Brooks McNamara Performing Arts Librarian Scholarship

Sponsored by the Theatre Library Association, this scholarship acknowledges outstanding accomplishments of promising students specializing in performing arts librarianship and currently enrolled in an ALA-accredited MLIS program or an archival training program.

This year’s theme: “How can performing arts library/archives professionals help create a more equitable and inclusive society?”

You might want to discuss what initiatives you have started or been involved with, comment on initiatives led by others, propose possible new approaches, and other topics.

Submit: A 500-to-1000-word essay on the topic: “How can performing arts library/archives professionals help create a more equitable and inclusive society?”; the application form; an up-to-date resume; and contact information for three references.

For more info, see: http://www.tla-online.org/awards/professionalawards/ (you have to scroll about halfway down the page for the Brooks McNamara Scholarship)

Job posting: University Archivist, University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem, NC

Posting Details
Position Information
Working Title University Archivist
Position Type EHRA Tier II
Position Number 060112
Full/Part Time Full-time
School/Department Information
The Library and Learning Commons provides materials and services which support the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ education, artistic, and performance objectives, and which serve the intellectual, informational, and cultural needs of the students, faculty, and staff of the school, as well as other members of the local community. As a unit of the Library, the Archives exists as the institutional memory of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, documenting the school’s history from its extraordinary beginning to its present day standing as one of the world’s premiere arts schools.

Work Schedule and hours
Description of Responsibilities and Duties
The Library and Learning Commons provides materials and services which support the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ education, artistic, and performance objectives, and which serve the intellectual, informational, and cultural needs of the students, faculty, and staff of the school, as well as other members of the local community. As a unit of the Library, the Archives exists as the institutional memory of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts, documenting the school’s history from its extraordinary beginning to its present day standing as one of the world’s premiere arts schools.

The University Archivist:
– Oversees cataloging, discovery, preservation, and promotion of the collection that documents the student, faculty, and institutional experience of the University using best practices and professional standards.

– Manages relationships with campus shareholders for the continual intake of institutional records and archival materials, both electronic and physical and in a range of types and formats. Administers University Records in compliance with the NC Public Records Act, and as liaison with the State Records Management Office.

– Supervises one part-time employee and Archives volunteers.

– Conducts continued outreach to campus shareholders, including faculty, staff, students, alumni, and donors, to nourish creative teaching and learning on campus and to promote knowledge and understanding of the origins and development of the programs and goals of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts. Is an active part of the archives life cycle at UNCSA by promoting campus documentation of performance and the creative process.

– Integrates archival collections with course curricula by working closely with faculty, providing instructional sessions around primary sources, and exposing library users to UNCSA history through exhibitions, displays, social media, and other forms of outreach.

– Creates digital access points to all collections through current cataloging and description standards; articulates, manages, and trains staff on cataloging workflows.

– Supports researchers at UNCSA and external to the institution with an ability to adapt to new research paradigms in the arts and humanities.

– Serves on campus-wide committees as needed and remains professionally active to stay current with trends and changes in the profession.

– Coordinates with the University Librarian and the Office of Advancement on fundraising and grant writing efforts.

Minimum Qualifications
Master’s degree in Library/Information Science/Archives & Records Management from an ALA-accredited institution with 2 years of professional experience as a librarian or archivist.

Preferred Qualifications
– Arts and/or humanities background

– Demonstrated experience working with diverse collections and shareholders

– Experience with curation and/or collection development

– Proven ability and enthusiasm for bringing innovation and creative thinking to the workplace

Terms of Employment E2
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
– Command of archival theory and best practices, both for physical and electronic collections.

– A strong knowledge of digitization and cataloging workflows as well as the born-digital archival lifecycle. Experience with archival content management systems as well as digital file formats, electronic records management, and digital persistence practice and theory.

– Ensures long-term retention of physical materials (non-electronic) with knowledge of preservation practice and storage.

– Knowledge of current copyright and privacy laws, donor restrictions, and permissions related to public access of paper and born digital records.

– Ability to supervise as well as work independently on projects. Ability to collaborate with the Library team and campus shareholders, as well as to identify and develop new partnerships that enhance the reputation and use of the UNCSA Archives.

Special Conditions for Eligibility
Posting Detail Information
Posting Number AS171P
Open Date 06/01/2018
Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Salary Range
Recruitment Range, if applicable
Special Instructions to Applicants
This is an EHRA position.

PLEASE NOTE: A criminal background check will be conducted on candidate finalist prior to the offer of employment.

Resumes WILL NOT be accepted in lieu of completing an electronic application. The application must be competed in full detail (including work history) for your qualifications to be considered.

Failure to complete the application process as required by state regulations WILL result in your application being rejected for the vacancy and you will not be considered for the position.

Other materials may be requested at a later time.

Applications will be treated confidentially until the final stages of the search process. Salary will be commensurate with experience.

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A Success Story: An Interview with Kate Lambaria, Visiting Music & Performing Arts Librarian at the University of Illinois

In this Success Story, Kate describes her experience in the field of music and performing arts librarianship, wherein she has evolved from music researcher to graduate library assistant to branch librarian supporting the School of Music and the Departments of Dance and Theatre at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Can you tell us a little bit about your background, your current position, and how you got into the field of librarianship?

I have an undergraduate degree in music, with a concentration in ethnomusicology. I didn’t grow up using libraries and when I started college and was introduced to them, they were this mysterious space that I didn’t understand how to navigate. I learned eventually because having an ethnomusicology focus meant that I did a lot more research than some of my peers in the music program. After finishing my undergraduate degree, I spent some time stringing together multiple part-time jobs teaching marching bands and private lessons and working in retail. My patience for this didn’t last very long and that’s when I started to think about a career that would fit with what I knew I enjoyed: music, teaching (but not full-time), the research process, and working with people. Eventually, I realized that librarianship had the potential to offer all of those things, so I applied for and was accepted to the MSLIS program at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. I worked as a graduate assistant in two of the libraries on campus, including the Music & Performing Arts Library where I now work, and that experience really cemented my interest in academic music librarianship.

I’m currently the Visiting Music & Performing Arts Librarian at Illinois and I work in a branch library that is one of many on campus. My library supports the School of Music and the Departments of Dance and Theatre. We’re located in the Music Building and the School of Music is the largest of the three departments, so I get to put my background in music to use on a regular basis.

What is your favorite aspect of your job? What is unique or special about your role as a performing arts librarian?

I enjoy going into classrooms for instruction sessions and then seeing the same students later in the library, either using our resources or asking for help at our desk. I’ve heard some students mention how they don’t need to do research as performers, so it’s pretty rewarding to see them realize the benefit of research on their performance, in addition to the many other ways the library can support them as performers. I also try to make it to some student performances every year and it’s really neat to see students I’ve worked with performing on stage. I guess the students are really my favorite aspect of my job!

One of the ways that performing arts librarianship is unique is the collections and the many formats that are needed. For example, if I buy a book about a specific piece of music, that leads to many questions…. do we have a score for that piece in our collection? What kind of score is it (score and parts for each instrument, just the score, a vocal score)? Who published the score? Do we have a recording (audio or video)? Who was the conductor/ensemble/soloist/choreographer… the list goes on. This impacts public services as well as collection development. There’s a lot to take into consideration when helping performing arts patrons find the information they’re seeking, and it does help to have a background in the performing arts.

What does a typical day at work look like for you?

Like many librarians, each day is different for me, but it usually consists of some combination of the following: collection development, reference and research support (I staff our reference desk 4 hours a week and each shift at the desk is always a surprise), instruction (both in class and through developing online materials), supervising our graduate assistants, and participating in programming and outreach. Right now, we’re moving to a new system for room and loanable technology reservations so I’m spending a lot of time working on that documentation for our library, developing staff training, and adjusting our policies accordingly. I’m also lucky to be at an institution that supports librarians conducting research, so depending on the day, I might be coding interviews or working on a literature review for a new project. Oh, and meetings, there’s always meetings.

Do you have any words of wisdom for students who are interested in the arts and may be considering a career in performing arts librarianship?

I don’t think I’m qualified to be dealing out words of wisdom yet, but I think it’s important to remind current LIS students that you’re probably never going to feel ready going into your first position, you just have to be prepared for that and willing to learn. My first position was as a liaison librarian to the architecture, art, dance, film, music, and theatre departments and while I felt comfortable with some of those subject areas, I knew nothing about architecture and art. So, I joined ARLIS, started reading the literature in the art librarianship field, and tried to build a network of peers. While I only work with the performing arts now, I still keep up with what’s happening in art librarianship. It can be easy to stay in your own specialized world, but there’s a lot to learn from librarians working in other subject areas. There are also many types of careers in performing arts librarianship, but I only have experience in an academic setting.

What were/are some challenges for you as a librarian?

Being early career, I have a tendency to say yes to every opportunity that comes my way. There’s a lot about librarianship that interests me, but this can also make it challenging to focus and prioritize my time. Sure, saying yes to opportunities allows me to explore new things and determine if it’s an interest worth pursuing further, but saying yes to everything is completely unrealistic, so now I’m working on learning to say no. Or, at the very least, to take more time considering how new commitments will fit into my schedule and existing long-term projects before saying yes.

Job posting: Library Information Specialist IV (Fine Arts Night Supervisor) – Baylor University, Waco, TX

Job Title Library Information Specialist IV (Part Time Nights)
Position Type Technical/Paraprofessional
City Waco
State TX
Zip 76798
Purpose
The purpose of this position is to serve as the Fine Arts Night Supervisor. This position provides reference and research services, supervising night student staff, assisting with circulation, reserves, and collection processing during evening and late night hours up to 1am.

Job Duties
Required Education Bachelor’s
Field of Study
Required Experience Less than 1 year of relevant work
Other Required Qualifications
-Strong user-service commitment
-Excellent organizational skills
-Attentive to detail and accuracy
-Effective written and oral communication skills -Strong interpersonal skills
-Demonstrated ability to work both independently and in a team setting
-Proficient with personal computing and a variety of technologies
-All employees are expected to fully support Baylor’s mission to educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community.

Preferred Education Bachelor’s
Preferred Field of Study
Preferred Experience 2 years of relevant work
Other Preferred Qualifications
-Ability to read music beyond an elementary level
-Creative
-Flexible
-Forward-thinking
-Self-initiated
-Prior supervisory experience

Part time/Full time Part Time
Avg Hours per Week 25
Work Hours Sunday – Thursday 8:00 PM- 1:00 AM
Physical Demands
See Job Description

About Baylor
Working at Baylor is so much more than simply having a job! As part of the Baylor family, employees not only receive a comprehensive benefits package that includes medical and dental insurance, generous time off, and fantastic automatic retirement contributions, they also get to experience Baylor.

-Experience the culture of working for an institution consistently ranked as a “Great College to Work For” by The Chronicle of Higher Education
-Experience a mission driven organization based on a strong Christian commitment (www.baylor.edu/about)
-Experience Baylor academics with outstanding tuition remission for eligible staff and qualified dependents
-Experience our beautiful campus with access to libraries, museums, and recreational facilities such as our fitness center, athletic courts, an indoor swimming pool, and the Baylor marina to name a few
-Experience our great dining facilities and enjoy an employee discount
-Experience Baylor athletics with reduced admission or free access to athletic events
-Experience Baylor through many more wonderful events and programs that take place on campus each year
-Conveniently located in Waco, Texas, Baylor University is approximately 90 miles from both the Dallas-Fort Worth and Austin areas. To learn more about life in Waco, visit http://wacochamber.com/community/about-waco.

EEO Statement
Baylor University is a private not-for-profit university affiliated with the Baptist General Convention of Texas. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer, Baylor is committed to compliance with all applicable anti-discrimination laws, including those regarding age, race, color, sex, national origin, marital status, pregnancy status, military service, genetic information, and disability. As a religious educational institution, Baylor is lawfully permitted to consider an applicant’s religion among its selection criteria. Baylor encourages women, minorities, veterans and individuals with disabilities to apply.

Pay Rate Commensurate with education and experience

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ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews Needs You!

*Early-career and new professionals are encouraged to apply*

ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews Co-editors are seeking volunteers to author reviews for the August 2018 issue. To volunteer, choose a resource from the list below and complete our Reviewer Interest form (https://goo.gl/forms/4K4RgU5Gv9dLHIKo1) by Monday, June 4.

 Initial draft submissions are due Monday, July 2, 2018

 Contributing to ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews is a great opportunity to get involved with the Society, learn about interesting new resources, and help shape the publication. Please feel free to read the complete review guidelines and direct comments and questions about the reviews to arlisna.mtr@gmail.com.

 Submitted by ARLIS/NA Multimedia & Technology Reviews Co-editors:

Melanie Emerson

Gabriella Karl-Johnson

Alexandra Provo

Resources for Review: We seek reviewers for the following resources.

  1. Bibliotheca Palatina – Digital: http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/en/bpd/index.html
  2. The Cultural Histories Series:https://www.bloomsburyculturalhistory.com/
  3. Edcat:https://edcat.net/
  4. New Directory of Art Historians:http://www.arthistorians.info/

Resources for Review: We seek reviewers for the following resources.

**The snippets below are taken from each resource’s web page and are not necessarily the opinions of the M&T Reviews Co-Editors

Bibliotheca Palatina – Digital

http://digi.ub.uni-heidelberg.de/en/bpd/index.html

A Virtual Reconstruction of the Former Crown Jewel of Germany’s Libraries

One of the consequences of the Thirty Years’ War was that the most important collection of books in the 17th century Holy Roman Empire, the Bibliotheca Palatina, was divided between two principal locations: Heidelberg and the Vatican. Since 2001, Heidelberg University Library has been working on several projects that aim to digitize parts of this great collection, the final goal being a complete virtual reconstruction of the ‘mother of all libraries’

The Cultural Histories Series

https://www.bloomsburyculturalhistory.com/

The Cultural Histories Series offers an authoritative survey of a wide range of subjects throughout history. Each subject is looked at in Antiquity, the Medieval Age, the Renaissance, the Enlightenment, the Age of Empire and the Modern Age and thematic coverage is consistent across all periods so that users can either gain a broad overview of a period or follow a theme through the ages.

** Reviewer will have access to the trial subscription.

Edcat

https://edcat.net/

edcat is an open catalogue for art editions and publications. Search a fast growing database of artists publications. On edcat you can manage your edition collection and your watchlist, sell and buy them on the marketplace. Contribute and help building the best resource for artists’ editions.

New Directory of Art Historians

http://www.arthistorians.info/

A thirty-year-old resource emerged today as a modern reference tool for art history. The Dictionary of Art Historians, http://www.arthistorians.info/, announced a new interface, data structure, and user options, the product of a year-long redesign. The original tool, a website since 1996, was developed privately by Lee Sorensen, the art and visual studies librarian at Duke University. Duke’s Wired! Lab for digital art history & visual culture sponsored the project beginning in 2016. The new DAH offers searchable data on over 2400 art historians, museum directors, and art-writers of western art from all time periods.

Job Posting: Metadata and Cataloging Librarian for Special Formats – The University of Texas at Austin

Professional Librarian – Metadata and Cataloging Librarian for Special Formats
Hiring department Humanities Rsch Ctr
Monthly salary $3,750
Hours per week 40.00 Variable
Posting number 18-05-18-01-0080
Job Status Open
FLSA status Exempt
Earliest Start Date Immediately
Position Duration Funding expected to continue
Position open to all applicants
Location Austin (main campus)
Number of vacancies 1
General Notes
None provided

Required Application Materials
A Resume is required in order to apply
A Letter of Interest is required in order to apply.
A List of 3 References is required in order to apply.
Additional Information
Purpose
To enhance access and discovery for a variety of Ransom Center collections, while contributing to cross-departmental metadata initiatives and shaping new cataloging approaches compatible with current and emerging initiatives.

Essential Functions
Performs original and complex copy cataloging in MARC according to established national guidelines and standards appropriate for printed, published, and visual materials,including but not limited to pre-1821 monographs, maps,playbills, ephemera, photo albums and portfolios, musical scores, and selected works of art. Maintains workflows and communication within the unit on issues requiring expertise and guidance in rare books and special formats cataloging. Collaborates with other Description and Access units and with UT Libraries in support of cross-departmental metadata transformation and catalog management and maintenance activities; contributes name authority records to PCC NACO. Trains Federal Work Study students and interns to advance the initiatives of the department and provides quality assurance to ensure integrity of the unit output.

Marginal/Incidental functions
Liaises with curators and other staff to acquire and track printed and published media; participates in weekly and occasional weekend public service or reference work; may participate in Center and campus committees and initiatives.

Required qualifications
Master’s degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited program, or international equivalent; Experience cataloging library materials, preferably rare books and special formats; Evidence of knowledge of MARC and non-MARC bibliographic exchange formats, metadata content standards, controlled vocabularies; Evidence of knowledge of the role and function of authority control; Demonstrated ability to manage time effectively, balance multiple responsibilities, and adjust accordingly to changing priorities, needs, and deadlines; High level of initiative, self-motivation and self-development skills; Excellent oral and written communication and interpersonal skills, to effectively work with internal and external audiences in fostering an atmosphere of positive participation and communication. Equivalent combination of relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications
At least 2 years of experience post-MLIS managing workflows on a library setting and coordinating cataloging projects; Experience creating authority records, and contributing to PCC NACO; Experience cataloging serials or non-printed and published formats; Experience working with metadata transformation and mapping; Supervisory or training experience; Demonstrated awareness of new and emerging bibliographic standards and technologies, and a commitment to their effective application; Knowledge of rare material handling and preservation; Reading knowledge in one or more languages other than English; A record of professional engagement and service or willingness to develop one; Demonstrated commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Working conditions
May work around standard office conditions Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation Use of manual dexterity Climbing of stairs Lifting and moving

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Job Posting: Digital Archivist, Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, Hollywood, CA

TITLE
Digital Archivist
DESCRIPTION
Job Summary:

Reporting to the Director of Digital Management Services (DMS), the Digital Archivist works cross-departmentally with Academy curators, preservationists and archivists to manage efforts to preserve, describe and make accessible digitized and born-digital archival materials.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Act as liaison to curatorial staff and internal content producers to manage the selection, description, preservation, and archiving of digital assets
Perform content audits and verify fixity of born digital collections
Manage preservation ingests and monitor file-based workflows for proxy creation; identify preservation issues and report problems to AMPAS staff and system vendors
Train and onboard new users
Field helpdesk tickets and system error reports using JIRA ticketing system; provide ongoing user support
Participate in interdepartmental working groups to define data governance and workflows
Assist DMS Manager with documentation of workflows, policies and processes
Assist DMS Manager and Information Technology staff with data migration, quality control and testing of systems

POSITION REQUIREMENTS
Advanced degree in archive studies or library information science required
Minimum 2+ years hands-on experience with archive/library/museum collections and digital asset management solutions (previous experience with Adlib collections management software and Open Text Media Management is a plus)
In-depth understanding of digital formats and concepts related to digital use, migration and reformatting with particular emphasis on media formats for audio and moving image file formats
Demonstrated knowledge of workflows for audiovisual production, digital restoration of film, video and audio
Demonstrated knowledge of principles of archival collection management and preservation required; knowledge of motion picture history and technology preferred
Extremely detail-oriented and experienced with standard computer word processing and spreadsheet software
Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to articulate complex technical concepts to non-technical staff; patience for training and support
Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment where consultation, flexibility, collaboration and cooperation are essential

FULL-TIME/PART-TIME Full-Time
EDUCATION
POSITION Digital Archivist
EXEMPT/NON-EXEMPT Non-Exempt
OPEN DATE 5/21/2018
LOCATION Hollywood
ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is a global community of more than 8,000 of the most accomplished artists, filmmakers and executives working in film. In addition to celebrating and recognizing excellence in filmmaking through the Oscars, the Academy supports a wide range of initiatives to promote the art and science of the movies, including public programming, educational outreach and the upcoming Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, which is under construction in Los Angeles.
EOE STATEMENT The Academy is committed to equal opportunity in employment and to creating, managing and valuing diversity in its workforce. Maintaining a diverse workforce is vital to the Academy. Accordingly, the Academy enforces a strict policy that prohibits discrimination in hiring, training, compensation, promotion, transfer, or termination, whether on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation or genetic information. This includes a workplace that is free of all forms of harassment. And, to help foster diversity, the Academy utilizes programs that ensure fairness of opportunity, pay, and growth to all applicants and employees. Every employee of the Academy is required to follow this policy and to preserve the Academy’s commitment to diversity.

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Archives Research & Processing Fellowship

Archives Research & Processing Fellowship, 2.5 days/week

The New Museum Archives seeks an Archives Research & Processing Fellow to support the processing of records in the New Museum’s collections. The New Museum Archives document the New Museum’s history of presenting groundbreaking exhibitions, performances, public programs and civic initiatives, spanning from its founding in 1977 to the present day. Reporting to the New Museum Archivist, the fellow will assist with all aspects of collections processing, with tasks including:

  • Conducting research to identify records and relationships between record groups.
  • Assisting with the creation of finding aids and container lists.
  • Identifying items in need of preservation intervention.
  • Cataloging and re-housing photographic materials.
  • Identifying subjects and events in archival photographs.
  • Recommending items for digitization.
  • Assisting with digitization workflows, as needed.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Graduate coursework in Art History or Library/Archival Science. Must be currently enrolled student, or starting in Fall 2018.
  • Experience performing archival research and familiarity with handling of archival photos and documents.
  • Background in art history, particularly contemporary art and performance.
  • Experience arranging, describing, and rehousing archival collections, highly desirable.
  • Familiarity with preventative conservation and its application within archival collections.
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced production environment and make workflow changes on the fly.
  • Experience cataloging in a content management system or OPAC, especially Collective Access.
  • Familiarity with digitization specifications and media formats.
  • Editorial and academic writing/publishing experience, a plus. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, also a plus.

Instructions:

Application reviews will begin immediately, and the position will remain open until filled. This is a temporary 8-12 month position. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, list of three references, and current resume with links to portfolios and writings to archive@newmuseum.org with subject line “Archives Research Fellowship”. Professional and academic letters of recommendation are welcome, and may be sent separately. Applicants who are selected for the position are expected to keep regular weekly hours, to be negotiated in advance with the Archivist, and will be paid with a monthly stipend. Course credit may be arranged.

2018-2020 Samuel H. Kress Fellowship

The New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC) is seeking candidates for the 2018-2020 fellowship. NYARC is comprised of the research libraries of the MoMA, the Frick, and the Brooklyn Museum. The fellowship provides an early career librarian (degree conferred in 2017 or before) the opportunity to learn the operations of three leading art museum libraries via hands-on training and collaboration. This is a paid, full-time position with health benefits and funding for travel to the ARLISNA annual conference.

The application deadline is June 15. Read more here: http://www.nyarc.org/fellowship

A Success Story: An Interview with Chantal Sulkow, Acquisitions Librarian at the Bard Graduate Center

Chantal’s New York City-centered journey took her from a BFA program in Illustration to a career in commercial art before deciding to become an art librarian. In this Success Story, Chantal tells us a little bit about what drove her to become a librarian and what she loves most about the profession.

Can you tell us a little bit about your background, your current position, and how you got into the field of (art) librarianship?
Before I became an art librarian, I earned my BFA in Illustration at The School of Visual Arts in New York City, concentrating on oil painting and portraiture. While at SVA, I participated in the copyist program at the Metropolitan Museum of Art and copied old master works on-site in the galleries. The teacher I worked with made me research each painting I worked on; I had to find historical information about the materials and methods the painters used, and this process gave me my first experience with art historical research. After art school I was looking for a way to earn a living with my skills and I transitioned to a commercial art form, painting three-dimensional prototype figures for the toy industry. I started as an apprentice but eventually turned it into a business, and for a number of years I had my own studio. I painted models for toys in development, and my clients included Marvel, Fisher-Price and Hasbro. When technology in 3D printing and outsourcing to China began to change the landscape of the industry, I decided to go to graduate school. I started by looking at programs for art history, but I wanted to set myself on a path to a new career sooner than later. I was considering Pratt, and by chance I learned about their Library Science program. In my first year I took an intensive summer course on Museums and Library Research with Ken Soehner, the director of the Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum. After spending all day, every day for 2 weeks at the Met Library, I was certain that I wanted to be an art librarian.

What does a typical day at work look like for you?

As Acquisitions Librarian at the Bard Graduate Center, I am in charge of purchasing for the library; I handle book requests from faculty and students and serve on our staff Collection Development Committee. I’m always looking for new materials to add to the collection; to keep on top of new publications I look at catalogs and email lists, and I follow the social media accounts of museums, academic institutions and publishers so I can track what exhibition or scholarly materials are coming up. In addition to acquisitions, I also do a good deal of reference; our staff shares reference desk responsibilities, and I work with our Reader Services Librarian to meet with students for research appointments, as well as to give research workshops, handle some of the ILL responsibilities, and, when necessary, accommodate requests from outside researchers. I also oversee our library’s rare materials collection.

Do you have any advice for current students and/or those on the job market?

Get involved with ARLIS! My involvement with this organization has been so valuable and rewarding. Join your local Chapter! If you can, go to local Chapter events or meetings- volunteer for a position on your Chapter board. Join an ARLIS/NA committee, or serve on an award committee. Go to the annual conferences; apply for scholarship money to get yourself there, and even if you don’t get funding, it’s worth paying for it yourself if you can make it happen, though of course that’s not always possible. Doing these things will help you network and meet people, and the work you do as a volunteer will help showcase your professional skills to others in the community who might hire you. More directly, reach out to other professionals for advice and mentorship. In my first semester in library school I told one of my professors that I was thinking of pursuing art librarianship and she gave me the names and contact info for two of her colleagues who were art librarians. When I followed up and reached out they both invited me to come in to chat. The early help and encouragement that they gave me was invaluable.


What accomplishments in the field of art librarianship are you most proud of?

Before I was hired to a full time position, I was appointed as ARLIS/NA’s New York Chapter Social Media Coordinator. I run the Chapter’s social accounts, which include Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. This is a board position I’ve held for nearly 2 ½ years, and it’s been great fun- I launched the chapter’s Instagram account, and I’ve been able to boost our followers and overall engagement across the board. Running the Chapter’s social platforms has enabled me to establish connections with and gain deeper knowledge of other cultural institutions, while promoting awareness of the value that art libraries have to offer. My work as the NY Chapter Social Media Coordinator also led me to run a survey on the use of social media in art libraries, and I organized and participated in a session on the topic at the most recent ARLIS conference. I am currently working with some of my session teammates on an article for Art Documentation based on our presentation, and I’m excited about where further research and exploration on this project will lead.

If you could go back and time and do part of your career or education over again, is there something you would have changed? A class you would have taken? A project you would have started?

If I had a do-over for any part of my professional life, I would have gone to graduate school years earlier, before I had kids. This is not to say you can’t get your degree while being a parent! It is absolutely 100 % doable, but presents challenges one wouldn’t otherwise have. When I began graduate school my daughter was starting kindergarten, and midway through the program I took a semester off when my son was born. (He was a perfect academic baby- born in between semesters!) Of course, finishing graduate school with 2 kids was no easy task, especially with a sleepless infant! I started the program at Pratt as a dual Library Science and Art History major; however, after my son arrived I decided to drop the Art History component and concentrate on the MLS, in an attempt to fast-track getting a degree, and getting a full time job- which, fortunately, I was able to do. When my kids are a little older I would still like to return to school and finish my subject Masters; in an ideal world, I’d like to get a PhD! You never know what might happen.