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call for proposals: ARLIS/NA Mountain West Chapter virtual conference

Call for Proposals: ARLIS/NA Mountain West Chapter Virtual Conference
Adapt, Evolve, Transform: Current Issues in Art Information

The Mountain West Chapter is now seeking proposals for sessions and papers for our Virtual Conference to be held on Thursday, November 4, 2010.  The conference is tentatively scheduled to be conducted using GoToWebinar.  Details on how to participate in a GoToWebinar event will be distributed to all attendees as we near the date of the virtual conference.

Though sponsored and organized by the ARLIS/NA Mountain West Chapter, our virtual conference will be open to the larger community of art information professionals, including librarians and visual resources curators in academic, museum, corporate, and other environments.  You do not need to be a member of the Mountain West Chapter to submit proposals or participate in the conference as an attendee.  Registration fees will be $30 for ARLIS/NA Mountain West members, and $50 for all other participants.

Do you have preliminary results of a research project you’d like to get feedback on?  Is your institution working on exciting new programming or facilities?  How are you weathering the difficult budget climate?  Do you have creative solutions to information problems in art, architecture, design, visual and material culture, and related disciplines?  Share all of this (and more!) by proposing content for our virtual conference!

A paper is a proposal for a 15-20 minute presentation on a topic of your choice.

A session is a proposal for a presentation of up to 3 papers on related topics.

Proposals that allow for significant discussion and dialogue between presenters and attendees are strongly encouraged.  We hope to make this virtual chapter conference a lively, engaging, and valuable experience for participants.

Deadline for submissions: August 10, 2010

Guidelines for Submission:
Please send the following to Meredith Kahn, ARLIS/NA Mountain West Vice-Chair/Chair-Elect at
–type of proposal (paper or session)
–250-word abstract
–list of participant(s)
–institutional affiliation and contact information for presenter(s) and organizer(s)
–anticipated length of time needed for paper or session proposed

ARLIS/NA Mountain West Chapter Travel Award

To ARLIS Mountain West chapter members:

Are you planning to go to the 2010 ARLIS annual meeting in Boston? If so, consider applying for our chapter’s travel award named in honor and recognition of Winberta Yao, a co-founder and the first president of ARLIS/AZ (Arizona). This year we will make one award of up to $500.

The postmark or email deadline is Friday February 19, 2010.

For more details about the application process and award criteria visit: .

AASL Conference Student Travel Award

Association of Architecture School Librarians

Annual Conference

March 4-7, 2010

New Orleans, LA


The conference award is intended to introduce library school students, interested in a career in architecture school librarianship, to the membership and activities of AASL through attendance at the organization’s annual conference. The conference will be in New Orleans, Louisiana, March 4-7, 2010

Award Amount:

1. $500. for travel expenses (given in the form of a check from AASL to the recipient after the post-conference report is received following the annual meeting)
2. Waiver of the annual meeting registration fee (at the student rate)
3. Waiver of annual AASL dues for a period of one year

Students who are currently enrolled in an ALA accredited graduate library school program or have recently graduated (within 12 mos. of graduation) are eligible for the award.


  • Applicants must submit a completed application form, accompanied by a current résumé, to the Award Committee by the specified closing date
  • Recipients of the award must confirm in writing (e-mail will suffice) that s/he is able to meet the requirement of full conference attendance
  • Recipients of the award will submit a brief post-conference report for posting on the AASL website. The report should outline conference activities and experiences and include an account of how the award supported professional development goals
  • In a year in which no suitable applications are received, or if AASL funds are insufficient, the grant will not be awarded

Application deadline is February 1, 2010

Applications can be submitted by e-mail or mail to:
Cathy Carpenter
Head, Architecture Library
704 Cherry St.
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia 30332-0900

Phone: 404-385-3249



Please indicate your preferred contact address

Home Address:

University/College Address:

Are you a:
o Full-time student
o Part-time student
o Recent library school graduate
If yes, please provide the name of the school attended plus month and year of graduation:

Please detail your reasons for applying for the AASL Conference Student Award and the anticipated benefits of attending:

What a librarian looks like

Back in September, an acquaintance of mine blogged about an activity he’d done with a group of students at the University of Texas-Arlington.  I tried a similar activity in a research seminar I’m participating in this semester.  Participants are mostly faculty (with a smattering of grad students) in the sciences and humanities.  Nominally, we’re all there to talk about information visualization and the intersection of the arts and science.  Having them draw a picture of what they think a librarian looks like seemed like an interesting idea.  I had hoped to avoid the buns-and-glasses stereotype, but I guess it’s a hard image to shake.  Here are a few of the drawings:

In addition to the drawings, I also asked them to list examples of what a librarian does and what you can find in a library.  Though their drawings are disappointingly stereotypical, their written answers showed a deeper understanding of the role of librarians and libraries in fostering teaching and research at our institution.  Their answers indicated that they understand the basic duties of many librarians on our campus (even for folks outside of public services positions), the wide range of material we collect, and even the changing use of our physical space.

I’ve often heard fellow librarians (particularly those of us in academe) talk about how few of our users understand what we actually do.  But perhaps they know more than we give them credit for.  Even though I’m disappointed that buns and glasses still predominate, I am heartened by the fact that my fellow seminar participants think of the library as more than just a place to check out books.

Anyone else out there soliciting feedback about what our users think of us?  If so, let’s chat about it in the comments below.

Librarian, New York Institute of Technology (Old Westbury Campus)


Job Title: Librarian
Organization: NYIT
Location: Brookville, New York,
Description: NYIT has the following two positions available: Librarian New York Institute of Technology seeks a full time Librarian for its Art & Architecture Library. Reporting to the Director of Branch Services, the Librarian works as a member of a collaborative staff providing information and collection content services in support of the university’s architecture, design and arts programs; provides reference, research and instructional services, both traditional and electronic; participates in faculty outreach; designs, delivers and assesses special and ongoing projects related to the collection and web-based projects; assists with circulation desk coverage, serials management and other library operations; identifies and promotes new digital resources and provides instructional services to students and faculty. Candidates must possess an ALA accredited Master’s degree in Library Science. In addition, a degree in art history along with university academic library experience is preferred, but will consider candidates with applied background. The successful candidate is required to have competencies in a full range of print and electronic services in the arts and related areas along with excellent organizational/time management skills, and demonstrated commitment to providing excellent public services in a university academic environment. Temporary FT/PT opportunity available during search which may lead to full time hire. For immediate consideration, please submit cover letter and resume to We will contact only those persons selected for further consideration. EOE

Access Services Librarian, Savannah College of Art and Design


Job Title: Access Services Librarian
Organization: Savannah College of Art and Design
Location: Savannah, Georgia,

SCAD Savannah seeks qualified applicants for the Jen Library access services librarian position. The person in this position is responsible for overseeing all operations of the circulation desk, including reserves; supervising work-study students; and maintaining library stacks. In addition, some reference desk hours are assigned. Qualifications required include an ALA-accredited M.L.S. degree; an undergraduate or graduate degree in art, art history, design or related field; excellent written and verbal communication skills; knowledge of integrated library systems; familiarity with current copyright compliance issues; three years of library supervisory experience; and access services experience in an academic or public library setting, including some reference experience.

[Note: this add did not contain any information about where to send applications. SCAD human resources site can be found here.]


Architectural Librarian, SmithGroup (Washington, DC)

[via ALA JobList]

Architectural Librarian
Washington, District of Columbia
Salary: Not Specified
Status: Full-time
Posted: 10/20/09
Deadline: 11/25/09
SmithGroup, Inc. (, a nationally recognized, award-winning architectural, engineering, interior design, and planning firm is looking for a Librarian to manage our architecture/design library and information resources. The library collection is an eclectic mix of industry-specific building product information, technical literature, serials, general reference works and material samples, constituting one of the largest collections in the DC metro area. The library lends full-time support to the work of approximately 170 staff.

We are looking for an enthusiastic, service-oriented Librarian to perform various responsibilities including:

– Managing and directing implementation and organization of the library
– Developing library usage guidelines and procedures for collection development and maintenance, circulation and research requests
– Developing and improving employee accessibility to library materials and information
– Assisting employees in locating resources, answering inquiries and researching information
– Selecting, ordering, cataloging and classifying library materials
– Working with leadership of all disciplines to grow library resources and services to support business information needs
– Maintaining library web presence by providing design and content for online users
– Coordinating with vendors for in-house presentations

Applicants should have a Masters of Library/Information Science. Experience in a corporate library in an architecture or engineering setting is preferable. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are essential as well as the ability to effectively work with all levels of management and staff.

Email to apply for this job.

Archivist, Indianapolis Museum of Art

[via SLIS Careers]


Date posted: Sept. 30, 2009

State: Indiana

Job description:

The Indianapolis Museum of Art seeks a full-time Archivist to establish an archives program for the museum. Reporting to the Head of Libraries and Archives, the successful candidate will join a team of talented staff working in a highly collaborative environment. Primary job responsibilities for this position include:

• Conducting an inventory and appraisal of existing archival collections
• Developing guidelines, policies, and procedures for archives management, including the creation of internal forms for handling archives requests
• Implementing an arrangement and description program in a manner consistent with standard professional practices
• Ensuring the effective preservation, access, and security of archival collections, as well as determining plans for their short and long-term storage
• Facilitating the online access, implementation, and prioritization of digital projects
• Active participation in identifying funding for special projects
• Collaboration with library staff in contributing original cataloging of archival records
• Education and training of museum staff on the archives program
• Recommendations for a museum-wide records management policy
• Assisting with departmental budgets and with the creation of a collection development policy for the museum archives

• Masters degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited program with a concentration or specialization in archival management. Archival certification and background in Art History, Museum Studies, or related field preferred
• At least two years of professional experience processing archival collections
• Experience in the planning and implementation of online access to archival collections
• Working knowledge of practices and techniques of archival descriptive standards, particularly EAD, as well as preservation practices
• Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to clearly explain archives issues to museum staff and the public
• Ability to lift and move materials weighing 40-45 lbs.
• Excellent organizational skills and strong attention to detail
• Experience working with the public in a reference setting preferred
To apply, please e-mail your credentials to, or via fax: 317-920-2655, or mail: 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, IN 46208

Digital Assets, Instruction and Outreach Librarian, University of Texas at Austin

[via ALA JobList]

Digital Assets, Instruction and Outreach Librarian, Fine Arts Library
University of Texas Libraries – The University of Texas at Austin

The University of Texas Libraries seeks an enthusiastic and creative information professional to become the Digital Assets, Instruction, and Outreach Librarian. The successful candidate is responsible for instruction, outreach and managing digital assets for the Fine Arts Library. The successful candidate will work collaboratively to build strong faculty relationships with the College of Fine Arts and across campus in regards to digital asset management and services, organize and strengthen the Fine Arts Library instruction program, and build a lively and diverse outreach program. The successful candidate will facilitate patrons’ image discovery and use by providing general reference, instruction, and orientation to digital asset resources, tools, and technologies including DASe and ARTstor. The successful candidate will work closely with catalogers, database managers, and reformatting technicians. The successful candidate will develop and run the instruction program, coordinating course integrated library instruction sessions, related tours, and staff training on new resources and technology. The successful candidate will coordinate external communications for the Fine Arts Library, including publications, publicity, and participate in exhibit and event development and serves as liaison to the University of Texas Community and to the wider Austin community. The successful candidate will be highly motivated, innovative, and proactive. The position reports to the Head Librarian, Fine Arts Library, The University of Texas Libraries.

The Fine Arts Library is located in the Doty Fine Arts Building in the heart of the College of Fine Arts. Collections and services support the research and teaching of the College of Fine Arts which includes art, music, theatre and dance and audiovisual services for the entire campus community. Fine Arts Library digital assets include an image collection, an audio archive, and other discrete collections.

For a complete job description including requirements, salary information and application instructions, visit

The University of Texas has a strong commitment to diversity and encourages applications and nominations from traditionally underrepresented groups.

An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer

Tips & Tricks for Time/Project Management

Some of us use to-do lists, emails sent to ourselves, things we find on Lifehacker or 43 folders, various Google apps, etc.  And some of us just manage to keep everything in our heads.  But regardless of how we do it, we all find ways to manage our time and our projects.

Personally, I’m a big fan of the inbox zero principle and “tasks” in Gmail.

Have a favorite technique for staying organized and on task?  Digital or analog,  share it in the comments below.