Discussion: An Example of an Unpaid Internship

Pursuant to our ongoing discussions about unpaid internships, I thought this opportunity might be of interest:

Culture, Arts, and Innovation Summer Student – Baycrest Health Services, Toronto

http://current.ischool.utoronto.ca/jobsite/2014/culture-arts-innovation-cai-summer-student

(This link will eventually stop working; see excerpts instead)

CAI is seeking a summer student to oversee a comprehensive campus-wide project involving Baycrests’ permanent art collection (over 900,000 works of art), as well as assist in the coordination of several arts based events throughout the summer in partnership with the National Ballet School and units within our Long Term Care setting.

“The incumbent will oversee a campus-wide art initiative that seeks to expand upon and modernize our current art inventory records. Utilizing museum database program Past Perfect as well as Microsoft Excel, the student will scan our campus, update records, research artists and key collection pieces, with an end goal of creating a comprehensive up-to-date database of our permanent collection holdings. With this new found knowledge, the student will be asked to curate a series of digital exhibitions….

All the while, the student will be exposed to and called upon to contribute towards other exciting projects that are taking place in the summer months including the Dance Exchange, the National Ballet of Canada, and an industrial design project.”

 

Experience with Past Perfect? Curation, research, and collaboration with amazing cultural groups? 900,000 works of art?!

*chin-hands*

 

This is a voluntary position. There is no compensation.”

 

 

Baycrest is essentially a seniors’ retirement home that is also a research facility, “fully affiliated” with the University of Toronto. They partner with public and private organizations, they’re launching a line of “aging oriented products,” and their president and CEO made over $700,000 in 2012.  But they don’t pay summer students to manage huge database projects.

Now, I am not trying to public-shame anyone. But I want to use this as a very real example of what an unpaid internship looks like, and to ask whether or not our readers would think that this position is justified. The post doesn’t clarify whether this is full-time, part-time, or weekends-and-evenings, nor could I find a mirror of the job post on their site (under neither Volunteer nor Career Opportunities).

To me, the amount of experience it offers would make it very tempting — but if it was a full-time position without any compensation whatsoever, I would ready my rotten tomatoes.

Of course, I thought this was a good opportunity to follow my own advice about discussing unpaid internships with the hosting organizations themselves. I reached out to the listed contact and asked for more information about the position: one, why it was unpaid, and two, why there was no required background in art (for the sake of documenting, describing, and indexing: shouldn’t you at least know how to use the A&AT?). I sent out an email on May 7th, and didn’t receive a response.

I wish I had more to report, other than to say that I will probably continue to (politely) pester HR staff by email when similar posts pop up in the future, and I promise to keep everyone apprised.

In the meantime, what do you think?


Job Positing: Art Collections Intern, TD Bank Group (Toronto, ON, Canada)

via the iSchool’s Jobsite (University of Toronto)

TD Bank Group Overview:
TD is a great organization powered by great people who want to make a difference every day. Our over 85,000 employees world-wide are a big part of what makes TD stand out from any other organization. Every day, we deliver legendary customer and client experiences to our approximately 20.5 million customers. We’re an award-winning organization that reinvests constantly to ensure future growth.

We’re recognized as an extraordinary place to work that embraces diversity, where everyone is respected and valued.

As a student part of the TD Corporate Office Co-op program you will have the opportunity to join different development workshops, seminars and lunch and learns. We will provide you the necessary tools, resources and guidance to achieve both business and personal goals.

Department Overview:

The Art Department in Community Relations takes care of TD’s art collection. We promote engagement with the collection for employees and customers through events and educational opportunities.

Job Description:

This internship will focus on promoting and introducing TD’s Inuit Art Collection to an internal and external audience.

• Give tours of Inuit Art Gallery in TD Waterhouse Tower.
• Develop and compile metrics on attendance and engagement at Inuit Art Gallery.
• Organize events for employees and the general public around the Inuit Art Collection, including during Doors Open Toronto.
• Develop and execute promotion and marketing strategy for the Inuit Art Gallery.
• Catalogue new acquisitions and update listings for existing collection in database.
• Research for artist files and special projects.
• Other tasks, as required

Qualifications:

Qualifications:

• Good knowledge of Canadian art history with an emphasis on Inuit/Aboriginal art history
• Good research and writing skills
• Comfortable with public speaking

Nice to Have Skills:

• General computer proficiency (we have a specialized database program)
• French and/or Inuktitut would be an asset

At TD, we are committed to fostering an inclusive, accessible environment, where all employees and customers feel valued, respected and supported. We are dedicated to building a workforce that reflects the diversity of our customers and communities in which we live in and serve, and creating an environment where every employee has the opportunity to reach her/his potential.

TD is committed to providing accommodations. If you require an accommodation, we will work with you to meet your needs.

Please note:
All applications must include transcript, cover letter and a resume.

We will only contact candidates chosen for an interview

Compensation:
$13-$18/hour
Apply by email:

jessica.yu@td.com

Application deadline:

Jan 31 2013

How to apply:
Please apply to jessica.yu@td.com with subject title: Art Collections Intern Application-NAME

Job Posting: Assistant Visual Resource Manager, Onassis Library for Hellenic and Roman Art, Metropolitan Museum (NY)

via SLA

General Description:

The Assistant Visual Resource Manager in the Department of Greek and Roman Art is responsible for managing the departments myriad collections of archives, books, offprints, and electronic publications housed in the Onassis Library. This includes responsibility for tracking the annual cost center budget and direct spending commensurate with projects and needs of the collection and services. The individual works in collaboration with Watson Library staff to facilitate cataloguing, digitization, and acquisitions. In addition, this position works on the archives acquired by the Greek and Roman Department in collaboration with the Museum’s Archives Department, and reviews and appropriately integrates other materials directly related to the research, publications, and exhibitions of the Greek and Roman Department. The duration for this role will be through June 30, 2014.

 Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

· Maintain the departmental resources, answer inquiries, make them available to and supervise visitors

· Consult with the Watson Library regarding acquisitions for the Onassis Library according to the needs of the Greek and Roman Department staff, track standing orders

· Attend to preservation, binding, and conservation

· Collaborate with the Watson Library for cataloguing, general library policies and services

· Acquire and organize department-related archives, in consultation with the Museum’s Archives Department

· Other related duties

Requirements and Qualifications:

· Required 3-5 years professional experience with demonstrated achievement in an academic or museum environment

· Proven ability to initiate, plan, and implement projects

· An in-depth understanding of resources used by curators of ancient art; proven interpersonal, communication, leadership, and organizational skills

· Experience in overseeing operating budgets

· Strong service orientation

 Knowledge and Education:

· MA or MLS is required; additional Masters in the Humanities, ancient art history, classics, ancient history is preferred

· Familiarity with archival procedures

· Working knowledge of German and French, ancient Greek and Latin if possible

Apply here


Job Posting: Technical Architect, Metropolitan Museum of Art (NY)

via NJSLA

Initially, this position will be deeply involved in the administration and technical oversight of MediaBin, the museum’s digital asset management system. Looking forward, the person in this position will have a key role to play in any initiative that involves the management of digitized assets at the Museum, including system upgrades or migration to a new DAM, task automation, application customization, troubleshooting, reporting and other digitization procedures.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Provide technical expertise for enterprise content management systems, based upon a strong understanding of the client server environment, web services, security roles etc. as well as demonstrated experience with a variety of image, audio and video formats.
  • Serve as primary technical liaison to internal stakeholders and external vendors and consultants for all digital asset management activities and related projects.
  • Work with IS&T and/or contractual partners to design, specify, execute and monitor data migration/synchronization tasks between various Museum data repositories.
  • Streamline acquisitions, deployments and conversions of multimedia content for both internal and external uses.
  • Design, develop, and maintain reports for the Museum’s content management systems (e.g., production workflows, digital rights management, licensing activities).
  • Review, analyze, and evaluate system and user needs. Assist in the development and deployment of solutions based on user requirements.
  • Evaluate, maintain and install systems upgrades and fixes. Coordinate changes with technical staff and affected users, as required.
  • Other related duties

Requirements and Qualifications:
Experience and Skills:

  • 3+ years experience in information / content management.
  • Demonstrated experience with data services in Microsoft SQL Server, or equivalent RDBMS
  • Demonstrated experience with web-related application development in Visual Basic, .NET, Java or equivalent programming language.
  • Demonstrated skill with IIS or equivalent web service infrastructure.
  • Demonstrated skill with PC & MAC client-server systems and architectures.
  • Experience with end-user support and service; strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Preferred: experience with technical implementation and maintenance of digital asset or other enterprise content management systems (especially MediaBin).
  • Preferred: knowledge of digitization processes for content, including digital image capture and scanning, image, audio and video formats and codecs, file conversion and archiving, data mining and harvesting, and metadata taxonomies.

Knowledge and Education:

  • Bachelor’s degree or relevant technical certification (preferred in a related field)
  • Knowledge of digitization processes for content, including digital image capture and scanning, image, audio and video formats and codecs, file conversion and archiving data

See: http://www.indeed.com/cmp/The-Metropolitan-Museum-of-Art/jobs/Technical-Architect-2363f869e0a4f768


Job Posting: Archivist, Minneapolis College of Art and Design (Minneapolis, MN)

via libgig.com

The Minneapolis College of Art and Design has an opening for a full-time, benefits-eligible Archivist in our college library effective immediately. We enjoy a dynamic work environment that includes holiday and vacation time accruals. We offer a flexible and comprehensive benefit plan including medical, dental and 403(b) pension plans. After six months of service you will be eligible to receive free MCAD tuition for yourself, your spouse and your dependent children, and your dependents may be eligible for free tuition at more than 600 colleges nation-wide.

Primary function: To develop an institutional archive to meet the Society of American Archivists’ guidelines for College and University Archives which will include the processing of print and photographic material, developing policies and procedures for our historical repository and institutional records management and planning for the creation of a digital repository.

Qualifications include a Master’s Degree in Information Science or Library Science, Archiving, or similar degree with specialty in archives management from an ALA-accredited program; a minimum of 2-3 years professional experience in an archive or special collections repository; Archival certification is preferred. Candidates need a strong working and theoretical knowledge of both archival management, records management and digital repositories along with knowledge of cataloging and metadata standards, such as MARC, LCSH, AACR2r, DACS, EAD, Dublin Core, and VRACore. In addition, candidates must possess excellent leadership, planning and organizational skills along with the ability to work independently and collaboratively.

Other: This is a grant funded position. As a condition of employment, applicants will be required to undergo a background check.

Contact our website for complete position description at http://www.mcad.edu/employment. Then to apply, e-mail cover letter and resume to Amy Naughton, Interim Library Director, anaughton@mcad.edu; or mail same to 2501 Stevens Avenue, Minneapolis, Minnesota, 55404.


Job Posting: Acquisitions and Collections Librarian, Savannah College of Art and Design (Savannah, GA)

via higheredjobs.com

SCAD libraries are focal points for inspiration, information, study and research. This is your opportunity to join the SCAD Savannah library as an acquisitions and collections librarian. In this position, you will be responsible for managing all aspects of assessing, developing, maintaining and acquiring print and electronic materials for the SCAD libraries’ collections.

Requirements:

  • ALA-accredited M.L.S. degree
  • undergraduate degree in a subject taught at SCAD
  • experience maintaining and managing traditional and electronic information resources
  • thorough knowledge of existing and emerging library technologies
  • exceptional verbal, written, and interpersonal communication skills.

Responsibilities:

  • acquire print materials and DVDs for Savannah and Atlanta libraries
  • manage collection department initiatives and work closely with director of technical services on new initiatives for both acquisitions and collection development
  • lead and coordinate with other librarians, staff and faculty in the acquisition of materials to support the university’s teaching and research objectives
  • continuously review and update acquisition and collection development policies and procedures as needed.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Application information:

Contact: Human Resources, Savannah College of Art and Design
Online application form available here


Grant, webinar, and other professional development opportunities!

See educational opportunities, such as CFP, workshops, events, webinars, etc.? Please email Braegan Abernethy (bcabernethy[at]gmail[dot]com) or Emilee Mathews (mathewse[at]indiana[dot]edu) to get them posted here.

For ongoing opportunities and deadlines, please visit the new Educational Opportunities Calendar.

REMINDER: The final deadline for Papers, Sessions, and Workshops Proposals for the ARLIS/NA 2013 Annual Conference Crafting Our Future is this Friday, June 29.

Call for Contributors
A new website devoted to art, thought, and surprise inspired by the content found in freely available digital archives, Each Moment a Mountain is seeking contributions and collaborations with writers, archivists, teaching librarians, and other educators.
www.eachmomentamountain.org
Contributions
Each Moment a Mountain is looking for contributors in the following categories: blessays (see http://www.dancohen.org/2012/05/24/the-blessay/), fiction, poetry, music, visual/multimedia art, and interviews of artists and scholars working with the concept of memory. More information on submissions can be found at the following URL:
http://www.eachmomentamountain.org/submissions/
Collaborations
Each Moment a Mountain is also looking for history educators, teaching librarians, archivists, and others interested in using the site as a pedagogical tool. The editors are open to your ideas, but provide the following as examples of the collaborations we’re looking for:
-The design and execution of information literacy sessions, student assignments, or classroom activities around the use of Each Moment a Mountain in your classroom (including both responses to the site and student contributions).
-The nomination of archives to be featured on the site.
-The development of curricular tools and documentation that illustrate use of Each Moment a Mountain to meet curricular standards like The Common Core, VALUE rubrics, and others.
-Sustained partnerships and titled positions for the right collaborators.
Potential contributors and collaborators can get in touch with the editors at eachmomentamountain@gmail.com. All are welcome to follow Each Moment a Mountain on Twitter for content updates and more: @eachmomenta

Nancy Pearl Presents Book Lust Rediscoveries
Tuesday, July 10, 2pm Eastern
Join esteemed Seattle librarian Nancy Pearl in conversation with two authors from her new book series, Book Lust Rediscoveries, a publishing program devoted to reintroducing some of the best (and now out of print) novels originally published between 1960-2000. Each new edition is personally selected by Nancy Pearl and includes an introduction by her, discussion questions for book groups, and a list of recommended further reading. She will be joined by Rhian Ellis, author of After Life, and Frederick G. Dillen, author of Fool, to discuss the series, as well as their own favorite moments of discovering a wonderful book. The discussion will be moderated by the series’ editor, Alan Turkus, and hosted by Booklist Adult Books senior editor Donna Seaman.
https://alapublishing.webex.com/mw0307l/mywebex/default.do?nomenu=true&siteurl=alapublishing&service=6&rnd=0.6519851798076816&main_url=https%3A%2F%2Falapublishing.webex.com%2Fec0606l%2Feventcenter%2Fevent%2FeventAction.do%3FtheAction%3Ddetail%26confViewID%3D1002700739%26%26%26%26siteurl%3Dalapublishing

 
The Visual Resources Association’s 31st Annual Conference will be held in Providence, Rhode Island, from Wednesday, April 3 through Saturday, April 6, 2013, in the Providence Biltmore, a cherished architectural treasure.
Proposals are now being solicited for the 2013 program sessions, workshops, papers, special interest/user groups, and case studies.  All proposals are welcome, especially those related to the 2013 VRA Conference theme, “Capitalizing on Creativity”.   Click here to go to the conference proposal form, which can also be accessed through the Visual Resources Association page.
A session is a 90 minute moderated session with 3 to 4 speakers at 20 minutes each followed by a facilitated brief question and answer period.
A workshop is a 3 to 4 hour workshop to develop skills and experience in the field of Visual Resources, preferably with hands-on activities.
A paper is an individual idea submission, which will be reviewed for possible grouping into a session.
A special interest group is a 60 to 90-minute informal facilitated group discussion on topics related to a specific community within VRA.
A case study is detailed information about an individual, small group, or project, generally including the accounts of subjects themselves.  Moderators are encouraged to submit proposals.  Individual case study proposals will be reviewed for possible groupings similar to the session format.
The quality of conference content depends upon YOUR ideas and contributions, so get those creative juices flowing.  Use the “Capitalizing on Creativity” conference theme, suggested topics from VRA members (see below), and your imagination to propose ideas which expand our outlooks beyond that which is familiar.  If there is an area of concern or interest that you feel has not been adequately addressed in previous programs, do consider participating in this process by submitting a proposal.  Moderators may put out calls for speakers within a proposed topic before submission of completed topics.  The VRA Executive Board will be looking for complete, concise and articulate submissions with lists of presenters, when applicable. Specificity regarding audio-visual needs including live internet connectivity is recommended.
To stimulate the creative process, here are some excellent suggestions for proposal themes and topics selected from the post-conference survey responses, listed in no particular order:

  • VRC physical space issues
  • Cross-disciplinary outreach
  • Multidisciplinary cataloging
  • African art cataloging
  • Project and time management
  • Copyright sharing
  • Open access
  • Budget cut impacts
  • Digital content archiving and preservation
  • Digital asset management
  • Digital Humanities initiatives
  • VRC/Library collaboration
  • Fate of VR analog collections
  • VR curators/teachers (dual roles)
  • eBook and eJournal image content
  • Crisis management
  • Image tagging
  • Digitizing and access of student work

Questions about the proposal process and the various presentation formats included in the VRA Conference program can be directed to me at .
The proposal deadline is July 27, 2012.  I look forward to receiving your proposals!

Visual Resources Association Foundation Professional Development Grant
Purpose:
The purpose of the VRAF Professional Development grant is to support professional development in the field of visual resources and image management. The grant will support attendance at an educational event of the grantee’s choosing (such as an association conference, symposium or workshop), or engagement in relevant research activities (such as publications and/or fieldwork). In recognition of the differing professional development needs for an emerging professional and an established career professional, two awards will be funded. One grant will be awarded to a student or new professional who has up to five years of experience in the field, and the other grant will be designated for a career professional with six or more years of experience. At the discretion of the VRAF Board and with approval of the applicant, an application may be moved to a different category that better fits the experience criteria or the applicant can choose to withdraw the application
Although the specific criteria for the grant may change from year to year in order to provide support for a range of experiences and community members, with the 2012-2013 awards we encourage the VR community to consider opportunities at any visual resources-related professional development venue.
The VRAF Professional Development Grant is part of the Foundation’s mission to advance awareness of critical issues for effective digital information management (including intellectual property and copyright); to encourage the application of professional standards, innovative technology, and metadata cataloging protocols; and to facilitate workplace training. The VRA Foundation supports a range of educational offerings to help ensure that such information reaches a diverse, global audience.
Award Amount:
Each of the two 2012-2013 awards will provide a grant of $850. The grant is for use between September 1, 2012 and August 31, 2013.
Eligibility:
The grant is open to all visual resource professionals, including retirees and those currently unemployed. The Foundation also encourages students seeking educational, training, and research opportunities in support of broad access to cultural information, to apply. Membership in the Visual Resources Association is not required. Each applicant’s financial statement of need will be considered, together with other applications for funding for the same event or project, which must be disclosed by the applicant.
Grant monies may be used for:

  • transportation
  • registration/tuition
  • accommodations
  • meals
  • research
  • expenses

Application Deadline and Decision Announcement:
Applications for the 2012-2013 grants due: Friday, July 20, 2012
Award decision public announcement: August 31, 2012
Guidelines and Application Form: http://vrafoundation.org.s119319.gridserver.com/index.php/grants/professional_development_grant/
Application Form:
http://vrafoundation.org/downloads/VRAF_PDGrantCall_for_Applic2012.doc
http://vrafoundation.org/downloads/VRAF_PDGrantCall_for_Applic2012.pdf
Completed applications, as well as any preliminary questions, should be sent via e-mail to:
Alix Reiskind, VRA Foundation Board Director areiskind@gsd.harvard.edu

Infopeople’s webinar “Hack Your Career: Dream Job FTW!”
Title:  Hack Your Career: Dream Job FTW!
Presenters: Nicole Pasini and Jesse Lanz
Format:  Webinar
Date:  Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Start Time: 12 Noon Pacific
            1PM Mountain
            2PM Central
            3PM Eastern
This webinar will last approximately one hour. Webinars are free of charge.  Registration is ONLY done on the day of the event on the WebEx server starting 30 minutes before the start of the webinar. No Passwords are required.  For Tips and Registration Information, please go to http://infopeople.org/training/webcasts/tips.html
For more information and to participate in the Wednesday, July 18, 2012 webinar, go tohttp://infopeople.org/training/hack-your-career

  • Do you know what your dream job is, but don’t quite know how to get it?
  • Are you an ideal job candidate with less-than-ideal interview skills?
  • Are you stymied by the civil service process?

There is no denying that the job market is tough these days, but there are steps you can take to ensure that your next interviewer sees you as the best candidate for the job.  And for those of you who are employed, there are steps you can take to ensure that the work that you do today could help land your dream job someday.  
In this one-hour webinar you will:

  • Learn to approach the job search and interview process from the perspective of the person doing the hiring.  
  • Gain insight into how to think strategically about your current job, as well asabout how to prepare to get the next one.
  • Discover tips for navigating the often baffling world of the civil service application and interview.  
  • Learn the things that hiring managers wish every job candidate knew.  

Though we can’t promise a recovery of the job market, we’re certain that in this webinar you’ll learn ways to Hack Your Career—Dream Job, For the Win!
At the end of this one-hour webinar, participants will:

  • Identify the three questions they need to answer before beginning the job search process.
  • Understand the three major ways that civil service hiring processes differ from hiring processes in the private and nonprofit sectors.
  • Identify ten steps that go into successful resumes, applications and interviews, from the perspective of hiring managers.

This webinar will be of interest to public library staff (though there will be plenty of useful information for staffs of all types of libraries), library school students, job seekers, or any people who are thinking about the next stage of their careers.  
If you are unable to attend the live event, you can access the archived version the day following the webinar.  Check our archive listing at:  http://infopeople.org/training/view/webinar/archived


Job Posting: Digital Collections Librarian/Specialist, Columbia College Chicago

via VRA-L

Digital Collections Librarian/Specialist, POS 283

Columbia College Chicago is an urban institution of over 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students, emphasizing arts, media, and communications, in a liberal arts setting. The Library Department is currently seeking a Digital Collections Librarian/Specialist to report to the Head of College Archives & Digital Collections

Summary:
Manages the digital assets and digital collections of Columbia College Chicago Library and works with staff, faculty and students to identify digital resource needs for the College community. Assists with the acquisition and implementation of new digital collections. Provides expertise and advice in the development, deployment, evaluation, and preservation of digital collections throughout the College. Responsible for the maintenance of web-based access to local and remote digital content. Participates in the evaluation and implementation of new technologies related to digital content.

Duties:
* Recommends priorities, policies, and procedures for the identification, creation, conversion and preservation of digital content * Maintains the custom-built front-end system for the Library’s Fedora digital content system * Manages project workflows for digital library * Develops and/or coordinates usability studies related to digital collections * Collaborates with Library and campus IT to ensure hardware needs * Participates in grant proposal writing process and budget planning * Assists with training and instruction on creation and use of digital collections * Engages in liaison activities with college department(s) including collection development responsibilities * Other duties as assigned

Qualifications:
* ALA accredited MLS or an advanced degree in a relevant disciplinary field * Demonstrated experience in use of relevant digital library/archives metadata standards and technologies * Demonstrated experience in web development and authoring * Demonstrated experience in managing digital collection projects and workflows * Demonstrated experience with digital library/archive systems and automation techniques, especially open source solutions * Knowledge of digital preservation strategies, technologies, and standards * Knowledge of established thesauri and vocabularies used in library digital collections * Strong oral and written communication skills * Ability to work effectively with a diverse population of faculty, staff and students * Experience working in an academic library preferred Strong preference will be given to applicants with 2 or more years experience using Fedora Commons, PHP, XML, XPaths, XForms, XSL, Tomcat, LAMP set-ups, SQL, Javascript, XHTML/CSS and demonstrated knowledge of FOXML or METS, PREMIS, VRA Core 4, Dublin Core, EAD

Columbia College Chicago encourages female, LGBTQ, disabled, international, and minority individuals to apply for all positions. We offer a competitive salary and an excellent benefits package. Electronic submissions only – For consideration, please submit cover letter and resume to: Library283@colum.edu<mailto:Library283@colum.edu> by February 15, 2010

www.colum.edu


Job Posting: Part time Archivist Position Open, for non-profit arts organization in Manhattan

Part time Archivist Position Open, for non-profit arts organization in Manhattan

Asian American Arts Centre (AAAC) seeks an enthusiastic Archivist to develop, maintain, and provide access to the physical and digital archives for Asian American contemporary artists.

About the Organization and Archives:

Asian American Arts Centre brings cultural events in the visual and traditional arts to the general public since its establishment in 1974. Its aim is to address the distinctive concerns of Asian Americans in the United States, and their linkages to other cultural communities. Founded as a not-for-profit community arts organization, AAAC specializes in contemporary art exhibitions and archives that engage viewers in the historical and cultural presence of Asian American artists and those Americans influenced by Asia.

AAAC Artist Archive, a research archive of over 1,500 entries dating back to 1945, has been developed from the original slide archive that started in 1982. Artist vertical files have been accumulated documenting the history of Asian Pacific American artists in the United States. The first portion of it will be available as the first-of-its-kind digital archive on http://artasiamerica.org in the summer of 2009.

Minimum Qualifications:

- Master’s Degree in Archival Management, or Library or Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution with a focus in archival and special collections studies. Equivalent degree or experience with a practicum or internship can be considered.

- Demonstrate understanding of the principles of arrangement and description of archival collections; understanding of current archival best practices and standards

- Some experience with digital preservation and metadata creation using professional standards such as AAT

- Commitment to professional growth; intellectual curiosity and engagement with archival issues

- Excellent organizational, time and project management skills

- Good written and oral communication and interpersonal skills in English. Other Asian languages a plus.

- Ability to work independently; to take initiative and to exercise sound judgment

- Strong work ethic; commitment to diversity; ability to handle complex procedures is key

Preferred Qualifications:

- Experience working with artwork on paper, slides and photographs, or other visual materials

- 1-2 years successful experience for a digitization project

- Academic background in Asian / Asian American visual art, or art history

- Experience with digital assets management systems and imaging equipment

- Experience creating a successful grant application

Employment Period & Rate of Pay:

Starting Jan 2010; 14-16 hours per week; a wage of $12.50/hour or more depending on qualifications.

How to apply: Please submit resume, cover letter stating why you are interested in this position (description of education/work experience highlighting those most influential), and a writing sample (this is for us to see your ability to think and write logically).

Email materials ASAP to

Robert Lee at rlee@artspiral.org

Asian American Arts Centre

111 Norfolk St

New York, NY 10002

212 233 2154


Job Posting: Visual Resources Curator – History of Art – at Vanderbilt University

Visual Resources Curator – History of Art – (KCB17626) at Vanderbilt
University

Vanderbilt University is a center for scholarly research, informed and
creative teaching, and service to the community and society at large.
Vanderbilt will uphold the highest standards and be a leader in the
quest for new knowledge through scholarship,
dissemination of knowledge through teaching and outreach,
creative experimentation of ideas and concepts.
In pursuit of these goals, Vanderbilt values most highly
intellectual freedom that supports open inquiry,
equality, compassion, and excellence in all endeavors.

Our Mission
To be a truly preferred place to work nationally, being THE model of
excellence in customer service, response time, accuracy of information and
pride of affiliation with our institution.

Job Description:

Develops, manages, and maintains the history of art digital image
collections; in collaboration with the digital imaging specialist, implements
the expansion of a database of digital images used in the teaching of art
history; performs research necessary to catalog images of artworks; assists
collection users; trains and supervises assistants.

Minimum Requirements:
This position requires a Master’s degree, preferably in the History of Art
and/or MLS, and a minimum of 24 months of relevant experience.

Preferred Skills and Experiences:
Prefer applicants who received both BA and MA in Art History
Visual Resources Library experience; knowledge of digital image
production and software a must.
Knowledge of image cataloging and the ability to assign image
metadata according to VRA Core 4.0 and Cataloging Cultural
Objects Standards
Use and application of controlled vocabularies, including Getty
Vocabularies, LCSH, and TGN2; relational cataloging database
software, with a preference for VCat in FileMaker Pro
Use of Microsoft Excel to export catalog metadata as csv files for
importing into the MDID2 image database, advanced skills with

standard and specialized computer software such as Photoshop.
Key Functions and Expected Performances:
Oversees and implements the acquisition of images requested by
faculty, working with existing material, and/or locating images in print
or commercial sources with the goal of providing high quality images
for use in instruction.
Implements the cataloging of images of art according to the
established system; conducts research necessary to catalog.
Trains and supervises regular and student assistants in the
performance of various duties related to both analog and digital
collections.
Develops policies and procedures.
Provides assistance to collection users; resolves routine to complex
problems related to user requests; assists with research and special
projects.
Keeps pertinent acquisition records, including appropriate
documentation of sources.
Collaborates in the selection and ordering of equipment and
supplies.
Performs other duties as assigned.

Additional Information:
Please apply online at http://vanderbilt.jobs/  (Requisition No.:KCB17626) by
December 31, 2009.  Applicants will need to create a candidate profile and
upload a copy of your cover letter and résumé.
This is a full-time position (35 hours per week).
Hours are 9:00am until 4:30pm; Monday thru Friday.
Salary ranges up to $45,749.60 annually; dependent upon years of
education and experience.
Experience may be substituted for education: basic qualification
requirement on a 2:1 basis (2 years of experience for each year of
education required, but not attained)
Vanderbilt is a smoke-free workplace in compliance with the Non-Smoker
Protection Act, Tennessee Code Annotated 39-17-1801-1810. In
accordance with that law and Vanderbilt policy, smoking is prohibited in all
enclosed areas on Vanderbilt property.


Job Posting: Visiting Visual Resources Collection Curator, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

Visiting Visual Resources Collection Curator, College of Fine and Applied Arts, University
of Illinois Urbana-Champaign

The Visiting Visual Resources Collection (VRC) Curator will manage a College-wide key teaching
resource serving faculty in Art History, Architecture, Landscape Architecture and other FAA units.
The FAA VRC Curator will oversee the acquisition, processing and cataloguing of digital images
for FAA faculty’s teaching and research needs; maintain course web sites; and supervise
graduate assistants and part-time student workers. The VRC Curator will coordinate with the
University Library’s Visual Resources Coordinator and will participate in the University Library
group that is implementing ArtSTOR’s “Shared Shelf” platform on this campus.

Responsibilities:
1. Develop and maintain collections: In consultation with faculty, the Curator will continue
the VRC’s transition to digital images and will coordinate with the University Library
regarding campus-wide metadata standards.
2. Provide end user support: Train, assist and troubleshoot for faculty in the use of ArtSTOR
and other digital image databases.
3. Oversee course web sites: In consultation with faculty, organize and regularly update
course web sites.
4. Contribute to campus ARTstor “Shared Shelf” initiative: Coordinate with University
Library’s Visual Resources Coordinator, and other staff and faculty supporting visual
resource collections and services, to configure this platform for diverse user groups on
campus.
5. Technology Liaison: Work with FAA academic units and University Educational
Technology office to establish and coordinate effective hardware and software support for
teaching with digital images.
6. Visual Resources Professional Activity: Maintain active involvement in relevant
professional groups such as VRA, ARLIS/NA in order to keep abreast of developments in
the field of Visual Resource management

Qualifications:
Master’s degree in art history, architectural history, library science, or related field. Expertise in
digital image collection, production, and management, including thorough knowledge of digital
imaging, scanning and correction, web-design (HTML and XML), PowerPoint, copystand
photography. Proficiency with ArtSTOR including its Offline Image Viewer (OIV). Familiarity with
metadata standards such as VRA Core 4.0, data content standards such as Cataloging Cultural
Objects (CCO), and controlled vocabularies such as the Getty Art & Architecture Thesaurus,
Union List of Artist Names, Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names. Strong computer skills with
proficiency in Microsoft Office and database applications. Excellent interpersonal and
communication skills. Demonstrated organizational abilities and attention to detail. Ability to work
independently and as a team member and to effectively delegate and supervise others. Prior
experience managing digital visual resources to support use in an academic or research setting.
Knowledge of European or Asian languages desirable.
This is a full-time, visiting position (may become regular position at future date). Salary is
commensurate with qualifications and experience. Start date is negotiable.

Application materials
To ensure full consideration, applications must be received by January 8, 2010. Please create
your candidate profile at http://jobs.illinois.edu and upload a cover letter, resume and full contact
information for 3 references to:
The University of Illinois is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. The administration,
faculty, and staff embrace diversity and are committed to attracting qualified candidates who also
embrace and value diversity and inclusivity.

Link: https://jobs.illinois.edu/default.cfm?page=job&jobID=1284

For more information contact:
Prof. Lisa Rosenthal, Chair
VRC Curator Search
University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
School of Art and Design
143 Art and Design Building
408 East Peabody Drive
Champaign, IL 61820
lrosenth@illinois.edu

http://vraweb.org/jobs/12.16.09_Vanderbilt.pdf


Surviving the Presentation

For our discussion topic this week, I’d like to tackle an issue that’s likely on the minds of many ArLiSNAPers these days: giving an effective presentation during a job interview.

I work at the University of Michigan Library, and we’re currently in the process of filling a large number of librarian positions.  For nearly all of the positions, a presentation is a required part of the interview process.  I’ve spent the last few weeks going to a staggering number of candidate presentations.  I’ve seen bad ones, good ones, and great ones.  Here are a few thoughts I’d like to share:

  1. Even if you’re not on the job market, go to these presentations anyway.  They’re often open to library staff or other members of the community, and they can give you a sense of what to expect.  Even if they’re for positions outside of your subject area, you can still gain valuable tips for success.
  2. If you’re the candidate, try to find out beforehand where you’ll be giving the talk, who will be there, what technology will be available, etc.  Knowing these things up front can help make your presentation better by allowing you to tailor it to your audience and venue.
  3. Employers often give you a topic to address.  If you don’t understand what you’re being asked to talk about (for example, the topic is long, rambling, and appears to have been picked by a large committee with conflicting interests), don’t be afraid to ask for clarification.
  4. While keeping this topic in mind, think about the purpose of the presentation.  Do they want you to demonstrate your skill as an instructor?  Knowledge of particular resources?  Critical thinking about an issue that’s important to the profession?  Use this thought exercise as a way to guide your choice of presentation style and content.
  5. If you’ll be using PowerPoint, Keynote, or other presentation software, take some time to look at the work of Edward Tufte, particularly The Cognitive Style of PowerPoint.  Think about how you can avoid presenting your audience with nothing but bullet points and copious amounts of text.  We are art librarians, after all!
  6. If you’ll be demonstrating a particular resource (particularly electronic resources like ARTstor, the Avery Index, an OPAC, etc.), make sure you know it extremely well, including all of its potential quirks.  Be prepared to soldier on (while remaining calm!) if something goes wrong.
  7. Practice your presentation!  Get feedback from peers, mentors, supervisors, etc.  Practice some more!
  8. Be prepared for at least one completely off the wall question during the Q&A afterward.  Don’t let it rattle you.  The same goes for hard questions you’re not able to answer.  Don’t be afraid to say, “Can I think about that for a minute?”
  9. Remember that the presentation is only one part of the much larger interview process.  Don’t limit your prep work to the presentation and then completely blow it on the search committee interview.
  10. Let your personality show through!  You’re funny, personable, and a great conversationalist, right?  Then don’t act like a robot when you get up in front of the audience.

Have other questions or advice about surviving the presentation?  Comment away!


Subject Experts Need Not Apply

From the The Chronicle of Higher Education, Chronicle Careers, July 1, 2008:

Recent job postings and hires suggest that many academic libraries are losing interest in hiring humanities Ph.D.’s

By TODD GILMAN

Job candidates with M.A.’s and Ph.D.’s in the humanities have become increasingly drawn to the idea of earning a master’s in library and information science (MLIS) and pursuing careers as academic librarians. Read more


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