Nike Tour Report

SCALA recently took a field trip to the Nike fabric library. Just as in the libraries we’re all accustomed to, the Nike library houses rows of shelves with multicolored contents; in this library, though, the cases contain fabric swatches on hangers. Other sections hold notions – drawers filled with zipper pulls, grommets and rings.

The library collects fabric samples (tens of thousands of them) from Nike’s vendors, and makes them available to the apparel designers. Swatches are labeled with identifying characteristics, tagged according to price, and sorted by vendor location (to facilitate sourcing in the same area as production). As with books, the color of a swatch doesn’t matter at all in its classification — the library likes to have one dark and one light sample of a fabric, but color isn’t a defining characteristic for the library’s purposes. Ann Desimone, the library manager, weeds the collection from time to time, but she maintains a historical card file of every type of fabric that has passed through the library.

Ms. Desimone also makes two “collection development” trips to Paris each year for fabric shows, and puts together exhibits for Nike designers on coming trends. It’s an impressive system for collecting and organizing the fabric in the Nike world!

Nike Tour

SCALA is proud to announce a tour of the Nike fabrics library. Want to go? Read below:

There is a limit of 15 people and they must not work for any of Nike’s competitors.

When: March 30th 9AM in Portland, address to be announced.

If you’d like to attend please email  slim or scala (at) gmail (dot) com

Those who are coming will be notified as soon as the tour is filled on a first come first serve basis. Good luck!

Multnomah County Library Central Branch Eco-Roof/Behind the Scenes Tour Rescheduled

If you’re still interested in getting a behind the scenes look at Multnomah County Library’s Central branch and a tour of the eco-roof, please join SCALA this Sunday, November 7. The tour is schedule for 10:30 am, please meet 5-10 minutes before hand in order to make the tour. We’ll be meeting at the staff entrance located on SW 11th Avenue.

RSVP to as soon as possible if you’d like to attend.

Don’t forget that Daylight Saving Time ends at 2 am on November 7. We don’t want you hanging out alone at 9:30!

Multnomah County Library Central Branch Eco-Roof/Behind the Scenes Tour

Stephanie Miller of Multnomah County Library has generously donated her time to us so we can tour the eco-roof and see behind the scenes of the central branch. It should be a lot of fun and very informative. We’ll be there Sunday, October 17 at 10:30. The tour should wrap up around noon.

Want to check it out with us? RSVP to Amanda Meeks by October 13 by emailing her ( If you plan on coming, please include any questions you might have about the central branch or areas you are interested in learning more about.

The central branch is located at 801 S.W. 10th Avenue in downtown Portland. It’s near the blue and red MAX lines as well as the streetcar. We’ll be meeting out front.

PNCA Library Tour

Please join SCALA on a tour of the Pacific Northwest College of Art’s Library.

When: Sunday, April 11, 2010 at 12 PM

Where: PNCA

1241 NW Johnson St. Portland, OR

Just two blocks from the street car in the Pearl District.

This will be a great opportunity to check out a small, special academic library.

Invite your friends!

Library Tour of the Research Library at OHS

Please join SCALA on a tour of the Research Library at the Oregon Historical Society on Saturday, November 14 at 11am.

This is a great opportunity to learn about a unique library with an extensive research collection that serves patrons from all over the world. The tour will be conducted by Scott Daniels, Research Librarian at OHS.

We will meet in the lobby of the Oregon Historical Society a little before

11am. The tour is expected to last approximately 30-45 min, with time afterwords for questions.


Oregon Historical Society

1200 SW Park Ave

Portland, OR 97205

Please let me know if you will be attending. To RSVP please e-mail Jennifer

Keyser at

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