Visual Materials Cataloger, Cornell University, Ithaca NY

Under the direction of the Technical Services Archivist in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, the Visual Materials Cataloger works to provide greater access to both analog and digital photographic collections in the special collections of Cornell University Library and the photographic holdings of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art.

In creating descriptions across the collections, the cataloger will work to bring together the different approaches to descriptive practice currently utilized by the library and museum and communities. In the Library, the cataloger will identify photographic materials across collections and create descriptions based on archival standards and best practices to facilitate access and use, with a particular focus on photography in designated subject areas, including land and environment, labor, civil rights, and Asia. In the Museum, the cataloger will perform item-level cataloging for photographic collections using accepted standards and appropriate controlled vocabularies.  To enable discovery across the Library’s and Museum’s collections, the cataloger will work to ensure descriptions are consistent and compatible with relevant discovery platforms.

This position is a two-year benefits-eligible term appointment.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent combination of advanced degree and related experience.
  • One to two years of experience working in a special collections or museum setting.
  • Experience arranging and describing photographic and visual materials in an archival or museum setting according to accepted national standards, including DACS, EAD, and MARC.
  • Experience creating and updating item-level metadata using accepted standards and vocabularies such as LC, ULAN, AAT, TGM, and others.
  • Knowledge of the history of photography, photographic materials and processes, and the proper handling, care, and storage of photographic and visual materials.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to plan, coordinate, and implement complex projects.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a variety of staff in a rapidly changing environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise and/or interest in environmental, labor, American, or Asian studies.
  • Degree in history or a related discipline
  • Record of engagement with professional groups and activities and/or contributions to professional or scholarly literature.
  • Familiarity with ArchivesSpace, eMuseum, or similar applications.

May work with dusty materials. Must be able to lift 20 to 40 lbs.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Link: https://cornell.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/CornellCareerPage/job/Ithaca-Main-Campus/Visual-Materials-Cataloger_WDR-00013078

University Librarian at University of North Carolina School of the Arts, Winston-Salem NC

The University Library provides materials and services which support the University of North Carolina School of the Arts’ educational, artistic, and performance objectives, and which serve the intellectual, informational, and cultural needs of the students, faculty, and staff of the school, as well as other members of the local community. The University Librarian provides leadership for the library with the following:

– Responsible for hiring, performance management and professional development of library personnel. Directly and indirectly supervises 7 professional librarians and 8 support staff, providing leadership that fosters a positive rapport and a collaborative spirit among all library employees.

– Oversees Access Services, University Archives, Benjamin F. Ward Music Library, Reference, Systems, and Technical Services.

– Directs the exploration, development, and implementation of innovative services and tools that provide high quality, user‐focused learning experiences and foster student success.

– Promotes assessment strategies and data‐informed decision making, enhancing support for future choices and changes in library service.

– Leads processes by which the library is integrated into the campus community, working to support the curricula, student learning outcomes and the goals of the university.

– Collaborates with library colleagues and the Provost in long‐range planning and budgeting for the library.

– Enhances financial support for the library through the pursuit of proposals and grants.

Minimum Qualifications

aster’s degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution with a demonstrated record of at least 5 years of successful, progressively responsible library leadership at the academic/university level.

Preferred Qualifications 

– Arts background

– Experience developing capacity for new and emerging areas of library focus – e.g. user experience, digital preservation, data collection, assessment, and digital scholarship.

– Experience acquiring funding through a diverse array of sources, including institutional funds, grant-writing, and fundraising

ARLIS/NA MOQ Fall Meeting / ARLIS/NA MOQ réunion d’automne

The Montréal-Ottawa-Québec chapter (ARLIS/NA MOQ) is excited to announce our Fall meeting which will be held on Friday, November 24 at the Canadian Centre for Architecture in Montréal.

Please see the programme attached.

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Le chapitre Montréal-Ottawa-Québec (ARIS/NA MOQ) est heureux d’annoncer notre réunion d’automne qui aura lieu le 24 novembre au Centre Canadien d’Architecture à Montréal.

Le programme de la journée est ci-joint.

ARLIS-NA MOQ_Rencontre d’automne 2017_CCA

ARLIS/NA Ontario Fall Meeting – Nov. 10th

Registration is now open for the ARLIS/NA Ontario 2017 Fall Business Meeting in Hamilton! This season’s meeting will take place tomorrow Friday, November 10, beginning at the Hamilton Public Library. The day will include a tour, lunch and stroll through Hamilton’s many art galleries. Itinerary is as follows:

  • 10:30am-12pm:  Fall Business Meeting at 5th Floor Boardroom of central branch of Hamilton Public Library
  • 12-1:30pm: Group lunch at the George Hamilton Restaurant and Bar (not included in registration cost)
  • 1:30-3pm:  Tour of HPL Art Collection and Archives, and talk with Community Librarian about Arts Programming
  • 3-5-ishpm:  Tour of James Street North small businesses, art galleries, and artist run centres
  • 6-11pm: For anyone wanting to take in a bit more of what Hamilton has to offer, the meeting will coincide with the James Street Art Crawl!

*A carpool van from a central location in Toronto may be available if there is sufficient interest.

Visit the ARLIS/NA Ontario website for more information and to register!

DEADLINE EXTENDED: Apply Now for the ARLIS/NA New England Travel Award!

Do you live in New England?
Are you attending the 2018 ARLIS/NA Annual Conference?
Would you like $1,000 to help defray the cost?

Members of the ARLIS/NA New England Chapter are eligible to apply for a Travel Award. One applicant will receive $1,000 to help cover registration, travel, and lodging expenses.

To be considered, complete the application form by Friday, November 10th, 2017 (extended from 11/3). The recipient will be notified no later than Friday, December 17th (early bird conference registration ends on 12/23).

To see the original post on the New England Chapter website, visit: http://newengland.arlisna.org/apply-now-for-the-arlisna-new-england-travel-award/

Project Archivist at the Center for Creative Photography at The University of Arizona

The Library Information Associate, Senior (Project Archivist) will support the archives staff with surveying, processing, and describing two large, complex, keystone archival collections: the W. Eugene Smith archive and the Witkin Gallery archive. By completing this project, there will be improved intellectual and physical control, increased visibility and access to these collections, and ensured collection longevity. Essential functions will include: surveying the collections to identify processing and preservation issues; improving under-processed collections; refining finding aids to meet archival standards; rehousing and preservation; and authoring and publishing EADfinding aids online. This is an Extended Temporary Employment position.

The Center for Creative Photography (CCP) is the premiere research collection of American photographic fine art and archives, promoting creative inquiry, dialogue, and appreciation of photography’s enduring cultural influence. The Center for Creative Photography is a world-renowned leader in preservation, teaching, learning, scholarship, and the appreciation of archival material and works of art by North America’s greatest photographers.

With more than $606 million in research and development dollars from federal, state, and private sources, The University of Arizona currently ranks #21 among public universities in the US in overall research expenditures and #2 in physical science research. With world class faculty in fields as diverse as astronomy and space exploration, plant science, biomedical science and biotechnology, anthropology, Native peoples, business, law, philosophy, music, and dance, the UA is one of only 62 members in the Association of American Universities. The University’s main campus is situated in the heart of Tucson. Surrounded by mountains and the high Sonoran Desert, Tucson boasts a distinctive southwestern feel and enjoys more than 300 days of sunshine each year.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Complete collection-level surveys on the W. Eugene Smith and Witkin Gallery archives
  • Advance intellectual and physical control over the materials by improving the arrangement, organization, and description of collection materials
  • Discuss proposed changes with archives staff
  • Rehouse materials as necessary
  • Improve finding aids to follow archival best practices and standards (DACS)
  • Author EAD finding aids using Oxygen XML editor and publish online
  • Link collections to subject guides available on the CCP website
  • Additional duties may be assigned

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Thorough knowledge of Encoded Archival Description
  • Strong organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to follow complex guidelines
  • Demonstrated excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to demonstrate proper care and handling of materials
  • Ability to work independently with self-initiative and minimal supervision

Minimum Qualifications:

In addition to ABOR Minimum Qualifications listed below:

  • Previous processing experience in an archives repository
    (EAD), DACS guidelines, and other archival standards and best practices
  • Excellent computer proficiency (Microsoft Office, XML editors, collection management systems)

Preferred Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library/ Information Science
  • Grant proposal writing experience
  • Knowledge of the history of photography, including the identification of photographic processes
  • Experience working in an academic research library, scholarly special collection, or large research organization

For more information & to apply please look here. Applicants are encourage to apply until November 12, 2017 with reviews beginning November 3, 2017.

Program and Exhibits Manager at Valley Cottage Library, Rockland County NY

This position is for those who do not want to be bored at work! The Valley Cottage Library, a busy suburban library serving the residents of the Nyack School District and dedicated to providing a superior library experience to our users, seeks a creative, outgoing individual to serve as our Program and Exhibits Manager. The successful candidate will be someone with a passion for public service and a desire to showcase their interpersonal skills and creative energies to bring dynamic cultural and educational programming to the community and to continue the success of our widely sought-after gallery exhibit space.
Performing under the supervision of the Library Director, the Program and Exhibits Manager is a position with many aspects which will energize and motivate the right individual. Tasks vary from program planning for adults, curating and managing an exhibit space, and overseeing the creation and distribution of press releases to local media outlets and social media to handling the library’s branding and marketing of print publications, web presences, and other relevant mediums.
Position requirements:
  • Bachelors Degree preferably with a concentration in the art and/or marketing field
  • Two years’ experience in public or community relations and programming
  • Demonstrated expertise with MS Office and Adobe CS5+ or higher
  • Familiarity with HTML5
  • Professional presence and demeanor
  • Capacity to command the attention of and speak in front of large groups
  • Ability to work well with varied public and employee clientele
  • Excellent organization skills and ability to multi-task
The 35 hour work week involves a varied schedule including some weekend and evening hours dependent on program and exhibit schedules. The 7-hour work day includes a paid 30-minute lunch period. The library offers a generous benefits plan, a matching 403B plan and paid health insurance benefits.
Valley Cottage Library is an equal opportunity employer.
Applicants responding before November 17, 2017 will attract earliest consideration.
Please email a cover letter and resume to Amelia Kalin, Library Director; vclsearchcommittee@rcls.org

2018 Lois Swan Jones Professional Development Award Announcement

2018 Lois Swan Jones Professional Development Award Announcement

The ARLIS/NA Texas-Mexico Chapter is pleased to announce the 2018 Lois Swan Jones Professional Development Award, which supports the participation of an ARLIS/NA Texas-Mexico chapter member at the ARLIS/NA 46th annual conference to be held in New York City from February 25-March 1, 2018.

This year, the $750 award will be awarded to help defray the costs of attending the conference – students and professionals are both encouraged to apply! The award committee urges everyone with interest and need to apply, especially first-time conference attendees, but previous recipients are eligible as well.

The deadline for applications is Wednesday, November 22, 2017.

Eligibility:

  • Applicant must be a member in good standing of ARLIS/NA. This year’s award will also include one year of membership in the ARLIS Texas-Mexico chapter, required for eligibility.
  • Applicants who are fully funded to attend the conference through their institution of employment or education are not eligible.
  • Applicant may live outside of Texas or Mexico.
  • Applicant is eligible even if the member has previously received the award. The committee shall consider the merits of the individual application independent of past decisions.

Application Procedure:

  • Applicant should submit a letter of application and curriculum vitae to the award committee chair via email (Helen Lueders at hlueders@mfah.org). The letter must include a statement of qualification explaining eligibility and interest, the amount of expected institutional funding (if any) for conference attendance, and proposed conference program involvement.
  • Deadline for 2018 Award submissions is November 22, 2017. The award this year is $750.00

A description of the award, application procedure and selection factors, and a list of previous recipients can be found on the Chapter’s website: http://texas-mexico.arlisna.org/lois-swan-jones-award/ and information about the 2018 annual conference can be found here: http://arlisna.org/newyork2018/.

**Please forward this announcement to anyone you know who might qualify and benefit from attending the conference in February – current or recently graduated library & information studies students, colleagues, friends! **

Submitted by Helen Lueders, Chair of the 2018 Lois Swan Jones Professional Development Award Committee – feel free to contact me with any questions at hlueders@mfah.org

Librarians-in-Residence at The Library of Congress

Not specifically arts related, but this still may be of interest to new professionals and those recently graduated!

In support of developing the next generation of librarians and information professionals, the Librarians-in-Residence pilot program will give early-career librarians the opportunity to gain meaningful work experience in at least one track of the following: Acquisitions and Collection DevelopmentCataloging and MetadataCollection PreservationReference and Instruction, and Systems and Standards.

The Library of Congress will hire on a temporary appointment up to four recent graduates from American Library Association-accredited master’s programs who received their degrees after December 2016 and before June 2018.

The selections will be made via a non-competitive hiring process with the start date of June 2018. The participants will be hired at the GS-9 level for an initial six-month appointment, with a possible extension of up to four more months.

Participants will receive on-the-job training and undertake assignments that contribute to the ongoing mission and work of the Library. They will participate in enrichment assignments and receive mentoring from seasoned professionals. They will also be expected to participate in Library-wide activities, such as the National Book Festival, and to provide information sessions concerning their professional interests to Library staff as well as report back to their graduate programs on experiences as Librarians-in-Residence.

The job posting will open on November 1, 2017, and close at the end of the month.

Learn more and apply here.

Assistant Director, Visual Resources Center, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Summary of Unit Job Duties:

Under the general supervision of the Associate Director of Visual Resources Center, provide professional, relevant, and effective outreach and support for scholarship to faculty, students, and other members of the University community. Work closely with faculty and students to integrate digital images and relevant technologies into the research and pedagogical activities of the Art History Department and Humanities Division. Collaborate effectively with the Associate Director to develop and implement policies and workflows and to assist in all aspects of the daily operation and development of the Visual Resources Center. Catalog, develop, maintain, and administer digital collections. Oversee the work of part-time student and other temporary employees.

Detail of Unit Job Duties:

Metadata Creation and Maintenance. With a user-oriented perspective, create authority-based, original, image catalog records in relational database. Implement and maintain metadata and content standards in image catalog and image archive. Perform quality-control for all records in multiple image databases. In collaboration with Associate Director, develop appropriate metadata display templates. Research and acquire material to fill image orders and develop the VRC’s collections to support current curricular needs and research interests. Assist in training and supervising part-time student cataloging staff.

Digital Collection Management. In collaboration with Associate Director, maintain digital archive and digital collections in the LUNA database. Assist with digital collection management workflows for scanners and digital copy stand photography to ensure efficient processes and timely delivery of images to faculty and students. Participate in ongoing dialogue with patrons to maintain high usability standards for all VRC collections. Maintain, troubleshoot, and perform quality-control, including color fidelity testing, for digital files, delivery systems, and imaging technology. Keep accurate administrative records. Assist in training and supervising part-time student scanning staff.

Instruction and Outreach. Serve as a primary point of contact for patrons of the Visual Resources Center. Develop and deliver specialized training for digital media and related technology to faculty, students, and staff, in groups and individually, including student employee training sessions, classroom instruction sessions, online tutorials, and reference guides. Promote awareness of Visual Resources Center services, digitization equipment, projects, and resources via social media outlets and Center website.

For more information visit the UChicago Jobs Employment Site at https://jobopportunities.uchicago.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?postingId=682568.