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:


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.


2015 Annual Chapter Meeting Photo Gallery

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