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 Omeka.net 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 Omeka.net site. Second and third phases, which will include photography and local press coverage documents, will be available via Shared Shelf, as well as Omeka.net. 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
Email: tracit@seattleartmuseum.org
Library website: http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/programs-and-learning/libraries-and-resources


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

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

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:http://nw.arlisna.org/chapter-membership/.


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 (tracit@seattleartmuseum.org)

  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 (http://nw.arlisna.org/past-travel-award-reports/).

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.