Call for presentations: ARLIS/NA NW and VRA-PRC Fall 2016 meeting

Have you recently completed a paper or project that you would like to share and discuss with your Northwest colleagues?

We have scheduled one hour to showcase the work of our chapter members at the upcoming ARLIS/NA NW and VRA-PRC joint chapter meeting in Portland on November 4th! Please consider submitting a one paragraph proposal. Students, recent graduates or early career professionals are especially encouraged to submit. 

Email proposals to Bronwyn Dorhofer ( with “Chapter Meeting Presentation” as your subject heading.

Please specify your proposal format and any technology needs in your message. 

P.S. Stay tuned for a final schedule of the ARLIS/NA NW and VRA-PRC Fall 2016 meeting​ to be released soon! Current highlights include a tour of the new PNCA Library and Building and a docent-led tour of Andy Warhol: Prints from the Collections of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation at Portland Art Museum.


Poll for joint ARLIS/NA Northwest and VRA-PRC fall 2016 meeting

Hello Chapter Members:

Please take a moment to fill out our brief Doodle poll indicating your preference for dates for the joint ARLIS/NW and VRA-PRC chapter meeting to be held in Portland, OR in Fall, 2016.

We will be collecting responses until July 22nd, and will announce the meeting date in early August.

Thank you!

ARLIS/NW and VRA-PRC Portland planning committee

New digital collections from the Seattle Art Museum Libraries

Posted on behalf of Traci Timmons:

I’m pleased to announce the completion of our first bona fide digital collection: Seattle Art Museum Annual Reports. This is a collection of digitized and born-digital annual reports and other financial and strategic documentation issued by the Seattle Art Museum from 1932 to the present. Together, the reports tell the story of the museum as it has grown from its modest inception to become the iconic cultural institution it is today. The collection is available in several places, including: Shared Shelf Commons, our new site, and also via the Seattle Art Museum’s website, both through the Libraries’ website (click on Digital Collections), and the Museum’s Governance page. To learn about the process, and the hard work of two University of Washington Information School interns, on the project, read this informative SAM Blog entry.

Additionally, we have also completed phase one of a second digital collection: Seattle Art Museum Annual Exhibition of Residential Architecture, 1950-1980. Starting in 1950, the Seattle Art Museum featured tours and exhibitions of residential architecture. The general public were invited into gated communities and private enclaves, welcomed, and served tea and cookies. The tours continued until 1980. Developed and run by the Art Museum Guild, these tours document the changes and growth of both the museum and the Seattle metropolitan area. These tours opened the doors of prominent civic figures, from industrial magnates to university deans and presidents, and provided an intimate portrait of them through architecture, interior design, and art collections. This collection, comprised of digitized maps and brochures, is currently available through our site. Second and third phases, which will include photography and local press coverage documents, will be available via Shared Shelf, as well as Look for an announcement on the completion of those next two phases in the coming months.


Traci Timmons, M.A., M.L.I.S.
Librarian, Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Library
Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Phone: 206-654-3220
Library website:


ARLIS/NA + VRA Seattle 2016 Conference slideshow

Northwest Chapter 3-City Event!

The ARLIS/NA Northwest Chapter is holding its first Tri-City Open House. This mixer is a simultaneous event happening in Portland, Seattle, and Vancouver on Thursday, February 11th to help introduce our communities to the organization and our chapter, and to promote the upcoming joint conference in Seattle, March 8-12, 2016.

All professionals and students in the area with an interest in art libraries and/or visual resources management are encouraged to join us. Each city’s event is different and may include art activities, raffles, presentations, and/or tours. All events are free and refreshments will be served.


University of Oregon, Portland
Library & Learning Commons
70 NW Couch St
Portland, OR 97209
Host: Bronwyn Dorhofer, Access Services & Outreach Librarian, University of Oregon, Portland

Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Library
Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Hosts: Traci Timmons, Librarian, Seattle Art Museum and Alan Michelson, Head, Built Environments Library, University of Washington

Irving K. Barber Learning Centre
Music, Art and Architecture
University of British Columbia Library
1961 East Mall
Chilcotin Room, IKBLC 256
Vancouver, BC  V6T 1Z1
Host: D. Vanessa Kam, Head Librarian, Music, Art and Architecture, University of British Columbia Library

*This exciting, multi-city event is generously supported by ARLIS/NA through a special projects grant.*

If you’re near one of these cities, we hope you can join us!

2016 Northwest Chapter’s Travel Award Winner- Nichole DeMichelis

On behalf of the Executive Committee of the ARLIS/NA Northwest Chapter I would like to offer my congratulations to Nichole DeMichelis for being awarded the Northwest Chapter’s Travel Award to the ARLIS/NA + VRA Joint Conference in Seattle.
Nichole, who is currently completing her MLIS at the University of British Columbia, is involved with both ARLIS/NA and VRA. She has engaged with ARLIS/NA’s Fashion, Textile, and Costume SIG on a project for the Society for the Museum of Original Costume, and was a founding member and chair of the ARLISNAP chapter at UBC.
Please join the rest of the Northwest Chapter Executive Committee and me in congratulating Nichole!
Traci Timmons, (Outgoing) Chair, ARLIS/NA Northwest Chapter