The Association of Moving Image Archivists Student Chapter at New York University and Independent Media Arts Preservation invite submissions for…
Archiving the Arts: addressing preservation in the creative process.
This symposium will explore the relationship between media artists and audiovisual archivists. Archiving the Arts allows for a dialogue that can enhance mutual understanding between both constituencies. By exposing these communities to best practices, working methods, and the technological and industrial realities faced by members of each group, we hope to foster a discussion, improve the current conditions, and widen awareness of preventative preservation for the long term.
The combined problems of born-digital works and media obsolescence intensify the urgency of preemptive preservation practices. Film and video archivists know all too well the risks media artworks face. At the same time, artists face the same concerns—not just with completed works, with the raw materials of film, video, audio, digital objects—that are essential to their ongoing creative process. But often these two groups lack a common language and a way for their communities to interact and develop tools that serve all parties. Archivists don’t necessarily understand the creative process. Artists don’t always think about their work in terms of its preservation.
Archiving the Arts promotes dialogue between working professionals, artists, students, and other interested parties whose goal is to prevent avoidable loss of creative works by integrating preservation strategies into moving image creation and production.
The day-long symposium of panels, screenings, and workshops will tackle the practical, theoretical, and technical issues that affect the artist and the archivist. Working across disciplines will result in a dynamic conversation and create a deeper understanding of the importance of preventative preservation.
Please see the Call for Papers below and join us on October 13th, 2012 during Archives Week in New York City.
CALL FOR PAPERS — ARCHIVING THE ARTS
The AMIA (Association of Moving Image Archivists) Student Chapter at New York University invites presentation proposals forArchiving the Arts, to be held jointly with IMAP (Independent Media Arts Preservation) in New York City on Saturday, October 13th, 2012 as part of Archives Week organized by Archivists Roundtable of New York – www.nycarchivists.org.
Please submit a 250-word proposal to Kathryn Gronsbell at NYU.AMIA@gmail.com
Priority will be given to submissions received by Friday, May 4, 2012.
Papers, presentations, workshops, and posters are welcome on all issues concerning artists and audiovisual archivist. Possible topics include:
How do we integrate preservation strategies into creation? What are the benefits? What are the disadvantages?
Technically Speaking – creating & ingesting born-digital objects
What are the technical issues/specs regarding metadata crawling, signal problems, and the application of preventative preservation in production?
How does ephemeral art act as a counterargument to preservation? How do conservators work with artists who wish to intentionally destroy or abandon their own work? How do artists who restrict their work to a single format exist for posterity?
From the Studio to the Archive
How do artists’ intentions affect collection development? Archive policies and practices?
Growing an “Organic” Archive
“Organic” archives are repositories that develop from the intentions and desires of the contributing artist(s). How are artists and archivists working (or not working) together to create this type of archival system? What is known about existing “Organic” archives and what methods can be used to expand their potential?
Put Your Best Fail Forward
Share your unique collection/archival challenges that were not resolved, and why. Artists – what attempts have you made to ensure the welfare of your work? What is the disconnect between theory and practice?
As the time of the ARLIS/NA 2012 Conference in Toronto nears, that means (of course) that the time for a change of leadership in ArLiSNAP has arrived. It’s been a pleasure and an honor to help with this group over the past two years. I’m excited to remain a member, contribute my voice, and help ArLiSNAP work even harder for the people it represents.
The past year has seen ArLiSNAP made some important progress, though not all of it might have been immediately visible. At this time, we are currently waiting final approval from the president of ARLIS/NA to complete ArLiSNAP’s transition from Special Interest Group to official Section. This status will afford our membership a greater voice within the ARLIS/NA organization and further legitimize the importance of issues pertinent to students and young professionals within the community. 2009-2011 Co-Coordinator Bryan Loar was invaluable throughout this process, acting as liaison with ARLIS and shepherding our petition through lots of red tape. Our thanks to him for his continued dedication. In a similar vein, the ArLiSNAP website will soon be a part of the official ARLIS website. TEI and Chris Roper are currently working on this transfer of information now. Both of these measures will help magnify our group’s purpose a great deal.
Many discussions about how members can become more actively involved with ArLiSNAP also took place in the past year. A number of volunteer positions are in development. The coordinators of this group feel the most direct path to continued and increased success of ArLiSNAP lies in finding ways to reach out to more student organizations and regional ARLIS chapters, presenting more educational information and opportunities for students and young professionals, and connecting our members to the greater infrastructure of ARLIS. Opportunities for different liaison positions will be discussed at the ArLiSNAP meeting on Friday, March 30th at 4 p.m. Please make sure to be there so your voice can be heard.
With any transition, there are logistics to be minded. Statements of interest for the new co-moderator position are now being accepted. Submissions should be brief (a few sentences) and state some personal background info (school, work, passions) along with a bit of what you would bring to ArLiSNAP as a leader (ideas!). All those interested can simply post a comment on this blog entry! Comments on that entry will be open until midnight on Friday, April 6th. A poll will be created on April 7th and voting will be open for one week. The candidate with the most votes on April 13th will be named co-moderator for 2012-2014.
I very much wish that I could attend the conference this year but I know that Suzanne will do an excellent job leading the meeting. I really ask that you all be vocal, be creative, and don’t be afraid to take on new responsibilities (even though I know we’re all overworked and underpaid). The fuel of this group is volunteerism and foresight. I think that individually, we can all make a big difference for the entire group. Though I will no longer be coordinator, I will still contribute to this blog and to the development of ArLiSNAP’s future.
I hope to keep learning from all of you.
My thanks to everyone.
Rosemary K. J. Davis, MSLIS
ArLiSNAP Co-Coordinator, 2010-2012
Member-at-Large, ARLIS Communications and Publications Committee, 2012-2014
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is seeking one full-time Archivist/Records Manager. The Archivist/Records Manager is responsible for organizing, and processing designated collections within the Archives collection, establishing physical and intellectual control, and creating detailed paper and electronic finding aids. The Archivist/Records Manager, in collaboration with the Head of the Research Library and Archives, is also responsible for establishing, managing, and implementing a Records Management Program (RMP). The Archivist/Records Manager reports to the Head of the Research Library and Archives.
- Supervise archives and records management staff. Coordinate volunteers and interns. Hire and train new volunteers and staff.
- Establish a RMP, paper and electronic; update the database and inventory from the institution wide inventory completed 3/2011. Expand as necessary.
- Oversee legal research for records retention (RRS) and disposition (RDS) schedules.
- Write RRS and RDS, coordinate staff records management training, and implement the RMP. Prepare RMP policies and procedures manual.
- Assist in planning for the impending move of staff records and unprocessed institutional records currently in off-site storage locations.
- Survey the archives collections, ongoing, in order to propose arrangement, including retention and disposal criteria. Physically reorganize the collections in accordance with the arrangement schema.
- Re-folder, re-box, and re-house the collections.
- Prepare finding aids in three formats: paper, MARC, and EAD. Contribute finding aids to bibliographic utilities.
Education and Training: MLIS from an ALA-accredited program with course work in records management and archives administration or Masters in archival management with a CRM certificate desired. Certified archivist and/or records manager preferred. Comprehensive knowledge of current records management – paper and electronic and archival methods, procedures, tools, and techniques, including preservation trends and applications.
Work Experience: Minimum of [3-5] years experience working with institutional records (paper and electronic) within a RMP, processing archives, and preparing finding aids. Experience having established an RMP from the ground up preferred. Minimum of [2 – 3] years of administrative experience in an art or museum archives setting.
Skills and Abilities: Familiarity with computer-based information resources, especially in the area of database creation for archives and RMP. Experience working with MARC and EAD; working knowledge of XML; knowledge of current archival/RMP arrangement and description standards; knowledge of APPM, familiarity with DACS, AACR2r, and LC authority files. Demonstrated knowledge of current models, standards, and guidelines for efficient records management, paper and electronic. Ability to work as part of a team and collaborate with others as well as demonstrated ability to work independently. Proven oral and written communication skills. Demonstrated leadership skills including ability to promote archives/RMP issues and needs. Ability to be flexible and responsive to an evolving work environment.
Physical Demands: Ability to carry out physical maneuvers associated with RMP/archives work that may include lifting, carrying, pushing, pulling, kneeling, climbing, balancing, stooping, crouching, and reaching. Ability to lift 40 lb. boxes and work within a dusty environment.
SFMOMA is an EEO/AA.
Please submit resume and cover letter to: http://sfmoma.snaphire.com/?job=12609LIST
The Cleveland Museum of Art is looking to add a Library Applications Analyst to its Information Technology team, to support the business process of the Ingalls Library and Museum Archives and provide asset- and information-management expertise for special projects.
About the Library Applications Analyst position:
Duties of the Library Applications Analyst include administration of a commercial integrated library system, including module configuration, custom reporting, and data manipulation; implementation and maintenance of custom Access and open-source LAMP applications, including tracking applications and secondary resource catalogs; support of library-specific peripherals; and administration of the library’s website and opacs.
Requirements for this position include a Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information science, or IT operations management, and 5-6 years of technology-related work experience, or an equivalent combination of education and work experience; 2-5 years experience administering an integrated library system, or other commercial asset management system, in a production environment; experience manipulating large sets of structured data; experience with application configuration and report customization, including SQL scripting and XML/XSL/CSS; and experience in web-based applications development and open-source LAMP implementation. Proven success in creative collaboration, problem-solving, effective communication, technical documentation and training, and project management are also required.
Desired qualifications for this position include an Master’s degree in library and information science (MLS or MLIS) from and ALA-accredited institution; working knowledge of MARC, MARCXML, and EDI exchange formats; familiarity with emerging trends in library service and systems; experience with academic library operations and procedures; and knowledge of data privacy laws and best practices.
About the museum and library:
The Cleveland Museum of Art is one of the top five art museums in the country, and a significant international forum for art scholarship and education, exhibitions, and performing arts. Its collections include more than 40,000 objects, and span 6,000 years of achievement in the arts. The museum campus is located in the dynamic University Circle neighborhood, and is currently in the midst of a multi-phase expansion.
The museum’s Ingalls Library and Museum Archives is a nationally-recognized art reference library, housing 456,000 catalogued volumes, including monographs; exhibition and collection catalogues; auction and dealer catalogues; serials; electronic publications; artist clipping files; and approximately one million images in microfiche and microfilm collections, study photographs, and digital images. The museum’s history and heritage are preserved by the Museum Archives, with holdings including administrative records of museum offices; audio and visual recordings of programs and events; oral histories; ephemera; and manuscript collections.
The museum and its research library were founded in 1916, and boast strong local, regional, and national support.
Those interested in applying for the Library Applications Analyst position should submit a cover letter, resume, and three references to email@example.com by Sunday, April 15, 2012.
The Cleveland Museum of Art is a Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE/M/F/D/V).
AudioVisual Preservation Solutions – Project Cataloger
AudioVisual Preservation Solutions is seeking a short-term project cataloger to work on an audiovisual collection inventory. The position, ideal for current students and recent graduates of moving image archive studies or library science programs, would begin in early March and be full time for approximately 2 weeks. The ability to identify video and audio formats is an absolute must! The full commitment is required, as is an understanding of the basic principles of cataloging. Familiarity with generation types or production of broadcast materials is preferable. You must be computer and PC literate, able to work with basic image software, perform detail-oriented work of an often repetitive nature, work self-directedly, and follow concepts of controlled vocabularies and other cataloging needs. The work will take place at the AVPS offices located near Penn Station. This is a short-term position only.
AVPS is a full service media preservation and information management consulting firm providing effective individualized solutions in the areas of collection assessment, metadata management, digital preservation, facilities, workflows, and more. We work with national and international clients in universities, government, broadcasting, cultural arts, museums, and both the corporate and non-profit sectors to help ensure the preservation and long-term access to the valuable media and data they collect or create.
To apply, send resume and letter of interest to firstname.lastname@example.org
No phone calls please.
Library Relations Associate
New York City
ARTstor is a not-for-profit organization that assembles and makes available a Digital Library of images and associated data for noncommercial educational and scholarly uses, and an image management platform called Shared Shelf. The Digital Library and Shared Shelf are made available online through site licenses with educational and other not-for-profit institutions. ARTstor is headquartered in New York, NY.
The Library Relations Associate will share responsibility for expanding the ARTstor Digital Library and Shared Shelf participation within the educational community. Additional duties will involve billing, invoicing, and other special projects. The ARTstor community of potential participants consists of not-for-profit institutions in the United States and other countries. This position will require some travel (approx. 25%), and will demand a self-motivated, flexible, organized team player who thrives in an environment of constant change.
The LR Associate will report directly to the Associate Director for Library Relations.
Duties and Responsibilities
1. Working to meet and exceed participation and revenue goals on an annual basis;
2. Communicating ARTstor’s mission, messages, and participation fee rationale to potential participants;
3. Identifying and managing new participation opportunities in the academic community;
4. Facilitating participation in ARTstor Digital Library at the institutional level by demonstrating ARTstor, its services and tools, and providing librarians and faculty members with useful information and strategies for promoting ARTstor as a campus-wide resource and platform;
5. Shepherding potential participants through the sales pipeline, including:
- Responding, via email and telephone, to participation inquiries via the ARTstor website
- Tracking contact information and “pipeline” status in our customer relationship management software
- Negotiating basic terms of License Agreements
- Working with other units to establish institutional access to the ARTstor Digital Library
- Giving remote demonstrations of ARTstor via GoToMeeting or other live conference software
- Setting up trial access for interested institutions
6. Representing ARTstor at conferences and other events deemed appropriate for this community;
7. Working closely with the Associate Director and other Library Relations team members on research projects, including market research;
8. Assisting with updating and maintaining the Talisma customer relationship management tool;
9. Contributing to internal reports;
10. Participating in all Library Relations and ARTstor staff meetings;
11. Keeping up-to-date on various ARTstor initiatives and developments and being able to communicate these initiatives to potential participants;
12. Additional special projects as assigned by the Associate Director and other senior staff members.
- Excellent communication skills in a variety of settings;
- Attention to detail and accuracy;
- Ability to work well as a team member;
- Strong technology skills, including familiarity with metadata structures, trends and web development as well as project management experience;
- Exceptional organizational skills;
- Ability to perform independently, be self-motivated, adapt to constant change and able to juggle multiple tasks with a positive attitude;
- Strong commitment and interest in the use of images in an educational setting;
- Bachelor’s Degree;
- 3-4 years of experience in academic library or web/software development fields.
- Familiarity with the ARTstor Digital Library;
- Art, art history, or architectural background;
- Business development, marketing, and/or academic library experience;
- Working knowledge of image management software and database technology;
- Experience with customer relationship management software (Talisma, Sales Force or other);
- Master’s Degree.
ARTstor is an equal opportunity employer. ARTstor offers a competitive salary and excellent benefits. Applications for the position should be submitted to: email@example.com
Applicants must submit a cover letter with salary requirements along with their resume. No phone calls please.
Interim Head, Fine Arts Library
Visiting Assistant Librarian – One Year Temporary Appointment
Indiana University Bloomington Libraries
The Indiana University Bloomington Libraries seek a dynamic, innovative, and collegial individual to serve in the position of Interim Head, Fine Arts Library.
The Bloomington campus includes approximately 37,000 students and 1,600 faculty and is also home to the highly ranked School of Library and Information Science (http://www.slis.indiana.edu/) that offers an art librarianship specialization (http://www.slis.indiana.edu/degrees/joint/specart.html) as well as a dual master’s degree in Art History and Library Science. Opportunities are available to participate in the programs and to work with and mentor students.
The Ruth Lilly Auxiliary Library Facility (ALF), a high-density state-of-the-art shelving facility designed to preserve and provide access to 6.4 million volumes, provides excellent delivery services for faculty and students locally and around the world. In addition to holding low-use items from the Libraries’ General Collections, the ALF serves as secure storage and delivery for the Lilly Library’s rare books and manuscripts, most of the University Archives collections, and a large film collection.
The Fine Arts Library is located on the second floor of the Indiana University Art Museum on the Bloomington campus. The Library houses the majority of Indiana University Libraries’ books and journals in the fields of the visual arts, art history, architecture, design and related disciplines and supports the academic needs of the Henry Radford Hope School of Fine Arts, including the Department of the History of Art. The collection comprises over 130,000 volumes and 390 periodical subscriptions.
RESPONSIBILITIES: Reporting to the Head of the Arts and Humanities Department, the individual in this position will oversee the operation of the Fine Arts Library and work closely with students and faculty in the School of Fine Arts/History of Art. The successful candidate will:
· Provide planning, organization, implementation, and direction of public services for the Fine Arts Library.
· Supervise two support staff members at the Fine Arts Library.
· Oversee facilities maintenance and library security for the Fine Arts Library.
· Working with the Fine Arts fund manager, help to develop the Libraries’ collections in the areas of visual arts, art history, architecture, design and related disciplines; consult and collaborate with faculty and other librarians in purchasing decisions, as needed; review and document gifts from individual donors and IU Art Museum exchange program gifts.
· Provide and oversee reference service for the School of Fine Arts’ faculty, students, staff, and others.
· Provide library instruction for the School of Fine Arts, as well as related classes in Theatre and Drama, African Studies, Department of Apparel Merchandising and Design, School of Education (art education), Art Museum docents, John Waldron Arts Center (book arts), and other areas/groups as requested, including instruction for the artists’ books collection.
· Serve as liaison to Art History faculty and School of Fine Arts [studio] faculty, including attendance at faculty meetings; IU Art Museum curatorial, exhibitions, and special events staff; as well as the IU Friends of Art.
QUALIFICATIONS: Required: ALA-accredited MLS; degree in art history, fine arts, or a related field; reading or bibliographic knowledge of French, German, or Italian; knowledge of and experience using major electronic and print art reference tools and resources; knowledge of and experience in the application of technology to library services; demonstrated teaching skills; collection, reference and library instruction experience in art, architecture and/or related fields; strong public service orientation; excellent managerial and organizational skills; excellent interpersonal skills; excellent oral and written communication skills; ability to work in a collegial, collaborative work environment and maintain positive professional working relationships with faculty members, supervisor, peers, and subordinates; ability to meet the responsibilities of a tenure-track appointment.
Preferred: Advanced degree in art history, fine arts, or related field.
SALARY AND BENEFITS: Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience and education; benefits include a university healthcare plan, university-funded base retirement plan, a 100% university paid group life insurance plan, and a generous paid time off plan. For a full list of benefit programs, please refer to the following resources:
· Brochure: http://hr.iu.edu/enroll/video.html
APPLICATION REVIEW: Review of applications will begin on February 21, 2012. The position will remain open until filled. How to apply.
The Smithsonian Institution seeks a summer digitization intern for the
Field Book Project, a joint initiative by the Smithsonian National Museum
of Natural History (NMNH) and the Smithsonian Institution Archives (SIA).
Internships are 10-12 weeks and must take place between June 1 and August
PROJECT DESCRIPTION: The Field Book Project is seeking an intern to work
with the primary source field book collections in the Department of
Botany. The Field Book Project is a collaborative initiative between the
Smithsonian Institution Archives and National Museum of Natural History
and works to improve access to primary source field notes, expedition
journals, photographs, and other materials documenting field work for
scientific research and discovery. The field book collection spans more
than 150 years of scientific field work and contains manuscripts and other
materials that document information on specimen collections that may not
be available on the specimen labels or in published literature. Interns
will reproduce original works in digital format for a myriad of imaging
QUALIFICATIONS: The intern must be able to handle delicate manuscripts
carefully, should have a healthy respect for historic collections, and
should be interested in learning about best practices and techniques for
digital imaging in an archival repository. Attention to detail for quality
control purposes is a must. Any previous experience with digitization
and/or knowledge of digital image file formats, settings, embedded
metadata and naming conventions should be mentioned in the application.
AWARD PACKAGE: None
DEADLINE: February 25, 2012.
2012 ACRL Image Resources Interest Group Midwinter Virtual Meeting:
“Current Trends in Public Domain Image Policies”
How accessible are your “public domain” digital collections? Please join the ACRL Image Resources Interest Group (IRIG) for a conversation about the range of usage policies for public domain digital image collections. To what extent do new open access decisions reflect a shift in the way academic libraries and archives treat access to digital reproductions of public domain materials in our stewardship? Speakers from Cornell and Yale will talk about the recent open access policies at their institutions, and there will be a discussion and Q&A opportunity. Following the program, there will be IRIG updates and announcements.
About the speakers:
Peter Hirtle is a Senior Policy Advisor at Cornell University Library. Read his bio.
Melissa Gold Fournier is Associate Museum Registrar and Manager of Imaging Services at the Yale Center for British Art, where she oversees the operation and production of the digital imaging studio as well as rights-related collection information. Melissa works closely with Yale’s Department of Digital Assets and Infrastructure on shared projects and serves as the lead for the Center’s participation in Yale’s shared digital asset management system. She also works closely with the Center’s Department of Collections Information and Access both administratively and technically in providing access to the Center’s collections online. Melissa has held successive positions of responsibility in museum registration and collections imaging at the YCBA since 1998, and is a graduate of Yale College.
Date: Tuesday February 14th, 2:00-3:30 pm Eastern time
- Presentations and discussion
- Peter Hirtle, Senior Policy Advisor, Cornell University Library
- Melissa Fournier, Associate Registrar and Manager of Imaging Services, Yale Center for British Art
- IRIG business meeting
- Visual Literacy Competency Standards update
- Programming updates
Advance registration is not required to participate. Click join the meeting at the appointed time.
Ringling Museum of Art
Summer Internships 2012
The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art in Sarasota, Florida, will be offering five paid internships to be held for ten weeks, from May 21– July 27, 2012. The Ringling is part of Florida State University and serves as the State Art Museum of Florida. Located on a 66-acre site overlooking Sarasota Bay, it consists of an art museum, circus museum, historic home, theater and research library. The internships are in the following departments:
- Collections Management
- Curatorial (Modern and Contemporary Art)
- Marketing and Communications
- Historic Asolo Theater
Summer internships at the Ringling combine practical, hands-on experience working on a project for a specific department with exposure to all aspects of the museum’s operation.
Interns earn $11.25 per hour (less taxes) and are paid bi-weekly. Interns are responsible for their own housing (the Museum will assist with locating nearby rentals).
Candidates must be graduating seniors or current graduate students. International students must have a current US Visa and be eligible to work in the US. The positions require fingerprinting. The Museum encourages students from all backgrounds to apply and is committed to a culturally diverse group.
Application materials can be found on the Museum’s website at http://www.ringling.org/Opportunities
The application deadline is March 23, 2012.
Position: Collections Management Intern
Department: Collections Management
Responsibilities: Work with TMS (the museum’s collections database) updating records for the Asian collection, Cypriot collection, photography collection, circus collection etc.; assist with digitization and other projects as needed
Qualifications: Graduate student with a museum studies, art history, history or library science background
Position: Curatorial Intern (Modern & Contemporary Art)
Department: Curatorial (Modern & Contemporary Art)
Responsibilities: Research the photographers represented in a large donation of 20th-century European and American photographs, for the purpose of proposing temporary exhibitions and permanent collection installations
Qualifications: Masters degree in art history with a concentration in photography; doctoral student preferred
Position: Education Intern
Responsibilities: Participate in the activities of the Education Department; assist with research and development of adult programs and family activities; help to facilitate the museum’s summer youth program; contribute to docent training and evaluations Qualifications: Strong research and communication skills; good working knowledge of art history; K-12 classroom or other experience with children
Position: Library Intern
Responsibilities: Participate in the activities of the Ringling Museum Library; work on the museum object files digitization project, including cataloguing, editing, scanning and entering data into TMS (the museum’s collections database), ContentDM and other internal databases; work on social media applications and collection development
Qualifications: Bachelors degree in art history or related field; current enrollment in an ALA-accredited MLS program with an interest in special and/or research libraries
Position: Marketing Intern
Department: Marketing and Communications
Responsibilities: Capture and post videos/photography of events and happenings around the Ringling Estate; design flyers and other promotional materials as needed
Qualifications: Video, editing and graphic skills; degree in graphic design, film and/or animation preferred
Position: Technical Production Intern
Department: Historic Asolo Theater (HAT)
Responsibilities: Work closely with the Technical Director in pre-load-in preparation, load-in, and technical/dress rehearsals for the summer circus production in the Historic Asolo Theater; work with performers to maintain production integrity and smooth day-to-day operations, including the run of the show
Qualifications: Degree in theater (recently completed); minimum of two years technical theater experience
Note: The circus performances in the HAT are held twice a day, Wednesday thru Sunday, for six weeks (closing July 29). Each performance lasts approximately one hour.
ArLiSNAP needs to change.
While the organization’s current information stream about job postings and helpful hints is functional and useful, there is also a lot more we can be doing as an ARLIS significant interest group. In the past two years that I’ve served as a co-coordinator, we have received almost one hundred new ARLIS members who are interested in the group. This is a tremendous number.
And I think we all deserve to make our group more…activated and more representative of our education, backgrounds, locales, and personal histories. Young professionals and students are the very definition of the avant-garde–we are the next wave of understanding, implementation, discussion, and innovation for information professionals in the art library, museum, and academic spheres.
We are all busy. We are all probably all tired. But communities like ours function best with the input of a chorus. To that end, I feel we should not have just two coordinators, but a team of dedicated, focused individuals providing viewpoints, information, resources, and opportunities that address the fuller professional and academic spectrum represented by our membership.
Normally at this time of year, we request for candidates to step up and take on a two-year term of co-coordinatorship. I propose that instead, this year, we not only elect a new co-coordinator, but also establish positions like the following:
- a student liaison that interacts with representatives from different student library groups across the US and Canada, then reporting important resolutions, accomplishments, and developments
- a professional liaison that interacts with representatives from different regional ARLIS factions to highlight how students and young professionals can become involved on a more local level
- an opportunities coordinator that focuses on pushing job postings, educational information (webinars, symposia, etc.) to our different venues on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, and the blog
- a small team of dedicated “issues” bloggers that contribute original content to our blog in the form of topical analysis relevant to the field of art librarianship
- an advisory council comprised of former coordinators and interested professionals/scholars that can mentor the group’s leadership and contribute their voices to discussions
These are but a few suggestions–nothing is decided and nor will it be without an open discussion with the group’s members. I feel that while we have made significant progress in the past year in terms of membership numbers and blog traffic, there are still gaps that I couldn’t bridge as coordinator. The lives of students and young professionals are often overwhelmingly full. I found myself frequently frustrated by the lack of time I had to devote to creating more dynamic content for our group. It seems to me that having a stronger community of producers all devoted to a common cause will ease the burden of the coordinators by diffusing the workload. More importantly though, a diversity of voices can only increase the vitality of discussion amongst our members.
Now, more than ever, we need to ask questions and look to each other for help. We need to take advantage of our strengths, our experiences, and our intelligence in order to make the important issues of our membership impossible to ignore.
Let’s start a conversation. Let’s talk about what we want ArLiSNAP to do for us as a community. Let’s talk about the future.
I hope you will all chime in with opinions and suggestions. I look forward to moving forward.
Rosemary K. J. Davis
Director of Hamon Arts Library – January 2012
Position open until filled
Central University Libraries of Southern Methodist University seeks an exceptional person to serve as Director of the Hamon Arts Library. The successful candidate will possess a vision for the Hamon as a 21st-century library of the fine and performing arts, and the qualities necessary to make that vision a reality.
The Hamon Arts Library is part of Central University Libraries (CUL) and reports to the Assistant Dean for Scholarly Resources and Research Services. Located in the Owen Arts Center of the Meadows School of the Arts, Hamon has extensive online and print holdings relevant to the visual and performing arts, as well as the Jerry Bywaters Special Collections Wing and the G. William Jones Film and Video Collection. The Hamon Arts Library primarily serves faculty, staff and students of the Meadows School of the Arts. Meadows majors and programs prepare students to excel as professionals in the arts, media and communications, and the Hamon staff works to align the library’s services and collections with the Meadows curricula. Central University Libraries is committed to supporting SMU’s aspiration to become a leading research institution within a dynamic, engaged learning environment.
The Director of the Hamon Arts Library provides vision, energy and leadership for three subject librarians who offer collection development, reference and instructional services for Meadows departments, two curators of special collections, one curatorial assistant, and three library specialists in circulation. Other responsibilities are administering the budget of the Hamon Arts Library, including university-allocated and restricted funds; creating and maintaining records, reports and statistics; and supervision of direct reports. The Director also serves on committees, including service on CUL’s Leadership Team, which sets policies and provides strategic vision for the libraries, and is expected to take an active role within SMU libraries, the Meadows School, and the University. The successful candidate will be a collaborative leader who sets priorities and promotes positive change in support of the teaching, research and creative needs of Meadows students, faculty and staff. The director will also work with staff in other areas of the library and university to advance technology and digital initiatives relevant to library services; cultivate faculty relationships; and make Hamon a visible and dynamic presence within Meadows, the University, and the greater Dallas arts community.
Requirements of the position include a Master’s degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution; a graduate degree in the fine or performing arts; at least five years’ progressively responsible post-MLS experience in an arts library, preferably in an academic setting; supervisory experience; demonstrated experience with the use of technology in an arts setting; strong knowledge of and experience with reference, information literacy, instruction and collection development; evidence of scholarly engagement and participation in professional organizations; and excellent interpersonal, leadership and communication skills, including the ability to work collegially with faculty, staff and students. Preference will be given to candidates who have demonstrated project management skills, experience in grant writing, and experience in overseeing the physical operations of a library facility.
Please visit our website http://www.smu.jobs to apply.
Southern Methodist University will not discriminate in any employment practice, education program, or educational activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, or veteran status. SMU’s commitment to equal opportunity includes non-discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
CUL Human Resources Office / Facilities
Central University Libraries
Southern Methodist University
The Frick Collection is an art museum consisting of over 1,100
works of art from the thirteenth to nineteenth century, displayed
in the intimate surroundings of the former home of Henry Clay
Frick. The residence, with its furnishings and works of art, has
been open to the public since 1935. It is one of the world’s
most perfect museums. The Frick Art Reference Library, one of
the world’s leading centers for research in the history of art,
was founded in 1920 by Miss Helen Clay Frick (1888-1984) to
further the goals of “encouraging and developing the study of the
fine arts and of advancing the general knowledge of ‘kindred
The Scanning Technician is responsible for operating a Zeutschel OS 12000
HQ book and document scanner at the Frick Art Reference Library. Tasks
include handling fragile library collections, scanning each page of each
book or other library item, monitoring scanning operations, ensuring scans
meet quality standards, and tracking scanning progress. Responsibilities
• Proper operation of Zeutschel scanning equipment. No previous experience
necessary, training will be provided.
• Careful handling of fragile books and other library material for
• Evaluating scanned material to establish that scanning has been carried
• Ensuring that the scanning operation is running smoothly and efficiently.
• Managing, tracking, and reporting of scanning progress.
• Troubleshooting basic scanning or PC (Windows 7) issues.
The Scanning Technician reports to the Digital Project Manager and works
21 hours per week. Work hours take place between Monday and Friday
9:00-5:00. Schedule may be flexible, but must be consistent.
Successful candidates must be well organized, self-motivated, and capable
of handling library collections with care. The position requires standing
for long periods of time. Experience working in a library is preferred but
not required. Successful candidate will be trained by the conservators in
proper procedures for handling library materials and by the Digital
Project Manager in operation of the scanning equipment. Basic proficiency
with Windows 7 required. Proficiency with Adobe CS5 and Adobe Acrobat
Benefits in Employment with The Frick Collection
All employees of the Frick Collection may access free or discounted
admission to most of New York’s finest museums. Additionally, we provide
employees and volunteers with an extremely affordable lunch in our
employee dining room and a discount on Museum Shop purchases. The Frick
Collection offers a beautiful and pleasant work setting and an excellent
opportunity to appreciate some of the world’s finest works of art.
Compensation: $15 per hour.
This temporary position is expected to continue for 6 months or longer.
Chief, Collections Preservation
Email résumé and schedule (days and hours available).
No phone calls please.
The Frick Collection is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Collection does
not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, national
origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation or
any other factor prohibited by law. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic
and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all
levels. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort
for a specific period of employment
New-York Historical Society – Print Room Reference Librarian
The Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections holds more than 250 collections, including 500,000 photographic prints and negatives, over one million historical prints and ephemera, approximately 100,000 architectural drawings, and the records of such noted American architects as Cass Gilbert and McKim, Mead and White. These collections are used daily by in-house and external researchers, including historians, art historians, architects, preservationists, filmmakers and the general public.
The New-York Historical Society is seeking an experienced reference librarian to work in its Department of Prints, Photographs, and Architectural Collections. Public service is the primary focus of this position. Specific aspects of public service and other responsibilities include:
• Conducting in-depth reference interviews prior to scheduling of appointments; coordinating and providing reference service on-site and by telephone, letter, and e-mail to all those interested in the department’s collections. Occasional provision of reference service in the library’s departments of manuscripts and printed collections.
• Educating researchers about rules and procedures for proper handling of the collections; monitoring researchers’ use of the collections
• Providing photocopies for researchers and coordinating image requests with the Department of Rights and Reproductions
• Keeping monthly statistics on collections usage
• Working with the Department Head and other staff to set processing and cataloging priorities for the Department, including the selection and organizing of collections for digitization.
• Coordinating the retrieval and return of collections for researchers, maintaining collections, and tracking the flow of collections in and out of the Print Room
• Assisting in record keeping of acquisitions
• Education and outreach activities, such as group presentations
M.L.S. from an A.L.A. accredited library school. Three years’ experience in a busy reference setting, preferably in an academic or research library. Experience identifying and working with visual materials collections, and familiarity with their care, organization, and arrangement. Ability to work independently and as part of a team in an environment of frequently shifting projects and responsibilities. Good attention to details and organizational skills. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Subject specialty in art history, American history or New York history is preferred.
For consideration please send cover letter, resume, salary requirements and the names and contact information of three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. In the subject line please reference the job title. The New-York Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Call for Papers – New Voices Panel at ARLIS/NA Conference
Paper proposals for the New Voices in the Profession session at the 2012 ARLIS-NA conference in Toronto are now being accepted!
New Voices showcases exceptional academic work by students and new professionals (under 5 years post MLS.) Paper topics should relate strongly to Art and/or Visual Resources Librarianship, but also digital library projects, archives, library instruction, reference and the changing nature of libraries, among other topics.
To see papers presented in past sessions, you can look at the Conference Proceedings from previous years on the ARLIS website (http://www.arlisna.org/news/conferences/conf_index.html). Papers will be selected by representatives from ArLiSNAP and the ARLIS/NA Professional Development Committee.
If interested, please send a paper topic and detailed abstract to mportis (at) nysid.edu by January 12th. Please feel free to re-post.
Assistant Director of the Library
New York School of Interior Design
Nominations & applications are now being accepted for these ARLIS/NA Research Awards:
Worldwide Books Awards for Publications
Worldwide Books Awards for Electronic Resources
Given in recognition of outstanding publications/electronic resources by ARLIS/NA Individual members in the fields of librarianship, visual resources curatorship, and the arts.
The form of recognition may range from a certificate of merit to a cash award of up to $1,500.
Nominated works must have been published during the 2010 or 2011 calendar year.
Separate applications for each format.
H.W. Wilson Foundation Research Award
This award of up to $3,000 supports research activities by ARLIS/NA members in the fields of librarianship, visual resources curatorship, and the arts.
The award seeks to promote research which benefits the professions of art librarianship and visual resources as well as the broader library profession.
Proposals may address the compilation and dissemination of information, translation of original scholarship, analysis of the professions, or the enhancement of access to information.
Eligible projects include those which result in original scholarship in the arts (performing, architectural, visual, etc.) or aspects of visual and material culture.
Applications and accompanying material for all awards must be postmarked by February 3rd, 2012.
Winners will be notified by February 24, 2012. Awards will be presented at the annual conference convocation in Toronto, in March.
The University of Colorado Boulder Libraries invites applications from
innovative and enthusiastic service-oriented professionals for the
position Art and Architecture Librarian. The Art and Architecture
Librarian is a tenure-stream faculty position that will report to the
Faculty Director of the Humanities Department pending implementation of a
reorganization plan. Duties include general and specialized reference;
virtual reference; instruction services and classroom teaching as part of
an active library instruction program; and selecting library materials in
the areas of art, art history, architecture, and environmental design.
This position serves as the primary liaison to the Art and Art History
Department and the College of Architecture and Planning and assumes
primary responsibility for the development and delivery of research and
instructional services for students and faculty in these units. The Art
and Architecture librarian supports the integration of new technologies
into the Humanities Department and actively participates in departmental
policy planning and delivery of services.
The Humanities Department participates in virtual and in-depth personal
reference and instructional services to the students and faculty of the
University of Colorado Boulder and specializes in services and collections
for the humanities. Significant parts of the responsibilities of this
position are research and creative work and service in keeping with the
tenure standards of the University of Colorado Boulder.
Position Requirements: Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library
school by May 2012; undergraduate or graduate degree in art, art history,
architecture, or related field or equivalent experience; coursework and/or
experience in providing reference for the humanities or social sciences;
awareness of national issues and trends in art librarianship services and
collection development; coursework and/or experience with library
instruction or teaching; awareness of relevant information technologies;
demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively;
strong interpersonal skills; excellent oral and written communication
skills; potential for research, scholarly work and/or professional
Desirable Qualifications: Advanced degree in art, architecture, or
related field; one or more years of experience in an academic, research,
or museum library; experience in collection development; direct experience
incorporating digital technologies into art and architecture collections
or services (such as institutional repositories or Luna Insight); reading
knowledge of one or more languages other than English, particularly
Italian, Latin, German, or French; familiarity with copyright implications
for image databases; interest in working with underrepresented or at-risk
undergraduates; record of research or professional service at the national
Appointment and Salary: The successful candidate will be appointed as a
full-time (12 month), tenure-stream faculty member. Depending upon
professional experience and demonstrated accomplishments in scholarly
activity, creative work, and service, appointment may be at the level of
senior instructor, assistant professor, or above. Minimum starting salary
is $48,888. Benefits include 22 working days vacation; 10 paid holidays;
liberal sick leave; University group health care plan; group life
insurance; TIAA/CREF retirement/annuity; and support for
scholarly/professional activities. Tenured librarians are eligible for
Application Process: Review of applications will begin immediately and
continue until the position is filled. Preference will be given to
applications received by December 12, 2011. Application must be made
online at https://www.jobsatcu.com, referring to posting number 815191,
and must include a letter of application specifically addressing
qualifications for the position; CV or resume; and names with postal
addresses, email, and telephone numbers of three references. Questions may
be directed to Dylan Wiersma, Search Coordinator, at
Dylan.Wiersma@colorado.edu. The full position description can be viewed at
The candidate selected for this position must be able to meet eligibility
requirements to work in the United States at the time the appointment is
scheduled to begin. The University of Colorado Boulder is an Equal
Opportunity Employer committed to building a diverse workforce. We
encourage applications from women, racial and ethnic minorities,
individuals with disabilities, and veterans. Alternative formats of this
ad can be provided upon request for individuals with disabilities by
contacting the ADA Coordinator at email@example.com. In addition, the
University of Colorado Boulder is committed to providing a safe and
productive learning and living community. To achieve that goal, we
conduct background investigations for all final applicants being
considered for employment. Background investigations include reference
checks, a criminal history record check, and, when appropriate, a
financial and/or motor vehicle history.
The Frick Collection is an art museum consisting of more than 1,100 works of art from the thirteenth to the nineteenth century displayed in the intimate surroundings of the former home of Henry Clay Frick. The residence, with its furnishings and works of art, has been open to the public since 1935. It is considered one of the world’s most perfect museums; its sister research institution, the Frick Art Reference Library founded in 1920, is of equal distinction. The Library is an internationally recognized research library that serves as one of the world’s most complete resources for the study of Western art.
The Frick Art Reference Library seeks an enthusiastic, highly organized, new library professional to fill the position of METRO Digitization Project Manager to manage the day-to-day activities of a recently awarded Metropolitan New York Library Council (METRO) digitization grant. This project, Phase II of a digital collection entitled “Documenting the Gilded Age: New York City Exhibitions at the Turn of the 20th Century,” will digitize late 19th and early 20th-century exhibition materials from historically significant New York City galleries and artistic associations held in collections at the Frick Art Reference Library and the Brooklyn Museum Library. The wider dissemination of these documents will help researchers who seek to study and document artists, artistic movements, and the rise of New York City during the time it emerged as a global center for the international art market.
Responsibilities include coordinating the retrieval and preparation of materials at both institutions, working with conservation teams to prepare condition reports prior to digitization, coordinating a schedule for in-house scanning and metadata entry, performing quality assurance on digital files, and promoting the collection. This position will also assist with bibliographic record manipulation, record loading, and additions and enhancements to the Omeka online exhibition(http://gildedage.omeka.net/)
Recent graduate (or pending graduate) with a Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science. Experience working on digitization projects; good communication and interpersonal skills; knowledge of best standards for digital capture, description, and preservation; active interest in emerging and open source digital technologies; proven record of successful project management and working in a team environment.
Salary and Work Hours
This position is a part-time 8 hour/week position for a term of ten months.
The salary is $16/hour. Work hours may be scheduled between 9:00 and 5:00 pm, M-F. Travel to the Brooklyn Museum is required.
Benefits in Employment with The Frick Collection
All employees of the Frick Collection may access free or discounted admission to most of New York’s finest museums. Additionally, we provide employees and volunteers with an extremely affordable lunch in our employee dining room and a discount on Museum Shop purchases. The Frick Collection offers a beautiful and pleasant work setting and an excellent opportunity to appreciate some of the world’s finest works of art.
Please send resume to:
Chief Collections Management and Access
The Frick Art Reference Library
The Frick Collection
1 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
E-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Frick Collection is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Collection does not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other factor prohibited by law. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.