Welcome to Denver
Prepare to conference a mile high: ARLIS/NA at Altitude!

The 36th Annual Conference in Denver, Colorado (the Mile High City), promises a stellar program with prominent speakers and quality events.

Special efforts went into designing a program that joins our professional community together to share and reflect on key topics relevant to all of us, as well as to connect with our distinguished vendors and enjoy some of the most interesting and world-class art venues in North America!

In Denver, ARLIS/NA will see some of its traditions make way to new ones. We are in a time of transition that is seeing a transformation in organizational structure and conference format. The typically formal, sit-down membership meal will be an all-inclusive light buffet gathering for everyone, during which we can share and celebrate in the year’s accomplishments. A noteworthy guest will join us at our membership meeting to talk about associations and organizational transition. At the leadership breakfast we will have a reputable speaker educate us on association leadership. The conference schedule accommodates exclusive time with the exhibitors, and a new initiative will offer individual tours of the exhibit hall to meet and learn about the vendors.

The conference will kick-off on Friday evening, May 2nd, with the ARLIS/NA Convocation followed by a special welcome party where we will be surrounded by Colorado’s mountain peaks at sunset.

An exclusive session, “Icon or Enclosure? The Architecture of the Denver Art Museum" will be held prior to our celebration at the Denver Art Museum and will feature Brit Probst, one of Daniel Libeskind’s collaborating architects, who will enlighten us to the museum’s tectonic arrangement of “walls turned into floors which become roofs.”

A cocktail party in the old industrial district of downtown Denver has been arranged for Society funders, and then on Monday, May 5th, a top-notch plenary speaker is sure to send us all off on an invigorating note!

The content of this year’s program recognizes the variety of interests and issues that our members bring to the Society as our profession moves progressively into the 21st century. A session on art and information in the public libraries brings us up-to-date on state-funded public facilities, while other sessions open discussions on the nascent development of institutional repositories and digital asset management. The program is rich with topics of considerable importance such as the Mega Tech session which will have a complementary kiosk in the exhibits hall for technology sampling and discovery.

A full program of workshops includes the continuation of the successful ARLIS/NA Mentoring Program; a day devoted to cataloging cultural objects and practical library applications; and a “They Never Covered This in Library School” workshop on maps and atlases that will touch on the value of GIS mapping to art and visual history research.

Colorado is a blend of culture and landscape. A host of carefully designed tours will bring you closer to the region and I highly recommend rounding-out your conference experience with a few of these beautifully conceived adventures. ARLIS/NA at Altitude should be a refreshing experience. The diverse menu of sessions, workshops, tours, and special events gives us ample opportunity to share interests and celebrate our evolving collaborative professional organization.

Your engagement in ARLIS/NA at Altitude is very much appreciated.

Deborah K. Ultan Boudewyns
President, ARLIS/NA





* Images courtesy of the Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau.



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