Curatorial Assistant, Library Assistant III, UMN

The College of Design (formerly College of Architecture and Landscape
Architecture and the department of Design, Housing, and Apparel) at the
University of Minnesota is pleased to announce a new position in the
Digital Collections and Archives Unit (formerly Visual Resources

Curatorial Assistant, Library Assistant III
Position available: immediately, new full time position

Location: Digital Collections + Archives (DCA), College of Design (CDes)
University of Minnesota, 65 Rapson Hall, 89 Church St SE, Minneapolis, MN

Responsibilities / Main Job Duties:

Cataloging and Collection Development 60%: Edits, modifies and creates
records in collection database for public and administrative catalog.
Collaborates with DCA staff members to improve cataloging structure,
methods, and procedural documentation. Systematically re-accessions old
slides and creates cataloging records. Knowledgeable of cataloging
authorities and uses them on a regular basis. Collaborates with faculty in
new subject areas that are added to the collection. Knowledge of art,
architectural, landscape architecture, urban design, interior design, and
graphic design history so informed decision can be made with regard to the
cataloging records. Makes informed decisions and researches work records
thoroughly. Cataloging is logical, consistent, and conforms to emerging
national standards used by CDes. Systematically re-accessions old slides
and enters cataloging information. Alerts and consults curator on areas
that require clarification. Suggests areas that need to be expanded and or
improved upon in cataloging or scanning.

Reference, Outreach, Needs Assessment / Training 15%: Conducts routine
reference database searches. Instructs patrons in the use of image database
and refers them to outside sources when applicable. Provides reference
services in person, over the phone, and virtual. Performs needs assessments
and designs training and outreach to meet patrons needs. Collaborates in
creating usability testing and studies to determine and maintain
effectiveness of DCA metadata (including website). Creates welcoming
environment for patrons, either in person or electronically. Answers
questions in a timely manner. Creates handouts for various levels of users
in collaboration with curator. Thorough understanding of collection to meet
patron’s needs. Maintains website and modifies content as directed or

Scanning and Copywork 20%: Copywork and slide scanning as needed. Able to
use Photoshop at an advanced level and train others in its use in the
creation of digital surrogates for the collection. Able to perform copywork
as needed when demand is high and workload is spread out among other staff

Supervise Student Workers 5%: Checks over work of students and alerts them
of errors, correcting the issues through training. Schedules student
workers ensuring there is no overlap of time on scanning stations. Creates
work-plan for each week thus creating a consistent flow of images into

Minimum / Essential Qualifications:
(Education/Training/Knowledge/Skills/Abilities/and/or Physical
Requirements) Five years relevant library experience in cataloging and
processing of photographic materials either in a special collection or
archive. College education can be substituted for experience on a year for
year basis up to three years. Experience in reference, public services,
outreach and training, in a special collection or archive. Must have
experience with database / image management software. Reading level
knowledge of at least one foreign language.

Selection Criteria/ Preferred Qualifications:
(Education/Training/Knowledge/Skills/Abilities) Demonstrated cataloging
ability in a visual resources environment. Working knowledge of VRA Core
and CCO (Cataloging Cultural Objects) metadata / cataloging standards.
Working knowledge of vocabularies related to visual materials, i.e. Getty.
Degree or extensive coursework in art history, architectural history,
landscape architecture history, urban design / planning history, interior
or graphic design history or a related field (see cataloging and collection
development). Degree or coursework in library or information science (see
cataloging and collection development). Demonstrated writing skills to
create training materials, marketing materials, and presentations.
Demonstrated ability to adapt to changing environments and work conditions.
Experience with Filemaker. Photography experience both on-site and with
copywork. Extensive experience with Photoshop and various image scanning
techniques. Supervisory and training experience with students.

For information on the new college:

For information on the collection:

until sept. 8
after sept. 8

To Apply:
For the official posting and directions on how to apply, go to:
reference requisition number: 141435

In addition to the official application, Please also submit a cover letter,
resume, and three professional references directly to:
Jodie Walz
Digital Collections and Archives
College of Design
University of Minnesota
65 Rapson Hall
89 Church St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

For more information about the position, or if you have questions,
call Jodie Walz at 612-624-4080, or email

Jodie L. Walz
Digital Collections + Archives
College of Design
University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
***************************************** direct (612)624-4080

search the collection at
search across the campus on sept. 8 at

Backpack to Briefcase: Preparing for Life after Library School

Please join us at the ARLIS/NA 35th Annual Conference, April 26 – 30, 2007, in Atlanta, Georgia.

This AskARLIS session is a forum for the exchange of candid observations and collective wisdom between young and experienced librarians. Speakers will address topics relevant to both students and new professionals, such as discovering the hidden job market, translating theory to professional practice, professional development, and promotion and tenure. The Society’s seasoned professionals will have the opportunity to offer advice to the younger generation as well as gain insight into the concerns of new professionals.

Please share below the topics, questions or concerns that you’d like us to address at this session. (If you have more immediate concerns, please post them to the blog.)


  • Alessia Zanin-Yost will speak on preparing for the profession.
  • Heather Ball will speak on theory vs. practice.
  • Kristen Meyer will speak on the hidden job market.
  • Leslie Kott Wakeford will speak on professional development.
  • Tony White will speak on promotion and tenure.


  • Sarah Carter

Organized by Sarah Carter and Megan Macken with the assistance of Kristen Meyer, Marilyn Ramen, and Alessia Zanin-Yost.

Assistant Curator, Visual Resources Collection, ASU

Position available, accepting applications:
Assistant Museum Professional – Academic Professional Position (Assistant Curator, Visual Resources Collection)

Arizona State University, School of Art


Institution and Department Profile

Arizona State University is one of the largest public universities in the nation with a bold new direction for transforming the institution in the 21st century. The Tempe campus is one of four ASU campuses in the Phoenix metropolitan area, and is located in the heart of Tempe. Across the four campuses nearly 60,000 are enrolled in daytime and evening classes which is the fourth largest university enrollment in the nation. ASU offers outstanding resources for study and research, including libraries, the university art museum which includes the Ceramics Research Center, four School of Art galleries, and performing arts spaces. The School of Art is located on the Tempe campus and is part of the Herberger College of Fine Arts which also includes the School of Music; Department of Dance; the University Art Museum; and Arts, Media, and Engineering.

The School of Art is a highly ranked program with 49 full time faculty positions, 11 staff, and 1,309 majors in BA, BFA, MA, MFA, and PhD programs. These include concentrations in Art Education, Art History, Ceramics, Digital Art (undergraduate only), Digital Art (undergraduate only), Digital Technology (graduate only), Drawing, Fibers, Intermedia, Metals, Museum Studies, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, and Studio Art (undergraduate only).

Position Description

Working with the Curator of the Visual Resources Collection to develop, research, and manage the collection of slides and digital images for the School of Art at Arizona State University which is a comprehensive visual arts program serving classes at the undergraduate, masters, and Ph.D. levels.

Duties and Responsibilities

Managing and maintaining the Visual Resources Collection; cataloging, researching and accessioning images (slides and digital); producing and maintaining class review web-pages; supervising and assisting with the training of graduate and undergraduate employees; monitoring collection circulation; assisting in the development and management of databases; providing reference and instructional services.

Work hours are Monday through Friday 8-5 and other times as required for position duties.


Master’s degree in Art History or MLS with BA in Art History or related field and curatorial experience in a Visual Resources collection. Demonstrated knowledge of visual resource collection practices.


Demonstrated knowledge of the following: VRA Core and Cataloging Cultural Objects; Madison Digital Image Database (MDID2); MS Office and MS Access; HTML editing, Adobe Photoshop, and image scanning; library and art historical research methods for the purpose of cataloging and classifying images; evidence of research translation ability for at least one Western European language (preferably French, Italian or German). Demonstrated skill in using PC hardware and software related to maintaining visual resource collections and developing class review web pages which includes but is not limited to word-processing, database, and web development software. Demonstrated excellent communication skills. Evidence of participation in related professional organizations for example, Visual Resources Association, VRA; Art Libraries Society of North America, ARLIS/NA; and/or College Art Association, CAA, etc.

Application Procedure

Application deadline is every two weeks until the position is filled. Include cover letter, resume, and name, address and telephone number of 3 references. On employment history, include month – year date format. Send all to Chair, Assistant Museum Professional Search Committee, School of Art, Box 871505, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ 85287-1505.

A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Lise J. Hawkos
Curator, Visual Resources Collection
Director, Harry Wood Gallery
School of Art
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-1505
480.965.8338 (fax)

Visual Resources Librarian, RISD

Visual Resources Librarian

Rhode Island School of Design

The Rhode Island School of Design is looking for a Visual Resources Librarian for its new Fleet Library at RISD. This is a key managerial position responsible for the operation of the Visual Resources Department, including digital images, the Slide Collection, the Picture Collection, videos and films; and for providing leadership for the institutional transition from analog to digital collections. This is a full-time position, reporting to the Director of Library Services and supervising 3.6 FTE staff. Duties and qualifications are listed on the RISD web site at To apply: send a letter of application and resume to Librarian Search Committee, Fleet Library at RISD, 2 College St, Providence, RI 02903. Submissions via email are also welcome and can be sent as a Word attachment to <>  or through the RISD jobline. Review of applications will begin Oct. 1, 2006 and will continue until the position is filled.
RISD is an equal opportunity employer who encourages inquiries and applications from female and minority candidates. RISD does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, age, sex, religion, national origin, ethnic origin, sexual orientation or disability.

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

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.


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.


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