Fall 2023 Meeting Recap

from Emilee Mathews, Chapter Chair

On a beautiful November Friday, members of ARLIS/NA Midstates chapter converged on Illinois Institute of Technology in historic Bronzeville on Chicago’s South Side for our first in person meeting since the pandemic. In addition to the in-person festivities, we also held our business meeting and lightning talks as hybrid events, made accessible via Zoom. We ensured students were welcomed to the event by paying for their lunches; thank you everyone who donated a little extra to make this happen! And big thank you to Stephanie Fletcher, Kim Soss, and everyone at IIT for hosting us.

We toured Illinois Tech’s Galvin Library and Special Collections with Mindy Pugh, university archivist and campus historian, and enjoyed a vivacious lecture on the history of the local area, including the soundscape as brought to us by a working Victrola record player.

Victrola record player

Next, we conducted our hybrid business meeting, where IIT visitors were joined by folks across the chapter via zoom. (The Minutes draft is available here and the financial report is available here for all members to review.)

During the meeting we shared a land acknowledgment and shared the Chi-Nations Youth Council’s First Nations Outdoor Gallery project. Click the links and check out their Instagram if you’d like to learn more about this group and their community work!

Group photo of in-person and Zoom meeting attendees

Chapter group photo with in-person and Zoom attendees

Next, we enjoyed four great lightning presentations on topics of  the Information Literacy Framework, special collections, undergraduate research, pop-up library events, and AI and image copyright. Thank you again to Mackenzie, Mimosa, Amber, Amy, and Siobhan for sharing amazing presentations! Folks who missed their lightning round talks or want a refresher can click here to see the slides.

The hybrid portion of the meeting ended, and the in-person visitors went on a bevy of tours across the campus, focused on notable architecture by Mies van der Rohe.

Midstates tour group, led by IIT College of Architecture Dean Reed Kroloff, visits Crown Hall, designed by Mies van der Rohe.

Tour of Crown Hall with Dean Reed Kroloff

Bookshelves and display cases at the Graham Resource Center, home of a wide range of materials supporting the research and instruction of Architecture at IIT

Tour of Graham Resource Center

Silhouettes of visitors in front of the large front window of Carr Chapel, Mies's only religious building.
A white drape, thin metal crucifix, and marble altar at Carr Chapel.

Tour of Carr Chapel with architecture faculty, Mies’s only religious building

Thank you everyone who came together and participated!