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


Saturday, April 16, 2016

Joint Meeting Notes from the ARLIS/NA & VRA Seattle Meeting - Northern California and Southern California Chapters

It was great to get together at the Seattle Conference.  You may view the joint meeting notes here.

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Fall 2015 Meeting Minutes

The meeting minutes for the fall 2015 chapter meeting at the Book Club of California can be accessed here.

Thanks again to everyone who attended!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Fall Meeting to Take Place at the Book Club of California on November 12th

Please join the ARLIS/NA Northern California Chapter for our fall meeting at the Book Club of California in San Francisco on Thursday, November 12th from 10:00 am to 3:00 pm.

Book Club of California, 312 Sutter St., Suite 500
Following the Chapter business meeting, we will have a special presentation by our Artstor western region account manager, Jessica Wall, and a tour of the collections and work of the Book Club of California.
Lunch on your own downtown - options to be discussed at the meeting
Pier 24 Photography, on The Embarcadero just beneath the Bay Bridge

2015 and 2016 membership dues can be paid in person with cash, check, or credit card, or through the Chapter's PayPal account.

Please RSVP by November 6th to

Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Lovely Evening Admiring the Jess Murals at the Kael-Basart House

On July 16th, we had the pleasure of touring the Kael-Basart House in Berkeley, home to the only extant murals by the artist Jess. Painted in 1956 for Jess' friend, film critic Pauline Kael, the murals are still remarkably vibrant and inspiring!
Vice-Chair Abby Bridge and youngest chapter member Rex admire the murals
We were welcomed by our extremely generous hosts from the Committee to Preserve the Jess Murals & Kael-Basart House - with wine, food, and live musical accompaniment! The evening began with an introduction to the history of the murals, the house, and its inhabitants over the years, and was followed by a screening of a short documentary about the house, concluding with a tour of the murals.
Hosts Christopher Wagstaff (left) and Carl Schmitz give background and context to the evening
After Kael moved to New York, the home belonged to the Basarts: a composer and a music librarian who operated a small music publishing business out of the house. The legacy of the many artists, poets, musicians, and thinkers who had spent time in the home felt very much alive as we filled the house with talk of the creative "old days" in Berkeley.

Host Carl Schmitz shows off his hand puppet skills
 Many thanks to our hosts, the Committee to Preserve the Jess Murals & Kael-Basart House, for creating such a special evening for our chapter members. And we wish them the best of luck with their important work to make these murals and the history of the house accessible to future generations!

Kitchen floor designed by Harry Jacobus - so beautiful!

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Donate to the NorCal Chapter ARLIS "endowment" fund!

Do you love your local ARLIS Chapter?  Do you want more events, professional development opportunities, and better snacks at meetings?  If so, please consider donating to the Chapter’s “endowment fund”!

As you all know, our small chapter struggles to maintain the $1000 bank balance that is necessary to avoid monthly banking fees.  This makes it difficult to fund all of the events that we would like to host to support our members and help our Chapter to grow.  We would love to have a cushion of $1000 in our bank account that would allow us to use annual revenue on Chapter activities.  We are asking our members to consider donating amounts of $20, $50, or $100 to our “endowment” so that we can stabilize our bank account.  The PayPal link on the Chapter’s website has been updated so that you can make a donation. Please consider supporting the Chapter if you are able.

I hope to see you all at the happy hour event at William Stout Books on 6/25!