Hello DC MD VA Chapter!

I want to start off by mentioning a couple of highlights from the annual conference. One program that I enjoyed a great deal was the closing plenary, sponsored by the Alternative Voices Speakers Fund. It featured Wing Young Huie, who is a Minnesota-born photographer specializing in documenting urban scenes and addressing issues of cultural and ethnic diversity. He talked about several of his projects, including “Lake Street USA,” where he displayed 675 photographs of local residents in shop windows along six miles of Lake Street, Minneapolis. Here’s his website: http://www.wingyounghuie.com/about.html

As you know, the executive board approved your offer to host the 2014 annual conference in Washington, DC. I applaud the decision to consult with your members before making an offer of conference hosting. I was struck in particular by the sentence in your proposal that said: “Washington boasts services and amenities appreciated by all conference-goers—plentiful hotel space, user-friendly public transportation, a walkable city center, as well as a wide array of cultural resources that appeal specifically to the ARLIS/NA membership.” I have fond memories of living in DC in the early 90’s, and I think it will be a great venue for our 2014 conference!

Lastly, we are moving forward with migrating your chapter listserv to the L-Soft software, which allows archiving and manages additions/subtractions to the listserv automatically. I think you’ll all appreciate the added functionality.

That’s all for now! Feel free to contact me at lbliss@rohan.sdsu.edu if you have any questions.

Happy Spring,

Laurel Bliss
ARLIS/NA Chapters Liaison
Fine Arts Librarian
San Diego State University