2023 Spring Business Meeting

Dear friends and members of the ARLIS/NA Northwest Chapter,

We’re looking forward to seeing you at the Northwest chapter meeting on Friday, May 5, 2023  
1 – 3 pm PDT / 2 – 4 pm MDT.  The Zoom link is below.


  1. Welcome and land acknowledgement (PeggySue Ewanyshyn)
  2. Chair’s updates  (PeggySue Ewanyshyn)
  3. Chapter web site (Sylvia Roberts)
  4. Communication (listserv and Humanities Commons groups) (Sylvia Roberts)
  5. Treasurer’s update (Paula Farrar)
  6. Vice-Chair/Chair Elect vacancy (All)
  7. Fall meeting discussion (All)
  8. Member round table (All)

The business meeting will be followed by a Zoom happy hour and conversation.

Zoom link:
Topic: ARLIS/NA Northwest Chapter Spring meeting

Time:  May 5, 2023,  1:00-3:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time / 2:00-3:00 pm Mountain Daylight Time

 Zoom link:

On behalf of the chapter executive,

Sylvia Roberts, Secretary and Communications Officer

2023 NW Chapter travel award

On behalf of the Northwest Chapter Executive Committee, I am pleased to share with you that the recipient of the 2023 ARLIS/NA Northwest Chapter Conference Travel Award is  Peggy Sue Ewanyshyn. Congratulations Peggy Sue! The award will assist in covering a portion of the cost to attend the upcoming annual conference in Mexico City.

Peggy Sue is serving as the 2023 Chair of the Northwest Chapter, having served as Vice-chair in 2022.  This will be Peggy Sue’s first time attending an ARLIS/NA annual conference in person.  As well as benefiting from the sessions and networking opportunities, she will be able to contribute to the ARLIS/NA Leadership Institute as a Chapter executive member.  

We look forward to sharing Peggy Sue’s report, which will be posted on the Northwest Chapter website following the conference.

Thanks to all who submitted applications for the travel award this year.

Best wishes,

Paula Farrar, Treasurer, NW Chapter
Sylvia Roberts, Communications Officer, NW Chapter

Vancouver Art Gallery Librarian Update

Reproduced from Pierre Landry’s post today in the Canadian Chapter group:

Dear friends and colleagues:

I am delighted to share with you the content of an email received earlier today from Anthony Kiendl, Executive Director, Vancouver Art Gallery, in response to the concerns expressed by the Canada Chapter’s Executive Committee.

Kiendl wrote:

Over the past couple of years, the Gallery reduced operational expenditures and related scope to ensure survival during the Pandemic. Our recovery has been slow, but we have remained optimistic towards the future. The library and archives remain a focal point of our future strategic direction.

I am pleased to inform you that we have posted the position of Head Librarian at the Gallery. I hope you will share this with your networks: Vancouver Art Gallery (vanartgallery.bc.ca)

In the meantime, the library and archives continue to be an important resource for our professional staff and visitors on a by-appointment basis, supported by our curatorial team.

We were also pleased to recently announce a major gift that will be accompanied by the naming of the Library in our new purpose-built facility. We are pleased to anticipate an expanded and state-of-the-art space for the future Library, occupying an entire level of the new building as well as additional archival storage.

I also want to express my gratitude to Joanna Spurling, Cheryl Siegel, and Lynn Brockington for alerting us of the situation at the Vancouver Art Gallery and for setting in motion the Friends of the VAG Library.

Northwest Chapter Fall/Winter meeting

Virtual Fall/Winter Meeting Speaker Announcement:  Haema Sivanesan, 1:30 PST | 2:30 MST, Friday, December 2, 2022

We are delighted announce that the speaker for our Northwest Chapter Fall/Winter meeting will be Haema Sivanesan, Curator at the Walter Phillips Gallery, Banff Centre.

Haema has held leadership and curatorial positions in public art galleries, artist-run centres and festivals across Canada and around the world.  Her curatorial work focuses on non-western, post-colonial and transnational histories, world views and practices. In 2018, she was the recipient of an Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, New York, Curatorial Research Fellowship; and in 2016, the recipient of a Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation, Hong Kong, multi-year research and exhibition development grant for the project and publication, In the Present Moment: Buddhism, Contemporary Art and Social Practice (Figure 1 and Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, 2022). Recent exhibitions include, Imagining Fusang: Exploring Chinese and Indigenous Encounters (2019), Fiona Tan: Ascent (2019), and Supernatural: Art, Technology and the Forest (2018).

Haema will be presenting on the publication, In the Present Moment: Buddhism, Contemporary Art and Social Practice. 

If you have not already done so, please complete this registration form.  Zoom links will be sent to registrants prior to the meeting.

AGENDA (Times in PST)
10:30-12:00 PM: NW Chapter Business Meeting
12:00-1:30 PM: Lunch Break
1:30- 2:30 PM: Guest speaker talk
2:30-3:00 PM: Afternoon break
3:00-4:00 PM: Social hour

Are you interested in becoming more involved? Consider nominating yourself for the Vice/Chair-elect position at the Winter Business Meeting. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about the organization, spend time with colleagues and learn new skills. The NW Chapter Executive members are happy to answer any questions.

Sarah Meilleur online talk about the design of the Calgary Central Library, December 7, 11 am MST

The ARLIS/NA Northwest Chapter is delighted to invite ARLIS/NA members to join us for a virtual talk by Sarah Meilleur, CEO of Calgary Public Library. 

Sarah led the design thinking, completion and launch of Calgary’s Central Library that has seen over three million visitors since opening in November 2018.   Designed by Snøhetta architects, the Central Library was included on Architectural Digest’s list of the 12 most anticipated buildings of 2018.

The virtual presentation will be taking place on Wednesday, December 7th from 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM MST on MS Teams.

Please register for this talk by Monday, November 28th, 5 pm MST.  The MS Teams link with be shared with registrants at that time.

Sarah is a recognized speaker at international conferences, has authored numerous journal articles, and has lectured at Harvard University on library design.  She believes in supporting the community through volunteering and has served as the vice-chair for the Calgary Heritage Authority, on the Cultural Leadership Council and the Social Wellbeing Advisory Committee.  She was also the recipient of Avenue Magazine’s Top 40 under 40 award in 2011.  Sarah is passionate about the ways in which public libraries transform lives and she works to foster curiosity, innovation, belonging, and fantastic visitor experiences.

In preparation for Sarah’s presentation please watch the following (short!) videos in advance and come prepared with questions for Sarah.  

·  Central Library Opening Weekend: Opening Week at Central Library – YouTube 

·  Indigenous Placemaking 2022: Indigenous Placemaking 2021 | Calgary Public Library – YouTube

·  The Award for Accessibility | 2019 Calgary Awards | Calgary Public Library, Central Library: The Award for Accessibility | 2019 Calgary Awards | Calgary Public Library, Central Library – YouTube

Northwest chapter meeting agenda for April 13, 2022

The Northwest chapter will meet on Wednesday, April 13, 11 am PT and 12 pm MT.  

Agenda Items:

  • Welcome and land acknowledgement by Chair Allison Comrie
  • Introductions
  • Matters Arising
    • Website migration to the Humanities Commons and email listserv migration
    • Sunset social media accounts
    • Annual fall meeting: in-person or virtual preferences
  • Chair’s Update
  • Pierre B. Landry,  ARLIS Canada Representative Update
  • Stephanie Grimm, ARLIS/NA Chapter Liaison Update
  • Member’s Roundtable Reports
    • Share your annual conference experiences and institution updates

2022 ARLIS/NA Northwest Chapter Conference Travel Award

The Northwest Chapter of ARLIS/NA is inviting applications for our 2022 Conference Attendance Award. This year the Northwest Executive Committee will provide one $500 USD award to cover a member’s conference costs to attend the ARLIS/NA 50th Annual Conference, taking place from April 5-9, 2022 in Chicago, IL, U.S.*

*Should the conference need to pivot to a virtual offering due to COVID-19, the ARLIS/NA Northwest Chapter will offer two virtual attendance awards to cover the cost of the virtual conference registration. Please indicate in your application if you are applying for the in-person Travel conference award or just want to just be considered for the virtual attendance award in the event the conference is pivoted to a virtual offering.


  • Please review the qualifications section below.
  • Submit a brief personal statement (250-300 words) of how receiving this award would benefit your professional development by emailing your application to nw.arlisna@gmail.com with the subject line ‘ARLIS/NA Conference Award Application’ and indicating whether you are applying for the in-person Travel conference award or would just like to be considered for a virtual conference attendance award.
  • Applications are due February 21, 2022.


  • Applicants must be members of the ARLIS/NA Northwest Chapter and members of ARLIS/NA. However, students living in the Northwest region (Alaska – Alberta – British Columbia – Idaho – Oregon – Washington – Yukon Territory) do not need to be members of the Chapter or the National organization to apply.
  • Preference will be given to first-time attendees, to those who are participating in the conference as a speaker, moderator, session recorder, or serving as a committee member.
  • Financial need will be considered as part of the application, including but not limited to: applicants that are unable to receive institutional funding towards conference attendance, as well as those who have been financially impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
  • The Chapter welcomes applications from individuals whose identity, experiences, scholarship, and/or service have prepared them to contribute to diversity, equity, and inclusion in the Chapter and profession.

Award winners must submit a report to the Northwest Executive Committee within one month of the conference, summarizing conference activities and experiences for Chapter communications, and are encouraged to stay professionally active with the Chapter. Award winners’ reports are posted on the Northwest Chapter website.