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Interview: Life as The Banff Centre’s Library Work-Study

For those of you thinking about spending six months in gorgeous Banff, Alberta (yes, international applicants are encouraged!):
Here are some words of wisdom from last year’s Library Work-Study, Jaye Fishel, who spent her tenure working to promote and display the Banff Centre’s insane collection of artists’ books. Jaye kindly answered my questions about being an American book-nerd in Alberta, the projects she worked on, and the application procedures to get into one of Canada’s prettiest cultural institutions.

 

The Banff Centre Library

The Banff Centre Library

ArLiSNAP: Can you start with a bit of your background?

Jaye Fishel: I was an artist before I got my MLIS degree, which I in-part pursued to professionalize my interest in artists’ books in particular. I worked in the rare books library during my undergraduate studies (at Emory University) and was introduced to artists’ books in processing collections. That led me to move to San Francisco in 2005 to study at the Center for the Book there, where I learned letterpress printing and other techniques. Since then, I’ve expanded my artistic repertoire but books and works on paper still figure largely into what I’m interested in engaging with, both professionally and as an artist.

 

ArLiSNAP: What were you doing previous to taking the work-study position?

JF: I was living in Oakland, unable to find a professional position suitable for me. I only realized after graduating with my MLIS that any job, let alone a job dealing with artists’ books, was very difficult to come by.

 

ArLiSNAP: What was the application process like?

JF: The application process was straightforward — I submitted a project proposal in addition to a standard cover letter that outlined a project I would produce while at the Centre. Since the work-study position is an educational program, like an internship, I stated some learning objectives. Applying to work in Canada from the US seemed to have little bearing on the application process, although once I accepted the position, I had to secure a student visa, which did not show up until the day before my flight to Banff, causing more than a little anxiety.

 

ArLiSNAP: A student visa?

JF: I needed a student visa because the work-study program is considered an educational program, so technically I was a student in the eyes of the Canadian government. Work-study participants receive a stipend, not a salary, and are generally treated differently than staff at the Centre.

 

ArLiSNAP: What attracted you to the position?

JF: The job description was like a dream! Working fairly exclusively with the artists’-books collection in an international art residency centre? I was attracted to everything about that. Plus, I needed a change in my life, so I felt ready to move to remote Banff from the Bay Area, which was changing rapidly before my eyes into a place that felt less and less accommodating to artists and craftspeople. I was also attracted to the adventure.

 

ArLiSNAP: What period of time were you there? What was it like moving to Banff and settling in?

JF: I arrived in Mid-May and I left at the end of February, so I was there for nine months. It was an adventure the entire time — living in the middle of the Canadian Rockies in an art residency center was unlike my life in the Bay. I hadn’t lived through a snowy winter since I was a child, so that was definitely an adjustment, as was living in a very small tourist town. I had a sometimes quiet, simple existence — sometimes filled with lots of art and parties and people from all over the world.

 

ArLiSNAP: What was a typical work day like?

JF: I worked four days a week, nine to five, with one day away from the library to work on outside research or projects. Typical days usually included working on artists’-book catalog records, planning upcoming events, and working with patrons. Then I’d walk home and see at least one deer or elk, on average.

 

ArLiSNAP: You started a few neat initiatives while you were there. Can you tell us about getting those programs going?

JF: I had a lot of freedom to create new initiatives and work on a variety of projects. The bulk of what I did at times was cataloging, or improving the very basic cataloging of the artists’ books collection, which is extensive at over 4,300 items. I would pull items from a particular press or artist at once to make comprehensive improvements to parts of the collection that relate to one another. I also initiated a public program series of artists’ books showcases, where I would pull random items from the collection and invite the resident artists and the public to engage with the items. I also started a several-year-long project to display every item in the artists’ books collection in a case in the library, as well as online via documentary images. (http://banffcentrelibraryandarchives.tumblr.com/)

I had wonderful support from my mentor, Suzanne Rackover, to do whatever I wanted with my time to enhance use of the collections. So I just came to her with my ideas and she supported my process. For the artists’ books showcases, I would loosely try to pull items that would be of interest to visual artists on residencies. I would make sort of weird promotional fliers and hand them out and post around campus. Setting up the Tumblr project required simply creating a randomized spreadsheet of the collection, creating the new display every Monday of fifteen items, photographing the works, and posting to the Tumblr. It’s a fairly simple process, so now almost anyone who works in the library can continue the weekly changes.

Artists'-Book Showcases

Artists’-Book Showcases

 

ArLiSNAP: Do you have any advice for someone looking to apply to the Banff Centre Library, or things to do while working there?

JF: I’d advise anyone interested in working with an outstanding artists’ books collection to apply. It is truly an amazing collection that I feel so lucky to have worked with every day. I know I’m a great deal more knowledgeable about artists’ books than I was before working at the Centre. Working at The Banff Centre is very special because artists across media from around the world come to make and show work. I encourage any future library work study to go to every show, performance, artist talk, party, dinner, bingo night, hike, and outing possible. There is a lot to experience in a very short time.

 

Applications for the Library Work-Study are due on June 15th!


Extracurricular activities?

Shortly into my MLIS program I realized that, while school and internships would no doubt provide me with indispensable knowledge and experience, it was important that I was not relying only on these things to help prepare me for a career in art librarianship.   I assume I’m not alone on this that most of you are following blogs, reading journals, watching webinars or doing various other activities that you believe will help you to land your dream job or stay relevant in the field.

For this discussion post, I was hoping that we could share some of these resources that we rely on.  I thought it might be interesting and helpful to see what other people are doing outside of work and school to sharpen skills or to learn more about the world of art librarianship.  Please be encouraged to join the conversation and share any readings, websites, activities, or anything else that you feel has helped you.

Below are some of the things that I do, read, etc. that I think will help me in the long run, a few of these I have suggested on earlier blog posts but thought I might as well share them again.  Enjoy!

Duolingo – It has been a few years since I’ve taken any language classes so my skills have started to get a little rusty.  I wanted to re-familiarize myself with both Spanish and French for a number of reasons.  First, I think that having a working knowledge of French, Italian, German, and to a lesser degree Spanish, can help a great deal in working with art historical publications since those seem to be the major research languages.  Also, proficiency in more than one language is definitely a desirable skill and something that can set you apart from other job candidates.

Art Documentation – I read this journal to keep up to date on any important research, trends, or issues surrounding art librarianship.  Plus, if you are a member of ARLIS/NA a subscription of the journal is included in your membership!

w3schools – In the past year or two, I have really been focusing on building my tech skills to help me compete in the job search, the tutorials on this website are free and really great.

That’s it for now, I wanted to first get the discussion started and then I’ll definitely join in and share some more.


Job postings

Library Assistant (Full Time & Part Time openings), Academy of Art University, San Francisco

PT LibrarianArt Institute of Fort Worth, Fort Worth, TX 

 


ARLIS/NA Canada Call For Proposals: Book Chapters on Art Libraries in Canada

Attention all Canadian art-librarian hopefuls! Here’s a great project to be involved in, if you have worked at, or are interested in, one of the many art libraries our country has to offer. If you’d like to get published, do an interesting research project, and support the efforts of Canadian ARLIS members, take a look.

The first edition of the History of Art Librarianship in Canada: Essay in the History of Art Librarianship in Canada came out in 2006; the second edition would ideally come out in 2015, and needs to be expanded to include more libraries as well as recent developments. Some discussion about the project, and a short list of art libraries to be profiled, is in the 2013 Annual Report.

There are two deadlines for proposals: April 25th (if you’d like to have your proposal discussed in Washington next month), and May 30th (the extended deadline). I encourage you to send a query before April 25th, even if you can’t complete a full proposal by that day.

The full CFP has more details, but here are some excerpts:

This initial project was generously sponsored and funded by the National Gallery of Canada Library and

Archives and first made available online in 2006. We would like to continue this tradition of excellence by

publishing a second edition that will include additional essays on libraries, institutions and related resource centres not profiled in the original publication.

 

We have compiled a list of libraries that could be included, but realize that logistically some may not be able to commit to a full research project of this nature at present. So the committee is eager to hear from you directly and encourages you to submit proposals for the second edition of the History of Art Libraries in Canada. Our hope is that your input will help us build the structure for this anthology of library histories.

 

….

 

It is understandable that histories will vary in length and include diverse types of documentation, so we

encourage any potential contributors to apply, even if primary supporting sources for your library’s story

would be oral histories, memoirs, or other unpublished ephemeral information sources. As was the case with the first edition, the History of Art Libraries in Canada vol.2 will profile the establishment and evolution of collections, spaces, visual and information literacy services, as well as the profession of art librarianship in Canada.

 

The working committee is eager to profile as many libraries as possible, so we encourage you to submit

a proposal if you are capable of researching, documenting, and writing an essay within roughly the next year. Although an official publication date has not been finalized, we hope to have a clear picture of the libraries to be included by Spring 2014 and begin compiling and editing the publication by 2015.

 

….

 

If you are interested and can realistically work within this timeframe, please consider submitting a

proposal (Microsoft Word document preferable) that includes:

Institution name;

Primary author(s) name and job description or professional connection to the institution;

Estimated length of text and a general overview of the content for the entry (roughly 250 words; a bulleted list of topics is acceptable);

Whether rights-cleared images will be included for reproduction;

General bibliography of sources.

 

Submit all applications by email to:

Daniel Payne dpayne@ocadu.ca

Canadian Member-at-Large, ARLIS/NA Canada; Head Reference & Instructional Services, Dorothy H. Hoover Library, OCAD University

Application Deadline:

Please endeavor to have proposals submitted by:

Friday 25 April 2014 (so that results can be presented on Sat. 3 May at the ARLIS/NA Canada Chapter meeting at the 42nd annual ARLIS/NA Conference in Washington DC).

The committee realizes, however, that this leaves little time for preparation of materials and planning for research allowances, so an additional deadline will be offered for those that need an extended preparation time period, set at:

Friday 30 May 2014 


Getty Foundation Multicultural Undergraduate Summer Internship–Library, Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA

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.

Qualifications Eligibility 

Students must:

  • Be of African American, Asian, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, or Pacific Islander descent;
  • Be currently enrolled undergraduates who have completed at least one semester of college by June 2014 (students who are enrolled in a second BA or BS program are not eligible);
  • Reside or attend college in Los Angeles County; and
  • Be a United States citizen or permanent resident.

Full post here.


PT Library Aide– Fashion Institute of Technology

About Fashion Institute of Technology:

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), an internationally renowned college of art and design, business and technology of the State University of New York, invites applications for the position of Part-Time Library Aide for the Library at FIT.

Job Description:

The Library Aide is responsible for providing general and specialized circulation assistance and services of a to the FIT/SUNY community in a courteous and efficient manner and in accordance with the Library’s policies and procedures.

PURPOSE OF THE JOB
Provide public service desk coverage and support the Unit’s mission and daily operations:

Customer Service

  • Answer patron queries in person or on the phone, regarding library resources, services and campus information
  • Page materials requested by library patrons and communicate access policies
  • Assist patrons with the use of print and online catalogs
  • Request technology assistants to support patrons upon request
  • Responding to queries regarding photocopiers, scanners, microfilm readers

Collections / Access

  • Maintain organization in reading rooms by shelving materials, shelf reading and inventory
  • Provide assistance to the Inter-library Loan aides when necessary. Including, but not limited to managing incoming and outgoing interlibrary loan requests, generating requests using the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan system
  • Work alongside with student workers, provide guidance in workflows and instruct them on unit processes
  • General ALEPH (the Library’s integrated library system) maintenance, including, but not limited to linking, editing, or creating items in ALEPH. May also include troubleshooting ALEPH technical questions.
  • Compiles, edits, and manages metadata and scanning for the Library’s Designer Files Collection
  • Adding, creating, weeding images from the Library’s Picture File

Administrative

  • Perform duties such as filing, answering telephone and email inquiries, photocopying, scanning, and data entry
  • Compiles statistics, maintains records on library integrated online software, processes materials daily and provides support to the Unit and its functions
  • Maintain collection of Library handouts by service desk
  • Responsible for opening or securing the closing of the Library as scheduled
  • Special projects as assigned
  • Schedule may change based on the needs of the department

Requirements:

Associate’s degree and one year of related experience year in an academic library or environment. Work experience must include not less than one year in a fast paced, customer-oriented service work environment.

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES
Fundamental knowledge of the operation of an integrated library management system, with ALEPH experience desirable. Experience using technology applications such as ILLiad and Odyssey, Banner, or similar systems highly preferred. Ability to work quickly and accurately with detailed data. Ability to keyboard at least 25 wpm and proficiency in utilizing word processing and database software, preferably Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel.
Knowledge of computer graphics programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator a plus. Ability to trouble-shoot basic computer problems.

Must possess the ability to work with a diverse community, while exercising good judgment and common sense. Excellent customer service skills, including professional and courteous telephone communication and electronic mail correspondence. Must possess excellent conflict resolution skills, strong communication skills, tact, resourcefulness and the ability to identify and solve problems. Proven ability to work independently and effectively in a collegial manner in a changing environment.

Additional Information:

WORKING CONDITIONS
Work is performed under typical library conditions with requirements for frequent sitting and standing for long periods of time, as well as frequent lifting and carrying of heavy library materials and maneuvering carts full of books. Ability to sit or stand for long intervals. Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and push and pull 100 or more pounds.

Salary 88/0 $22.62 per hour (24 hours per week)
Work Schedule:Tues 11:00am?5:00pm; Wed, Thur 11:00am?6:00pm; Fri 12:30pm?6:30pm Occasional Saturday shifts may be expected

Application Instructions:

Application Instructions:
Applicants interested to apply MUST submit the following documents online.
* Resume/CV
* Cover letter
Returning Applicants – Login to your FITNYC Careers Account to check your completed

 

Apply here.


Art and Architecture Librarian– University of Oregon

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.

Qualifications:

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).

Employment Conditions:

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.

Application Deadline:

To ensure consideration, please submit all application materials by April 14, 2014.  Position will remain open until filled.

To Apply:

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 atlibapps@uoregon.edu.  (541) 346-1895; (541) 346-3485 (fax).

Full post here.


Part-Time Librarian – The Modern Museum, Fort Worth, TX

Original job posting by the TLA available here.

Position Starts:3/17/2014 Listing Closes: 2/21/2014 Listing Submitted: 1/13/2014
Position Description: The Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth seeks a part-time (2 days per week) librarian to assume cataloging and organizational duties for the Museum’s library. Candidates should possess knowledge of art history and/or visual arts; knowledge of Library of Congress System and OCLC; knowledge of bibliographic cataloging; knowledge of RDA standard; and knowledge of stacks management.

Candidates should be able to research and evaluate materials for collection development; provide reference and research consultation to staff members; assist with reciprocal material situations; and assist with other duties as needed.

Institution: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
Type of Library: Other
City: Fort Worth, Texas
Annual Salary: Commensurate with experience
Salary Comment:
Telephone: Fax:
Email Address: bmitchell@themodern.org
Website Address: www.themodern.org
Required Education: Master’s degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA accredited program
Required Experience:
Contact: Brent Mitchell
Send Resume to: Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth
3200 Darnell Street
Fort Worth, TX 76107
Special Instructions:
Interviews will not be conducted at the conference placement center. Please contact directly.

Arts and Architecture Librarian– University of North Carolina at Charlotte-Atkins, Charlotte, North Carolina

Arts and Architecture Librarian
J. Murrey Atkins Library at UNC Charlotte is seeking an Arts and Architecture Librarian to serve as the subject librarian for the College of Arts and Architecture and the Hight Architecture Library.

Required:

  • Master’s degree in Library Science or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program

Preferred:

  • Academic and/or library experience in a field or subfield of fine arts or architecture
  • Two or more years of instructional or liaison experience in an academic research library

For a full job description and additional information visit our Web site at http://library.uncc.edu/jobs/.

ONLY ELECTRONIC APPLICATIONS WILL BE ACCEPTED: https://jobs.uncc.edu/  (Search Faculty Vacancies – Position #8995)

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt. Candidates are encouraged to apply as soon as possible to receive full consideration.

Members of minority groups and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. AA/EOE


Part-time Cataloger- The Frick Art Reference Library

Full posting here.


Assistant Librarian and Archivist – American Textile Museum, Lowell, MA

via INALJ, see original posting here.

Institution: American Textile History Museum, Lowell, Mass.
Job Title: Assistant Librarian and Archivist
Duties/Description: Search Re-opened: The American Textile History Museum
(ATHM) seeks a creative, motivated team-player for the part-
time position of Assistant Librarian and Archivist in the
Osborne Library. Reporting to the Librarian, this position
is responsible for assisting with recording, maintaining
and conserving ATHM’s library holdings. The collection
includes books, pamphlets, manuscript collections,
photographs, prints, insurance maps, and trade literature,
all relating to some aspect of the textile industry. The
Osborne Library serves researchers through on-site visits,
telephone, and email inquiries; researchers include in-
house staff, national and international researchers, the
local community, students, teachers, and families.The Assistant Librarian and Archivist will assist the
Librarian in all aspects of library work, including
processing manuscript collections using appropriate
archival techniques; providing services to researchers;
cataloging and processing books, photographs, etc. into the
museum database; identifying materials needing repair and
conservation; ensuring the use of proper preservation
techniques; storing/reshelving materials; helping to
prepare information and collections for web-based use; and
performing any other functions necessary to the operation
of a special collections library.Primary responsibilities include: process incoming and
backlogged manuscript collections by accessioning them into
the museum’s database, organizing the materials, re-housing
documents in acid-free folders and boxes, creating an
inventory and/or finding aid, and cataloging into OCLC if
warranted; assist on-site researchers at the Osborne
Library by explaining library and archival policy,
conducting interviews, identifying and retrieving research
materials, photocopying documents, and monitoring
researchers; answer in-house, telephone, and e-mail
requests by searching for the materials, producing required
reproductions, corresponding with researchers, and mailing
materials; collaborate with the Librarian in setting policy
to determine preservation practices, reproduction and usage
fees, research use of the collections, and copyright issues
involved in digitization; assist the Librarian in
maintaining the library’s website, the Chace Catalogue, and
other digitization projects; accession newly acquired books
and pamphlets into the museum’s database; supervise student
interns and volunteers in various library and archival
tasks; handle daily library duties including answering
visitor’s reference questions, shelving books, maintaining
the stack area, and ordering supplies; provide
collaborative support to the museum curator in museum
exhibit research and preparation, and work with museum
staff in developing library exhibits that highlight the
library’s collections.
This position is 20 hours/week with no benefits.
Qualifications: MLS/MLIS with concentration in archival studies from an ALA-
accredited program; at least two years’ experience
supporting library and archives operations, including
collection preservation, online migration, maintenance and
digitization of collections. Proven track record of
coordinating and completing projects with limited
resources, working in a collaborative culture, and being
able to manage a changing and varied workload. Must be
able to work independently as well as part of a team. The
candidate possessing skills that include computer data
management, collections’ marketing, ability to communicate
with a wide range of audiences, strong research interests
in American history and willingness to assist researchers,
attention to detail, and a sense of humor will have the
edge.
Salary:
Closing Date: February 5, 2014
Send: To apply: Please submit cover letter, resume, and
three professional references to Jane E. Ward,
Librarian, at jward@athm.org (please put
Assistant Librarian in subject field) or mail to
Jane E. Ward, Librarian, American Textile History
Museum, 491 Dutton Street, Lowell, MA 01854.

Are you Library Management Material?

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Although it might seem to many of us, while students, that library management is something to consider years from now, if ever, it might be worth a second thought during your MLIS program. If you have been in library school any length of time, you are bound to have picked up on something like “a shortage of qualified library leaders is coming, so get ready!” While this may or may not be true, it is entirely within the realm of possibility that some of us will eventually be library managers. With the proliferation of educational tracks and certificate programs, choosing one is sometimes a daunting prospect. What would entice you to choose a Library Management emphasis over others?

Maybe the answer lies in taking stock of your personality, skills, abilities, and goals. For me personally, Management Studies is ideal. I LOVED 5300: Library and Information Center Management. I reveled in topics like Strategic Planning, Organizational Culture, Human Resource Management, Ethics, and Development/Fundraising. Of course, maybe this has something to do with the fact that I have had some management experience and can envision myself in a leadership role readily. Or maybe it’s simply that I like being in charge!

What about you? Can you picture yourself in a management role of some kind? Do you think the administrative side of the job would perhaps overshadow your primary objectives as a librarian? Yes or no?

 

 


Job Posting: Head of Library Services – Ringling Museum of Art

To apply, find original posting here.

Department

The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, in its affiliation with Florida State University, is one of the largest museum/university complexes in the nation. Located on an impressive 66-acre Sarasota bay front estate, it preserves the legacy of John and Mable Ringling, educating and enabling a large and diverse audience to experience and take delight in a world-renowned collection of fine art and special exhibitions; Ca d’Zan, the Ringling historic mansion; the Circus Museums; the Tibbals Learning Center; the Historic Asolo Theater; and historic architecture, courtyard, gardens and grounds overlooking the Sarasota Bay. An Education Building houses our library, conservation facility, classrooms, and staff offices and The Visitors Pavilion serves some 350,000 guests annually.

Anticipated Salary Range

High $40,000’s to low $50,000’s, commensurate with experience

Schedule

If not otherwise specified, schedule is M-F, 8-5.

Responsibilities

The Ringling Art Library seeks an enthusiastic Head of Library Services to serve as Head Librarian and lead the expansion of the Library’s services and collections. This individual will spearhead the conceptualization and implementation of policies, programs, and long-range planning.

Collections Development: In collaboration with Ringling staff, establishes a collections development plan aligned with institutional initiatives. Analyzes the Library’s collections for strengths, weaknesses, and relevance to current information needs. Responsible for purchasing new acquisitions. Selects rare books for conservation.

Research & Program Development: Performs research on all aspects of the Ringling legacy and collections as well as other topics pertaining to the visual arts and cultural history to assist staff, faculty, and public in research, curriculum development, and exhibitions and programming. As member of the library team, assists with reference, circulation, public services, and promotes the use of current and emerging technologies. Promotes the services, and expands the awareness of the collection and resources, regionally and nationally. Leads and participates in library public programming. Handles requests from outside scholars for information relating to the Package exhibitions. Assists with grant proposal preparation.

Professional, Community, and Donor relations: Represents the Ringling Library by participating in professional associations, and regional library partnerships/programs related to the Museum’s mission or initiatives. Monitors developments in the profession as well as best practices to encourage innovation and ensure excellence. In conjunction with Development Department, works with donors and constituents, such as Friends of the Library, to build strong partnerships. Promotes the services, and expands the awareness of the collection and resources, regionally and nationally.

Supervisory and Administrative: Provides dynamic leadership to staff, interns, and volunteers: Assigns, trains, reviews, and/or approves work and special projects. Works with staff to determine goals and objectives; makes recommendations regarding employee hiring, salary adjustments, staff development, discipline, and termination, or performance evaluations. Defines needs, sets priorities, develops policies, identifies possible grants, and prepares the annual budget to ensure effective management and development of services and collections. Monitors budget throughout the year. Provides adhoc reports as requested. Submits annual report of acquisitions and activities.

- See more at: http://careers.naspa.com/jobseeker/job/15857086/Head%20of%20Library%20Services/The%20Ringling/?vnet=0&str=5401&max=100#sthash.0M35znPB.dpuf


Job Posting: Part Time Librarian – Art Institute, Fort Worth, TX

To apply, find the original job posting here.

Job Summary:

Under the supervision of the Dean of Academic Affairs and in collaboration with the Director of Learning Resources and Centralized Library Services Team, the Librarian ensures school library functions and services are appropriate and properly planned, implemented, and managed.  The Librarian assists the school community in use of the library materials and resources through appropriate and meaningful information literacy and instruction programs as well as reference and research support. The librarian assists the school community with use of academic support services and technology including tutoring, assessments, student portals, learning management systems, and others.

Incumbent must assure that the EDMC philosophy: quality services to clients; development, growth, involvement, and recognition of employees; sound economic principles; and environment which is conducive to innovation, positive thinking and expansion – is considered in carrying out the duties and responsibilities of this position.

Key Job Elements:

  • Plan, coordinate, conduct, and assess library and information literacy instruction sessions and programs.
  • Provide reference and research assistance to school community.
  • Assist school community use of academic support and technology platforms and services including tutoring, student portal and others.
  • Author, implement, evaluate and update school library policies and procedures in close collaboration with the school Dean of Academic Affairs, system Director of Learning Resources, and Centralized Library Services Team.
  • Maintain library in an orderly manner; perform regular inventory, weed materials, and engage in minor catalog updates when requested by Centralized Library Services Team.
  • Process and maintain print periodicals, tracking receipt and filing claims for missing issues.
  • Receive, inspect and oversee shelving of materials purchased through Centralized Library Services Team.
  • Inform Centralized Library Services Team of school community suggested library purchases.
  • Collaborate with School Dean of Academic Affairs, Institutional Effectiveness staff, and Centralized Library Services Team in compiling and submitting information and reports for both internal and external (accreditation) purposes.
  • Serve on school committees in order to promote, share, and gather information regarding library and related support services.
  • Collaborate with school IT to oversee library hardware and software, including AV equipment.
  • Aid Dean of Academic Affairs in selecting, training, and supervising Library Assistants and Student Library Assistants when applicable.
  • Administer academic placement and certification tests when applicable.
  • Conduct long range planning related job function.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Reports To:
Dean of Academic Affairs
Supervises:
Library Assistants, Student Library Assistants (No. # of Direct Reports varies by school)
Interacts With:
System Director of Learning Resources, System Centralized Library Services Team, faculty, students, administration and staff

Job Requirements:

Knowledge:

  • Master’s Degree in Library, Information Science, or related from an ALA accredited school
  • At least one year experience working in a post-secondary institution library
  • Previous experience delivering instruction preferred
  • Knowledge of subjects taught by Art Institute system
  • Knowledge of library and educational technologies

Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Superior organizational, prioritization, and self-motivation skills
  • Strong computer skills

Abilities:

  • Work effectively a team member to insure that system and school goals are met
  • Ability to effectively teach information literacy skills
  • Comfort level with expanding and contracting sphere of influence as required at times by the role
  • Ability to frequently lift up to 15 pounds
Work Environment & Notice

Work Environment
The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. The term “qualified individual with a disability” means an individual with a disability who, with or without reasonable accommodation, can perform the essential functions of the position. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate professionally in person, over the telephone, through email and other electronic means, move about the office or school, handle various types of media and equipment, and visually or otherwise identify, observe and assess. The employee is occasionally required to lift up to 10 pounds unless otherwise specified in the job description.

Notice
The intent of this job description is to provide a representative and level of the types of duties and responsibilities that will be required of positions given this title and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description. Education Management Corporation is an Equal Opportunity Employer and embraces diversity as a critical step in ensuring employee, student and graduate success. We are committed to building and developing a diverse environment where a variety of ideas, cultures and perspectives can thrive.


Job Posting: Project Manager, William J. Hill Texas Artisans and Artists Archive, Bayou Bend

via Careers@MFAH.org

To apply, visit the original job posting here.

Responsibilities:

• Works with the Director of the Kitty King Powell Library and Study Center and the Curator of the Bayou Bend Collection to establish and implement vocabulary and metadata standards for the Texas Artisans & Artists Archive (TAAA)

• Contributes to the selection and implementation of appropriate systems to manage and distribute data, documents, and images in the Archive

• Coordinates the collection of documents, data, and images for the Archive and their entry into the appropriate systems

• Works closely with MFAH staff in the Hirsch Library, Information Technology, Archives, and Photographic and Imaging Services in the selection, implementation, and maintenance of the systems

• Supervises the Project Associate and future Project staff when hired, including Field Researchers

• Coordinates permissions for the use of any copyrighted data or images in the Archive.

• Works with the Director in exploring possible cooperative contributions of data and images with other institutions

• Reads primary documents with accuracy and comprehension in order to add new information to the Archive

• Enters data, images, subject descriptors, and metadata into the system

• Coordinates communications with the TAAA Advisory Board and their meetings

• Develops and coordinates the Archive´s digital and printed communications

• Assists in promoting scholarly awareness and utilization of the Archive and dissemination of related research

• Performs other duties as assigned


Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities:

• Must have excellent skills in dealing with the museum staff, docents, researchers, and public visitors

• Knowledge of digital content management systems, metadata schema, and controlled vocabularies required

• Knowledge of American art and decorative arts and appropriate library resources desirable

• Able to prioritize, work with minimum supervision and deal with both public and staff in a professional manner

• Dependability, strong communication skills and great attention to detail are essential

• Excellent organizational skills

• Must be physically able to lift heavy books, climb ladders, and work at a computer terminal for extended periods of time


Education and Experience:

• B.A. degree in a Humanities field required

• Masters in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program or archival certification preferred

• Thorough knowledge of archival management principles and methodologies preferred

• Relevant work experience in a library or archive is required

• Experience with digitization and database development required

• Supervisory experience preferred


Job Posting: Library Technician (Circulation) – National Gallery of Art

via University of Maryland’s BlogMLS

The National Gallery of Art Library is seeking applicants for a student assistant position in the Circulation Section of the Reader Services Department. The primary purpose of this position is to assist with a wide variety of circulation and reader services for Gallery staff and outside readers.

Duties include retrieving materials from the stacks and reshelving returned materials, providing information and instruction on circulation procedures governing use of the Library collection, and maintaining automated and manual departmental files.

Applicants should have a basic knowledge of library collections, online catalogs, and circulation desk procedures, familiarity with using personal computers, an ability to type and file accurately, and an ability to work cooperatively with other staff members and library patrons. Reading knowledge of a Western European language (French, German, or Italian) is desirable.

In order to qualify for this position, an applicant must be registered at least as a half-time student, and be able to provide certification of student status, including a current class schedule. Work schedules will be determined to accommodate the student’s class schedule and the Library’s work requirements. The position is limited to 20 hours per week while classes are in session; full-time employment is available during semester and summer breaks. The incumbent earns sick and annual leave based on the amount of hours worked.

Those interested this position should send a résumé and any inquiries by email to:

Lamia Doumato, Head of Reader Services
National Gallery of Art Library
email: l-doumato@nga.gov


Job Posting: Library Technician (Vertical Files/Non-Print Materials) – National Gallery of Art

via University of Maryland’s BlogMLS

The National Gallery of Art Library is seeking applicants for a student assistant position in the Vertical Files/Non-Print Materials office of the Reader Services Department. The primary purpose of the position is to assist with the maintenance, development, and consultation of the vertical files and non-print collections.

Duties include preparing newly acquired materials for the vertical files and non-print collections, preparing bibliographic records using an online catalog, and assisting with the organization and use of both collections by Gallery staff and outside readers.

Applicants should have a general knowledge of manual and automated library procedures, a familiarity with using personal computers and online catalogs, an ability to type and file accurately, and an ability to work cooperatively with other staff members and library patrons. Reading knowledge of a Western European language (French, German, or Italian) is desirable.

In order to qualify for this position, an applicant must be registered at least as a half-time student, and be able to provide certification of student status, including a current class schedule. Work schedules will be determined to accommodate the student’s class schedule and the Library’s work requirements. The position is limited to 20 hours per week while classes are in session; full-time employment is available during semester and summer breaks. The incumbent earns sick and annual leave based on the amount of hours worked.

Those interested this position should send a résumé and any inquiries by email to:

Lamia Doumato, Head of Reader Services

National Gallery of Art Library
email: l-doumato@nga.gov

Job Opportunity, Director of Libraries, Interlochen Center for the Arts

via smartrecruiters.com

Respond to the original posting located here.

Director of Libraries
Interlochen, Michigan , United States

Company DescriptionInterlochen Center for the Arts is the recipient of the National Medal of Arts and the only organization in the world that brings together: a 2,500-student summer camp program; a 500-student fine arts boarding high school; opportunities for hundreds of adults to engage in fulfilling artistic and creative programs; two 24-hour listener-supported public radio stations (classical music and news); more than 600 arts presentations annually by students, faculty and world-renowned guest artists; a global alumni base spanning eight decades, including leaders in arts and all other endeavors. For information, visit Interlochen online at http://www.interlochen.org.Interlochen Center for the Arts includes:

Interlochen Arts Academy

Interlochen Arts Academy, a fine arts boarding high school, offers the highest quality artistic training combined with comprehensive college-preparatory academics. The Academy also offers post-graduate opportunities.

Interlochen Arts Camp

Young artists from around the world gather at Interlochen each summer to learn, create and perform alongside leading artists and instructors. Programs are offered to students in grades three through twelve.

Interlochen College of Creative Arts

Adult artists thrive on opportunities to learn and express themselves creatively. The College of Creative Arts offers programs in a variety of arts disciplines.

Interlochen Public Radio

Classical Music: 88.7 FM, Interlochen; 88.5 FM, Mackinaw City; 94.7 FM, Traverse City and 100.9 FM, East Jordan/Charlevoix

News Radio: 91.5 FM, Traverse City; 90.1 FM, Harbor Springs/Petoskey; 89.7 FM, Manistee/Ludington

Streaming online at ipr.interlochen.org.  Through two listener-supported broadcast services, Interlochen Public Radio (IPR) connects northwest Michigan with arts, news and culture on a global scale. IPR also gives significant focus to local and regional news, information and artists.

Interlochen Presents

Interlochen brings dozens of world-renowned artists to northwest Michigan, enhancing the region’s position on the global arts map. Interlochen presents more than 600 events each year by students, faculty and guest artists, making Interlochen one of the nation’s largest arts presenters.

Interlochen Center for the Art’s MISSION

To engage and inspire people worldwide through excellence in educational, artistic and cultural programs, enhancing the quality of life through the universal language of the arts.

THE CORE PURPOSE

To ignite lifelong passion for the arts

THE CORE VALUES

Nurturing, Inspiring, Transforming, Enlightening and Enduring

Job DescriptionInterlochen Center for the Arts, one of America’s most prestigious institutions for arts education, performance and fine arts presentations seeks to hire a Director of Libraries. The Director of Libraries will make judgments concerning the overall direction and operation of the libraries. Decisions made which affect the direction of the archives are made as a team. The ability to collaborate and compromise is important in making these decisions.  The Director of Libraries is responsible for daily reference desk decisions including circulation matters with students, faculty, and staff. This position also requires decisions with grades/evaluation regarding staff, interns and Intermester.The Bonisteel Library serves the many arts and academic programs at both Interlochen Arts Camp and Interlochen Arts Academy in a variety of ways.

The library staff

  • Build meaningful relationships with faculty, staff and students.
  • Assist patrons in finding information.
  • Provide a collection that reflects and anticipates patrons’ needs.
  • Create a welcoming atmosphere.

This position works closely with its staff in order to provide these services to the ICA community.  The Director of Libraries also works with the Division Director team in order to help coordinate library efforts and expertise across the camp and academy curriculum.

Qualifications

  • Must possess an ALA-accredited MLS or MLIS
  • An undergraduate degree in an arts and/or education related field is desirable
  • Progressive managerial experience in a library
  • Proficient in teaching and using library databases
  • Understanding of current copyright standards
  • Have experience in implementing best practices for library collections and services
  • Knowledgeable in both the current and future trends and practices in libraries
Additional Information
Compensation and Benefits:A competitive salary and benefit package is being offered, commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Application Process:

Required documents for application are: cover letter, resume and a current listing of three professional references.  These documents should be uploaded into your application, under the additional documents section.  You can complete the online application by clicking the “I’m interested” green button.

If you are unable to upload the additional documents at time of application you can email them to employment@interlochen.org, subject title: Director of Libraries.  Materials will only be accepted electronically.

Review of materials will commence December 15, 2013 and continue until the position has been filled. Materials submitted will be held in strictest confidence, and references will not be contacted without the permission of the applicant.


Native American Heritage Month

November is Native American Heritage Month! Libraries play an important role in preserving and sharing their rich culture. Here are some of the key issues and resources that librarians should be familiar with.

Issues

Anyone who has tried searching for information about Native Americans has likely wondered about the best terminology to use. American Indian, Native, First Nations, Aboriginal, and Indigenous have all been used to describe this group, not to mention more specific terms such as Inuit and Metis. The current Library of Congress Subject Heading is “Indians of North America”, a term that many Native researchers in Canada today find offensive (Lee, 2011, p. 2). The Art & Architecture Thesaurus uses the term “Native American“. A survey conducted by Deborah Lee of the University of Saskatchewan found that there is a wide range of preferred terms among Aboriginals, suggesting that the term to use should be decided by local library patrons (2011, p. 2); however, this does not solve the question of what to use for a broadly-applied term, such as the LCSH.

When searching for work by Native Americans, here are a few thoughts to keep in mind:

- “indigenous” is generally thought to refer to Native populations on an international scale, and may be useful when searching for work concerning indigenous peoples of Oceania and Africa, for example;

- “aboriginal” is the legally recognized term given in Canada’s Constitution of 1982, and may help find documents pertaining to the Native populations in Canada.

Of course these are broad generalizations, and the most successful search may include trying variations of these terms with other keywords.

Another challenge for librarians concerning Native American resources relates to its format. As Native knowledge tends to be passed on orally, it can be difficult to align with traditional LIS resources. This friction is also evident in the comments of Aboriginal patrons who use academic Indigenous study portals. They have mentioned that the webpages are too linear and Euro-centric in their design, which can become a barrier to the use of these resources (Lee, 2011, p. 2).

Native elders have also raised concerns about ownership of traditional knowledge. When knowledge is more widely available through library systems, it is more likely that it will be assumed to be public knowledge. Elders have expressed the wish to have more control over what is documented, who has access to it, and how it is used, particularly knowledge that is considered sacred (Maina, 2012, p. 18). Granting ownership rights is challenging in this situation, as much of what makes up traditional knowledge is not considered to belong to a specific individual or group (Maina, 2012, p. 18). Despite these challenges, it is important for libraries and Native communities to collaborate to find solutions so that their knowledge and culture is preserved.

Events

If you’d like to learn more about contemporary Native American culture, check out one of these events.

- The Mackenzie Art Gallery in Regina, SK, is currently showing 7: Professional Native Indian Artists Inc. Have a look at their website for biographies of the artists with work on display.

- The National Museum of the American Indian has many events listed on their Events Calendar throughout the coming weeks, such as film screenings, tours, and family activities.

Resources for Native American Art

One of the largest libraries focusing on Native American art is the library at the Institute of American Indian Arts, or IAIA. Located in Santa Fe, NM, the IAIA is considered one of the top art institutions by UNESCO and the International Association of Art. The library boasts over 33,000 titles, the IAIA archives, and special collections such as the Smithsonian Photographs from the National Anthropological Archives.

The Heard Museum, in Phoenix, AZ, is another important centre of Native American art and culture. The museum library has a collection covering topics such as Native American art, particularly that of the Southwest; indigenous art of Oceania, Africa, and Asia; museum studies and library and archival studies; and more. Their digital library includes selections from their Native American Artists Resource Collection, which holds biographical information for close to 25,000 artists.

Some other important resources for studying the culture of Native Americans are:

- artistsincanada.com is a great directory for finding Canadian artists. Their Aboriginal section can be searched by province and city, and provides a link to the artist’s website.

- The Aboriginal Art Centre in Gatineau, Quebec, holds a collection of 4,000 works by First Nations, Inuit, and Metis artists. Their resource library includes artist files, images, reports on Aboriginal art, and more, but may be visited by appointment only.

- The National Museum of the American Indian exists as part of the Smithsonian Institution. Their research programs are housed in the Cultural Resource Centre in Suitland, Maryland.

Ready for more? Check out these great research guides:

- Emily Carr University of Art + Design in Vancouver, BC, offers many useful links on their Contemporary First Nations Art subject guide.

- Southeastern Oklahoma State University’s research guide for Native American History has a huge number of links, including many useful websites in their Arts & Crafts section.

Over the next few weeks, I will be adding these and many more resources as pins to the Native American Art Resources pinboard on ArLiSNAP’s pinterest page. Follow along for more!

Cited Sources

Lee, D. (2011). Indigenous Knowledge Organization: A Study of Concepts, Terminology, Structure, and (Mostly) Indigenous Voices. Partnership: the Canadian Journal of Library and Information Practice and Research, 6(1), special section 1-33.

Maina, C.K. (2012). Traditional knowledge management and preservation: Intersections with Library and Information Science. The International Information & Library Review, 44(1), 13-27.


Job Opportunities

via ARL.org

Research Librarian for Performing Arts
University of California, Irvine

UCI Libraries
Job Location: California
Apply By: 11-18-2013
The University of California, Irvine Libraries seek a creative, knowledgeable, and user-oriented Research Librarian for Performing Arts to plan and deliver innovative reference and instruction services, and to develop and manage excellent electronic, multimedia, and print collections in music, dance, and drama.The salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience based on the University of California pay scales. See more

Processing Archivist
Princeton University

Firestone Library – Rare Books and Special Collections
Job Location: New Jersey
Apply By: 11-22-2013

Processing Archivist- Full Time Position Rare Books Department – Special Collections Cataloging Team. This position may work evenings or weekend hours from time to time.Description:The individual hired in this position will accession, survey, appraise, process, and create EAD finding aids and MARC-format catalog records for a wide range of manuscript collections, personal papers, and other materials in the Manuscripts Division. Subjects covered by the Division vary greatly. Some of the main strengths are modern American, British, and Latin American literature; publishing history; and U.S. history. See more


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