Call for Contributors for ARLIS/NA Southern California Newsletter

A new issue of Canvas is in the works and we would love to hear from our members:

  • Have you changed jobs, been promoted, or retired in the last year? Tell us about it!
  • Did you present at the 47th Annual ARLIS/NA Conference in Salt Lake City? Do you have something planned for the 48th Annual Conference in St. Louis? Send us details!
  • Would you like to see a fellow member featured in our Member Spotlight section? Let us know who—or volunteer yourself!
  • Have you attended a Southern California Chapter meeting or activity in 2019? Would you be willing to write a summary of the event or share photos?
  • Do you have anything else you’d like to share with our community?

Potential contributors should contact Karly Wildenhaus at The deadline for contributions is Sunday, December 15, 2019.

Call for Nominations for Vice-Chair/Chair Elect and Web Editor

The ARLIS/SC Nominating Committee is accepting nominations for the position of Vice-Chair/Chair Elect  and Web Editor. The Vice-Chair/Chair Elect position will commence beginning January 1, 2020. The Web Editor position will commence upon acceptance. Anyone interested in serving can self-nominate; you may also submit the name of an ARLIS/SC colleague to the Nominating Committee.

For a complete description of the duties and responsibilities carried out by these offices, see the chapter’s bylaws.

  • The Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect shall act as executive officer in the event the Chair is unable to serve, shall act as program chair, and shall be responsible for the sending of all announcements of meetings to the membership.
    Position Duration: 3 years (1 year as Vice-Chair; 1 year as Chair; 1 year as Immediate Past-Chair)
  • The Web Editor is responsible for managing all aspects of the Chapter’s website, newsletter, and social media platforms, and establish new avenues of communication when required.
    Position Duration: Voluntary, non-elected positon

Nomination Deadlines

  • Web Editor: Pease send your nominations to no later than November 1, 2019. Position is open until filled.
  • Vice-Chair/Chair Elect: Please send your nominations to by December 1, 2019.

There are many benefits to serving! Officers gain valuable leadership experience while contributing towards ensuring that ARLIS/NA Southern California Chapter meets the professional needs of art and architecture librarians and visual resources professionals and students in our region.

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.

Find more details and register at:

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.