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arlisnapThe new issue of the ArLiSNAP Newsletter is here once again to catch you up on all the news and posts from the last week!

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Newsletter 010: Sept. 8-14, 2014

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Grant: the Carnegie Whitney Award for Reading Lists

Someone on the ARLIS-L listserv forwarded me this great grant opportunity from the ALA:

The Carnegie-Whitney Grant provides an award that is based on a special fund first established by Andrew Carnegie in 1902, “the income of which is to be applied to the preparation and publication of such reading lists, indexes and other bibliographical and library aids as will be especially useful in the circulating libraries of this country.” The Carnegie Fund was subsequently enhanced by a merger with a fund established by James Lyman Whitney in 1910. The Publishing Committee, a standing committee of the American Library Association, administers the grant.

The Carnegie-Whitney Grant provides grants for the preparation of popular or scholarly reading lists, webliographies, indexes and other guides to library resources that will be useful to users of all types of libraries in the United States.

Grants are awarded to individuals; local, regional or state libraries, associations or organizations, including units, affiliates and committees of the American Library Association, or programs of information and library studies/science.  International applicants welcome.

The project(s):

  • Must be focused on American Libraries
  • Must demonstrate how the project would stimulate the use of library resources
  • Must have the potential appeal and usefulness to a broad audience
  • Must be intended for national distribution
  • Must meet a need for publication
  • Must be completed within two years.
  • Must be new or in process.  Completed works, works under contract for publication, or projects associated with the completion of academic work are not eligible.

Grants are up to $5000 and several are awarded each year. This year’s deadline is November 4th, 2014.You can check out the application process and past recipients here:


Am I the only one thinking about a reading list of visual/digital literacy competencies and research? Or a list of copyright info for cultural heritage workers, or any number of genre-specific art guides, or ….. (Seriously, I would happily collaborate on a proposal for any of these. Drop me a line.)

Job Posting: Library Assistant II, Ferris Hodgett Library, Memorial University of Newfoundland


The job post (and the library website) is not explicit, but the Ferris Hodgett Library appears to contain the Art Exhibitions Catalogue collection, the graphic novels, film and streaming media, art image resources, and sheet music collection.

This is a permanent position with an annual salary of $31,718 – $44,476.

The successful applicant will assist in the provision of Ferriss Hodgett Library services and will perform general circulation, reserve and library operation duties. Duties include providing services to library users; inputting reserve records; assisting with data entry; opening and closing the library; circulating materials from Periodicals, General and Reserve Collections; providing a variety of general clerical duties; and performing other related duties as required. Some evening and weekend work is required.

Some experience (up to 1 year) in basic library work and completion of relevant courses towards: a 2-year library technology diploma, a 2-year community college diploma, or a university degree (6-12 credit hours) OR Experience (1-3 years) in basic library work and completion of some relevant courses towards: a 2-year library technology diploma, a 2-year community college diploma, or a university degree; OR any equivalent combination of experience and education/training.

A strong customer service orientation and a demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and follow both written and oral directions are required.

Job Posting: Acting Subject Specialist / Library Assistant, Alberta College of Art and Design, Calgary


As a member of the AUPE bargaining unit (Local 071/006), this is a temporary position.  The starting range of pay is a full time equivalent salary of between $39,740 – $42,563, dependent upon skills, education and experience.

The unfortunate thing about this job posting is that it involves being a subject specialist, but does not specify which subject(s) ACAD is looking for at this time.

This temporary part-time role (24 hours/week) reports to the Associate Vice President, Instructional Affairs and will contribute to the College’s efficient and effective functioning of the Library by ensuring that print collections are maintained in good repair and order, and that circulation records are accurately maintained.

The Subject Specialist/Library Assistant provides faculty, staff and students with subject-related advice for effective access of library resources, and instruction in the use of library catalogues and systems.

Key components of the role will include:

  • In accordance with established procedure, oversees circulation of the library  collection, inclusive of books, periodicals, reference publications, electronic resources, films and videos.
  • Provides  subject related advice, assistance, and instruction to faculty and  students with respect to referencing the library collections and in the accessing of information from catalogues, indexes, reference materials, databases, the internet and other sources.
  • Provides support to students and faculty with regard to network access and computer  queries, and troubleshoots and reports computer and network problems to  the Computing and Technical Services department.
  • Coordinates the collection and reproduction of repro-text course packs, and maintains and submits reports of print and online course reading materials to Access Copyright.
  • Arranges for the external repair of damaged library material or executes repairs internally if appropriate. Laminates book jackets, and processes new and donated library material, inclusive of stamping, securing security strips, labels and barcode stickers.
  • Contributes to the general efficiency and effectiveness of the Library as part of the library team and provides assistance and support to other library staff as required or assigned.


  • BFA, BA or a suitable combination of education and experience, preferably with a minimum of two to three years’ experience in a library or collection management environment. Experience in a post-secondary institution, public gallery or museum is an asset.
  • Demonstrated advanced competency with electronic information resources and general office systems.
  • Strong English communication skills.
  •  Proven effective customer service skills are essential.
  • Ability to work effectively in cooperation with colleagues in a team environment.
  • Demonstrated attention to detail.

Texas-Mexico Chapter Fall Meeting – Student Award Announcement

Applications Due: Wednesday, September 24, 2014

The ARLIS/NA Texas-Mexico Chapter is pleased to announce our first annual Student Award, generously funded by Eric Wolf, Head Librarian at the Menil Collection in Houston, Texas. This award covers both the ARLIS/NA student membership dues of $50 along with the local chapter dues of $10 for one year, beginning in the fall of 2014 and gives the new member a financial incentive to attend the local chapter annual meeting in Orange, Texas. At the 2013 annual meeting in San Antonio, members of the local chapter acknowledged their responsibility to future art librarians. By granting this award, we intend to encourage student involvement in the Art Libraries Society of North America not only on a national level but, as importantly, on a local chapter level.

This is a big year for Texas! Our local chapter will have its annual meeting in Orange from October 17 through 19, 2014 where the Stark Museum, a southeast Texas gem, will open its doors to us. From March 19 through 23, 2015, the 43rd Annual ARLIS/NA Conference will take place in Fort Worth. As a student member of ARLIS/NA and the ARLIS/NA Texas-Mexico Chapter, you can experience the professional development side of your future career in all types of art libraries and see important works of art and architecture in cities across the United States and Canada by attending these conferences or simply accessing the following websites: ARLIS/NA and ARLIS/NA Texas-Mexico Chapter.

The award committee urges all students with interest and need to apply; we especially encourage first-time conference attendees. To meet the primary requirement, applicants must lack full institutional funding. Apply for the Student Award by submitting a letter of application and a curriculum vitae to the Award Committee chair Lynn Wexler atlwexler@mfah.org. The letter must include a statement of qualification and your proposed conference program involvement.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, September 24, 2014. The award committee will announce the winner on Wednesday, October 1, 2014. Direct all inquiries to the 2014 Award Committee chair: Lynn Wexler, lwexler@mfah.org, (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston). Other members of the 2014 committee are Beth Dodd (University of Texas, Austin) and Joel Pelanne (Museum of Fine Arts, Houston).

Job Posting: Arts & Humanities Liaison Librarian, University of Toronto, Mississauga, ON


The U of T Mississauga Library is seeking a contract Librarian with a background in Arts & Humanities and/or Social Sciences to work on a contract basis with a dedicated team of Librarians and Staff. The successful candidate will provide Reference and Research Services to students, faculty and community users on a variety of topics using print and electronic resources, assist with the development and instruction of Library users in a classroom setting, engage in collection development and liaise with faculty in assigned subject areas, and carry out other special projects as negotiated.


Qualifications and requirements
Required – Applicants must have an ALA-accredited Master of Library or Information Science degree or equivalent. Experience and willingness to work in a collegial environment is essential. Applicants must have excellent oral and written communication skills, demonstrated commitment to public service, initiative, flexibility and ability to work effectively under pressure.

Prefererred – Applicants should be knowledgeable in the provision of reference service using Arts, Humanities, and/or Social Sciences electronic and print resources, and should have experience doing classroom-based library instruction and liaison with faculty. Work experience in an academic library is preferred. The successful candidates will have strong interpersonal skills and enjoy the challenge of a dynamic and busy workplace.

Job postings

Archivist– BOO-HOORAY

Digital Assets Manager– BOO-HOORAY

Coordinator, Visual Resources– Illinois State University

Visual and Performing Arts Resource Library Coordinator– Clark University

Processing Archivist– The New School Archives & Special Collections

Digitization Technician–Design Commission of the City of New York


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