This is the 2nd in a series of messages from the ARLIS/NA Executive Board addressing the state of our society, including some of the challenges and opportunities that we face.

The highlights addressed are the upcoming Toronto conference, an update on future joint conferences, the establishment of a Virtual Conference Advisory Committee, a new emphasis on virtual mentoring, the status of our financial health, an update on our contract renewal with our management firm, and the status of our Strategic Plan.

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For more detail, please see below:

Toronto conference

Exciting city with so much to offer in terms of diversity, culture, dining, shopping.
Programming reflects this diversity and high standards. Don’t miss it.

Future joint conference proposal update

Thank you to those of you who filled out the survey on this topic.
Clear that the membership wants further joint conferences.
Continue to engage in dialogue w/VRA counterparts to establish mutually beneficial profit sharing model

Virtual Conference Advisory Committee

Established in past few months
Charged with exploring the infrastructure needed to produce virtual conferences for ARLIS/NA
Will not take the place of physical conferences, but rather supplement them
Sarah Falls leading the charge; you’ll hear from her shortly

Mentoring

Establish a culture of mentoring within the Society
Pilot project for virtual mentoring that will be launched shortly
Emphasis on mid- and late-career mentoring in the years ahead

Finances

Very healthy: net income for 2011 was more than $55K and higher than anticipated.
Will let Tom Riedel share all the gory details with you at the Membership Meeting.

TEI contract

Plan to renew our contract with our Management company, TEI, in May of this year. They continue to serve ARLIS/NA extremely well and we have benefited greatly from their expertise and dedicated work over the past three years.
Word of thanks to Ken Soehner and Amy Lucker for selecting TEI.

Strategic Planning Committee

Executive Board approved revised plan which will be rolled out at conference by SPC
Established as a standing committee rather than a task force
Will continue to play a role in ensuring implementation and continuity of the plan going forward in the years ahead
Hannah Bennett leading this charge going forward; thanks to Pat Barnett and rest of SPC for taking this this far

On behalf of the Board, we thank you and look forward to seeing many of you next week!

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