Shortly into my MLIS program I realized that, while school and internships would no doubt provide me with indispensable knowledge and experience, it was important that I was not relying only on these things to help prepare me for a career in art librarianship. I assume I’m not alone on this that most of you are following blogs, reading journals, watching webinars or doing various other activities that you believe will help you to land your dream job or stay relevant in the field.
For this discussion post, I was hoping that we could share some of these resources that we rely on. I thought it might be interesting and helpful to see what other people are doing outside of work and school to sharpen skills or to learn more about the world of art librarianship. Please be encouraged to join the conversation and share any readings, websites, activities, or anything else that you feel has helped you.
Below are some of the things that I do, read, etc. that I think will help me in the long run, a few of these I have suggested on earlier blog posts but thought I might as well share them again. Enjoy!
Duolingo – It has been a few years since I’ve taken any language classes so my skills have started to get a little rusty. I wanted to re-familiarize myself with both Spanish and French for a number of reasons. First, I think that having a working knowledge of French, Italian, German, and to a lesser degree Spanish, can help a great deal in working with art historical publications since those seem to be the major research languages. Also, proficiency in more than one language is definitely a desirable skill and something that can set you apart from other job candidates.
Art Documentation – I read this journal to keep up to date on any important research, trends, or issues surrounding art librarianship. Plus, if you are a member of ARLIS/NA a subscription of the journal is included in your membership!
w3schools – In the past year or two, I have really been focusing on building my tech skills to help me compete in the job search, the tutorials on this website are free and really great.
That’s it for now, I wanted to first get the discussion started and then I’ll definitely join in and share some more.