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Twitter chat: #critlib on Visual Literacy, May 17th at 9pm EST

visual culture/literacy

Tomorrow night, join us on Twitter at #critlib to talk about visual culture and literacy for librarians. You’ll need a Twitter account to participate, but not to observe. (And you can wait a few days until someone storifies the tweets if you want to read them later in a more functional chronological display.)

I’ll be in transit during most of the chat but I hope to pop in. (As you may recall, I have some opinions about visual literacy in the digital age.)

Job Post: University Librarian, Emily Carr School of Art and Design, Vancouver

While this position sits on the far end of our ArLiSNAP experience cap (five years), I thought I would post it anyways, especially since some of our readers will be interested in seeing what a job post for a top art-library job looks like.

Applications are invited for a University Librarian to provide leadership, strategic direction and vision to the Library, Archives and other learning and research resources in support of the goals, objectives and philosophy of the University. The University Librarian provides leadership for innovation in relationship to collections, services and technology. The University Librarian is also responsible for the overall administration, planning, coordination, supervision and evaluation of the University Library services, including Archives and Copyright. The University Librarian plays a significant role in the integration and representation of the Library within the Emily Carr Community, and the creative and cultural community.

Applicants must hold an ALA/CLA accredited Library degree (minimum Masters Level), including an undergraduate degree in art, design or media. At least five years of progressive library responsibilities and leadership experience in a comparable academic environment with a focus on art and design. Skills and abilities include: experience in a leadership role in a unionized, public sector setting including financial management, strategic and project planning, process improvement initiatives, decision-making, as well as achievement in the area of people and transformational leadership and collaboration; strategic planning, policy development, budget and staff management abilities; strong interpersonal, collaboration and communication skills with the ability to establish effective working relationships with faculty, staff, administrators, students and external contacts; ability to operate effectively in a dynamic and demanding environment; ability to engage with art and design curriculum and student needs; and, ability to effectively plan and implement strategic services and to follow through to completion of plans and activities.

Some Typical Duties:

  1. Directs the day-to-day operation of the Library, develops and implements procedures and systems within the Library, to ensure efficient and effective user-oriented operations.
  2. Provides strategic leadership and management to the Library in the planning, coordination, policy development and evaluation of all Library services and fosters strong collaborations and partnerships across campus.
  3. Effectively leads and manages the hiring, on-going professional development, training, supervision, evaluation, discipline, dismissal and grievance procedures and collective agreement administration for librarians and staff. Ensures successful day-to-day operation of the Library through effective deployment, supervision, engagement and team building of librarians and staff.
  4. Acts as primary University contact for external copyright organizations, including copyright collectives and licensing agencies.
  5. Oversees the development and communication of copyright policies and procedures for the University.
  6. Works with the Library, the Writing Centre, and the Teaching and Learning Centre to deliver coordinated copyright information to staff, faculty and students.
  7. Develops and administers the Library financial plan including the annual budget, resource allocation, expenditures and record keeping.
  8. In consultation with faculty determines, oversees and implements collection development policies and expenditure activities in order to acquire a balanced collection that supports and enriches programme requirements. May participate in selecting and assessing library materials and resources.
  9. With the librarians, develops an active program of library and research skills instruction for students and faculty. May also present lectures on library use and research methods as required.
  10. Ensures that the Library and related resources are effectively integrated with programs and student-centred areas, including the Aboriginal Gathering Place.
  11. Serves on various University committees; ensures representation and advocacy of the library services, resources and personnel within the Emily Carr community.
  12. Participates in related external organizations and establishes external collaborations with other post-secondary institutions to enhance patron service and resources; enhances the University’s profile and community participation through partnerships, association membership and other activities in the external committees.
  13. Cultivates relationships with creative and cultural communities, especially in Vancouver (i.e. Vancouver Art Gallery, other art and design schools, art galleries, museums and archives). Participates through partnerships and association memberships with organizations such as ARLIS/NA, AICAD and CPSLD.
  14. Assumes additional responsibilities and duties as assigned by the Vice President Academic + Provost.

Please send a cover letter and resume (quoting competition #A003-2016) by 4:00pm, Thursday, 16 June 2016.

Student Job Post: Archives Assistant & Researcher, Toronto Dance Theatre

This is a Canada Summer Jobs position, with the requisite eligibility, and the deadline for applications is May 20th.

Toronto Dance Theatre (TDT) is looking for a full-time, summer Archival Assistant and Researcher to provide research support in advance of TDT’s 50th Anniversary season in 2017-18. The majority of the work will take place at 80 Winchester Street in Cabbagetown, with some research required at the company’s archive, held at York University.

The Archival Assistant and Researcher will report to the Managing Director of TDT and will be responsible for:

* Digitizing and cataloguing photos, posters, programs and DVDs from TDT’s archive;
* Connecting with TDT alumnae (i.e. former company dancers) to collect stories that will become part of an online exhibit throughout the 50th anniversary season;
* Documenting all records to be sent to our archive, held at York University.


To be eligible for the position, the candidate must be under 30 years-old and returning to school this September, 2016.

The position is a perfect learning opportunity for a student enrolled in a Library and Information Studies, Arts Management, Museum or Media Studies, or Collection Management post-secondary program.


$15/hour + all statutory deductions

Student Jobs Post: Oral History Archivist, and Social and Digital Media Specialist, University of Toronto

The LGBTQ Oral History Digital Collaboratory is the largest LGBTQ oral history project in North American history, connecting over 200 life stories with new methodologies in digital history, collaborative research, and archival practice. This team-based project is organized as a “collaboratory” –a cooperative laboratory–through which team members will come together to share work, ideas, and new knowledge concerning the creation of LGBTQ oral histories in the digital age.

The collaboratory is seeking two work-study students from any U of T campus to assist with research and programming during the summer 2016 academic term. We are seeking candidates with interests in LGBTQ studies and history, archival studies, and digital history. While some familiarity with these fields is requested, applicants will receive training in archival processing and cataloging as well as digital humanities practices, which may include training on content management systems such as Drupal or Islandora. Work will take place during the week (Monday – Friday) and will occur at the St. George Campus and the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives in downtown Toronto.

We are especially seeking someone interested in digitizing audio cassette tapes of existing oral histories. Training, equipment, and supervision will be provided.

We are seeking two positions: 1) Oral History Archivist, who will work with the PI and the Project’s Digital Librarian to edit oral history interviews and ingest digital objects into the CLGA’s collections management system in partnership with U of T Libraries; and 2) Social and Digital Media Specialist, who will blog about the Collaboratory’s activities; produce podcasts from the completed oral histories; and develop Omeka exhibits for the CLGA and Collaboratory websites. Training will be provided for both positions; depending on who is hired, we may rearrange the responsibilities.
Experience preferred but not required.


To be elligible, applicants must be currently registers U of T undergraduate and graduate students (domestic or international) studying a minimum 40% course load
(i.e., registered in at least 1.0 credits) continuously from May – August. For Undergraduate students that means one 0.5 F course between May-June and one 0.5 S course between July-August; OR 1 Y course from May to August. Graduate Students must be registered in at least 40% of a full course load from May to August. If your ROSI registration indicates a “PT” status, you need to ask your department to confirm the percentage.


Rate of pay will be topped-up to $15/hr for 90 hours of work between May 9th and August 5th.

To apply: 1) send cover letter, resume, and unofficial ROSI transcript to Elspeth.brown@utoronto.caand as soon as possible (no later than 9 May 2016; hiring will take place as soon as a suitable candidate is found).

Student Job Post: Library Technician, Dundas Valley School of Art, Dundas, Ontario

Library Technician (Summer Experience Program, 2016)

The Dundas Valley School of Art requires a Library Studies Student to undertake a review and re-cataloguing of the School’s library and archival holdings. These materials include books, journals, DVDs, photographs, legal and financial documents and other forms of historical records. The position would provide services to work to transfer all holdings to a Dewey-based catalogue system, along with a resource inventory and deaccessioning process.

This nine week position is funded through the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport and the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services.

Specific Duties
The Library Technician will be required to:
-Undertake a full inventory of the School’s library, including a full cross-referencing of the library database
-Identify any missing or lost books, journals, DVDs
-Complete a condition report on all library holdings (physical condition, suitability of materials, whether the materials are out-of-date)
-Revise all library coding/labelling to comply with the standards of the Dewey Decimal System to ensure universal searchability.
-Re-shelve library inventory to comply with the Dewey Decimal System
-Review all donations for books to be accessioned into the DVSA Library collection (new or replacement)
-Accession new additions to the collection
-Revise the database to include all new accessions
-Identify and price all donations that can be sold to students
-Review and recommend online web-based tool for users
-Train staff and library volunteers in all new processes, systems, and software

-Identify all resources that are in storage that are a part of the DVSA Archives
-Determine a Retention policy for materials including procedures for accessioning materials to be retained
-Establish an Access-based database for all materials
-Identify all records that should be deaccessioned/demolished
-Confer with Dundas Museum and Archives re: donation of any de-accessioned materials they may wish to accession and oversee the transfer of such resources
-Contract third party vendor for document shredding
-Oversee destruction of out-of-date or non-essential historic documents
-Train staff and library volunteers in all new processes, systems, and software

Through the range of projects involved in updating the DVSA library and archival holdings, including the development of processes and procedures, the student will shift from theoretical understanding of library services to a fully practical working knowledge.

This will include:
-Project planning and management
-Record and holdings inventory
-Database management and updates
-Condition reporting on a range of materials: books, journals, magazines, photographs, DVDs, etc.
-Compliance requirements of transferring to the Dewey System from a fully non-compliant inventory of approximately 4000 books
-Valuation processes re: library materials
-Transfer of in-house database to an online resource
-De-accessioning processes and procedures including legal, ethical and financial implications of removing materials from the collection
-Best practices in knowledge transfer through the planning, development and delivery of library training to staff and volunteers.


Applicants should be currently registered in an Library/Information Sciences program, returning to continue their education in Fall of 2016.



Interested applicants should submit a resume and cover letter to with Library Technician in the subject field. Applications should be received by 11:59 p.m. on May 8th to be considered.

Job Post: Fine Arts Librarian, Saskatoon Public Library, Saskatchewan

Full-time, Permanent position
Department or Branch:
Fine Arts, Frances Morrison Central Library

Under the supervision of the Fine Arts Coordinator, provides a wide range of information and circulation services. Responsible for system selection of materials, as assigned

  • Utilizes library and community resources to locate and provide information requested by users, performing complex bibliographic searching and research work as required.
  • Instructs and advises library users in the effective use of library resources.
  • Performs a complete range of duties related to the circulation of library materials and the registration of borrowers.
  • Acts as the supervisor of the area, in the absence of the Coordinator.
  • Assists in the training, supervision and scheduling of staff in Fine Arts.
  • May be called upon to be a presenter or trainer for staff training (e.g. assist in training Casuals; to train other staff in the system on Librarianship principles; training on Fine Arts subject matters)
  • Responsible for the selection, development, organization and maintenance of sheet music scores, print books in the subject areas of music, theatre, film, television, crafts and decorative arts at the Central Branch.
  • Responsible for the preparation of bibliographies, discographies, booklists and brochures in print or on the SPL website.
  • Responsible for programming, preparing publicity, and participating in community outreach activities for Fine Arts.
  • Chairs the Library’s Permanent Art Collection Committee and Gallery Curatorial Committee, and coordinates activities related to these committees.
  • Responsible for the preparation of Program Guide content for Fine Arts, the Gallery and programs.
  • Participates in committee work and special projects as assigned.
  • Performs other duties as required.
  • Masters degree in Library Science from an A.L.A. accredited library school, with an undergraduate or graduate degree majoring in fine arts; i.e. music or art.
  • At least six months of library experience or job experience relevant to the position.
  • Broad understanding of library principles and theories. (e.g. classification of library materials, intellectual freedom, access to information).
  • Knowledge of collection development and maintenance.
  • Knowledge of and proven ability to explain and implement library procedures, policies and regulations, according to Saskatoon Public Library values and practice.
  • Awareness of current trends in libraries, especially in the areas of information, music, fine and performing arts, i.e. music, art, film.
  • Good knowledge of the provision of information services and the methods used to locate information from library collections and digital resources.
  • Ability to resolve conflict and problem solve in a diplomatic and confidential manner.
  • Ability to motivate and direct staff in the performance of their duties, in the absence of the Coordinator.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 9.1 kg. (20 lbs.)
  • Proven ability to provide effective public service.
  • Demonstrated ability in the use of technology including Polaris, Microsoft Office, internet tools, electronic resources and social media.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently, manage time effectively, set priorities and meet deadlines.
  • Demonstrated ability to exercisesound judgement and initiative.
  • Demonstrated reliability, including punctuality and attendance.
  • Must be well organized in planning daily work and accurately perform detail-oriented work.
  • Must be adaptable to change.
  • Effective written and oral communication skills in the English language.
  • Acceptable current Criminal Records check is required.
  •  Knowledge of languages other than English is desirable.
Hours of Work:
36.25 hours per week.
Pay Band 11: $52,770.48 – $63,105.72 per annum.
All applications must be received on line by 4:30 p.m., April 29, 2016.

Job Post: Scholarly Communications and Copyright Librarian, University of Winnipeg, MB

Main responsibilities:

  • Develops strategic priorities and work plan for the Scholarly Communications and Copyright Office;
  • Keeps up-to-date on copyright law, licenses and fair dealing, and liaises with General Counsel’s Office to provide copyright direction to campus;
  • Develops and communicates copyright policies and procedures to the University community;
  • Designs and delivers instruction workshops to faculty, staff and students regarding copyright and scholarly communications related issues;
  • Designs communications and initiatives for faculty on scholarly communications and publication issues, including Author’s Rights, Author’s Addendums, information on research impact, predatory journals, and ways to meet the Tri-Agency Open Access requirements;
  • Participates in national and international discussions on copyright and scholarly communications to build knowledge, identify best practices and share information;
  • Develops and promotes the Institutional Repository;
  • Liaises with campus departments to develop and promote community research tools;
    Provides campus wide education on Open Access and Open Education resources and strategies, including coordinating local Open Access Week events;
  • In collaboration with the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology provides copyright related support for the integration of electronic resources in Nexus, the University’s learning management system;
  • Develops informational materials for distribution on the University’s Copyright Office and Library web sites and ensures that informational and policy materials on other University web sites and print materials such as handbooks align and agree with the materials presented on the Copyright Office web site;
  • Responds to copyright, fair dealing, and publishing enquiries from faculty, staff and students;
  • Supervises Copyright Assistant and others working on relevant special projects;
  • Other librarian duties, including reference, library instruction, and collection management, as assigned, and participation in Library and campus committees.



  • Masters of Library and Information Science or equivalent degree from an ALA-accredited institution
  • Minimum of 1 year of professional library experience
  • General knowledge in Canadian copyright legislation and case law
  • Experience related to copyright or scholarly communication, such as coordinating licensing for Library database subscriptions, or coordinating services for InterLibrary Loan or Course Reserves, or coordinating Open Access or Digitization initiatives


  • Excellent project management skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Good interpersonal skills
  • Experience supervising staff in a unionized environment


This is a 12 month term appointment expected to commence on August 1, 2016 or soon thereafter, subject to final budgetary approval. The Scholarly Communication and Copyright Librarian will be appointed as a Librarian Member of the University of Winnipeg Faculty Association ( Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience.

Application review will begin on Friday, May 6, 2016 and continue until the position has been filled.

Job Post: Liaison Librarian for the School of Interactive Arts & Technologies, Simon Fraser University, Surrey, BC

The deadline for this job competition is May 2nd, 2016.

Simon Fraser University Library invites applications for a Librarian for Interactive Arts & Technology and Publishing. Reporting to the Head, Fraser Library, this full-time, term (August 2, 2016 to July 28, 2017) position will be based at Fraser Library, Surrey campus and will support the School of Interactive Arts & Technology (SIAT) at the Surrey campus and the Publishing program at the Vancouver campus.

This position will be attractive to a very adaptable and innovative individual with excellent communication and collaborative skills and a strong public service focus; one who is highly motivated to embrace new technologies and to provide services to faculty and students.


  • Act as liaison between the SFU Library and the faculty, staff and students in SIAT and Publishing at the Surrey and Vancouver campuses.
    • Promote library services and collections and report the discipline’s requirements to the appropriate area of the library.
    • In collaboration with Collections Management develop, assess, and manage information resources in all formats to address the teaching and research needs of SIAT and Publishing. This may include maintaining the collection policy; maintaining profiles for approval plans; reviewing subscriptions; selecting material; providing budget oversight; other collection activities.
    • Communicate with faculty and students in SIAT and Publishing about trends in scholarly communication and publishing, and promote the library’s programs in this area.
  • Provide instruction and assistance to students and faculty in the use of information sources through instructional seminars, guides, and individual consultations.
  • Provide in-person and online reference service in all disciplines as a member of a team serving students and faculty in an active research environment.
  • Work with other library staff on project teams and committees.
  • Develop professional knowledge, skills, and disciplinary expertise on a continuing basis.
  • Participate in professional organizations.
  • Note that while the current assignment is for SIAT and Publishing, areas may be reassigned as needed.


  • MLIS or equivalent from an accredited institution.
  • Reference, collections, and instruction experience.
  • Demonstrated ability to assist students and faculty in a busy research environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to master electronic information sources thoroughly and quickly.
  • Demonstrated skill in planning and delivering instruction.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collegial team environment.
  • Superior interpersonal and intercultural skills.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.


  • Reference and collections experience in a related discipline.
  • Broad knowledge of bibliographic tools and electronic resources in a related discipline.
  • Academic library experience.
  • Experience with education technology products.
  • Degree in related discipline.

Job Post: Archivist, Lincoln Centre of the Performing Arts, NYC

This is a bit on the high end of our experience bracket, requiring 5-7 years of archival work, but I think anyone with a theatre or performing-arts focus could make a compelling argument. Go for it!

Primary Responsibilities

•    Administers and updates retention and disposal schedules
•    Advises the Senior Vice President on archival policies and practices
•    Provides document access services for the entire organization, including digital document delivery and onsite consultations
•    Provides reference services for staff, scholars and for the public, as needed
•    Evaluates records for long-term archival retention
•    Ensures the proper conservation and preservation of paper-based and digital record assets
•    Supervises all staff assigned to the Archive
•    Works with staff throughout the organization to ensure the appropriate implementation of records maintenance and transfer responsibilities
•    Collaborates with Digital Media and Community Engagement staff on public outreach, development, and education


•    5-7 years of experience in a non-profit or commercial archive
•    Demonstrated ability to plan and organize effectively
•    Proven interpersonal skills and ability to work effectively with a range of clients and colleagues
•    Demonstrated ability to work independently as well as part of a team
•    Knowledgeable about current trends in information resources, document management systems, and related digital discovery tools
•    Ability to lift or move 25 pounds on a regular basis
•    A BA/BS and an MLIS or the equivalent in theory and practice

Job Post: Curatorial Assistant, Whitney Western Art Museum, Cody, Wyoming

Requirements for the position include strong knowledge of or interest in American art and/or western American history, excellent verbal and written communication skills, uncompromising attention to detail, and the ability to work on multiple projects at once. A bachelor’s degree is required with a strong preference for a master’s degree in Art History or related field. The successful candidate will possess strong organizational and interpersonal skills, will be an enthusiastic team player, and will be able to stand or walk for much of the day and lift at least 20 pounds. Two years of museum work experience or a comparable setting is required. In addition, knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite and good keyboarding skills are required, as are previous exposure to social media and digital outreach. Facility with collections databases is preferred.

The closing date on this position is May 1, 2016.