You can expect to hear from nationally known, engaging speakers at the 36th Annual ARLIS/NA conference in Denver.Opening the conference at Convocation on Friday night, Patricia Limerick will set the stage with her observations about Denver in the context of the history of the American West. Dr. Limerick has received a number of awards and honors recognizing the impact of her scholarship and her commitment to teaching, including the MacArthur Fellowship (1995 to 2000), and is sought after as a speaker by a wide range of Western constituencies. She is Faculty Director and Chair of the Board of the Center of the American West at the University of Colorado, where she is also a Professor of History.

Saturday morning, you’ll hear from Lawrence Argent, Professor of Sculpture at the University of Denver. Mr. Argent has exhibited his work nationally and internationally and is currently working on many public art projects around the country. He will discuss his process for creating public art, including his experience with local governments and focusing on his 2005 piece “I See What You Mean,” a landmark piece at the Denver Convention Center. The delight he finds in and brings to his art is infectious and will inspire you to seek out his work, and other public art, while you are in Denver. For more information, see his web site:

Loriene Roy, current President of the American Library Association, will address the Membership Meeting on Monday morning. Dr. Roy will speak from her perspective about library organization leadership, giving ARLIS/NA members a context for our own self-assessment. She will share her perspectives on the structure of library associations, how they stay vital over the years, and how they shift with the current fluid communications and technological environments. Dr. Roy is an enrolled member of the White Earth Reservation of the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, and a faculty member of the University of Texas School of Information.

Monday afternoon’s plenary session is supported by the ARTstor Speaker Fund. David Silver‘s talk will address four different and overlapping contemporary literacies as a way to better understand today’s college students, and will pay special attention to the increasing role of visual culture. Mixing his experiences in the classroom and his notes and observations regarding talks and workshops from this year’s ARLIS/NA conference, he will offer instructional examples to teach, display, and archive such literacies. Dr. Silver is an assistant professor of Media Studies and the director of the Resource Center for Cyberculture Studies at the University of San Francisco. He co-directs The September Project, a grassroots effort to foster public events in all libraries in all countries in September). He blogs at