Legality of Unpaid Internships

From the New York Times:

Growth of Unpaid Internships May Be Illegal, Officials Say
Published: April 2, 2010
With job openings scarce for young people, the number of unpaid internships has climbed in recent years, leading federal and state regulators to worry that more employers are illegally using such internships for free labor. . . .


Staying Relevant

In the Visual Resources world, staying relevant is always a major concern. Here are some survival tips for academic libraries:
Art librarians should be great at #2!

Another reason art librarians are just as relevant as ever, if not more:

“According to several reports published by the Primary Research Group, Inc., only about 47 percent of students are sure that they have ever been required to turn in a research paper exceeding ten double-spaced typed pages in length for any of their classes. More than 86 percent of students say that they understand the concept of plagiarism. The higher the grade point average, the less information for research papers was obtained from search engines, such as Google or Yahoo. Close to 19 percent of students in the fine or performing arts have ever asked reference questions via e-mail, the highest percentage among all types of majors or concentrations.”

Press Release from Primary Research Group, Inc., June, 2009, Retrieved August 6, 2009. Quoted in Gary Portillo’s “Fast Facts,” C&RL News Vol. 70, No. 8. September 2009. (emphasis mine).

Drexel University Discount

Drexel University Online Programs offer 20% discount on tuition for ALA Members:

University of St Andrews Visual Resources Curator

University of St Andrews
Visual Resources Curator
School of Art History

Salary: £24,152 – £28,839 per annum

We are seeking to appoint a Curator to run the Visual Resources Collection in the School of Art History, which is vital for the School’s teaching.

You should have a sound knowledge of the history of Western art (a degree in the subject is desirable), be proficient in using computers and familiar with image databases and their maintenance.

You will be expected to supervise the production and storage of digital images for the use of academic staff in teaching and to record cataloguing data in the University database. In addition the existing collection of c.150,000 photographic slides is still in use and will need to be maintained in good order for the foreseeable future. The job will also entail the recruitment, training and supervision of student assistants and advising users on the use of the collection.

The Curator also looks after a small book and video/DVD/CD collection and oversees the ordering of books by academic staff for the University Library.

Informal enquiries to Ms Annette Carruthers, Head of School Tel: 01334 462405 or email:

Please quote ref: SK269/09

Closing date: 13 July 2009

Application forms and further particulars are available from Human Resources, University of St Andrews, The Old Burgh School, Abbey Walk, North Street, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9LB, (tel: 01334 462571, by fax 01334 462570 or by e-mail The advertisement, further particulars and a downloadable application form can be found at

The University is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University of St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland (No SC013532)

Chicago Archivist Position

This would be an incredibly interesting position. This project has included collaboration with area art museums, image collections, and local archives:

Location: United States, Illinois, Chicago
Job Types: Professional
Categories: Entry Level

Read more: UT i-School JobWeb

CUPA-HR Higher Ed Salary Survey

The College and University Professional Association for Human Resources (CUPA-HR) Salary Survey results are posted at

These include Metadata Librarian, Archivist, etc.

At first glance, these don’t appear to be quite as high as ALA’s salary survey, but I haven’t done a very thorough comparison.

Academic Library Interviews

From the inside out and the outside in: The academic library interview process in a tight economy
C&RL News, April 2009
Vol. 70, No. 4

by Karin Durán, Eric P. Garcia, and Mara L. Houdyshell

Kress Fellowship in Art Librarianship


Location: United States, Connecticut, New Haven  
Job Types: Professional, Internship/ Fellowship
Categories: Special Librarianship
Academic Librarianship
Yale University Library
Arts Library

Apply by Friday, March 21, 2009
Duration: 8 months from date of hire. 
All offers are contingent on successful completion of a background check. 

The University and The Library
One of the world’s leading research libraries, Yale University Library is a full partner in teaching, research, and learning at Yale and is visited by scholars from around the world. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including approximately thirteen million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand access to its physical and digital collections. Housed in twenty-two buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the new Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of nearly six-hundred who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers. To learn more about Yale University Library and its collections and services, visit . 

The Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library
The Haas Family Arts Library at Yale consists of collections from three formerly-separate operating units: Art and Architecture, Arts of the Book, and Drama. Now located under one roof, these libraries support arts-area programming at Yale, including the Schools of Architecture, Art, and Drama, and the department of the History of Art, as well as the teaching and research needs of the Yale community beyond the visual arts. In addition, the Arts Library houses several prominent archival and special collections in Art and Architecture, Arts of the Book, and Drama, ranging from type specimens and woodblocks to theatrical archives to one of the world’s foremost collection of books on color.

The Haas Family Arts Library at Yale serves a distinguished array of academic and museum programs, architects, artists and scholars. Kress Fellows have the opportunity to interact routinely with faculty, staff and students in distinguished Schools of Architecture, Art, and Drama; a nationally ranked department of the History of Art; and two outstanding university art museums, the Yale Center for British Art and the Yale University Art Gallery. They also have occasion to collaborate with colleagues from throughout the Yale University Library, including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the library and rare books department of the Center for British Art. The rich professional and scholarly resources of New York City and Boston’s art libraries and museums are within two hours travel, providing still further opportunities for professional growth and professional contact with colleagues. 

Position Description
The Yale University Arts Library welcomes applications for the 2009/10 Kress Fellowship in Art Librarianship. The Kress Fellowship is intended for a recent graduate from library school who wishes to pursue a career in art librarianship. This fellowship is made possible through the generosity of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Through this fellowship, the Kress Foundation seeks to achieve in the field of art librarianship what it has accomplished for art history and art conservation: ensuring the growth of the discipline by promoting the advancement of new professionals. 

This year the focus of the Kress Fellowship will be on all aspects of arts special collections including collection management, exhibition development and installation, as well as reference work. During their tenure at Yale Kress Fellows are expected to pursue a mutually agreed-upon project resulting in a publishable paper or a new library service. Kress Fellows are also introduced to a broad spectrum of professional activities beyond special collections and will have the opportunity to perform collection development activities, interact with a variety of special collections and their curators, and participate in the work of library committees and external professional organizations.

The Kress Fellowship is a competitive fellowship. 

Applicants should submit a current resume, as well as a brief statement of interest, and names of three references, to 

Amy Burlingame, Human Resources Supervisor and Staffing Representative, at , by Friday, March 21, 2009. 

= The statement of interest is expected to reflect a genuine commitment to art librarianship and an interest in the provision of information services to the visual arts community. 
= There is no application form. 
= A committee of Yale librarians will review submissions. 
= The Kress Fellow will be in residence at Yale for eight months, and will receive an award of $30,000, prorated over the fellowship term. 
= Health insurance will be provided. 

Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.



from ALA communications:

Have you ever been “speed-geeking”? Been struck by “lightning-talks”? Join your colleagues and our keynoters Joan Frye Williams and John Blyberg at the first-ever, LITACamp, “The Everywhere Library: Creating, Communicating, Integrating,” May 7-8 in Dublin, Ohio.

LITACamp is all about you. Participants determine the topic and format of the sessions on-site, sign up for time slots, and pitch session ideas to all. This format encourages collaboration, interaction, discussion, and real-time innovation. You get to be both a participant and a presenter, discussing and learning about topics you really care about.

The daily keynoters Frye Williams and Blyberg are both known for pushing library technology to directly serve patrons. Their presentations will be designed to stimulate discussions and ideas and energize each days’ sessions.

To register visit
Registration includes Thursday lunch, continental breakfasts, parking and wifi at the conference center and is limited to the first 150. Visit
LITACamp wiki and
LITACamp blog
for the most up-to-date information on the Camp.

LITACamp will be ideal for anyone interested in using technology to improve services and access for patrons. Librarians, information technologists, students and trustees from the user-centered information community are all encouraged to attend this un-conference focused on timely discussions of current library issues as determined by the participants themselves.

LITA, with over 4,000 members, has been serving the needs of the library and information technology community since 1966. Its mission is to educate, serve, and reach out to that community through its programs, publications and other activities. LITA is a division of the American Library Association.

A Cover Letter Is Not Expendable

NY Times Career Couch

A Cover Letter Is Not Expendable

Published: February 14, 2009

Q. You are getting ready to apply for a job electronically, and your résumé is ready to go. Do you need to prepare a cover letter? Are they necessary in this day and age?

PhD required?

Here’s a job for a Digital Collections Specialist that requires a PhD with Digital Humanities/Libraries specialization (see UNC’s new program), but the requirements don’t go too far beyond the average Digital Projects/Systems Librarian:

Library Resident, Milwaukee, WI

from UT School of Information JobWeb

Location: United States, Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Job Types: Professional
Categories: Entry Level
Academic Librarianship
Marquette University
Raynor Memorial Libraries

Closing Date 04-15-2009
Position Title: Library Resident
Position Status: Full-time Regular
Position Type: Faculty
Compensation Band: Faculty Contract
Job Open Date 01-16-2009
Special Instructions to Applicants
Posting Number 0600797

Position Overview: The Marquette University Raynor Memorial Libraries Residency Program is seeking applications from early career library and information science professionals with a strong commitment to beginning a career in academic librarianship.
The two-year Residency Program is designed to encourage and promote the professional growth and development of new librarians, providing a broad-based awareness of principles and practices in academic librarianship and an opportunity to develop an area of specialization. The Residency Program hopes in part, to help increase the presence of underrepresented groups in academic libraries. Diversity is a core value and is central to the mission of Marquette University and all interested and qualified applicants are encouraged to apply.

Full benefits package including 20 vacation days, 11 holidays and one floating holiday per year.

Marquette University is an independent, Catholic, Jesuit doctoral-granting institution with an enrollment of 12,000 located near downtown Milwaukee. Two adjacent and connected library buildings seat 2,150 and house a 1.7 million volume collection, 300 networked resources, and over 22,000 electronic journals.

Essential Functions: Reporting to the Head of Research and Instructional Services, the Resident will participate in the Libraries’ information literacy instruction program for precollege, undergraduate, and graduate students; provide general reference services; contribute to collection development activities; become familiar with other units and functions of the Libraries; and assist in collaborative planning, analysis, and assessment of programs and services. In year two of the program, the Resident will engage in an in-depth, concentrated experience in an area of specialization and will develop and complete an applied research capstone project that could be presented at a professional conference. The Residency Program features a formal mentoring component with the Head of Research and Instructional Services, the Associate Dean of Libraries and other professional staff, who will help to acclimate the Resident to the Libraries’ environment, the University, and the Greater Milwaukee community, while providing general guidance and support.

Duties and Responsibilities
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
– Master’s degree in library/information science (ALA-accredited), granted by August 2009 and received within the past two years.
– Demonstrated interest in developing a career in academic librarianship;
– Service orientation and commitment to library user needs;
– Excellent communication and presentation skills;
– Strong analytical skills and organizational abilities.
– Ability to work independently and collaboratively and adapt to changing user needs and expectations.
– Knowledge of and commitment to cultural diversity and an ability to work with a diverse student body, faculty and staff.

Preferred Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Experience in a library environment, teaching, or in public service.


Creativity Library Associate, Omaha, NE

from UT School of Information Job Web

Location:    United States, Nebraska, Omaha
Job Types:    Professional
Categories:    Entry Level
Academic Librarianship

University of Nebraska, Omaha

Job Close Date: May Close At Any Time
Requisition Number: 4042195
Department: University Library – 50000183
Salary: $14.42-$16.82/hr.
Pay Basis Hourly
Job Posting Date 01-08-2009
Job Category Staff
Reg-Temp Regular
Work Schedule 8a-5p Mon-Fri, varies, some evening/weekend

Job Description – Essential Functions: In a collaborative, team-based environment under the direct supervision of the Director of Public Services the Library Associate performs specialized reference services, assists in use of library technology and databases, actively participates in producing and coordinating library events and programs, operates a branch library facility, and other assigned duties.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTION: Maintains and consistently provides exemplary customer service while working extensively with a variety of patron groups that are users of the Kaneko-UNO joint venture library.

Reference Services:
– Provides general reference desk service including in-person, electronic, and telephone reference for up to one-half of the total workweek.
– Performs bibliographic and library record searches.
– Instructs patrons in the use of print and electronic resources.

Assessment, Collections and Promotions:
– Conducts outreach and promotional programming including, exhibits, speaker programs, seminars and workshops.
– Assists by gathering and reporting of assessment data. Creates and modifies policies related to the unique status of the branch library.
– Identifies unique books and media to support the mission of the branch library. Places orders and tracks budget for these materials.
– Creates promotional and informational materials in both print and web formats.

Instruction Services:
– May provide library instruction, including instruction on use of information resources and technology to a variety of patrons.

General Responsibilities:
– Works rotating shifts including some evenings and weekends.
– May supervise student employees and interns.
– Serves on library and university committees as required.
– Participates in cross-departmental projects within the library.
– Performs other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications
= Bachelors degree in Library Science, Art, Humanities or relevant field or an equivalent combination of education and experience from which comparable knowledge and abilities can be acquired.
= Experience applicable to understanding and supporting the creative process.
= Must possess valid motor vehicle operator’s license.
= Interest in and ability to operate a small, uniquely chartered library.
= Ability to devise and implement innovative services.
= Ability to thrive in a flexible and ambiguous environment.
= Interest in and ability to work effectively with a wide variety and diversity of patrons.
= Ability to use and learn a wide variety of digital and media technology.

Preferred Qualifications: Masters Degree in Library Science, Art, Humanities or other relevant field preferred.


What to Wear

reposted from

What TO Wear

Linda Braun | Conference, YALSA Info. | Friday, December 5th, 2008

What’s your look? Do you, or someone you know, have a professional fashion sense that you think others can learn from? Do you like to find just the right clothing that combines your individual style with a professional appearance? If so, then you could walk the runway at YALSA’s first ever fashion event hosted by Steven Rosengard of Project Runway Season 4!

We’re searching for 20-30 librarians who walk the walk and look the look when they work with teens and their advocates in libraries! We want to find librarians who can demonstrate how to dress professionally without having to spend a lot of money and while keeping a sense of personal style.

If you are interested in walking the runway, submit the What TO Wear application (file in pdf) along with 2 photos or a short video (no more than 3 minutes), that you think showcases your style (or the style of your nominee).

If you have questions about the application or process contact Nichole Gilbert,

Resources Page

FYI: There are some useful new links on the Resources page:

  • an index of chapter awards
  • the Bibliography of Art Librarianship by BJ Irvine
  • a link to ARLIS/NA’s directory of degree programs for fine arts and visual resources librarianship

ArLiSNAP Meeting at VRA in Toronto?

While ArLiSNAP is officially a special interest group of ARLIS/NA, we have members in VRA (Visual Resources Association) as well. Would other ArLiSNAP members be interested in meeting informally in Toronto?

Here’s a link to the conference:

VRA 27th Annual Conference
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
March 18-21, 2009


from UT School of Information Jobweb:

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Location: United States, California, San Luis Obispo
Job Types: Professional
Categories: Academic Librarianship
Entry Level
Cal Poly State University

* Position open until filled; review of applications will begin on January 5, 2009.

Requisition Number 101786
Position Title Librarian 12 Mo
Job Posting Title Librarian 12-month
Regular / Temporary Regular
Working Title Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian
Full / Part Time Full-Time
Appointment Duration / End Date: Initial two-year appointment subject to renewal
Department Library – Public Services
College / Division Library
Salary Range: This full time tenure-track position is available at the Assistant or Senior Assistant Librarian level, with an anticipated hiring range of $52,000-$60,000 annually, plus a generous benefits package. Appointment rank and salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Pay Basis Monthly
Pay Plan 12-month

Position Description: Under the general supervision of the Associate Dean for Public Services, the Humanities and Social Sciences Librarian leads the overall Library outreach and service activities designed to support the unique information resource needs of the students, faculty and staff of the College of Liberal Arts.
Responsibilities include reference, instruction, collection development, digital services, and other activities.

Required Qualifications/Specialized Skills – MLS or equivalent degree from an ALA accredited school, or comparable library experience with other related advanced subject degree
– BA/BS in a field in the humanities or social sciences
– Demonstrated commitment to public service
– Experience instructing adult learners
– Demonstrated facility with web-based technologies
– Excellent oral and written communication skills
– Willingness to spend substantial time outside the library to support faculty and students
– Ability to work effectively as part of a team working with culturally diverse faculty, students, and staff

Preferred Qualifications/Skills – Advanced degree in any field of the humanities or social sciences
– Experience working in an academic library
– Classroom teaching experience
– Demonstrated commitment to interdisciplinary inquiry in the humanities and social sciences
– Collection development experience
– Experience with instructional technologies and digital media
– Demonstrated ability to plan and implement new projects

Benefits Eligible: Yes
More Information:
Job Open Date 11-13-2008
Review Begin Date 01-05-2009

To apply, please visit , complete the required online faculty application and submit it to Requisition #101786.
Online attachments should include a cover letter, resume/curriculum vitae, and include list of 3 references on application. Three letters of recommendation and original transcripts will be required of finalists.

For more information, please see:
Internal Recruitment Only No
Projected Start Date (Faculty Only) 06-01-2009

Additional Information Contact Name (Faculty): Anna Gold
Additional Information Contact Phone (Faculty): 805-756-5786
Additional Information Contact Email (Faculty):

About the Kennedy Library: The Robert E. Kennedy Library is a campus hub for information resources, integrating traditional library resources and technology to support the University’s evolving academic programs, research interests, and user needs. Annual visitors exceed 1 million. The Library launched DigitalCommons, Cal Poly’s institutional repository, in Fall 2008. A renovation in Summer 2008 to the second floor greatly expanded the Library’s Learning Commons, creating new community spaces and a library café. Planning is underway for a major expansion of the Academic Center and Library. The Library partners closely with several other campus organizations, including the Academic Skills Program, the Honors Program, and Information Technology Services. For more information, see:

About the College of Liberal Arts: Cal Poly’s College of Liberal Arts is distinguished by its reputation for excellence and its wide-ranging programs in fields such as communication, journalism, and graphic communication; political and social sciences, public policy, psychology, child development, history; ethnic studies, women’s and gender studies, liberal studies; theater/dance, art and design, music; philosophy, English, and modern languages and literatures. For more information, see:

About Cal Poly: Cal Poly is a nationally ranked comprehensive public university located in San Luis Obispo, California. With more than 18,000 undergraduates and a growing number of graduate students, Cal Poly fosters teaching, scholarship, and service in a learn-by-doing environment where students and faculty are partners in discovery. As a polytechnic university, Cal Poly promotes the application of theory to practice. As a comprehensive institution, Cal Poly provides a balanced education in the arts, sciences, and technology, while encouraging cross-disciplinary and co-curricular experiences. As an academic community, Cal Poly values free inquiry, cultural and intellectual diversity, mutual respect, civic engagement, and social and environmental responsibility. For more information, see:

About the San Luis Obispo Area:
Cal Poly is located in San Luis Obispo, along the beautiful central coast of California, with easy access to the ocean, mountains, and wine country. Halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco, south of Monterey and Big Sur, San Luis Obispo offers a vibrant, culturally rich small-town community in an extraordinary setting. For more information, see:


SLA Travel Grant for non-G8 Librarian


The Division of Museums, Arts and Humanities (MAHD) of SLA will reimburse travel and accommodation expenses up to $2,000.00 US for a professional librarian from a non-G8 country to attend the SLA Annual Conference. The awardee will also receive free registration to the conference and to all MAHD ticketed events and will be expected to attend all MAHD programs and events.


Click here for more information:

Temporary Part-Time Cataloging Librarian, Elgin, IL

Immediate Temporary Part-Time Cataloging Librarian Position

Due to a promotion, Elgin Community College Library has an immediate opening for a temporary (3-months with possibility of extension) part-time cataloger. The position is for 21 hours per week and is responsible for cataloging, classification and assignment of subject headings using OCLC and Dewey. This person will help with materials selection, may provide reference service back-up and library instruction.

There is an opportunity for an additional 90 grant-funded hours to work on a digitization project doing cataloging and metadata creation.

Minimum qualifications are a Master’s degree in Library Science and experience with OCLC. Innovative Interfaces and academic library experience are a plus. Minimum salary is $30 per hour.

Please send resume and letter indicating interest to:

Dr. Mi Hu
Dean, Academic Development and Learning Resources
Elgin Community College
1700 Spartan Drive
Elgin, IL 60123

Humanities Librarian, Holland, MI

from UT School of Information JobWeb:

Location: United States, Michigan, Holland
Job Types: Professional
Categories: Academic Librarianship
Entry Level
Special Librarianship
Hope College
University Libraries

JOB DESCRIPTION: Includes faculty status with rank, non-tenure track. Seeking an enthusiastic, service-oriented Instruction/Reference Librarian who can work closely with classroom faculty and students in a liberal arts college.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Responsibilities include full participation in an extensive instruction program, reference services, collection development in the humanities, and outreach to faculty and students.

* Required qualifications include an MLS (or equivalent) from an accredited program
* An undergraduate degree in one of the humanities (English, Religion, Philosophy, History, or Languages)
* Excellent teaching skills
* Self-reliance as well as the willingness to consult and collaborate with colleagues
* Knowledge and experience in reference services
* Strong technology skills; and excellent interpersonal skills.
* Willingness to work some nights and weekends on a rotating basis is required.
* Candidates should demonstrate an ability to combine excellence in librarianship with professional activity and should be committed to the character and goals of a liberal arts college operating within the historic Christian faith.

* Additional qualifications preferred include a second master’s degree in a humanities discipline; proficiency in a foreign language; expertise with technology such as digital humanities projects or web page creation or design.
* The library is housed in an award winning building and received the ACRL Excellence in Academic Libraries Award in the college category in 2004. (Ms. Kelly Jacobsma, Director of Libraries,

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Consideration of candidates will continue until the positions are filled. Submit curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy and competencies, research plans if applicable, official graduate and undergraduate transcripts, three current letters of recommendation to:

Chairperson (per position listing below)
Hope College
P.O. Box 9000
Holland, MI 49422-9000
(616) 395-7000