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Job Posting: Collection Development Librarian, Harvard Fine Arts Library, Cambridge, MA


 Basic Qualifications

Master’s degree in library and/or information science or equivalent experience.
A minimum of 5 years of experience in collection development/acquisitions required.
Extensive in-depth knowledge of the field of Art and Architectural History
Working knowledge of Western European languages.
Hands-on experience with library systems acquisitions, budgeting, and reporting applications.
Expert level experience with arts and humanities databases and other digital research tools.
Experience working with book publishing and the book trade.
Technical proficiency in data management and social media applications.

Additional Qualifications

Advanced degree in Art History, or equivalent, preferred.
Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills.

Job Opportunities: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, Cleveland, OH

Digital Asset Systems Manager – Job No. 1504

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum is currently considering applicants for the position of Digital Asset Systems Manager. The Digital Asset Systems Manager reports to the VP of Technology. This position holds a critical role at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum and will be a key player in the new Technology division as we architect the digital ecosystem that will support exhibits, web, mobile, and educational content for years to come. The Digital Asset Systems Manager evaluates, recommends, and implements methodologies, standards, and software for the centralized
storage, management, preservation, and distribution of institutional digital assets. The Digital Asset Systems Manager also deploys, supports, and maintains technology resources in the Library and Archives, including specialized library applications and hardware. The ideal candidate will have experience with Digital Asset Management (DAM), Content Management, and library and archives management systems, with specific experience integrating these systems and creating public-facing portals to allow exploration and interaction with content. The ideal candidate will also bring a
knowledge of, and passion for, the history of rock and roll and related music genres.



Project Archivist

The Project Archivist reports to the Head Archivist and is responsible for processing the Jane Scott Papers, and performing preservation digitization of her reporter’s notebooks. This is a temporary, full-time, 3-month Ohio History grant-funded position that requires specialized archival work.


Job Opportunity: Film/Cinematic Arts Librarian, University of Richmond, Richmond, VA

Provide leadership within the Library, working collaboratively across campus, with the local community, and with national and international partners to create and support traditional and cutting edge services designed to meet the current and emergent needs of students, faculty, and staff. Work with all faculty and students, the Film/Cinematic Arts Librarian will foster successful adoption and application of research, teaching, and learning through film and media. Serve as liaison to the University’s Film Studies Program. Collaborate with all faculty to select, manage and develop film collections to support this area and other areas as assigned. The Film/Cinematic Arts Librarian will be a change agent, partner, and resource person for all library staff involved in facilitating faculty and student projects related to and incorporating film and the cinematic arts and will be expected to conduct regular scans of the campus environment to identify emerging areas of interest. Manage the University Libraries film collections, both digital and analog, and recommend strategic priorities for the physical and digital development of the film collection. Ongoing contributions to the program’s longstanding tradition of bringing film and video artists as well as scholars of film and media to campus is integral to the position, as will be programming screenings and organizing special events.

Professional librarians hold faculty status. Faculty status allows both voice and vote in University faculty meetings, eligibility to serve on faculty committees, to serve as a student advisor, and to participate in the Program for Enhancing Teaching Effectiveness (PETE); and it acknowledges that those individuals play an active role in the intellectual activities of the University. Faculty status does not carry with it eligibility for tenure or sabbatical, nor does it automatically carry with it faculty rank (Professor, Associate, Assistant Professor, or Instructor), since faculty rank is in a specific academic department, nor does it carry eligibility for other benefits normally assigned to full-time teaching faculty.

***Review of Applications will begin June 15th and continue until filled.


  • Create instructional resources and tutorials, provide instruction, and offer research and consultation appointments to students in liaison areas and to other members of the campus and community as required, using pedagogical best practices and current instructional technologies.
  • Coordinate the selecting, ordering, promoting, and presentation of programs in the International Film Series, ChinaFest and African Film Weekend. Provide public introductions for selected films.
  • Collaborate with liaisons and appropriate divisions within the library to create, coordinate and manage best practices for film, audio and image collection maintenance, growth and preservation.
  • Create and maintain research guides and web content that demonstrates knowledge and understanding of critical information literacy practices for students and faculty in liaison areas.
  • Maintain knowledge of the legal landscape and licensing for digital media especially in the area of streaming and performance rights. Participate in university wide development and implementation of policies related to digital rights management, copyright and intellectual property standards.
  • Conduct environmental scans of all campus departments in order to identify current and emerging scholarly projects, areas of inquiry, and pedagogical trends related to film and media studies. Align resources as appropriate to support these departments.
  • Supervise and evaluate Media Scheduling Manager/Student Assistant Supervisor.


  • Specialized knowledge of film history and digital media.
  • Experience representing a library to external stakeholders and engaging in consortia and community projects or programs.
  • Strong leadership skills, including keen analytical and conceptual abilities and demonstrated ability to lead organizational change, inspire innovation, and delegate responsibility appropriately.
  • Strong interpersonal and public communication skills including ability to serve as an advocate and spokesperson for the University of Richmond libraries.
  • Demonstrated engagement in reference and instructional services, user experience, and assessment of services.
  • Evidence of implementation of emerging trends in higher education in the areas of reference, instruction, access, assessment, user experience or with the use of instructional technology.
  • Evidence of working creatively, collaboratively, and effectively in a leadership role in promoting teamwork, diversity, equality, and inclusiveness.



  • MLS, MIS, or MLIS from a program accredited by the American Library Association.
  • 2-4 years’ current experience working with film collections in an academic library or educational setting.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the research processes used in a range of disciplines, especially in the humanities, with particular focus on the history and theory of film and media.
  • Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty, librarians, archivists and others in order to advance digital arts and humanities research.


  • Bachelors in a related subject area.
  • A second advanced degree (M.A/M.S.) in a related subject area is preferred.


  • Full-time, exempt position.
  • The position requires evening and weekend instruction/research coverage and attendance at film showings and related programming as needed throughout the school year.


Job Opportunity: Archives Technician (Cataloger), Term, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC

This position is located in the Freer Gallery of Art and the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, Smithsonian Institution (FSA). The galleries are devoted to the research, acquisition, exhibition, care, and management of the collections of Asian art in each museum and American art in the Freer Gallery. The two museums are co administered and share the same staff; however, they maintain separate identities. The collections of both museums are complementary, and provide extensive resources for original research, exhibitions, and the preservation of the cultural heritage of Asia.

The incumbent applies expert research techniques to serve as a manuscripts collections cataloger, responsible for creating online records representing overall collections, series, and item descriptions illustrated with digital representations. The records are made available online through the Smithsonian’s Collections Search Center (CSC).


  • Cataloging extensive holdings of documents, photographs, drawings and ephemera relating to the history, scholarship and appreciation of Asian and Near Eastern art, archaeological and architecture.
  • Link records to digital surrogates uploaded into the Smithsonian’s Digital Assets Management System (DAMS).
  • Support the identification of portions of collections to be cataloged and made available online and research the accuracy and thoroughness of catalog entries.


Job Posting: Visual Resources Curator – FIT – NY,NY

Job Description:

Full-time staff member to curate digital-image databases for department teaching and other activities. Responsibilities include: acquiring and cataloguing digital images for in-house and subscribed databases; working with Department Technologist and FIT Library in maintaining and expanding FIT Digital Image Library (FITDIL); creating and managing workflow for digital-image database maintenance; working with faculty to maintain currency and accuracy of databases and their metadata; orienting new faculty with available databases; maintain survey-course and textbook files for course-specific image folders; responsibility for the department and major’s visual materials and presence in the college.


M.A. in Art History; reading knowledge of French, German, Italian; library experience: familiarity with ULAN, Library of Congress headings, Getty Thesaurus; computer literacy.

Job link here.

Job Postings: National Digital Stewardship Residencies for 2015-2016, Boston and NYC


As a Canadian, I can’t tell you how jealous and angry I am that these are only open to US citizens. Please apply. The deadline is May 22nd, 2015.


Projects 2015/16

Below are the selected host projects for the NDSR-NY 2015-2016 cohort. The proposals outline goals for the residents and the specific responsibilities required by each institution’s project.

Brooklyn Academy of Music
The Archives and the Born-Digital Asset Life Cycle at the Performing Arts Institution

To survey and inventory all born-digital materials created at the Brooklyn Academy of Music (BAM) and to develop workflows and best practices for assessment and ingest into the BAM Hamm Archives for long-term accessibility and preservation of materials.

CUNY Television
Harnessing Media Micro-Services for Stewardship of Digital Assets at CUNY TV

To assess the developing state of archival procedures of the CUNY TV Library, including those that pertain to media acquisition, storage, digitization, information management, and content dissemination. To evaluate and improve the micro-services currently in service in CUNY TV’s Library. These micro-services are primarily comprised of bash scripts and defined workflows to accomplish specific tasks, such as transcoding, assessment, delivery, storage, metadata harvesting, logging, and digitization. The resident’s assessment will result in a prioritized list of advancements or adjustments to be pursued or implemented during and/or after the residency.

New York Public Radio
A Digital Preservation Roadmap for Public Media Institutions

To aid in the creation of a robust digital preservation roadmap for New York Public Radio’s digital assets.  This project will include a detailed investigation of the current landscape of the organization’s digital collections and the formulation of recommendations for long-term, institution-wide digital curation policies. The goal is to create a seamless and integrated approach that will leverage in-house resources, but also think of new and creative ways to capture the digital history and legacy of NYPR. The resident will produce an adaptable framework that will assist other public media companies in the creation of more comprehensive digital preservation strategies.

Born-Digital Preservation in the Rhizome ArtBase

To enable the functional preservation up to 50 born-digital, performative artworks from the ArtBase collection, in various stages of preservation or decay. To build metadata and infrastructure across the entire collection, as it migrates to an innovative Wikibase system (in conversation with the WikiMedia Foundation), and a new front-end interface. The project will, at various stages, involve pioneering or using the new methods of preservation that are constantly in development within the organization – such as cloud-based Emulation-as-a-Service and the Colloq social media archiving tool. The resident will communicate this work to peers in the preservation field in order to provide leadership to the field of born-digital art and digital preservation more broadly.

Wildlife Conservation Society
Piloting Workflows and Systems for Long-term Preservation of Born-digital Content from the Wildlife Conservation Society’s Education, Exhibit, and Geospatial Analysis Departments

To assemble a pilot digital archives system for the Wildlife Conservation Society [WCS] Archives, in the process revising the Archives’ policies and workflows to better manage digital content and providing recommendations for next steps going forward.  The resident will survey key staff in three WCS departments to ascertain the amount and variety of digital assets they manage, as well as their workflows for creating and using digital content.  The resident will compile the results of these surveys, information on typical researcher use cases and reference requests collected by the Archives, and the Archives’ draft specifications for a digital content repository.  Based on these three data streams, the resident will collaborate with the primary project mentor to select components that can satisfy user needs, the Archives’ limitations, and the requirements of the materials identified in the departmental surveys.

Job Posts in Canada This Week

Instructor, English (knowledge of Visual Arts Discourse), Yukon College, Dawson City


Salary: $37.87 to $45.08 hourly

Initial Review Date: May 25, 2015

The Yukon School of Visual Arts (SOVA) Foundation Year is an accredited art program that integrates foundational studies in traditional and contemporary art practices. Yukon College is seeking a qualified, energetic individual to join the Yukon SOVA team to instruct English for the 2015 Fall Semester.

The ideal candidate will have a Master’s degree in a relevant discipline, knowledge of Visual Arts Discourse and previous experience instructing adults in a post-secondary education environment. A combination of related education and experience may also be considered.

Executive Director, Common Weal Community Arts, Regina, SK


As the Executive Director of Common Weal Community Arts you are responsible for the successful leadership and management of the organization according to the strategic direction set by the Board of Directors.

You are passionate about the arts as a catalyst for community development and are knowledgeable of current challenges and opportunities relating to the mission of Common Weal Community Arts.

You demonstrate a comprehensive knowledge of community arts programming planning and delivery.

You demonstrate an ability to work with groups from diverse social, economic, and cultural backgrounds.

You work effectively with the Board to fulfill all aspects of financial planning and management for the organization.

You hire and supervise staff members and create and maintain a highly functioning team environment while promoting the strategic directions of the organization.

You have a university degree in a related field or equivalent experience within the arts/culture field.

Historical Archives Cultural Services Officer, Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, Halifax, NS


Salary Range:  $43,776-$53,680

Closing Date:    May 18, 2015

Reporting to the Curator of Education and Public Programs, the Assistant Curator of Education assists with the design and delivery of education programs, both on and off-site, for schools, the public, and community organizations. Primary responsibilities include developing, scheduling, and implementing age-appropriate school tours and studio programs; recruitment, training, monitoring, and evaluation of volunteer gallery guides; liaison and scheduling with school educators and administrators. Responsibilities may also include presentation of specially-designed tours for children, youth, and adults with special needs, and specific corporate groups. The Assistant Curator of Education supports the design and implementation of the Summer School of the Arts and the March Break, and Family Sunday programs including the co-ordination of art instructors, purchase of studio supplies and art materials, liaison with parents and caregivers, and of the registration process and attends to the details of running the art classes. Responsibilities also include supporting specially-designed outreach programs with such groups as healthcare institutions and other community organizations. Incumbent may be requested to assist with the development of interpretive materials as related to exhibitions and specific programs.

Scholarly Communications Librarian, Memorial University, St Johns, NF


Archives Animator, Latitude 53, Edmonton, AB (Young Canada Works job)


Due to the nature of funding for this position, applicants must be 30 or under and beginning or returning to full-time studies in the fall.

The AA will play an essential role in community outreach and engagement, promoting awareness of Latitude 53 and the artists who have worked with us throughout the greater Edmonton region and beyond. Our ideal candidate is comfortable working with alternative mediums, and understanding of alternative mindsets; skilled with common productivity software in a Mac OS environment; able to work and communicate with diverse groups; and possesses some familiarity of contemporary art and community relations.

The primary duties of the AA will be to:

1. Lead the planning and implementation of community outreach efforts which employ our archives;
2. Assist with the planning and implementation of complementary programming that deepends audiences’, and artists’, engagement with our archives;
3. Help us plan how to transition our archives to an accessible digital platform, and then oversee that transition; and
4. Assist us with finding new or different methods of presenting our archival material.

These duties will culminate in a reworking of our archives that is both very significant and very visible–if you complete this project successfully, you will have a very prominent piece of work to feature in your CV or portfolio.

This is a full-time (35 hours per week) position with a term of 12 weeks and a rate of pay of $13.25 per hour. We would like the AA to begin in late May and finish in late August.


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