Staying Relevant

In the Visual Resources world, staying relevant is always a major concern. Here are some survival tips for academic libraries:
Art librarians should be great at #2!

Another reason art librarians are just as relevant as ever, if not more:

“According to several reports published by the Primary Research Group, Inc., only about 47 percent of students are sure that they have ever been required to turn in a research paper exceeding ten double-spaced typed pages in length for any of their classes. More than 86 percent of students say that they understand the concept of plagiarism. The higher the grade point average, the less information for research papers was obtained from search engines, such as Google or Yahoo. Close to 19 percent of students in the fine or performing arts have ever asked reference questions via e-mail, the highest percentage among all types of majors or concentrations.”

Press Release from Primary Research Group, Inc., June, 2009, Retrieved August 6, 2009. Quoted in Gary Portillo’s “Fast Facts,” C&RL News Vol. 70, No. 8. September 2009. (emphasis mine).

University of St Andrews Visual Resources Curator

University of St Andrews
Visual Resources Curator
School of Art History

Salary: £24,152 – £28,839 per annum

We are seeking to appoint a Curator to run the Visual Resources Collection in the School of Art History, which is vital for the School’s teaching.

You should have a sound knowledge of the history of Western art (a degree in the subject is desirable), be proficient in using computers and familiar with image databases and their maintenance.

You will be expected to supervise the production and storage of digital images for the use of academic staff in teaching and to record cataloguing data in the University database. In addition the existing collection of c.150,000 photographic slides is still in use and will need to be maintained in good order for the foreseeable future. The job will also entail the recruitment, training and supervision of student assistants and advising users on the use of the collection.

The Curator also looks after a small book and video/DVD/CD collection and oversees the ordering of books by academic staff for the University Library.

Informal enquiries to Ms Annette Carruthers, Head of School Tel: 01334 462405 or email:

Please quote ref: SK269/09

Closing date: 13 July 2009

Application forms and further particulars are available from Human Resources, University of St Andrews, The Old Burgh School, Abbey Walk, North Street, St Andrews, Fife KY16 9LB, (tel: 01334 462571, by fax 01334 462570 or by e-mail The advertisement, further particulars and a downloadable application form can be found at

The University is committed to equality of opportunity.

The University of St Andrews is a charity registered in Scotland (No SC013532)

Kress Fellowship in Art Librarianship


Location: United States, Connecticut, New Haven  
Job Types: Professional, Internship/ Fellowship
Categories: Special Librarianship
Academic Librarianship
Yale University Library
Arts Library

Apply by Friday, March 21, 2009
Duration: 8 months from date of hire.
All offers are contingent on successful completion of a background check. 

The University and The Library
One of the world’s leading research libraries, Yale University Library is a full partner in teaching, research, and learning at Yale and is visited by scholars from around the world. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including approximately thirteen 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 twenty-two buildings including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the new Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of nearly six-hundred who offer innovative and flexible services to library readers. To learn more about Yale University Library and its collections and services, visit . 

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.

The Haas Family Arts Library at Yale serves a distinguished array of academic and museum programs, architects, artists and scholars. Kress Fellows have the opportunity to interact routinely with faculty, staff and students in distinguished Schools of Architecture, Art, and Drama; a nationally ranked department of the History of Art; and two outstanding university art museums, the Yale Center for British Art and the Yale University Art Gallery. They also have occasion to collaborate with colleagues from throughout the Yale University Library, including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the library and rare books department of the Center for British Art. The rich professional and scholarly resources of New York City and Boston’s art libraries and museums are within two hours travel, providing still further opportunities for professional growth and professional contact with colleagues. 

Position Description
The Yale University Arts Library welcomes applications for the 2009/10 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 all aspects of arts special collections including collection management, exhibition development and installation, as well as reference work. 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 beyond special collections and will have the opportunity to perform collection development activities, interact with a variety of special collections and their curators, and participate in the work of library committees and external professional organizations.

The Kress Fellowship is a competitive fellowship. 

Applicants should submit a current resume, as well as a brief statement of interest, and names of three references, to 

Amy Burlingame, Human Resources Supervisor and Staffing Representative, at , by Friday, March 21, 2009. 

= The statement of interest is expected to reflect a genuine commitment to art librarianship and an interest in the provision of information services to the visual arts community.
= There is no application form.
= A committee of Yale librarians will review submissions.
= The Kress Fellow will be in residence at Yale for eight months, and will receive an award of $30,000, prorated over the fellowship term.
= Health insurance will be provided. 

Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.



from ALA communications:

Have you ever been “speed-geeking”? Been struck by “lightning-talks”? Join your colleagues and our keynoters Joan Frye Williams and John Blyberg at the first-ever, LITACamp, “The Everywhere Library: Creating, Communicating, Integrating,” May 7-8 in Dublin, Ohio.

LITACamp is all about you. Participants determine the topic and format of the sessions on-site, sign up for time slots, and pitch session ideas to all. This format encourages collaboration, interaction, discussion, and real-time innovation. You get to be both a participant and a presenter, discussing and learning about topics you really care about.

The daily keynoters Frye Williams and Blyberg are both known for pushing library technology to directly serve patrons. Their presentations will be designed to stimulate discussions and ideas and energize each days’ sessions.

To register visit
Registration includes Thursday lunch, continental breakfasts, parking and wifi at the conference center and is limited to the first 150. Visit
LITACamp wiki and
LITACamp blog
for the most up-to-date information on the Camp.

LITACamp will be ideal for anyone interested in using technology to improve services and access for patrons. Librarians, information technologists, students and trustees from the user-centered information community are all encouraged to attend this un-conference focused on timely discussions of current library issues as determined by the participants themselves.

LITA, with over 4,000 members, has been serving the needs of the library and information technology community since 1966. Its mission is to educate, serve, and reach out to that community through its programs, publications and other activities. LITA is a division of the American Library Association.