2006 Kress Fellowship in Art Librarianship at Yale University

2006 Kress Fellowship in Art Librarianship at Yale University
Arts Library
Yale University Library

Contact: Hannah Bennett, Public Services Librarian / Interim Assistant Director

Duration: 8 months from date of hire.

The University Library, which is a highly valued partner in teaching and research at the University, has more than 12.5 million volumes housed in the Sterling Memorial Library and 22 school and department libraries. It employs a dynamic and innovative staff of nearly 600 FTE who have the opportunity to work with the highest caliber of faculty and students, participate on committees and are involved in other areas of staff development. A full spectrum of library resources, from rare books and manuscripts to a rapidly expanding network of electronic resources, constitutes one of Yale’s distinctive strengths. The Library is engaged in numerous ambitious projects to expand its collections and access to them. For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library’s Web site.

The Arts Library at Yale consists of four operating units: Art and Architecture, Arts of the Book, Classics, and Drama. Together, the Arts Library supports the arts area programs at Yale, including the Schools of Architecture, Art, and Drama, and the departments of Classics and the History of Art, as well as the teaching and research needs of the Yale community beyond the visual arts. The Arts Library houses several prominent archival and special collections in Art and Architecture, Arts of the Book, and Drama. These range from type specimens and woodblocks to theatrical archives to one of the world’s foremost collection of books on color.

The Arts Library at Yale serves a distinguished array of academic and museum programs, architects, artists and scholars. Kress Fellows have the opportunity to interact routinely 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 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 Yale University Arts Library welcomes applications for the 2006/7 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.

This year the focus of the Kress Fellowship will be on all aspects of public services in the arts, which will include experience in providing reference, instruction, and outreach as well as designing and undertaking an innovative exploration of a specific aspect of these services. During their tenure at Yale Kress Fellows are expected to pursue a mutually agreed-upon project resulting in a publishable paper or a new library service. Kress Fellows are also introduced to a broad spectrum of professional activities beyond public services and will have the opportunity to perform collection development activities, interact with a variety of special collections, and participate in the work of library committees and external professional organizations.

The Kress Fellowship is a competitive fellowship. Applicants should submit current resume as well as a brief statement of interest and names of three references to Diane Y. Turner, Associate University Librarian for Human Resources, Staff Training & Security, PO Box 208240, New Haven, CT 06520-8240. Submissions are also welcome via email and can be sent to hrlibrary@yale.edu. The statement of interest is expected to reflect a genuine commitment to art librarianship and an interest in the provision of information services to the visual arts community. There is no application form. A committee of Yale librarians will review submissions. The Kress Fellow will be in residence at Yale for eight months, and will receive an award of $30,000, prorated over the fellowship period. Health insurance will be provided.

Yale University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

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