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Hello, Boston!

Welcome to the 38th annual conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America; Boston 2010, Revolution and Innovation: at the Hub of Discovery.

On behalf of the ARLIS/NA executive board and the conference planning team I invite you to participate in what promises to be one of our best events ever. A fresh approach to developing the program has yielded a fascinating mélange of topics, being presented to you by faces both familiar and brand new. Our schedule, while more attenuated than it has been in past years (in response to member requests for a shorter time-frame) is jam packed with events and tours designed to highlight the riches of the greater Boston area. Even long-time area residents will learn something new about the region and its arts.

The conference is being staged at the sparkling new Seaport Hotel, mere steps from the wonderful, and equally as new, Institute of Contemporary Art, and a reasonable walk to historic South Station, and the artists’ enclave known as Fort Point Channel. Public transportation connecting you to all of Boston and nearby Cambridge is available less than a block from the hotel.

Our sessions, convocation, exhibits and of course, parties, will take place in the Boston World Trade Center, connected by a pedestrian ramp to the hotel. The WTC offers pleasant and roomy accommodations, and a magnificent auditorium in which we will hold our annual “ARLIS Academy Awards”, aka, Convocation, on Friday night, April 23rd. Our exhibitors will be housed in a large and flexible hall, front and center. And the schedule, as always, will offer plenty of “no conflict” time to take advantage of having so many important folks in one place.

Our three days of sessions are centered around the five themes in which you, our members, indicated the most interest: The Future of Art and Visual Resources Librarianship; Collection Development; Emerging Technologies; Reference and Instruction; and Visual Resources. And in response to your call for more, but shorter, assemblies, the program offers a mix of both one-hour and ninety minute sessions.

Tours will take you as far as Providence, R.I., Salem and Williamstown, or as close by as the North End for an eating tour, and the South End for a tour of local artists’ galleries. In between will be tours of historic landmarks such as Mt. Auburn Cemetery, Olmsted’s parks and modern houses in Lincoln.

And as always, take time to reconnect with old friends, and to make new connections. We welcome you to Boston and to the best that ARLIS/NA has to offer!
Amy Lucker
President, ARLIS/NA

The Boston Conference logo featuring the Zakim Bridge was designed by Jennifer Violette at UMass, Darthmouth.