Visual Resources Cataloger, Art Institute, Chicago

Visual Resources Cataloger* (*This is a two-year Special Projects position)
Maclean Visual Resources Library, Ryerson Library, The Art Institute of Chicago
Job Code: MC/254

Duties: Responsible for accessioning, researching, and cataloging images. Also responsible for assisting patrons in locating images.

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in art or art history with substantial relevant experience in an image collection is required, or equivalent combination of education and experience. Training and demonstrated experience in image cataloging and relational database maintenance. Must be proficient in Mac. Familiarity with digital photography and photo editing is desirable.

See Art Institute of Chicago Employment web site at for application instructions.

Climbing the ladder: developing your career in art librarianship

For anyone who feels like puddle-jumping for some training with our UK & Ireland colleagues on November 17th:

Climbing the ladder: developing your career in art librarianship

A practical one day workshop for anyone interested in looking at ways to develop their careers in art librarianship; especially suitable for newly qualified professionals aiming to get their first post in art libraries, but equally as useful for current library professionals wanting to make the leap from the familiar to the unknown! You will get the opportunity to share experiences, receive expert advice from Sue Hill Recruitment on how to identify your transferable skills, write excellent CV’s and listen to a real life case study from the Royal Academy!

Download the registration form here.

Also, check out ARLIS/UK & Ireland’s dedicated page for students.

ARLIS/Midstates Chapter Meeting (Chicago: 11.11.06)

ARLIS/Midstates Chapter Meeting
Art Institute of Chicago
Saturday, November 11, 2006

Friday, Nov. 10
7:00 pm Group dinner (Dutch Treat) at the Parthenon Restaurant,
310 S Halsted St. (Cross Street: Jackson Boulevard)
Directions: El: Blue Line to UIC-Halsted; bus: 8 to Jackson.

Saturday, Nov. 11
10:00-10:15am Arrive at Millennium Park Room, Art Institute of Chicago
(enter from Columbus Drive side)
Directions to The Art Institute of Chicago may be found at:

10:15-11:30 Chapter meeting, Millennium Park Room,

11:30-1:00pm Box Lunch and Beverage, Millennium Park Room

1:00-3:00 Panel of Copyright Experts, Millennium Park Room

3:00-4:30 Gallery Tour of Silk Roads Exhibition, led by
Eleanor Pearlstein, Associate Curator of Chinese Art



With the fall semester underway, please note that the deadline for submitting papers or projects for the Art Libraries Society of North America’s Gerd Muesham Award for best student paper is approaching.  We want to encourage any student with an appropriate paper or project written in the last 18 months (back to spring 2005) to send their work to the address below, postmarked no later than November 17, 2006.

Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions concerning the award.

Sincerely yours,

Tony White
Gerd Muehsam Award Committee Chair

DC Public Library Seeking Arts Librarian

The District of Columbia Public Library (MLK Branch) is seeking an Arts Librarian.

FUNCTIONS: Under the general supervision of the Chief, Art Division, the incumbent furnishes reference and advisory service to Library customers; guides customers in the use of special catalogs, on-line catalog, automated reference sources, World Wide Web; assists in developing the Division’s visual arts collection, including books, catalogs, periodicals and other visual arts materials as assigned; reviews books and other materials and recommends titles for consideration for branch purchase; makes extensive searches of special sources to locate relevant materials best suited to the collection and the customer needs and interests; prepares paper and electronic handouts and finding guides to help facilitate the use of the Library and its visual arts collection; creates specialized indexes; develops partnerships with the arts community and actively participates in community outreach; plans and implements programs. Performs other related duties as assigned.

See the posting, here.

Need feedback on a research idea? ACRL's DLS is looking for you

Do you have a research proposal or report that’s not quite ready to send out for publication? Would you like to have it blind peer-reviewed without the trauma, or fear of rejection, involved in submitting it to an editor? The Distance Learning Section (ACRL) is looking for you!

We would like to use your paper for a mock blind peer-review workshop next summer at the ALA Annual Meeting in Washington , DC . You need not attend in order for your paper to be chosen and reviewed.

If you would like the committee to consider using your paper, please email

by Oct. 15, 2006, giving:

(1) the nature of your research project,

(2) its stage of completion, and

(3) its relevance to distance learning librarianship.

You will be contacted by Nov. 15 if the committee would like to consider your paper. If contacted, you will send an electronic copy to the committee by Jan. 8, 2007. The committee will finalize selections and contact you by Feb. 1.

If your paper is used for the workshop, the committee will provide you helpful feedback, including the comments offered during the workshop, to thank you for your willingness to allow us to use your paper.

Hot Topics Session in Atlanta, 2007

The proposal for a “Hot Topics” session at the Atlanta conference has been accepted!

The session, which came out of discussion between members of the Student Affairs Discussion Group and the Academic Division, is intended to provide a forum for open discussion on pressing and up-to-date issues in art librarianship. At the top of the list is the topic of emerging technologies–what they are, and how people are using them.

While this session will largely be guided by the participants, planning over the next several months will help to shape the topics for discussion and some aspects of the format. I hope to be able to share some specific ways in which people can get involved in the near future…!

VRA Chapter Meetings

Greater New York Chapter Fall Meeting

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick, NJ
October 6, 2006
For more information, go to:

Great Lakes Chapter

October 13, 2006, Ohio State University
Columbus, Ohio

Events begin at 9:00 am in Knowlton Hall, 4th floor, Architecture Library foye.

The meeting includes presentations from VRA grant recipients for the 2006 VRA conference. Michelle Maguire will report on the workshop “Digital Copystand for Dummies: A Real Life Workshop for the Rest of Us!” and Carole Pawloski will summarize “Copyright Law, Image Policies and Guidelines for VR Collections.”

Contact Joseph Romano for more information.

Pacific Rim Chapter Fall Meeting

Seattle Public Library, Central Library, Seattle, WA
October 14th, 2006
For more information, go to:

Mid-Atlantic Chapter Fall Meeting

The Fall meeting will be a joint meeting with the ARLIS/NA- D.C., Maryland & Virginia Chapter, on October 20, 2006 at the Naval Academy. Details to be posted soon at :

CCO Training Workshop

October 27, 2006
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY (co-sponsored with Greater New York Chapter)
For more information, go to:

Midwest Chapter Fall meeting

November 10 & 11, 2006, Chicago, IL
For future details, go to:

Reference/Subject Librarian for Art & Architecture, Washington University in St. Louis

The person in this position is responsible for developing and implementing effective, user-centered reference and instructional programs and services in the Art & Architecture Library; for collection development and faculty liaison for assigned subjects; and for participating in the development of library-related electronic information technologies and projects. In addition, this position will manage all library operations in the absence of the Librarian.

Requisition number 070540