ARLIS/NA Northwest Chapter + VRA-PRC 2017 Annual Meeting Registration: Tacoma, WA

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We are very excited to announce that registration is now OPEN for the joint ARLIS/NW + VRA PRC 2017 Annual Meeting in Tacoma, WA!

ARLIS/NA NW and VRA-PRC Fall 2017 Meeting

Friday, November 3, 2017

(Optional events on Thursday evening November 2nd and Saturday morning November 4th)

Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound

Schedule and other information here.

VRA-PRC members register here.

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ARLIS/NA Northwest Chapter + VRA-PRC 2017 Meeting Itinerary

ARLIS/NA NW and VRA-PRC Fall 2017 Meeting Itinerary


Friday, November 3, 2017

(Optional events on Thursday evening November 2nd and Saturday morning November 4th)

Collins Memorial Library, University of Puget Sound


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We are headed to T-Town or The City of Destiny as the locals say, but for those of you unfamiliar with these nicknames; to Tacoma, Washington for our Fall Meeting.

The University of Puget Sound Collins Memorial Library will be hosting our visit which is designed to showcase local talent and art as well as focus on library outreach and collaboration.  The University is located in the North End of the City and easily accessible to I-5.  Click here to learn more about the university and the surrounding area:

The program is described below and we have left open the hour of 12:45 to 1:45 for you, our members, to submit topics for a lightning round.  Since this is a joint VRA and ARLIS/NA meeting we want to be sure that all professional interests are represented. Please email if you would like to participate.

If you are unfamiliar with Tacoma and seeking lodging we recommend the following hotels.  Be sure to mention you are attending an event at the University of Puget Sound and you should receive a slightly discounted rate.

Friday Program

(please meet in the Archives & Special Collections Seminar Room on the 2nd floor of Collins Library)

8:30-10:00 am

Chapter Business Meetings with Continental Breakfast, courtesy of Collins Library

10:00-11:00 am

Librarians and the Community:  Opportunities for Outreach and Engagement.  This panel will feature successful programs that have highlighted library resources and raised the profile of librarian contributions to the community.


  • Eli Gandour-Rood, Puget Sound Science Librarian, will discuss the Art & Science Salon program in place at Puget Sound which draws resources from the library, as well as the Tacoma Art Museum
  • Lucia Harrison, Professor Emeritus from Evergreen College and Deborah Greenwood, local artist, will discuss their work in curating DIRT! an international exhibition of artists’ books and poetry at the Collins Library.
  • Jane Devine, Director of the Vancouver Art Gallery Library will share updates about how the Museum and Library promote community engagement.
  • Jane Carlin, Library Director, Puget Sound, will showcase a community stitching project and various artists’ book programs that involve the community.

11:00 -11:45

Abby Williams Hill:  Artist and Activist

  • Speaker: Professor Tiffany MacBain, University of Puget Sound.  Dr. MacBain has studied the paintings and papers of Abby Williams Hill and will share the results of her research on women painters of this era as well as take us on a tour of Abby’s paintings which feature landscapes of the West that are displayed in the Library.  Abby Williams Hill (1861–1943) was a painter and activist with an insatiable love of travel and learning. Just as her artwork provides us with a lasting vision of many of the iconic sights of the American West, her papers paint a remarkably rich picture of American life between the Civil War and World War II. Puget Sound holds both her paintings and her archival collection.


11:45 – 12:30 pm: (McCormick Room)

Buffett Lunch with opening remarks by Linden How from the Northwest College of Art and Alan Michelson, Architecture Librarian from UW, on the ARLIS/NA Information Competencies Project and workshop to be held at NYC annual meeting.

12:45-1:45 pm:

Lightening Round:   Presentations of programs, and services from around the Chapter.  Email Jane Carlin, with information.

1:45 -2:15 pm:

MareMade Exhibition.  This is an opportunity to visit the installation of Maremade celebrating forty years of the work of this prolific Northwest book artist, printmaker, and teacher Mare Blocker that is on display in the Collins Library.


2:30 – 4:00 pm:

A Visit to the Springtide Press, Tacoma.  Meet letterpress printer extraordinaire Jessica Spring. The Springtide Press is located 10 minutes from campus. Jessica will share works from her collection as well as provide a Printing 101 class with a special keepsake we will each be able to print.


4:00 pm:

Adjournment (to beat the I-5 Friday traffic for those of you leaving town)

Optional – Friday evening and Saturday

Friday night:    Let Jane know and consider gathering for happy hour and dinner in Tacoma.

Saturday Events listed below: (optional if you are staying in town)

10:00 – 11:00 am:

Visit the studio of local artist Mark Hoppmann


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11:15- 12:15 pm:

Visit the Arts & Crafts Press 


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12:30 pm and beyond:

On your own to visit:

University of Puget Sound Kittredge Gallery:

  • Liberal,featuring work by the NW5 painting professors: Michael Knutson, Reed College,  Richard Martinez, Whitman College, Elise Richman, University of Puget Sound, James Thompson, Willamette University, and Cara Tomlinson, Lewis and Clark College
  • Phenomenal: Eric Elliott transfigures objects and plants that are part of his daily experience into dense planar facets of relational color.  His paintings speak to the poetics and sensory plenty of our everyday surroundings and the wonder of vision. Anne Gale’s figures seemingly fracture as they cohere.  Emily Gherard builds forms through the application and obliteration of multiple layers.
  • Museum of Glass
  • Tacoma Art Museum
  • Lemay Car Museum


Poll: ARLIS/NA NW and VRA-PRC Fall 2017 meeting

We are excited to begin planning for our Fall 2017 Chapter Meeting which will again join members from VRA-PRC and ARLIS/NA NW.

This meeting is scheduled to take place in Tacoma, WA from November 3-4, 2017 which we have recently learned conflicts with the Washington Library Association’s (WLA) fall conference which is scheduled to take place from November 1-4, 2017.

Meeting planners are interested in learning from participants about whether or not this conflict will impact member decisions to attend our Fall meeting. We invite participants to take part in the following poll and to share any questions or concerns that you may have. Please submit your responses no later than March 23, 2017

Quick link to the poll:

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: