Temporary Image Cataloger – The University of Michigan

The University of Michigan, Department of the History of Art is seeking a temporary image cataloger. The Visual Resources Collections supports an art history faculty of twenty-five. The Department’s digital systems are state-of-the-art and we have an excellent technical support staff. The VRC’s transition from analog to digital images is already well advanced and will continue in a concentrated project through 2009.  Images are cataloged using the IRIS system, which is based on VRA Core metadata.

Preferred start date is August 1, 2007. VRC working hours are 8:30am – 5pm Monday through Friday. Minimum of 20hrs a week; 35hrs a week preferred. Salary is $13-15/hour. Temporary appointments do not carry benefits at the University.

·        Catalog image resources according to VRA standards and standards established by the Assistant Coordinator

·        Develop and maintain authority records to support the cataloging of image resources

·        Work with the Assistant Coordinator to keep IRIS catalog database updated

·        Other duties as assigned

Minimum Qualifications
·        MSI/MLS or current enrollment in MSI/MLS degree program or MA in Art History with experience in image description

·        Knowledge of Art History, Decorative Arts History or Architectural History. BA in Art History or related field preferred

·        Familiarity with copyright best practices as it relates to visual resources in academic settings

·        Detail and service-oriented and able to juggle a variety of tasks

Preferred Qualifications
·        Experience cataloging visual images

·        Experience working with the standardized cataloguing procedures set forth by CCO (Cataloging Cultural Objects) and the VRA Core, as well as the Getty and Library of Congress Authorities
·        Experience using FileMaker Pro or a digital asset management system
·        MA in Art History or work towards a PhD in Art History with experience in image description
·        Working knowledge of at least two languages

About the UM Visual Resource Collections  [http://www.lsa.umich.edu/histart/]
The Visual Resources Collections of the Department of the History of Art is a facility that aids in the study of the History of Art through surrogates made available to the faculty and students of the University of Michigan.  The Department’s image collections date back to the year 1911 when a collection of glass lantern slides was started to support the Department’s early teaching program. Currently, the Department’s combined image collections contain over 590,000 images, which include 310,000 35mm slides; 50,000 lantern slides; and nearly 200,000 archival research images. In the past five years, the department has digitized and cataloged over 65,000 images that are available through the University’s image collection access system University Library Digital Library (UMDL).

Apply To
Kari R. Smith
Head, Visual Resource Collections                     Email: karismit@umich.edu
The University of Michigan
Department of the History of Art
519 S. State St.
40 Tappan Hall
Ann Arbor, MI  48109-1357                                                                                 
                               posted 7/13/2007

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