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 Opportunity – Architecture Librarian – City College of New York

FACULTY VACANCY ANNOUNCEMENT

The City College Library invites nominations and applications for the position of Chief of the Architecture Library. The successful candidate will be service oriented and enthusiastic in working with library patrons.

The Librarian is responsible for directing the Architecture Library (the Library) located in the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture. The Library is one of six CCNY libraries, and the successful candidate will join a campus-wide community of approximately 21 professional librarians, 20 administrative support staff, and 50+ student assistants. The Library has a growing collection of some 30,000 architecture monographs and bound journals, subscriptions to approximately 150 architecture-related journals in print and online, both domestic and foreign. The library additionally provides access to a large and growing collection of electronic books.

The Library serves the students, faculty, and visiting professors in undergraduate and graduate programs in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Sustainable Urbanism. The Library serves as a significant information resource center.

Click here for more information and application instructions.


Job Opportunity: Image Technologies and Visual Literacy Librarian, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

Reporting to Head of Fine Arts Library: provide reference and instructional support related to finding and using digital images and oversee collection management for building teaching-focused image collections for departments and units across IUB campus; participate in activities and initiatives of Arts & Humanities Department to provide expertise needed in traditional reference setting and digital research environment of the Scholars’ Commons, providing reference services, collection support, and training for research community; managing and developing teaching image collections for History of Art and other departments across campus who use images for teaching and research; consults closely with faculty about image acquisitions and accessions image orders for inclusion in library’s teaching image repository (currently ARTstor’s Shared Shelf); provides research and publishing support and creates and fosters digital technologies, in collaboration with faculty, in order to strengthen teaching and learning through promotion and outreach for visual materials across IUB.

Qualifications:  Required:  ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library Science (MLS) or equivalent education or experience or graduate degree or equivalent experience in art, art history, or design field; strong public service orientation; knowledge of, enthusiasm for, experience in application of new technologies in evolving academic information environment; ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track librarian position.

Preferred: Two or more years of experience in academic/research library or in visual resources or museum setting; knowledge of instructional design, pedagogy, and assessment principles for effective information/visual literacy instruction.

For complete list of responsibilities, qualifications and benefit programs go to:http://www.libraries.iub.edu/index.php?pageId=1410

To Apply:  Review of applications will begin Friday, April 3, 2015. The position will remain open until filled.

http://joblist.ala.org/modules/jobseeker/Image-Technologies-and-Visual-Literacy-Librarian/28912.cfm


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!


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