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Job Opportunity: Nancy Prophet Fellowship, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

The Nancy Prophet Fellowship at the RISD Museum is a two-year, full-time position for artists and scholars embarking on careers in the arts and considering the museum profession and the roles museums play in an increasingly diverse society. Named in honor of the Nancy Prophet, an artist of Narragansett and African heritage and RISD’s first graduate of color in 1918, this program provides significant professional-practice opportunities to high-achieving college and graduate school alumni up to three years post-graduation. Fellows will have the opportunity to participate in all aspects of the Museum’s curatorial and programming work. Through mentorship and professional-development support, they will develop the knowledge, skills, and experience necessary to make important contributions to the museum field. Applicants should demonstrate a commitment to fostering the understanding of works of art in a museum context; excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills; and the ability to work independently as well as collegially.

The RISD Museum acquires, preserves, exhibits, and interprets works of art and design representing diverse cultures from ancient times to the present. Distinguished by its relationship to Rhode Island School of Design, the Museum educates and inspires artists, designers, students, scholars, and the public through exhibitions, programs, and publications. The RISD Museum is committed to building a diverse and inclusive community where members from all backgrounds can learn and create. With the goal of increasing the diversity of the museum profession, we aspire to create a climate that recognizes and values diversity as central to excellence.

Essential Functions/Duties:

1. Assist in the development and coordination of programs to engage public and academic audiences with exhibitions and works of art in the collection.
2. Assist in planning and organizing exhibitions including preparation of artists’ exhibition histories, bibliographies, checklists, photographic materials, etc.
3. Assist in the realization of programs for emerging and established artists and designers
4. Coordinate guest speakers, interns and student guides, including scheduling, administering contracts, and making travel and other business arrangements.
5. Conduct research on the collection and prepare material for publication, acquisition, and exhibition.
6. Organize departmental files; manage correspondence.
7. Liaise with educators, registrars, installation department, and other staff.

Candidates will be recent graduates (1-3 years) with a BA/BFA or MA/MFA degree(s) in an art or design field, art history, museum studies, or a related field (e.g. history, cultural studies, etc.). Excellent verbal and written communication skills and familiarity with art required; foreign language skills (written and verbal) are highly desirable. Cultural competence, collaborations with diverse communities, or other areas of experience or expertise that support the stated goals are preferred.

35 hours/week; 12 months/year

Compensation: the equivalent of approximately $30,000 annually with $2,000 allowance per year for professional development activities; in addition, excellent benefits are offered.

More details available at

Paid Internship: Digital Library Intern, American Philosophical Society, Philadelphia, PA

Fall 2015 Digital Library Intern

The American Philosophical Society Library is seeking applicants for our Digital Library Internship Program.

Current Project
The Fall 2015 intern will aid in the development of a large-scale digitization effort to scan, catalog and promote material relating to 18th Century political and scientific writers. This project will be the first of several built around a central theme, and the successful candidate will assist in the development of workflows and standards, and will receive hands-on experience with the APS Digital Library.

Who Should Apply
Current students in, or recent (within the last year) graduates from, Library, History, Public History, Digital Humanities and related programs who have an interest in digital scholarship and digital librarianship.

Experience with any of the following is preferred, but not necessary: HTML, CSS, Drupal, Omeka, cataloging standards.

Interviews will begin the second week of September and the successful candidate will be notified by the first week of October. The intern will work with the APS for 140 hours; the number of hours per week is negotiable.

The deadline to apply is Monday, August 31st.

$2,500 for 140 hours.

About the APS Digital Library
The APS Digital Library ( is built with Islandora (, an opensource combination of Drupal ( and Fedora Commons (

How To Apply
Email cover letter, resume, and contact information for three references to:

Scott Ziegler
Assistant Head of Technology / Web Development Librarian

Job Opportunity: Art & Architecture Librarian, Barnard College, NY, NY

This is a great opportunity for a qualified recent MLS graduate.

Job Function:

Reporting to the Associate Dean for Teaching, Research & Technology, the Librarian for Art and Architecture provides research and instructional services to students, faculty, staff, and alumni of the Barnard and Columbia communities. The Librarian will teach information literacy and library research classes, give research consultations, and liaise with faculty and students in the Art & Architecture departments. They will also serve as personal librarian for students majoring in Art, Architecture, and Urban Studies as well as undeclared majors and first-year students.

Full job link

Job Opportunities: The Center for Book Arts, NY, NY



The Center for Book Arts seeks a collections specialist or librarian to oversee the ongoing documentation and management of the Center’s permanent collections, including the Reference Library, Fine Arts Collections, and Archives.  This is a temporary part-time grant-funded position with possibility for growth to permanent. Flexible schedule, 16-20 hours per week.


Document and catalogue works (primarily reference materials and fine art works  including artist books, art objects, limited editions) in the Center’s collections

Supervise cataloguing interns, collections photography, and rehousing volunteers, including recruiting and training

Respond to collections related inquiries from the public and from the Center’s artist community

Work with the Executive Director/Curator to organize the Permanent Collections Spotlight exhibitions

Help to create and institute internal circulation procedures for the Reference Library

Conduct other collections-related research and administration as needed

Assist with the arrangement of traveling exhibitions

Oversee loans of items from the Permanent Collection to other institutions



The Center for Book Arts seeks an Archivist to organize, inventory, preserve, and disseminate archives materials for researchers, artists, and the general public.  The Center’s institutional Archive contains over 150 linear feet (more than 145 record storage boxes) of records, papers, documents, correspondence, ephemera, publications, as well as photographs and slides. The Archives contain administrative and financial records, Board of Directors notes, education/class schedules, development & membership documents, exhibitions records, promotion/marketing material, publications, and artist member information (including artwork slide registry). While selected items from the Archives have been added to our online database, most materials are uncatalogued, and are little-known to researchers. This is a temporary part-time grant-funded position to last for 1 year.



Substantial, directly archives experience in a not-for-profit or comparable setting
Strong knowledge of media formats and file conversions for images, film, audio and documents
Demonstrated strong knowledge and understanding of archival theory and standards
High comfort level with computers and other technology
Evidence of accuracy, attention to detail, reliability, and discretion
Able to physically handle collections, including the ability to lift boxes up to 40 pounds
Comfortable multitasking in an open office and lively studio/gallery environment
Proactive and self-motivated
Interest in bookbinding, letterpress printing, history of the book, and other book arts a plus

Job Posting: Outreach Librarian/ Research Services Coordinator, Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NY

Part Time

The New York State Historical Association, Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum seek an innovative, outgoing and highly motivated new member of the Research Library team. The librarian filling this new position will coordinate all of the ways in which users first interact with the Library and Museums in planning their visits for research purposes.

Acting as a “concierge” of sorts, the Outreach Librarian/Research Support Services Coordinator will connect users with all of the institutions’ resources in their many diverse formats. Our current users include museum staff and curators, members, scholars in the arts and humanities, genealogists, local history buffs, Graduate Students and Faculty in the Cooperstown Graduate Program for Museum Studies, American Folk and Fine art collectors and researchers, as well as independent curators, curators from other institutions, and donors to Special Collections.

The position is a permanent, part time and year round (20-25 hours per week with some seasonal fluctuations). This position has the potential to become full time at a future date. This is not a grant-dependent position.

Responsibilities include: 

* Interfacing with all library researchers, including some reference desk duties.

* Develop procedures and coordinate appointments for researchers, coordinating resources and on-site use by all Library Special Collection and Museum Collection users by liaising with the curators and librarians responsible for those collecting areas

* Coordinate database of library donors in conjunction with the Development Department

* Coordinate all incoming research requests working with the library team to ensure that responses are distributed in a timely manner

* Coordinate complete overhaul of the library’s website and social media activities with the Director for Museum and Library Collections and Director of Marketing; including integration of new OPAC into website “front door”

* Develop guides, materials, programs, and resources to enhance ease of access and positive user experience

* Participate in collection development, strategic planning, and cataloging workflows as needed

* Assist in development of new library audiences

* Participate in ongoing evaluation of policies and procedures

Required Qualifications include: 

* Masters of Library Science from an ALA accredited program

* Demonstrated experience in public service and specialty library programming

* Demonstrated experience in project management and coordination

* Demonstrated experience working with library special collections and/or museum collections

* Understanding of and experience in conducting archival research, and familiarity with a wide variety of primary resources (broadsides, maps, archives, oral histories, prints, photographs, museum objects, etc.)

* Experience as an effective part of a team

Desired qualifications: 

* Experience with OCLC Connexion & MARC format

* Familiarity with Islandora and Fedora Commons

* Experience with museum collection databases

To apply, submit a digital cover letter and resume to:

Job link

Job Posting: Oral Histories Fellowship (Paid, F/T), BOMB Magazine, NY, NY

One-year fellowship, paid and full-time, to work on every aspect of the production of oral histories with African-American artists at BOMB Magazine beginning August 2015. This is an open, competitive position for recent graduates in art or art history who have shown great potential as editors or writers while pursuing their undergraduate or graduate degrees. The Oral Histories Fellowship will consist of the following responsibilities: acting as the contact for oral history interviewers and subjects; managing production, working with editors on multiple drafts of manuscripts; fact-checking and conducting biographical research; acquiring and cataloguing art images; writing introductions to oral histories; conducting one Oral History.


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