VMS Midwinter Meeting!
The SAA Visual Materials Section Midwinter meeting is an informal gathering of section members and the VM Section steering committee (http://saavms.org/vms-leadership/). At the midwinter meeting we basically plan for the new year and do work such as review/update the by-laws and long-term planning documents, catch up on where various initiatives stand, and gear up for the summer SAA Conference. We also have a lot of fun. Everyone is welcome to attend in person or to attend virtually via skype or conference calling.
The VM midwinter meeting will be held in Lakeland, Florida February 12 and 13, 2017. That is a Sunday and a Monday.
Lakeland is equidistant from Tampa or Orlando. It is also on the Amtrak railway line. People can fly in Sunday for a tour of the campus …. FSC has 12 designed and built Frank Lloyd Wright buildings (http://cdm15558.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/landingpage/collection/flwp). Monday we will meet in Gerri Schaad’s archives and we will have good access to Wi-Fi, skype, and whatever technology that is needed.
The agenda will include discussion of the program during the Portland meeting and the section’s Three Year plan (which can be found at http://saavms.org/about-us/), as well as any updates from SAA on the combining of sections and roundtables and what that means for us.
If you have comments or suggestions and can’t make it in person or electronically, please feel free to send us or anyone on the steering committee (http://saavms.org/vms-leadership/) your thoughts.
Kim Andersen, firstname.lastname@example.org
VM Section Communications Committee
Gerrianne Schaad, email@example.com
VM Section Chair
Message from the Chair:
This year’s Chair is Gerrianne Schaad. Kim Andersen is our Chair-elect and Laura Treat, Irlanda Jacinto, and Emily Vinson are the members at large.
We hope everyone had a great meeting in Atlanta. For those of you who missed it, the minutes of the business meeting can be found on the resources page.
Also, Council did decide to eliminate the distinction between section and roundtable. The following points will be finalized in the coming months. More information as we get it.
- Eliminate the distinction between sections and roundtables.
- SAA members may join as many groups as they choose.
- Nonmembers may be list participants on up to three discussion lists.
- All groups will be required to:
- – Have standardized bylaws.
- – Submit information about the group’s annual meeting by March 1.
- – Conduct an online election annually, with submission of a slate by June 1.
- – Submit an annual report and complete leader roster by September 1.
- – Respond to Council requests for research, advice, and expert comments.
- New groups may be formed as they are now, with submission of a petition signed by 100 SAA members.
- Groups may be discontinued if they don’t meet one or more of the requirements. This will happen only following significant discussion with the groups’ leaders.
- Staff will continue to investigate software options to support more robust online communities.
Meanwhile if you share your favorite photographs, please use the hashtag #saavms, and you’ll share with the whole VM section.