Thanks to Cheryl Siegel

Chery Siegel Photo by Rachel Topham 2015Cheryl Siegel, head of the Vancouver Art Gallery library for 30 years, mentor and trusted adviser to many in the art library field, and long-time ARLIS/NA member retired in October 2015.

Over the decades that she managed the Library at the Vancouver Art Gallery, Cheryl kept the collection growing through prosperous and difficult economic times, trained and advised several generations of library professionals, assisted thousands of researchers, sought out hard- to-find materials, organized the Gallery’s Social Committee, directed and composed for the Gallery’s Complaints and Celebratory Choir, gave lectures, gained the loyalty of many smart, dedicated volunteers, and became a cherished friend of many staff members and visitors to the Library.

Before coming to the Vancouver Art Gallery, Cheryl worked in art libraries at the University of Michigan, The Cooper Union, the Metropolitan Museum of Art and Webster University.   She served as Chair of ARLIS/NA, Northwest Chapter (1997, 2000, 2002), Chair of the ARLIS/NA Canadian chapter (1999, 2000) and Chair of the ARLIS/NA Annual Conference  (Vancouver, 1999).

She authored three essays in Art Museum Libraries and Librarianship (2007) and “The Vancouver Art Gallery and the Machinery of Happiness” in Essays in the History of Art Libraries in Canada = Essais sur l’histoire de la bibliotheconomie d’art au Canada (2006).  She also published articles in Canadian Art Libraries Newsletter, the PNLA Quarterly and the BCLA Reporter.

At her retirement party this fall, friends and colleagues described Cheryl as gracious, dedicated, creative, multi-talented, fun, loyal, diplomatic and irreplaceable.  She is all of this and much more.   We will miss her grace and humour and her dedication to this profession, the Vancouver Art Gallery and the Northwest arts community.  We wish her a wonderful retirement full of good books, fine company and great new adventures.

-Posted on behalf of Joanna Spurling

ARLIS/NA Northwest Chapter 2015 Annual Meeting – Vancouver, BC, November 6-7

PDF download of schedule here.

Register here.


9:30 – 9:50  Registration @ Belzberg Library (SFU):

10 – 11  SFU School of Contemporary Arts @ the Woodward’s Building:

11:15 – 12  Dr. Sun Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden:

12 – 1  LUNCH – On your own

1 – 2  Vancouver Public Library – Inspiration Lab:

2:30 – 5  Vancouver Art Gallery – Jerry Pethick: Shooting the Sun/Splitting the Pie:

5pm  Karaoke – Reservations required – Please contact Vanessa Kam if you plan on attending


8:30 – 9:30  Conference Planning Committee meeting – SFU Harbour Centre (room 2270)

9:30 – 11  Chapter Meeting – SFU Harbour Centre (room 2270) – Coffee & muffins provided

11:30 – 12:45  LUNCH – Group Reservation @ Cactus Club Café (Vancouver ConventionCentre) To accommodate all dietary restrictions, individuals are responsible for their own tabs (18% tip included):

1  250 bus to West Vancouver (Georgia & Burrard)

1:30 – 3  West Vancouver Museum and Curator’s talk “Finding a Voice: The Art of Norman Tait”:

3:15  250 bus /transfer to 239 bus

4-5  Presentation House Gallery:

5  Seabus downtown OR stay in Lower Lonsdale and enjoy dinner!

*Please note*
Wear comfortable shoes as we will be walking short distances (10-15 minutes) between venues.

Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre:
Use the link below to book and receive the discounted CAUBO (Canadian Association of University Business Officers) rate of $139 CAD per night and then email Paula Farrar ( to have a “UBC approved – no ID required” note added to your reservation. Special requests *might* be accommodated for the newly renovated ‘North Tower’.

Restaurant Suggestions 

Day One – Lunch – En route between Dr. Sun Yat Sen Garden and VPL (15 minute walk between these two venues)

– Library Square Public House
– VPL Atrium Food Court
– Other quick eateries can be found across from VPL on the south side (Robson & Hamilton)

Day Two – Dinner – Lower Lonsdale

– Anatoli Souvlaki
– Burgoo Bistro
– District
– Fishworks
– Gusto di Quattro
– Il Castello Pizzeria
– Sushi Bella
– Vadees the Indian Restaurant

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

Northwest Chapter’s Travel Award Winner to the 2015 ARLIS/NA Conference

Congrats to Nicole Lovenjak, winner of the Northwest Chapter’s Travel Award to the 2015 ARLIS/NA Conference in Fort Worth.

Nicole, who is currently doing a practicum at the Paul D. Fleck Library & Archives, The Banff Centre, is very involved with ARLIS/NA and will be presenting a poster about The Banff Centre’s transition to an open stack artists’ book collection. She also looks forward to talking with others at the conference about the challenges and positive outcomes of her project, Artists’ Books Canada.

ARLIS/NA Northwest Chapter Annual Meeting

ARLIS/NA Northwest Chapter Annual Meeting in Seattle, Washington, November 7-8, 2014

We hope you can join us in Seattle for an interesting two days of tours, presentations, meetings and socializing with colleagues from museum, public and academic libraries. Importantly, this is a chance for us to meet regarding the upcoming joint VRA/ARLIS Conference in Seattle in 2016.

Schedule At-a-Glance

Day One: Friday, November 7th:
Day Two: Saturday, November 8th: