Can you tell us a little bit about your background and your current position?
I went from pre-med to Art History in college because that is what I liked – life is short. My dad told me most people change careers seven times in their life, but I have stuck with Art History this whole time – though in three different capacities (as museum educator, art museum librarian, and now academic art librarian). My current position is as a subject librarian that serves the Art History and Classics department at Emory University.
What drew you to this position and art librarianship in general?
When getting my Masters degree in Art History at George Washington University, I got a paid internship at the National Gallery of Art’s modern prints and drawing dept. I loved classifying and researching artworks. I worked additional jobs in the photo archive and then in the 20th century department (now known as Modern & Contemporary). It wasn’t until I was working in the High Museum of Art education department during the Atlanta Olympic RINGS exhibit that a library position to presented itself. The High Museum of Art part-time librarian left and they began looking for her replacement. With a friend’s advice – don’t hide your lamp under a bushel – in my ear, I marched into the head curator’s office and said, “Give me the job; I’ll get the MLA.” And I got the degree and the job.
What are your main roles/duties at your current position?
The more typical roles are collection development and management (which is my favorite part of my job) instruction, and research consultation. The more recent developments in my duties include Digital Humanities, Scholarly Communications, data management (ex. Digital Images), special collections, and marketing.
What is a typical day like for you?
My favorite part of my job is collections development, purchasing materials for the library, and collections management, figuring out how to fit all of our materials in the stacks. It’s the beginning of the semester, so I am also creating web guides and trying to work with faculty to set-up library instruction for classes that need it. I have taken to making a weekly To Do list that includes all my Subject Librarian stuff balanced with Humanities Team leader stuff and Service to the Library (task force on events/exhibitions, Comm for LSC, Blog Oversight Group, O&E) and professional development (ARLIS/SE is planning NOLA 2017, getting ready for Ft. Worth). There is never northing to do in this field. I also spend a lot of time mentoring other subject librarians on my team, as well as graduate student fellows.
What were/are some challenges for you as a new art librarian? Are these related to larger challenges in art librarianship?
It used to bother me (when I was a one-man show at HMA) that we do much behind-the-scenes work, and yet patrons only appreciate the tip of the iceberg. But it’s great when patrons appreciate the library in any capacity, so I learned not to mind too much.
What do you think are the most important issues facing art librarians today?
Permissions/Copyright – our IP Librarians likes to say, “Copyright kills dreams.” Students who are writing theses or dissertations cannot use images without permissions, but the cost of permissions is prohibitive.
Data Management – digital image metadata, etc.
Digital Art History – how does it become just another tool art historians use? How to guide students in this endeavor? It will become more mainstream so we need to teach people the skills and how to utilize new tools in their research and teaching.
Marketing – tell your story, the age of assessment and data.
What are the most important things emerging art librarians should know?
Relationships are HUGE – across your library, across your campus, across your field. Art Librarianship is a pretty small world. It helps to know colleagues (as well as faculty and students) who you can ask questions of or collect data from.
Just for fun – what is your favorite library? Work of art or artist?
I like IM Pei’s National Gallery of Art library reference library, mainly because of fond memories of the people who worked there when I was a library user. I also have fond memories of the Smithsonian’s Archives of American Art Library when it used to be housed in the Old Patent Building. But, if I have to pick just ONE library – I’ll say the Library at Villa I Tatti, The Harvard Center for Italian Renaissance Studies, outside of Florence. Its founder, Bernard Berenson (1865–1959), described I Tatti as a library with a house attached, which I love.
As far as artists, I like conceptual artists who employ word-play and irreverence – Ed Ruscha, Bruce Nauman, and Jenny Holzer.
If you don’t know the New Media Consortium, you should: they’re doing great work in researching and predicting new technologies and trends in cultural heritage. (See their Museum Horizons report from late last year if you’re into 3D tech, interactivity, augmented reality using your mobile devices, etc.)
They’ve released a Horizons report for libraries, which is apparently their first! You’ll notice it’s for academic and research libraries, not necessarily public or special, but, baby steps. There are lots of interesting assessments of ongoing problems, like capturing digital records of research, keeping up with alternative research avenues, collaboration and embedded librarianship, etc.
If you want to check it out, I recommend looking at pages 20-21 for a quick discussion of embedded librarianship, incorporating literacy lessons into curricula, and how to collaborate with teachers to provide a more comprehensive education.
From the press release:
Lyon, France (August 20) — Today the New Media Consortium (NMC) in collaboration with the University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Chur, the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB), Hannover, and ETH-Bibliothek Zurich are releasing the NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition at a special session of the International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) World Library and Information Congress 80th General Conference and Assembly. This is the first edition of the NMC Horizon Report that delves into the realm of academic and research libraries in a global context.The report describes findings from the NMC Horizon Project, an ongoing research project designed to identify and describe emerging technologies likely to have an impact on teaching, learning, and creative inquiry. Six key trends, six significant challenges, and six emerging technologies are identified across three adoption horizons over the next one to five years, giving library leaders and staff a valuable guide for strategic technology planning. The format of the report was designed to provide these leaders with more in-depth insight into how the trends and challenges are accelerating and impeding the adoption of technology, along with their implications for policy, leadership, and practice.“Education professionals across the world have used the higher education editions of the NMC Horizon Report for years as a springboard for discussion around important trends and challenges,” says Larry Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of the NMC and co-principal investigator for the project. “Finally we have been able to produce a report aimed directly at the needs of academic and research libraries – and what we have found is that academic and research libraries are leveraging new technology in some very important and creative ways.”Key Trends Accelerating Technology Adoption for Academic and Research LibrariesThe NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition identifies “Increasing Focus on Research Data Management for Publications” and “Prioritization of Mobile Content and Delivery” as fast trends driving changes in academic and research libraries over the next one to two years. The “Evolving Nature of the Scholarly Record” and “Increasing Accessibility of Research Content” are mid-range trends expected to accelerate technology use in the next three to five years; and “Continual Progress in Technology, Standards, and Infrastructure” and the “Rise of New Forms of Multidisciplinary Research” are long-range trends that will be impacting libraries for five years and beyond.“The trends identified by the expert panel indicate that libraries are doing a better job at making their content and research accessible, whether through mobile apps, enriched catalogs, linking data, and user friendly websites or by creating more spaces and opportunities for discovery,” notes Rudolf Mumenthaler, Professor for Library Science at HTW Chur and co-principal investigator for the report. “The outcomes of the report are very compelling and it is an honor for HTW Chur to be deeply involved in this project.”Significant Challenges Impeding Technology Adoption In Academic and Research LibrariesA number of challenges are acknowledged for presenting barriers to the mainstream use of technology in academic and research libraries. “Embedding Academic and Research Libraries in the Curriculum” and “Rethinking the Roles and Skills of Librarians” are perceived as solvable challenges – those which we both understand and know how to solve. “Capturing and Archiving the Digital Outputs of Research as Collection Material” and “Competition from Alternative Avenues of Discovery” are considered difficult challenges, which are defined as well understood but with solutions that are elusive. Described as wicked challenges are “Embracing the Need for Radical Change” and “Maintaining Ongoing Integration, Interoperability, and Collaborative Projects,” which are complex to define, much less address.“ETH-Bibliothek is proud to be a partner of this report,” shares Andreas Kirstein, Vice Director and Head of Media and IT Services at ETH-Bibliothek, and co-principal investigator of the project. “By articulating some of the most daunting challenges that academic and research libraries face, we are already making progress toward solving them.”Important Developments in Technology for Academic and Research LibrariesAdditionally, the report identifies “Electronic Publishing” and “Mobile Apps” as technologies expected to enter mainstream use in the first horizon of one year or less. “Bibliometrics and Citation Technologies” along with “Open Content” are seen in the second horizon of two to three years; “The Internet of Things” as well as “Semantic Web and Linked Data” are seen emerging in the third horizon of four to five years.The subject matter in this report was identified through a qualitative research process designed and conducted by the NMC that engages an international body of experts in libraries, education, technology, research, business, and other fields around a set of research questions designed to surface significant trends and challenges and to identify emerging technologies with a strong likelihood of adoption in academic and research libraries. The NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition details the areas in which these experts were in strong agreement.“This first library edition of the Horizon Report marks some important evolutionary steps,” says Lambert Heller, head of Open Science Lab at the German National Library of Science and Technology (TIB), Hannover and co-principal investigator of the project. “Academic and research libraries are now being seen as incubators for experimenting with emerging technologies and are even leading the way at many university campuses across the world.”The NMC Horizon Report > 2014 Library Edition is available online, free of charge, and is released under a Creative Commons license to facilitate its widespread use, easy duplication, and broad distribution.
Information and Visual Literacy, Academic Rigor, and Professional Skepticism: some conference cogitationsPosted: August 15, 2014
This summer I had to cancel a job interview. (Sacrilege, I know!) It was especially unfortunate because the interview would’ve required a presentation and a web-tool showcase, which I was excited to perform — it’s nice to have a structured interview that you can prepare for practically. The presentation would have been on essential information-literacy skills for first-year college students, and I was planning on using a bit of humour and cultural reference as an attack plan.
Specifically, I think students (and web-users at large) would benefit from holding up Sherlock Holmes as their spirit animal: use a bit of skepticism and plenty of attention to detail, and work hard to connect all the dots, no matter how disparate things seem at first . Context is everything, and reading (everything — new stories, academic studies, and statistics-laden infographics) needs to be analytic and critical. I won’t offer any contemporary examples, for fear of digressing into those discussions, but let’s all be aware of the general state of misinformation and gullibility in the world (or, I dunno, trusting the “true story” claim at the beginning of Fargo?).
Lots of people have been discussing information literacy online lately, and I’ve been mulling on it as well. I missed the visual literacy session at ARLIS/NA this year, because I was at the information literacy MOOC session next door, where I brainstormed some alternative MOOC models (universal design, anyone?). Perhaps those of you who attended the visual-lit session can fill me in on which “real-world [library] examples of how ACRL’s visual literacy guidelines have been implemented” were shared, and whether any suggestions were made as to how to supplement the ACRL guidelines with library-specific instructions (is there a forthcoming ARLIS/NA occasional paper on this? There should be).
One question I’ve been pondering since then is how to incorporate research methods and scientific rigor lessons into information and visual literacy — how to make Sherlocks of us all. I’m sure we all took a (strenuous / boring) research methods class in the MLIS program; for me it was a repetition of the undergraduate research methods I learned as part of a psych minor. Every time you consult a data-collection study, you still have to ask: did they use a control group? Did they control for conflating variables? Are they making assumptions about causation, or drawing one of many possible conclusions? Was there a replicating study? Were the survey questions priming, or compound? Did they set their sights on statistical significance? My MLIS-level research course didn’t really enforce these obvious questions, although we all tried our hand at evaluating a study or two for rigor.
It’s being generally acknowledged that LIS / GLAM scholarly work has a relatively low standard of scientific rigor: we don’t replicate studies, we generally only survey an easily-accessible demographic (i.e. college students), and our studies are designed less to further intelligent work in our field and more to push academic librarians into tenure. We could point to a number of problems: peer reviewers with no skills in research analysis, the general left-hand/right-hand divide in LIS between practitioners and academics, and professional associations that don’t push hard enough for presentations and publications that span our full profession. If we’re no good at research methods, how will we impart these skills to our patrons?
The contemporary debate has scared me off using the word “rigor” at all, for fear of it being taken for the opposite of “diversity,” as it seems to have been co-opted lately. Rigor in a strict statistical sense transcends demographics; “rigor” used in reference to higher-education skill-sets could absolutely use some work, but that’s really more of a bad-teachers problem in my thinking. Universities have plenty of resources for academic writing, tutoring, disability accommodations, ESL upgrading, computer lessons, etc., if only students were being made aware of their shortfalls through teacher interaction and feedback.
Libraries are doing essential work in both supplementary education for students with shortfalls and in instructional design for teachers, which should include some basic lessons in how to assess students for these problems, and get them working up to speed before final marking. Is there space for librarians to provide supplementary instruction in not just information literacy and research rigor, but in visual and media literacy as well — and to target students who need that training most?
The number of high-school grads that go to post-secondary tends to hover around the 68% mark in recent years, meaning that, if we can educate every college student in basic info- or visual-literacy, we can put a huge dent into general gullibility and increase the knowledge of intelligent research methods. (I couldn’t begin to imagine how to insert this education into secondary school, but if you have suggestions or resources to share, I’m all ears.) And the sooner we plant the seeds of good scientific design, the sooner we’ll see a general improvement in scholarly output — or at least more articles admitting their limitations and mistakes from the get-go.
But this is all, literally, academic. How do we get information-literacy education out into the public, especially when most popular news outlets seem to benefit directly from a lack of critical thinking? More specifically, how do arts librarians working in visual literacy and media literacy help to educate both their patrons and the public at large — especially if visual literacy skills are universally important but we only get access to arts students?
If you haven’t read the ACRL Visual Literacy Standards, here they are (2011). ARLIS/NA has also put out standards and competencies for information literacy competencies (2007) and instruction (2002). As it stands, it’s our job to (not only teach basic info-lit, but also) hand out lessons on copyright and plagiarism, good design and accessibility, data visualization (and how it can mislead!), image-editing detective work (which invariably leads to an addiction to Photoshop Disasters), and everything from technical evaluation (“how true is the digital colour to the original?”) to art-education evaluation (“what period/genre is this from?”) and semiotics / semantics / cultural theory diversions. Skepticism and rigor in visual literacy could, I predict, lead to everything from a higher interest in art and design among the general populace, to better body image (“Nobody is that beautiful without airbrushing!”) and consumer ethics (“I’d better not buy this plagiarizing pillow“). And sometimes it’s just about getting the joke.
Information literacy might need a bit of a rebrand: like taking a technology class at your library, lots of people aren’t willing to admit they could use a refresher or don’t really get the underlying principles behind their daily use. As usual, the best policy seems to be “Get ’em while they’re young,” and making digital / media literacy and scientific rigor a base part of public education — a required seminar for all first-year college students, at least.
Can art librarians design a quick, fun, painless way to lay out the pitfalls and consequences of being design-dumb? Are the threats of bad website navigation, low-resolution printing, inadvertent copyright infringement, and lack of accessibility important enough to get bureaucratic and financial support? Or will the information-literacy MOOCs fall by the wayside, underused and unacknowledged?
[FYI: ARLIS/NA has an Academic Division (who worked with the ACRL VL Taskforce), a Visual Resources Committee, and a Teaching SIG, but no ongoing groups working on visual literacy specifically, or any published plans to update the 2007 info-lit guidelines. I have yet to hear about collaborations with the International Visual Literacy Assocation, or similar bodies, but if you know of any, post a comment! Maybe it’s time for a little ARLIS/NA visual literacy focus … ]
1: I have always been confused by Sherlock’s use of “deduction” — isn’t he using induction, to take the clues in front of his face and construct a narrative, rather than beginning from a premise and eliminating possible outcomes? If someone can give me a mnemonic or something, I would greatly appreciate it. Says he:
“Let me run over the principal steps. We approached the case, you remember, with an absolutely blank mind, which is always an advantage. We had formed no theories. We were simply there to observe and to draw inferences from our observations.”
– Sherlock Holmes, The Adventure of the Cardboard Box
The UTC Library seeks a motivated, creative and user-focused professional to fill our Studio Librarian position at the University of Tennessee, Chattanooga (UTC). As part of UTC’s all-new forthcoming library, The Studio serves as a creation space that will support multimedia design and related emerging technologies. The librarian in this position will plan, develop, and implement service initiatives to enhance the Studio as a learning environment and guide patrons in the use of Studio and library resources.
The position is available October 1, 2014.
Reporting to the Department Head of Research and Public Services, and working in coordination with the Team Lead for the Studio in this position provides support for the Studio as learning environment and digital development area. The Studio Librarian works with students and faculty to support the effective and innovative use of multimedia and instructional technologies in teaching and research across the UTC campus.
As Studio Librarian
- Develop and maintain the Studio as an effective student learning environment.
- Guide Studio patrons in use of technology resources.
- Partner with campus faculty, staff, and students as a technology facilitator, workshop trainer, designer, and a developer of multimedia materials.
- Provide instructional design, development, and digital services.
- Work with faculty on instructional design/development projects.
- Promote educational technology and the Studio services to the campus.
- Identify, evaluate, and recommend multimedia and emerging technologies for campus and library needs.
- Assist in the development of the vision, goals, objectives, and actionable Studio Team events.
- In partnership with Library IT, maintain computers, hardware, and software delivery and production platforms.
- Promote student success and retention through advocacy of use of library services and resources.
- Guide and coach Studio staff specialist and student assistants in skills, methods, and best practices to better serve patrons utilizing the Studio.
As Research and Public Service Department Member
- Participate in Research and Public Service Department meetings and initiatives.
- Support public services operations as needed and appropriate in Circulation, Information Commons, and Instruction.
- Design and create multimedia content for instruction, outreach efforts, and library-wide needs.
As Library and University Citizen
- Participate in providing reference, liaison, and outreach services to University Community.
- Participate in library-wide planning and committee work.
- Participate in UT library system-wide planning.
- Participate in UTC governance, service, and be professionally active.
- Conduct scholarship consistent with a tenure-track appointment.
- Engage in continuing professional development.
Required Education and Experience
- Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program.
- One year of relevant work experience, including demonstrated experience in multimedia development.
Required Hard Skills
- Demonstrated proficiency with contemporary multimedia software and hardware, including: Macintosh, Windows operating systems, Digital Video and Photography, Digital Audio Workstations, Adobe Creative Suite, Apple Final Cut Pro, MS PowerPoint, Apple Keynote, and other presentation software, video and audio digitizing interfaces, etc.
- Knowledge of current best practices relating to multimedia.
- Experience with subject guide platforms, blogging platforms, chat reference software and other commonly used library systems.
- Experience as a successful project manager and the ability to organize, prioritize, and manage time.
- Knowledge of copyright, intellectual property and privacy laws as they relate to published and unpublished materials.
Required Soft Skills
- Possess the initiative, flexibility, and creativity to manage projects both independently and as part of a team in a dynamic work environment.
- Ability to handle complex, analytical and detailed work.
- Possess a positive attitude, be future-oriented, and embrace change.
- Effective writing and oral communication skills.
- Strong interpersonal skills evidenced by the ability to work cooperatively and maintain effective working relationships with colleagues, faculty, staff and students.
- Strong customer service focus, a passion for the profession, and a deep commitment to service and outreach in an academic community.
See the full description here.
The American Academy of Art located in downtown Chicago seeks applicants for a full-time librarian. The librarian will assist in the planning, organization and implementation of various library services and programs in support of the educational goals of the Academy. A successful applicant will coordinate library educational services including information literacy programs in collaboration with the Academy’s faculty. The position requires experience in all aspects of library services along with collaboration and teaching with the Academy’s faculty.
Applications are expected to have prior library services experience and an M.L.S. degree. This is a full-time position with salary and excellent benefits. Please forward a C.V. and cover letter to Duncan Webb, Academic Dean, firstname.lastname@example.org. Review and interviews begin immediately.
The American Academy of Art
The American Academy of Art is a school built on a tradition of professionalism and excellence. We are a thriving creative community of skilled faculty, dedicated staff and talented students. Our faculty and staff have come together collaboratively working toward a common goal: equipping our students to be leaders in the art world.
We believe in the importance of forming a foundation in the classical academic tradition. The early coursework for our students focuses on developing essential skills not only in art technique, but also in the humanities and sciences. From this foundation, we encourage the development of creative and critical thinking that will allow students to use their foundational skills to communicate their own unique artistic ideals.
Our faculty and staff represent a diversity of cultures and artistic styles that we hope will inspire our students to broaden their minds and their artistic range during their years at the Academy and beyond. We encourage our students to consider the impact that they can have on their culture and society through their work.
Since our founding in 1923, our programs have evolved with contemporary artistic styles and technological advances, but the same vision of artistic excellence that inspired our founder remains. Our halls are lined with the works of many of our successful alumni, and each year that legacy grows as our graduates find rewarding careers in the art field and take their place as leaders.
For additional information about the American Academy of Art, visit www.aaart.edu
Please check out the following survey and see if you qualify! The research is on MLIS students, recent graduates, and hiring librarians and managers at Canadian academic institutions. (This is reposted from a listserv.)
Dear LIS colleagues,
This email is to invite you to participate in a research study exploring the transition between LIS education and employment in academic libraries.
Our study seeks to examine how students are prepared for and what challenges exist when transitioning from LIS to a career in academic librarianship. Our findings will help contribute to Canadian LIS literature and provide recommendations to LIS programs and employers to help support the successful transition from school to employment.
The survey will remain open until July 28, 2014. Please distribute this email widely.
Eligible participants include:
· Current students enrolled in a Master of Library and Information Studies, or directly equivalent, program at a Canadian university. Students can be pursuing part-time or full-time studies. Participants in this category must have completed approximately 50 percent of their program and have an intention or interest in pursuing a career in academic librarianship.
· Recent graduates who have completed a Master of Library and Information Studies, or directly equivalent, program at a Canadian university within the last year (graduated no earlier than April 2013) and are actively seeking employment at a Canadian academic library.
· New professionals who have completed a Master of Library and Information Studies, or directly equivalent, program at a Canadian university within the last three years (graduated no earlier than April 2011). Participants in this category are recent graduates who are currently employed full- or part-time, either on a permanent or contract basis, at a Canadian academic library.
· Hiring managers or librarians who participate in hiring committees at any Canadian academic library, in any discipline, on either a contract or permanent basis. Librarians involved in other elements of the hiring process and supervisors of new professionals are also encouraged to participate.
If you have any questions, please, contact either Laura Thorne by phone at (250) 807-9107 or by email at email@example.com or Catherine McGoveran by phone at (613) 562-5800 ext. 2725 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Survey data is being collected via Verint, a survey tool provided by UBC IT. Verint is a Canadian-hosted survey solution complying with the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. All data is stored and backed up in Canada.
This study is being conducted in English; however, should a participant require assistance to participate, the researchers will endeavour to provide this assistance wherever possible.
When completed, the researchers will seek to publish the results of the study. If you would like a copy of the research findings, please send a request to either Laura Thorne by phone at (250) 807-9107 or by email at email@example.com Catherine McGoveran by phone at (613) 562-5800 ext. 2725 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To participate in our study, please follow the link: http://www.surveyfeedback.ca/surveys/wsb.dll/s/1g336c
Thank you for your support,
Laura Thorne & Catherine McGoveran
Learning Services Librarian, UBC Okanagan Campus Library
The University of British Columbia, Okanagan Campus
Bibliothécaire spécialisée en information gouvernementale / Government Information Librarian
Centre d’information GSG Information Centre ; Bibliothèque Morisset Library
Université d’Ottawa / University of Ottawa
(613) 562-5800 ext./poste 2725
Library Assistant (Full Time & Part Time openings), Academy of Art University, San Francisco
PT Librarian, Art Institute of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX
Getty Foundation Multicultural Undergraduate Summer Internship–Library, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CAPosted: April 16, 2014
|Please circulate this posting to any undergraduates who might be interested in art librarianship!
In order to increase diversity in the professions related to museums and the visual arts, the Getty is offering a summer internship in the Library at Art Center College of Design to undergraduate students of culturally diverse backgrounds.
The James Lemont Fogg Memorial Library at Art Center is a visual arts library designed for the aspiring practicing artist and designer. The Library intern will work in all departments of the Library, gaining experience in librarianship, archives, digital image curatorial work, public services and mentoring students. The intern will spend time in reference services, circulation, archives, cataloging, and digital imaging. The intern will develop a special project, such as choosing a subject for collection development, curating a display in the Library, or planning a special program for Art Center students.
All interns will attend a day-long gathering sponsored by the Getty Foundation and will submit a report to the Foundation at the end of program. A stipend of $4,000 will be provided for a full-time, ten-week period beginning in June and ending no later than August 22, 2014.
The internship is a full-time (40 hours/week) position, with a salary of $4,000 for a consecutive ten-week work period beginning no sooner than June 2 and ending no later than August 22, 2014.
Full post here.
The University of Oregon Libraries seeks a knowledgeable, creative, and user-oriented colleague for the position of Art and Architecture Librarian. This position provides the opportunity to participate in a wide range of services and professional responsibilities in a dynamic environment.
The Architecture and Allied Arts (A&AA) Library’s collections primarily support the diverse academic programs associated with the School of Architecture and Allied Arts. The library’s holdings are complemented by collections of art and architecture titles in Knight Library and the UO Portland Library and Learning Commons. Important collections of architectural archives and drawings are housed in the UO Libraries’ Special Collections & University Archives. In addition to its 86,000 volumes, the A&AA Library holds unique collections of rare books, architectural drawings and models, and artists’ books. The A&AA Library has 4.0 FTE staff members, and several student assistants.
Duties and Responsibilities:
The Art and Architecture Librarian has responsibility for developing collections and services to support scholarly users of information, serving as the primary liaison with the Department of Art, the Department of the History of Art and Architecture, and the Arts and Administration, Product Design, and Digital Arts programs. This position provides reference and research consultation, collection development, and instructional and outreach services in art history, architecture, fine arts, and related disciplines. Service on library and campus committees is expected. Other related duties and projects will be assigned. Library faculty members are also encouraged to be professionally active through involvement in regional and national associations, research, or publication. This position is located in the A&AA Library, and reports to the head of that department.
Required: ALA-accredited MLIS degree in hand by start date; strong academic background in art history, architecture, or visual arts; knowledge of art and architecture information resources; excellent oral and written communication skills; and ability to work collaboratively in a team environment. The successful candidate will support and enhance a diverse learning and working environment. Desired: Academic library experience; reading knowledge of a foreign language; graduate degree in art history, fine arts, arts administration, or design discipline; and experience with technology used in design disciplines.
Salary and Benefits:
Salary will be commensurate with rank and experience. The UO offers a generous benefits package (see:http://hr.uoregon.edu).
This is a full-time, 12-month position, located in Eugene, OR. Librarians hold academic faculty status with rank, Career Non-Tenure Track. Contracts are fixed-term, renewable (two or three years) depending on rank. Professional growth and service in keeping with university and library standards for promotion, retention, and merit is expected. This position is represented by United Academics (http://uauoregon.org/). Appointment to the position will include successful completion of a criminal background check.
To ensure consideration, please submit all application materials by April 14, 2014. Position will remain open until filled.
Please submit a Word or PDF document that includes a cover letter, résumé, and list of four professional references addressed to: Ms. Laine Stambaugh, Human Resources Librarian, 1299 University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, OR 97403-1299 email@example.com. (541) 346-1895; (541) 346-3485 (fax).
Full post here.
Our readers who are interested in pursuing a career in academic libraries may be interested in this free webinar series, offered through Library Journal. Even if you’re not available when the webinars are running live, those who register will receive a link to the archive when it becomes available.
Part 1: What is a Data-Driven Academic Library? Wednesday, December 4, 2013,
3:00-4:00 PM ET/12:00 PM – 1:00 PM PT
Part 2: The Evolution of Usage:
Analyzing and Benchmarking Use, Wednesday, December 11th, 2013,
3:00-4:00 PM ET/12:00 AM – 1:00 PM PT
Part 3: Redefining Scholarly Value
Through New Data, Wednesday, December 18th, 2013, 3:00-4:00 PM ET/12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Complete details and links to register: lj.libraryjournal.com/2013/11/webcasts/what-is-a-data-driven-academic-library/
Call for Panelists:
The ARLIS/NA Affiliate Session at the College Art Association Conference in New York City seeks three panelists to participate on the following panel to be held at CAA 2013 (February 13-16, 2013, in New York City):
21st Century Artist’s Publications: self-published print-on-demand artist’s books, zines, mini-comics and photo books
With the increased use of print-on-demand publishing technologies, many artists are blending the typologies of artist’s books, zines, mini-comics and photo books, often creating print publications that are indistinguishable from one another.
This session is open to papers discussing the impact of print-on-demand technologies on the typology of artist’s books, and to papers discussing the impact of print-on-demand on the genres of artist’s books, zines, mini-comics, and photo books. Has print-on-demand created a new typology (artist’s publishing) that is inclusive of multiple publication types? Has print-on-demand production and distribution transformed the creation of artist’s publishing and sales beyond (more traditional) brick and mortar dealer and distributor networks? What is the financial impact of print-on-demand for artists and/or dealers/distributors? Should new terminology such as artist’s publishing or book art subsume the typologies of artist’s books, zines, mini-comics, and photo books?
Session chair: Tony White, Maryland Institute College of Art (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Panelists are encouraged to present varying perspectives about the impact of print-on-demand on the current genre of artist’s publications. Of special interest are papers that balance art history and studio art voices, as well as persons early in their careers to those that are more established, whether independent scholars, artists, teaching faculty, curators, or librarians. Each panelist will speak for ca. 20 minutes and will then participate in a moderated dialog with the audience about issues and topics raised.
Interested speakers should send the following information via e-mail to the session chair (deadline August 20, 2012):
– Proposed title for your paper/presentation
– A brief abstract (ca. 150-200 words) of your proposed paper
– A C.V.
All submissions will be acknowledged, and a final decision will be made by August 25, 2012.
***Call for Papers — Internet Reference Services Quarterly — New Authors Welcome!***
Internet Reference Services Quarterly is now accepting manuscripts for the 2012/13 volume year.
>> Internet Reference Services Quarterly is a refereed journal presenting information about reference librarianship in the digital age. The journal offers studies and articles on technology and innovations related to the delivery of library user services, including reference, research consultation, instruction, information literacy, user design and usability, and electronic reference materials and sources.
>> IRSQ welcomes articles on all aspects of library reference and information services, including professional practices, electronic communications, information literacy, training and education, managing reference services, evaluating information services and sources, software and technology, and user populations.
>> IRSQ receives all manuscripts electronically via the journal’s ScholarOne website:
>>For more journal information and submission instructions, visit www.tandfonline.com/WIRS or contact Jason Sokoloff at email@example.com.
Improving Library Services for People with Disabilities e-Course
ASCLA’s popular and relevant online course, Improving Library Services for People with Disabilities, will be offered again this October.
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Course details, including links to registration, are at the ASCLA blog:
The course will run October 1-28, 2012, with two live online meetings on Thursday, Oct. 11 and Thursday, Oct. 25 from 3:00-4:00p.m. Central time. Additional weekly coursework is self-paced.
During this course, participants will:
>>Identify library users with disabilities at their library
and the resources and assistive technologies available to assist them;
>>Examine changes in attitudes, laws and technologies that
have impacted people with disabilities;
>>Apply what they’ve learned to recommend changes in personal and organizational
behaviors to improve services for people with disabilities at their library.
This course is truly designed for all library staff, including support staff, general professional staff, age-level or subject specialists, managers and administrators. ***We welcome group registrations!*** Two or more registrants from the same library, library system or network will save 15% on their course registration rates. More information is at the ASCLA website: http://www.ala.org/ascla/asclaevents/onlinelearning/onlinelearning
For more information about this course, visit this ASCLA blog post:
Four-Week eCourse Begins Monday, October 15, 2012 Your patrons trust your recommendations on what to read next, and as the use of iPads proliferates, they will look to you for recommendations on exemplary books as apps. The best of this new breed of apps use the multimedia, multitouch capabilities of the iPad to extend the concept of the book, creating a new immersive experience for readers. In this eCourse Nicole Hennig, head of the user experience (UX) group for the MIT Libraries, will
- Provide guidance for integrating iPads into your library’s programs and services by facilitating demos of important titles from the most innovative publishers
- Offer benchmarks for evaluating book apps and writing reviews of them
- Lead you in conversation about book apps as you share your reviews with the class
Each week’s lesson includes a video introduction, readings, and ongoing message board discussions. To participate, you will need access to an iPad. It’s recommended that students plan to budget $30–$50 on apps, though additional purchases are not required to take the eCourse. To get the most out of this eCourse you should already be comfortable with using an iPad and purchasing apps.
Nicole Hennig is Head of the User Experience Group for the MIT Libraries. Her expertise includes user experience studies, mobile web, mobile apps and the user experience of e-reading. She presents frequently on these topics at national and regional conferences.
6-Week eCourse runs from September 4 through October 12
Drupal is an open source content management tool that allows users to build complex websites without extensive programming, making it perfect for library websites. In this introductory eCourse, librarian, consultant and Drupal expert Sean Fitzpatrick will guide participants in building an attractive, functional library website using Drupal. This test website will be hosted on a server for six months after the eCourse, facilitating additional learning. This eCourse will focus on Drupal 7, while highlighting what is still applicable to Drupal 6. Whether the objective is a simple site or full-service digital branch, this eCourse will give participants the know-how to get a library website up and running.
Webinar: Identifying and Acquiring New Skills: The Key to Career Growth and Advancement
Title: Identifying and Acquiring New Skills: The Key to Career Growth and Advancement
Presenters: Deb Hunt and David Grossman
Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Start Time: 12 Noon Pacific
This webinar will last approximately one hour. Webinars are free of charge. Registration is ONLY done on the day of the event on the WebEx server starting 30 minutes before the start of the webinar. No Passwords are required. For Tips and Registration Information, please go to http://infopeople.org/training/webcasts/tips.html
For more information and to participate in the July 10 webinar, go to http://infopeople.org/training/identifying-and-acquiring-new-skills
In these tough times, how can library staff:
· Leverage their existing skills to their best advantage?
· Learn how to acquire new skills critical for career advancement, career change, or solidifying their current position?
· Determine which of their skills are most marketable and transferrable to other positions?
· Learn how to package their most transferrable skills to maximize career growth and advancement?
This webinar offers practical advice for library staff seeking to expand their existing skill sets and develop new areas of expertise to broaden their career potential, maximize their earnings in their current position or gain that competitive edge for landing their next job. The presenters will identify and discuss more than 30 of the hottest skills in greatest demand in the library world.
Webinar attendees will be encouraged to determine which skills are most important to them and to assemble a customized skill set most likely to yield the highest payback for career growth and advancement.
At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will:
· Understand why expanding their skill set is the most important first step in boosting marketability and facilitating career growth and advancement.
· Learn about the 33 most sought after skills, in greatest demand in the current library work environment and understand why these are the most important skills to acquire.
· Have a firm grasp on six foolproof strategies for acquiring new skills.
· Learn how to conduct a self-assessment of their existing skill set as a prerequisite to formulating a plan to acquire the new skills they need for career advancement.
This webinar will be of interest to library staff contemplating the next job opportunity or career change and those seeking to identify their current skills and acquiring new ones.
If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar. Check our archive listing at: http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar/archived
EDUCAUSE Live! Webinar
July 12—The Direction of Fair Use for Education: New Law and New Possibilities
Speakers: Kenneth D. Crews, Director, Copyright Advisory Office, Columbia University Libraries, and faculty member at Columbia Law School and Munich Intellectual Property Law Center
Date: July 12, 2012
Time: 1:00–2:00 p.m. ET (UTC-4); convert to your time zone
Topic: This free hour-long webinar, “The Direction of Fair Use for Education: New Law and New Possibilities,” will examine a few recent court cases involving fair use as applied to video streaming and digital books. It will focus chiefly on a court decision handed down in May 2012 regarding the digitizing of copyrighted books at Georgia State University for electronic reserves and for student use through course management systems.
Reserve your seat now—virtual seating is limited.
Register here: http://net.educause.edu/content.asp?PAGE_ID=1031973&bhcp=1
Free Webinar Series for new librarians!
“New Librarians Global Connection: best practices, models and recommendations“ is a series of free quarterly webinars on issues of interest to new librarians, models of library associations and library schools working with new professionals, and groups by and for librarians. The free webinars are presented by IFLA Continuing Professional Development and Workplace Learning and IFLA New Professionals Special Interest Group in partnership with ALA.
Below, the date and time of the next webinar. Save the date and register!
July 17, 2012
2:00 p.m. CST
3:00 p.m. EST
8:00 p.m. CET
7:00 a.m. EDT (next day)
World Clock http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/
Registration link: https://ala.ilinc.com/register/cjchmcs
Webinar length: one hour
Barbara Ford, Director and Distinguished Professor, Mortenson Center for International Library Programs at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Library. President of the American Library Association in 1997-1998 where her theme was “ Libraries: Global Reach – Local Touch”. Speaking about: How to develop leadership skills as a New Professional: programs, mentoring, learning by doing. Working abroad, leaving your home country.
Sandy Littletree, Knowledge River Program Manager, and Jessica Hernandez, Co-Chair of the Knowledge River Alumni Network. Speaking about Knowledge River, a model of a library school working with new professionals and students. http://sirls.arizona.edu/kr/
Rachel Bickley, Assistant Librarian, University of the West of England, and LISNPN Co-manager. Featuring a group by and for librarians. http://lisnpn.spruz.com/
Next quarterly webinar scheduled for October 2012.
The series explore useful topics to help new professionals at various stages of their career, including:
LIS school curriculum, gained skills and degrees vs. “the reality” at work. Bridging the gap between theory and practice. How to deal with generational differences at work?
Mentoring and best practices including pros and cons of different approaches like peer-to-peer, and classical mentor-mentee relationships.
How to develop leadership skills as a new professional: programs, mentoring, learning by doing. Working abroad, leaving your home country.
Continuing Professional Development for new professionals, how to stay up to date from the very start even if conditions at work (funding/permission to attend conferences, support with writing articles, etc.) are not the best.
Questions and requests for information:
Coordinator of the series
Free E-Forum: Brittle Book Strategies for the 21st Century
July 11-12, 2012
Hosted by Kara McClurken and Kimberley Peach
Please join us for an e-forum discussion. It’s free and open to everyone!
Registration information is at the end of the message.
Each day, sessions begin and end at:
Pacific: 7am – 3pm
Mountain: 8am – 2pm
Central: 9am – 5pm
Eastern: 10am – 6pm
The Brittle Book Program landscape has changed with the growing acceptance of digital surrogates as replacements for the printed book and the increasing scarcity of microfilming programs. Different options are available to Preservation Librarians than were available ten years ago. This e-Forum will facilitate the discussion of best practices, workflow tools, and decision making criteria used by those responsible for brittle and heavily damaged books in their libraries. We also invite those considering the start of such a program to bring their questions and ideas to the conversation.
Topics will include:
- Reformatting options
- Use of decision trees and evaluation flags
- The role of copyright in decision-making
- The role of the Bibliographer/Selector in decision-making
- Use of digital copies already available through HathiTrust, Internet Archive, and Google Books
- Decision to withdrawal or limit use of the original
- Cataloging procedures for digital or print surrogates
- Use of the 583 field for preservation action and retention commitment notes
- Costs and benefits associated with reformatting
Kara McClurken is the Head of Preservation Services at the University of Virginia Libraries. She has a degree in Library Science from the University of Maryland with a specialization in Archives and Preservation. Kara worked as an Archivist and Preservation Specialist at Smith College before working at SOLINET as a Preservation Services Librarian from 2006 – 2009. Kara recently conducted a survey of how various institutions address the problem of heavily damaged materials in their collections and presented the results at the ALA 2012 Annual Conference. Kara is an active teacher and consultant on a variety of preservation topics and currently serves on the Steering Committee of the Preservation Section of the Society of American Archivists.
Kimberly Peach has a degree in Library Science from the Catholic University of America and a Certificate in Preservation Management from The Preservation Management Institute at Rutgers University. Kim worked in the Binding and Collections Care Department at the Library of Congress before being selected for the IMLS Preservation Administration Fellowship at Yale University Library in 2010. From there she joined George Blood Audio and Video as Registrar and then went on to work on the American Archive Inventory Project at WXPN Public Radio. Kim has just completed two years of services as co-chair for the PARS Program, Planning, and Publications Committee, and has served as a preservation consultant on the Save Our African American Treasures Team of the National Museum of African American History and Culture since 2008.
*What is an e-forum?*
An ALCTS e-forum provides an opportunity for librarians to discuss matters of interest, led by a moderator, through the e-forum discussion list. The e-forum discussion list works like an email listserv: register your email address with the list, and then you will receive messages and communicate with other participants through an email discussion. Most e-forums last two to three days. Registration is necessary to participate, but it’s free. See a list of upcoming e-forums at: http://bit.ly/upcomingeforum.
Instructions for registration are available at: http://bit.ly/eforuminfo. Once you have registered for one e-forum, you do not need to register again, unless you choose to leave the email list. Participation is free and open to anyone.
Fundamentals of Collection Assessment Online Course
Session: August 13 – September 21, 2012
Description: This six-week online course introduces the fundamental aspects of collection assessment in libraries. The course is designed for those who are responsible for or interested in collection assessment in all types and sizes of libraries. The course will introduce key concepts in collection assessment including:
– the definition of collection assessment
– techniques and tools
– assessment of print and electronic collections
– project design and management
Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course, you will be able to:
– describe the fundamental aspects of collection assessment
– understand the various collection assessment methods and tools, including both qualitative and quantitative analysis
– design and implement a collection assessment project
– perform a collection assessment of print resources
– complete a collection assessment of electronic resources
Who should Attend: This is a fundamentals course that will appeal to anyone interested in the topic with no previous experience.
Registration Fees: $109 ALCTS Member and $129 Non-member
How to Register: For additional course details and registration information please go to: http://www.ala.org/alcts/confevents/upcoming/webcourse/fca/ol_templ
Contact: For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling 1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For all other questions or comments related to the web courses, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or email@example.com.
Please note the first two items in bold are happening tomorrow!
Blended Librarian Webcast: Flipping the Classroom: Overturning the Traditional Lecture Thursday, May 10th @ noon (12pm) EDT
This is a free event & no registration is needed. There are a limited number of seats that are available on a first come first served basis. Please go to the BL site http://www.blendedlibrarian.org/ and log in to the “Quick Login” early to obtain your seat. It will be the webcast listed at the top of the webpage.
(Note: You need to be a member of the Blended Librarians Online Learning Community to participate. No fee to join. To join go to the following page http://www.blendedlibrarian.org/join.html prior to logging on to LearningTimes to join the webcast – you should do this at least 12 hrs prior to attending a webcast.)
METRO & ACRL/NY Present: Catablogging – Leveraging Blogging Software to Present Your Collections on the Web
Speaker Chela Weber
Chela Scott Weber is the Associate Head for Archival Collections at the Tamiment Library & Robert f. Wagner Labor Archives at NYU. Prior to coming to the Tamiment, she was the Director of Library & Archives at the Brooklyn Historical Society, where she implemented Emma, their WordPress based catablog of archives and special collections. She holds a Master of Library and Information Science and Certificate of Archival Administration from Wayne State University in beautiful Detroit, MI.
This event is co-sponsored/hosted with ACRL/NY Special Collections and Archives Discussion Group.
Visit the event website for more information and to register:
The AMIA Student Chapter at New York University invites presentation proposals for Archiving the Arts, to be held jointly with IMAP in New York City on Saturday, October 13, 2012 as part of New York Archives Week organized by Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York.
Please submit a 250-word proposal to Kathryn Gronsbell atNYU.AMIA@gmail.com Priority will be given to submissions received by Friday, May 4, 2012.
FINAL DEADLINE for submissions is Friday, July 13, 2012.
The 3rd annual ShareAcademy will be held on Tuesday, August 7th, 2012 at the CPCC Harris campus in Charlotte, NC. The theme for this year’s ShareAcademy is:
“Under New Management: Adventures in Leadership”
CALL FOR PROPOSALS: Share with us your challenges, joys, reflections, techniques, skills and eye-opening moments about becoming a better, more efficient, more productive leader and manager. What habits or tricks have you learned or utilized to manage yourself, your time or your staff? How have you identified your strengths and skills and used them to your best advantage?
Workshop proposals are expected to be interactive, hands-on, and engaging for participants.
Call for proposals CLOSES: May 30
ShareAcademy Registration OPENS: June 4
*ShareAcademy is created and hosted by CPCC Library, but is open to anyone interested in the conference theme. Our primary goal is to provide a conference full of practical, hands-on material for its attendees.*
Submit your proposal here! http://www.cpcc.edu/library/shareacademy
ALCTS webinar: Rare Materials and RDA: Exploring the Issues
Date: May 23, 2012
All webinars are one hour in length and begin at 11am Pacific, noon Mountain, 1pm Central, and 2pm Eastern time.
Description: Are you unsure about how (or whether) to apply RDA to rare materials? This webinar will present an overview of RDA provisions related to rare materials, including both bibliographic and authority records, and will explore how well RDA and Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials
(DCRM) can be used together to describe rare materials. The webinar will reflect work sponsored by the ACRL Rare Books and Manuscripts Section’s Bibliographic Standards Committee, including a white paper prepared by the presenters.
Single Webinar Registration Fees: $39 ALCTS Member; $49 Non-member; $39 International; $99 Group (a group of people that will watch it together).
Check the ALCTS Web site for discount pricing for the entire webinar series.
For additional information and links to registration, please click here.
ALCTS webinars are recorded and registrants receive a link to the recording shortly following the live event.
For questions about registration, contact ALA Registration by calling
1-800-545-2433 and press 5 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For all other questions or comments related to the webinars, contact Julie Reese, ALCTS Events Manager at 1-800-545-2433, ext. 5034 or email@example.com.
See educational opportunities, such as CFP, workshops, events, webinars, etc.? Please email Braegan Abernethy (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Emilee Mathews (email@example.com) to get them posted here.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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 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
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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.
Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Art and Architecture, Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture
Harvard College Library
Reporting to the Public Services Librarian, this position is responsible for research support, collaboration, and outreach for visual materials in the field of Islamic art and architecture to faculty, students, and researchers. Visual materials collections include digital images and slides for teaching as well as other formats documenting all aspects of Islamic art and architecture in the Fine Arts Library including historic photographs, postcards, and ephemera. Additional responsibilities include implementation of appropriate and forward-looking image metadata schemes, digital access, and participation in collection development and management. Works closely with the Bibliographer in the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture and the Photographic Resources Librarian in the Fine Arts Library and the faculty and staff of the Aga Khan Program.
Typical Duties and Responsibilities:
Collection Management, Development, and Access
- Identifies, evaluates , and acquires images, digital resources, historic photographs, and other visual materials for the library’s teaching and research collection
- Assesses and selects historic photographs and other visual materials in the Fine Arts Library’s collection for digitization and preservation (in consultation with the AKPIA Bibliographer and FAL Photographic Resources Librarian)
- Works with AKPIA and other faculty members, students, fellows, and visiting scholars to set collection priorities based on research and curricular needs
- Coordinates and prioritizes production of different digital products (scanning, uploading, cataloging); tracks workflows and timely service to users
- Provides intellectual control for Islamic visual materials in OLIVIA, ARTstor Shared Shelf project, and other catalogues including collaboration to establish best practices and authority control
- Participates in planning and implementing projects involving visual materials
- Develops long-range planning for Islamic visual images collection in consultation with AKPIA faculty and staff
Reference and Instructional Support
- Provides research services for visual materials in Islamic art and architectural history for faculty, students, and researchers
- Selects and provides teaching images in appropriate formats and other visual resources for classroom lectures and course websites
- Provides individual and group research support including in-class workshops and personalized instruction
- Assists faculty and students in integrating GIS, Prezi , and other visual tools in lectures, course websites
- Prepares online research guides, reference tools, and finding aids for Islamic visual materials
- Assists with image research and provides images, as needed, for Muqarnas and other Harvard and MIT AKPIA publications
Collaboration and Outreach
- Collaborates with diverse Harvard colleagues including the Loeb Design Library, NELC, CMES, and Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program
- Collaborates with AKPIA Documentation Center at MIT, Archnet, and other external initiatives on the creation and sharing of metadata, content, and services for users of visual materials on Islamic art and architecture such as SAHARA
- Works with other Harvard groups supporting interdisciplinary and digital scholarship such as academic departments and programs, DASH, CGA, and the Library Lab Initiative to develop content and research/teaching opportunities
- Supervises year-round student employees and temporary/project staff (as needed) in the creation of item level and collection-level cataloging and indexing for Islamic visual materials in all formats
- Working together with other stakeholders, develops special projects for access to and dissemination of Islamic visual culture
- Master’s degree in library and/or information science or equivalent experience
- Advanced degree at the master’s level or higher in the history of art and architecture related to the study of the Islamic world, or the equivalent combination of education, experience and/or background etc.
- 3-5 years related professional library experience required
- Knowledge of at least one Middle Eastern language (Arabic, Persian, Turkish)
- Expertise in image metadata standards and online data creation and access
- Computer skills including databases and digital image file management, required
- Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills required
- Working knowledge of western European languages, especially French and German
- Knowledge of the contemporary field of Islamic art and architecture historical study and its constituents
- Knowledge of other archival collections projects related to visual culture and history of the Middle East
- Ability to use a computer, monitor, keyboard, and mouse
Please apply with a cover letter and resume at the Harvard Employment Site.
Apply Here: http://www.click2apply.net/wy6zy39
The Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library seeks a knowledgeable, experienced, and collaborative individual for the position of Curator in the Office of Art Properties. Reporting to the Director, the Curator is responsible for the management, use, preservation, and development of Columbia University’s art holdings: paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, decorative arts, and other objects. Specific duties:
- plans and establishes policies, working in collaboration with the Director and the Committee on Art Properties
- oversees the operation of the unit; hiring and supervision of staff, ensuring sound fiscal management and budgetary compliance
- serves as spokesperson for the unit in relations with university departments, and with the public
- assesses works of art for possible acquisitions, ensures safe handling and storage, and coordinates conservation
- oversees the management of collections, evaluating the proper uses of works of art, making decisions about lending art objects and responding to requests for reproducing art objects
- works to achieve maximum awareness and accessibility of the collection for research, teaching, and exhibition; will develop and manage a digitization plan for documenting art works and for making them accessible via web-based access and exhibition portals
- cultivates relations with donors, alumni, arts colleagues at other institutions, and community representatives
- M.A. (Ph.D. preferred) in art history; MLS or graduate-level degree or certification in cultural object-oriented collections management or equivalent experience.
- Experience in a leadership position managing an art collection;
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills, strong organizational and problem-solving capabilities;
- Demonstrated project management experience;
- Experience in fund-raising, grant preparation, and donor cultivation.
- Ability to work as part of a staff team, with a broad range of university colleagues, with students and with donors.
- Should have knowledge of collection management and museum practices;
- Interest in fostering fresh and interdisciplinary approaches to presenting and interpreting art and making the collection accessible for study and research.
- Experience in records and collection management, instructional uses of cultural objects, and exhibit and digital project development.
For immediate consideration, please apply online at: https://academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=54991
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