Job Hunting Workshop (October 19, 2019)

Date and Time: Saturday, October 19th, 1 pm – 6 pm
Place: GSE&IS, Room 111, 290 Charles E Young Dr N, Los Angeles, CA 90095
Capacity: 25 students maximum

The Southern California chapter of ARLIS/NA invites members of Artifacts at UCLA and SJSU students to a job hunting workshop featuring professionals from a variety of institutions.

Register soon and let us know if your plans change (in case there is a waiting list).

Any questions? Contact our secretary at

More details including pre-workshop preparation, outcomes, and schedule can be found on the registration page at:

Image source: LAPL Photo Collection

ARLIS/NA Southern California Chapter 2019 Fall Business Meeting (October 4–5, 2019)

Please join the ARLIS/NA Southern California Chapter for our annual Fall Business Meeting in the desert. The event will take place over two days from Friday, October 4th, in Palm Springs to Saturday, October 5th, 2019, in Joshua Tree and Pioneertown. On Friday, we will tour the Palm Springs Art Museum, visit to the Archive Study Center, with a chapter meeting and reception to follow. On Saturday, we will tour the Joshua National Park Archive and Museum Collections, followed by a two hour tour of A-Z West, and a special site visit to art book publisher and collector Jerry Sohn’s architectural pavilions by Rachel Whiteread and Arata Isozaki, followed by an optional dinner and/drinks at Pappy and Harriets in Pioneertown.

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Art + Sound Archivists Mixer (April 14, 2019)

Sunday, April 14, 2019, 5:00–8:00pm
Stories Books and Cafe
1716 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026
Parking: Lot 663 on Logan & Sunset (behind Stories), or street parking around Echo Park Lake and its side streets, or the side streets on the other side of Sunset Blvd (Logan, Lemoyne, Montana).

Calling all MLIS students and information professionals interested in art and sound archiving! After spending the afternoon at the LA Art Book Fair*, come hang out over drinks and a brief panel discussion featuring Matt Austin of Candor Arts, Ariel Schudson of the Archivist’s Alley podcast, and Yasmin Dessem, Head of the Audiovisual Preservation Studio at UCLA Library. Light refreshments will be served

RSVP optional by Wednesday, April 10th (midnight).

*Grab a button at the front door of the fair (3:00–3:30pm) to introduce yourself to other colleagues.

About the guest speakers

Matt Austin, Candor Arts
Matt Austin is a Chicago-based artist, educator, and publisher. Matt tends to apply his approaches to art making in all facets of his life: working, teaching, getting older, having dinner, etc. Though his practices vary widely – from making photographs to publishing books, hosting dinners to building benches, his work remains focused on the importance of honesty and learning from others. Many of his creative projects are motivated by tragic experience and frequently engage the idea of learning to appreciate through embracing difficulty. Inspired by failure and often motivated by fear, he mostly demonstrates his enthusiasm for living by trying things out.

Ariel Schudson
Ariel Schudson (she/her/hers) is an archival activist, independent scholar and feminist film programmer who has been a member of the film, television and digital media landscape for almost 20 years. Currently you can find her working as the head film programmer/social media manager/website wrangler/you-name-it at the Downtown Independent movie theater in downtown Los Angeles. She has presented academic work centered on gender and media, subcultural dynamics, and audience theory at multiple academic conferences including Comic Con and Consoling Passions. She is the creator and hostess of Archivist’s Alley, a podcast platforming our colleagues in the archiving and media community who consistently go ignored due to the Rich Straight White Dude power structures in place. She received two MA’s from UCLA: one in Film, TV & Digital Media Theory and one in Moving Image Archive Studies. Her current project is a book about women and representation in Korean television (K-dramas). She has two cats that are the loves of her life (Eartha Kitten and Wallach) and a pretty decent 16mm collection.

Yasmin Dessem
Yasmin Dessem is the Head of the Audiovisual Preservation Studio at UCLA Library where she serves as the technical lead as the library continues to develop its program of preservation, digitization and access of its moving image and sound holdings. Previously she managed archive deliverables for new feature releases at Paramount Pictures. Since 2015, as part of UCLA Library’s International Digital Ephemera project, she has partnered with heritage institutions in Cuba and South Africa to provide digitization and preservation training. She will be presenting on Recent Developments in the Preservation of Wire Recordings and Dictabelts at this year’s ARSC Conference, happening May 8-11 in Portland, Oregon.

About the hosts

Artifacts is a group for UCLA Information Studies students interested in arts librarianship, visual resources, and museum informatics.

ARSC, the Association for Recorded Sound Collections, Inc. is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and study of sound recordings.

ARLIS-SC is the Southern California chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA), a dynamic organization of over 1,000 individuals devoted to fostering excellence in art and design librarianship and image management.

Joint California chapters events at 2019 ARLIS/NA Conference in Salt Lake City

To all Northern and Southern California members attending the ARLIS/NA Conference in Salt Lake City, our chapters will meet for two joint events:

  • A social gathering at Bourbon House (19 E 200 S, Salt Lake City, UT 84111) on Tuesday, March 26, at 5:30pm
  • Joint chapters meeting, Grand America Hotel, Riviera (Level 3), on Wednesday, March 27, at 8:00pm

We look forward to seeing you in Salt Lake City!

Kay Teel, Northern California Chapter Secretary/Treasurer
Jennie Freeburg, Southern California Chapter Vice-Chair

From Web Accession to Web Accessin’: A Gentle Introduction to Web Archiving for Art Libraries (November 28, 2018)

Please join the ARLIS/NA Southern California Chapter on Wednesday, November 28th, 2018 for a web archiving workshop.

From Web Accession to Web Accessin’: A Gentle Introduction to Web Archiving for Art Libraries
Wednesday, November 28, 2018, 9am–12pm

Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Art + Technology Lab
5905 Wilshire Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90036

Register at:

Web archiving is a fundamental component of modern archival practice. As publishing has shifted from the print to the digital environment, archivists need to adjust collection policies to include important web-based content that is highly ephemeral and in danger of loss if no action is taken. For the art library community this content includes historically important materials such as web-based auction catalogues, artists’ websites, digital catalogues raisonnés, and museum websites. While most are familiar with the Wayback Machine available at, less are aware that there are a number of tools and services developed for organizations to create their own web archives. Web archives provide permanent URLs for citation and can show how a website has changed over time at a single URL, even if no longer available on the live web. This workshop will introduce participants (15-25) to basic web archiving concepts and challenges. Participants will have a hands-on opportunity to build a collection of content archived from the web, which can include their own organization’s web presence, social media, digital exhibitions, or topical content publicly available on the web. Following the workshop, participants will have a searchable archive available to them, including the option of downloading WARC files for long-term preservation or research.

Mary Haberle is a Web Archivist at Archive-It where she provides partner training and support services. Her prior professional experience includes working with archival collections at the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and Franklin Furnace Archive, Inc. Mary earned her Master of Library and Information Studies degree from McGill University and a Digital Archives Specialist certificate from the Society of American Archivists.

Please note: Participants will be required to provide their own laptops to attend.