Associate Director, Arts Library Special Collections – Yale University, New Haven, CT

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include two major art museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music.

Position Focus: Reporting to the Director of the Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library, the Associate Director for Arts Library Special Collections (ALSC) directly oversees ALSC’s collections and research services and instruction program; coordinates the Art Library’s exhibits and events program; and directs the Yale University Library’s Bibliographical Press program. Arts Library Special Collections includes a broad selection of fine press and artists’ books, manuscript and archival holdings related to the book arts, and manuscript and archival holdings related to theatrical productions. The collection also includes the Faber Birren Collection of Books on Color and the Yale Bookplate collection of ex-libris prints and process materials.

The incumbent manages the Special Collections unit by promoting and instilling the highest service standards, and leverages the unit’s resources to provide excellent customer service throughout the library. S/he shares responsibility with the Arts Library Management Team for long-range strategic planning for the library; fosters a creative, collaborative, and team-oriented work environment; and facilitates communication and coordination between Arts Library staff members and other units of the Yale University Library System.

The Associate Director establishes and improves policies for the ALSC in support of learning and research through the provision of reliable, secure, and convenient access to ALSC collections physically and virtually. In coordination with the Associate Director for Access and Research Services, helps plan strategic initiatives for the Arts Library Digital Services unit that connect researchers to digital collections, technologies, and subject specialists.

Required Education, Skills and Experience:

  • Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited library school and an undergraduate or graduate degree in the visual arts, art history, architecture, or a related field.
  • A minimum of five years of professional experience are required.
  • Demonstrated ability to provide leadership in a research library and ability and achievement in managing staff and budgets. Demonstrated problem solving skills, experience coordinating projects, and the ability to bring projects to fruition.
  • Familiarity with a special collections environment comprised of archives, manuscripts, rare and antiquarian books, audio-visual materials, and ephemera as well as in acquiring, cataloging, processing, preserving, securing, and/or digitizing them. Experience managing both analog and digital materials.
  • Demonstrated ability working collegially, both collaboratively and independently, within a complex organization and rapidly-changing team environment. Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communications, analytical ability, and the ability to provide exceptional service to a diverse clientele.
  • Demonstrated commitment to excellence and innovation in developing programs for customer service and outreach, which includes curating exhibits and providing reference and instruction.

Yale University assigns ranks to librarian positions based on a combination of professional experience and accomplishments. Librarian ranking information can be found at: http://www.library.yale.edu/about/departments/lhr/rank.html.

Preferred Education, Skills and Experience: Advanced degree and/or relevant experience in the visual arts, art history, architecture, drama/theater, or a related field. Experience in an academic library environment. Record of professional development and service to the field of librarianship.

The University and the Library
The Yale University Library, as one of the world’s leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access to and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and supports the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including around 15 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. The Library is engaging in numerous projects to expand access to its physical and digital collections. Housed in eighteen buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, the Center for Science and Social Science Information, and the Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of approximately five hundred who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers. For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library’s web site at www.library.yale.edu.

The Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library
The Haas Family Arts Library at Yale consists of collections from three formerly-separate operating units: Art and Architecture, Arts of the Book, and Drama. Now located under one roof, these libraries support arts-area programming at Yale, including the Schools of Architecture, Art, and Drama, and the department of the History of Art, as well as the teaching and research needs of the Yale community beyond the visual arts. In addition, the Arts Library houses several prominent archival and special collections in Art and Architecture, Arts of the Book, and Drama, ranging from type specimens and woodblocks to theatrical archives to one of the world’s foremost collection of books on color. For additional information on the Haas Family Arts Library, please visit http://www.library.yale.edu/arts/.

Salary and Benefits
We invite you to discover the excitement, diversity, rewards and excellence of a career at Yale University. One of the country’s great workplaces, Yale University offers exciting opportunities for meaningful accomplishment and true growth. Our benefits package is among the best anywhere, with a wide variety of insurance choices, liberal paid time off, fantastic family and educational benefits, a variety of retirement benefits, extensive recreational facilities, and much more.

How to Apply
Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Applications, consisting of a cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three professional references should be submitted by applying online at http://bit.ly/2xF8jdXRequisition: 45714BR

Yale University considers applicants for employment without regard to, and does not discriminate on the basis of an individual’s sex, race, color, religion, age, disability, status as a veteran, or national or ethnic origin; nor does Yale discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity or expression.

Call for Hack Your Art Library Program submissions!

Hello all!

We are looking for people interested in blogging about their Art Librarianship program or what they’ve stitched together to formulate their own!

Here is a rough outline of what we are looking for in a post: general description of your program, requirements for the art librarianship track or how you are formulating your own focus, what classes are offered, information on faculty, your personal experience as a student, does the program offer internships/hands on experience, and finally, would you recommend this program.

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in contributing to, please email autumnwetli@gmail.com. Thanks!

Art Librarian – Ohio University Libraries, Athens OH

The Ohio University Libraries seeks a dynamic and forward-thinking Art Librarian to work with stakeholder communities in the visual arts and advance digital arts and humanities efforts within the Libraries. The Art Librarian will partner with library staff, University faculty and staff, and students in the visual arts to explore, establish, deliver, and assess services which connect Libraries’ collections to University curricular efforts and demonstrate the value of the Libraries to the University community and to student success. Robust engagement, outreach, and collaborative teamwork with Libraries staff, the University community, and the wider public are central to the work of the position. Specifically, the Art Librarian will:

Responsibilities

·         Partner with visual arts and visual communications disciplines, including academic departments, the University museum, and arts groups across campus to identify, prioritize, and deliver services and spaces that connect the Libraries’ collections to the production and research needs of stakeholder communities.

·         Lead the Libraries in exploring and experimenting with digital arts and humanities efforts, including the implementation of new technologies, practices, and tools connected to Libraries spaces, projects, and services.

·         Support the research and creative endeavors of students, staff, faculty, and members of the community, including specialized research and reference consultations.

·         Conduct and assess information literacy instruction in the visual arts, including assessment of user needs to best foster curricular integration of Libraries’ collections and services.

·         Engage in resource selection and management to support curricular and academic goals, including management of collections budgets, and the assessment of collection development efforts.

·         Engage in collection management and stewardship of existing legacy collections, including distinctive collections in the arts.

·         Lead and manage the Libraries-wide exhibit program, coordinating with a range of co-curators and Libraries staff and members of the University community, and advancing an online presence for exhibits.

·         Engage in regular professional development through research, publications, presentations and participation in state, regional, and national associations as part of a continuing commitment to bring best practices and innovative services to the Ohio University Libraries.

Required Qualifications

·         MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution at point of hire.

·         At least one year of relevant library experience.

·         Experience and/or formal education or training in the fine arts.

·         Demonstrated interest in or experience with digital arts and humanities research tools and practices.

·         Positive attitude and enthusiasm for a changing environment.

·         Ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively within a team environment.

·         Creative problem-solving skills and leadership skills.

·         Superior oral and written communication skills and a consultative mindset.

·         Knowledge of new and emerging models of research in the arts and humanities and an understanding of directions in academic libraries and higher education.

Preferred Qualifications

·         A second graduate degree in a related discipline.

The Environment
Ohio University Libraries takes pride in providing outstanding service to all its clientele. The Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, and is a founding member of OhioLINK. The Libraries facilities include the Vernon R. Alden Library, the Music and Dance Library, and the Southeast Ohio Regional Depository.

The Frederick and Kazuko Harris Fine Arts Library is a part of the Ohio University’s Alden Library. The Harris Fine Arts Library holds a rich monograph collection with robust holdings in photography, manuscript facsimiles, and artist’s books. The Harris Fine Arts Library also holds a collection of original art of the Yao peoples, which is available through Artstor.

Ohio University is a comprehensive, state-assisted institution that is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Research University (high-research activity) institution. Ohio University is in Athens, Ohio, a culturally rich, sustainable community situated in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the southeast corner of the state of Ohio, an hour and a half from the state capital, Columbus. Athens is within a four hour drive or less of Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Indianapolis. With close to 24,000 students enrolled on the Athens campus and over 10,000 students on five regional campuses, the university offers a diverse, dynamic and collegial atmosphere to its students, faculty and staff.

Salary & Benefits
Salary is commensurate with experience and education. Ohio University employees enjoy a liberal benefits package; including 21 days’ annual vacation, generous insurance, and Ohio state employee or alternative retirement. The Libraries are committed to professional development in order to bring best practices and innovative services to Ohio University Libraries.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, apply by September 20, 2017. Please apply online at http://www.ohiouniversityjobs.com/postings/23818.

A complete application consists of a CV or resume, cover letter addressing your interest and qualifications for all of the position requirements and any of the position preferences, and a list of three professional references including email, contact information, and an explanation of the relationship.

Ohio University is committed to the diversity of faculty, staff and students. Applicants who will enrich the diversity of our campus are especially encouraged to apply.

Art and Design Librarian – The Ohio State University Libraries, Columbus, OH

In an academic environment where the arts are increasingly dynamic, evolving, and relevant, the Art and Design Librarian leads efforts to connect people, services, and content to a multifaceted faculty, student body, and community. The successful candidate will be proactive, user-centered and identify opportunities for library engagement with both digital and traditional arts scholarship, exhibitions, and projects, and will help lead University Libraries in creating a wide-ranging support agenda for arts research and scholarship across the University. The Librarian will promote engagement with the arts and design disciplines at the University, and specifically support scholarship in collaboration with other units and visual arts leaders in the campus community and in the Columbus area. The Librarian will liaison with the Wexner Center for the Arts, Hopkins Hall Gallery, ACCAD (Advanced Computer Center for the Arts and Design), and the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum as they grow support of the visual and performing arts through its Arts Initiative. The Librarian will work with the Collections Strategist. The Librarian will be committed to supporting efforts to foster diversity and inclusion in library, university, and professional contexts. The candidate will have a capacity to thrive in a changing work environment and fulfill position expectations as outlined below. This position reports to the Head of the Arts Cohort.

·         Champion the library as an intellectual meeting place for programming, content, and inquiry.

·         Actively engage and communicate effectively with faculty, students, and staff in areas of Art; Arts Administration Education & Policy; Design; and History of Art to develop strong collaborative relationships and deep partnerships.

·         Communicate the value of scholarly communication, digital initiatives, the development of new online tools, copyright, data management, affordability, and the integration of information literacy skills into the curriculum and the impact to the arts community.

·         Anticipate and respond to users’ research and information needs throughout the research lifecycle.

 

Required Qualifications:

·         An ALA-accredited master’s degree, a master’s degree with specialization in archives, a master’s degree in museum studies or a comparable graduate degree in one of the above fields from a non-U.S. university, reviewed on a case by case basis.

·         Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with researchers, subject librarians, special collections curators or others to advance innovative arts research and promote integration of visual arts approaches to enrich the curriculum and research.

·         Commitment to librarianship, scholarship, and service which are required criteria to meet University and University Libraries requirements for promotion and tenure. https://library.osu.edu/document-registry/docs/356/stream.

 

Desired Qualifications:

·         Advanced training or degree in art, design or related discipline relevant to the collections and users of an art or design library.

·         Familiarity with traditional research methods along with emerging technologies in the visual arts.

·         Previous experience in an academic library or an organization serving a visual arts community.

·         Knowledge of collection management practices and information resources for art, art history, and design disciplines.

 

Discover Ohio State:
For 147 years, The Ohio State University’s campus in Columbus has been the stage for academic achievement and a laboratory for innovation. It’s where friendships are forged. It’s where rivalries and revelry are born.

The University’s main campus is one of America’s largest and most comprehensive. As Ohio’s best and one of the nation’s top-20 public universities, Ohio State is further recognized by a top-rated academic medical center and a premier cancer hospital and research center. As a land-grant university, Ohio State has a physical presence throughout the state, with campuses and research centers located around Ohio.

University Libraries provides patrons with access to information at 13 locations across the Columbus campus to support the research, teaching and learning needs of students and scholars, Buckeyes and beyond. We offer services and educational resources that open minds and advance equity, inclusion, and diversity in the pursuit and sharing of knowledge. Our libraries provide access to deep research collections, an extensive offering of online resources available anytime anywhere, and special collections of exceptional quality and distinction. Our facilities offer work spaces designed to enable a variety of learning styles and research methods. We strive to provide convenient, ubiquitous resources and services – in your home, in your office, inside one of our welcoming facilities, or wherever your scholarly pursuits lead you. Librarians familiar with the subject areas and expert in associated research techniques are available for consultation. Additional information about The Ohio State University Libraries is available at http://library.osu.edu.

Appointment:
This is a full-time, permanent, 12-month appointment. For appointment as a tenure-track faculty member, the candidate will be required to meet university and Libraries requirements for promotion and tenure. Salary, position type, and faculty rank are dependent on qualifications and experience.

Benefits:
All of the benefits available to you reflect Ohio State’s commitment to provide high-quality, affordable plans and represent a significant component of your total rewards for working at Ohio State. The University offers competitive benefits in the form of 22 days vacation, 15 days sick leave, 10 holidays, medical, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance, and life insurance at 2.5 times one’s annual salary. State and alternative retirement choices are also available. For a summary of benefits, see: https://hr.osu.edu/new-employees/benefits-overview

Join Us!
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received by October 1, 2017. Please send cover letter, CV, references, and salary history and requirements to Kristin Gall at gall.108@osu.edu. Please include Art and Design Librarian in the subject field.

Contact Information: Kristin Gall, Human Resources Associate, 1858 Neil Avenue Mall, Columbus, OH 43210, 614-292-5794.

The Ohio State University is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

Fine Arts Reference and Acquisitions Librarian – Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, Richmond, VA

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is seeking a dynamic individual to fill the role of Fine Arts Reference and Acquisitions Librarian in The Margaret R. and Robert M. Freeman Library. The Library and Special Collections Department is part of the Conservation and Collections Division and provides research services and resources to museum staff and to the general public in support of VMFA’s educational mission. This position reports to the Director of Library, Archives and Special Collections and has primary responsibilities for reference services management, collection development, and outreach. The Fine Arts Reference and Acquisitions Librarian provides reference and research services, assists with oversight of hourly staff and volunteers, as well as has responsibility for collection development including selection, acquisition, cataloging, and management of print and electronic resources. This position will also serve as the liaison to internal departments as well as the academic and museum community to actively promote library services and intellectual resources to existing and new audiences.

Minimum Qualifications
The successful candidate must have a Master’s degree in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited institution with graduate or undergraduate coursework in Art History, Museum Studies or a related Humanities discipline. In addition, candidate must have significant experience working as a reference librarian for an arts library in an academic or museum setting. Effective oral and written communication skills as well as experience working with integrated library systems, Digital Asset Management Systems (DAMS) and electronic resources is essential. Must also have a demonstrated history of promoting library resources to diverse audiences.

Preferred Qualifications
Advanced level technology skills and reading level proficiency in one or more foreign languages.

Online applications will be accepted through Thursday, September 14, 2017, at 11:59 p.m. (extended from Sept. 7th):  https://virginiajobs.peopleadmin.com/postings/83153

Please contact the HR office at (804) 340-1485 if you need assistance. EEO/AA, Virginia Values Veterans (V3) Certified Employer

Materials Collection at The University of Michigan

Image of Materials Collection
Image by Sara Samuels

Libraries hold all types of things other than just books. The University of Michigan’s Art, Architecture, and Engineering Library is just one of several academic art libraries that has a Materials Collection. Comprised of around 800 samples, the collection is meant to inspire artists and designers by giving them the opportunity to touch and experience different materials in real life. Most of the collection comes from a materials consultancy company called Material Connexion, but the library adds items by request, too. Its curator, librarian Rebecca Price, hopes that with the growth of the collection and increasing awareness of its existence, more students and faculty will reach out and make requests for materials to purchase.

Image of Materials Collection
Image by Joanna Thielen

Most use of the Materials Collection comes from students and faculty in Architecture or Art & Design programs. Classes have used the collection to create sustainable packaging designs and signage assignments, just to name a few examples. The collection was also used by students in the Dance department who were searching for an iridescent material for costumes. The library will be loaning out some of the collection to be on display at college makerspace, hopefully sparking more interest in the collection.

Snail excrement material
Material made from snail excrement (Image by Sara Samuels)

You can learn more about The University of Michigan’s Materials Collection here. Some other universities I found that house similar collections are Princeton, Harvard, Kendall College of Art and Design, and The University of Utah.

Assistant Curator of Audio/Visual/Digital Resources

Job Summary

The assistant curator is a faculty-equivalent appointee who provides a wide range of professional services in the Fine Arts areas and Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts department, in support of its research, teaching, and public service missions. This is a part-time position that will require a minimum of twenty hours of work each week.

The assistant curator will:

Manage a collection of digital images used for teaching, research, and publication by the Art History discipline and maintain a working relationship with counterparts on the Ann Arbor campus.
Create new images using flatbed scanners, slide scanners, digital cameras, and Adobe Photoshop software.
Catalog images using EmbARK software (or equivalent) and make images available via Digital Library Platform and Services (DPLS) at UM-Ann Arbor.
Track and resolve cataloguing for errors
Support Fine Arts and LPA faculty to facilitate projects related to digital humanities research and teaching such as digital mapping, 3D imaging, virtual reality, and urban humanities. The hire will interact with IT specialists and librarians to enhance research and teaching (face-to-face, but especially online teaching platforms and image support) in the department. This hire would work with Music History faculty, to build collections and resources necessary for a digital music curriculum.
Supervise student assistants helping with the production of images and with staffing a digital art and music computer classroom during open lab hours.
Supervise equipment use in the AVD resources work area and the digital computer classroom when complete.
Manage, create content, and update the Fine Arts website and Facebook site.
Required Qualifications*

Candidate should have an MA, MLS, MS or MFA in a subject area appropriate to the visual resources collection. (Foundational knowledge of art history, appropriate background digital skills and strong writing skills are essential).

At least 1 year of experience in use of data management systems for cataloguing images, DVDs, music materials (for instance EmbARK); in use of Photoshop; and in use of tools like Omeka to facilitate faculty and student projects for the creation of digital humanities websites related to courses and independent studies projects (such as digital mapping, 3D imaging, and virtual reality software).

Familiar with technology and platforms for art history and music history online teaching and course development, as well as computer classrooms.

Must demonstrate knowledge of Intellectual Property Rights, including Rights Statements from the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) for implementation of the online image collection, and demonstrate knowledge of online image resource tools (including the Getty vocabularies) . The candidate must be well-organized, detail­ oriented, and welcoming of interaction with faculty and students.

Ability to stand, reach, bend, and lift a minimum of 15 pounds with full mobility.

Desired Qualifications*

An MLS, MA, MS, or MFA in a subject area appropriate to the visual resources collection (foundational knowledge of art history and appropriate background digital skills are essential). Preferred specialiy in Art History and very strong writing skills.

3 years of experience in use of data management systems for cataloguing images, DVDs, music materials (for instance EmbARK) ; in use of Photoshop; and in use of tools like Omeka to facilitate faculty and student projects for the creation of digital humanities websites related to courses and independent studies projects (such as digital mapping, 30 imaging, and virtual reality software).

Experience with technology and platforms for art history and music history online teaching and course development, as well as computer classrooms.

http://careers.umich.edu/job_detail/144959/assistant_curator_of_audiovisual_digital_resources

 

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!

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.

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!