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