Big, big day for the Section. So big in fact that I had to wait a day to post this report on it. The Executive Committee/General Membership meeting in the morning was well-attended and lively, with a few new members in attendance. (We need only 30 more members to reach the magic number of 1000 which would increase our funding, so if you’re not a member PLEASE consider joining, and if you are a member TELL YOUR FRIENDS.) The minutes of the meeting will be posted here later, but I will go ahead and report that there was a discussion about virtual meetings that went well beyond what I expected….watch this blog where we intend to conduct a serious discussion of this issue.
July 13, 2009
Sunday, July 12
Our program, More Than Paper: The Small Press and the Artists’ Book, was well attended and enthusiastically received. It brought a unique perspective to our appreciation of these sorts of materials and the unique challenges they present to those of us who collect and provide access to them.
Dr. Jeff Weddle, Asst. Professor at the University of Alabama and author of Bohemian New Orleans: The Story of the Outsider and Loujon Press, spoke about the amazing lives and careers of Jon Edgar and Louise “Gypsy Lou” Webb, founders of Loujon Press and its literary review, the Outsider.
Sally Alatalo, Professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, book artist and publisher at Sara Ranchouse Publishing, demonstrated with her own work and that of other book artists the difficulty that book artists have “behaving themselves,” instead exploiting the qualities of the book format to do all sorts of unorthodox things that libraries tend not to address when indexing them.
Elizabeth Long, Co-Director of the Digital Library Development Center at the University of Chicago, observed that because of the many ways in which technology has changed the dissemination of information, the book is freed to exploit its best qualities, and in fact is already changing radically. These changes are presenting libraries with new challenges in providing access; Long showed us some recent alternatives to standard cataloging for artists’ books.
Stimulating discussion between presenters and attendees followed the presentations. Many thanks to Roland Hansen, Chair of the 2009 Program Planning Comittee, Michael Pearce, program moderator, and the rest of the committee for a great program.
Immediately after the program and just down the hall we celebrated our 50th Anniversary. Chair Lucie Stylianopoulos welcomed everyone to the celebration, after which ACRL President Erika Linke and our Board Liaison Mary Carr presented us with a proclamation from ALA honoring our 50 years of service to the profession. Arts member Michael Pearce created a broadside commemmorating our 50th year (there’s an unsatisfactory photo of it below–I’ll post a better image soon). It was a great start for our next 50 years!
Many thanks again to Casalini Libri and the Section members who generously made this event a possibility.
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