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ARLIS webinar! Friday, Feb. 11 – Getting Started: Cover Letter, Resume and Interview Tips for New Professionals

Awesome webinar for those who are on the job hunt (and pretty much everyone else)! Please note that it is limited to current ARLIS/NA members only.

Getting Started: Cover Letter, Resume and Interview Tips for New Professionals
A webinar presented by ARLIS NA Education Subcommittee

Friday, February 11
2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

New to the field of art librarianship? Applying for professional positions for the first time? We’ve invited two guests to talk about the application and interviewing process. They’ll offer expert advice for new (and soon-to-be) professionals on reading job descriptions, writing cover letters and resumes, and selecting good references. We’ll also take a look at some of the skills and knowledge search committees look for when recruiting new art information professionals.

Presented by:
Allen K. Townsend, Director, Arts Library, Yale University
Tiffany Allen, Personnel Librarian, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar. ARLIS NA Webinars are available for current members only.

System Requirements
PC-based attendees
Required: Windows® 7, Vista, XP or 2003 Server

Macintosh®-based attendees
Required: Mac OS® X 10.4.11 (Tiger®) or newer

ACRL Arts and Visual Literacy Opportunities

Opportunities for those interested in contributing to ACRL arts-related groups…

ACRL/IRIG Visual Literacy Standards Task Force (post-) ALA Midwinter virtual open meeting

Date: Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Time: 11:30-1:00 PST/2:30-4:00 EST

Register here: (please note there are three IRIG meetings listed; please select the 2/16/2011 VLTF meeting)

Please join the ACRL/IRIG Visual Literacy Standards Task Force for an open meeting to discuss the Standards development process and the soon-to-be-available draft Standards document. The meeting is open to all, and it is not necessary to be a member of ALA, ACRL, or IRIG.

The draft Standards document will be available on the ACRL/IRIG Visual Literacy Standards blog ( by Tuesday, February 15, 2011. Additional information about the Standards project is also available on the blog.

If you would like to submit a question or discussion topic in advance of the meeting, please email Denise Hattwig at


The ACRL Arts Section is seeking contributors to the Philadelphia ArtsGuide for the upcoming 2011 ACRL Conference, March 30-April 2.

The ArtsGuide is a semi-annual guide and customized Google Map developed by members and associates of ACRL’s Arts Section to help conference attendees find arts-related venues and events in and around host cities.

This is a great opportunity to get involved in the ACRL Arts Section. It’s also a fun way to contribute your knowledge of the area to enhance everyone’s conference experience!

You can view previous ArtsGuides on the ACRL Arts Section page at:

If you are interested in contributing to ArtsGuide sections on Visual Arts & Museums, Galleries, Architecture, Theatre, Music, and/or Dance please contact the editor of this year’s ACRL ArtsGuide, Eamon Tewell, at eamont(at)gmail(dot)com as soon as possible.

Both ACRL members and non-members are encouraged to contribute.
Submissions would be due by February 18, 2011.

SEI 2011 Registration / SEI Kress Scholarship applications due Feb. 11

Registration is open for SEI 2011 & SEI Kress Scholarship applications due Feb. 11

Held at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque from June 7-10, 2011.

The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) are pleased to announce that registration for the 2011 Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management is open through April 15, 2011 ( will close earlier if all available slots are filled).  Please register early to assure your attendance.

Past Institutes have been attended by visual resources professionals new to the field, those currently enrolled in library schools who wish to augment their experience with image management training, and more experienced professionals eager to update their skill sets in response to fast-changing technological advancements. Expert instructors will cover intellectual property rights, digital imaging, metadata and cataloguing, the application of social and new media in visual resources, the product environment, strategic planning, professional development, and future directions for the profession.

Reminder: Applications for the Kress Foundation SEI Scholarships must be submitted by February 11, 2011.

For additional information and to register, please visit the SEI webpage,

ARLIS/NA Webinar Friday 1/14: Benefits of Career Mentoring

Via  ARLIS/L… do attend this free online interest session if you’d like to learn more about the Career Mentoring workshop at this year’s conference.

ARLIS NA Presents: The Benefits of Career Mentoring
Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

On March 24th a workshop on Career Mentoring will be offered at the joint VRA & ARLIS/NA conference in Minneapolis. Learn more about the benefits of participating in the workshop, for both mentors and mentees. We’ll cover what training is provided, and how to apply. Our presenter will be Sarah Carter, Chair of ARLIS/NA’s Mentoring Subcommittee.


Friday, January 14, 2011


11am Pacific – 12pm Mountain – 1pm Central – 2pm Eastern

After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the Webinar.

Apply now! Kress Scholarships for SEI

The Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management (SEI) is an annual, intensive workshop covering a range of basic and advanced topics for professionals working with image collections. It is jointly arranged by ARLIS/NA and VRA. SEI 2011 will be held at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque, NM, June 7-10, 2011.

The Samuel H. Kress Foundation is offering five SEI scholarships of $650 apiece to help offset costs of tuition, room, and incidentals. Applications will be accepted from January 3, 2011 through February 11, 2011. Recipients will be notified no later than March 20, 2011.

To apply, and for more information about SEI, please visit

Paid Fellowship / Internship Opportunities: Yale University; John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art

Two short-term, paid opportunities available for new (and soon-to-be) graduates:

2011/12 Kress Fellowship in Art Librarianship at Yale University
The Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library
Yale University, New Haven, CT

Fixed Duration Position: 8 months from date of hire; non-renewable
Expected Start Date: June 1, 2011
Application Due Date: January 6, 2011

The Yale University Library welcomes applications and nominations for the 2011/12 Kress Fellowship in Art Librarianship. The Kress Fellowship is intended for a recent graduate from library school who wishes to pursue a career in art librarianship. This fellowship is made possible through the generosity of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Through this fellowship, the Kress Foundation seeks to achieve in the field of art librarianship what it has accomplished for art history and art conservation: ensuring the growth of the discipline by promoting the advancement of new professionals.

This year the focus of the Kress Fellowship will be on public service librarianship in the arts, which will include experience in reference services and library research education. During their tenure at Yale, Kress Fellows are expected to pursue a mutually agreed-upon project resulting in a publishable paper or a new library service. Kress Fellows are also introduced to a broad spectrum of professional activities and may have the opportunity to perform collection development activities and the possibility of assisting with library-based exhibitions. Kress Fellows are also expected to participate in library planning committees and task forces and engage in campus, regional, and national professional organizations and other collaborative activities.

Please visit the Kress Fellowship webpage for additional info and to apply.

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Summer Internship Program
Sarasota, FL
Internship takes place May 27 – August 4, 2011 (paid position)
Application Deadline: March 1, 2011

The John and Mable Ringling Museum of Art Summer Internship Program provides insight into museum careers through practical work experience not available in most academic settings.  Interns participate in daily operations of a specific department and participate in activities that provide a “behind the scenes” view of the Museum.  Positions for 2011 are in the Art Library, Asian Art, Education, Modern and Contemporary Art, Public Relations, Registration, and Technical Production.

The internship consists of ten, 40-hour weeks from May 27 – August 4, 2011.  Interns earn $11.25 per hour (less taxes) and are paid bi-weekly. Interns are responsible for their own housing (the Museum will assist with locating nearby rentals).

Candidates must be graduating seniors or current graduate students. International students must have a current US Visa and be eligible to work in the US.  The positions require fingerprinting.  The Museum encourages students from all backgrounds to apply and is committed to a culturally diverse group.

The application deadline is March 1, 2011. For position descriptions and application, please visit the interships webpage.

Travel Awards for ARLIS/NA-VRA Joint Conference

Do you want to attend the annual ARLIS/NA conference? The 2011 meeting will be a joint session with the VRA (Visual Resources Association) and it’s in Minneapolis from March 24 – 28. An array of travel awards are available for new professionals and students to help defray the costs of attending. Deadlines are already approaching for some of these!

ARLIS/NA Travel Awards:

These are just a few of the available awards. For more information, visit Application deadline is January 14 21, 2011.

  • Student Conference Attendance Award ($1000)
    Eligibility: Student members who are active participants in ARLIS/NA and are currently enrolled in an accredited graduate program in Library Studies and/or Information Studies or have recently graduated (within 12 mos. of graduation).
  • Student Diversity Award for Conference Attendance ($1000)
    Eligibility: Students from a traditionally under-represented group who are currently enrolled in an accredited graduate program in Library Studies and/or Information Studies or have recently graduated (within 12 mos. of graduation).
  • Judith A. Hoffberg Student Award for Conference Attendance ($1000)
    The Judith A. Hoffberg Student Award for Conference Attendance is given annually in honor of the founding of ARLIS/NA and its first president. Eligibility: Students who are currently enrolled in an accredited graduate program in Library Studies and/or Information Studies or have recently graduated (within 12 mos. of graduation).

ARLIS/NA Chapter Travel Awards:

Many of the ARLIS/NA regional chapters sponsor their own travel awards. These provide a great opportunity to attend the annual meetup while connecting with the art librarians near you. Visit your local chapter’s website for more information and to see what’s available. Application deadlines vary.

VRA Travel Awards:

The Visual Resources Association recently announced its travel awards for attendance at the 2011 joint VRA & ARLIS/NA conference.  The deadline for receipt of applications will be November 30, 9am Central Time.

A preliminary conference schedule with a listing of workshops and sessions has already been posted at: and information about costs is posted here:

Available awards:

  • Up to six Tansey fund awards of $250 to $850 each
  • The Kathe Hicks Albrecht award of $850 (for a first-time conference attendee)
  • The Gallery Systems award of $800
  • Two New Horizons awards of $850 each.  These awards are aimed at members in the following categories: solo VR professionals, part-time VR  professionals, geographically isolated VR professionals, VR professionals in smaller institutions, and/or first-time attendees
  • The Davis Art Top-up award of $250
  • The Joseph C. Taormina Memorial Travel Award of $250
  • A New Horizons student travel award of $300, for a full-time student enrolled in an accredited degree program and considering a career in visual resources
  • One international award, amount as yet to be determined

The application form will be available on the VRA website from October 29: under What’s New. Before you apply, PLEASE READ “Travel Award Rules and Guidelines”, “Tips for VRA Travel Awards Applicants”, and “Types of Travel Awards”, all linked here as PDFs:

Two Fantastic, FREE Webinars This Week!

Check out two great webinars this week courtesy of ARLIS/NA and ALA-LLAMA. Details below:

#1: on Thursday, Nov. 18 —

You have – or soon will earn – your MLS degree. But what’s next? How do you put it to work?

Job Hunting for the Recent or Future MLS Graduate

Thursday, Nov. 11/18 from 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM EST.

Applying and interviewing for a professional library position can be fraught with anxiety and frustrations. But you can put yourself ahead of the herd with the right information and strategies. The Library Leadership and Management Association’s Human Resources Section (LLAMA-HRS) will present “Job Hunting for the Recent or Future MLS Graduate.” This webinar will increase your confidence and raise your success rate; you’ll learn what libraries are seeking and gain a comprehensive understanding of how libraries conduct searches and make hiring decisions.

Brian Keith is assistant dean for human and financial resources at the George A. Smathers Libraries, University of Florida. He will share his insight and advice from years of experience recruiting librarians.

Here is the registration link:

#2: On Friday, Nov. 19 —

ARLIS NA Education Subcommittee Presents:

Reaching Visual Art Students in the Classroom and Beyond

Friday, November 19, 2010, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM EST

Space is limited! Reserve your Webinar seat now at:
After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about how to join the webinar.

(ARLIS NA webinars are reserved for current ARLIS NA members only. At some point in the near future, we hope to make the archived version of all our webinars available on our website. If you have recently joined ARLIS, please check the members directory to make sure you are listed. If not, please email webinars(at)arlisna(dot)org to ensure your registration is approved.)

Description: Does your library serve student designers, artists, and other visual learners? If so, join us for this webinar on tailoring instruction and outreach for this population. Ellen Petraits will discuss concept mapping, a visual exercise she uses in library instruction at the Rhode Island School of Design ( RISD ) to help students identify and develop research topics in art and design courses. (*This is an encore of Ellen’s ARLIS /NA 2010 Boston conference presentation.) Peter Blank promotes the artistic qualities of special collections materials to attract student artists to Stanford University’s Art and Architecture Library, but also participates in MFA studio critiques across campus to bring the library to the artists.


* Ellen Petraits, Art Reference Librarian, Rhode Island School of Design
* Peter Blank, Head Librarian, Art and Architecture Library, Stanford University

Contacts from Education Subcommittee: Heather Koopmans (hkoopman(at) and Cara List (clist(at)
For more information about ARLIS NA Webinars, please visit

Scholarship Resources from ALA

CC image by Alan Cleaver at (click to see original)

Are you currently enrolled in an MLIS program?  Thinking of enrolling soon? Now is a great time to seek out scholarship opportunities for next fall.  This week’s American Libraries Direct provided links to two helpful resources:

  • Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies (PDF) – “The Financial Assistance for Library and Information Studies directory (PDF file) is an annual directory of awards from state library agencies, national and state library associations, local libraries, academic institutions, and foundations that give some form of financial assistance for undergraduate and/or graduate education programs in library and information studies.”
  • ALA-sponsored scholarships: “ALA has more than $300,000 for students who are studying library science or school librarianship at the master’s degree level. Scholarships typically range from $1,500 to $7,000 per student per year.” ALA’s single online application covers all available opportunities. Applications are now being accepted and the deadline is March 8, 2011.

Reminder! 2010 – 11 ARLIS/NA Internship Award

Via ARLIS-L: Only a few days left to apply!


CALL FOR APPLICATIONS – ARLIS/NA Internship Award 2010-11

The Art Libraries Society of North America is now accepting applications for its annual Internship Award.

The ARLIS/NA Internship Award provides financial support for students preparing for a career in art librarianship or visual resources curatorship. The award grants $2,500.00 to the selected recipient to support a period of internship in an art library or visual resources collection.

The deadline for applications is October 15, 2010.

For detailed information about the award and application instructions please see the ARLIS/NA website: