Featured Posts for February 2015
The Aura of Materiality:
Digitization as Preservation
Visual Arts Research Data Management Kristin MacDonough on the
Audiovisual Artifact Atlas
Interview:
Kim Collins,
Art Librarian at Emory University

Job Posts in Canada this week: the National Music Centre, Calgary, AB

Collections Assistant

http://www.nmc.ca/career/collections-assistant/

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Pack, unpack and move collections on and off-site
  • Provide gallery and office maintenance
  • Practice proper Collections Care and Handling procedures
  • Assist in special projects, on and off-site
  • Maintain storage areas and monitor environmental conditions
  • Ensure exhibits are properly and safely packed and assist with transportation
  • Maintaining a safe and orderly work space
  • Assist in monitoring environmental conditions in exhibition and storage in two locations: main facility and off-site collections storage
  • Assist the Manager, Collections and Artifact Care with other duties as assigned

Qualifications

  • Post secondary training and/or equivalent experience in Museums and Heritage Studies
  • Be proficient with computer word processing and collection management database systems
  • Be adaptable, flexible and function effectively in a team environment
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Be capable of taking initiative with a positive attitude
  • Be able to set and achieve goals
  • Accuracy and attention to detail essential
  • Must be organized and have excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Passion for music essential

Collections Registrar

http://www.nmc.ca/career/collections-registrar/

Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

  • Assist in collections management activities such as collecting, numbering, cataloging, records management and research
  • Coordinate shipping of artifacts from national and international lenders
  • Prepare condition reports for incoming and out going loans
  • Ensure appropriate care and handling of collections in two locations: main facility and off-site collections storage
  • Coordinating external support in regards to crating, shipping, insurance, and customs
  • Assist with installation of objects for new exhibitions displays
  • Be proficient with computer word processing and collection management database systems
  • Assist with writing of exhibitions display text

Qualifications

  • Post-secondary training from a recognized Museum training program and/or equivalent combination of training and experience in Collections Management related activities
  • Experience in managing object loans and shipping essential
  • Must be organized and have excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Accuracy and attention to detail essential
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment and meet goals in a timely manner
  • Ability to lift 50 lbs
  • Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously
  • Positive, winning attitude. Energetic, driven, goal orientated
  • Passion for music an asset
  • Bilingualism an asset

Job Posts in Canada this week: Young Canada Works, part three

Museum Assistant – Research Intern, Langley Centennial Museum, Langely, BChttp://www.civicjobs.ca/101.asp?jobpostingid=26529&description=&provcode=BC&rid=&employer=&location=&pcid=82&searchby=yes&submit=+Go+#.VTEJ2PnF-Ig

As a student employee in the Recreation, Culture, and Parks Division of the Township of Langley, the incumbent will work on a short-term research project at the Langley Centennial Museum.  The project will be an investigation into the work of the Royal Engineers – Columbia Detachment 1858 to 1863 and their role in the settlement, development and security of the newly formed Colony of British Columbia and an investigation into the life and achievements of Sapper Philip Jackman – the last surviving member of the Columbia Detachment, community pioneer and former Reeve/Mayor of the Township of Langley.

The Incumbent will also work under the supervision of the Museum’s Curator in the areas of collections and exhibitions programs planning, development and execution to the benefit of the greater community and museum visitors.

Programming Assistant / Collections Assistant (Summer Student), Wetaskiwin & District Heritage Museum, Wetaskiwin, AB

http://www.rcip-chin.gc.ca/emplois-jobs/voir-view/detailler-detail-eng.app?id=3076&p_nav_perpage=10&p_nav_from=31

http://www.rcip-chin.gc.ca/emplois-jobs/voir-view/detailler-detail-eng.app?id=3075&p_nav_perpage=10&p_nav_from=31

The Collections Assistant will be an integral member of the Heritage Museum team through their support in the area of collections management. The summer student will work with our Collections Manager to improve collections procedures in the areas of storage, preservation, and expansion of information in the research files and collections database. The Collections Assistant will also have the opportunity to assist in other areas of museum operations including reception and programming.

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The Programming Assistant will be an integral member of the Heritage Museum team through their support with museum programs, events, and exhibits. Further, they will be given the opportunity to assist with the development, research, and presentation of several projects. The emphasis of this work will be their assistance with our “Women of Aspenland” program, which currently houses over 80 profiles of local women, and is the largest collection of its kind in Canada. For more on this project visit our website at http://www.wetasiwinmuseum.com. The Programming Assistant will also help with special events as well as tours, and have the opportunity to work in other areas of museum operations including reception, administration, and marketing.

Museum Programs Assistant, Philip J Currie Dinosaur Museum, Wembley, AB

http://curriemuseum1.staticmedia.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/SummerEducationStudent.pdf

Job Duties: • Participate in promotion of programs through on-line material, school visits and community events • Create and present age-appropriate programming for both the public and school age children • Conduct Bonebed tours • Assist with developing educational material for museum interpretative programs

Museum Assistant, Miles Canyon Historic Railway Society, Whitehorse, YT

http://www.yuwin.ca/Jobs/Posting?Id=7068

The Miles Canyon Historic Railway Society (MCHRS) runs a local, community museum, called the Copperbelt Railway & Mining Museum. The museum assistant will be responsible for the general operations of the Museum.

Program Assistant, Wallaceburg & District Museum, Wallaceburg, ON

http://www.rcip-chin.gc.ca/emplois-jobs/voir-view/detailler-detail-eng.app?id=3137&

The successful candidate will split the majority of their time between expanding the museum’s Newspaper Index and running our children’s Summer Camp. The student employee will be recording interesting stories and historical details into a computer database for future reference. The Summer Camp will run for three weeks during the course of the contract period. The camp’s programs have already been created; the participant will be responsible for delivering, advertising and further developing these programs. In addition, the student will be expected to design and implement one day’s worth of new programming.

Researcher and Cataloguer / Digitizer, Holocaust Memorial Museum, Montreal 

http://www.mhmc.ca/media_library/files/2015_CSJ_Agent%20de%20Catalogage_JG.pdf

http://www.mhmc.ca/media_library/files/2015_CSJ_Recherchiste%20FR.pdf 

Description des tâches et des responsabilités: – Numérisation des artefacts et des photos selon les normes de conservation; – Documentation des artefacts et des photos selon les lignes directrices établies; – Transfert des fichiers à un catalogue en ligne; – Assister la Coordonnatrice Musée avec les dons d’archives.

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Responsabilités principales : Documenter la thématique générale de l’exposition; Produire un rapport de recherche; Repérer les collections, archives et autres ressources pertinentes pour le développement des contenus de l’exposition; Effectuer des recherches iconographiques.

And a summer job without the YCW stipulations:

Collections Assistant (Museum of Zoology), University of Alberta, Edmonton

http://www.careers.ualberta.ca/Competition/S106626227/

 Museums and Collection Services, University of Alberta invites applications for a self-motivated and energetic Collections Assistant. Reporting to the Collections Management Advisor (Natural Sciences), the successful candidate will work in a team environment to assist with the reorganization and storage upgrade of the University of Alberta Museum of Zoology’s Mammalogy Collection.


Considering SEI? Take a Look at What Others Have to Say

Registration for the ARLIS/NA & VRAF Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management closes at the end of the month. If you haven’t signed up already then hurry to reserve your spot! You can register here.  Not sure how this workshop will benefit you and your career? Then check out a post from Ashley Peterson about her experience at SEI last year. You can find even more testimonials on the SEI workshop website.

Here are just some of the comments:

The SEI coursework proved to be exactly what I needed: the perfect balance of theoretical framework, practical application, and open communication between like-minded individuals.”

I am looking forward to attending SEI again, in order to refresh my knowledge with the most up-to-date information about all the subjects covered by SEI: cataloguing, image editing, transitioning skills, project planning, strategic planning, new social media platforms and applications, and intellectual property concerns.”

If you are interested in attending this year (or in the future), check out the SEI Facebook page for more information.

We would love to hear from you about your own experiences. How has SEI has benefited you? Feel free to share your story in the comments below.


Job Opportunity: Art & Architecture Librarian, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM

The University of New Mexico College of University Libraries and Learning Sciences (UL&LS) seeks a service-oriented, innovative subject specialist with an expertise in Art, Art History, Photography, and Architecture to support a dynamic library system with a strong outreach and instruction program. This is a full-time, 12-month position with the faculty rank and tenure status negotiable based on qualifications and experience.

Position Description:

  • The Art & Architecture Librarian will proactively build relationships and partnerships with students, faculty, and staff in the undergraduate and graduate art and architecture programs and deliver services that support UL&LS and University initiatives.
  • Working in a team-oriented and highly electronic environment, this librarian will serve as the Libraries’ specialist for Art History, Art Studio, Art Education, Photography, and Architecture and Planning.
  • The Librarian will provide instruction in the use of library resources and research in a variety of settings. He/she will provide reference services and lead in art and architecture collection development.
  • The successful candidate must be an engaged, innovative, and service-oriented individual. They will join a dynamic collaborative team of service oriented information professionals.
  • Successful candidates may teach credit courses for the UL&LS’s Organization, Information and Learning Sciences Program (OI&LS).
    The Art & Architecture Librarian will keep current with emerging information and instructional technologies, new uses of art and architecture research, and digital scholarship and tools. They will establish and maintain strong relationships with colleagues and researchers and employ communication, organization, analytic, and problem-solving skills.
    They will work to meet research and service requirements for tenure and will participate in faculty governance as detailed in the UNM Faculty Handbook. Working some evenings and weekends is required.
    The UL&LS integrates the UNM values of Excellence, Access with Support to Succeed, Integrity, Diversity, Respectful Relationships, Freedom and Sustainability into all we do. The UL&LS adds to UNM’s values: Service, Trust, Collaboration and Accountability.
    Primary Duties
  • Builds relationships with faculty and students to support their research and instructional endeavors.
  • Provides instruction in research and in the use of library resources in a variety of settings; will participate in the first year library instruction program.
  • Markets library services to assigned subject areas and to the University community.
  • Provides reference services.
  • Contributes to library-wide collection development activities and leads in visual arts, and architecture and planning collection development. Maintains and develops current collection strengths in photography and Latin American and southwestern Native American art.
  • Works collaboratively with the UL&LS Research Data Services program to provide assistance with faculty, graduate, and undergraduate students with their data management needs.
  • Works collaboratively with the Architecture Curator in the Center for Southwest Research to provide advanced architecture instruction and subject expertise.
  • Participates in UL&LS faculty governance and in library management as required.
  • Meets scholarship and service requirements for tenure as detailed in the UNM Faculty Handbook.
  • Contributes to UL&LS initiatives that further UNM’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • May provide effective and timely supervision of assigned employees including all required training, career development, and performance reviews.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • An earned master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library/information sciences program or equivalent by the start date.
  • An undergraduate or graduate degree in art, fine arts, or architecture, OR two years’ experience as an academic art or architecture librarian in the past five years.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Earned graduate degree in art, fine arts, or architecture by the start date.
  • Experience or demonstrated interest in working with faculty and students to support their research and instructional endeavors.
  • Experience or demonstrated interest in instruction in face-to-face and online environments as well as presentation techniques and skills.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with contemporary and emerging information technologies such as web authoring tools and technologies, social media, digital learning objects, screencasting, and LibGuides.
  • Demonstrated problem-solving and analytical skills.
  • Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills as well as a strong service orientation.
  • Commitment to fostering diversity and interest in working with a multicultural and international University community.

https://unmjobs.unm.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1428963989982


Internship Opportunity: Records Management and Digital Archives Internship (Paid), Workman Arts Project of Ontario, Toronto, Canada

Workman Arts Project of Ontario (Workman Arts) facilitates aspiring, emerging and established artists with mental illness and addiction issues to develop and refine their art form through its arts training programs, public performance/exhibition opportunities and partnering with other arts organizations. As well, Workman Arts promotes a greater understanding of mental illness and addiction through the creation, presentation and discussion of artistic media in five disciplines: music, theatre, literature, visual art and media art.

As part of a project funded by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Workman Arts is currently in the process of consolidating its body of knowledge and developing a theoretical framework that will allow the organization to evolve from a practice-based service provider to an evidence-based leader and change agent.

Position Summary:
Workman Arts is seeking an archivist intern or practicum student to work with the Archivist and Project Manager in processing materials stored in Workman Arts archives. The archivist intern will help organize, select, catalogue, and process material for the content management system.

Responsibilities:
• helping identify and assess the archival value of materials; processing of the collection, including physical arrangement (sorting,
• boxing, labeling);
• inventorying and describing of materials;
• creating database records;
• creating collection guides and other basic finding aids;
• drafting of a records retention policy and schedule for the historic records of the archive, utilizing recognized archival and records management practices
• uploading batches of records (organized according to the file classification scheme on the asset management system
• tagging and indexing records (documents, images, videos) using the metadata scheme and indexing protocols
• work collaboratively with other interns, Workman Arts member interns and staff

Qualifications:
• Completion of courses in archives principles and practices
• Experience with archival collections processing or interest to learn
• Good computer and data entry skills / Experience working with data base software (Excel and/ or Access)
• Good communication and organization skills
• Familiarity with Metadata Encoding and Transmission Standard (METS) and Metadata Object Description Schema (MODS), EAD and MARC
The candidate must possess an understanding and an appreciation that people with different opinions, backgrounds and characteristics bring richness to the Workman Arts and must be sensitive to the needs of individuals dealing with mental health or addiction issues.

http://current.ischool.utoronto.ca/jobsite/2015/records-management-and-digital-archives-internship


Job Opportunity: Assistant Librarian, The Ringling Museum of Art, Sarasota, FL

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. The Visitors Pavilion serves some 350,000 guests annually.
Responsibilities:
Works under the general supervision of the Head of Library Services and manages, updates, and maintains the library’s electronic catalog, using the procedures and practices of current metadata standards, including MARC Records, AACR2R, and Library of Congress Classification. Catalogs all library materials, including copy and original cataloging. Corrects existing bibliographic records as needed. Manages the technical services of the library.

Manages digital resources and digital projects for the library. Collaborates and coordinates digital efforts with other museum departments, maintaining the standards for the digitization and cataloging of library materials for The Museum System (TMS) and Online Computer Library Center (OCLC) applications. Serves as a library liaison with New College and the future C4 (local college consortium) in matters concerning digitization. Maintains authority records and performs needed authority work in the database.

Maintains and reports statistical information concerning cataloging activities. Acts as liaison to IT and Digital Asset Management committee.

Participates in developing, interpreting, and implementing policies and programs related to the growth and acquisition of library collections and access to information in all formats. Assists with the supervision, training, and direction of volunteers and interns.

Reference: Serves as an information specialist by Assisting staff, students, and other patrons with research needs and library instruction.
Qualifications:
Bachelor’s degree and two years of experience related to the job duties. (Note: higher education may substitute at the equivalent rate.)

Experience maintaining an electronic catalogue and performing original and copy cataloging based on current standards.

Experience managing digital resources and projects.

Experience directing the work of volunteers or employees.
Preferred:
MLS/MLIS degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited university; a background in art/art history or previous work in a museum library.

Knowledge of foreign languages is an advantage.

Experience working with The Museum System (TMS) or a similar database to maintain bibliographic information at MARC, Library of Congress, and Getty standards.

Experience overseeing digitization projects.
Anticipated Salary Range:
$30,520/year + Florida State benefits available.

https://jobs.omni.fsu.edu/psp/sprdhr_er/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRS.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?JobSeekers_ApplyForAJob=38512&Seq=1


Job Opportunity: Archivist, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

This position is located within the National Museum of African American History and Culture (NMAAHC) branch of the Smithsonian Libraries (SIL).

The employee is responsible for the planning, administration, and implementation of the NMAAHC archives program. Additionally the individual advises the NMAAHC collections and curatorial staff on the suitability of potential acquisition of archival materials; coordinates access service, reference service, service to the NMAAHC research community and assists with special projects such as the museum’s oral history program.

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/400542300


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