February 16, 2006 Meeting
University of Pennsylvania, Fisher Fine Arts Library, Rare Book Room
Convenor: Heather Glaser, Chairperson
Attending: Alice Bampton (Villanova University), Carol Campbell (Bryn Mawr College), Susan Dreher (Swarthmore College), Evan Towle (Philadelphia Museum of Art).
Heather Glaser called the meeting to order at 1:00 p.m. This meeting is the delayed fall meeting for 2005.
- Heather submitted the Chapter’s annual report in January. There has not yet been a letter of response from the national board. She commented in the business meeting on the current pattern that the Chapter finds it easier to meet winter and summer, rather than fall and spring.
- A Treasurer’s Report was not given. With the addition of one person’s dues for 2005, the treasury is $ 180 under care of the Treasurer. Further investigation of banking possibilities will be made.
- Dues for 2006 (Chapter dues are required by national VRA).
Heather read the Dues Statement (which will be posted on the chapter’s web site).
A decision was made for Dues in 2006 at the same level $ 10 as 2005. The motion was made by C. Campbell and seconded by A. Bampton. The motion was unanimously accepted. (Chapter dues apply to both Institutional and Individual members.)
- The Education Committee is offering $ 50/100 support for a chapter member to attend a workshop at the national VRA Conference in Baltimore, March 6 -11, 2006. Although Campbell, Glaser, Dreher and Towle expected to attend some of those days, no one as yet matches up with a workshop schedule.
It was left that any person feeling need should inquire at the conference.
- By unanimous voice, Evan Towle was chosen to be the Chairperson for 2006-07.
Alice Bampton acknowledged with appreciation Heather Glaser’s term. Heather will be turning her binder over to Evan.
- Heather asked for agenda topics for future meetings, with a co-agenda with ARLIS/Delaware Valley Chapter one possibility. The Chapter expressed an interest in visiting the neoclassical Perlman Building addition of the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where the Library and the Visual and Digital Resources will move when it opens in November 2006. C. Campbell offered Bryn Mawr College for a late spring meeting site.
The meeting closed at 2:00 p.m. with refreshments in a nearby lounge.
The Program followed from 3:00 -3:40 p.m.
Dennis Mullen, the FT administrator responsible for UPenn’s SCETI (The Schoenberg Center for Electronic Text and Image) talked about the development of some of the current projects mounted on SCETI, which include the Uof Penn Art Collection, Library exhibitions, Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, Music archives, Furness Shakespeare Library, the Marion Anderson Photographs, and Philadelphia City Planning documents. The data bases were designed internally, and images are scanned at 400 dpi/600 dpi for art.
SCETI has its own image server. What started on Microsoft Access is being migrated to Oracle, to help integration with Library and other institutions. Further information can be accessed: http://dewey.library.upenn.edu/sceti/
The exhibition of “Antique Anatolian Carpets: Masterpieces from Philadelphia Area Collections” (January 21 –April 2, 2006) was available to be visited in the Arthur Ross Gallery near the entrance of the Fisher Fine Arts Library after the program.
Carol W. Campbell