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Coordinator of Library and Information Services – Longwood Gardens

Coordinator of Library and Information Services

About Longwood Gardens: Longwood Gardens is the living legacy of Pierre S. du Pont, inspiring people through excellence in garden design, horticulture, education, and the arts. Our values of excellence, professional leadership, fiscal alignment, stewardship, and community engagement are the principles that guide our priorities, behavior, and decision-making.

Position Description: The Coordinator of Library and Information Services is responsible for reviewing and working with senior leadership to implement the long-term strategy for Longwood’s Library, Archives, and Digital Gallery (Longwood’s DAM system). The incumbent is responsible for developing and implementing specific heritage management plans and collection policies for the Library, Archives, and Digital Gallery to support Longwood’s Heritage Management Plan and Interpretive Plan. The incumbent is responsible for visioning, leading, developing, implementing, and evaluating efficient and effective operations and management of the Library, Archives, Digital Gallery, and related projects. The incumbent will implement and lead the actions of his/her staff to fulfill Longwood’s Strategic Plan with particular focus on collections and heritage management, outreach, facilities planning, and other initiatives designed to promote public and internal access to Longwood’s intellectual capital and information resources. Particular focus over the next five years will be on Longwood Gardens’ Special Collections and Archives with outreach, exhibition, preservation, digitization, and new interpretive and heritage management initiatives taking precedence.

More information (including desired qualifications):

ARLIS/NA Travel Awards: Applications being Accepted!

The ARLIS/NA Travel Awards Committee is pleased to announce the following Travel Awards for attending the 2nd Joint Conference of ARLIS/NA and VRA, to be held March 24-28, 2011 in Minneapolis. Please note that the amount of several awards have increased this year, making them even more helpful to those of you wishing to travel in difficult economic times!

• Details about the conference can be found here:
• For more information about the Travel Awards, and to access the application form, please visit:
• The application form can be found at:

Several awards are available to students and non-ARLIS members. Please feel free to send this announcement to others who might benefit from attending our wonderful conference!

Application deadline: January 14th, 2011, 11:59pm EST.

Questions about the awards or the application process should be addressed to:
Rebecca Cooper, Travel Awards Chair

Job Posting: Architecture Archives Curator, U of FL

From the iPro jobs list:

The University of Florida – George A. Smathers Libraries seeks an innovative and knowledgeable Architecture Archives Curator. This is a non-tenure accruing faculty position which manages and develops the Architecture Archives in the Department of Special and Area Studies. The Architecture Archives Curator will work closely with faculty and students in the College of Design, Construction and Planning, and will provide researcher assistance, instruction, and outreach to support academic programs in architecture, landscape architecture, planning, construction and design. The Architecture Archives Curator will work collaboratively with archivists and librarians in the Department of Special and Area Studies Collections, librarians in the Architecture and Fine Arts Library, and with digital and technical services librarians and staff to improve library services for users. A key responsibility of this position is to facilitate successful fundraising activities and other appropriate library development efforts: working closely with the Smathers Libraries Development Office, maintaining excellent relations with existing donors, and identifying and cultivating relationships with potential donors.

The complete vacancy announcement and application instructions are available at:

We would appreciate your help in circulating the position vacancy announcement.

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions.

Tina L. Pruitt, Office Assistan
Human Resources Office
George A. Smathers Libraries
PO Box 117024
Gainesville, FL 32611
352/392-4538 (fax)

Mobile Technologies

At my institution, we’re doing a fair amount of thinking about mobile technologies. We have a text-a-librarian service, and a really nice iphone interface for the library catalog. But as we think towards a future of Palm PREs and 3G networks, I can’t help but wonder… is the world of art librarianship ready? Try, for example, searching ARTstor on a mobile device (or even a netbook). Even the Kindle is not particularly suited toward viewing images (let alone *using* those images in a research context).

So… what do you think? Where do we need to go in order to be ready for a mobile research world? Are there examples that we could follow? Are there things that we should push for as a profession? I’d love to hear other thoughts.

Want to be a Co-moderator of ArLiSNAP? This is your chance!

ArLiSNAP is seeking candidates for the position of Co-Moderator.

The new co-moderator will serve a term of 2 years, to be staggered with another co-moderator (currently Tracy Bergstrom), beginning at the end of May. Co-moderator responsibilities are to coordinate special projects, advance the concerns of students and new professionals within ARLIS/NA, and run the annual meeting and student pub crawl at the annual ARLIS/NA conference. The future co-moderator will be heavily involved with the administration of the ArLiSNAP blog, and will serve as a representative and liaison between ArLiSNAP and other groups within ARLIS/NA.  Candidates do not need to have been present at the Indianapolis meeting in order to run.

To announce your candidacy, please comment on this post with a short biography, including the merits you would bring to this position, your professional or educational experience, and your thoughts on future goals for students and new professionals within ARLIS/NA.  Please post your candidacy by Friday, May 1st.

Elections will be held using SurveyMonkey from Monday, May 4th thru Monday the 11th. The results will be announced on the ArLiSNAP blog on Tuesday, May 12th.

If you have questions about the position or the election, please feel free to get in contact with the current co-moderators, Tracy Berstrom and Rebecca Cooper.

Student Position: Library and Archives Assistant (Phillips Collection, Washington DC)

Position: Library and Archives Assistant


The Phillips Collection Library is seeking a graduate student to provide assistance with a variety of archives and library projects. The majority of the assistant’s time will be devoted to archives, focusing on processing curatorial exhibition records and other museum records as needed. The assistant may also assist with aspects of the cataloguing process as part of an ongoing project to catalogue the library’s book collection.

Status:          Part-time, temporary; prefer minimum commitment of 8 hours per week  for 1 year
Hours:          Monday-Friday, between 9 and 5 (one 8 hour day per week is preferred)
Salary:              $11.59/hour

Click here for the complete posting.

Rise and Shine!

Heading to Indianapolis for the ARLIS/NA conference?

Grab a triple espresso and head to the ArLiSNAP meeting on Saturday morning at 7am!  We know it’s early, but we also know you’ve got energy to spare.  So, bring your thoughts and ideas about what you’d like ArLiSNAP to accomplish in the coming year.

We’ll be mixing and mingling, brain-storming, and seeking volunteers.  So, whether you’re a new professional, a student, or neither, we hope to see you there!

Volunteer in Indy at the Web 2.0 Tech Kiosk!

Have some knowledge of Web 2.0 tools such as blogs, wikis and social bookmarking? Then the Web 2.0 Tech Kiosk wants YOU! We are looking for volunteers to share their knowledge with other ARLIS/NA Conference attendees. The Kiosk is an informal setting to ask questions about various new technologies; start a dialogue on how libraries are using them and have hands-on time with the resources. Volunteer staffers help their colleagues to question, learn, and explore what’s going on in the world of social software and how art libraries of every type can take advantage of these tools.

Benefits of volunteering:

· Sharing your knowledge with others and adding to the art librarianship dialogue

· Expanding your network of ARLIS/NA members

· Gaining instruction experience in an informal setting

Interested in volunteering? Visit the Web 2.0 Tech Kiosk wiki to view the time slots needed, at: To volunteer contact Rebecca Cooper at or Kristen Mastel at with your preferred date/timeslot.

The Web 2.0 Tech Kiosk was developed as a way of introducing art information professionals to the tools and uses of Web 2.0 technology.  At the 2008 Annual Conference of ARLIS/NA, the Tech Kiosk  invited attendees to get hands-on instruction in setting up a blog, posting to a flickr account, subscribing to RSS feeds, creating a wiki, and more.  The goal of the kiosk was to provide a one-on-one learning experience, in which visitors could discover free tricks and tools and walk away with some hands-on experience and knowledge of how the world of art information is changing.  What we found was that one-on-one became many-to-many, and before long visitors were all asking questions that led to other questions and inspired new ideas for other kiosk visitors.  While the tech staff provided most of the answers, it was the questions that prompted the real learning, on both sides of the table!

Best Careers for 2009: Librarian

A recent U.S. News article has declared that “Librarian” is one of the best career choices for 2009!   I think with the broad range of opportunities that we see posted here at ArLiSNAP (Thanks, Meredith!), it’s easy to see why.  Take a look at the article yourself, and see if you agree…

(Thanks to Susan Winkler, who passed this along)

MemberClicks and ArLiSNAP

Just a friendly reminder – If  you are a member of ARLIS/NA, you can log in and update your profile through MemberClicks.  When you do this, be sure to “edit” your profile, and select ArLiSNAP from the list of Special Interest Groups available.  This allows other members to find you when they search for “ArLiSNAP”.  It also helps national keep track of how many members are participating in ArLiSNAP!  Right now… only 5 or so names are connected to ArLiSNAP through MemberClicks.  I know there are a lot more of us out there!