Saturday, May 22, 2010

More Spring Meeting Photos...

Friday, May 14, 2010

Today's Meeting in Richmond

I couldn't wait, so I'm posting photos from today's chapter meeting right away! Thanks to all of you for helping to make it a great day--and thanks especially to chapter member/Richmond resident Dayna Holz for her planning and advocacy. Richmond is definitely a place worth visiting!

--Anna Fishaut

the business meeting at the Richmond Public Library

gathering for an art-focused tour of the Civic Center

in Civic Center Plaza

on view at the Richmond Art Center

looms at the Richmond Art Center

the ceramics studio at the Richmond Art Center

the screen printing studio at the Richmond Art Center

the Craneway

a view of the Shipyard from the Craneway

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Spring Meeting Details

Hi all,

The ARLIS/NA, Northern California Chapter's spring meeting is exactly a month away! Here is a link to the tentative agenda, which in turn includes a link to a map of the proposed locations:

We're asking that you RSVP as soon as possible for several different items:

(1) Whether you'll be attending the meeting itself, so that we know how many chairs, pastries, etc. we'll need.

(2) Whether you'll want to carpool from the Richmond BART station to the Richmond Public Library--or whether you're willing to help bring other from the BART station to the Library in your car (Both Lisa and Anna have cars and are planning on contributing to the shuttling!). We'll assume, generally, that if you need a ride or have volunteered to drive in the morning, this will also be the case after the meeting, at lunchtime, after lunch, etc.--but please let us know if not.

(3) Whether you'll be joining us for lunch at the Boilerhouse. We have a reservation for a large group, but we want to make sure that our numbers are not significantly higher or lower than estimated.

Again, feel free to contact us if you have any announcements or items you'd like to add to the agenda, or if you'd like to present a short report on your experiences at the national conference.

Thanks--looking forward to seeing you in May!

Anna Fishaut, Chair
Lisa Conrad, Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect

Joint Gathering of ARLIS/NA California Chapters!

The ARLIS/NA Northern and Southern California Chapters are hosting a joint social mixer at the national conference in Boston!

When: Sunday, April 25 at 7pm
Where: M.J. O'Connor's (Westin Boston Waterfront)
435 Summer Street

M.J. O'Connor's is a 6 minute walk from the Seaport (conference hotel). If you would like to walk over as a group meet in the Seaport hotel lobby at 6:50. Attendees will be responsible for their own food & drinks.

We hope to see you there!

Friday, April 2, 2010

Spring Meeting, May 14, Richmond Public Library

Please save the date of Friday, May 14 for the spring business meeting of the ARLIS/NA, Northern California Chapter.

We will be meeting at the Main Branch of the Richmond Public Library and then, in the afternoon, exploring some of the city's art venues. More details in just a few days!

In the meantime, a couple of requests: First, if you think you'll have an announcement and/or a brief project update to share with the group during the meeting (encouraged!), let me know as soon as you can. Second, some of us will have attended the ARLIS/NA conference in Boston; if you are one of those people and are willing to give a micro-report related to a theme or session of the conference, please do--and let me know so I can add you to the agenda.

Thanks; I look forward to seeing you at the meeting.

--Anna Fishaut, Chair

Thursday, March 18, 2010

The Ann Gilbert Travel Award

I am pleased to announce that Lisa Conrad, Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect, has been awarded the Ann Gilbert Travel Award. The Award is given to Chapter officers to help them attend the annual ARLIS/NA conference. Congratulations, Lisa, and see you in Boston!

--Anna Fishaut, Chair, ARLIS-NA/NC

Sunday, February 21, 2010

VRA Northern California Chapter Spring Meeting

For those of you who like to keep abreast of Visual Resources Association activities, please note that the VRA Northern California Chapter will be holding its spring meeting this Friday, February 26 at UC Berkeley's College of Environmental Design (305 Wurster Hall). Two guest speakers will be featured: Judy Weedman, from the San Jose State University School of Library and Information Science, and Layna White, from SFMOMA. See details at the VRA NoCal blog:

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Announcing the 2010 Chapter Officers

Slightly belated New Year's wishes! We're happy to announce the chapter officers for 2010:

Anna Fishaut, Chair
Lisa Conrad, Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect
Louisa Roberts, Secretary/Treasurer
Lisa Velarde, Past-Chair

Sincere, wholehearted thanks to Lisa Velarde for her two years of service as an officer! And a welcome to Lisa Conrad, who is beginning her term on the Board as Vice-Chair.

An announcement regarding our spring meeting is forthcoming; stay tuned!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Chapter Bylaws

Society Mission
The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) was founded in 1972 by a group of art librarians attending the America Library Association annual conference in Chicago. This group realized that to fulfill the need among art librarians for better communication and cooperation, and to provide a forum for ideas, projects, and programs, an entirely new and separate organization was required. Inspired by the model of the Art Libraries Society established in 1969 in the United Kingdom and Ireland, ARLIS/NA was created.
The nearly 1500 members include architecture and art librarians, visual resources professionals, artists, curators, educators, publishers, and others interested in visual arts. The Northern California chapter is one of 17 regional chapters.
Chapter Bylaws

Approved June 24, 1988; Revised December 28, 1988; Revised September 21, 1999: Revised May 18, 2007; Revised March 3, 2014
Article I. Name
The name of the organization shall be ARLIS/NA Northern California Chapter, hereafter referred to as "the Chapter".
Article II. Purposes
A. The organization shall promote the purposes of Art Libraries Society of North America, hereinafter referred to as The Society, within the Northern California area.
B. The organization is organized and will be operated exclusively for charitable and educational purposes within the meaning of section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended, in order to advance the cause of librarianship and to promote the development, good management, and enlightened use of all art libraries and visual resources collections. In the furtherance of such purpose, the organization is authorized:
  1. To promote the continuing professional education of its members and the general knowledge of the public by sponsoring conferences, seminars, lectures, workshops, and other exchanges of information and materials concerning all aspects of art librarianship and visual resources curatorship;
  2. To stimulate greater use of art libraries and visual resources collections by sponsoring, supporting, or publishing resources directories, bibliographies, inventories, periodical journals, occasional papers, reports, and related materials concerning the organization and retrieval of art information;
  3. To foster excellence in art librarianship and the visual arts by establishing standards for art libraries and visual resources collections, by promoting improvements in the academic education, of art librarians and visual resources curators, by sponsoring awards for outstanding achievement, and by other means to that end;
  4. To engage in any activities conducive to furthering the organizations purposes, providing that such activities may be lawfully carried on by an organization exempt from federal income tax under sections 501(c) (3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954, as amended (of the corresponding provision of any future United States internal revenue law).
Article III. Charitable Activity Restrictions
A. No part of the net income of the organization shall inure to the benefit of or be distributable to its directors, officers, or other private persons, except that the organization shall be authorized and empowered to pay reasonable compensation for services actually rendered and to make payments and distributions in furtherance of the purposes and objectives of this organization. No substantial part of the activities of the organization shall be carrying on of propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the organization shall not participate in or intervene in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.
B. Notwithstanding any other provisions set forth in these Articles of Incorporation (or constitution), at any time during which it is deemed a private foundation, the organization:
  1. shall not engage in any act of self-dealing as defined in Section 4941(d) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or corresponding provisions of any subsequent federal tax laws;
  2. shall distribute its income for each taxable year at such time and in such manner as not to become subject to the tax on undistributed income imposed by Section 4942 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or corresponding provisions of any subsequent federal tax laws;
  3. shall not own any excess business holdings that would subject it to tax under section 4943 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or corresponding provisions of any subsequent federal tax laws;
  4. shall not make any investments in such manner as to subject the organization to the tax imposed by Section 4944 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or corresponding provisions of any subsequent tax laws;
  5. shall not make any taxable expenditures as defined in Section 4945(d) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 or corresponding provisions of any subsequent federal tax laws.
C. Notwithstanding any other provision of these articles (or constitution) the organization shall not conduct or carry on any activities not permitted to be conducted or carry on by an organization exempt from tax under Section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, or corresponding provisions of any subsequent tax laws, or any an organization contributions to which are to be deductible under section 170(c)(2) of such code or corresponding provisions of any subsequent federal tax laws.
Article IV. Membership

A. Eligibility
  1. Membership is open to all members of the Society.
  2. Society and Chapter bylaws require that Chapter members join ARLIS/NA
B. Dues
  1. Dues shall be determined by the Executive Committee and shall be ratified by member vote.
  2. Dues shall be paid to the Secretary/Treasurer.
  3. The membership year shall be from January 1 through December 31. All dues received after October 1st will be applied to the following year.
  4. The Chapter shall have the right to impose additional fees upon the membership for specified projects subject to the approval of membership.
C. Privileges
  1. All Local Chapter members are eligible to vote.
  2. All Local Chapter members are eligible to hold elected office.
  3. All Local Chapter members shall be entitled to receive announcements of meetings of the Chapter and other notices of general interest to the membership.
Article V. Officers
A. The elected officers of the Chapter shall be:
  1. the Chairperson;
  2. the Vice-Chairperson/Chairperson-Elect;
  3. and the Secretary/Treasurer.
B. Nominating Committee:
  1. The Chairperson shall appoint a Nominating Committee of at least two persons.
  2. The Nominating Committee shall submit a slate of qualified candidates to be voted upon by the membership.
C. Qualifications. Any Local Chapter member may hold office and must file in writing an acceptance of the nomination with the Nominating Committee.
D. Elections. Officers shall be selected by a plurality of ballots cast by the voting members (See Article IV for definition of member).
E. Terms of Office:
  1. for the Chairperson shall be one calendar year;
  2. the Vice-Chairperson/Chairperson-Elect shall be one calendar year;
  3. and the Secretary/Treasurer shall be two calendar years.
F. Duties of Officers
  1. The Chairperson shall: a. act as executive officer of the Chapter; b. assist the Vice-Chairperson/Chairperson-Elect in the planning of the activities of the Chapter; c. draft and send to ARLIS/NA the annual report.
  2. Vice-Chairperson/Chairperson-Elect shall: a. act as executive officer in the event the Chairperson is unable to serve; b. act as the program chairperson;
  3. Secretary/Treasurer shall be responsible for: a. the announcements of meetings; b. the keeping of minutes of the meetings of the Chapter; c. the handling of all financial accounts of the Chapter; d. sending reports of meetings of the Chapter to the Chapters Liaison within thirty (30) days of the meeting.
G. The above elected officers shall form the Executive Committee.
Article VI. Meetings

A. Meetings of the Chapter shall be called by the elected officers.

B. An annual business meeting shall be held in the fall of the year for the purpose of electing officers.

C. There will be a fall and spring meeting with additional meetings called by the officers as deemed appropriate.
D. Announcements of meetings shall be sent to the membership at least thirty (30) days in advance of the meeting. Announcements shall also be sent to the Chapters Liaison at this time.
Article VII. Special Committees
Special project committees shall be voted on by the membership of the Chapter or by written petition submitted to the Executive Committee by no fewer than five personal members.
Article VIII. Affiliation
Affiliation with other organizations in the Northern California area shall be at the discretion of the Executive Board of the Society and shall be in accordance with guidelines supplied by the Executive Board.
Article IX. Amendments
A. Amendments to these Bylaws may be proposed by any voting member and shall be submitted in writing to the Executive Committee.
B. The text of a proposed amendment shall be distributed to the voting membership at least two (2) weeks prior to a business meeting.
C. Approval of a two-thirds majority of those members voting attending the business meeting and the approval of the Executive Board of the Society shall be necessary to amend the bylaws.
Article X. Dissolution
Upon the dissolution of the organization or the winding up of its affairs, the assets of the organization shall be distributed exclusively for charitable or educational purposes or to organizations which are then exempt from federal tax under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal revenue Code of 1986 or corresponding provisions of any subsequent federal tax laws and to which contribution are then deductible under Section 170 (c)(2) of such code or corresponding provisions of any subsequent federal tax laws. Organizations having proposals similar to those of this organization shall be preferred.

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Members List

Irene Poon Andersen, Art Dept., San Francisco State University
Ann Armstrong, Student, San Jose State Univ. SLIS
Mary Ashe, Retired, San Francisco Public Library
Greg Borman, SLIS student, San Jose State University
Nensi Brailo, California College of the Arts
Howard Brainen, Two Cat Digital, Image Management Services
Abby Bridge, SF Museum of Modern Art
James R. Burch, Retired, Environmental Design Library, UC Berkeley
Elizabeth Douthitt Byrne, Environmental Design Library, UC Berkeley
Eugenie Candau, Retired, SF Museum of Modern Art
Ruth E. Carsch, Consulting Librarian/Information Specialist
Leia Casey, Berkeley Public Library
Kate Connell, City College of San Francisco
Lisa Conrad, SLIS student, San Jose State University
Edith Crowe, Retired, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library, San Jose State University
Heather Cummins, Visual Resources Specialist, Academy of Art University Library
Abby Dansiger, Cataloger, Academy of Art University
Dasha Dekleva, San Jose State Univ. alumna
David Eifler, Reference and Instruction, Environmental Design Library, UC Berkeley
Anna Fishaut, Stanford University, Art and Architecture Library
Kara Flanigon, Berkeley Public Library
Elizabeth A. Ginno, Cal State University, East Bay
Jeff Gunderson, Anne Bremer Memorial Library, SF Art Institute
Nina Hagiwara, J. Paul Leonard Library, San Francisco State University
Katherine Henderson, Retired
Lillian Hetherington, Academy of Art University Library
Dayna Holz, Berkeley Public Library
Giovanna R. Jackson, California State University, Chico
Mia Jaeggli, Environmental Design Library, UCB and student, San Jose State
Stephanie Janney, Student, Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Mary Marsh, City College of San Francisco
S. Elizabeth Marshak
Carrie McDade, student, San Jose State Univ.
Bonnie McLeskey,
J.B. Muns, Fine Arts Books & musical Autographs
Mary Poupart
Louisa Roberts, alumna, Drexel University, and intern, UCB Env. Des. Lib.
Barbara Rominski, SF Museum of Modern Art
Andrea Segall, Retired, Berkeley Public Library
Jay Towne Smith, San Francisco Public Library
Linda Smith, Menlo College
John Stucky, C. Laan Chun Library Center, Asian Art Museum
Kay Teel, Catalog Dept., Meyer Library, Stanford University
Darlene Tong, J. Paul Leonard LIbrary, San Francisco State University
Lisa Velarde, former Asst. Dir./Ref & Instr. Librarian, Acad. of Art Univ.
Linda Watson, San Francisco Public Library, Art & Music Center
Kathryn Wayne, Art History/Classics Library, UC Berkeley
Judith Wehlau, Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising

Monday, February 8, 2010

Instructions for Joining Listservs

Here are instructions for joining discussion lists related to art librarianship.

1) ARLIS-CA, the Listserv for the Northern & Southern California Chapters:

How to Subscribe
  • Send an e-mail message to with the subject line blank. In the body of your message, type ONLY the following (no signature): SUBSCRIBE ARLIS-CA YOUR NAME (substituting your own name).
  • The list moderator will add all new subscribers as they are received. Some delays are possible.

How to Unsubscribe

  • Send an e-mail message to with the subject line blank.
  • In the body of your message, type ONLY the following (no signature): SIGNOFF ARLIS-CA.

How to Post a Message

  • Send your posting to
  • Only subscribers may post messages to the list.
  • Attachments are not accepted; these postings are automatically rejected.
  • Please contact the moderator for assistance if your posting is rejected.

How to Change Your Subscription Address

  • Send an e-mail message from the old address to with the subject line blank.
  • In the body of your message, type ONLY the following (no signature): CHANGE ARLIS-CA NEW@ADDRESS (substituting your new address).

How to Temporarily Stop Receiving Listserv Postings

It is proper listserv etiquette to set your subscription on nomail when you will be away from your office for an extended period of time. This prevents other subscribers from receiving your automatic "out-of-office" reply every time they post to the list. Those who want to read the listserv mail they missed while away can do so through the archives.
  1. Send an email message to with the subject line blank.
  2. In the body of your message, type ONLY the following (no signature):
  3. To reset your subscription follow the same steps substituting the command:

2) ARLIS-L, the Society-wide Listserv covering the US, Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico

  • To subscribe to the listserv for ARLIS/NA, leave the subject line blank and send the message SUBSCRIBE ARLIS-L your full name (e.g.: SUBSCRIBE ARLIS-L Jane Doe) to:
  • More information about this list is available here: ARLIS-L

3) VRA-NC, the Visual Resources Assoc. Northern California Chapter Listserv
  • If you are also a VRA-NC member, please subscribe to the VRA listserv.
    Send an email to and type in the body of the email: subscribe vra-northca
  • VRA-L - National Listserv
  • To subscribe to this listserv, send this message (subject line blank) to: SUBSCRIBE VRA-L your full name (e.g.: SUBSCRIBE VRA-L Jane Doe)