The following message has been posted by the Outreach Committee of the Association for Recorded Sound Collections (ARSC). --- 2009 ARSC CONFERENCE: WASHINGTON, DC --- The 43rd annual ARSC Conference will be held at The Liaison Capitol Hill, an Affinia Hotel, at 415 New Jersey Avenue NW, Washington, DC, May 27-30, 2009. The hotel, which opened April 1, 2008, is located three blocks from Union Station, ten minutes from Reagan National Airport, and within walking distance of the U.S. Capitol, Library of Congress, the memorials on the National Mall, and the Smithsonian museums. For ARSC conference attendees, a block of rooms has been reserved for the nights of May 26-30, at a special rate of $149 per night, single or double (one king bed or two queen beds). The rate also applies three days prior and one day after the conference, based on availability. Reservations must be made by May 5, 2009 at (866) 233-4642 or [log in to unmask] Remember to request the ARSC 2009 DC Conference Rate. Rooms are available on a first-come, first-served basis. We expect our room block to sell out before the conference, and possibly prior to May 5. For more information about the Liaison Capitol Hill, visit: http://www.affinia.com/Washington-DC-Hotel.aspx?name=Liaison-Capitol-Hill PRE-CONFERENCE TOUR OF NAVCC: ARSC is planning a pre-conference tour of the new Library of Congress National Audio-Visual Conservation Center (NAVCC). The Packard Campus of the NAVCC, located on a beautiful 45-acre site near Culpeper, Virginia, is a state-of-the-art facility with unprecedented capabilities for audiovisual preservation and access. Chartered buses will depart from The Liaison Capitol Hill on the morning of May 27, and return tour participants to the hotel between 5:00 and 6:00 p.m. The tour will be limited to 100 people, and a separate registration fee will apply. For more information about NAVCC: http://www.loc.gov/avconservation/packard/ ARSC CONFERENCE WEBSITE Further details will be added to: http://www.arsc-audio.org/conference/ Registration forms for the conference and pre-conference tour will be available on the website in February or March 2009. Registration fees won't be set until that time, but we do not expect any significant increase over the 2008 rates, which are posted at: http://www.arsc-audio.org/conference/2008/pdf/2008-conf-reg.pdf Questions regarding the conference should be directed to Brenda Nelson-Strauss, ARSC Conference Manager, at [log in to unmask] The Association for Recorded Sound Collections is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings -- in all genres of music and speech, in all formats, and from all periods. ARSC is unique in bringing together private individuals and institutional professionals -- everyone with a serious interest in recorded sound.