Dear ARLIS/ DMV,

I wanted to take a moment to update you on recent developments for the 2014 ARLIS/NA Conference.

Many of you have read the letter from ARLIS/NA President, Jon Evans, posted to ARLIS-L on June 4. In it, he proposed a three year ARLIS/NA + VRA joint conference cycle, landing the next joint conference in Washington in 2014. Discussions are ongoing between the ARLIS/NA and VRA boards. Laurel Bliss, the Chapter Liaison, keeps me appraised as things develop.

Despite the uncertainty of the nature of the 2014 Washington conference, I would like to make a call for nominations for Conference Co-Chairs.

The Co-Chairs are responsible for appointing members of the Local Conference Planning Committee, leading the conference organization efforts, and maintaining communication with the Executive Board. As the size and shape of the 2014 conference may shift, I would add that the Co-Chairs also be flexible during these initial planning stages. Specific requirements are laid out in the Conference Planning Manual. This and the Conference Planning Timeline are available through the administrative documents page of arlisna.org. Please review these documents if you are interested in co-chairing or serving on the Committee.

Nominations can be submitted to me via email, a-simmons@nga.gov, or by phone, 202-842-6051. The list of nominees will then be forwarded to Jon Evans, who will make the official appointment.

What an exciting time! I look forward to our upcoming meeting at George Mason on July 29. Hope to see you there!

Best,
Anne Simmons
Chapter Chair