Art Library as Place Survey

A survey from Katie McNamara at the University of Sheffield

The art library as place 

This questionnaire forms part of a project about art libraries and use of space. The aim of the project is to establish best practice examples for the use of physical and digital space. The questionnaire is open to all staff currently in employment in an art library. All answers are confidential and participants will remain anonymous.


Fitch North America Materials Librarian

Apply to my old job!  Well kind of…the role is geographically expanded, the focus is only on materials, and a design-based undergrad degree is desired (but not required!)

North America Materials Librarian

Job Summary

  • Managing and directing implementation and organization of the materials library
  • Working with leadership of all disciplines to grow library resources and services to support business needs
  • Maintaining, at all times, the highest standards of design and vendor management


Library Development

  • Developing library usage guidelines and procedures for collection development and maintenance, circulation, and research requests for the Columbus, Phoenix and Seattle studios and libraries
  • Selecting, ordering, cataloging and classifying library materials
  • Create and maintain library web presence by providing design and content for online users on FITCH network
  • Coordinating with vendors for in-house presentations for each studio

Design and Architecture Support

  • Assisting Designers and Architects in locating resources, answering inquiries and researching information related to architecture and interior finishes and materials
  • Coordinating project materials for specific projects across FITCH’s North America studios and libraries
  • Assist with design presentation color and material boards
  • Organizing and archiving project data and materials
  • Assist Designers and Architects in writing finish specifications


Key Success Factors

  • Attention to detail
  • Ability to work under pressure
  • Ability to help create and maintain library standards
  • Ability to contribute to the improving quality of our practice regarding specification and selection of materials and finishes
  • Ability to perform consistently and reliably with a willingness to increase professional responsibilities, skills and understanding
  • Ability to grow vendor relationships

Experience and Education

  • Undergraduate Degree in industrial design, interior design, or architecture required and 5+ years of design experience is desired
  • Experience in specifying high-performance finishes and materials for commercial projects including exterior and interior architecture finishes and materials; high-end design materials; local, national and international materials sourcing and procurement standards
  • Experience in the ordering, sourcing, costs and lead times of contract materials
  • Experience in the value-engineering process for contract materials
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office, Outlook, Excel, PowerPoint and InDesign
  • Good verbal and written communication skills
  • Detail oriented and organized

Librarian & Archivist Cover Letters

Nice examples for a number of different positions.

Via Betsy Hagerty on AMLISS

ArLiSNAP Conference Survival Guide

Going to this year’s conference?  Check out the ArLiSNAP Conference Survival Guide!  It gives great advice on money-saving tips, networking, and general information about events and meetings.  If you missed last week’s ARLIS/NA pre-conference chat “Insider’s Look at Coloring Outside the Lines,” you can still access the transcript here (for other chats, check out the ARLIS/NA Lunchtime Chats page here).

Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship for ALA 2012

Applications open for 2012 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship, sponsored by FTRF

The Freedom to Read Foundation (FTRF) has opened applications for the 2012 Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship, which will enable a library school student or new professional to attend ALA’s 2012 Annual Conference, held June 21-26 in Anaheim, Calif.

The goal of the Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship is to advance two principles that Conable held dear: intellectual freedom and mentorship.

The scholarship provides for conference registration, transportation, housing for six nights and six days per diem. In return, the recipient will be expected to attend various FTRF and other intellectual freedom meetings and events at the conference, consult with a mentor/board member and present a report about their experiences. The recipient also will be invited, although not required, to provide daily updates about his or her experience on the Freedom to Read Foundation blog.

The deadline for submitting an application for the 2012 Conable Scholarship is Friday, April 6; the award will be announced in May.

Who is eligible: Students currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited library and information studies degree programor an AASL-recognized master’s programs in school librarianship and new professionals (those who are three or fewer years removed from receiving a library school degree) are eligible to receive the Conable Scholarship. Those interested must submit an application that includes two references and an essay detailing their interest in intellectual freedom issues. Applicants also are required to attach a résumé. If the recipient is already registered for ALA’s Annual Conference, he or she will have the conference fee refunded.

To apply for the Gordon M. Conable Conference Scholarship, visit For more information, please contact Jonathan Kelley at (800) 545-2433, ext. 4226 or jokelley [at]

Gordon Conable was a California librarian and intellectual freedom champion who served several terms as president of the Freedom to Read Foundation. He was executive vice president for public libraries at Library Systems and Services (LSSI) in Riverside, Calif., and was responsible for management and performance of LSSI’s public library contracts, including the 30-branch Riverside County, Calif., system. He also served as director of the Monroe County (Mich.) Library System from 1988–1998. During his tenure there, he withstood an intense controversy over Madonna’s book “Sex.” Before that he was associate director of the Fort Vancouver Regional Library in Washington. For his efforts, Conable received the Freedom to Read Foundation Roll of Honor Award and the John Phillip Immroth Memorial Award for “intellectual freedom fighters.” In 1994 he was the first librarian recognized as Michigan’s Public Administrator of the Year.

Following his unexpected death in 2005, his wife and FTRF created the Conable Fund, which provides funding for the Conable Scholarship. To date, three Conable Scholarships have been granted. To contribute to the Conable Fund, contact the Freedom to Read Foundation at (800) 545-2433, ext. 4226 or e-mail

The Freedom to Read Foundation, an affiliated organization of the American Library Association, was founded in 1969 to promote and defend the right of individuals to freely express ideas and to access information in libraries and elsewhere. FTRF fulfills its mission through the disbursement of grants to individuals and groups, primarily for the purpose of aiding them in litigation, and through direct participation in litigation dealing with freedom of speech and of the press.

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site Museum Tech

Jimmy Carter National Historic Site is currently hiring for a Museum Tech, GS-5 Term Subject to Furlough.

SALARY RANGE: $31,315.00 – $40,706.00 /year
OPEN PERIOD: Friday, June 03, 2011 to Monday, June 13, 2011
SERIES & GRADE: GS-1016-05
POSITION INFORMATION: Full Time Term NTE 2 YEARS. May be extended up to 4 years.
DUTY LOCATIONS: 1 vacancy – Plains, GA
WHO MAY BE CONSIDERED: United States Citizens

Description:  Museum Technician will assist Curator with preservation,
maintenance, storage, exhibit, accessioning and cataloging of museum
objects and archives; Museum Housekeeping; Environmental monitoring and
Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in museum exhibit and storage areas;
Prepare, maintain and organize museum records and databases; Respond to
research requests.  The work is partially sedentary with prolonged
standing, walking and bending often required.  Heavy items (e.g. boxes
and collection items up to 50 pounds must be lifted or moved on a
frequent basis. Incumbent must be able to stand for extended periods of

Link to USAJOBS position posting:

ARLIS/NA Seeking ArLiSNAP Input!

The Strategic Planning Committee would once again like to thank those who responded to the survey on the proposed goals and objectives. We had an amazing number (160) of members respond. If you are interested in seeing that feedback and the resulting revised draft of the Goals and Objectives, please visit For those of you attending the Annual Conference next week, a strategic planning report and Q & A is scheduled during the Membership meeting.
To gather more feedback, the Strategic Planning Committee will be holding five virtual focus group meetings. We would like to invite you to participate in helping the Strategic Planning Committee finalize the strategic goals and initiate an action plan. You may have already offered your feedback via the survey. We would now like to speak with you in more detail about the feedback we have received. Your involvement will require only one hour of time to participate on a conference call along with eight to ten of your peers during the week of April 11-15 or April 18-22.
Two focus groups will be targeted to ArLiSNAP and to our Liaisons to Affiliated Organizations. Those sessions will be held:
ArLiSNAP Tuesday, April 12  3:00 – 4:00pm
Liaisons  Thursday, April 14  3:00 – 4:00pm
To sign up for one of these sessions please contact Barbara Rockenbach, barbara.rockenbach [at] yale [dot] edu

Veg*n Minneapolis 2011

The VRA + ARLIS/NA conference site gives a lot of great restaurant choices, but it is somewhat lacking in vegan- & vegetarian-friendly choices.

Heather Slania is leading a group on Saturday, March 26 at 7:45 p.m. to the authentic Chinese restaurant Evergreen.  Besides Evergreen, there looks to be some other interesting choices.  The map below highlights some additional options.

ArLiSNAP Pub Stop 2011: Brit’s Pub

This year we welcome all to the lovely Brit’s Pub.  Revelry begins at 7 p.m. and lasts until the last pint is poured.  The pub stop is open to everyone (not just students & new professionals) as well as those attending other events.

Here’s our custom map showing Brit’s Pub is just a quick 4 minute walk from the conference hotel.  Additional suggested locations are also on the map for the more intrepid.

We’ll meet in Hilton’s lobby just before 7 p.m. and head on over.  If you need to contact me, I can be reached at 614-592-[seven-two-three-three].



Meet Greg Borman, ArLiSNAP Guest Conference Blogger

The Art Library Students and New ARLIS Professionals (ArLiSNAP) welcomes Greg Borman as ArLiSNAP conference blogger for this year’s Visual Resource Association + Art Libraries Society of North America Joint Conference.

As a newly-minted librarian, Greg will capture and share his experiences during a conference that promises to celebrate excellence and further attendees’ professional development.  The joint conference runs March 24 through 28, 2011.

Greg earned his Master of Fine Arts from the San Francisco Art Institute (2000) and received his Master of Library and Information Science degree (2010) from San Jose State University.

Greg has served as a reviewer for Art Libraries Society of North America Reviews and as a peer reviewer for the Society’s Art Documentation.  Greg’s writings on U.S. rural libraries, controlled vocabularies with relationship to the Semantic Web, and art exhibitions have appeared in the peer-reviewed Library Student Journal, Special Library Association’s Bayline, and numerous Web-based art journals.

Greg’s pre-professional and professional experiences include work at the Stanford University Libraries, University of San Francisco’s Gleeson Library/Geschke Center, California State Library, and the Asian Art Museum’s C. Laan Chun Library Center.

For more information about the conference, please visit

About the Art Libraries Society of North America and Art Library Students and New ARLIS Professionals

Founded in 1972, Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) is devoted to fostering excellence in art librarianship and visual resources curatorship.  The Society is a dynamic and diverse organization, representing over 1,000 individuals and organizations spanning the United States, Canada, Mexico, and overseas.  For more information, please visit

Art Library Students and New ARLIS Professionals (ArLiSNAP) is a special interest group within ARLIS/NA.  The group’s mission is to provide an open forum for sharing ideas pertinent to art librarianship amongst its constituency and the world beyond.  For over seven years, ArLiSNAP has continuously provided ARLIS/NA with thought leadership and innovative programming.  For more information, please visit,

About the Visual Resource Association

The Visual Resources Association is a multi-disciplinary organization dedicated to furthering research and education in the field of image management within the educational, cultural heritage, and commercial environments.  The Association is committed to providing leadership in the visual resources field, developing and advocating standards, and offering educational tools and opportunities for the benefit of the community at large.  For more information, please visit

ArLiSNAP’s Next Coordinator Suzanne Walsh

Please join me in welcoming Suzanne as Art Library Students and New ARLIS Professional (ArLiSNAP)’s next coordinator.  Ms. Walsh will succeed Bryan Loar after his two-year term ends in March.  With ArLiSNAP’s momentum building, Ms. Walsh and other current coordinator, Rosemary Davis, are poised to take the group to the next level.

Ms. Walsh received her Bachelor of Arts in art history from Williams College, her Master of Arts in art history, and her Master of Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  She currently works as an independent consultant in New York City.

Ms. Walsh contributed to the success of the 2010 Art Libraries Society of North America Web 2.0 Kiosk, and she will be presenting on social media at the Engaging New Technologies session at the 2011 joint conference for the Visual Resource Association and the Art Libraries Society of North America.

A special thanks goes to all the candidates who submitted their candidacy to this year’s election.  Thank you for offering your service, and we hope that you will remain involved in other capacities.

If you’d like to get involved, please join us at our joint ArLiSNAP + VRA annual meeting.  Not going to the conference?  We’ll be discussing initiatives for the upcoming year and announcing ways that you can become involve.


Bryan Loar

ArLiSNAP Coordinator 2009-2011

ARLIS/NA Membership Chair 2010-2011

About the Art Libraries Society of North America
Founded in 1972, Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) is devoted to fostering  in art librarianship and visual resources curatorship.  The Society is a dynamic and diverse organization, representing over 1,000 individuals and organizations spanning the United States, Canada, Mexico, and overseas.  For more information, please visit

About Art Library Student and New Professionals
Art Library Students and New ARLIS Professionals (ArLiSNAP) is a special interest group within ARLIS/NA.  The group’s mission is to provide an open forum for sharing ideas pertinent to art librarianship amongst its constituency and the world beyond.  For over seven years, ArLiSNAP has continuously provided ARLIS/NA with thought leadership and innovative programming.  For more information, please visit,

ArLiSNAP Supporters, THANK YOU!

ArLiSNAP Section Petition

Dear ArLiSNAPers,

Thank you so much for showing your support of ArLiSNAP’s drive to become a petition!  Your active participation and comments are humbling & inspiring.  We look forward to speaking with you at this year’s conference and collaborating with you throughout the year.


Bryan Loar & Rosemary Davis

Reminder: Vote for ArLiSNAP’s Next Coordinator!

ArLiSNAP Coordinator Vote

Thanks to everyone who has voted!

For those who haven’t, please take a moment to get to know our candidates & cast your vote before 11:59 p.m. Sunday March 20.


Bryan Loar & Rosemary Davis

Online Chat Today!

Meet Me In Minneapolis: The 2011 VRA + ARLIS-NA Joint Conference

When: Friday, March 18, 2011, 11am Pacific – 12pm Mountain – 1pm Central – 2pm Eastern

Where: Meebo


Jessica McIntyre, Assistant Librarian, Minneapolis Institute of Arts; Local Committee Co-Chair, Program

Rebecca Moss, Coordinator of Visual Resources, University of Minnesota; Local Committee Co-Chair, Local Arrangements

Heidi Raatz, Visual Resources Librarian, Minneapolis Institute of Arts;
VRA Vice President for Conference Program; Local Committee Co-Chair,

Are you headed to Minneapolis? Then join us for a chat about the
ARLIS-NA and VRA communities and our shared conference. Planning
committee representatives from both organizations will provide
information about what to expect at this exciting event. Whether you are
involved with VRA or ARLIS-NA (or both!), please join us to ask
questions and share advice in this informal and informative discussion.

Learn more about….

  • What’s special about the VRA + ARLIS-NA joint conference
  • Resources that are available for first-time conference attendees [like ArLiSNAP’s Conference Survival Guide]
  • Tips for networking at the conference
  • Fun things to do in Minneapolis
  • How to get involved in the ARLIS-NA and VRA organizations

Summer Museum Education Internship – Anchorage, AK


Position Title: Summer Museum Education Internship
Job Category: Internship
Employer Name: Alaska Museum of Natural History
Salary Range: $1000 for 200 hours, flexible schedule
Street Address: 201 N. Bragaw St.
City, State, Country: Anchorage, AK USA
Postal Code: 99508 [Map It!]
Contact Name: Kerri Jackson
Contact E-Mail Address:education [at]
Contact Phone Number: 907-274-2400
Contact Fax Number:
Contact Website: Alaska Museum of Natural History
Deadline to Apply: April 15th, 2011

Position Description/Responsiblities:
The intern will assist the Education Director with science education on topics including but not limited to geology, biology, and paleontology. Duties include the following:
-Develop and teach hands-on science curriculum for various age levels,
-Give educational tours of the museum,
-Facilitate preschool programs,
-Help with clean up and organization of education supply areas,
-Develop online lesson plans for teachers to use in classroom.

Desired Qualifications:
-Coursework and/or experience in a scientific field, child development, or education
-Ability to follow through on assigned tasks
-Work well with children
-Must pass background check

Please mail a cover letter and resume with three references to:
Alaska Museum of Natural History
Attn: Education Director
201 N. Bragaw St.
Anchorage, AK 99508


Newseum Summer Collections Internship – Washington, DC

Are you looking for an exciting internship that will provide you with the skills necessary to help you obtain full-time museum employment? If so, the Newseum’s Collections Internship is for you!


The Newseum, a revolutionary 250,000-square-foot museum of news, offers visitors an experience that blends five centuries of news history with up-to-the-second technology and hands-on exhibits.  At the Newseum, we pride ourselves on creating up-to-the minute exhibits and actively collecting modern and historic artifacts. As a Newseum intern you can work at our museum downtown or our state-of-the-art storage center in Laurel, Maryland (or both). Internship hours are flexible and can be arranged to fit individual’s schedules – this can include morning and weekend work. You will be a member of the small, dynamic Collections team and will be able to make an enormous contribution to the work we do. This is a wonderful opportunity to gain Collections experience and be involved in the day-to-day operations of one of Washington, D.C.’s most popular museums!


Intern responsibilities will include, but are not limited to assisting Registrars and Collections Specialists with the following tasks:

–           Daily monitoring and recording of environmental conditions (temperature, relative humidity, lighting, etc.) in gallery spaces

–           Processing donations and incoming loans, including cataloging artifacts in database

–           Monitoring and reporting on exhibition conditions as they pertain to exhibited collections

–           Assisting with the cleaning of exhibits and artifacts on display pre-opening

–           Aiding in the installation and de-installation of exhibited artifacts

–           Compiling information for the new Standard Facilities Report particularly regarding the environmental conditions/calculations for each of the galleries

–           Helping with basic artifact conservation

–           If time and interest permits, short-term, independent research projects related to the collection can be designed


Newspaper archives internship project

–           For those who already possess or would like to gain archival experience, there is the opportunity to work on a self-directed archival project with the Newseum’s outstanding 35,000 piece newspaper collection (this project will take place at the Newseum’s storage facility in Laurel, MD)

For all internship opportunities:


Candidates should be currently enrolled in or should have recently finished a museum-related graduate or undergraduate program, possess basic computer skills, an interest in collections/registration work, and the ability to lift 30 pounds.


Internships last for a minimum of 12 weeks and may be part or full time. This internship position is for college credit only.

Application Process

Please email cover letter and resume to mscott [at] newseum [dot]org


Maeve Gaynor Scott
555 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Phone: 202.292.6327

Looking for a Roomate?

Looking for a roomate for the upcoming VRA + ARlS/NA annual conference & don’t want to blast your request via ARLIS-L?

ArLiSNAP has set up a password-protected page where you can leave your name, roomate preference, and preferred contact info.

To access, please use the following password.

Elections: ArLiSNAP Coordinator 2011-2013 Vote!

ArLiSNAP Coordinator Vote

Vote today to elect ArLiSNAP’s next coordinator!

To learn more about each candidate, please go to

Booklyn Artist Alliance

Video: Video of Kurt Allerslev and Eliana Prez’s Buckfast Splendor Book

I was first introduced to Booklyn when doing collection development work during a practicum at The Ohio State University’s Fine Arts Library.  They’re a really interesting collective where actual book artists will travel to libraries to discuss their work and the work of others within Booklyn.  It’s a great model because it directly links producer & buyer–instead of a impersonal transaction, the sale becomes a relationship.

Information Connections Research Intern, Smithsonian Institution

Information Connections Research Intern – Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC)

Assigned to the National Museum of Natural History, Washington, DC, supervised by the Director of the Smithsonian Institution Archives


Reporting to the Archives and Digital Collections Librarian and the User Services Librarian, the Information Connections Research Intern plays a key role in a pilot project to digitize archival collections and biological specimens, to create usable metadata for these collections, and to established appropriate connections between the digitized materials and the published literature in the Biodiversity Heritage Library (  This project is funded under “Connecting Content: A Collaboration to Link Field Notes to Specimens and Published Literature,” a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.  The Intern will be assigned to the National Museum of natural History in Washington, DC, and will be supervised by the Director of the Smithsonian Institution Archives.  Duties will include assisting in the development of an online toolkit that will support the cataloging and management of biological field books, and contributing to efforts to publicize the results of this project.  This position is a 320-hour appointment and carries a stipend of $5000.00



  • Work with Academy and SI staff to identify and define the nature of connections between field book references, citations in published literature, and natural history collections
  • Work with Academy and SI staff to establish a weighting system for assigning degrees of certainty to the different types of connections identified under the first bullet
  • Work with Academy and SI staff to define a sample set and assess the frequency of the different types of connections
  • Collaborate with staff in both organizations to develop a set of recommendations for Field Book Registry developers that will expand functionality to support links between related connections
  •  Collaborate with staff in both organizations to develop a set of recommendations for Field Book Registry developers to consider for system design that will support possible automatic identification of connection indicators
  • Assist in the design of a web interface to expose and publicize the “Connecting Content” project as part of the Library website, using the Research Division Content Management System, as well as the Smithsonian Fieldbook Registry
  • Contribute to efforts to publicize the “Connecting Content” project by submitting blog entries or similar content to the Library website, the Field Book Project website, and/or presenting a poster at a relevant conference
  • Follow all Academy safety regulations
  • Other duties as assigned



To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 



The ideal candidate will possess a combination of the following education and/or equivalent experience:

Please note that it is required that the Intern be a Graduate Student enrolled in an MLIS program, with completion of core requirements.  Experience in cataloging and web design required.


  • Experience in library, archival and/or natural history cataloging, classification, and or metadata schema
  • Interested in participating in a cutting-edge project with a chance of failure
  • Effective written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and in groups
  • Sense of humor


LANGUAGE SKILLS:  Ability to read and interpret documents such as safety rules, operating and maintenance instructions, and procedure manuals.  Ability to write routine reports and correspondence.  Ability to speak effectively before groups or individuals.


PHYSICAL DEMANDS & WORK ENVIRONMENT:  The physical demands and work environment described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand, sit, walk, and reach with hands and arms, and talk or hear. Must be able to lift 15 lbs.  Must be able to perform repetitive motions 75 % of the time.


The California Academy of Sciences is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.