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!

NorCal Chapter Welcome Party for ALA Attendees 6/25

If you're planning to go to ALA in San Francisco, please join the ARLIS/NA Northern California Chapter for a welcome party on Thursday, June 25th, 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at William Stout Architectural Books. Mingle with fellow art librarians and enjoy browsing a nice selection of architectural books over a glass of wine and light snacks.

Our host, William Stout Architectural Books, is just a short walk from the conference site at 804 Montgomery St. (cross street Jackson St.). We hope you can squeeze this event into your conference schedule! Please RSVP to if you plan to attend.
And if you have time on Friday, you won't want to miss a (free!) participatory art-making event at the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts with artist/librarian Kate Connell. June 26, 3-7:30 p.m., in the Room for Big Ideas at YBCA (in the Yerba Buena Gardens across from the Moscone Center conference site). Learn more in the June Thinkering Activities link at  and Room for Big Ideas: Conceiving Place

Welcome to San Francisco!

Spring 2015 Meeting Minutes

The meeting minutes for the fall 2014 chapter meeting at the Maritime Research Center of the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park can be accessed here

Thanks again to everyone who attended!

Monday, April 13, 2015

Spring Meeting - Friday, April 24, 2015 at Fort Mason

Please join the ARLIS/NA Northern California Chapter for our spring meeting at Fort Mason in San Francisco on Friday, April 24th from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm.

Maritime Research Center of the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park, Fort Mason Center, Building E.

Following the Chapter business meeting, we will have special interest breakout sessions for further discussion (cataloging, reference, instruction, and/or other topics to be determined), an introduction to the Maritime NHP research collections, a talk on maritime art by historian Jim Shuttleworth, followed by a tour of the Fine Arts Room.

Picnic lunch at Fort Mason Center (will move indoors if weather isn't amenable).

Mexican Museum, Fort Mason Center, Building D

Welcome to the Mexican Museum and a tour of the exhibition, Maestros: 20th Century Mexican Masters, by Marlena Cannon, Assistant to the Director.

Long Now Foundation
Introduction to the Long Now Foundation and tour with Andrew Warner, Technical Production and Public Communications Lead, followed by tea or a happy hour cocktail at The Interval.

Please RSVP by April 19th to

2015 membership dues can be paid in person or through the Chapter's PayPal account.
Directions: The Maritime Research Center is located on the third floor of Building E, in Fort Mason Center (also known as Lower Fort Mason), located near the intersection of Buchanan St. and Marina Blvd. (Entrance across from the Marina Safeway.) Building E is the easternmost warehouse building, near the Festival Pavilion and the Firehouse building.



Wednesday, March 18, 2015

SIlent Auction Donation for the Annual Conference

Some of us are headed off to Ft. Worth, Texas for this year's ARLIS/NA Annual Conference, and we'll be bringing treasures from Northern California to donate to the silent auction, benefiting student scholarships. We have a great collection this year! Thanks to all chapter members who generously donated, and to Abby Bridge for beating the bushes and getting some wonderful corporate donations.

This year, we've got some wares crafted by chapter members:

  • Three postcard format prints from Commuter Diary series, by Mary Marsh
  • Felted macarons guest soaps, by Darlene Tong
  • Hand-embroidered “Overdue” tea towel, by Dayna Holz

 And some great donations from member institutions and chapter admirers:

  • South of Market, by Janet Delaney. Photobook related to exhibition currently on view at the de Young Museum, donated by SFMOMA Museum Store 
  • Garry Winogrand. Catalog of exhibition jointly organized by SFMOMA and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, currently on view at FundaciĆ³n MAPFRE, Madrid. Donated by SFMOMA Research Library
  • San Francisco’s Municipal Railway, MUNI. Pictorial history of San Francisco’s transit agency. Donated by the San Francisco Railway Museum
  • 30-A-Day tub of assorted dark chocolate, Bay Lights 12 pc gift box (art work features installation on the Bay Bridge by Leo Villareal), SF Heart Souvenir 12 pc gift box (art work features Cupid’s Span, public sculpture by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen), Two Mokaccino 58g bars. All donated by TCHO chocolate

Thanks everyone! And be sure to tell your conference-going colleagues to bid high and bid often!

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Fall 2014 Meeting Minutes

The meeting minutes for the fall 2014 chapter meeting at Chronicle Books can be accessed here. Photos of the meeting can be found on our Facebook page.

Thanks again to everyone who attended the meeting!