Free webinar, VRA travel award, & CFP

As always, you can also see what’s coming up through the Educational Opportunities Calendar. Keep reading for details about all the great webinars, CFPs, and scholarship opportunities below!

Webinar:

Title: Communicating Through Infographics

Presenter: Dawne Tortorella

Format: Webinar

Date: Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Start Time: 12 Noon Pacific

1PM Mountain

2PM Central

3PM Eastern

This webinar will last approximately one hour. Webinars are free of charge. Please note: we have changed hosting services fromWebEx to Adobe Connect, so we advise you to test your browser before the webinar: http://intesolv.adobeconnect.com/common/help/en/support/meeting_test.htm

For more webinar tips, see: http://infopeople.org/webinar/tips.

For more information and to participate in the Wednesday, November 14, 2012 webinar, go to http://infopeople.org/training/communicating-through-infographics.

· Have you noticed the growing trend of communicating through infographics?

· Do you wonder where the data comes from and how to verify information displayed in visual form?

· Would you rather read a 100 page report or look at a visual presentation that conveys the story in less than one minute?

· Would you like to tell a compelling story about your library through the medium of infographics?

Visual representation of information has existed for hundreds of years in various forms and formats. Infographics (information graphics) represent the latest visual form to gain popularity. Telling an effective story through infographics requires accurate data, compelling design, and visualization tools.

During this one-hour webinar, we will discuss and demonstrate:

· blogs and infographic search resources to find examples and track trends

· differences between infographics, poster art, and data visualization

· common data sources used in infographics (big data and local sources)

· suggest library-specific data and statistics appropriate for visual presentation

· visualization tools for experimentation

This webinar will be of interest to library staff at all levels and in all types of libraries who need to present information to customers, stakeholders, and management. Senior staff and directors responsible for board reporting are especially encouraged to attend. 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.

 VRA Travel Award:

VRA Travel Awards are available for attendance at the 2013 VRA conference “Capitalizing on Creativity” in Providence, Rhode Island April 3-6. The deadline for receipt of applications will be Monday, November 26, 10 am EST. The list of recipients will be announced on the VRA listserv the third week of December.

A preliminary conference schedule with a listing of workshops and sessions has already been posted at: http://vra2013annualconference.sched.org and information about costs is posted here:http://www.vraweb.org/conferences/vra31/?page_id=8 and here: http://www.vraweb.org/conferences/vra31/?page_id=11

Before you apply, PLEASE READ “Travel Award Rules and Guidelines”, “Tips for VRA Travel Awards Applicants”, and “Types of Travel Awards”, all linked here as PDFs: http://www.vraweb.org/about/awards/index.html#travel

HERE’S THE LINK TO THE APPLICATION:

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?formkey=dEM1Zkdsdlo2dGZ1TEJRN3hGQWxjR2c6MQ#gid=0

The form is also linked from the What’s New on the VRA homepage.

You do not need to be a member of the VRA to apply for a travel award, but please note that upon winning an award an applicant who is not a member of VRA must purchase a membership, with the option to use funding from the travel award to do this. This year by removing the membership requirement for all applicants, we hope to draw more interest and expand membership.

In order to allow funding to go further, Tansey awards will be distributed according to financial need i.e. full awards (up to $850) may be given to some, whilst lower amounts may be awarded to others with partial institutional/ other support.

For 2013, we are fortunate to have generous financial support from sponsors and funds provided by the membership:

* The Kathe Hicks Albrecht award of $850 for a first-time conference attendee

* Two New Horizons awards of $850 each. These awards are aimed at members in the following categories: solo VR professionals, part-time VR professionals, geographically isolated VR professionals, VR professionals in smaller institutions, and/or first-time attendees

* The Joseph C. Taormina Memorial award of $250 for an applicant with partial funding

* A New Horizons student award of $300, for a full-time student enrolled in an accredited degree program and considering a career in visual resources

* $4800 in Tansey fund awards ranging from $250 to $850 each

More awards may become available and will be announced on this listserv. Also, stay tuned and watch VRA-L and the VRA website for further details about the conference. Please email if you have any questions not answered by the documents noted above.

So don’t delay – apply today!

We look forward to receiving your applications,

Heidi Eyestone & Vicky Brown

Co-Chairs, VRA Travel Awards Committee

Heidi Eyestone

Visual Resources Collection

Art and Art History

Carleton College

One North College Street

Northfield, MN 55057

507 222-5399

507 222-7042 fax

Vicky Brown, Visual Resources Curator

History of Art Department, University of Oxford

Suite 9, Littlegate House

St Ebbes

Oxford OX1 1PT

UK

+44 (0)1865 286839

victoria.brown@hoa.ox.ac.uk

 

CFP:

Call for Book Chapters: Collecting the Contemporary (Book to be published by MuseumsEtc in 2013)

URL: http://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/0062/7112/files/CFP_CollectingTheContemporary.pdf?5

COLLECTING THE CONTEMPORARY

Edited by Owain Rhys and Zelda Baveystock

We invite international submissions to be included in this forthcoming book, to be published by MuseumsEtc in 2013.

The book will be edited by Owain Rhys, Curator of Contemporary Life at St Fagans: National History Museum, Wales and Zelda Baveystock, Lecturer in Arts Management and Museum Studies at Manchester University.

Why and how should social history museums engage with contemporary collecting? To fill gaps in the collection? To record modern urban life? To engage with minority communities? To link past and present? There are many possible responses… And many museums collect contemporary objects, stories, images and sounds – consciously or unconsciously. But reasoned policies and procedures are very often lacking. And – given the uniquely detailed record of contemporary life recorded by ubiquitous media – how best are museums to record and present contemporary life in their collections?

 

An overview of contemporary collecting in a social historical context is well overdue. Original source material, ideas, developments and research has never before been brought together in a single volume. This book will bring together practitioners from around the world to provide a contemporary and convenient reader which aims to lay the foundations for future initiatives.

We welcome submissions – of between 3000 and 5000 words – on the practice, theory and history of contemporary collecting in social history museums, based on – but not confined to – the following issues and themes. We are particularly interested in new and pioneering initiatives and innovative thinking in this field.

Practice

Projects (including community outreach, externally funded collection programmes, projects with specific goals)

Exhibitions (including popular culture, contemporary political issues, under-represented groups

Networks – including SAMDOK and other initiatives

Fieldwork and contemporary collecting

Adopting a scientific approach to contemporary collecting

Audio-visual recording

The influence of the internet, how to collect, and associated museological issues

Contemporary collecting and contemporary issues

Access, storage and conservation issues

Theory

What to collect?

How to collect?

Who should collect?

Community involvement – advantages and disadvantages

Contemporary collecting – key priority or passing fad?

Definitions of contemporary collecting

Should contemporary collecting be object or people based?

Alternatives to the accepted norms

The case for nationally or regionally co-ordinated policies

The impact of social and digital media for the future of contemporary collecting

History

Origins and development of contemporary collecting

Differences between institutions and countries (e.g. Sweden’s ethnological approach v. Britain’s social history approach)

The editors

Owain Rhys has recently published Contemporary Collecting: Theory and Practice with MuseumsEtc. This book gathered together disparate strands of contemporary collecting theory and history, and provided an insight into current practices at St Fagans: National History Museum. Owain is interested in formalising definitions and procedures, and in strengthening the bonds between those museums involved in contemporary collecting. Zelda Baveystock has a longstanding interest in contemporary collecting. As the first Keeper of Contemporary Collecting at Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums, she established a subject specialist network of urban history museums actively involved in the field in 2004. She has lectured and taught on the subject in the UK, and in Sweden.

Submissions

If you are interested in being considered as a contributor, please send an abstract (up to 250 words) and a short biography to both the editors and the publishers at the following addresses: owain.rhys@museumwales.ac.uk,zelda.baveystock@manchester.ac.uk and books@museumsetc.com by 10 December 2012. Enquiries should also be sent to these addresses. Contributors will receive a complimentary copy of the publication and a discount on more.

The book will be published in print and digital editions by MuseumsEtc in 2013.

Deadlines

ABSTRACTS: 10 DECEMBER 2012

CONTRIBUTORS NOTIFIED: 11 JANUARY 2013

COMPLETED PAPERS: 2 APRIL 2013

 

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Job Posting: Library Applications Analyst for IT, Cleveland Museum of Art

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 resume@clevelandart.org by Sunday, April 15, 2012.

The Cleveland Museum of Art is a Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE/M/F/D/V).


Job Posting: Assistant Librarian, McNay Art Museum, San Antonio, Texas

McNay Art Museum seeks a full time Assistant Librarian to assist the Head Librarian by providing administrative and professional support in the areas of reference, collections development, acquisitions, funding, facilities planning, public relations, and other areas as needed.

Responsibilities would include managing the public information desk, assisting with the general research as well as that of the museum’s permanent collection and exhibitions to the staff, docents, and library visitors. Will manage gifts and donations to the library. The assistant also assists with the library’s collection development and acquisition program, both print and digital resources.

Qualifications: Masters degree in Library/Information Science from and ALA accredited library school required. Excellent organizational, interpersonal and written communication skills required. Academic background in art, art history, or theatre-related disciplines demonstrated through undergraduate degree coursework, and/or work experience. Pratical knowledge of library emerging technologies related to the design and delivery of library services. Minimum of two years experience in a fine arts library and library space planning, highly desirable. Must be able to carry heavy library materials. Flexible work schedule, including some nights and weekends.

Please send cover letter and resume to:
lisa.penn@mcnayart.org
or mail:
McNay Art Museum
P.O. Box 6069
San Antonio, TX 78209-0069

(h/t: LISjobs.com)


Librarian, Digital Library Services, Gainesville, FL

from UT School of Information JobWeb:

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

RANK Assistant-in-Libraries

REPORTS TO Assistant Director for Digital Library Services

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

DEADLINE Open until filled

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

Astrid Terman
Chair, Search Committee
Florida Center for Library Automation
5830 NW 39th Avenue
Gainesville, FL 32606
aterman@ufl.edu

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

Posting: http://www.fcla.edu/FCLAinfo/vacancies.html