Fort Worth Conference Wrap Up

It was great to see so many Northwest Chapter members at the recent 2015 ARLIS/NA Conference in Fort Worth.
We had a well-attended Chapter Meeting for which you can find the meeting minutes here.
I wanted to acknowledge the achievements of some of our members.
Several presented engaging projects during the poster sessions (Poster 2.0/ARLISpalooza):
  • Design Students Unlock Open AccessSarah Polkinghorne, Subject Librarian  for Art & Design, Drama, and Psychology, University of Alberta. Learn more here.
  • Fresh Off the (Closed) Shelf: The Banff Centre Library’s Transition to an Open Stack Artists’ Books CollectionNicole Lovenjak, Library Practicum, Paul D. Fleck Library & Archives, The Banff Centre. View her poster here.
  •  The N Project: Leveraging Social Media to Promote Collection Material Dan McClure, Director of Library Services, Pacific Northwest College of Art. See more on the project here and here.
  • The Role of the Library in the Research-Creation Process of Fine Arts Undergraduate Students at the University of Victoria — Tad Suzuki, Learning & Research Librarian (Fine Arts), University of Victoria.
  • Something Old and Something New: Building a Special Collection of Artists’ BooksAnna Korus, Library Manager, MacEwan University, Edmonton, Alberta; Roxy Garstad, Collection Assessment Librarian, MacEwan University, Edmonton, Alberta.
For the session, Linked Open Data: Interconnectivity Amplified, Sarah Seymore, Digital Metadata Technician, and Julia Simic, Metadata and Digital Production Librarian, both of the Digital Scholarship Center at the University of Oregon Libraries, presented on: Migrating to Linked Open Data: The University of Oregon’s Approach. See the Oregon Digital site and the code repository to learn more.
Chapter Vice Chair/Chair-Elect and 2016 Joint Conference Co-Chair, Alan Michelson, gave a great presentation on the upcoming Seattle conference at the Membership Meeting that was very well received.
We also had our first chance to show off the “Natural Connections” Joint Conference logo design created by Rachel Kopel and pique people’s interest about 2016 Seattle conference with these Oregon pea pod seed packets. In general, people are excited about coming to Seattle and being in a “green” setting (as I heard it put).
Lastly, we had a pretty great auction basket for the 2015 ARLIS/NA Conference Silent Auction. The contents included:
  •  Chocolates from Chocolate Arts of Vancouver BC featuring medallion designs by Robert Davidson
  • A book card zip case from “Out of Print” filled with Portland and National Parks of the Northwest cards from the Multnomah Co. Library gift shop
  • Earrings created by clsjewelry/Fine Jewelry Designs (Chapter member Christine Sundt)
  • Iconic Portland t-shirt and skull pin from Portland’s Craft Wonderland
  •  A picnic plate designed by Mark Dion and a water bottle featuring Alexander Calder’s “Eagle” from the Seattle Art Museum’s Olympic Sculpture Park
  • 4 issues of Visual Resources: An International Journal of Documentation and
  • A Seattle sock monkey from Ballard Sock Critters of Seattle
  • A First Nations insulated mug
  • Smoked sockeye salmon
  • “Look and Feel Canadian…” breath spray

Thank you so much to Debra Royer, Paula Farrar, Christine Sundt, Eileen Markson, and Sylvia Roberts for these generous and creative gifts.


Thank you all for your great contributions.
– Traci Timmons, Chair, ARLIS/NA Northwest Chapter

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