Featured Posts for February 2015
Check out the latest edition of the ArLiSNAP Newsletter Conversation with Library as Incubator Project: Part One
and Part Two
The Aura of Materiality:
Digitization as Preservation
Visual Arts Research Data Management
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Job Posting: Reference and Instruction Librarian, University of South Carolina, Beaufort, SC

From Stephanie, who formerly held the position:

I wanted to pass on a posting that might not show up in the usual channels, as the title isn’t specifically “arts librarian.” It’s my previous job at the University of South Carolina – Beaufort, and the librarian primarily works with the studio art department on campus. There’s also opportunity for working with the digital repository on campus, for readers who have an interest! The studio art faculty are doing interesting, innovative things in the field of digital and new media, too, and are great people to work with. This would be an excellent position for someone right out of school or early career and looking for an opportunity to really tailor their position and try different kinds of projects. https://uscjobs.sc.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=75651
Beaufort is also a beautiful small town in coastal SC, very near Charleston and Savannah, and has lovely weather (especially this time of year!).
Thank you!

Cheers,
Stephanie

The Reference and Instruction Librarian provides reference services and instruction of various types to students, faculty, staff, and other library users.

Reference is done in-person and via electronic methods. Assistance to faculty and instruction are done to support the university’s goal of developing information literate students. The incumbent works a flexible schedule of 37.5 hours per week.

This position is located on the Historic Beaufort campus. Circulation and various other duties are a part of this position.


Job Posting: Librarian (Architecture Library), Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Princeton University Library invites nominations and applications for the position of Librarian, Architecture Library. The successful candidate will be responsible for directing the Architecture  Library located in the School of Architecture, and supervising its three collections assistants and a dozen student workers. The School of Architecture Library is one of nine specialized libraries on campus, and the successful candidate will join a community of approximately 120 professional librarians, many professional specialists and administrative staff, and 200 support staff. The Architecture Library has a growing collection of some 33,000 monographs and videos, maintains subscriptions to more than 350 domestic and foreign periodicals, and provides access to an extensive collection of electronic resources. The Librarian will also develop the Architecture Library’s growing special collection which includes unique, contemporary material as well as rare architecture and design materials from the 19th century on.

The Library serves the students, faculty, and visiting researchers associated with undergraduate, masters and doctoral programs in architectural design, history and theory. The library also serves as a significant visual and  information resource for the creative work of the School’s design students at undergraduate and professional Master’s degree levels. Architecture at Princeton is taught in a broad cultural context with a focus on the 20th and 21st centuries and past and current avant-garde movements. The curriculum that takes advantage of intersections between studio work and a rich culture of research and intellectual speculation.

The Librarian oversees all aspects of the Architecture Library, including collection development and preservation; reference and research consultation; user education; course reserves; and strategic planning. The Librarian works closely with humanities and area studies librarians to develop collections in architecture, urbanism, landscape and media. Collaborating with other Princeton University Library staff, the Librarian contributes to campus-wide library projects and initiatives. This librarian represents Princeton in the relevant regional, national, and international professional and scholarly organizations. The position reports to the Deputy University Librarian.

Qualifications Required
An ALA-accredited masters of Library Science or equivalent combination of education and professional library experience; ability to provide leadership and direction in a research library, as demonstrated by supervisory, planning, and problem-solving experience; in-depth knowledge of architecture literature and reference sources; demonstrated understanding of current developments in information and architecture librarianship; demonstrated ability to work cooperatively with others and to foster teamwork; effective oral and written communication skills; knowledge of at least one modern European language, preferably German, French, or Italian.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Graduate degree in architecture, architectural history or a related field; experience with an art or architectural studio program; background in the humanities
  • Experience in managing a branch library or library departmental operations
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Experience supervising library support staff
  • Experience with developing print and digital collections and managing an acquisitions budget
  • Demonstrated success reaching out to and working collaboratively with all levels of users and staff, across all functions of the library system

Applications will be accepted only from the Jobs at Princeton website: http://www.princeton.edu/jobs and must include a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references with full contact information. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy.


Job Posting: Communications and Theater & Media Arts Librarian, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT

Communications and Theater & Media Arts Librarian
Brigham Young University (BYU), a privately owned and operated university of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints located in Provo, Utah, invites application for the position of Communications and Theater & Media Arts Librarian, a continuing faculty status track (BYU equivalent of tenure) position in the Harold B. Lee Library.

The mission of this position is to 1) provide specialized reference, advanced research assistance, and library instruction in theater, media arts, film, communications and other assigned areas as needed; 2) to work as the library liaison to faculty teaching and researching in the assigned areas; 3) to develop and manage collections for the library in the assigned areas; and 4) to participate in scholarship, creative works, and other professional development activities.

The Library is seeking a dynamic individual who can perform well in a rapidly changing environment.  Preference is given to qualified candidates who are members in good standing of the affiliated church.

For complete job announcement and to apply go to: https://yjobs.byu.edu/postings/5928


Job Posting: Digital Initiatives Librarian, Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD

Maryland Institute College of Art is currently accepting applications for a full-time Digital Initiatives Librarian. The Digital Initiative Librarian provides expertise in creating and managing library digital collections, such as digital special collections, electronic theses, and other born-digital or retrospectively digitized materials. This librarian participates in the planning, implementation, maintenance, expansion, communication and promotion of digital library and institutional repository services, collections and content. This librarian works closely with the other units of the library to determine how digital assets should be leveraged for both scholarly and popular audiences. Responsibilities include budget management, database administration and implementing collection initiatives in collaboration with the Director.

Summary of Essential Functions

  • Digital Collections: Provide expertise, advice, and assistance in the development, deployment, evaluation, and preservation of digital collections and content.
  • Plan and allocate budget in collaboration with the Director of the Decker Library
  • Data Asset Management: serve as primary manager of Content DM and the image asset management
  • Supervise digital image and collections cataloging
  • Participate in collection development and outreach for still and moving image collections

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. View the full job description and instructions on how to apply here: http://mica.interviewexchange.com/jobofferdetails.jsp?JOBID=56690


Conversation with Erinn Paige and Laura Damon-Moore of The Library as Incubator Project (Part 2)

In this second part of my interview Erinn Paige and Laura Damon-Moore of The Library as Incubator Project we talk about makerspaces and more.

Tell me about your involvement with makerspaces and the class that you teach on the subject.

Laura: We came to the conversation about maker spaces pretty early on, and I would say that our main function was and continues to be as a clearinghouse for stories ABOUT maker spaces in libraries. We are by no means the only clearinghouse/info-sharing hub out there on that topic. I think the makerspace discussion fits really well with the LAIP’s focus on hands-on, self-directed, participatory learning, and we consider maker programs a key part of the “arts-incubating” library. Our online course, the Makerspace Mindset (which runs through University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Library and Information Studies Continuing Ed), operates in a similar way that the LAIP does as a whole–it’s a place for story sharing, practical how-to’s, professional development, and lots of discussion about how to approach maker programs and resources in a way that makes sense for your library and your community. Scalabilty is a big thing that we talk about–how a small library can make meaningful maker programming happen without space, time, or extra money.

Erinn: I think the exciting thing about makerspaces in libraries is that it definitely fits into the basic mission of providing access to information, but there aren’t a lot of best practices set in stone yet.  Makerspaces are an exciting service model because they really push libraries toward that platonic ideal of information life cycle– people don’t just consume information in a makerspace, they create new information in the form of new stuff. They learn skills by applying them directly to a project.  I think Laura’s point about scalability speaks directly to the idea that this is new-ish territory for libraries (though the conversation about active learning models has been raging for awhile in education)– there are hundreds of ways to create a space for this kind of information exchange in a library setting.

Are maker programs finding their way into academic art libraries? Which should we take note of?

Laura: They definitely are happening. We’ve published some neat examples on our website. I LOVE the Hatchery, a web resource published by the Glasgow School of Art Library which documents the myriad ways that the GSA Art Library incubates the work of artists at GSA and beyond.  We also were lucky enough to visit the Rakow Research Library at the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, NY this January. This amazing research library is doing a lot to support hands-on learning and making.

These examples said, I’d love to hear MORE from academic art libraries about maker programs that they’re hosting–I know there’s a lot happening and we’d love to share it, of course!

What do you think are the most important issues facing the arts in libraries today?

Erinn:  Communication.  Both libraries and arts organizations need a crash course in advocacy and PR.  Essentially, you take what you do, and you re-phrase it in the language that politicians speak.  This is a no-brainer, and it clearly works, and yet libraries and arts orgs seem to perpetually struggle with it.  If you’re only talking about what you believe in in terms that make sense to you, you’re preaching to the choir.  You have to communicate it to others in the context that means the most to them.

Just for fun – what is your favorite library? Work of art or artist?

Erinn: My favorite library is the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh – Main, which is in the Oakland neighborhood in Pittsburgh and is in this fabulous, monolithic building along with the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History.  The windows in the upper level stacks look out onto the dinosaur exhibits. Plus, the people who work there are incredibly smart and are doing great things.

Laura: I will always have a soft spot for the library in my hometown, Mount Vernon, Iowa. It is a funky library; the Mount Vernon Public Library collection is housed in the basement of Russell D. Cole Library, the academic library on the Cornell College campus. Growing up I thought it was totally natural to be going to watch a puppet show or to check out picture books in the same library where college students were checking out their books and writing research papers.

Is there anything else you’d like to add?

Erinn:  Follow us!  We have a small social media empire and we share great content and ideas from arts-incubating librarians all across the country and the world.  We’d love to talk to you and find out more about what you’re excited about at the intersection of art and libraries.

Laura: Definitely that we want to hear from you and work with you to tell your arts + library stories!


Job Posts in Canada this week

Copyright Services Librarian, Centennial College, Scarborough, ON

http://current.ischool.utoronto.ca/jobsite/2015/copyright-services-librarian

•Develops and communicates College copyright policies, guidelines, and procedures to the College community
•Responds to queries on copyright, fair dealing, licenses, permissions, intellectual property, and related matters from members of the College community
•Prepares library copyright policies and procedures, advising library personnel on copyright matters specific to library collections, services, and projects
•Provides guidance and advice on copyright as it relates to all aspects of academic delivery (classroom, learning management system, and instructional technologies)
•Educates faculty, staff, and all College employees in copyright and related issues, designing and delivering instruction (in close collaboration with the Centre for Organizational Learning and Teaching) through various modes of delivery such as websites, workshops, consultations, and online tutorials
•Negotiates and/or facilitates copyright permissions, clearances, licenses to ensure compliance with legislation
•Leads the planning, operation, delivery, and enhancement of Copyright Services for the College, working in close collaboration with the Senior Library Technician for Copyright & Special Projects to ensure timely logging, processing, and tracking of queries, clearances, and licenses; compilation and analysis of data and statistics
•Promotes best practices and an integrated approach to copyright compliance through close collaboration with College departments and with third parties such as the bookstore and printing services
•Monitors, and remains current on legislative developments in copyright, fair dealing, intellectual property, licensing, open access and related matters

Librarian / Archivist, UBC, Vancouver

http://current.ischool.utoronto.ca/jobsite/2015/librarian-archivist

Overview of the position:

Working in collaboration with the RBSC Head and the Archivist, this position is responsible for the management of important rare books and archival collections in support of the core collection areas of RBSC. This position provides reference, instruction and outreach of RBSC’s archival and book collections. Additional responsibilities include, but are not limited to: archival appraisal, creation of finding aids, CCPERB applications and preservation of archival materials.

Duties:

1. Provides reference and research services to students, staff, faculty and members of the public.

2. Organizes and teaches classes in the use of Rare Books and Special Collections resources, including the Library’s catalogue, print resources and e-resources.

3. Provides instruction/presentations to faculty and students (in the library, online and in the faculty departments).

4. Evaluates, acquires, accessions, arranges and describes archival fonds. Prepares, or supervises the preparation of finding aids for current and backlog archival fonds and maintains, upgrades and updates existing finding aids

5. Provides information/reference training for support staff and supervision for UBC iSchool student librarians.

6. May be assigned coordination of reference or instruction services in Rare Books and Special Collections: reference, teaching and instruction, web presence, subject guides and/or information guides, etc.

7. In co-operation with other RBSC staff ensures the physical security, preservation, and conservation of RBSC collections.

8. Prepares handouts, research guides and informational brochures in appropriate formats.

9. May be required to supervise staff in the absence of the supervisor(s).

10. Liaises with librarians and archivists in other areas of the library system

Senior Coordinator, Special Collections, Toronto International Film Festival Library, Toronto

http://workinculture.ca/The-Job-Board/jobs/Senior-Coordinator,-Special-Collections

Overview:
This is a shared position between Library (75% and Exhibitions 25%), reporting to the Manager, Special Collections.
To register all incoming items for FRL and Exhibitions using the Collections Management System (MIMSY)
To ensure all appropriate documentation for intake collection items meets museum standards and the requirements and high standards of TIFF, including but not limited to loan agreements, contracts, and condition reporting the Senior Coordinator will enter the items/collection when it is received and add it to the accession register with any accompanying documentation.  After receipt the collection will be assigned for archival description by the Manager, Special Collections to the appropriate staff.
To ensure that the care and presentation of Special Collections meets museum standards and the requirements and  high standards of TIFF when artifacts are presented in exhibitions by advising on presentation and display and producing condition reports, under the direction of the Special Collections Manager.
Act as an international courier on behalf of TIFF for the tour of Special Collections, in particular the David Cronenberg exhibition, as required. (This responsibility will be shared with the Senior Coordinator, Exhibitions.)

Minimum Requirements:

  • Three years experience in exhibitions registration at a museum, art gallery or cultural institution, preferably including work on travelling exhibitions
  • Proven in-depth knowledge of registration practices, museum standard conservation and international shipping
  • Broad knowledge of a variety of moving-image formats
  • Broad knowledge of the history of cinema and the moving image
  • Proven exceptional written and verbal communication skills
  • Excellent administrative, organizational, time-management and research skills
  • Proven ability in database management
  • Proven ability to work effectively under pressure
  • Proven ability to oversee and direct the work of others
  • Adaptable to a flexible work schedule including some evenings and weekends

Fine Art and Antique Auction Assistants (2), A.H. Wilkens Auctions & Appraisals, Toronto and Oakville

http://workinculture.ca/The-Job-Board/jobs/Fine-Art-Antique-Auction-Assistant-(3)

We are looking for an intern (or interns) to assist with day to day operations of the auction house. This includes unpacking inventory, helping customers during auction and post auction, filing paperwork, assisting with research of goods.

Graphic design, social media and good computer skills are an asset.


Job Opportunities

Fine Arts Librarian – Binghamton University – Binghamton, NY

Associate Chief Librarian for Reader Services, Thomas J. Watson Library, Metropolitan Museum of Art – NY, NY

Archivist – Hunt Slonem Studio – NY,NY

Archivist – Sperone Westwater – NY,NY


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