from UT School of Information JobWeb:

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Location: United States, California, Los Angeles
Job Types: Professional
Categories: Management/ Supervisory
Archives/ Records Management
University of Southern California

Requisition ID 27051
Division School of Cinematic Arts
Department School of Cinematic Arts
Location University Park Campus
Employment Full Time
Hiring Range $41,000 – $43,199

Job Announcement: The University of Southern California (USC), founded in 1880, is located in the heart of downtown L.A. and is the largest private employer in the City of Los Angeles. As an employee of USC, you will be a part of a world-class research university and a member of the “Trojan Family,” which is comprised of the faculty, students and staff that make the university what it is.

USC’s School of Cinematic Arts is seeking a Hugh M. Hefner Archivist to join its team.

The Hugh M. Hefner Archivist supervises the daily operations of the Hugh M. Hefner Moving Image Archive, USC’s repository of approximately 70,000 motion picture negatives, sound elements, video, digital media, and photographs.

Job Accountabilities:
• Supervises day-to-day operations of a large library facility, center, department or unit that provides specialized and varied library services. Advises senior management on operational, administrative, personnel and budgetary matters.
• Provides assistance to library patrons using electronic databases, electronic journals, and electronic reference materials within a tiered service environment. Assists patrons in identifying and locating appropriate discipline-specific and interdisciplinary resources, demonstrates search techniques, interprets results, and refers questions as appropriate.
• Monitors and assesses the use of library facilities, reports maintenance needs, and makes recommendations regarding utilization of library space. Contributes to long term planning for expansions and/or relocations.
• Schedules, assigns tasks, and prioritizes workloads on a daily basis. Sets appropriate goals and deadlines. Ensures timely completion of unit’s work. Assigns and monitors progress on work assignments and special projects. Identifies and reports staffing needs to library administrative head.
• Engage in long range planning activities such as developing a mission statement, collection development policy, access services, and operational procedures.
• Oversee best quality duplication of content while assuring protection of originals.
• Communicate effectively with USC departments, labs, and the public.
• Supervises at least two full-time staff or the equivalent engaged in specialized library functions for a large library facility, center, department or unit. Recruits, screens, hires and trains staff. Evaluates employee and/or student workers and provides guidance and feedback to assigned staff and/or student workers. Counsels, disciplines and/or terminates employees as required.
• Oversees system-wide procedures governing the creation, updating and deletion of data in library databases. Enforces quality control measures for the library system’s patron database and/or other library systems in adherence to national and institutional standards. Provides assistance in accessing and interpreting records and transactions, resolving discrepancies, and communicating the results.
• Revises processes to improve efficiency or adapt to new requirements, software, or other operational systems changes. Analyzes and maps workflows. Develops forms, manuals, flow charts, process maps, web content and other documentation. Communicates and documents revised processes and procedures.
• Coordinates the integration of new services, techniques, and technologies into library operations or programs. Plans, organizes and schedules activities to meet objectives.

Performs other related duties as assigned or requested. The University reserves the right to add or change duties at any time.

Minimum Qualifications
=Bachelor’s Degree and three years experience to obtain extensive knowledge of library operations and technical systems.
=Supervisory experience.
=Office management combined with experience in budget administration.
=Combined experience/education may substitute for minimum education

Preferred Qualifications
=Master’s Degree with 5 Years of experience to obtain comprehensive knowledge of library operations and technical systems in a large or specialized academic library.
=Office management and budget administration experience combined with specialized knowledge of University policies and procedures.
=Three years of supervisory experience in a media library or archive.
=Knowledge of film elements, video, and digital formats.

The University of Southern California values diversity and is committed to equal opportunity in employment.



Librarian, Digital Library Services, Gainesville, FL

from UT School of Information JobWeb:

Location: United States, Florida, Gainesville
Job Types: Professional
Categories: Entry Level
Academic Librarianship
Special Librarianship
The Florida Center for Library Automation
The University of Flordia

RANK Assistant-in-Libraries

REPORTS TO Assistant Director for Digital Library Services

ENVIRONMENT The Florida Center for Library Automation (FCLA) provides computer services to the libraries of the eleven public universities of Florida. FCLA is located in Gainesville and administered by the University of Florida. Its main program areas are running a central implementation of a Library Management System and providing services to help libraries create, manage and preserve digital content. The staff at FCLA consists of librarians and programmers working together to provide high quality, cost-effective services to the university system.

JOB SUMMARY The Librarian will work with other librarians and programmers in the Digital Library Services Group to provide applications and services designed to help the libraries of the public university system of Florida create, manage and preserve digital information resources. Some of the current initiatives of the Group include the PALMM (Publication of Archival, Library and Museum Materials) program of software and services to support collections of locally digitized materials; the Florida Digital Archive which provides long-term digital preservation and reformatting services; an ETD program for electronic theses and dissertations; support for Encoded Archival Description (EAD) finding aids to archival collections; and hosting disciplinary and institutional repository applications.

1. Perform needs analysis, design processes and workflows, and draft functional specifications related to new applications or changes to existing applications. Applications may be locally-designed, open source, or third-party vendor products.
2. Work with advisory committees of library staff in the public university system on long or short-term planning and development issues related to digital content.
3. Provide project management and oversight of technical projects that may involve coordinating the work of several contributors, for example, implementing a new digital content management system or migrating content from a legacy system.
4. Train library staff in use of FCLA applications. Communicate with external users (library staff and members of the university communities) about functions, procedures, services, and/or systems.
5. Run one or more production systems to meet service level expectations; maintain usage and performance statistics, perform quality control procedures, communicate with users, and/or supervise FCLA staff who do these functions.
6. Contribute to the general design and operation of applications and services to enhance the digital capabilities of the public university libraries.
7. Related duties as assigned.

=Masters degree in library and/or information science from an ALA-accredited program, or masters degree in related area and additional instruction or experience in library science;
=Familiarity with MARC and non-MARC metadata formats;
=Excellent oral and written communications skills in English;
=Good interpersonal skills;
=Demonstrated aptitude for computer technology
=Demonstrated analytic ability and problem solving skills;
=Strong interest in learning new technologies and emerging standards in the digital library field.

=Two or more years of experience in an academic library or university archive;
=Direct experience with digital initiatives (e.g. digitization projects or Web-based delivery of digital objects);
=Knowledge of XML and XSL, Unix, relational database systems;
=Knowledge of Dublin Core, METS, and OAI; familiarity with archival processing and the EAD;
=Experience training others in use of technology;
=Experience developing or managing library systems software.

RANK & SALARY Assistant-in-Libraries; non-tenured; salary commensurate with experience, minimum $42,000.

BENEFITS Twelve month appointment on an annual contract. Twenty-two days vacation, thirteen days sick-leave and nine paid holidays per year. Retirement plan options, group health plan, and life insurance available. No local or state income tax.

DEADLINE Open until filled

Send letter of application with reference number 0800024, a resume, and the name, phone number and email address of three professional references to:

Astrid Terman
Chair, Search Committee
Florida Center for Library Automation
5830 NW 39th Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32606

The selection process will be conducted under the provisions of Florida’s “Government in the Sunshine” and Public Records Laws. If an accommodation is required to apply, please call (352) 392-9020 or TDD (352)392-7734. EOE


Booklist Online’s Spotlight on the Arts


It’s hard to hold back the Booklist editors when it comes to the arts, perhaps because it’s so broad a category that we all have our favorite subjects within it—some of us are jazz buffs, others “gotta dance,” and still others never met a museum they didn’t love. So when it comes time to gather features for our annual Spotlight on the Arts, there are always more good ideas than there are available pages. read more…

Online Reference Courses


CHICAGO—The Reference and User Services Association (RUSA) is offering online courses that can help librarians assist both their customers and their own careers.

With the continued downturn in the economy, a growing number of visitors to the library seek assistance with business-related questions. The economy has also affected the job market, and many librarians may wish to diversify their skill set to open doors to employment opportunities. Business Reference 101 and The Reference Interview, two of RUSA’s online professional development opportunities, provide solutions to both of these challenges. read more…

ALA Allied Professional Association (APA) News

from the latest ALA-APA e-newsletter:

The American Library Association-Allied Professional Association is a service organization to ALA members.  It manages certification programs and advocates for higher salaries for library employees.

1.  The 2008 Librarian Salary Survey is now available from the ALA Store!  Press release.
•    Data from more than 1000 public and academic libraries on 6 librarian positions, and detailed analysis.
•    Library Salary Database includes salary data for more than 60 librarian and non-MLS positions from 2006 through 2008.
•    Reports are tailored for your library size, region and state.
•    Valuable for HR staff, directors, consultants, and job seekers!
2008 ALA-APA Salary Survey: Librarian: Public and Academic – $81 for ALA members – (25% discount for participating libraries)
Library Salary Database – $50/30-day subscription; $150/annual subscription

3.  Have you helped raise a library worker’s salary?  The SirsiDynix Corporation, through ALA-APA is giving $5000 to a person or institution that has had an impact on library employee salaries.  This is the last year for the award – nominate someone today!

7.  Do you need salary negotiation training?  ALA-APA will provide customized training at libraries, library conferences and to groups.  Contact the [ALA-APA] office for details.

Humanities Librarian, Atlanta, GA

from UT School of Information JobWeb

Location: United States, Georgia, Atlanta
Job Types: Professional
Categories: Entry Level
Academic Librarianship
Atlanta University Center

Status: Full-Time

The Robert W. Woodruff Library of the Atlanta University Center is an organization undergoing dynamic transformation and is poised for excellence. Our strategic direction toward building a 21st century learning community includes the strengthening of our digital and information technology initiatives. Our uniqueness among academic libraries is our service to four historically black institutions in the Atlanta University Center – Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Spelman College, and the Interdenominational Theological Center. The Library serves nearly 10,000 undergraduate and graduate students and has a collection of 1 million items in various formats including a special collections and archives department rich in African American materials. The Library is a member of ARCHE, SOLINET, OCLC, HBCU Library Alliance, and a participant of the Georgia state network, GALILEO.

=Graduate degree in library science from an ALA accredited program required. Undergraduate or graduate degree in humanities required
=Supervisory experience required
=Experience in public services in an academic library
=Strong knowledge and ability to effectively teach and conduct research of essential humanities resources in all formats
=Experience in web page development preferred
=Two to three years experience performing reference and instruction services in an academic library preferred
=Demonstrated knowledge of electronic resources appropriate to an academic research environment serving both undergraduate and graduate programs
=Familiarity with appropriate digital technologies
=Evidence of scholarship and/or professional activity
=Demonstrated commitment to working in a culturally diverse environment
=Excellent oral and written communication skills
=Excellent organizational and analytical skills

SALARY & BENEFITS: Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience; comprehensive benefits package include medical, dental, vision, life, company paid disability plans, company match retirement plan (TIAA-CREF).

HOW TO APPLY: Interested applicants should submit a letter of application and resume online to the Human Resources Department at Please include three professional references and salary requirements.
Application review begins September 2008 and continues until position is filled.

Two Positions, Field Museum, Chicago, IL


1 Full Time Term Position (35 hours/week; 1 year term from start date)

Technical Services Librarian

1 Full Time Position (35 hours/week)

Entry Level Visual Resources Position, Albuquerque, NM

reposted from VRA-L

Hello VRA,
The Bunting Visual Resources Library at the University of New Mexico in beautiful Albuquerque has an “entry” level position opening for a Library Information Specialist 2.  Applications must be submitted through the University job site:
Application are due by 9/24; review begins immediately; interviews to begin 9/29.  Unfortunately, no relocation assistance is available.

Please feel free to contact me (Cindy) for further
information or with questions.

Cindy Abel Morris, Manager
Bunting Visual Resources Library
Center for the Arts, MSC04 1570
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131-0001
cdabel at unm dot edu

REQUISITION #:        M50427
Bunting Visual Resources Library
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

Summary: The Bunting Visual Resources Library provides
digital and analog image collections in support of the
programs of the College of Fine Arts and School of
Architecture and Planning. The library is seeking a
motivated and experienced candidate to join its staff.
Duties include: customer service and assistance, digital
image processing, digital file management, creation and
maintenance of visual resource records using specialized
databases, ordering library materials, supervision and
training of student employees, and website maintenance.

*  Educational emphasis in history of art, architecture or related field
* Information/public service desk activities, preferably in a library setting
* Image capture techniques using both film based cameras and digital acquisition equipment
* Photoshop or other digital image processing software
* Microsoft Access or other complex relational database record creation
* File and record management techniques
* ARTstor or other image resource system
* Dreamweaver or other web authoring tools
* UNM P-card policies and procedures


Auburn University

Auburn University is one of the nation’s premier land-grant institutions. In the U.S. News & World Report – America’s Best Colleges 2009 edition, Auburn was ranked 45th among public universities. Auburn is a high research activity institution, offering Bachelor’s, First Professional, Master’s, Educational Specialist, and Doctor’s degrees. Auburn University enrolled 24,137 students from all fifty states and nearly one hundred countries, including 19,812 undergraduates, 3,375 graduate students, and 950 first professional students (Fall 2007).

Auburn University invites applications for a twelve-month, tenure track position as Digital Projects Librarian within the Auburn University Libraries.
= This position is based in the Libraries’ Systems Department and reports to the director of library technology.
= Under the leadership of the director of library technology, and working in consultation with other Library departments in accordance with the Libraries’ Strategic Plan, the Digital Projects Librarian will take the lead in coordinating the design, creation, and maintenance of the collections comprising the Auburn University Digital Library as well as other digital initiatives.
= The Digital Projects Librarian will work across Library departments to assess and develop appropriate standards, policies, and procedures for the Libraries’ digital projects and to ensure continued development and maintenance of the Libraries’ digital initiatives, which include projects with the Auburn University Special Collections & Archives Department, joint projects with other Auburn University departments and a library-sponsored digitization program.
= The Digital Projects Librarian will also represent the Libraries on projects with other institutions in Alabama and the southeast.

MAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES: Project management for the Libraries’ digital initiatives, including drafting and maintaining policies and procedures; overseeing the production processes needed to maintain the Libraries’ digital collections; helping to train staff in basic digital library skills; ensuring compliance with standards and best practices for digital collections and digital preservation; collaborating with other librarians, including metadata librarians, to create new digital collections and enhance existing ones; overseeing the conversion of textual, image, audio, and video materials into digital form; keeping abreast of developments in digital librarianship, including new tools for the organization and display of digital materials; chairing and organizing meetings of the Libraries’ Digital Projects Working Group; working with university-wide faculty to incorporate digitization initiatives into their research, teaching and outreach activities; performing copyright research and due-diligence correspondence; serving on University committees as needed and representing the Libraries at the state, regional, and national levels; and grant writing.

= A Masters degree from an ALA-accredited library program;
= familiarity with standards and best practices for digital library projects;
= experience working with Dublin Core, EAD, METS, MODS, or other metadata standards, as well as controlled vocabularies (LCSH, AAT, etc.);
= working knowledge of CONTENTdm or a similar digital content-management software package;
= ability to draft and maintain clear documentation and policies for digital projects and programs;
= proven ability to successfully initiate, track, and manage multiple detail-oriented projects simultaneously in a collaborative faculty environment;
= commitment to creating and maintaining high-quality digital collections and exhibits that can be used for teaching, research and outreach.

= Archival training demonstrated knowledge of rare and unique library materials;
= professional-level knowledge of and experience with copyright law and/or copyright compliance;
= experience planning, implementing, and/or maintaining an institutional repository (IR) using DSpace, Fedora, or another IR package;
= proven ability to design innovative library services using social software and Web 2.0 technologies;
= training and supervisory experience; grant-writing experience;
= second graduate degree in the humanities and social sciences, especially English, history, or a foreign language.

SALARY/BENEFITS: Minimum salary $44,720 with appointment as Librarian II, higher with experience, or appointment as a Librarian III.
Rank will be commensurate with experience/qualifications. Mandatory participation in State Teacher’s Retirement System; optional participation in other retirement plans; twenty days vacation/twelve days sick per year; health, life, dental and disability insurance.

APPLICATION: Application review process begins October 6, 2008, and will continue until a qualified candidate is selected and recommended for appointment.
Complete application must include letter of interest, resume, names, mailing and e-mail addresses and telephone numbers of three current references. The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time appointment is scheduled to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of employment.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills required.


Linda Caudle, Executive Assistant & Business Manager
Ralph Brown Draughon Library
Auburn University, AL 36849-5606

e-mail: .



University of Texas at San Antonio

Posting Open Date: 09-08-2008
Posting Close Date at midnight on: 10-20-2008
Requisition Number 20080602
Department Posting Name Library, Reference
Location 1604 Campus
Recruitment Type External
Benefits Eligible? This is an Administrative & Professional (A&P), benefits eligible, position.
Hours per week 40
If employee will be working a schedule other than Monday – Friday, 8:00am – 5:00pm, specify hours and days to be worked Monday-Friday 8:00 am – 5:00 pm or 9:00 am – 6:00 pm with some flexibility. May work one evening weekly. Weekend work in rotation will be required. Travel between campuses is required.
Recruiting Rate: $40,042 or more/annualized depending on qualifications
Beginning Salary Flexibility Yes
Pay Basis Salary
Security Sensitive (Requires a criminal background check) Yes
Required Education Master’s Degree
Do you want to allow additional experience to substitute for required education? No

Field of Study: Required: ALA accredited Master’s Degree in Library or Information Science.

Required: Bachelor’s or advanced degree in the Humanities with coursework in philosophy, religious studies, and/or classics.

MS Office Experience Required: Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Outlook
Other Computer and Software Skills Required: Proficiency in electronic searching, including an integrated library system, the Internet and working knowledge of PC based applications.

Experience and Other Skills Required
= Successful practicum or other library reference and/or teaching experience.
= Excellent written, verbal and interpersonal communication skills.
= Experience with an integrated library system; working knowledge of PC-based applications.
= Demonstrated knowledge of print and online reference sources and databases.
= Strong service orientation and the ability to work collegially and productively with diverse groups.
= Ability to adapt to rapidly changing technologies and environments.
= Accuracy in all phases of duties performed.
= Ability to lift and move books, boxes or equipment weighing up to 40 lbs. with or without reasonable accommodations. Move book trucks weighing up to 100 lbs. with or without reasonable accommodations.

Other Skills Preferred
= Library reference experience at an academic institution.
= Reading knowledge of a foreign language.
= Experience in the development and presentation of library instruction in the use of electronic and traditional information resources.
= Knowledge of reference and information resources in all formats, especially in the humanities.
= Recent experience in performing instruction, reference, collection development and liaison activities in the humanities.
= Experience with the Voyager integrated library system.

Description of Job Duties
= Provide reference assistance, information and instruction to library clientele via the Reference Desk, telephone, online, and individual appointments.
= Provide classroom and individual instruction in the identification, retrieval, and evaluation of information.
= Develop print and online instructional materials and assist faculty in the planning of library assignments.
= Select and evaluate materials in all formats in support of humanities disciplines. Responsible for the management of funds in support of these disciplines. Act as liaison to academic departments in the humanities disciplines.
= Occasionally lift and move books, boxes or equipment weighing up to 40 lbs. with or without reasonable accommodations. Move book trucks weighing up to 100 lbs. with or without reasonable accommodations.
= Conduct special projects. Develop budget requests and assess strengths and weaknesses of the collection in assigned areas. Write reports.
= Serve on Library and University Committees and Task Forces. Attend appropriate conferences and training sessions in area of specialization. May represent UTSA at local, regional and national meetings. Perform additional duties as assigned.

Documents that must be associated with this posting.
These required documents must be attached electronically at the time of application to be referred. Resume, Cover Letter

Special Notes To Applicants: At least three references must be included on your resume and be attached electronically at the time of application. Salary history must be provided at time of application and can be attached as “other document”.

If you are a returning applicant and need to update your application information before applying for a position, please log in if you haven’t already done so and click on the ‘Manage Applications’ link on the navigation bar to the left. You will not be allowed to change your application information after you have applied for a position.


Amazing VRC Videos!!

(reposted from VRA-L)

The University of Texas School of Architecture’s Visual Resources Collection has produced five short videos (ranging from 1 to 2 minutes long) available via YouTube:

The following link will bring up all videos in this series:;search_type=&amp;aq=f

[We need replicate their Web Resources functionality on our ArLiSNAP Resources page!!]

Arrests of Graffiti Artists

NEW YORK (AP) _ While other tourists were sightseeing in Europe this summer, Jim Clay Harper and Danielle Bremner spray-painted their way across the continent, police say.

read more… (and check out the survey, “Is Graffiti Art,” on the left side–interesting results.)

Two Reference and Instruction Positions, Columbia College, Chicago

Columbia College Chicago — Chicago, IL

Columbia College Chicago is the largest and most diverse private arts and media college in the nation with more than 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Columbia provides a comprehensive education set within a liberal arts curriculum.

Columbia College Chicago seeks an energetic, motivated and team-oriented individual to provide reference service to the Columbia College community, participate in a busy and dynamic information literacy program for undergraduate and graduate students and serve as selector/liaison for one or more college departments.  Some evening and/or weekend hours required.

ALA-accredited MLS or MSLS degree. Minimum two years experience in an academic library with a thorough understanding of academic user needs and demonstrated public service experience. Enthusiastic public service orientation and commitment to providing user-centered services. Group instruction experience. Familiarity with instructional methodologies and information literacy principles.
Working knowledge of electronic resources of all types, library catalogs and reference tools.
Must have basic personal computing skills and an interest in learning new software and systems as needed. Ability to perform in-depth research and present findings to users of all types. Familiarity with collection development principles or experience with faculty liaison programs. Strong communication (oral and written) and presentation skills. Ability to create and edit web pages and contribute to online guides and tutorials. Ability to work and communicate effectively with a diverse population of faculty, staff and students. Excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills exhibiting a high degree of flexibility and ability to work in a team environment. Demonstrated effective time management, project management, and organizational skills. Ability to use initiative to further departmental or library-wide goals. Experience of or commitment to collaboration both inside and outside the Library to create and sustain services in response to changing needs. Active participation
in state or national professional organizations.

Reports to Head of Reference and Instruction. Professional development is strongly supported.

Commensurate with experience.

Candidates should submit a letter of application, resume, and names and addresses, postal and email, of three current references, electronically at:<>.  Please include position title and number in email subject line.

Position Title: Reference and Instruction Librarian
Position Number: 139

Applications received by August 8, 2008 will receive priority consideration.

Columbia College Chicago encourages qualified female, GLBT, disabled and minority classified individuals to apply for all positions.

Library Instruction Coordinator
Columbia College Chicago — Chicago, IL

Columbia College Chicago is the largest and most diverse private arts and media college in the nation with more than 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students. Columbia provides a comprehensive education set within a liberal arts curriculum.

The College is seeking a Library Instruction Coordinator. The successful candidate will be an energetic, creative, outgoing and forward-thinking individual ready to coordinate, expand, evaluate and promote our dynamic campus-wide information literacy instruction program for undergraduate and graduate students.  She or he will collaborate with other librarians and campus units to support faculty in incorporating discipline-specific information literacy into their teaching strategies through the use of technology.
Anticipated start date is October 1, 2008.
Responsibilities include reaching out to and supporting faculty; exploring new ways to use technology to incorporate information literacy instruction into courses and programs; identifying and incorporating creative uses of technology to enrich the information literacy program; developing new instructional workshops and tutorials; teaching discipline-specific and course-integrated information literacy classes; coordinating and evaluating instructional activities; and supporting the development of instruction librarians. Duties also include a limited number of reference desk service hours (including a possible evening) and serving as liaison to one or more academic departments.
Reports to Head of Reference and Instruction. Professional development is strongly supported.

*   ALA-accredited MLS with three years professional experience in academic library instruction or comparable experience.
*   Experience managing programs and using technology to improve or expand instructional services preferred.
*   Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with instructional concepts, methodologies and technologies.
*   Familiarity with information resources in all formats.
*   Excellent skills in communication and collaboration, enthusiasm for working with teaching faculty and strong commitment to public service.
*   Demonstrated capacity to work collaboratively in a culturally diverse college environment.
*   Experience of or commitment to collaboration both inside and outside the Library to create and sustain services in response to changing needs.
*   Knowledge of outcomes-based assessment preferred.

Candidates should submit a letter of application, resume, and names and addresses, postal and email, of three current references, electronically at: .  Please include position title and number in email subject line.

Position Title:  Library Instruction Coordinator.
Position number: 286

Applications received by August 8, 2008 will receive priority consideration.

Columbia College Chicago encourages qualified female, GLBT, disabled and minority classified individuals to apply for all positions.

Thinking about How We Label Images

As an image cataloger I don’t often have the opportunity to write such long descriptions of art work as these, but I do assign many short or one-word labels to images. In response to the question below, I’m often the one who gets to decide. For example, many painting titles refer to rape scenes as abductions (or vice versa), yet both are listed in the Library of Congress Subject Authority. Either would probably help people find images, but the implications are quite different, in my opinion. Have any of you encountered this particular issue of labeling images? How do you approach it?

From the Jane Addams Hull House Museum:

Alternative Labeling Project

Was Mary Rozet Smith Jane Addams’s companion, lesbian lover, or life-long partner?  Why should we care?  What is at stake in how we describe their relationship? Who gets to decide?

Please take a few minutes to participate in our civic engagement and reflection project. Choose one of three labels that you think best describes the portrait of Mary Rozet Smith.

To comment, visit the Hull-House Response Board inside Jane Addams Hull-House museum or participate in our weblog HERE.

New Position, University of Chicago, Visual Resources Collection

Please direct any questions about this position to Gretchen Witthuhn (contact info below).

Job Title: Image Cataloger
Department of Art History, Visual Resources Collection
Full-time  37.5 hrs/week

General Summary: Under the general supervision of the Director of Visual Resources, the Image Cataloger is responsible for cataloging, collection development, public service, which includes training academics on use of media tools, and maintenance of the image collections. The Cataloger works closely with the faculty to determine and fulfill their image needs for teaching and research, which involves researching and acquiring new images, cataloging images, enhancing the cataloging system, and providing training to student employees. The Cataloger works on all aspects of making images available including uploading digital images and data and supporting users of images in multiple software applications (LUNA, PowerPoint, ARTstor). This individual will also provide support for use of classroom A/V equipment and digital imaging equipment.

Required Qualifications: experience in Visual Resources Collection OR Library OR a related facility required;  excellent communication, organization, interpersonal, and customer service skills; ability to take initiative, solve problems, and prioritize work effectively; demonstrated ability to work flexibly, independently, and collaboratively with colleagues, faculty, and students in a rapidly changing service-oriented environment.

Preferred Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree, particularly with a significant Art History background, experience using software products such as Luna, ARTstor, and Powerpoint; experience in training others; reading ability of at least one European language, knowledge of the history of art, and familiarity with literature in the field; knowledge of image cataloging standards and practices; awareness of technologies, including digital imaging; knowledge of photographic processes and the ability to evaluate analog and digital image quality.

To be considered for this position, candidates should apply online at the following link and if needed, reference Requisition 079906.

The University of Chicago is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action

. . . . . .
Gretchen Witthuhn
Director, Visual Resources Collection
University of Chicago Department of Art History
5540 S. Greenwood Ave., Chicago, Illinois 60637
773.702.5048 | g.witthuhn AT uchicago DOT edu

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Subject Experts Need Not Apply

From the The Chronicle of Higher Education, Chronicle Careers, July 1, 2008:

Recent job postings and hires suggest that many academic libraries are losing interest in hiring humanities Ph.D.’s


Job candidates with M.A.’s and Ph.D.’s in the humanities have become increasingly drawn to the idea of earning a master’s in library and information science (MLIS) and pursuing careers as academic librarians. Read more

American Planning Association Internship, Chicago

Internship / Fieldwork opportunity for MLS student

Merriam Center Library of the American Planning Association (Special Library)

Job Description:

The Merriam Center Library of the American Planning Association seeks a student intern for the Fall, Spring, or Summer sessions of the 2008-2009 school year. This internship provides a unique opportunity for an MLS student to gain experience in a variety of facets of librarianship including cataloging, collection development, website design, research, and user services in a specialized library setting. The Library serves a research staff engaged in many cutting-edge projects in service of urban & regional planners and the planning profession.


Under the supervision of the Librarian, the Intern can contribute to several ongoing projects including: Migration to an automated, integrated library system; Development and design of a new Library website; Collection development initiatives designed to serve our National Centers for Planning with current emphasis on Green Communities, Hazards Planning, and Planning & Public Health; Revision and maintenance of our own in-house APA classification system used to organize books, pamphlets, reports, & vertical file materials at a level of practical detail of use to planners and researchers; Other projects as agreed upon by the Intern and Librarian.

Full/Part Time & Hours: Part Time – Hours: Negotiable, depending upon student’s university requirements.


We are looking for a tech-savvy, creative, hardworking individual eager to delve into the world of special libraries. Enrollment in an MLS degree program required. Academic background in social sciences, planning, or a related field preferred. Knowledge of Library of Congress Classification, AACR cataloguing standards, and ability to learn APA’s own classification system required. Excellent organizational, communication, and writing skills and the ability to work independently are required.

This position is an unpaid learning opportunity. The schedule is flexible depending upon the student’s course schedule and the practicum course hour requirements of the student’s university.

Interested students are encouraged to contact the Librarian to discuss interests and options for the practicum.

To apply, please submit a resume, cover letter, and list of 3 professional or academic references via email to Rana Salzmann, Librarian.

Salary: This is an unpaid learning opportunity for students in an MLS program.

Contact Information

Rana Salzmann

Libraries on iTunes U


iTunes U puts the power of the iTunes Store to work for colleges and universities, so users can easily search, download, and play course content just like they do music, movies, and TV shows.

DePaul University Libraries (and probably others) offer podcasts on iTunes U. To see their page:

  1. Install iTunes on your computer
  2. Click on the following link to open iTunes U (will open your iTunes application):
  3. Look for DePaul University on the left in the Universities box.
  4. The DePaul University Libraries link is in the third box down on the right

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from UT School of Information

Location: United States, New York, New York City
Job Types: Professional
Categories: Preservation/ Conservation Entry Level


Description The Preservation Department of New York University Libraries seeks an energetic individual to manage NYU Libraries’ moving image and sound preservation program. The program comprises a suite of activities that includes appraisal, format identification, condition review, cleaning, re-housing, and preservation re-mastering for motion picture film, video and sound recordings.
= The moving image preservation specialist also oversees grant-related projects.
= S/he directs, trains and supervises full-time and part-time staff to assist in these activities.
= Moving image and sound materials currently held in NYU Libraries include: 8mm, 16mm, 35mm motion picture film and a mixture of video formats spread across several archives and special collections. An assortment of formats can also be found among audio collections.
= The moving image preservation specialist also assists in the development of preservation goals and objectives, procedures, and policies for moving image and sound materials.
= S/he evaluates collections to assess preservation needs and collaborates with curators in setting priorities and arranging treatment and processing schedules.
= The specialist implements standard procedures for handling, examining, describing, and assessing moving image collections; ensures adherence to established access, storage, and handling policies for these materials; manages workflow for media transfers, including preservation re-mastering operations to meet preservation standards; communicates with vendors for outside services needed; and manages day-to-day activities of an active moving image preservation program.
= In administering the program, the specialist trains and supervises one full-time staff and two part-time graduate assistants from the Moving Image Archiving and Preservation Program (MIAP) in the NYU Cinema Studies Department as well as additional student assistants as needed.
= The moving image preservation specialist also supervises staff working on grant-related programs for media as needed within the Libraries preservation department.
= The moving image preservation specialist position is a permanent professional appointment and reports to the head of the Libraries’ Barbara Goldsmith Preservation and Conservation Department.
= NYU Libraries has an active preservation program for motion picture video and audio collections equipped with two labs designed to facilitate viewing, describing, cleaning, re-housing, and reformatting of moving image materials. An audio lab is under development. The specialist will manage the moving image and sound preservation program and provide leadership as the program continues to develop and mature.
= The incumbent will assist in grant-writing and grant project initiatives as needed.
= NYU seeks an individual who is active in professional organizations and who enjoys participation in the professional community of moving image and sound preservation.

= Formal training in moving image technology or equivalent experience, together with extensive experience in moving image archiving and preservation, including knowledge of the recommended practices and guidelines for archival restoration and transfer of moving images;
= strong organizational skills and demonstrated ability to work independently and productively in a fluid, complex organization and to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing;
= commitment to the education of future preservationists.

Salary/Benefits: Salary is commensurate with experience.

TO APPLY Please send a letter stating your qualifications, include your curriculum vitae, and three references that document your main activities in preservation, and any relevant publications to:

Ms. Janet Koztowski Human Resources Director New York University Libraries 70 Washington Square South New York, NY 10012

Fax: 212-995-4070 E-mail: .

For the NYU Libraries Mission and Strategic Plan go to

Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled. NYU IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER