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2015/16 Kress Fellowship in Art Librarianship at Yale University

Fixed Duration Position:  12 months from date of hire; non-renewable
Expected Start Date:        July 6, 2015

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut.  Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.


The Yale University Library welcomes applications for the 2015/16 Kress Fellowship in Art Librarianship. The Kress Fellowship is intended for a recent graduate from library school who wishes to pursue a career in art librarianship. This fellowship is made possible through the generosity of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.   Through this fellowship, the Kress Foundation seeks to achieve in the field of art librarianship what it has accomplished for art history and art conservation:  ensuring the growth of the discipline by promoting the advancement of new professionals.

The Haas Family Arts Library at Yale serves a distinguished array of academic and museum programs, architects, artists and scholars. Kress Fellows have the opportunity to interact with faculty, staff and students in distinguished Schools of Architecture, Art, and Drama; a nationally ranked department of the History of Art; and two outstanding university art museums, the Yale Center for British Art and the Yale University Art Gallery. They also have occasion to collaborate with colleagues from throughout the Yale University Library, including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the library and rare books department of the Yale Center for British Art. The rich professional and scholarly resources of New York City and Boston’s art libraries and museums are within two hours travel, providing still further opportunities for professional growth and professional contact with colleagues.


The Kress Fellowship is a 12-month appointment and focuses on multiple areas of art librarianship including public services, collection development and management, special collections, and digital collections.  Projects and activities will draw on subject areas served by the Haas Arts Library including the history of art, architecture, drama, and aligned area studies. The fellow will gain experience in reference services and library research education in the Haas Family Arts Library, the Haas Arts Special Collections, and the Library and Archives of the Yale Center for British Art. Other activities will vary based on current Yale Library projects and the fellow’s interest and experience.

During their tenure at Yale, Kress Fellows are expected to pursue mutually agreed-upon projects resulting in a publishable paper, a new library service (such as a webpage or research guide), or other relevant deliverables. Kress Fellows are also introduced to a broad spectrum of professional activities and may have the opportunity to perform collection development activities or assist with library-based exhibitions.   Kress Fellows also participate in library planning committees and task forces and engage in campus, regional, and national professional organizations and other collaborative activities. Fellows are also expected to be professionally active and represent the Library and the University in the academic, scholarly, and professional community.


Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program for library and information science.  Excellent analytical, organizational, management, customer service, and interpersonal skills.  Ability to effectively build partnerships and promote the benefits of change in an academic culture that often values ambiguity, diversity of opinion, and historic precedent.  Ability to communicate effectively through both oral and written expression.  Ability to work both independently and collegially in a demanding and rapidly changing environment.

Preferred:  Advanced degree and/or relevant experience in history of art, architecture or related arts disciplines.  Experience with web design and development and electronic information resources.  Experience with HTML and XML.  Reading knowledge of two or more Western European languages.

Click here for more information.

Job Posting: A/V Archivist, University of Houston, TX


Reporting to the Coordinator of Digital Projects within the Special Collections department, the successful candidate will work closely with Special Collections librarians and archivists to manage the preservation, acquisition, and use of the department’s audiovisual collections and related digital materials and make recommendations for their description and arrangement. Responsibilities will include: creating and implementing policies and procedures for handling these materials; ensuring they are managed and described according to best practices; working collaboratively with other departments to recommend and oversee equipment, vendors, and technologies as needed; researching copyright issues related to these materials; writing grants to further describe, preserve, and provide access to AV collections; and keeping current with pertinent trends, innovations, and best practices.

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library program
  • Relevant professional experience which includes the handling and preservation of audiovisual materials in multiple formats
  • Familiarity with best practices for describing audiovisual and digital materials that support access and use
  • Ability to work effectively, independently, and collaboratively in a collegial environment
  • Excellent oral, interpersonal, and written communication skills
  • Must be able to safely lift and carry 40 lbs.

Job Posting: Communication Arts Librarian (I or II), Southern Methodist University, Dallas, TX


2014 – Job ID#: 900688 – Central University Libraries/Hamon Arts Library.

(Salary range: Low $40s – Low $50s)

Southern Methodist University, a nationally ranked, research university located in the vibrant, arts-friendly city of Dallas, TX, is accepting applications for a full-time Communication Arts Librarian to work in the Hamon Arts Library. This position will join an energetic group of motivated subject librarians that support the innovative and interdisciplinary programs in the visual, performing, and communication arts in the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU. We are seeking a librarian with creative and imaginative ideas for building a more central and powerful impact on learning through engagement with the academic arts community.

Primary duties and responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Serves as the liaison to the faculty and students in the Divisions of Communication Studies, Journalism, including Fashion Media, Arts Entrepreneurship/Arts Management and the Temerlin Advertising Institute, providing reference, library instruction and management of the electronic and print reference collections.

• Selects and interprets the communication arts collections in all formats.

• Works closely with faculty and students in all of the arts, media, and communication fields.

• Provides expertise in the area of copyright by developing instructional tools and conducting instructional sessions on copyright in the arts and communication fields to develop students’ working knowledge about terms and conditions, licensing, fair use and best practices as related to the communication and creative arts.


• ALA- accredited master’s degree in Library or Information Science by 12/19/2014 is required.

• Bachelor’s degree in communication arts, advertising, journalism, arts management or a related discipline.

• Experience in an academic or arts library is preferred


• Familiarity of copyright law and licensing issues as they pertain to the arts and communication fields is strongly desired.

• Strong knowledge and understanding of information literacy, reference, instructional design, and collection development practices and trends

• Strong communication, presentation, and interpersonal skills

• Ability to learn and apply new technologies quickly

• Familiarity with high-level library and information technology specific databases and computer software

• Commitment to professional development

• Candidates must have the ability to work independently and collaboratively within a team.

ENVIRONMENT: Southern Methodist University is a nationally ranked private university in Dallas with seven degree-granting schools and approximately 11,000 students. SMU is a distinguished center for teaching and research located in a culturally rich city with a diverse population.

Priority consideration will be given to submissions received by December 5, 2014. The final deadline for submitting applications is January 5, 2015.

For full consideration, a cover letter addressing the stated preferences, a curriculum vitae, and contact information for three current professional references is required.

To Apply: Complete an online application at www.smu.jobs. Click on Staff Career

Opportunities and apply to Job ID#: 900688.

Questions may be directed Jolene de Verges, search committee chair, at jdeverges@smu.edu

SMU will not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, or veteran status. SMU’s commitment to equal opportunity includes nondiscrimination on the basis of

sexual orientation and gender identity and expression.

Job Posting: Art and Design Librarian, George Washington University, Washington, DC


Working as a member of the Research and User Services (RUS) Librarians team, the Art and Design Librarian will administer the collection and provide research services primarily for the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design within the Columbian College of The George Washington University. The Art and Design collection is located on the first floor of the Gelman Library and supports the artistic and academic needs of the Corcoran School and the wider GW population. For further information, please visit http://library.gwu.edu/art-design. A key challenge for the position is to evaluate the relationship between the Corcoran School and the Art Department, and to develop a cohesive plan for their mutual needs. This is a newly created position that offers strong opportunities for leadership in developing the collections and services of a prominent art school within a major research university.

The successful candidate will support both the creative and scholarly aspects of the subject of art, including the use of social media to enhance and promote the collection and services. The successful candidate will work closely with faculty and students of the Corcoran School as well as with research and collections staff of the GW Libraries, the Library Information and Technology staff, and the GW Libraries publicity staff.

Job Posting: Digital Preservation Librarian, IU Bloomington, ID


The Indiana University Libraries seek a dynamic, innovative, and collegial individual to serve in the position of Digital Preservation Librarian. The Digital Preservation Librarian will lead the development and implementation of preservation strategies and policies for digital collections for the IU Libraries, including both digitized and born-digital materials. The position reports to the Assistant Dean for Library Technologies for work-related issues with a dotted line relationship to the Associate Dean for Collection Development and Scholarly Communication for matters relating to promotion and tenure.

Working closely with librarians and staff in Library Technologies, Preservation, University Archives, Digital Collections Services, and Scholarly Communication, as well as with University Information Technology Services-Research Technologies and other library, campus, and university units, the Digital Preservation Librarian will:
•Play a lead role in establishing a cohesive digital preservation program at IU including development of an effective and achievable strategy to ensure long-term viability of university digital assets regardless of format
•Assist in the ongoing development of requirements and specifications for digital materials that the library acquires
•Advise both library staff and external content creators on digital content lifecycle issues and strategies for digital content preservation
•Participate in the development of services to support curation and preservation of research data
•Participate in the development of digital preservation strategies for time-based media as part of IU’s Media Digitization and Preservation Initiative
•Develop preservation policies for IU’s digital repository environments, including Fedora, DSpace, and Hydra.
•Serve as liaison to the Indiana University (IU) community for digital preservation projects and initiatives related to digital collections and data
•Contribute to the IU Libraries’ participation in consortial efforts such as Digital Preservation Network (DPN) and Academic Preservation Trust (APTrust)
•Represent the university in matters concerning digital preservation at the local, national and international level

Job Posting: Architecture Librarian, University of Waterloo, ON


The Architecture Librarian, as the Librarian for the School of Architecture, is responsible for the development, delivery, and assessment of the information services & resources required for the research, teaching and learning of the School of Architecture. The Architecture Librarian is accountable for the development and ongoing management of the Musagetes Architecture Library as related to its facilities and services. The Architecture Librarian will also take on a specialization.

Note: This post has an original deadline of November 10th. I’ve just seen it reposted, however, so it’s possible that they’ve extended their search. I’d suggest you send a query first, before preparing an application.


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