Holiday Happy Hour (Friday, December 10, 2021 at 4pm)

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Holiday Happy Hour
Friday, December 10, 4pm
De La Nonna restaurant

Join us for snacks and beverages on Friday, December 10, 4pm at De La Nonna restaurant located in the Arts District (710 E 4th Pl Los Angeles CA 90013). We hope this can be an opportunity to relax together as we approach the holiday season, meet other members, or connect with old friends!

Please RSVP by Friday, December 3:

Questions? Reach out to Chair Jenna Dufour ( or Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect Annalise Welte ( Thank you!

Fall 2021 Business Meeting (Friday, October 1, 2021 at 10 am)

Thanks so much to those of you who addressed your concerns about meeting in-person or virtually for the Fall 2021 Business Meeting. After much deliberation, we decided that will hold a hybrid version:

Fall Business Meeting Portion

VIRTUAL – Friday, October 1 at 10 am

The Fall Business Meeting will be held virtually via Zoom on Friday, October 1 from 10am-11am, PST. Agenda is forthcoming.

Zoom Link:

Optional Lunch at the Huntington Library & Gardens

IN PERSON – Friday, October 1 at 1:30 pm

An OPTIONAL (rsvp required) outdoor lunch at the Huntington Library (Café 1919) will be held at 1:30PM, followed by an optional garden walk/bookstore browse. Please read carefully:

  • Masks are required, except when sitting to eat.
  • We ask that only fully vaccinated folks plan to RSVP.
  • Please RSVP here by Friday, September 10 –

(Note: we are capped to 20 RSVPs)

  • A special thank you to Li Wei Yang (Curator of Pacific Rims Collections at the Huntington) who secured 20 free garden passes! This will allow folks to: enter the grounds, visit the bookstore, access the restaurant, and roam the flowers, without paying the entrance fee! Details will be circulated to those who RSVP.
  • This event is subject to cancellation, depending on COVID cases as fall progresses.

Other notes, with love

  • We really felt torn about how to approach the Fall Business Meeting. (Nothing quite tops Joshua Tree & Palm Springs, 2019!) Our top concern was delicately balancing peoples’ health and comfort levels, while also acknowledging that some people who are fully vaccinated and masked feel OK (and wanted to) connect in person.
  • While we wish we could have planned a better meeting point for our members further south, the garden passes, easy social distancing, and current executive team living in the LA area made this the least stressful meeting point to plan.
  • We really hope some of you can make it, if you feel safe to do so!

Thank you, everyone, for your patience and continued support! If you have any concerns, questions, or need clarification on anything, please do reach out to me.

-Jenna Dufour
2021 Chair, ARLIS Southern California

Notes from the Field: ARLIS/NA SoCal x Artifacts Career Panel (May 6, 2021)

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Notes from the Field: ARLIS/NA SoCal x Artifacts Career Panel
Thursday, May 6
3-4:30 PM PST via Zoom

Contact dufourj (at) uci (dot) edu for program link

Please join ARLIS/NA Southern California and Artifacts for a transparent and spirited conversation around career paths for emerging professionals! The panel is composed of five professionals from various settings such as art institutes, museums, galleries, and related fields. Panelists will discuss navigating early careers and/or career changes, leadership contexts, and the joys and challenges that come with their professional lives. Calling all UCLA MLIS students, @arlisnap folks, and anyone interested to attend!

Panelists confirmed: Joan Jocson-Singh [she/her] (California Institute of the Arts); Virginia Allison [she/her](Consulting Archivist); Dianne Weinthal [she/her] (Digital Archivist); Simone Fujita [she/her](Bibliographer, African American Art History Initiative, Getty Research Institute); Li Wei Yang [he/him] Curator of Pacific Rim Collections, Huntington Library & Gardens

TBD Redux: A Summer Conversation Part ll (August 19, 2020)

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Wednesday, August 19, 2020
4 – 5:15 PM
RSVP via

The executive team of ARLIS/NA Southern California would like to provide a follow-up part ll to our initial July program: TBD – A Summer Conversation. We had 16 attendees (and missed a few of you due to a listserv glitch!) and would love to see and hear from you before summer dissipates!

During this follow-up program, we wish to provide the opportunity to again connect, share experiences, and brainstorm with colleagues and friends about how we can affect change in our profession and workplaces, and learn from one another moving forward.

The last time we met, we provided questions to consider as a way to begin/guide a conversation. This time, we will create separate breakout rooms for each topic of discussion, so that participants can choose their conversation. 
Some of the topics we are brainstorming include:

  • Pandemic Plight (GLAMs & reopening during COVID-19)
  • Anti-Racism & Our Institutions (critical and anti-racist pedagogy, hiring & retention, performative vs genuine allyship, programming ideas, etc.)
  • Job precarity (early career professionals in our current climate, contract work, etc.)

Pour your beverage of choice and join us on Wednesday, August 19, at 4pm-5:15 PST! (Cat/dog/family cameos always welcome!)

RSVP HERE and let us know if there is a topic or question you’d like the group to address.  Zoom links will be shared directly to the RSVP list of emails this time!

No part of the session will be recorded. We intend this program to be a low-pressure, respectful, and supportive way to connect with one another during this time.