This is a great opportunity for students and new professionals. Read more below!
The 2015 Gerd Muehsam Award
The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) sponsors the annual Gerd Muehsam Award, recognizing excellence in a graduate student paper or project on a topic relevant to art librarianship. ARLIS/NA established the award to honor the memory of Gerd Muehsam (1913-1979), distinguished scholar, teacher, and art bibliographer, whose support of and dedication to ARLIS/NA was an inspiration to her colleagues and students.
• Graduate students must have created the project or written the paper during the preceding 18 months while enrolled in an accredited graduate library program or in a post-graduate library school program in art history or a related discipline
• The paper or project must be in conjunction with a course assignment
• One submission is allowed per person or group
• Papers: The paper must be 10-25 pages, typed, double-spaced on single sides of 8.5 x 11 inch paper. The paper must include an abstract of 250 words. The title page must include a paper title, the name of the entrant and the institution attended, the name of the faculty member for whom it was written, and the course title. Applicant name and information should appear only on the title page. The bibliography and footnotes should follow an accepted format, such as the Chicago Manual of Style or The Elements of Style by Strunk and White. For group projects, all participant names and assigned roles should be included on the title page. In addition, authors must inform the committee chair if their contribution has been published previously or is being considered for publication.
• Internet projects: If an Internet project, a 250-word summary of the project, its URL, the name of the institution and course for which it was created, and the name of the faculty member assigning the project must be included. It must also be accessible to all of the committee members for review.
• All applicants must include their mailing addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers with their applications.
• Papers and projects will be judged on their relevance to art librarianship or visual curatorship, depth of research and scholarship, quality of organization, appropriate use of terminology, style and readability, and originality of thought or observation.
• Entries must be postmarked or emailed by 5:00 P.M., PST, on Friday, December 5, 2014. They will not be returned. All applicants should receive notification of the results by February 15, 2015.
Please Address and Mail or Email Entries To:
Alan Michelson, Chair, Gerd Muehsam Award Committee, email@example.com
Head, Built Environments Library, University of Washington Libraries.
Architecture Librarian, University of Waterloo
The Architecture Librarian, as the Librarian for the School of Architecture, is responsible for the development, delivery, and assessment of the information services & resources required for the research, teaching and learning of the School of Architecture. The Architecture Librarian is accountable for the development and ongoing management of the Musagetes Architecture Library as related to its facilities and services. The Architecture Librarian will also take on a specialization.
User Experience Librarian, University of Toronto
The User Experience Librarian develops templates and toolkits for web accessibility, usability, interface consistency and assessment, working as a member of the Libraries’ web development technical team to provide broad support to UTL web development initiatives. Working with the Assessment Librarian, the User Experience Librarian coordinates analysis and reporting on library web site usage, to support recommendations for digital library service and web site development. Working with reference and instruction librarians, the User Experience Librarian ensures that library services and resources are promoted and supported on all user platforms.
Archives Assistant, Seneca College of Applied Arts and Technology, Markham, ON
Seneca Libraries is developing an archive to preserve documents, photographs, slides, and other media related to the history and operations of Seneca College. The focus of this project is to develop and implement procedures for processing and storing archival objects according to professional archival and records management standards.
We are seeking a student who is interested in gaining experience with basic preservation, accessioning, arrangement, and description of archival prints, negatives, slides, documents, and other media.
Systems Librarian, OCAD University, Toronto
- Administer, maintain and troubleshoot systems that support the operational needs and services of the University Library including Reference & Instructional Services, E-Resources & E-Learning Support, Visual Resources & Special Collections, and Collection Development & Access, in consultation with the University Librarian and the Library Heads
- Collaborate with IT Services on the successful completion of prioritized projects to advance collection management, scholarly communications and discovery and access services and emerging library service or collection initiatives.
- Serve as Library Systems subject matter expert in relation to areas, such as data mapping for integration of library system functions with institutional information systems, and integration of library systems, including institutional repository, with visual resources systems and learning management systems
- Serve as primary liaison between OCAD U Library and SirsiDynix, Scholars Portal, Institutional Repository software vendor (EPrints), and other software or service providers
- Provide system and application administration for the virtualized library system (Horizon SaaS) and for all related peripherals and workstations, including oversight of installation and software maintenance
Name: Sheila Cork
Job: Art Librarian at the New Orleans Museum of Art
Walking into the New Orleans Museum of Art (NOMA), one would hardly know that beneath the beautiful marble and tiled floor there is a Special Library, the Felix J. Dreyfous library to be exact. A set of inconspicuous doors lead the visitor down to the administrative offices and the library sits, waiting, on the other side of glass walls.
One woman, Sheila Cork, runs the show as the Art Librarian in a library that is home to over 20,000 titles (mostly monographs), 70 art-specific journal titles, and exhibition archives from 1911 – 2000.
“The biggest thing I found in my life… is to volunteer in something in your field. It will always lead to something,” she says when prompted for advice for young professionals.
Volunteering is how Cork found her way to libraries in the first place. Starting in 1985, Cork began to volunteer at her local library in England. She started with book mending and worked her way up to Circulation Services. When she and her husband moved to the United States, Cork realized that to continue advancing in the field, she would have to earn her MLIS degree.
While working in the Reference department at the Hancock County Library in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi, Cork studied to earn her masters degree from the University of Southern Mississippi. During the course of her studies, Cork was made the Head of Information Services at the library. Although she liked the promotion, she realized that it was “very administrative and not very ‘hand-on’.”
Seeking a change, Cork applied for the position as an Art Librarian at a “Fine Art Institution” according to the job ad. That “Fine Art Institution” happened to be the New Orleans Museum of Art. Cork and her husband moved to New Orleans in June 2005, two months before Hurricane Katrina ripped through the city.
“We were lucky…we only had puddles to clean up,” Cork said, thinking back to her first days on the job.
Since becoming the Librarian at NOMA, Cork has put into place a volunteer system, with 8 to 9 people (usually undergraduate students) who work 2 to 4 hours a week. She has coordinated the NOMA Book Club, discussion groups, author events, field trips, and programming. Her current projects include digitizing scrapbooks/ephemera and digitizing Works Progress Act project files.
When asked for any closing words of wisdom, Cork replied, “Be flexible about what you do. Be able to work with different people. And never be afraid to clean the windows.”
The Library Journal 2014 salary survey results are out.
There are several parts to the article, including a generic presentation of the data. There’s no breakdown by the type of materials the respondents work with, but there is categorization by position type (reference, instruction, metadata, etc.) and by institution type (public, academic, etc.). Personally, I fit into the “archives” and “other organization” slots (not to mention the “Canada / International” category) and there isn’t a ton of data to compare myself to. I seem to have the exact average salary. I guess that’s okay.
I would like to take this opportunity to remind you of that discussion on the ARLIS-L listserv a few months back, about whether or not the art-librarianship niche has enough specific data to work from. Still hoping someone will take up this torch ….
(If you’re hurting for a research project for a class, this is something you should seriously consider.)
Meanwhile, there is a variety of advice offered in the LJ articles for new graduates, or the soon-to-graduate:
The graduating class of 2013 offered similar reactions to the job search as their colleagues from previous classes. Those who landed a job just prior to or shortly after graduation felt “fortunate”; others found it necessary to compromise in the type of job they sought. Graduates cited another year of “not enough experience for an entry-level position” and “a competitive pool of applicants.” Some advised those following in their footsteps to consider “second choice” options and “to be flexible” in approaching the range of jobs. One graduate suggested the second choice option might turn out to be the most fun.
I am curious to know, in the opinion of our illustrious audience, whether we at ArLiSNAP should post more jobs that are “second-choice”-style: graphic design / web development, project management, or other jobs in libraries and cultural institutions that aren’t specifically about visual resource management (take, for example, the job posts I put up this morning – lots of research and curation, which might be good experience, but aren’t specifically in this field).
I would also take this opportunity to link to the American Alliance of Museums’ salary survey results, but the link to the 2012 survey on this page seems to be broken. If you have useful salary resources, please share them with us in the comments!
Digital Archivist (Visual Resources), Wisconsin Veteran’s Museum, Madison
The Wisconsin Veterans Museum in Madison, Wisconsin is currently accepting applications for the position of Digital Archivist to participate in digitizing original Civil War era still images. The Digital Archivist will play a key role in the preservation and access of a variety of historical images, including cartes-de-visite, cabinet cards, tintypes, and ambrotypes.
Archivist (Documents and Photographs), Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian, Washington
This position is located in Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections, Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, Smithsonian Institution. The employee applies professional archival principles, concepts, standards, and methodology to process, arrange, and describe significant and complex archival collections.
Archivist (Correspondence, Photographs, and Architectural Drawings), Vizcaya Museum and Gardens, Miami
Bachelor’s degree in Architecture, History, Art History, or related field is required. Two years of professional experience in a museum, library or archive environment appraising, arranging and describing manuscripts and archival material are required.
Digital Asset Specialist, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
The Digital Asset Specialist acquires, catalogues, ingests and processes digital assets into the digital asset management system. This position has a focus on video and time-based media. Responsibilities include defining a base metadata criteria and set of standards for managing video and other asset types. This position works in collaboration with the Media Production team within the Department of Digital Media.
This isn’t a great time of year for art-librarianship jobs, but there are always ongoing opportunities in research, publishing, curation, and administration:
Curator, Historic O’Keefe Ranch, Vernon, BC
The position will involve all aspects of the curatorial function at this heritage site, including accepting, documenting and accessioning artifact donations; researching, developing and installing exhibits; monitoring and recording conditions in living history exhibits, museum displays and storage areas; monitoring heritage buildings and other structures and advising on programs of conservation and restoration; researching and preparing publications, signage and interpretive information on the history of ranching in British Columbia and on the O’Keefe family occupancy of the O’Keefe Ranch (1867-1977); overseeing the heritage interpretation program at the O’Keefe Ranch; and other aspects of the care, conservation, presentation and documentation of the O’Keefe Ranch collection.
Editorial Assistant, Historica Canada, Toronto
The Editorial Assistant for The Canadian Encyclopedia will be an individual who is passionate about Historica Canada’s work, has had experience working with a team to achieve deliverables in a timely fashion and is enthusiastic about creating a legacy for all Canadians. The successful candidate is creative, driven and connected with like-minded organizations in the public, private and non-profit sectors.
The responsibilities of the Editorial Assistant include:
- Providing support to Managing Editor and Subject Editors, researching topics, anniversaries and commemorations, and gathering information.
– Coordinating the editorial calendar.
– Coordinating and reviewing all translation; assisting with minor translations.
– Coordinating copy-editing and fact-checking.
– Assisting Subject Editors in inputting changes and updates to articles.
– Running reports, under direction of Managing Editor, to create lists of articles needing update, missing translations, etc.
– Selecting, obtaining and uploading Maclean’s articles for inclusion.
– Monitoring news media and adding entries to Encyclopedia timelines.
– Other duties as assigned.
Festival Curator, Subtle Technologies, Toronto
(Disclosure: I volunteered for this festival last year, and they have some great workshops and presentations, including librarians discussing open-access and privacy, and other humanities-meet-science endeavours.)
The Festival Curator is responsible for implementing events that are already planned (Collide event with Continuum Contemporary Music) as well as developing a speakers’ series and other potential programming (such as workshops) within the limits of the budget, keeping to the Festival’s mission and objectives.
The Festival Curator will work with the outgoing Founding Director of Programs whenever appropriate to ensure a smooth artistic transition and continuation. In addition, the Curator will work closely with the General manager and Festival assistant who are responsible for budgeting, planning, marketing, administration and logistical coordination.
Curatorial Research Assistant, the Gardiner Museum, Toronto
The Museum seeks a part-time curatorial research assistant with strong research and writing skills to contribute to the reinstallation of the 18th and 19th-century porcelain galleries display and to assist with research related to upcoming temporary exhibitions.
Reporting to the Chief Curator, the curatorial research assistant is a key member of the curatorial team, and works closely with the Collections Manager, the Curatorial Installations Manager.