane of carefully arranged silver hair. Thirsty, I asked him what kind of beer they carried. He replied, in what I believe to be a "real" Greek accent, "I will bring you a Greek beer. It is very good. You will like it." And that was that. No discussion. I highly recommend Mythos beer. It is a light, slightly sweet Pilsner-style beer - refreshing after a long hike.

After dinner, we regrouped at the subway stop at the end of Montague Street and were soon back at our hotel, proud, tired and happy to have survived our arduous trek through the wilds of Brooklyn.

Submitted by Frances Clymer

Member News


The Institute of American Indian Arts new Library and Technology Center was featured in the May/June 2004 issue of Native Peoples. Look at the page 12 article titled "Technology Meets Tradition at IAIA." Another bit of worthy news is that Professor Fazel Chowdhry, a retired Art History professor, living in Cambridge, Massachusetts has given $5,000 to be used only for the library. He has also given his private collection of approximately 3,000 art books to the library. The books will arrive this summer 2004. IAIA celebrated its history, heritage and culture at a May 15 event that marks the completion of IAIA's first phase of construction and that honored those who have helped IAIA build its new campus.

The campus is situated on 145 acres located at 83 Avan Nu Po Road, Santa Fe, New Mexico. This includes the construction and completion of the Library Technology Center that opened its doors in August 2003. Some of the features of the library include a wireless network, areas for quiet reading, group study rooms, audio/visual viewing stations, computers work areas for 23 computers, a laptop computer center, a magazine/newspaper reading area with comfortable seating, and shelving to accommodate growth of the library collection.

Some of the other features are: offices for staff that are easily accessible to patrons; a visual resources room that houses photos from the National Anthropological Archives, Smithsonian Institution and a slide collection. There is also a climate controlled archives room to house the history of IAIA, the T.C. Cannon Special Collection, the Lloyd Kiva New Special Collection and future acquisitions.

The Archival Center in the future will be used to increase student, faculty, staff, tribal, and academic research of Native American arts and cultures. There have been numerous visitors to the library since it opened. One of the visitors, Mario Nick Klimiades, Library and Archives Director of the Billie Jane Baguley Library and Archives at the Heard Museum, made the following comment: “I had the pleasure of seeing the new and spectacular Institute of American Indian Arts Library during Santa Fe Indian Market this August.

This is a magnificent facility with a stunning location, great architecture, handsome furnishings with floor coverings that are reminiscent of Dan Namingha paintings. I want to extol the importance and the beauty of this spectacular facility.” Many such similar remarks have been made since the library opened in August 2003. Library staff at IAIA include Jenni James and Stephanie Owens, Librarians, Grace Nuvayestewa, Library Specialist, and Mari Russell, Director of Library Services.

You are welcome to come and visit the IAIA Library whenever you are in Santa Fe.

Submitted by Marilyn Russell

Editor’s Note

What a great issue! I think it gives a true sense of what goes on at a big ARLIS conference, and I hope it encourages everyone to think about going to Houston next year. Expect two more issues this year: one before our Denver meeting (September 30-October 2) and a post-meeting issue. Chris Ramsey continues to do remarkable things with the mish-mash I send her (readers, you have no idea!), and I send special thanks to her.

Polly McCord
Editor, The Mountain Ledger