New Chapter Name: ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic Chapter

*please excuse cross-postings*

Many of you are already aware of this but the ARLIS/NA DC-MD-VA Chapter is now the ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic Chapter! Our name change was approved earlier this year.  This puts us into alignment with chapters from other professional organizations and allows us to strongly welcome those from the now defunct Delaware Valley Chapter. We look forward to holding a meeting north of Maryland in the near future.

We were a little busy with the DC conference this year, but we have now switched our names in the appropriate places and have a redesigned website: . Many thanks to Chapter Officers Tessa Brawley-Barker, Roger Lawson, and Nick Curotto on completing all these detailed tasks.

I would also like to remind ARLIS/NA members that you can purchase ARLIS/NA related items on our Cafe Press site: . All proceeds from the shop go towards the Chapter’s Caroline Backlund Professional Development Travel Award.

Finally, if anyone is near DC later this month, you are welcome to attend our holiday party at Past President Gregg Most’s house. Details here:

It’s been a wonderful 2014! Looking forward to seeing you all in Fort Worth in 2015!

Heather Slania

Director of the Betty Boyd Dettre Library and Research Center

ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic Chapter Chair

National Museum of Women in the Arts

1250 New York Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20005

(202) 266-2807


Chapter News: ARLIS/NA Northwest Chapter Travel Award – Congratulations!

On behalf of the executive team of the ARLIS/NA Northwest Chapter I would like to offer my congratulations to Traci Timmons, Librarian, Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Library Seattle Art Museum & Chapter Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect on being awarded the ARLIS/NA Northwest Chapter Travel Award for travel to the 42nd Annual Conference in Washington, D.C.

Traci’s active involvement in the chapter and in several ARLIS/NA committees, as well as her upcoming role as Program Co-Chair for the Seattle 2016 conference were all compelling reasons to grant her this award.

Please join me and the rest of the Northwest Chapter executive in congratulating Traci!

Kind regards,


Suzanne Rackover, MA MLIS
Chair, ARLIS/NA Northwest Chapter

Managing Librarian
Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives
The Banff Centre
107 Tunnel Mountain Drive
Box 1020, Stn. 43
Banff, AB T1L 1H5

Chapter News: ARLIS/NA Northwest Chapter 2014 Executive Committee

The Northwest Chapter of ARLIS/NA has just announced their executive committee for 2014:

  • Chair: Suzanne Rackover, Managing Librarian, Paul D. Fleck Library and Archives, The Banff Centre
  • Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect: Traci Timmons, Librarian, Dorothy Stimson Bullitt Library, Seattle Art Museum
  • Treasurer: D. Vanessa Kam, Acting Head Librarian, Music + Art + Architecture, University of British Columbia Library
  • Secretary: Bronwyn Dorhofer, Access Services and Outreach Librarian, University of Oregon Portland Library & Learning Commons

Statements and Biographies from the candidates/committee members:

Traci Timmons:

The loss or combination of jobs, the financial crises, and general feeling of low morale among colleagues in our field have resulted in low membership, low turnout and lack of involvement for many ARLIS/NA chapters, including ours. I feel motivated to help change things and make our chapter as strong as it can be. In addition to overseeing the general business of the chapter, if elected to the position of Vice-Chair/Chair Elect, I hope to focus on: creating and fostering initiatives to build membership, building excitement for the 2016 joint conference in Seattle, and, importantly, strengthening our online presence by revamping our website and encouraging better use of social media for the chapter.

I have been a past Secretary of the Northwest Chapter and currently serve on two committees for ARLIS/NA. I have been the head librarian at the Seattle Art Museum for 10 years and am responsible for all duties: cataloguing, reference, volunteer management, archives management, acquisitions, collection development and more. Prior to that, I held positions at the Polk Museum of Art, the Florida State University Museum of Fine Arts and the Contemporary Art Museum at the University of South Florida. I have worked in academic libraries in Special Collections and art department visual resource centers. I have also worked in corporate library settings. I have a track record of successful project and organizational management. I believe my ARLIS/NA experience at the local and organizational level, my professional experience, and my want to enact change make me a solid candidate for the position.

D. Vanessa Kam:

D. Vanessa Kam is Acting Head of Music, Art and Architecture, University of British Columbia Library in Vancouver, where she has been employed since 2005.  She has been a member of ARLIS/NA since 2000 and the ARLIS/NA Northwest Chapter since 2006. From 2009-2011, she served on the ARLIS/NA Executive as Chapters Liaison.  Although she has never served as a Treasurer, she feels capable and looks forward to serving the Chapter in this capacity. From her vantage point in Canada, she is well positioned to inherit these duties from her Canadian predecessor.

Bronwyn Dorhofer

I’m the Access Services and Outreach Librarian for the University of Oregon Portland Library and Learning Commons; a satellite campus based in an historic neighborhood (Old Town Chinatown) of Portland, OR. Our Library serves patrons working in the spheres of Architecture, Digital Art, Product Design, Journalism, Business and Law. I’ve only been in my position for about a year, but would love to have greater opportunity to contribute to the profession and to remain involved with ARLIS/NA. Pasadena was my first conference and I greatly valued the opportunity to connect and work with like-minded individuals. My professional interests are in Art and Visual Resources Librarianship, Public and Access Services, Information Literacy and Outreach.

Congrats to the newly appointed Executive Committee!

Chapter News: ARLIS/NA Upstate New York name change and new logo


      ARLIS Western New York is now ARLIS Upstate New York! 

At the ARLIS/NA mid-year meeting on September 26, the Executive Board approved the proposal of the ARLIS/NA Western New York Chapter to change its name to ARLIS/NA Upstate New York Chapter. At the ARLIS Western New York fall business meeting on October 3, chapter members unanimously voted to officially change the name of their chapter effective January 1, 2014.

The name ARLIS Western New York did not accurately represent the location of many of the current members of the group who are in Eastern or Central New York. ARLIS Upstate New York seemed like a more geographically inclusive and appropriate name. By changing our name to ARLIS Upstate New York, the chapter hopes to increase its membership since it now encompasses the entire upstate region.

Since ARLIS New York is the metropolitan chapter for art librarians in New York City and the surrounding areas, any art librarians north of the New York metropolitan area are welcome to join ARLIS Upstate New York.


ARLIS/NA Upstate has a new logo!


A competition to design a new logo to represent ARLIS/NA Upstate was held in December and the winner was selected by members of the chapter.

The winning logo was designed by Adam Fisher-Cox, an Art major at Skidmore College in Saratoga Springs, NY.

“My logo submission incorporates a modern art sensibility with shapes representative of upstate New York. The three colored quadrilaterals correspond to the three main regions of “upstate” New York: The Capital Region, The Adirondacks, and Western New York. Together they form a unique shape reminiscent both of the mountains the region is known for and the shape of the state of New York.”

Adam Fisher-Cox

—Yvette Cortes, President, ARLIS/NA Upstate New York

Logo Competition, Upstate NY Chapter of ARLIS/NA

Logo Competition, Upstate NY Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America

ARLIS Western New York (ARLIS/WNY) will soon be ARLIS Upstate New York!

The Upstate New York Chapter of ARLIS/NA (Art Libraries Society of North America) is having a competition for a new logo. We would like to invite you to submit proposals for the new logo!

Deadline & Prize

The deadline for submissions is December 9, 2013.

The winner will receive $100. The winning logo will be used on the ARLIS Upstate NY chapter’s website, Facebook page, documents, and promotional materials. The winner will be selected by members of ARLIS Upstate NY. The designer of the winning logo will be featured on the Chapter’s website.

Submission Guidelines

You may incorporate the text “ARLIS Upstate NY”, “ARLIS Upstate New York”, or “ARLIS/UNY” into your design.

Your entry should be submitted as a high resolution JPEG or TIFF to Yvette Cortes at:

Please include your name, institution, and phone number in the body of each email submission.

Use the subject line:  ARLIS Upstate NY Logo Competition

ARLIS/NA-Mountain West Chapter virtual conference

The ARLIS/NA-Mountain West Chapter is hosting a virtual conference: Wide Angle: Perspectives on Visual + Media Arts Information which will take place on November 15, 2013. This conference will include presentations on artists and film, open content and visual resources, archives and artists, the digital humanities, visual literacy and more!

To view the program please go to the conference website at
A registration link is provided on the website but can also be found here:
Registration will be available until October 31, 2013.
We hope you will join the Mountain West Chapter for an inspiring, diverse, and informative conference!
Nicole Beatty
Vice Chair/Chair Elect, ARLIS/NA-MW

Arts & Humanities Librarian

Chapter News | ARLIS/NA Ontario: Social Media Panel Discussion

Art Libraries Society of North America’s Ontario Chapter presents
Social Media and Creative Research: A panel discussion between Artists and Information Professionals”

Save the date! On October 17, 2013 at 7:00 p.m., ARLIS/NA Ontario will hold a panel discussion at the Ontario College of Art and Design University. The event has been generously sponsored by OCAD University’s Dorothy H. Hoover library. More details to follow.
Titled “Social Media and Creative Research: A panel discussion between Artists and Information Professionals,” the session will delve into both the broad and minute aspects of creating and maintaining a social media presence for your library or organization. Furthermore, it hopes to address how these presences can be effectively used to reach out to artists, curators, students, art historians, enthusiasts, and the general public. The panel hopes to highlight both their own personal experiences – including both successes and failures – and offer strategies for continued outreach to a diverse audience.
The cost for the session will be $5.00 for ARLIS members and $10.00 for non-membersStudent members can attend for free. If you’re a student but not a member? No problem! Get a membership and admission for $10.00.
Refreshments will be served.
We are also in need of student volunteers for the evening. This will, of course, include admission to the event. If you are interested, please e-mail ARLIS/ON Chair Melissa Bruno at

See you on October 17th!

Fall Chapter Meeting Calendar

The event calendar for this Fall’s Chapter meetings are up at ARLIS/NA

September 2013

    • September 1: DEADLINE for chapters, committees, divisions, sections, and SIGs to submit Special Funding Requests. Guidelines and application forms for chapters and committees, etc. are available on the website.
    • September 13-14: Midstates Chapter meeting in Chicago, Illinois. The Midwest Chapter of VRA and the Midwestern Art Cataloging Discussion Group will attend. More information forthcoming.

October 2013

November 2013

Chapter News: ARLIS/SE Meeting November 21-22 in New Orleans

Join us this November in New Orleans!

Complete program information for our ARLIS Southeast Chapter meeting in New Orleans November 21-22 is now posted on the ARLISSE website:

Our program committee was able to bring together a number of local institutions as collaborators, to showcase digitization projects that are making collections unique to New Orleans universally available. Special fun features include a walking tour of the French Quarter led by a local scholar & historian, a “jazz crawl” on Thursday night, a champagne reception courtesy of the New Orleans Museum of Art, and Friday night’s meet-up dinner at Café Degas (absinthe, anyone?).

Notice that all official business ends on Friday, leaving you to your own devices for a weekend of exploration and fun in a city like no other.

Everything you need to join us in New Orleans is on our conference website. Hotel information is on the last page of the conference program/schedule. Please mail your registration form (with payment by check) postmarked no later than November 1st:

We hope you’re as excited as we are at the prospect of New Orleans in November!

ARLISSE Chapter 2013 Program Committee:

Sheila Cork, New Orleans Museum of Art and ARLISSE Vice-president

Kathy Edwards, Clemson University and ARLISSE President

Kasia Leousis, Auburn University and Conference Presentations/Posters Coordinator

Chapter News: ARLIS/WNY

ARLIS/WNY Cookbook for sale!

Who doesn’t like a good cookbook compiled by fellow ARLISians?