Voices from the Field: An Interview with Caitlin McGurk

Caitlin McGurk is the Associate Curator for Engagement & Outreach and Assistant Professor at the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library & Museum at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH. She recently curated the exhibition Tell Me a Story Where The Bad Girl Wins: The Life and Art of Barbara Shermund at the BICLM that closed […]

Arts in the Public Library

Art librarianship generally seems to be thought of as a practice within the context of the academic library or museum. However, there is definitely a place for the arts in the public library! Public libraries provide community space for performances, exhibitions, and creative workshops. A 2017 article in the Huffington Post highlighted some ways in […]

Tips For the Non-Art Librarian (or Notes From the Field)

This post is in the vein of the Hack Your Art Librarianship Program series from awhile back, but has been tailored to reflect what some people may be experiencing professionally–working in a library but not an art library or as an art librarian.  My ultimate career goal is to work as an art librarian. Even […]

2018-2020 Samuel H. Kress Fellowship

The New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC) is seeking candidates for the 2018-2020 fellowship. NYARC is comprised of the research libraries of the MoMA, the Frick, and the Brooklyn Museum. The fellowship provides an early career librarian (degree conferred in 2017 or before) the opportunity to learn the operations of three leading art museum libraries via […]

Curator, Books at the Canadian Centre for Architecture

Job identification Job Title: Curator, Books Division: Collection Immediate superior: Associate Director, Collection Status: Permanent, full time (35hrs/week) Posting period: April 17 to May 16, 2018 Job entry: June 2018 Job Summary The key responsibilities of this job are to develop a coherent long term strategy for library acquisitions that relates to the curatorial direction […]

Collection Strategy Librarian, Art & Art History and Design Emphasis, San Jose State University (Reposted)

Location San Jose, CA Open Date Feb 16, 2018 Description Subject to Budgetary Approval University Library Specialization: Collection Strategy Librarian, Art & Art History and Design Emphasis Job Opening ID (JOID): 24466 Rank: Senior Assistant Librarian (Tenure-track) The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Library seeks an innovative and creative librarian to provide leadership in the […]

Alt-Career Spotlight: Hannah Barton, Art Researcher at Artifex Press

This series of interviews feature individuals who have received their MLIS/MSIS, but do not currently hold positions solely dedicated to art librarianship. Some may work in libraries and have an interest or duties related to art librarianship, while others use their information science skills in fields outside of the traditional library setting. What is the […]

Digital Art Preservation: An annotated bibliography

This past Fall, I took a course in my MLIS program (Wayne State University) called Digital Curation and Preservation. As the title states, this course focused on the curation lifecycle and preservation processes for born-digital materials. Some of the work we did was directly related to libraries, but I also ended up learning techniques and […]

Training Student Reference Assistants in the Academic Art Library: Tips for New Supervisors

With an abundance of paraprofessional and professional positions in art librarianship requiring supervisory responsibilities, newly graduated librarians may find themselves navigating the confusing territory of “recent former student supervising students.” Especially in academic art libraries, professional and paraprofessional staff must be responsible for cataloging, reference, outreach, and collection development, and thus try to maximize their […]