PT Library Aide– Fashion Institute of Technology

About Fashion Institute of Technology:

The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), an internationally renowned college of art and design, business and technology of the State University of New York, invites applications for the position of Part-Time Library Aide for the Library at FIT.

Job Description:

The Library Aide is responsible for providing general and specialized circulation assistance and services of a to the FIT/SUNY community in a courteous and efficient manner and in accordance with the Library’s policies and procedures.

Provide public service desk coverage and support the Unit’s mission and daily operations:

Customer Service

  • Answer patron queries in person or on the phone, regarding library resources, services and campus information
  • Page materials requested by library patrons and communicate access policies
  • Assist patrons with the use of print and online catalogs
  • Request technology assistants to support patrons upon request
  • Responding to queries regarding photocopiers, scanners, microfilm readers

Collections / Access

  • Maintain organization in reading rooms by shelving materials, shelf reading and inventory
  • Provide assistance to the Inter-library Loan aides when necessary. Including, but not limited to managing incoming and outgoing interlibrary loan requests, generating requests using the ILLiad Interlibrary Loan system
  • Work alongside with student workers, provide guidance in workflows and instruct them on unit processes
  • General ALEPH (the Library’s integrated library system) maintenance, including, but not limited to linking, editing, or creating items in ALEPH. May also include troubleshooting ALEPH technical questions.
  • Compiles, edits, and manages metadata and scanning for the Library’s Designer Files Collection
  • Adding, creating, weeding images from the Library’s Picture File


  • Perform duties such as filing, answering telephone and email inquiries, photocopying, scanning, and data entry
  • Compiles statistics, maintains records on library integrated online software, processes materials daily and provides support to the Unit and its functions
  • Maintain collection of Library handouts by service desk
  • Responsible for opening or securing the closing of the Library as scheduled
  • Special projects as assigned
  • Schedule may change based on the needs of the department


Associate’s degree and one year of related experience year in an academic library or environment. Work experience must include not less than one year in a fast paced, customer-oriented service work environment.

Fundamental knowledge of the operation of an integrated library management system, with ALEPH experience desirable. Experience using technology applications such as ILLiad and Odyssey, Banner, or similar systems highly preferred. Ability to work quickly and accurately with detailed data. Ability to keyboard at least 25 wpm and proficiency in utilizing word processing and database software, preferably Microsoft Office Suite, including Excel.
Knowledge of computer graphics programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator a plus. Ability to trouble-shoot basic computer problems.

Must possess the ability to work with a diverse community, while exercising good judgment and common sense. Excellent customer service skills, including professional and courteous telephone communication and electronic mail correspondence. Must possess excellent conflict resolution skills, strong communication skills, tact, resourcefulness and the ability to identify and solve problems. Proven ability to work independently and effectively in a collegial manner in a changing environment.

Additional Information:

Work is performed under typical library conditions with requirements for frequent sitting and standing for long periods of time, as well as frequent lifting and carrying of heavy library materials and maneuvering carts full of books. Ability to sit or stand for long intervals. Ability to lift up to 50 pounds and push and pull 100 or more pounds.

Salary 88/0 $22.62 per hour (24 hours per week)
Work Schedule:Tues 11:00am?5:00pm; Wed, Thur 11:00am?6:00pm; Fri 12:30pm?6:30pm Occasional Saturday shifts may be expected

Application Instructions:

Application Instructions:
Applicants interested to apply MUST submit the following documents online.
* Resume/CV
* Cover letter
Returning Applicants – Login to your FITNYC Careers Account to check your completed


Apply here.

Job Posting: Cataloger/Librarian at the Brooklyn Museum

BROOKLYN MUSEUM LIBRARY POSITION                                             

POSITION :    Cataloger/Librarian 

DEPARTMENT : Libraries/Archives 

REQUIREMENTS : M.L.S./MSLIS,  extensive experience with library automated systems especially Millennium and OCLC Connexion. Experience with cataloging research materials related to art history.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Conduct search of items in the Institutional Files and in the Archives to ascertain rarity and to catalog these publications on the item level (original or copy cataloging). Focus will be on publications on Brooklyn art or artists. Authority work and data cleanup will be involved.

Salary: Commensurate with experience.

Schedule: 7-14 hours a week within a Monday through Friday 9 – 5 schedule

August – October 2011

Deadline for applications: July 29th, 2011

Please send cover letter and resume to:

Applicants for positions at the Brooklyn Museum are considered without regard to race, creed, color, country of origin, sex, age, citizenship, disability, marital status or sexual orientation.  Candidates of color are strongly encouraged to apply.  The Immigration and Control Act (1986) requires that all hires be in conformity with the law.

Job Posting: Weekend/Evening Librarian at School of Visual Arts


DATE AVAILABLE: September 2011
JOB TITLE: Weekend/Evening Librarian (part-time)
DEPARTMENT: Visual Arts Library, School of Visual Arts
REPORTS TO: Head of Reference Services


SCHEDULE: Fall and Spring semesters only (September to May, no summers)


Hours: Saturday afternoons (2pm to 5pm) and Sunday afternoons (2pm to 6pm); plus one weekday evening 6pm to 9pm (specific weekday may vary semester to semester)


SALARY: $ 26.00 per hour


POSITION OVERVIEW: Provides reference service in the Visual Arts Library on weekends and one weekday evening. Participates in specialized cataloging projects. Provides support to circulation supervisors as needed.




· Has primary responsibility during weekends and one weekday evening for assisting undergraduates, graduate students and faculty members with library navigation and use of online catalog and electronic resources.


· Works on special cataloging projects under the supervision of the technical services/systems librarian.


· Performs administrative-related tasks in reference services as required.


· Provides support to weekend and evening managers with student supervision, resolution of patron issues, facilities problems, etc.


· Reports any patron or staff problems/issues to supervisor. Recommends weekend and evening service improvements.




· MLS degree and graduate-level Art History degree, or strong background in art & design history


· Ability to work 10 hours per week, including weekends and one weekday evening


· Experience using online art and design databases


· Excellent customer services skills


· Cataloging experience, preferably with a variety of formats, in an academic environment


· In-depth knowledge of AACR2, LCRI, LCC, LCSH and MARC


· Experience with OCLC Connection and ExLibris Voyager preferred


· Ability to work independently


· Detail oriented, with ability to maintain focus on long-term projects.


The School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader and innovator in the education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the College has instituted numerous educational innovations, including the selection of professionals working in the arts and art-related fields as instructors. SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and a clear direction of purpose.


Find out what it’s like to work at SVA. Visit


To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to No walk-ins please.




The School of Visual Arts is an equal opportunity employer.


NYARC’s Arcade Featured in NYT

Nice write up including ARLIS/NA folks

the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art, the Brooklyn Museum and the Frick Collection — have combined forces to share resources, save money and make their holdings more accessible to the public.

The database, at, is a trove of more than 800,000 records from ancient Egypt to contemporary art that includes exhibition and auction sale catalogs, monographs, periodicals, rare books, photographs and archival materials.

University of Iowa Libraries' cARTalog

Feeling nostalgic? Check out cARTalog!

The cARTalog grows from the empty drawers of the University of Iowa Libraries’ main card catalog, which was retired in 2004. A small community of library staff—motivated by both nostalgia and library subculture– has come together to give the card catalog cards themselves a rebirth, in order to celebrate the role of this honorific icon within the world of libraries as well as the UI Libraries’ sesquicentennial. Project organizers were able to salvage approximately only one quarter of the UI’s card catalog for the cARTalog project; the remaining cards were hauled away to recycling. The UI Libraries is only one of several libraries that have sought to honor the waning card catalog with a lasting monument or ceremony.

Be sure to check out the gallery as well.   Please post below if you know of any other artistic adaptations of library materials!

ALA Midwinter: Ideas For Making Your Catalog The Best It Can Be

  • Confused (and/or excited) by all the talk of the “next-generation” library catalog?
  • Wonder how it can make a difference to YOUR users?
  • Crave some communication with other library professionals about these topics?

If so, you should plan to attend the ALA Midwinter discussion session – “Ideas For Making Your Catalog The Best It Can Be.” The Catalog Use Committee (RUSA/RSS) will hold this discussion on Sunday, January 13th from 10:30-noon in Crowne Plaza, Liberty C.

Topics will include:

  • Pushing the catalog out to users (things like RSS feeds, Firefox extensions, Facebook apps, etc.)
  • Alternate discovery tools (when it’s NOT your catalog – Amazon, LibraryThing, WorldCat)
  • Assessment and usability for information seeking behaviors (different age groups and the same catalog!)

If you would like to attend and are on Facebook, please add our event and invite others:

Best, Tiffany

From Tiffany A. Hebb at DePauw, via NGC4LIB

Next-Gen OPACs Program @ UMass

***Next Generation Library Catalogs***

A free program sponsored by the Five College Library Directors
(with support from Simmons College G.S.L.I.S. West)

Wednesday, November 7, 2007
1:00 – 4:00pm
University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Campus Center Auditorium

Registration required:

As a library’s key database and the one system with which most users
interact, the online library catalog has been evolving for over 30
years. Software upgrades, enhanced functions and performance
improvements have brought us a long way. In the past two years,
however, catalogs have begun to undergo a change that is more
dramatic. Driven by evolving user expectations and the explosion of
web 2.0 technologies, library databases are on the verge of a paradigm
shift that warrants consideration as a whole new generation of discovery
and delivery tool.

Come and hear more about this “next generation” of library catalogs from
some folks on the front lines:

/*David Lindahl*/ is Director of Digital Library Initiatives for the
River Campus Libraries at the University of Rochester. He has extensive
experience in library-related digital research and design projects and
is currently co-principal investigator for the eXtensible Catalog Project.

/*Jennifer Ward*/ is the Head of Web Services for the University of
Washington Libraries and manages the Libraries’ usability program. She
is part of the University’s WorldCat Local implementation team.

/*Anne M. Prestamo*/ is Associate Dean for Collection & Technology
Services at Oklahoma State University Library. Dr. Prestamo’s main area
of interest is with technology for the delivery of library resources and
she has been involved with Oklahoma State’s implementation of AquaBrowser.

*Further program information and some interesting reading available at:*

Book Shelf View: Possibilities for Virtual Stacks Browsing

Imagine keyword searching through a book database, only the results come back as a picture of library stacks where the book is highlighted in context, where serendipity and browsing could happen. Read more…

Above is a quote from an O’Reilly Radar Blog post. Maybe someday image librarians will manage digital images of the stacks too. One potential problem with this idea — when would all the books be on the shelves so that you could take a complete picture of your library’s holdings? Have any of you ever tried Delicious Library (mentioned in a comment at the bottom of Book Shelf View post)?