Manager, Exhibits and Partnerships at the Vancouver Public Library

Description

About us

The award-winning Vancouver Public Library (VPL) has been dedicated to meeting the lifelong learning, reading and information needs of Vancouver residents for more than 100 years. Inspired by our vision of being “an informed, engaged, and connected city” and our mission as a “free place for everyone to discover, create and share ideas and information”, VPL is proud of its reputation of being the most-visited major urban library per capita in Canada.

Located in a city often cited as one of the best places in the world to live, Vancouver, with a population of 630,000, includes dynamic and diverse communities in a metropolitan region of 2 million. The next few years promise to be an exciting time for VPL with the 2018 opening of the top two floors of our iconic Central Library and the recent launch of our new strategic plan, VPL 2020, which will guide our services, programs, amenities, and resources.

With over 43,000 square feet of public space, levels 8 and 9 will offer library users a unique suite of service areas including a publicly accessible garden, an auditorium, community rooms and an engaging, interactive learning and exhibit space called Vancouver Stories. Vancouver Stories will be one of the highlights of the Central library. With its innovative exhibits, hands on activities, and thought provoking displays, it will showcase the stories and culture of the Vancouver Community.

The development of the two new floors demonstrates our commitment to continuous improvement, robust public service, and innovation. We are continually evolving our services and asking our users to rethink their old notions of what a library is and imagine what a library could be.

About the opportunity

VPL is seeking a creative, innovative and strategic leader to join its management team on a 2 year contract. As part of a team of enthusiastic Managers and reporting to the Director, Library Experience, the Manager Exhibits and Partnerships will be responsible for turning the vision for Vancouver Stories into an unexpected, engaging, interactive experience for our users. You will envision, plan and curate dynamic, one of a kind exhibits and experiences that command attention and encourage repeat visits. Your goal will be to create an experience that will be one of many highlights for users of VPL. You have the necessary skills and experience to utilize new media to reach new audiences in unexpected ways. Your vision will be achieved by working with VPL staff and through partnerships and license agreements with other agencies.

We are seeking a leader with outstanding communication, inter-personal and facilitation skills. You possess demonstrated ability to envision and create museum quality exhibits and experiences. You will serve as an ambassador of public library service in Vancouver and will work to build strong relationships with the library, archive, museum and gallery communities.

You possess a thorough knowledge of museum and exhibit operations, industry best practices, collegial decision-making and project management skills, and are flexible and adaptable in a changing environment.

Vancouver Public Library offers a competitive and comprehensive salary and benefits package. This is a management position, exempt from the bargaining unit. Additional information and leadership competencies can be found in the job description.

Does this sound like you?

  • Creative, imaginative and innovative
  • Skilled curator of museum quality exhibits
  • Community focused and committed to public service
  • Skilled project manager
  • Experienced manager of a successful team
  • Experienced in staff development and recruiting
  • Creative problem solver
  • Experienced change agent
  • Evidence based decision maker
  • Understanding of cross cultural competencies
  • Strong evaluation and impact assessment skills
  • Committed to the success of the organization as a whole
  • Curious to explore challenges and to find solutions
  • A lover of libraries

We require:

  • A Master’s Degree in Museum Studies or a bachelor’s degree in a related field and significant recent relevant experience
  • Post-secondary courses in management studies
  • Knowledge of the issues, trends and best practices applicable to the museum and cultural fields
  • Five years recent relevant experience, including a minimum of three years experience in a leadership role; demonstrated leadership and managerial skills; demonstrated written and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated experience curating museum quality exhibit

Note: This is a two year temporary full-time position from 2017 until 2019.

Expressions of interest accompanied by a résumé should be submitted by:

Mail: Human Resources Department

Vancouver Public Library

350 West Georgia Street

Vancouver, BC V6B 6B1

OR Email: careers@vpl.ca

The application review process will begin April 19, 2017. This position will remain open until filled.

Please quote the competition # in the subject line when applying electronically and upload your cover letter and resume / CV as one attachment. Ensure your application has one of the following file extensions: .pdf .doc .rtf .txt

While the Library thanks you in advance, only those candidates being considered will be contacted.

As the Vancouver Public Library is responsible for the well-being of its patrons, a criminal record check is a condition of employment. Personal information collected is used in accordance with the BC Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. VPL values a diverse workforce which represents the vibrant community we so proudly serve. Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an innovative, inclusive and rewarding workplace.

Closes: 2 July, 2017

Vancouver Public Library
Vancouver , BC

Research + Instruction Librarian in Science/Art at RISD

The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) invites applications for the full-time position of Research + Instruction Librarian with a focus on the sciences, to start in August 2017.

We recognize diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to our learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experiences, scholarship, service, and/or professional practice has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

In this newly conceived entry-level position, the Librarian will engage in research, reference, collection development, and instruction, with an emphasis in the sciences (broadly defined but with a particular emphasis on the natural sciences, biological sciences, and physical sciences). The Librarian will work collaboratively to shape and implement multiple literacy practices within the library and on campus. In this capacity, the Librarian will have an affinity for, experience in, and/or an articulated understanding of broad interrelated and creative thinking about art, design, and science information and practice.

The Librarian will be based in Fleet Library and will work in collaboration with library staff as well as other colleagues in the other units within the Dean of Libraries’ interdisciplinary community – The Nature Lab, Campus Exhibitions, and the Writing Center.

We see the Library as a laboratory and platform for creativity and ideas. We seek to create an environment that understands and respects the past while inventing the future. Our approach to research, instruction, and collection development emphasizes strong disciplinary focus with an interdisciplinary and intersectional lens.

As a member of the Research and Instruction team, the Science Librarian engages in research and professional development, library instruction, research assistance, and collection development related to the sciences – with an emphasis on the intersection of science and art practices, broadly defined. In addition, the candidate will engage in outreach to the RISD community – encouraging and creating connections across campus – as well as chair a library committee based on skills and interests. This is a newly imagined position and it reports to the Dean of Libraries.

The RISD Library was founded in 1877 and is one of the oldest independent art college libraries in the country. The Library is centrally located in an award-winning adaptive reuse space on the first two floors of a former bank – the remainder of the building consists of student housing, dining facilities, and storage. The original banking hall serves as the library’s stunning main reading room. All of the library’s collections reside within the structure – a luxury that allows for resources to be available to the community at all times.

The Library includes an open stack collection of over 100,000 volumes, including a reference section, 1500 RISD masters’ theses, and 330 current periodicals. Specialized collections and storage include another 54,000+ volumes. Print collections focus on art, architecture, and design, with approximately 15% currently focused on supporting areas of the humanities and social and physical sciences. Specialized collections include artists’ books, zines, rare books, an institutional archive, a materials resource library, and a picture collection.

The Library is building its digital platforms and currently hosts and operates an online institutional repository – Digital Commons @RISD – that collects and presents faculty and student research and creative work, college records and history, and materials from specialized collections.

RISD has a distinguished history of providing inspired leadership in art and design education and an ongoing commitment to creative experimentation and risk-taking. This progressive, inquisitive attitude permeates the campus.
Since its founding, RISD has pursued its mission to educate the public about the important role of art and design within society. That pursuit in conjunction with the STEM to STEAM RISD-led initiative makes this position particularly relevant and exciting. The goal of STEAM is to truly explore the combined thinking and practice of scientists, artists, designers, and technologists. The sciences are integrated throughout RISD‘s campus in different departments and are highlighted in the Digital + Media program, increased emphasis on the sciences in the Liberal Arts Curriculum, and the exceptional Edna Lawrence Nature Lab.

Rhode Island School of Design is an undergraduate and graduate college of art and design with approximately 2,400 graduate and undergraduate students. RISD supports librarians’ professional practice with sabbaticals, conference funds, and professional development grants. RISD offers a critical review process, which is similar to the tenure process.
All librarians are members of a collective bargaining unit, the Full-time Faculty Association (NEARI/NEA).

Functions/Duties

·         Provide reference and research services by answering questions, advising on appropriate resources, instructing patrons in the use of online and in person catalogs and collections in the arts and sciences.

·         Write and edit resources guides and explore platforms for sharing resources and telling the story of research through technologies and tools.

·         Provide orientation and research instruction – in groups and one-on-one – to RISD students, faculty, and staff with traditional library resources as well as using emerging technologies.

·         Support the development of information literacy (and multiple literacy) practices within the library and across campus.

·         Participate in the promotion, outreach, and marketing of library collections, resources, services, and projects.

·         Contribute to collection development initiatives and build access to science literature and resources with limited resources. Develop a suite of resources that aggregates and curates open access/open data/open source science resources applicable to artists, designers, makers, and creative thinkers across disciplines.

·         Serve on library, college faculty, and administrative committees.

·         Engage in professional development and research activities to advance the profession, your work, and your development as a librarian, colleague, and member of a local and global community.

Required Qualifications

The ideal candidate is an individual interested in defining, experimenting with, and building information systems, collections, and instruction related to and inspired by the sciences as well as art and design. We are seeking a colleague who has demonstrated (in scholarship, community engagement, education, or practice) creativity and curiosity within the field of librarianship.

·         ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

·         Degree (or relevant experience) in a scientific discipline – with particular emphasis in biology, mathematics, design science, or the physical sciences.

·         One to three years professional experience providing research, reference, instruction, or public service in a library, laboratory, or research setting.

·         Strong interpersonal and communication skills are critical, as is an ability to think critically and articulate ideas clearly. We are seeking an ideas person who enjoys working on a team and is generous and open to thinking that challenges their own.

·         Ability to work collegially and generously within a small team that is flexible and extremely responsive to users.

Preferred Qualifications

·         Knowledge of contemporary art, architecture, and design, and an awareness of cross-disciplinary issues in an art school setting.

·         Knowledge of print and electronic resources – particularly open access, open data, and open source resources. We are an art school and this position will support scientific research in that context.

·         Ability to use a full range of text and electronic resources in the arts, sciences, and related areas.

·         Background in library technologies and emerging technologies – with a curiosity (and healthy skepticism) about current trends.

·         Reading knowledge of a language other than English.

·         Fearlessness (with a healthy dose of common sense)

Candidates who submit their materials before May 15, 2017 are assured full consideration. For more information, visit www.risd.edu/jobs.

Reference Librarian at The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879, is a world-renowned art museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States. An encyclopedic museum, the Art Institute collects, preserves, and interprets works in every medium from all cultures and historical periods. With a collection of approximately 300,000 art works and artifacts, the museum has particularly strong holdings in Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting, contemporary art, early 20th century European painting and sculpture, Japanese prints, and photography. The museum’s 2009 addition, the Modern Wing, features the latest in green museum technology and 264,000 square feet dedicated to modern and contemporary art, photography, architecture and design, and new museum education facilities. In addition to displaying its permanent collection, the Art Institute mounts more than 30 special exhibitions per year and features lectures, gallery tours, and special performances on a daily basis

Position Summary

Provides reference, research, and instructional services. Supervises circulation, reception, interlibrary loan, photocopy and copy photography services. Oversees the library’s social media accounts.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

·         Provides reference service at the Reference Desk on a regularly scheduled basis, including Thursdayevenings. Provides reference and research services to museum staff on demand. Responds to written, telephone, and email reference questions as necessary.

·         Oversees incoming and outgoing interlibrary loan operations. Responds to other requests for loans and copies. Uses support and part-time staff as appropriate to provide timely and cost-effective services.

·         Supervises the Circulation Supervisor. Assists Circulation Supervisor with recruiting, training, and supervising full-time Reader Services support staff.

·         Works with the Digital Initiatives and Technologies Librarian to ensure that interlibrary loan hardware and software meet requirements and that the ExLibris Alma Circulation system and related equipment function properly and are used effectively.

·         Assists in providing bibliographic instruction, training and orientations for AIC staff, School of the Art Institute classes, the Libraries’ reference staff and other groups as necessary.

·         Promotes the libraries’ collections and services through developing social media and web content.

·         Serves on the Offsite Project team and Reference Team, as well as other library committees as required.

·         Conducts research and pursues special projects as required.

·         Supervises the Reader Services Department in the absence of the Head of Reader Services.

Qualifications

·         MLS from an ALA-accredited program.

·         Experience providing reference service and bibliographic instruction to a diverse patron base.

·         Experience assisting researchers with accessing archives and special collection materials.

·         Familiarity with major bibliographic tools (printed and electronic) and research methods for Art History.

·         Familiarity with library circulation procedures and trends in access services.

·         Familiarity with the interlibrary loan codes and guidelines, and experience with interlibrary loan borrowing and lending.

·         Experience working with websites, blogs, and social media.

·         Strong commitment to public service and excellent oral and written communication skills.

·         Ability to work collaboratively with staff from all areas of the library, museum, and school.

·         Supervisory and/or project management experience.

 **Please apply online at: https://hrweb.artic.edu/recruit/applyjob.html

The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Assistant Archivist at Glenstone

TITLE

Assistant Archivist

ABOUT THE ORGANIZATION Glenstone is an art museum located on more than 200 acres of rolling hills and unspoiled woodland in Potomac, Maryland. Conceived by founders Mitchell and Emily Rales on their deeply held belief that art is essential to life, it has already become one of the finest collections of modern and contemporary art in the world. In addition to the current museum, when its new museum building opens to the public in 2018, Glenstone will become the largest private museum in America welcoming 100,000 visitors every year free of charge. By thoughtfully integrating the power of art, the energy of architecture and the serenity of landscape, Glenstone is both a distinctive idea and a unique place.

Glenstone is proud to foster a professional environment in which people can do interesting, fulfilling and enjoyable work. Not only do its founders develop and oversee all acquisitions and exhibitions, but Emily Rales also serves as director of the Museum and curator of the collection. This provides all associates an unusually high degree of access and interaction with the spirit and vision of Glenstone. To work at Glenstone is to be a part of something bigger, something more meaningful, and something truly special. It is a chance to do a job to the highest standard, with the resources and support available to a founder-led and endowed organization. It is an invitation to be engaged, challenged and stimulated, to help fulfill a powerful mission, and to contribute to a noble purpose.

We are incredibly proud of what Glenstone offers to those who create, appreciate, study, and otherwise participate in the world of art; and we are equally proud of what Glenstone offers to those who choose to join us in doing so. There is no better time than now to become a part of Glenstone.

DESCRIPTION Position Overview

Reporting to the Chief Archivist/Librarian, the Assistant Archivist will serve as part of a dynamic team in managing and preserving Glenstone’s archival assets. The Assistant Archivist will work in collaboration with the Library and Archives team to ensure long-term access to the institutional records.

Desired Attributes & Characteristics

The ideal candidate will possess flexibility, excellent communication skills, will be a problem solver, and be personally and professionally motivated by collaborating with a variety of associates. Desired characteristics also include a strong work ethic, as well as an attention to detail, and focus on deadlines. In addition, we are looking for someone that can embrace Glenstone’s core value of ‘continuous improvement’ through an interest in professional development to advance their knowledge and expertise to surpass our previous best efforts.

POSITION REQUIREMENTS Key Responsibilities

  • Assist in the establishment, implementation, and regular evaluation of policies regarding the accessioning, processing, and preservation of archival content in accordance with best professional practices
  • Manage the ingestion, storage, and access of digital assets, including professional video and high-resolution photography
  • Coordinate the use of archival content through a variety of mission-critical workflows, such as rights and reproduction, video production, staff research, and communications
  • Maintain statistics on outreach activities, reference requests, project work, storage conditions, and the overall growth of the archives
  • Assist in the formulation and administration of an institution-wide records management program to encompass both physical and digital records
  • Supervise interns and project workers
  • Respond to reference requests from Glenstone associates

Required Skills & Experience

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library and Information Science with a concentration in archives and Records Management, Digital Curation, or related discipline.
  • Familiarity with professional metadata schema and content standards concerning the management of archival collections and digital assets, such as DACS, Dublin Core, PBCore, VRA Core, EXIF, IPTC, XMP, and PREMIS
  • Demonstrated experience writing, implementing, and assessing policies and workflows concerning the management of physical and digital collections
  • Strong technical ability to learn new software, evaluate information systems, and implement innovative strategies for preserving and cataloging archival content
  • Strong interpersonal and proactive ability to advocate archival policies, ensure compliance with best practices, and liaise with diverse stakeholders

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of modern art and architecture and/or background in museum archives
  • Experience with CollectiveAccess, or similar collections management system, for the management of archival collections and digital assets
  • Experience processing and cataloging specialized formats, including architectural records, audiovisual tapes, and ephemera
  • Experience supervising interns and/or student workers
  • Knowledge of professional video production and photography practices
  • Experience with the Adobe Creative Cloud, particularly Adobe Premiere, Adobe Bridge, and Adobe Photoshop

Salary & Benefits

Associates are crucial to achieving Glenstone’s mission and we offer a competitive salary commensurate with experience. We also provide a total benefits package that helps you manage your health, protect your income, and prepare for your future. To promote collaboration and show appreciation to associates, Glenstone provides a weekly staff lunch, on-site health and wellness classes and volunteer opportunities.

Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; life, long-term and short-term disability and AD&D insurance, a Flexible Spending Account (FSA); a 401(k) retirement account with a matching contribution; an Employee Assistance Program (EAP); and tuition reimbursement.

FULL-TIME/PART-TIME Full-Time
SEASONAL
EXEMPT/NON-EXEMPT Non-Exempt
EOE STATEMENT We are an equal employment opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status or any other characteristic protected by law.

Full Description (PDF): Assistant Archivist Postion Posting

To Apply: https://recruiting.myapps.paychex.com/appone/MainInfoReq.asp?R_ID=1576081

Architecture Librarian (Librarian I or II), 6-month Contract Limited Term

Hello all!

Below is a current opportunity for an Architecture Librarian at the U of T:

Closes on Sunday, May 07, 2017
University of Toronto Libraries
Toronto, ON
Temporary

POSITION:                   Architecture Librarian (Librarian I or II), 6-month Contract Limited Term

DEPARTMENT:            University of Toronto Libraries

DATE REQUIRED:        July 1, 2017 

Are you looking for challenging, meaningful work in a supportive and diverse environment? Are you looking for a career at one of Canada’s top employers? Work where the world comes to think, discover and learn. Consider a career at the University of Toronto.

About the University of Toronto Libraries

The University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) system is the largest academic library in Canada and is ranked fourth among peer institutions in North America. The system consists of 44 libraries located on three university campuses: St. George, Mississauga, and Scarborough. This array of college libraries, special collections, and specialized libraries and information centres supports the teaching and research requirements of 215 graduate programs, over 60 professional programs, and more than 700 undergraduate degree programs. In addition to more than 12 million print volumes, the library system currently provides access to millions of electronic resources in various forms and over 29,554 linear metres of archival material. More than 150,000 new print volumes are acquired each year.  The Libraries’ data centre houses more than 200 servers with a storage capacity of 1.5 petabytes.

The Opportunity

Reporting to the Deputy Chief Librarian, University of Tornoto Libraries, the incumbent will be required to direct and manage the services, resources, and staff of the Shore + Moffat Library. This Research Leave replacement position offers an excellent opportunity to gain diverse experience in an academic environment. The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design offers professional Masters degrees in Architecture (MArch), Landscape Architecture (MLA), Urban Design (MUD), Visual Studies (MVS), and Honours Bachelor of Arts (Honours BA) in Architectural Studies and Visual Studies.

 

Learn about the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Urban Design: http://www.daniels.utoronto.ca

Responsibilities:

  • Conduct reference and research consultations with students and faculty
  • Provide instruction on library resources and the research process, including embedded information literacy instruction
  • Collection development in the areas of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, visual studies
  • Liaise with Daniels program directors, faculty, and students
  • Supervise 1.7 library technicians, and oversee approximately 12 student assistants
  • Supervise and coordinate library services – circulation, course reserves, collection maintenance, interlibrary loans
  • Monitor issues with library equipment and liaise with IT at Daniels
  • Serve on library and faculty committees
  • Develop and maintain the library website

Required Qualifications

  1. ALA-accredited Master of Library Science degree or equivalent
  2. Excellent oral and written communication skills, strong organizational and problem solving skills, collaborative and responsive leadership skills, flexibility and a strong service orientation are essential
  3. Public service experience
  4. Excellent knowledge of print and electronic information resources appropriate for architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and visual studies
  5. Must be able to work independently and with staff, students, faculty, administrators and the design community

Preferred Qualifications

  1. Experience as a librarian working with architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and visual studies in an academic library
  2. Experience offering information literacy instruction
  3. At least one year’s professional experience in an academic library setting
  4. Supervisory experience in a unionized environment

Salary and Terms of Appointment

This is a Contractually Limited-Term appointment be filled at the Librarian I or II rank. Rank and salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.

NOTE: Librarians at the University of Toronto are members of the University of Toronto Faculty Association.

Application Materials Required: A cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references of which at least two have supervised your work. Please send a single electronic file (MS Word or pdf) with a file name convention of [Surname, FirstName.Architecture] to Library Human Resources at utlhr@utoronto.ca; or to Room 1140, 130 St. George Street, University of Toronto Libraries, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5; or by fax to (416) 946-5543 by May 7, 2017.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Toronto Libraries thanks all applicants but will only contact applicants selected for an interview.

University of Toronto Library System: http://onesearch.library.utoronto.ca/
University of Toronto: http://www.hrandequity.utoronto.ca/site3.aspx
Policies for librarians:  http://www.hrandequity.utoronto.ca/faculty-librarians.htm

For full job posting visit: https://ischool.utoronto.ca/job/architecture-librarian-librarian-i-or-ii-6-month-contract-limited-term/

Digital Asset Manager at The Menil Collection

The Menil Collection: Employment Opportunity

Title:                           Digital Asset Manager

Department:               Collection Management

Reports to:                  Chief Registrar

General Responsibilities

Reporting to the Chief Registrar, the Digital Asset Manager is charged with developing the infrastructure of the museum’s digital asset platform, and leading efforts in migrating and organizing exiting media, chiefly images, to meet the Menil Collection’s strategic digital initiatives and future implementation of a Digital Asset Management System (DAMS).

Specific Duties

  1. Work closely with the Menil Archives, and Curatorial, Communications, Publishing, External Affairs and Conservation Departments, to consolidate the museum-wide image and media usage and storage and establish consistent standards, policies, and procedures regarding the same.
  2. Create and enforce naming taxonomies and metadata scheme, tagging files with relevant and accurate metadata, enforcing asset file standards, and ensure application documentation is up-to-date.
  3. Distribute assets to internal users and external partners.
  4. Enforce digitization and photography standards.
  5. Lead training and education for staff.
  6. With the recent implementation of The Museum System (TMS) and Share Point software, and in the early stages of redeveloping the institution’s website, act as a vital hub within the museum’s larger digital and technological goals.
  7. Facilitate the integration of digital media assets into the TMS database from all museum departments, and work closely with IT staff and staff in departments across the institution to improve access to digital assets for daily use, special projects, and initiatives.
  8. Collaborate with and advise TMS administrator on configuration and customization of the TMS server application and other software for image handling and metadata application.
  9. Provide quality control for all metadata to assure accuracy and consistency across the institution. This includes the developing and managing of metadata tools, controlled vocabularies and other metadata standardization solutions.
  10. Assist in bringing existing assets up to appropriate standards, including reorganization of file directories and metadata cleanup projects.
  11. Provide functional support to individual staff DAM software users with technical support from the TMS administrator.
  12. Work closely with TMS administrator to improve and expand the distribution of and access to still image, video, and other digital assets for museum staff and external clients.

Qualifications

  1. BA or BS in Library Science, Museum Studies, Computer Science, or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  2. 3-4 years practical experience in a museum, archives, or library image archive, including: database management, software administration, digital rights management, metadata standards and practices, file formatting, and data migration.
  3. Excellent communication skills, including the ability to collaborate with staff at all levels across the institution, and with outside organizations and vendors.
  4. Experience with TMS, digital asset management systems, and print and media technologies.
  5. A thorough understanding of intellectual property law, including “fair use” and similar copyright issues.
  6. Ability to work collaboratively with others as part of a team as well as independently.
  7. Must possess the drive and focus necessary to improve and expand the distribution of and access to the museum’s permanent collection and exhibition assets through digital media.
  8. Team player with the ability to organize information at a high level, multi-task in a fast-paced environment, and creatively solve problems.

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.

 

 

 

Job Posting: NDSR Art Residency

Inaugural NDSR Art Residency Cohort Announced

NEW ORLEANS, LA (February 4, 2017)—The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) in partnership with the Philadelphia Museum of Art are pleased to announce the selection of its inaugural National Digital Stewardship Residency (NDSR) cohort. In April 2016, the Philadelphia Museum of Art was awarded a grant by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) to develop a program focused specifically on digital stewardship of art information. The 2017-2018 NSDR Art cohort consists of four organizations, each of which was selected by the NDSR Art advisory board for its merits as an independent project and how it would complement and contribute to the group as a whole. Criteria considered in the applications were a project’s design, its potential for new contributions to the field of digital preservation, institutional support for the project, the ability to provide adequate resources for a resident, and its synergies with potential peer institutions in the cohort.

The cohort consists of the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the University of Pennsylvania, and the Yale Center for British Art. Its residencies will begin with an intensive week-long digital stewardship workshop in Philadelphia in July 2017. Thereafter, each resident will move to his or her designated host institution to work on a significant digital stewardship project. These projects will allow residents to acquire hands-on knowledge and skills involving the collection, selection, management, long-term preservation, and accessibility of digital assets related to arts information.

Heather Gendron, Director of Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library and President of ARLIS/NA, remarked, “This is an exciting time for the ARLIS/NA community and we are delighted to be able to support this program and offer such rich professional development opportunities to our members while also contributing to the broader field of digital preservation.”

Over the course of twelve months, the NDSR Art residency will address conservation and preservation of time-based media, long-term access to digital publications and student artworks, and strategies for capturing and sustaining born-digital art collection-related records. The selected projects will allow the residents to gain valuable career skills in art information sustainability, while also completing work that provides long-term benefits to ARLIS/NA and the wider preservation communities.

NDSR Art will now receive applications, until March 17, 2017, for residents to work on these projects. Residents chosen for NDSR Art 2017-2018 will be announced by early May 2017. For additional information about the host sites, application requirements, and updates regarding the National Digital Stewardship Residency, please see the program website at http://ndsr-pma.arlisna.org.

Job Posting: Lead Processing Archivist, Notre Dame, IN

The Hesburgh Libraries of Notre Dame seek a creative and collaborative Lead Processing Archivist to oversee archival processing and description. The position will shape the way the Libraries arrange, describe, manage, provide access to, and facilitate discovery of rich archival and special collections across the departments of Rare Books & Special Collections and University Archives.

The successful candidate will be committed to providing excellent support to our researchers by directing the ongoing application of thoughtful archival arrangement and descriptive practices; creating policies, procedures, and workflows for productive and efficient processes; performing hands-on collections processing; ensuring sound archival approach in all arrangement and description work; and seeking out opportunities for innovation in all of these endeavors. This position will closely cooperate with archivists and curators to collaboratively produce collection descriptions.

RESPONSIBILITIES:

Under the general supervision of the Director of Specialized Collection Services and in close collaboration with the Heads of University Archives, Rare Books & Special Collections, and Resource Description and Discovery Services, the successful candidate:

* Oversees the arrangement and description program, including coordinating all archival arrangement and description work in the units by curators and archivists. Directs the work of staff and students with responsibilities for processing.

* Sets policy and best practices for processing and descriptive work, including developing processing plans in regard to the backlog of collections. Develops program goals and metrics to evaluate work.

* Arranges and oversees arrangement of archival records in accordance with accepted archival standards. Describes and oversees description of archival collections according to archival content standards and publishes EAD-encoded finding aids on the web. Creates and is responsible for maintenance of documentation and policies for arrangement and description.

* Assists in implementing professional standards and best practices and setting priorities for collection management, processing, description, digitization, and discovery. Collaborates with curatorial, archival and resource description colleagues to ensure that descriptive tools and products are responsive to research needs and priorities as well as internal records policies.

* Leads a collaborative effort to investigate, recommend and implement collection management tools for organizing and processing manuscript collections such as ArchivesSpace.

* Works with the coordinators of stack maintenance to maintain location registers and shift archival material within collection spaces.

* Collaborates with the Digital Collections Librarian to review and streamline existing strategies for publishing EAD finding aids and implementing them in other library discovery systems, including Primo.

* Collaborates with colleagues in Conservation to ensure proper handling and housing methods for archival collections and the integration of good preservation assessment practice within the processing program. Identifies preservation needs and priorities for materials in all formats during processing work and consults with Conservators for recommendations on treatment.

* This position may be tasked with leading teams or supervising others in regard to the above duties.

Qualifications
Required Qualifications:

* An ALA-accredited MLS or equivalent archival degree or experience. Three or more years of professional experience in archival arrangement and description, preferably within an archives or special collections in an academic or research library.

* Demonstrated proficiency in archival theory and practice, especially accessioning, processing and description, including minimal and basic processing strategies.

* Demonstrated knowledge of current national data content and structure standards related to the archival control of collection materials and proficiency in the use and application of DACS, EAD, MARC, LCSH, LCNA; strong working knowledge of EAD and XML, including experience with XML schemas and the use of XML editors and the manipulation of metadata across systems and platforms.

* Demonstrated experience with processing collections that encompass multiple formats (textual, audiovisual, photographs, and born-digital materials).

* Superior written and verbal communication skills; excellent analytical, critical thinking and problem-solving skills; excellent interpersonal skills and experience working collaboratively with varied groups within a complex organization and team environment. Flexibility and the capacity to thrive in a rapidly changing environment. Great attention to detail; demonstrated ability to manage time and complete projects in a timely manner.

Preferred qualifications:

* Experience with ArchivesSpace and data migration projects.

* Knowledge of basic preservation and conservation issues as they relate to archival collections.

* Knowledge of rights administration and management issues for archival collections.

Application Instructions
Salary and Benefits:

Appointment salary and rank are competitive, commensurate with experience and qualifications. The Lead Processing Archivist is a non-tenure track member of the Library Faculty. The University offers an excellent benefits and annual vacation package.

NDSR Art Resident Applicant Webinar, February 28, 2017 11:00 AM EST

NDSR Art seeks resident applications for its inaugural cohort!

The resident application period is open until March 17, 2017 and four residents will be selected for the inaugural NDSR Art cohort. Goals and specific responsibilities required by each host institution project are available on the 2017-2018 Projects page. Visit the Resident Applicant page for details about the program and resident application process. For more information, join NDSR Art program staff and the 2017-2018 hosts for the Resident Applicant Webinar on Tuesday, February 28th.

Webinar: Resident Applicant Webinar

Feb 28, 2017 11:00 AM EST

Register here

About NDSR Art

NDSR Art is a residency program that helps art and cultural institutions tackle issues of digital preservation and stewardship. The program supports art librarians, art information professionals, and visual resource curators in their endeavor to provide long-term, durable access to institutional repositories, born-digital works of art, and interactive technologies.

NDSR Art is a partnership of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and ARLIS/NA, made possible with generous funding from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

For additional information, visit the NDSR Art website at http://ndsr-pma.arlisna.org/ or email: ndsr@philamuseum.org.

Job Posting: Processing Archivist/Collections Manager, Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Research & Scholars offices, Washington, D.C.

The Smithsonian American Art Museum is seeking a Processing Archivist/Collections Manager to process the Joseph Cornell Study Center “archives.” This is a temporary, privately-funded position, not to exceed three years. All work will take place in the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Research & Scholars offices, located in Washington, D.C.

Background

The Joseph Cornell Study Center is comprised of approximately 320 linear feet of the artist’s source materials and studio effects, dating from the 18th to the 20th century (approximately 226 record carton boxes).  Included are handwritten and typed manuscripts, correspondence, newspaper clippings, maps, photographs, postcards, prints, theater playbills, stamps; and assorted dime store trinkets and other found objects, such as bird’s nests, ceramic figurines, clay pipes, cordial glasses, costume jewelry, marbles, shells, children’s toys and board games. The collection also includes the artist’s personal library (over 3,000 titles ranging from rare eighteenth century French texts to Little Golden Books from the 1950s) and hundreds of record albums.

Duties and responsibilities of the position

The incumbent will be chiefly responsible for:

— Processing: survey, organize, arrange and describe the collection according to archival and/or museum standards and best practices

— Cataloging: create inventories and detailed DACS (Describing Archives: A Content Standard)-compliant finding aid and encode that finding aid according to EAD (Encoded Archival Description) standard for electronic finding aids, using Archivists’ Toolkit or ArchivesSpace software

— Preservation: follow best practices for the handling and storage of fragile materials, identify items within the collection that may require additional professional conservation work

— Reference: may help respond to incoming queries for information about the collection

Top Candidates will have:

— Knowledge of art history, especially American, 20th century art

— Education or experience in Library Science or Archives Management

— At least 3 years’ experience processing archival or special collections

— Knowledge of archival best practices and standards, such as EAD and DACS

— Familiarity with Archivists’ Toolkit or ArchivesSpace

— Ability to communicate orally and in writing in a clear, objective and efficient manner

Preference will be given to prospective candidates with prior experience processing artists’ papers and a knowledge of art history, especially American or 20th century art.

Salary & Benefits

This is a temporary position, not to exceed 3 years.

Salary starting at $54,972 per year.  Benefits include health insurance, holidays and leave accrual.

How to Apply

Send cover letter and resume detailing relevant experience to: Christine Hennessey, Chief, Research & Scholars Center, Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Send by email to: HennesseyC@si.edu with subject line: Cornell Study Center

Or Fax application to: 202-633-8373.

Review of applications begins March 1, 2017.  Position open until filled.

The Smithsonian is an Equal Opportunity Employer.