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

Travel award to ARLIS/NA + VRA Seattle 2016 conference

$500.00 to attend the ARLIS/NA + VRA Joint Conference in Seattle, March 8-12, 2-16.


Applicants must be current members/affiliates of the Northwest Chapter, this includes members who are still currently students. If you have not yet joined the Chapter or renewed your membership for 2016, please do so now:


The Chapter’s executive committee will consider these factors in evaluating the applications:

– Is this the first time the member has attended an annual conference?

– Is the member actively involved in the Northwest Chapter?

– What are the member’s specific goals for the conference (e.g. giving a paper, serving on a committee, chairing a session, professional development)?

– What level of financial support is available from the member’s home institution?


Please send your application with the following information to Traci Timmons, Chair, ARLIS/NA Northwest Chapter (

  1. Name
  2. Position/Title
  3. Institution
  4. Address
  5. Phone number
  6. Email address
  7. Short explanation of why the Chapter should support your attendance at the annual conference (not to exceed 250 words).


All eligible applications submitted by Friday, January 8, 2016 will be considered. The winner will be contacted by January 15. This timeline ensures applicants have ample time to take advantage of the early bird registration deadline of January 25.

**In addition to attending the conference, the award winner must also submit a written report on the conference to the Chapter Secretary by May 13, 2016. This report will be posted on the NW Chapter’s website (

The executive committee looks forward to receiving many applications!

Call for Executive Committee nominations

ARLIS/NW has openings for the following Executive Committee Officer positions:

•           Vice-Chair/Chair Elect (will be Chair in 2017)

•           Treasurer

Please contact Traci Timmons, Chair, if you would like to self-nominate. Please include a short biography describing you professional qualifications and why you want to be considered for the position.

For a complete description of duties and responsibilities for these positions, please see the chapter’s bylaws.

Serving as a chapter officer is an excellent opportunity to gain leadership experience, learn the inner workings of the chapter and forge closer connections with your regional colleagues. The nomination period will close on Friday, January 8, 2015. If there is more than one nominee for each position an electronic ballot will be distributed to the membership.