Private Book Collection Opportunity in New York

New Yorkers:

I am looking for someone interested in helping one of our library donors
with an inventory of a private book collection.

The collection is housed in an Upper East Side apartment.  It consists of
roughly 100 feet of books, journals, ephemera, and auction catalogs.  The
collection is primarily on art with a special focus on the 2nd quarter of
the twentieth century.  Some related correspondences may also require
attention.  The owner wants to hire someone with some knowledge of these
types of art publications to help describe and categorize the items in the
collection.  A younger person with an interest in art librarianship would
be a good match — or possibly a part-time employee in an art
library.  Payment is negotiable but would not be high.  Good references
will be essential — preferably references provided by art librarians.  No
book dealers, please.

Someone interested in this work or librarians with someone to recommend are
welcome to contact:

Henry Pisciotta
Arts and Architecture Librarian
Penn State University Libraries
henryp@psu.edu

Funding and liaison

I was talking to one of my colleagues yesterday, the electronic resources librarian in the public services department of my Library. She’s a young librarian (out of school for more than three years, though), but very knowledgeable and experienced. She’s very active in ARLIS, especially the local New York chapter.

Two things came up.

One, she said that this project is definitely the type of thing that warrents some grant money, or other funding. So, I’m feeling like Sara’s application on the group’s behalf has a good chance.

Two, I casually asked her if she would want to be the Student Discussion Group’s liaison, and she casually said yes. Obviously the group would have to make a more formal application, and she would need time to think about the committment and make a more formal acceptance. So what do you guy’s think?

In the meantime, I am forwarding her the information about the discussion group and this blog. She’s going to submit a notice about the discussion group to the ARLIS/NY Web site. We also might want to submit some information to ALA, especially once the Web site/blog is more established and up and running.

 -Jacqueline

Art and Architecture Librarian, Pratt Institute

Title: Art and Architecture Librarian
Department:  Library
FLSA Status:  Exempt
Position Summary:

Under the supervision of the Director of Libraries, the Art and Architecture
Librarians provide high-quality services in subject areas related to Pratt’s
art and architecture collection. Responsibilities include collection
development in architecture and design, instruction, committee and task
force work within and outside the Library, and other activities deemed
necessary for the smooth provision of information services. This is a
full-time twelve (12) month per year tenure-track faculty position at the
assistant/associate professor rank.

Job Responsibilities:

*        Provide leadership in the planning, design and provision of library
instructional, reference and public access services, including the
production and revision of library guides (some evening hours required).

*        Provide individual and group library instruction.

*        Work collaboratively with other library faculty in developing
credit courses addressing information literacy and research skills.

*        Serve as a liaison to the instructional faculty in the Schools of
Art & Design, and Architecture (i.e., develop and maintain appropriate
departmental contacts to identify reserve items and materials to be added to
the collection; assist with incorporating informational resources into the
curriculum; etc.).

*        Oversee special and ongoing projects related to the maintenance and
integrity of the art and architecture collection.

*        Participate in training of clerical staff, student assistants and
graduate assistants and monitor their workflow.

*        Contribute to the library’s public relations efforts.

*        Participate in grant writing and seeking outside funding sources
for the libraries.

*        Participate in library-wide planning and governance, library and
institute committees, and other activities as appropriate.

*        Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Salary:  Low 40’s with excellent benefits.

Qualifications:

Education:  ALA accredited MLS and academic background in art and/or
architecture required. Graduate degree or graduate level academic
preparation in the history or practice of Architecture, Art, Design, or
other arts related discipline preferred.

Experience:  Must have experience providing library public services in an
academic context as well as experience providing library related
instruction. Experience with online systems also required. One to two years’
relevant experience in an academic library preferred.

Skills:  Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to
work effectively with a culturally diverse population are essential.

Other:  Must be enthusiastic to learn, creative, willing to embrace change
and have the ability to work comfortably in a shared decision-making
environment. Commitment to professional development required; must show
evidence or promise of professional contributions beyond the primary
job,(i.e., publications, active participation in the Institute and
professional organizations, and other research and creative activity) which
are required for reappointment, promotion and tenure.

To Apply:

Please submit your CV, cover letter and the names and contact information
for three professional references to:

Chair, Art and Architecture Librarian Search
c/o Assistant to the Director
Pratt Institute Libraries
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
E-Mail: vvalenti@pratt.edu