Job and internship postings

P/T Weekend and Evening Librarian– School of Visual Arts

Serials Specialist– Art and Architecture Library, Stanford University

Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Art and Architecture– Harvard University

Digital Asset Cataloger– Arthrex, Inc.

Archival Internship– American Folk Art Museum

Internship– New York Art Resources Consortium


Curator Special Collections/Assistant Librarian — Miami University

The Miami University Libraries seeks an enthusiastic, knowledgeable, proactive and service-oriented librarian for the Walter Havighurst Special Collections. Reporting to the Head of Special Collections and Archives, the Curator of Special Collections/Assistant Librarian will foster engagement with the collections, develop relationships with researchers, promote the collections among academic faculty, coordinate instruction in the use of departmental primary resources and participate broadly in departmental services and outreach.

A graduate degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited institution; formal coursework or training in rare books, special collections librarianship, and/or history of the book; ability to meet the Miami University criteria for advancement and promotion of librarians as outlined in the Libraries Appointment, Rank and Promotion System (LARPS); training and/or experience providing reference or research assistance in an academic library; training and/or experience providing instruction in primary resources, special collections and/or archives; ability to work effectively in a customer service oriented environment; ability to work effectively as a team member to produce targeted outcomes; ability to work independently and prioritize work to ensure that goals are realized; demonstrated strength in written and verbal communication in English.

For more information or to apply for the position, please see www.miamiujobs.com/applicants/Central?quickFind=54077


Internship and job postings

Internships– IFCA, Dumbarton Oaks

PT Library Assistant– Dumbarton Oaks

Internship– Felix Gonzalez-Torres Foundation

Cataloging Internship– Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Library

 


Job postings

Manager, Digital Assets- SFMOMA

Archives and Digital Resources Specialist– Vizcaya Museum and Gardens

Digital Imaging Archivist– Brooklyn Museum

Project Archivist– New York Historical Society Museum and Library

Project Assistant– Brooklyn Museum Library

Digital Scholarship Librarian– California College of the Arts

 


A Success Story: Interview with new art librarian Ashley Peterson

Our awesome Student Liaison, Ashley Peterson, has been in her position at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston for a little over a year and has offered to share some her job seeking/post-MLIS survival advice!

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Can you tell us a little bit about your background and your current position?

I have a BA in Art History, and focused on art librarianship and visual resources-related courses in my MLS program. Upon graduation, I had designs on a job in reference in some sort of academic or museum art library, but it being 2008 I was grateful to land even a non-reference, non-art related full-time professional position. After five years of working in access services at a teeny-tiny women’s liberal arts college and a slightly less tiny college focused on early childhood education and social work, last October I finally snagged my dream job: instruction, research, and visual resources librarian at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

 

How did you get your current job? Do you have any job-hunting advice?

Do I ever! During my grad program, in addition to seeking out courses that would prepare me for art librarianship/VR, I was a member and then co-chair of an art library student interest group. We had a close relationship with the local ARLIS/NA chapter, which provided lots of great networking opportunities. When I didn’t find an art library job immediately after graduation, I used a few strategies to stay current with the field and the local professional community: incorporating elements of art librarianship into my non-art-related job, and volunteering. I was fortunate to work for institutions with small staffs, as this afforded me the opportunity to take on some reference and instruction responsibilities in addition to my day-to-day in access services. In both of my post-graduation professional jobs I positioned myself as the art history and studio art subject specialist (never mind that there were only about two or three such classes taught during any given semester!), which entailed creating subject guides, teaching library instruction sessions, meeting with students working on art/art history-related assignments, and selecting resources for the library’s collection.

Drawing on contacts I made during my graduate program, I also volunteered with the library at the SMFA Boston. I mostly worked remotely, helping to create and maintain subject guides, and had lots of great conversations with the librarians there about their work. After a few years a new position was created, I applied, and here I am today!

This is, of course, eliding all of the times I unsuccessfully applied and interviewed for art librarian jobs over the five years between graduation and landing my current position. For most job seekers this is a part of the landscape, and I think it’s important to see each position you don’t get as a learning opportunity (difficult to do when you’re in the trenches, I know). On some occasions when I was not a successful candidate, I even contacted search committee members to ask what sort of qualifications or skill sets would better-prepare me for future job opportunities. I got some excellent feedback!

So in sum, my advice is: maintain and grow your professional contacts, try to incorporate elements of art librarianship into whatever work you’re currently doing, be willing to work for free if necessary, and keep applying!

 

What are your main roles/duties at your current position? What is a typical day like for you?

I am one of three full-time staff members at my library, and as you’d imagine our positions overlap a great deal. My primary areas of responsibility are information/visual literacy instruction, research assistance, and visual resources collection development. Over the summer and into this fall semester, I have mostly been focused on building a website for the library using LibGuides, developing foundational information literacy sessions for the first-year English program, and populating our library’s instance of Artstor Shared Shelf with images from our print holdings in contemporary art. A typical day doesn’t really exist, but I can always count on stumbling across some piece of treasure from our artist book, rare book, or even circulating collections and having some great conversations with students and colleagues.

 

What were/are some challenges for you as a new art librarian? Are these related to larger challenges in art librarianship?

This is not at all unique to art librarianship, and is true of all library jobs I’ve had: communicating a library’s value to stakeholders is incredibly essential. Speaking from an academic setting, it’s fantastic to have the support of the students and faculty whose work is directly impacted by library services, but it can be challenging to convey this to the people who control the budgets. I am incredibly fortunate to work with some very passionate, talented, and dedicated people and for a director who is a tireless advocate for our library, and yet we still run into the occasional “Why do we even HAVE a library? It’s all online!” I think fighting the good fight entails doing excellent work and then communicating the heck out of it, in whatever way suits your institutional and personal style.

 

What are the most important things emerging art librarians should know?

Bits & books! Tech skills are of course important, though I do think the recent “Every librarian should learn to code!” mantra is a bit overstated. Instead I am an absolute believer in technological literacy: be fluent in the technologies you use day to day, and be aware of technologies that may help you in the future, or are useful elsewhere in the field. This is where keeping up-to-date with library blogs and professional literature comes in handy!

One thing that surprised me about art librarianship is the vagaries of the art book market and the importance of buying print volumes before their value explodes (which doesn’t always happen, of course– but better to not take the chance!). Print is still important to an art library collection to an extent that is no longer the case in most general collections. The ebook issue is no less present, but at least for the time being print is still queen when it comes to lavishly illustrated monographs, exhibition catalogs, catalogues raisonnés, and other such essential components of a quality collection.

Finally, get out there and immerse yourself in the local arts scene! I’m always thrilled when something I’ve encountered or someone I’ve met at a show, performance, exhibition, etc. sparks my thinking about a project at work, or comes in handy when I least expect it.

 

What do you do in your spare time?

No one ever tells you this, but being a relatively settled adult in your early 30’s without kids, and especially when most of your friends also don’t have kids, is kind of like a second adolescence (uhh, in a good way). My husband and I love meeting friends for crafty cocktails & beers, going to shows, taking leisurely bike rides to places that serve hot dogs with ridiculous toppings, traveling, taking on overly ambitious cooking projects, and watching intense and/or goofy TV shows with our cat. I’m also an occasional knitter and a voracious reader, lest I lose my librarian cred.

 

Have questions for Ashley or want to hear more? Join us for our virtual conference, Visualizing the Future: New Perspectives in Art Librarianship, on January 17th when she will be featured on the roundtable session of new professionals!

This is a part of the “Success Story” series of interviews. If you would like to share your story, please contact the discussion team.


Job postings

Art Librarian — Northwestern University

Project Assistant–Brooklyn Museum Library

College Laboratory Technician, Visual Resources– Queens College (posting #11882)

Curatorial Cataloger– The Historic New Orleans Collection

PT Digitization Associate– Brooklyn Historical Society

 


Paid digital archive intern

Artist seeks paid digital archive Intern, deadline Nov 30

Seeking PAID DIGITAL ARCHIVE INTERN to Begin January 2015

Whitney Biennial artist seeks paid digital archive Intern to assist with reorganizing and managing five (5) 2 TB external drives containing video, audio, image and text files. The reorganization of 20 years of digital data is intended for two different purposes: (1) as “active storage” in the artist’s studio, and (2) as the digital addition to her non-digital “Collected Papers” already archived at a major academic institution.

The successful candidate will have:

-knowledge of Information and Library Science management systems

-coursework in the management of born-digital records preferred

-high comfort level in learning new technologies

-discretion when dealing with confidential or sensitive information

-accuracy and attention to detail

Our studio is located in Lower Manhattan. We anticipate the paid intern chosen will work a total of 12-16 hours per week, with flexible afternoon and early evening hours to be arranged. The post will begin in January 2015.

Please email resume and cover letter highlighting any relevant work experience and coursework to: lorraineogradystudio@gmail.com  attn: Sur, Studio Manager.

We will accept applications until midnight, November 30. On December 9 will begin contacting suitable candidates to arrange in-person interviews.

Our goal is to reach a final decision no later than December 21.


Digital stewardship and art librarianship

In the vein of “Hack your MLIS program: Art Librarianship,” we want to gage the interest of those of you who are working with digital collections (including visual resources) and those of you who want to work with digital collections in art librarianship.

For me, I knew I wanted to work with digital collections and digital projects, and luckily there was a digital librarianship track in my MLIS program. Integrating art librarianship into my track was not difficult with numerous digitization projects happening at museums, libraries, and archives. My current position involves cataloging digital collections (the visual resources collection included) and supervision of digitization projects.

Metadata is a big part of my job and there are a lot of opportunities to learn more about it outside of your MLIS program. However, it’s not just about understanding the multitude of different schemas/standards/vocabularies/ontologies/taxonomies/etc. but understanding crosswalks and how to represent the data in different languages. Currently, my workplace is migrating to Linked Open Data (LOD) and much of the field (both “traditional,” MARC-focused metadata and metadata for digital objects) is moving toward functionality with the semantic web. In order to keep up, I’m taking the Certificate in XML and RDF-Based Systems from Library Juice Academy. There is also the Mechanics of Metadata Series for those of you who might be interested.

Coursework preparation

What are you learning about managing/cataloging digital collections in your classes (or outside of your program)? What do you want to learn? Do you have a digital librarianship track or similar coursework requirements?

I only had one metadata class in my MLIS program but all of my other classes supplemented that knowledge with hands-on practice. There were also a variety of classes that dealt with cataloging items of cultural heritage or data management for larger data gathering projects. Most of what I know about metadata and managing digital collections came from my internships and jobs, however, where institutional standards and practices were also important considerations.

“Real world” preparation

What are you working on in your internships and/or positions? Do you feel prepared to enter the professional field? Or, were you prepared?

Also, many metadata and digital initiatives positions are requiring more technical knowledge, as well as experience with MARC and RDA cataloging. What do you think about this? My coursework and professional experienced has been geared towards management of digital objects with little experience cataloging books and other monographic items. Also, my IT classes were focused on web publishing and design rather than markup languages, which are necessary skills for metadata librarian positions!

Thoughts? Please let us know your experience and share any advice you have!


Job and internship postings

P/T Librarian– Art and Architecture Library, New York Institute of Technology

Associate Collection Information Specialist– The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Associate Collection Information Manager– The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Digital Assets Specialist for Time Based Media– The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Visual Resource Specialist– California State University, San Bernardino

Visual Resource Curator– Fordham University (position # A05175)

Temporary Digital Imaging Technician– Luna Imaging

Research Resources Assistant– The Whitney Museum of American Art

Acquisitions and Cataloging Assistant– The Frick Art Reference Library

Photo Archives and Digital Asset Management Intern, Spring 2015– The Bronx Zoo

Archives internship, Spring 2015– The Frick Art Reference Library Archives


Reference Librarian– Savannah College of Art and Design

SCAD libraries are focal points for inspiration, information, study and research. The university seeks a reference and instruction librarian to support these growing and rapidly changing environments.
Reporting to the Head of Reference Services at SCAD Savannah, you will apply your strong public service orientation and customer service skills to assist talented students and faculty in their academic pursuits.
On a daily basis, you will provide patron services at the reference desk, in classes, and over the Web; conduct research workshops and orientations; and instruct patrons on how to best take advantage of the library’s print and online information resources.
We invite you to develop research guides, videos and other instructional resources and services; connect with the SCAD community through outreach programs, social media and other venues; contribute to collection development; identify and apply new technologies that enhance research and instruction; and liaise with departments throughout the university.
You will also represent SCAD through local and national library organizations and participate in library and university-wide events and activities.
Requirements:
ALA-accredited M.L.S. or M.L.I.S. degree
– Undergraduate or graduate degree in a subject taught at SCAD
– Familiarity with traditional and online information sources, particularly in art/design subject areas
– Working knowledge of effective research strategies and innovations in library instruction
– Superior verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills and strong customer service orientation

Full post here.


Job and internship postings

Library Technician (Conservation) — Smithsonian

Assistant Archivist– Tiffany & Co.

Summer internships– Nation Gallery of Art

Associate Manager for Technical Services — Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

PT Library Receptionist– The Frick Art Reference Library

Metadata and Cataloging Specialist– Pratt Institute


Job and internship postings

Spring 2015 Library and Archives Department Internship– Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Project Archives Assistant– Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Project Archivist– Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum

Digital Services Librarian– School of Visual Arts

Curator, Office of Visual Materials– University of Iowa


Job and internship postings

Cataloging Technical Assistant– Rhode Island School of Design

Intern– The Byrd Hoffman Water Mill Foundation and the Archives of Robert Wilson


Project Archivist — Library, Baltimore Museum of Art

The Baltimore Museum of Art is seeking an experienced Project Archivist for the successful execution of an archives processing and digital preservation policy project. This is a grant-funded, 12-month, full-time, temporary position in the Library and Archives Department of The Baltimore Museum of Art.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to:

  • Following national standards and best practices for archival description, process and arrange institutional records, recommend and implement appropriate preservation procedures, work with Archivists’ Toolkit, and prepare MARC records.
  • Train and supervise volunteers and interns.
  • Working with staff throughout the Museum, develop an institution-wide digital preservation policy.  Create procedures specifically for the preservation of born-digital and digitized archival records.
  • Promote the progress and results of the project via social media, professional conference presentations, and/or articles in professional journals or newsletters.
  • Remain competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, and attending professional development courses and training.

This full-time, temporary, exempt position reports to the Head Librarian & Archivist in the Education Division.

Full post here.


Job postings

Archivist– BOO-HOORAY

Digital Assets Manager– BOO-HOORAY

Coordinator, Visual Resources– Illinois State University

Visual and Performing Arts Resource Library Coordinator– Clark University

Processing Archivist– The New School Archives & Special Collections

Digitization Technician–Design Commission of the City of New York


Systems and Information Technology Librarian– Thomas J. Watson Library, The Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Thomas J. Watson Library in The Metropolitan Museum of Art is currently seeking applicants for the full-time position of Systems and Information Technology Librarian. The Systems and Information Technology Librarian performs a variety of key activities in Watson Library’s team-based environment. This position administers and maintains the library’s integrated library system and ensures its optimal performance and continuous development; manages the library’s hardware and software applications; and plays an active role in the library’s digital initiatives. This librarian is an active member of several technical services teams and provides reference and research support to library patrons. This position works collaboratively with library staff to regularly assess procedures, and develops strategies for the implementation of technologies to enhance access to the collections, to increase productivity, and to streamline workflows. This position will work collaboratively with the departments of Digital Media and Information Technology to coordinate and continuously improve library systems and services. This is an opportunity to contribute to the success of an innovative and productive art library while learning and applying new professional skills.

 

Full post here.


Other opportunities

Archive Intern– Cartier, New York, NY

Performing Arts and Media Supervisor– University of Arkansas

Photo Archive Intern– Private Collector, New York, NY


Job postings

Assistant Archivist– Corning Museum of Glass

P/T Records Manager/Archivist– Segerstrom Archive

Collections Photographer (Library Technical Assistant IV)– NYPL


A Success Story: Interview with new art librarian Mackenzie Salisbury

An active ARLIS/NA and ArLiSNAP member, Mackenzie Salisbury, recently accepted her first art librarian position at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum! We asked her to share her journey from having staff and non-traditional art librarian positions to her new job,  as well as any helpful advice.  You can connect with Mackenzie on her LinkedIn profile.

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Can you tell us a little bit about your background and your current position?

Art librarianship snuck up on me. My first job as an undergraduate was in the slide library in the Art History department at the University of Maine. It was perhaps my favorite job in college, but never really thought of it as a “library” job until much later in life. I graduated with an Art History degree from the University of Maine and then took a few years off to figure out what I wanted to do next. I moved to Chicago, IL with a friend, and our apartment happened to be across the street from the Newberry Library. After wandering in one day and looking at some of their incredible map collection, I starting interning one day a week. After that, I was hooked! I started my MLIS not long after through Drexel University.

Currently, I am the Librarian at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum. Although a simple title, my role here deals with a number of traditional and out-of-the-box views of what a “librarian” does. Not only do I deal with reference and collections, but I am also responsible for thinking innovatively when it comes to newer technologies that might enhance the museums collections.

What did you do before you accepted your current position?

I’ve always been involved in special libraries. I interned at the Art Institute of Chicago, worked as the Access/Circulation Supervisor at Northwestern’s Law Library, and cataloged at Harrington College of Design. Professionally, I was an Information Services Librarian at Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) on the north side of Chicago. It was my first professional job out of library school, and I learned an incredible amount from the most amazing colleagues.

What drew you to this position and art librarianship in general?

For me, art librarianship was a way to work in two areas that I am passionate about : libraries/information services and art. My current position at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum also focuses on access, instruction, and technology in a museum setting – something that really allows me to use and grow my current skills. Additionally, this position comes with a great support network, and a well known and respected museum which is currently going through some exciting changes. Stay tuned 😉

 

How did you get your current job? Do you have any job-hunting advice?

My current job came to me through a series of incredible networking moments, a great mentor, and my willingness to say YES! I found out about the position at ARLIS/NA conference in DC and my mentor, Leigh Gates, encouraged me to sit and chat with the HR representative that was doing the interviews. From there it was a series of impromptu meetings ( the first time I met Eumie, my current boss, was at the reception of ARLIS/NA at the Library of Congress – very magical. We sat on a bench and talked informally for about an hour!), a Skype interview with the team here, and then a quick trip to meet everyone and see Santa Fe in person.

Job Hunting advice:

  1. Embrace Facebook, LinkedIn, and conferences –

I am proof that social networking works. I obtained my first job at NEIU because of being connected on Facebook. A friend of a friend posted about the job, and the next thing I knew I was interviewing. Getting this position as Librarian at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum was due to the close relationship I had with my mentor, and her connections in the art librarianship world.

  1. Be willing to move for the job you want –

Before getting the job offer at the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum, I had never been to the Southwest before, nor was it on my top ten dream places to live. That being said, Chicago has a number of great library schools in the tri-state area, as well as some great academic and cultural institutions, which makes things VERY competitive. By widening your search area, you have a better chance of finding a great job!

  1. Say YES!

When I first got out of library school, my expectations were that I would find a job in art librarianship right away.  I mean, I had the background and the skills, what else would I need? The answer is experience. Even though my first job wasn’t art librarianship, I learned more about libraries at NEIU in the two years I worked there than in any previous position. So even if it’s not the ideal job, say YES! Getting your foot in the door is the first step.

What are your main roles/duties at your current position?/ What is a typical day like for you?

As the Librarian at a fairly small institution, I have many roles within the museum. Firstly, I maintain the Research Center in conjunction with the Research Center Assistant. That can be anything from assisting researchers, cataloging, collection development, and even policy writing. Because of the scope of what I manage, there is no “typical day”, which is something I really love about my job!

 

What was the hardest part about transitioning from staff/part-time, etc. to an art librarian position?

For me, the hardest part about going from a generic “Information Services Librarian” to an “Art Librarian” was the amount of new knowledge I needed to become an expert in ASAP. Georgia O’Keeffe is an artist we all learn about in school, but the depth of information we have on her here is so expansive that I’m still learning new things about her. Additionally, adjusting to the authority that I now have as the Librarian, instead of the amazing group of librarians I worked with before. Talk about pressure.

 

What were/are some challenges for you as a new art librarian? Are these related to larger challenges in art librarianship?

I think that librarianship in general, as well as art librarianship, really suffers from preconceived notions about what a librarian really does. For me, I find that a better description would be “information literacy advocates,” or “art information czars” (ok, that might be a little strong but you get the idea). So many people think about libraries in a very specific framework, and they rarely notice that we have in fact adapted to the 21st century. Our work is not entirely based on books! I see this throughout the museum and cultural institution community here in Santa Fe, which is substantial. Breaking through those stereotypes is probably the hardest part of my position.

 

What are the most important things emerging art librarians should know?

As many of you know, the competition is fierce. So many amazing professionals are emerging on the scene from some amazing new programs. Don’t be discouraged! I think that new art librarians like myself need to have a wide array of skills, including technological. Try to think outside of the box when it comes to libraries in general. The more conversations I have across departments here at the museum, the more I realize just how valuable many of the skills I have (and necessary new ones) are in the technology arena. As libraries adapt to a new age of how people want to access information, librarians must adapt as well.

What do you do in your spare time?

Since I just moved from Chicago to Albuquerque, most of my spare time is spent figuring out this new city! I also really love exploring the Southwest – from camping to trying New Mexican food to brewery touring! Oh, and I’m on a mission to find the best Mole in the great state of New Mexico.

 

Anything else you’d like to share?

Stay strong job hunters!

This is a part of the “Success Story” series of interviews. If you would like to share your story, please contact the discussion team.


Job postings and other opportunities

Archival Volunteer– The Catalogue Raisonne of the Drawings of Jasper Johns, The Menil Foundation

Reference and Instruction Librarian– SCAD Atlanta

Art Collection Cataloger– UCBerkeley

Archivist– National Gallery of Art