A Success Story: An Interview with Molly Schoen

Molly Schoen works as a Visual Resources Curator at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She was kind enough to answer a few questions and tell us more about her work and experience!

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

It all started in my undergrad years (at Michigan State University), when I got a part-time job working in the Government Documents library. I found that I really enjoyed getting things in order, like cleaning up messy catalog records. And I loved the tactile nature of the work, too: bone folders, label makers, tattle tape and date stamps! I was getting a Bachelor’s in English but didn’t know what to do with it, so I decided to go to library school. I ended up getting accepted in to Wayne State University’s Fine & Performing Arts Librarian program, which was great because I’ve always been interested in art and music.

After getting my MLIS, I worked part-time at a collection of modern and contemporary black art in Flint, MI. Three years later, I got a full-time position at the University of Michigan, in their Visual Resources Collections. The experience from that job helped me land my current position of Visual Resources Curator at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, NY. I’ve been working here for a year and a half now, and I love it!

What does a typical day at work look like for you?
A typical day for me depends on what time of year it is. Right now, in the middle of the summer semester, there’s hardly anyone around. So I use this time to really get in the zone and catch up on image orders, where our History of Art faculty request images they need for teaching. I also assist faculty on their projects, such as building databases and other online resources.

Things are busier during the academic year. Along with our department technician, we will make sure our HA classrooms are up-to-date and advocate for upgrades. I also present one-shot sessions on visual literacy to various classes throughout the university, showing students how to find and use visual media ethically and efficiently. Because FIT is full of artistic students, I’ll demonstrate strategies to safeguard their own work and answer copyright questions. I’ve also worked on securing publishing rights for images a professor wanted to include in a book she was writing.

Do you have any advice for current students and/or those on the job market?
Volunteer and get a wide variety of experience under your belt. I finished grad school in 2009, which was not exactly the best time to be looking for a job. I was worried I wouldn’t find anything in the art libraries field, so I volunteered at the reference desk of a public library to get additional experience. I had volunteered at the Visual Resources Collections at U of M before I was hired there, and that really helped me land the full-time gig.

I would also say not to discount service industry jobs. I used to be really shy, and waiting tables and working in retail helped me get over that. These kinds of jobs may seem unrelated to library work, but they demonstrate to employers that you can handle conflict and think on your feet.

What were/are some challenges for you as a new art librarian? Are these related to larger challenges in art librarianship?
I think staying on top of technology is always a challenge. As a librarian, I want to be able to recommend the best products and resources for our faculty and students to use. That also ties into a larger challenge faced by our profession: justifying our work to administrators looking to slash budgets. People have asked me, why do we need libraries now when there’s Google? That’s like saying why do we need doctors when there’s WebMD? Google will bring you a million results; a librarian will find you the right one.

Tell us something fun about yourself! What do you do in your spare time?
In my spare time I like to oil paint and play guitar!

Travel Award: Mid-Atlantic Caroline Backlund Professional Development Award

Members of the Mid-Atlantic chapter are encouraged to apply for the Caroline Backlund Professional Development Award. More information (including the award’s purpose and requirements) is available on the Mid-Atlantic chapter site, here. Students in the Mid-Atlantic region are additionally encouraged to join the ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic chapter if they have not done so already. Joining is free for students! More information about joining for both students and professionals is available here. Once you are a member, you are eligible to apply for the Mid-Atlantic Conference Travel Award.

Award Highlights

DEADLINE: October 6, 2017
Required Materials:
-Must be a current member of ARLIS/NA and the Mid-Atlantic Chapter
-Current resume or curriculum vitae
-Letter including benefits of attendance, specific role in the conference (if applicable), and travel budget

**More information about these requirements and how to apply should be reviewed here before proceeding.

Job Opportunity: Art Librarian/Coordinator of Library Instruction, Alfred University, Alfred NY

Art Librarian/Coordinator of Library Instruction

 

The Samuel R. Scholes Library at Alfred University invites applications for the faculty post of Art Librarian/Coordinator of Library Instruction.  Scholes Library supports the two internationally recognized schools in Art and Engineering that form the New York State College of Ceramics. The college is located on the beautiful, rural campus of the private Alfred University in upstate NY.

 

Position Description: The Art Librarian/Coordinator of Library Instruction will be the lead professional in direct support of the distinguished undergraduate and graduate programs of the School of Art and Design.  The primary focus of this position is to work alongside art faculty to offer creative and meaningful instruction, learning assessment, and attentive library service.

 

Librarians at Alfred are leaders serving within a progressive, highly collaborative and project driven environment.  We embrace change, and value flexibility in all aspects of library service. The Art Librarian will assume multiple leadership responsibilities in the areas of art librarianship, library instruction, collection development, learning assessment, campus collaborations, and shared outreach programming.  This librarian will represent Scholes Library in all assessment team activities for the combined Alfred University Libraries. In addition, all librarians participate in general reference, operational activities and policy development.

 

The Art Librarian/Coordinator of Library Instruction is a 10-month, probationary tenure-track appointment at the faculty rank of Assistant Professor. Shared evening and occasional weekend service is required. Librarians serve as team members in cross-campus initiatives with Herrick Memorial Library at Alfred University.  Scholes Library is a partner in regional and state consortia including the State University of New York SUNYConnect initiative.

 

Qualifications: A Masters Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited program is required.  Strong subject expertise, or degree in an Art related field is required.  Evidence of creativity and an understanding of best practices in instruction are required. The ability to work independently on multiple projects and excellent written and oral communication skills are also required.  The successful candidate will possess strengths in project management, leadership in team environments, and experience in the use of technology for instruction.

 

Formal training and/or experience in instruction is highly desirable.  Experience with social media promotion, outreach programming, and knowledge of special collections is also desirable.   A degree in Art or Education is not required, but is a plus.
To apply, please submit:
1) A letter of introduction outlining how your qualifications and experience match this opportunity;

2) A separate, short statement (up to 1 page) regarding your philosophy of information literacy instruction;

3) Current Resume/Vitae;

4) Names, email, and phone numbers of three appropriate references

 

Submit materials to: Alfred University, Human Resources, One Saxon Drive, Alfred NY 14802; or email humanresources@alfred.edu.

 

Review of applications will begin on August 1st, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Salary is competitive, with excellent benefits including tuition remission.

 

Alfred University, Alfred, NY, actively subscribes to a policy of equal employment opportunity, and will not discriminate against any employee, student or applicant because of race, age, sex, color, sexual orientation, physical or mental disability, religion, ancestry or national origin, marital status, genetic information, or political affiliation.  Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

Job Opportunity: Head Librarian – Saint Louis Art Museum

JOB DESCRIPTION: HEAD LIBRARIAN (Exempt, Grade M)

REPORTS TO: Director of Learning and Engagement

SUPERVISES: Technical Services Librarian, Archivist, Public Services Librarian

SPECIFICATIONS: ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library Science, three to five years administrative experience in an academic or museum library, and extensive knowledge of art history and art literature required. Master’s degree in art history and working knowledge of two European languages preferred. Position requires awareness of administrative practices in special libraries, especially acquisitions, financial management, and library systems.

JOB PURPOSE: To direct the staff and operations of the Richardson Memorial Library at the Saint Louis Art Museum; to administer Library activities in the areas of reference, circulation control, collection development, acquisitions, collection maintenance, and organization of materials; to manage the Library budget; and to create planning procedures for long-term policy development.

DUTIES, WORK PERFORMED:

  • Establishes goals and objectives for the Library which further the mission of the Museum and the Division of Learning and Engagement.
  • Directs all Library reference services to Museum staff members and public patrons. Schedules and monitors the reference desk. Provides instruction to staff and volunteers in the use of library research materials.
  • Guides all Library technical services activities. Plans for future growth of the collection and approves materials for acquisition. Monitors staff activity in the organization of materials, including archival records, digital images, periodicals, books, and auction catalogues. Oversees collection maintenance activities, including preservation, shelving, digitization, de-accessioning, and offsite storage of materials. Develops the Library record-keeping procedures.
  • Prepares and manages the Library’s budget, tracking expenditures and reporting variances.
  • Supervises, trains, and evaluates Library staff and volunteers.
  • Plans for technological changes, as necessary for efficient access to library materials and information about art.
  • Establishes effective communication with the Museum’s administration through written reports and regular meetings.
  • Represents the Library as the institutional liaison with library consortia.
  • Collaborates with Membership, Development, and Curatorial departments as well as other Learning & Engagement departments on the planning of projects and programs.
  • Participates in the Museum’s cross-functional strategic and core function teams as appropriate.
  • Promotes a positive image of the Library to the public, donors, volunteers, and other library professionals.
  • Maintains an awareness of trends and developments in the fields of art and art historical scholarship and publishing, and mentors library staff on their impact on the profession.
  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor.

The above statements of this job description describe the general duties and level of work performed by employees assigned to this position. They do not claim to describe all of the functions of this position. Employees may be assigned other duties and the essential functions may change or be changed from time to time. (06/17)

Please apply online at https://www.hiretrue.com/hiretrue/showJobBoardPositions.do?jobBoardPK=54.

Job Opportunity: Color Librarian, Lululemon–12 month contract

Not quite the conventional art library job, but it might be interesting!

 

REFERENCE #: 022010

LOCATION: Vancouver , British Columbia , Canada

JOB FAMILY GROUP: Quality Assurance

lululemon 
Founded in 1998 in beautiful Vancouver, BC lululemon athletica creates components to live longer, healthier more fun lives.

The color librarian manages the organizational process of the colour department and maintains their physical library in the LAB. This person is driven by process, structure and is independently motivated. The librarian is key in making the work flow for the colorist run more smoothly and efficiently.

a day in the life of the color librarian

  • Suppports colourist with tracking lab dip submission comments for colour and colourfastness in PLM
  • Maintains library for color standard development and color standard inventory
  • Measures lab dips daily for Colorist using Spectrophotometer
  • Measures seasonal color standards for Colorist using Spectrophotometer
  • Files all lab dips daily as well as ensures end of season maintenance
  • Manages all shipment to LLO and receives SSC mail
  • Pulls all lab dips for for design/merchandising meetings or readiness reviews
  • Ensures all colour approvals made in season are added to color continuity cards and filed in our library
  • Processes all invoices through Kofax
  • Assists the Colorist in ordering seasonal Color Palette
  • Assists in pulling heathers for thread matching
  • Organizes fabrics for the creation of the seasonal thread legend
  • Uploads recommended dye recipes to Flex PLM at the color level

the finer print 

  • You will have 1-2 years of administrative work experience
  • You have a love for organization
  • Ability to work well under pressure and achieve deadlines
  • Proactive, problem solving and results oriented
  • Proven work ethic with utmost integrity
  • Desire to excel and succeed
  • Actively live and breathe the lululemon culture and lifestyle
  • Self-awareness, with a desire for constant self improvement (goal –oriented)
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and an egoless nature
  • Self motivated, passionate, empathetic, approachable
  • Outgoing, energetic, upbeat and fun!

Apply online: http://info.eu.lululemon.com/careers/ssc-jobs/color-librarian—12-month-contract-022010

Discovering art through fiction

I think it’s safe to say that here at ArLiSNAP, we all love art and we all love books. This month I ran into a couple of art/book intersections I found really fascinating. The first is a great post by Scott Indrisek on artsy where 18 artists share books that have inspired them.

This is a fun, kind of back-door way to find artists you might connect with. I found myself clicking through to see the work of artists who like the same books as me. Artist Shara Hughes shares my love for Eckhart Tolle’s mind-bending spiritual book A New Earth, and her collage-like, colorful paintings really appeal to me.

Kevin Wilson’s novel The Family Fang is a book I often put on my staff picks shelf when I worked at a public library. It chronicles the misadventures of a dysfunctional family in which the parents use their children as props in public art performances. Turns out this is one of provocative painter Betty Tompkin’s “favorite novels about art.”

Check out the list: do you see any of your own favorite titles mentioned here?

The second art/book intersection I noticed this month is Sara Baume’s novel A Line Made by Walking. Baume takes the title from Richard Long’s 1967 photograph of the same name, showing, as you might expect, a line he made by walking:

A Line Made by Walking 1967 Richard Long born 1945 Purchased 1976 http://www.tate.org.uk/art/work/P07149

 

But Baume’s use of specific art works is hardly limited to the novel’s title. The book centers on Frankie, a young artist floundering in a disorienting depression. Almost as if she’s planting markers in the ground, Frankie periodically “tests herself”, describing art works related to a particular subject. As she pulls her beloved, late grandmother’s bicycle out of a shed:

Works about Sheds, I test myself: Cornelia Parker, Cold Dark Matter: An Exploded View. In 1991 the Banbury Army School of Ammunition agreed to blow up a perfectly ordinary garden shed at the artist’s request…

These are real works of art with real historical context, that somehow Baume deftly fits into the life and thoughts of her fictional character. I didn’t immediately recognize the artist Cornelia Parker by name, but the description of Cold Dark Matter reminded me of a work I’d seen at the ICA Boston. A quick Google search surfaced the piece: Hanging Fire (Suspected Arson), which I then read about at length.

Cornelia Parker, Hanging Fire (Suspected Arson), 1999. Charcoal, wire, pins, and nails, 144 × 60 × 72 inches (365.8 × 152.4 × 182.9 cm). Gift of Barbara Lee, The Barbara Lee Collection of Art by Women. Photo by Charles Mayer Photography. © Cornelia Parker

Baume includes an index of artworks, listed by chapter, at the end of the novel. Many I’ve studied (Vito Acconci’s Following Piece, Tracy Emin’s My Bed), some I’ve seen (Christian Marclay’s The Clock), but most were new to me. This was such a unique way to encounter art; because I was deeply involved with the character and her struggles, I cared about the specific works of art that had affected her and were now helping her find her way. I often stopped to look things up, such as Wolfgang Laib’s Milkstones, which I find indescribably moving. These sculptures many have left me cold, had I discovered them without Baume leading me there.

 

I leave you with this short video showing Laib’s meditative creative process, and a very strong recommendation to read A Line Made by Walking this summer!

 

Job Opportunity: Cataloging Librarian, Savannah College of Art and Design, Atlanta GA

Job Title: Cataloging Librarian

Department: ACA Library, SCAD Atlanta

Reports To: Head Librarian, ACA Library

FLSA Status: Exempt

Prepared By: Head Librarian, ACA Library

Prepared Date: May 22, 2017

Summary

The Cataloging Librarian coordinates and performs activities associated with the SCAD-Atlanta cataloging operation and coordinates efforts with those of the SCAD Libraries in Savannah and Hong Kong. The Cataloging Librarian is responsible for original and copy cataloging primarily for art related publications, including books, serials, electronic materials, DVDs, artists’ books and book objects. The successful candidate must possess a user-centered attitude and a desire to work in a team oriented environment that serves a diverse population.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

• Performs original and copy cataloging of print and non-print materials according to RDA, AACR2r, LCRI, LCSH and other relevant national standards

• Develops comprehensive bibliographic descriptions and assigns subject headings and classification numbers according to LC practice

• Performs bibliographic maintenance and data clean up

• Coordinates departmental policies, procedures, statistics gathering and assessment related to all aspects of cataloging operation

• Provides reference/circulation service ~10 hours per week to library patrons

• Participates in college-wide events, committees, and initiatives as applicable

Supervisory Responsibilities

• Assist in supervising library assistants, including hourly staff and work-study students

• Provide training related to cataloging and bibliographic maintenance

Required Qualifications:

Education and Experience

• ALA-accredited MLS

• Experience in cataloging, and technical services operations

• Working knowledge of MARC formats, RDA, AACR2r, and LCSH/LC classification schedules

• Must be able to work independently and balance day-to-day oversight with longer term planning of all aspects of cataloging operations

• Familiarity with automated cataloging systems (OCLC Connexion) and professional trends in cataloging

• Familiarity with traditional and electronic information resources

Preferred Qualifications

• Preference will be given to candidates possessing expertise in art, design, architecture or humanities.

• Experience with creating original catalog records for art related publications

• Experience using Innovative Interfaces Sierra ILS

• Knowledge of collection development and acquisitions procedures

• Reference and outreach experience

Language skills

• Must have excellent written and oral communication skills

• Ability to read, analyze and interpret technical procedures

• Write reports and procedure manuals

• Effectively present information to staff and patrons

Computer Skills

• Knowledge of online cataloging, and integrated library systems required

• Knowledge of Microsoft Office required

Hours of Work

The college work week is Sunday through Saturday. Most offices are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. In order to accommodate the college’s business needs, employee may be assigned to other work days and/or hours, including weekends and evenings.

Link: https://scadjobs.scad.edu/postings/17123

Job Opportunity: Art, Architecture and Design Librarian, Indiana University Bloomington, Bloomington IN

The Indiana University Libraries seek a knowledgeable, innovative, dynamic individual to join the Arts and Humanities Department as Art, Architecture and Design Librarian.  Working in a highly collegial and collaborative organization, the Art, Architecture and Design Librarian is responsible for collection development, reference and research consultations, instruction, and outreach to the faculty and students of the School of Art + Design.  Established in 2016, the School of Art + Design has merged the departments of studio art, apparel merchandising, and interior design and offers courses in fourteen different areas in art, design and merchandising.  Beginning in the fall of 2018, Indiana University Bloomington will offer a new master of Architecture degree program based in the School of Art + Design.   The program will have its primary focus in Columbus, Indiana, an internationally recognized center for architecture.  The successful candidate will have the opportunity to develop services and collections in alignment with new and emerging programs in the School of Art + Design.  The Art, Architecture and Design Librarian will also be active in digital scholarship initiatives within the Libraries and, in partnership with groups across the campus who maintain a focus on digital scholarship in the humanities, will lead the Libraries in exploring and implementing digital arts and humanities efforts in areas of art, architecture, and design.  With a recently approved Open Access policy by the Bloomington Faculty Council, the Art, Architecture and Design Librarian will play an active role in promoting and educating faculty about open access.

The successful candidate will be joining a thriving arts and humanities community on the Bloomington campus.  Highlighted as an area of focus in Indiana University’s Bicentennial Strategic Plan (https://strategicplan.iu.edu/) as well as in IUB’s Campus (https://provost.indiana.edu/doc/IUB-Bicentennial-Strategic-Plan.pdf) and the IUB Libraries Strategic Plan (https://libraries.indiana.edu/strategicplan), IUB’s historically strong arts and humanities departments and programs are expanding with new and exciting initiatives, most notably in the area of public humanities, which extend campus arts and humanities activities into the wider Bloomington and Indiana communities. The Libraries’ Arts and Humanities department has the unique opportunity to imagine and develop new ways of connecting with the constantly emerging initiatives led by the Arts and Humanities Council as well as to create new partnerships with faculty in areas of digital scholarship, data management, and open access.  Reporting to the Head of the Arts and Humanities Department, the successful candidate will be able to participate in shaping the department’s direction as it connects with these emerging initiatives.  We encourage applications from individuals with broadly focused subject expertise in art and design who are flexible and excited about expanding and/or shifting their range of responsibilities in alignment with campus and library needs.  The Indiana University Libraries are committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce.  We encourage all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work and towards the fulfillment of our mission.

RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Develop and manage the library’s collections related to Art, Architecture, and Design.
  • Serve as liaison to the School of Art + Design.
  • Provide reference and instruction for the School of Art + Design and arts more generally.
  • Collaborate and coordinate with Arts and Humanities initiatives across campus such as the Arts & Humanities Council and the Institute for Digital Arts and Humanities.
  • Serve as an active member of the Libraries’ Arts and Humanities Department and help shape the department’s direction.
  • Collaborate with archival and special collections units as well as the Lilly Library to connect archival and general collections into seamless Arts and Humanities outreach.
  • Collaborate with other library departments, such as Social Sciences, Area Studies, Teaching and Learning, Digital Collections Services, and Scholarly Communications on services and initiatives.
  • Support research and scholarly communication for subject areas in art, architecture and design through outreach to faculty and students; with members of the Scholarly Communications Department, support services related to humanities data curation and publishing.
  • Promote the Libraries’ culture of diversity and inclusion, and support the values outlined in Indiana University Bloomington’s Campus Strategic Plan and the Libraries’ Diversity Strategic Plan (https://libraries.indiana.edu/file/diversity-strategic-plan-20162017pdf).
  • Contribute to developments in the field of Art, Architecture and Design librarianship through active professional engagement and independent scholarship consistent with a library faculty appointment.

QUALIFICATIONS

Required:

  • ALA-accredited Master of Library Science (MLS) or advanced degree(s) in relevant subject areas and appropriate experience in an academic setting.
  • Two or more years of professional experience in an academic/research library.
  • Strong public service orientation.
  • Ability to work in a team environment and build working relationships with campus colleagues.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of trends and issues in scholarly communication.
  • Experience in reference and instruction.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work well with a diverse population of faculty, students, and academic colleagues.
  • Ability to meet the requirements of a tenure-track librarian position (https://libraries.indiana.edu/file/promotion-and-tenure-criteria-iub-librarians-pdf).
  • Ability to handle multiple responsibilities in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Understanding and valuing of diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization.
  • Knowledge and understanding of key issues and trends that affect academic libraries and higher education

Preferred:

  • Demonstrated experience in digital scholarship or digital humanities.
  • Advanced degree in a discipline related to Art, Architecture or Design.
  • Experience as subject liaison in the field of Art, Architecture or Design.
  • A minimum of three years of collection development experience in subject areas related to Art, Architecture, or Design.
  • Familiarity with digital scholarship tools, methodologies and initiatives that support new scholarship in Art, Architecture and Design, for instance image-mining, form-finding techniques, computational geometry, or computer simulation.

TO APPLY

Review of applications will begin Friday, July 28, 2017.  The position will remain open until filled. Interested candidates should review the application requirements and submit their application at https://indiana.peopleadmin.com. Questions regarding the position or application process can be directed to: Jennifer Chaffin, Director of Human Resources, Libraries Human Resources, Herman B Wells Library 201, Indiana University, Bloomington, IN 47405 – Phone: 812-855-8196 – Fax: 812-855-2576 – Email: libpers@indiana.edu.

 

Link: https://libraries.indiana.edu/job-postings-librarians#ART

Allied Media Conference & The Dreamscape Project

I’ve been hoping to attend the Allied Media Conference for years, but this summer was finally the time I got to do so! I went to the conference, which takes place annually in Detroit, from June 15-18th. On their website, AMC writes that their aim is to bring “together a diverse community of people using media to incite change.” This brief, open-ended definition allows for the room needed to encapsulate all that AMC has to offer. The arts, media, technology, librarianship, and archives are just a few of the areas that are explored through a lens of social justice work, in the more than 300 hands-on workshops and programs available to attendees. I’ve been particularly interested in attending because of a Radical Archives, Libraries, and Museum programming track that has been occurring for the few past years. I was able to meet and learn from a lot of different professionals in the world of librarianship and museums.

I want to write about one of the workshops I attended, a two part series that took place at the Detroit Institute of Arts. It was titled, “The Dreamscape Project: Anti-Racist Pedagogy for Museum Education.” While the creators of the project worked specifically in museum education, I feel that the resources shared easily transfer to the work of art librarians and critical pedagogy. I received permission from the facilitators, Amireh Rezaei-Kamalabad and Alyssa Machida to share the materials they gave us. Also, the first part of the Dreamscape workbook can be read online!

Once we were all at the DIA, Alyssa and Amireh gave us some background and context to The Dreamscape Project. After going through the handout they gave us, everyone went off into the museum to perform two separate exercises. For the first exercise, I partnered with someone who worked at The National Museum of Mexican Art. We discussed issues of “voice” in the museum in the context of our experience as we walked and talked throughout the galleries.

The second exercise had us picking a work of art and designing a lesson plan/activity around it for an educational setting. Below are some of the prompts we were asked to think about when creating our mock activity.

After wandering around for a bit, I chose a painting entitled The Merrymakers, created by Carolus-Duran in 1870. I imagined myself assisting undergrad students with some of their initial research papers. My goal was to get students to think more critically about the work in terms of gender, class, and race by visually analyzing the subject matter and to also think about what was not presented in the painting. I asked my imaginary students to create a brief narrative to the painting. Some of the questions I thought about asking, though it is not an exhaustive list, were: Who are these individuals? What do they do/what are their lives like? Are there any visual markers that indicate their class? If so, how? What was the intended audience of this painting? Think about these questions in terms of gender, class, and race. Who is and is not represented here. Try to think about these issues in historical context, too.

I’m not exactly sure if this would be a successful activity for art history students, but I did really appreciate taking the time to pick apart a painting more critically than I ever normally do. I think as a viewer in a museum, I have tended to take the things I see very much at face value or within whatever context I may have tucked away in my brain from my former days studying art history. This was one of my favorite sessions I attended at AMC because we got actively involved with the work in the museum. I highly suggested anyone attending the conference if it interests them. AMC challenged and humbled me in the best possible way and I keep thinking about it since I left. I can’t wait to attend again!

Job Opportunity: Librarian, American Craft Council, Minneapolis MN

ORGANIZATION SUMMARY
American Craft Council (ACC) is a national, nonprofit educational organization founded in 1943 to promote understanding and appreciation of contemporary American craft. ACC is a community that believes in the value of things made by hand, the people who create them, and the meaning that creativity brings to everyday life. ACC champions craft through American Craft – a bimonthly magazine, national juried shows, a specialized research library, achievement awards, and educational workshops and seminars. To learn more about ACC visit www.craftcouncil.org.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Librarian is responsible for the effective management of day-to-day operations and long-range planning for the American Craft Council library in accordance with its mission to acquire, organize, preserve and provide information about craft. Responsibilities include collection management, archives, catalog, research, patron assistance and library promotion.

QUALIFICATIONS

Master of Library Science or Master of Library & Information Science from ALA-accredited program. Minimum of five years working in a specialized library setting. Two or more years in a supervisor role. Experience in art/craft library collection is very desirable.

Cataloging experience with catalog and digital archive systems. OCLC Client or web-based WorldCat, Koha and CONTENTdm preferred. Strong research skills in both print and electronic media. Working knowledge of RDA, LCSH, LC classification, and MARC. Proven ability to develop and modify library databases. Experience with archive organization and preservation.

Self-motivated, results-oriented, and goal-focused. Demonstrated success in working independently and as part of a team. Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.

Able to work some evenings and weekends, with possibility of limited travel.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please email resume, cover letter, and salary expectations to employment@craftcouncil.org No Calls Please

American Craft Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a culturally diverse work environment.