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

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

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.

VT Libraries – Head, Art & Architecture Library – Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

About Virginia Tech:
Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

 Position Summary:
As the Head of the Art & Architecture Library, this position reports to the director of Planning and Branch Operations. This position will manage the A & A branch including public services, collections, library spaces, budget, training, and A & A staff. This position provides opportunity for library activities as well as organizing and implementing user services in the physical and virtual learning environments.
 Collection management duties:
  • Develops and manages collections in: Art and Art History; Architecture and the History of Architecture, Building Construction; Industrial Design; Interior Design; Environmental Design; and Landscape Architecture, taking into account not only of fiscal and physical resources, but also of educational and research needs.
  • Coordinates collection management and development with bibliographers in other areas, especially those in humanities, social sciences, and engineering.
  • Oversees the development of the visual resources collection in coordination with Visual Resources Curator and faculty.

Instruction and Reference responsibilities:
Provides specialized and in-depth reference, instructional and outreach services to graduate students, undergraduates, faculty and others. This responsibility includes developing instructional strategies that support the educational mission of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and its programs; assisting users to obtain relevant information across a variety of formats and platforms, and conveying information about the library and its resources in a timely fashion. Provides reference service to patrons at the Art and Architecture Library. This includes interpreting the research and informational needs of patrons; assisting them in obtaining the appropriate information; and instructing them in the use of online catalogs and electronic resources, the standard scientific and technical bibliographic reference tools, and the library in general.

Outreach and Liaison Activities:
Serves as a library liaison. This includes, but may not be limited to:

  • Maintaining awareness of tools and information resources in the discipline. Participating in the library liaisons council.
  • Handling one-on-one reference questions coming from students and faculty. Working collaboratively with others to address reference questions that may require a team-based approach.
  • Buying library materials that faculty and students request. Collaborating with partners in Collections to develop and maintain collections that support research and teaching needs.
  • Taking the lead in upper-level instruction and collaborating with partners in Learning to develop instructional opportunities in lower-level instruction and First Year Experience courses.
  • Providing advice on broad-based scholarly communication issues and collaborating with partners in the Libraries’ Research and Informatics group and other units on individualized and in-depth scholarly communication consults.
  • Attending departmental meetings and events, communicating items of news and interest from and back to the Libraries, and finding referrals to other service areas in the Libraries.

Professional Contributions, Service and Research/Scholarly/Creative Achievements:

  • Participates in committee assignments within the University Libraries
  • Develops professionally through involvement in regional and national associations, research, and/or publication.

Required Qualifications:

  • Graduate of an ALA-accredited master’s degree program in library and/or information science or equivalent.
  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in art, art history, architecture or related disciplinary field
  • Experience with a variety of library services including instruction, electronic resources, and collection development.
  • Ability to provide leadership and direction in a rapidly changing environment, and demonstrated by supervisory, planning, and problem-solving experience.
  • Strong commitment and proven ability to work effectively with a diverse population of faculty, staff, students, and community members.
  • Experience and skill in evaluating and implementing new information technologies, especially those relevant to the art and design disciplines.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated leadership in the library and/or Art and Architecture field.
  • Experience in administration including budgeting, personnel, planning, and policy development.
  • Demonstrated progressive responsibility and successful experience in a library management position.
  • Knowledge and skills in the use of current technology and collection tools.
  • Understanding of programmatic accreditation requirements.

For additional information and application instructions:https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/79601

Imaging Services Specialist – The Menil Collection, Houston, TX

Title: Imaging Services Specialist

Department: Collection Management

Reports to: Digital Asset Manager

The Menil Collection seeks a qualified individual to support the Department of Collection Management with rights and reproductions requests.

General Responsibilities:

The Imaging Services Specialist processes internal and external requests for images of objects in the collection to be reproduced, seeing requests through from initial contact to providing deliverables. This public-facing position plays an important role in fostering the institution’s relationships with artists, other museums, and the general public. The Imaging Services Specialist also assists with special projects such as ARTstor image contributions, a large-scale museum-wide digitization initiative, and implementation of digital asset management software.

Specific Duties:

  1. Respond to public requests for photographic material to be reproduced.
  2. Initiate rights and reproductions contracts and invoices and establish rates for usage.
  3. Maintain databases, process signed agreements and payments, and track receipt of copies of publications.
  4. Assist with research and resolve copyright permission issues related to the reproduction and filming of collection objects for print, website, and press use.
  5. Update licensing and photography agreements as needed.
  6. Work with various museum departments to secure copyright permission for reproductions featured in Menil Collection publications.
  7. Assess digital image files for quality assurance purposes and identify images that need to be rescanned or photographed from their original formats.
  8. Research, vet, enter, and update copyright credits and photography credits in the collection management database, The Museum System (TMS).
  9. Research, vet, enter, and update image metadata into digital asset management software.

Qualifications:

  1. A BA in an arts-related field such as Art History, Museum Studies, or Media Studies, and knowledge or appreciation of art and architecture is preferred.
  2. 2-3 years’ experience in a rights and reproductions role is highly desired, preferably at a museum, image archive, or other arts-related or non-profit organization.
  3. Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including the ability to professionally and diplomatically communicate with artists, artist foundations and estates, museums, artist rights societies such as ARS and VAGA, and the general public.
  4. Knowledge of intellectual property law, including “fair use” and similar copyright issues, is desired, as well as the ability to interpret and communicate copyright information to the layperson.
  5. Strong visual acuity, including the ability to notice flaws such as dust or digital artifacts in images.
  6. Basic understanding of digital still image file creation including image sizing, bit depth, color profiling, image resolution, compression, and creating derivatives.
  7. Working knowledge of digital archiving standards and best practices including file naming and embedding and extracting metadata into and from digital image files according to standards and workflows.
  8. Exceptional attention to detail and conscientiousness, including good proofreading skills and the ability to track complicated projects. Experience handling multiple deadline-driven projects simultaneously is preferred.
  9. Must enjoy working both collaboratively and independently.
  10. Basic knowledge of The Museum System (TMS) and digital asset management software preferred.
  11. Familiarity with Photoshop, Acrobat, Filemaker, and the Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Excel and Word.
  12. Ability to work on both Mac and PC.

Salary and benefits competitive and commensurate with experience. Please send resume, cover letter, and salary expectations to: Director of Human Resources, The Menil Collection, 1511 Branard Street, Houston, Texas 77006. Application materials may also be emailed to: smmaloch@menil.org.

Resource Librarian – Solomon Cardwell Buenz Material Library, San Francisco, CA

The Resource Librarian manages, organizes, and maintains the material library in the San Francisco office, while coordinating his/her efforts with the Chicago headquarters library. The collections include a variety of materials aiding in product selection and research for both the Interior Design and Architecture studios. The Resource Librarian also maintains relationships with industry vendors, tracking the latest product introductions, and curating all materials that find their way into the library collections. The Resource Librarian works closely with the Director of Interiors, and meets regularly with the Directors of Specifications and Information Technology in support of their services.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversees the daily operations of the firm’s material libraries; i.e. large product sample collections, print resources (codes, standards, product binders, magazines, etc.), and electronic resources.
  • Provides research services to project teams, finding appropriate products for current projects, researching appropriate code/standards/ordinances and technical data, etc.
  • Coordinates remotely with resource librarian in Chicago office to ensure maximization of resources, discuss best practices and achieve a relatively consistent approach to library workflow and management.
  • Coordinates the AIA accredited Lunch and Learn presentation schedule, along with the Interior Design product presentation schedule, finding relevant presenters.
  • Maintains relationships with industry vendors, meeting regularly for product updates and maintenance of vendor contacts.
  • Develops and implements long-term planning for the material library.
  • Manages library budget, with strategic spending of funds.

Secondary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manages the resources content on the firm’s intranet interface, including an activities calendar, digital resources, and posts on the latest presentations and products.

Essential Skills/Attributes

  • An accredited professional degree in Library Sciences, Architecture, Interior Architecture, Interior Design, or Art.
  • An accredited graduate degree in disciplines such as, Architecture, Interior Architecture, Interior Design, Library Science, Product Design, etc. preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years post graduate design or construction related experience, including knowledge of the design and construction industries.
  • Background knowledge in design, material science, and product transparency/sustainability are strongly preferred.
  • Energetic, enthusiastic, self-motivated, and service-oriented individual with strong research and organizational skills and excellent written and communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Knowledge Software

Perform Other Duties as Assigned

The above constitutes a general description of the Resource Librarian duties as of the publication date. Solomon Cordwell Buenz reserves the right to alter the position’s duties and assignments and to assign additional and/or alternative duties from time to time in its sole discretion.

If interested, please contact Sheila Clark at sheila.clark@scb.com.

Head Librarian – Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York, NY

Founded in 1969 by Sotheby’s auction house, the Sotheby’s Institute of Art (SIA) is the first and foremost graduate school for the study of art and its markets. Located in one of the most vibrant art cities of the world, Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York (SIA-NY) has been an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) since 1989 and holds degree-granting authority from the Regents of the State of New York. With campuses in New York, London, and Los Angeles, the Institute continues to offer innovative and progressive academic and professional training to prepare students for exciting careers in the art market. Today, the Institute’s more than 6,000 alumni hold leadership positions worldwide in auction houses, galleries, art fairs, museums, and art organizations.

SIA-NY is seeking a Head Librarian to provide leadership for building print-based and online collections, and for developing on-site library services and library research education in support of Sotheby’s Institute of Art New York’s academic programs. The Head Librarian instills the highest service standards and administers the library’s resources to provide excellent support to students, faculty and staff. He/she also fosters a creative, collaborative and team-oriented work-environment. Working with the SIA-London librarian and the SIA systems staff, the Head Librarian deploys resources strategically and helps to plan for the long-term academic needs of the Institute. He/she initiates new projects and explores innovative technologies to improve services as appropriate. Contributes expertise to improve coordination of service procedures and understanding of reader expectations.

Job Responsibilities include the following but the individual will also be expected to perform all the duties necessary which are customarily performed by a person holding this position. Other duties may be assigned.

·         Leads SIA-NY library collection development, library services, and library partnerships.

·         Manages library staff and assistants and supervises the Reference/Cataloging Librarian by monitoring performance and works with her/him to create an appropriate professional development program.

·         Plans, monitors, and evaluates the services of the SIA-NY library including: information services, library collection development and promotion, electronic and print course reserves, library facilities, the SIA-NY library website, annual inventory, and inter-library loan.

·         Provides general oversight of the SIA-NY library website by facilitating design and content planning in coordination with other SIA librarians and SIA constituencies.

·         Works with vendors to select, negotiate and administer licenses and access for electronic resources.

·         Prepares and manages the library budget strategically and thoughtfully through working across SIA-NY departments, SIA globally, and with libraries throughout New York and beyond.

·         Works closely in conjunction with academic staff, administrative staff and students to ensure the continuing relevance of materials and services provided. Contributes to the development of local- and system-wide policies and procedures and continues to be professionally active both at SIA-NY and in the field.

·         Participates in and contributes to library long-term planning and is professionally active in library, scholarly and/or academic organizations.

·         Represents the Library and Sotheby’s Institute in the academic and professional community by serving on various committees and task forces.

Knowledge and Abilities

·         Knowledge of integrated library systems, library applications, and other information technologies

·         Knowledge of the subject areas of the library’s collections, which include: art history, connoisseurship, collecting and patronage, art business, and international art markets.

·         Excellent IT skills

·         Excellent planning/organizing skills

·         Strong sense of initiative

·         Ability to provide research and reference services

·         Ability to work creatively and collaboratively

·         Ability to prioritize and plan work activities

·         Ability to be present in the office

Qualifications

·         MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited university

·         Minimum of five years of relevant experience in an academic library

·         Experience with a wide range of information technology

·         Experience managing budgets, staff and collections

·         Experience of providing user education and training

·         Experience in library facilities management and planning

·         Extremely strong professional English language skills, both written and spoken

·         Confident public speaking skills

·         Foreign language skills desirable, but not required.

·         Authorization to work in the United States is required.

 Sotheby’s Institute of Art offers a competitive salary that is based on education and experience.

To Apply:

·         Email your resume and a cover letter to: opportunities@sothebysinstitute.com

·         In the subject line of your email enter: “Head Librarian”

·         Only qualified candidates should apply