Friday, April 14, 2017

Northern CA Chapter Spring Meeting on May 5th at SFMOMA Library

The ARLIS/NA Northern California Chapter’s Spring meeting will be taking place at the SFMOMA Library in downtown San Francisco on Friday, May 5th. Our tentative agenda is as follows:

  • 10:00-11:00 AM - ARLIS/NA Northern California Chapter business meeting
  • 11:00-11:30 AM - Break and Library tour
  • 11:30 AM-12:30 PM – Forum on Artists' Ephemera
    • John Held, Jr., mail artist, author, performance artist and former librarian, will talk about Steven Leiber and his influence on the acceptance of artistic ephemera, and Tanya Zimbardo, Assistant Curator of Media Arts at SFMOMA, will discuss curating artists’ ephemera at SFMOMA. Followed by Q&A and open discussion.
  • 12:30-1:30 PM - Lunch on your own
  • 1:30 PM - Explore SFMOMA galleries

Space is limited! Please RSVP by April 28th using the following link:  

Please contact Christina Moretta, Chair, or Abby Dansiger, Vice Chair/Chair-Elect, at with any questions.

Thank you!

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Fall 2016 and NOLA 2017 Meeting Minutes

The meeting minutes for the November 1st, Fall 2016 chapter meeting at the California Historical Society can be read here.

Minutes from the meeting at the ARLIS/NA conference in New Orleans, February 2017, can be read here.

Thanks to everyone who attended - looking forward to seeing you at SFMOMA in May.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Save the Date! Northern CA Chapter Spring Meeting on May 5th

Please save the date of Friday, May 5, 2017 for the Northern California chapter spring meeting, scheduled to take place at 10:00AM at the newly reopened SFMOMA Library in downtown San Francisco.

A full agenda and request for your RSVP will be sent out in the coming weeks. At this time we would like to ask everyone to kindly note that due to space limitations for this particular meeting, current chapter members will receive priority for attendance and guests will certainly be welcome if space permits.

If you have any questions, please contact Abby Dansiger at or Christina Moretta at

Saturday, October 22, 2016

Spring 2016 Meeting Minutes

The meeting minutes for the Spring 2016 chapter meeting at UC Berkeley's Doe Library can be accessed here.

Thanks again to everyone who attended!

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Fall Meeting to Take Place in San Francisco on November 1

Please join the ARLIS/NA Northern California Chapter  
for our fall meeting in San Francisco 
on Tuesday, November 1 from 10:00am  - 4:00pm.

Morning session 10:00am-12:00pm
North Baker Research Library, California Historical Society, Downtown San Francisco
678 Mission Street, San Francisco, CA 94105

10:00-11:00am Archivist Jaime Henderson will share treasures from the Kemble Collection on Western Printing and Publishing
11:00am-12:00pm ARLIS/NA Northern California Chapter business meeting

Parking and Public Transportation options 

Lunch 12:00-2:00
Lunch on your own + time to view California Historical Society’s current exhibition in the gallery Native Portraits: Contemporary Tintypes by Ed Drew and pop into local galleries

Afternoon session 2:00-4:00pm
American Bookbinders Museum, 355 Clementina St San Francisco, CA 94103

Librarian/Archivist Elspeth Olson will share some favorite items from the library’s collection. In addition, there will be time to explore the new exhibition Books and Mud: The Drowned Libraries of Florence 

Or RSVP directly to Vice Chair Christina Moretta.

We have some upcoming (optional and informal) SOCIAL EVENTS of interest:

  • Thursday, October 27 at 6pm. Come mingle with a few chapter members at the Metropolitan Club. We'll be attending San Francisco Heritage's lecture: Bliss & Faville: Architecture and the Profession in Early 20th Century San Francisco
  • Thursday, November 17, 6-8pm. Happy Hour Book Club: Sally Mann's Hold Still: A Memoir with Photographs. Location TBD but in San Francisco.
  • Wednesday, 6-7:30pm. Mills College Library Director and Special Collections Curator, Janice Braun, offered to lead a tour of the Patti Smith: Root Connection: 20 Years of The Patti Smith Collection and Shinichi Iova-Koga: The 96th Ritual (for Anna Halprin) at Mills College Art Museum RSVP to Mary by October 21 to determine best date. 

Friday, June 3, 2016

Summer Social: Queerest Library Ever Curator Talk with Jim Van Buskirk on Tuesday, June 28

Tommy's Place, circa 1952. LGBTQIA Center, SF Public Library
Tommy's Place, circa 1952. Grace Miller Papers, LGBTQIA Center, SF Public Library 

ARLIS/NA members and future members are invited --

Please join us on Tuesday, June 28 from 6-8 PM for Queerest.Library.Ever. gallery talk 
with curator Jim Van Buskirk* 

Main Library, San Francisco Public Library

6:00 - 6:45 -- meet in the James C. Hormel LGBTQIA Center - 3rd Floor
Exhibition “Hormel at 20” + wine and nibbles mingle

6:45 - 7:45 -- proceed to Jewett Gallery for “Celebrating The Past/Creating The Future” 
with Jim's gallery talk 

*Jim Van Buskirk is former Chair of the ARLIS/NA Northern California Chapter and founding member of the Gay and Lesbian Interests Round Tables of both California Library Association (CLA) and ARLIS/NA. Some of Jim's publications include Gay by the Bay: A History of Queer Culture in the San Francisco Bay Area (Chronicle Books, 1996) co-authored with Susan Stryker, which was nominated for a Lambda Literary Award and Celluloid San Francisco: The Film Lover’s Guide to Bay Area Movie Locations (Chicago Review Press, 2006) co-authored with Will Shank. 

Birthday party, circa 1960s. Eddie Van Papers, LGBTIA Center, SF Public Library

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Spring Meeting to Take Place in Berkeley on May 19

Please join the ARLIS/NA Northern California Chapter with
Visual Resources Association Northern California Chapter (VRA NoCal)
for our spring meeting in Berkeley
on Thursday, May 19th from 10:00am  - 5:00pm.

Morning session 10:00am - 12:00pm
Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive, Downtown Berkeley
2155 Center Street, Berkeley
10:00-11:00 Pacific Film Archive tour* (limit of 20 attendees)
11:00-12:00 Berkeley Art Museum exhibit tour (limit of 30 attendees)

Lunch 12:00pm - 1:30pm
Lunch on your own (see map link below for recommendations)

Afternoon session 1:30pm - 5:00pm
Visual Resources Center, UC Berkeley
307/308A Doe Library
Enter the VRC through the Art History/Classics Library on the 3rd floor of Doe Library
1:30-2:30 business meeting
2:30-2:45 coffee break
2:45-5:00 workshop by Cultural Heritage Imaging
CHI will be doing a version of their workshop on 3D Photogrammetry & RTI imaging methods.

RSVP for meeting

Google Map to meeting locations and recommended restaurants

*The morning tour of the Pacific Film Archive is capped to 20 attendees. Please RSVP via the form if you'd like to be on that tour.
If the PFA tour is full, you can still join us for the later events: Berkeley Art Museum tour (11:00am meet in the lobby of the Berkeley Art Museum), business meeting, and Cultural Heritage Imaging workshop.


Photo by Frank Farm via Flickr