Category Archives: Professional Development

Professional development includes unpaid opportunities such as: mentoring, leadership, volunteering, call for papers (cfp).

ARLIS/NA Midstates Chapter Mentoring Program

The ARLIS/NA Midstates Chapter Mentoring Program is pleased to announce that we are currently accepting applications for mentors and mentees.  

Applications for the 2023-2024 cohort will be accepted through July 15, 2023. Pairs will begin their work together in August of this year and will conclude by the beginning of March 2024.

What is the ARLIS/NA Chapter Mentoring Program?
The Chapter Mentoring Program is structured in a similar way to the yearlong career mentoring program, except mentor and mentee pairs are matched regionally by chapter, and the program lasts six months. Initial training will be conducted virtually through a recorded presentation of the same training workshop used at the annual conference for the career mentoring program. Regular communication prompts for pairs will be initiated by the Chapter Mentoring Liaison, who will also work with the Mentoring Subcommittee to facilitate productive mentoring relationships. Pairs are responsible for goal-setting, regular communication, and setting and attending meetings.

Read the Mentoring Program Description

Do I need to be an ARLIS/NA Midstates Member to participate?

Yes, this program is only open to ARLIS/NA Midstates chapter members.  Annual memberships start at $10 for students, and $15 for friends.

Apply to Be a Mentor or Mentee

Please contact with questions or comments:

Sarah Carter (she/her/hers)

ARLIS/NA Midstates Mentoring Program Liaison

2023-2024 VRA Internship Award

The Visual Resources Association (VRA) is pleased to invite applications for the 11th VRA Internship Award in visual resources and image management. This internship is generously funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Applications are accepted May 15 – July 31, 2023.

The VRA Internship Award provides financial support for graduate students and recent graduates preparing for a career in visual resources and image management. The award grants $3,000 to support a period of internship in archives, libraries, museums, visual resources collections in academic institutions, or other appropriate contexts. It also provides $1,000 for professional development along with a one-year complimentary student membership in the Visual Resources Association.

Candidates should apply after developing a project with a specific collection and prospective supervisor. Priority is given to applicants who submit projects that support art historical or related visual cultural heritage research and scholarship. The VRA Internship Award Committee favors opportunities in which the intern may integrate skills acquired during the course of the intern’s academic training to manage a project from beginning to end, with the host institution receiving needed help in making valuable cultural collections visible. Projects that would not occur without funding for an intern may be given special consideration.

A complete description of the internship and application instructions are available at

2023 Women@MIT Fellowship

MIT Libraries’ Department of Distinctive Collections (DDC) is seeking applicants for its 2023 Women@MIT Fellowship. We invite artists, activists, musicians, writers, and scholars who are engaged in the expansion and expression of knowledge to help inform the understanding of women in MIT’s history and the history of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. We are particularly interested in those who will apply the interdisciplinary lenses and methodologies of women’s studies, gender studies, and/or race and ethnic studies to their work.

The selected Fellows will work with the Women@MIT project archivist and other staff within MIT Libraries’ Department of Distinctive Collections. Successful candidates must be willing to engage in archival research either in person or in a remote environment. The fellowship is supported by a stipend of $5,000 for each Fellow.

About the Fellowship

Fellows will focus on the creation and sharing of knowledge and history present in the Women@MIT collections in informative and engaging ways within the scope of the interdisciplinary fields of women’s studies, gender studies, and ethnic studies. Participants will help inform the narrative of women’s history at MIT and contribute to the greater understanding of the history of women at the Institute and in STEM.

This year, two Fellows will be selected. These may be researchers working as a team or two individuals.

Fellows are encouraged to produce work in fields outside of traditional academic research and publication. A few examples of possible projects include:

  • Short film
  • Artistic performance (musical, theatrical, etc.)
  • Podcast
  • Comic book, graphic novel, or zine
  • Develop a video game prototype
  • Essay, group of poems, or work of fiction
  • Sculpture, installation, or other artwork
  • Curation of an online exhibit


  • Participants will spend 10 to 15 hours a week engaged in research (either in person or using digital copies of materials) or other work related to their project
  • Participants will spend 1 to 3 hours a week taking part in meetings, programs, and opportunities for collaboration with other MIT Libraries staff
  • All participants must complete a project that will be shared with the public within 60 days of the completion of the fellowship


  • Applications are due by midnight on May 20, 2023 with expectations of reaching out to candidates for next steps by mid-June.
  • The process will include a review by committee members, selection of finalists, with interviews scheduled for early June.
  • Fellowship dates are flexible but should take place between July and September 2023

Stipend and Benefits

The Women@MIT Fellows will each receive a stipend in the amount of $5,000.

Other benefits include extensive research support from DDC staff as described above, with opportunities to build connections with librarians, archivists, and curators in other local libraries and museums.


The Fellowship is open to applicants 18 years or older.

In order to make the archives more accessible to researchers from a wide range of interests and practices, we encourage people to apply regardless of their educational, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.


Application materials

  • A 1500-1800 word project proposal detailing the applicant’s plan for the fellowship’s work product and commitment to interdisciplinary methodologies of women’s studies, gender studies, and/or ethnic studies.
  • Curriculum Vitae/Resume or Statement of Experience

Apply using our submission form.

Proposal guidelines

Applicants should provide a detailed description of the proposed research and the resulting project. The description should:

  • outline the major question, problem or themes to be explored
  • summarize the plan for carrying out the project, including an estimated timeline
  • describe how this proposal intersects with the applicant’s work and area of expertise
  • discuss how this work will inform a greater understanding of women in STEM
  • summarize how you are equipped to complete this project and what unique experience or skills you bring to it


The 2023 Women@MIT Fellows will be selected based on the quality and consistency of work samples, the potential of the proposed project to be accessible and interesting to a diverse audience, and the connections between the proposed project and the MIT Libraries’ Department of Distinctive Collections’ materials.

About MIT Libraries’ Department of Distinctive Collections

Distinctive Collections collects, preserves, and fosters the use of unique and rare materials such as tangible and digital archives, manuscripts, ephemera, artists’ books, and more. With these collections the Libraries seek to cultivate an interest in the past, present, and future; the humanistic and the scientific; and the physical and the digital in order to inspire and enable research, learning, experimentation, and play for a diverse community of users.

The Women@MIT archival initiative seeks to add the records of women faculty, staff, students, and alumnae to the historic record by collecting, preserving, and sharing their lives and work with MIT and global audiences. Extending from this initiative the MIT Libraries Department of Distinctive Collections is also making efforts to acquire, preserve, and make accessible the papers of gender non-binary and non-conforming individuals at MIT to help preserve their stories and contributions.

MIT is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community and particularly encourages applications from qualified women and minority candidates. People who enthusiastically embrace the empathy, courage, self-reflection and respect of a multi-cultural, diverse and inclusive workplace, and who strive to incorporate those values in their work and interactions are encouraged to apply.

Frick Art Reference Library – Paid Summer Internships

The Frick Art Reference Library has a variety of paid internships for Summer 2023:

Administration (undergraduate/graduate):

Access (graduate):

Archives (graduate):

Content (graduate):

ARLIS/NA Yearlong Career Mentoring Program

The ARLIS/NA Yearlong Career Mentoring Program is now recruiting mentors and mentees

Our program begins with a virtual workshop just after the 2023 Mexico City conference and continues until the 2024 conference.  The program has matched dozens of art library professionals in successful mentoring relationships and contributes to the wonderful bonds we have with each other for which the Society is known.

You will only need 1-2 hours a month to participate! You can develop your mentor/mentee relationship by Zoom, Skype, FaceTime, phone calls, or by email.

This year’s workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, April 26th at 2pm ET and will take place virtually. You do not need to plan to attend the Annual Conference in order to participate. 

Are You New to Art Librarianship or Looking for Guidance? Apply to be a Mentee!

We’re looking for art librarians interested in building their skills for leadership roles (from project management to department management and everything in between) by working with mentors with leadership experience. You will cultivate a professional relationship with your mentor and mutually share your experiences with knowledgeable librarians to explore leadership. The program has matched dozens of art library professionals in successful mentoring relationships and mentors and mentees have raved about how beneficial the program was for them. 

“I have gained a lot from the mentorship program and greatly benefited from the experience of having someone with an interest solely in my success without being a work connection and clearly free of ulterior motives. My mentor helps me put things in perspective.” – Delia Tash (former mentee) 

Please fill out the mentee application at: 

Help Guide New Art Librarians: Serve as a Mentor!

“As a mentor, I have thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I have really enjoyed getting to know my mentee and helping her navigate the job search.  I am extremely impressed with the program and have very much appreciated being a part of it.”- Traci Timmons (former mentor)

Great mentors have different levels of experiences, skills, and backgrounds. Have you been in a leadership role in your library or a professional organization such as ARLIS/NA? Have you led a project or other endeavor? Do you want to help someone else succeed and develop their full potential? Do you want to learn about new trends and what other libraries do? Then you would make a great mentor!

If you have interest in being a mentor but not sure what to do? We will help you! The workshop focuses on the mentoring relationship for both mentors and mentees. Everyone benefits from new experiences and the members of the Mentoring Subcommittee will provide you with guidance, coaching, and support throughout the program. 

To become a mentor please fill out the form at: 

The deadline to apply to the ARLIS Mentoring Program for both mentors and mentees is Friday, March 31st by 11:59pm PT. The Mentoring Subcommittee will be in touch with you regarding mentorship pairs by April 11th, 2023. We look forward to hearing from you!

If you would like to learn more about the program, or have questions, please contact the ARLIS/NA Mentoring Subcommittee Chair, Anna Boutin-Cooper at

Paid Internship – Contemporary Indigenous Art – Summer 2023

Paid internship opportunity with Harvard Library.

Tozzer Anthropology Library and the Fine Arts Library will host a student in the summer of 2023 as part of our commitment to diversify the collections and provide learning opportunities to students. The student will be part of a larger cohort working on EDIBA (Equity, Diversity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Anti-Racism) projects across Harvard Library.

The Contemporary Indigenous Art Internship is centered on increasing representation of contemporary Indigenous art of North America within the research collections of both libraries.  Through this experience the intern would also get to engage in complex issues such decolonizing library spaces through collections work.

Please note that the Application Deadline is February 28.

Housing will be provided, as well as a stipend and transportation costs. Full details can be found at the link below:

Call for Proposals: New Voices in the Profession Session in Mexico City

Hello ARLISNA Students and New Professionals!

The Professional Development Committee and ArLiSNAP invite proposals from students and new professionals for the annual New Voices in the Profession panel to be held at the 51st annual ARLIS/NA conference in Mexico City.

New Voices in the Profession provides professionals new to art librarianship or visual resources the opportunity to present topics from exceptional coursework, such as a master’s thesis, or topics with which they are engaged early in their professional life. New professionals are defined as either students in MLIS or Master’s programs leading to a career in art librarianship or visual resources, or those within five years of Master’s level study.

This year we are pleased to present New Voices as a hybrid session so that panelists can present their work to the widest possible audience. Interested panelists should note that they will be required to present in person in Mexico City, and that translation services will be available for those who prefer to present in Spanish. The session is currently scheduled to take place on Wednesday, April 19 at 2 p.m. CDT.

To see papers presented in past sessions, please view conference proceedings from previous years on the ARLIS/NA website ( Papers will be selected by representatives from ArLiSNAP and the ARLIS/NA Professional Development Committee in a blinded review process.

Submissions to New Voices should include a title for the presentation, a 250 word abstract, and details regarding the submitter’s title and institutional affiliation, and should be sent to PDC chair Courtney Hunt at by Friday, February 17.

Call for Applications: ARLIS/NA Student Advancement Awards

Are you a student who has written a paper that you’re especially proud of, and you want the opportunity to share it with the wider ARLIS Community AND get a $500 prize plus a scholarship to attend the upcoming conference?

Or maybe you’ve got an internship in an art library planned for next year, and you’d like to get paid for it?

Now’s your chance! Please see below for more information on the Student Advancement Awards.

Please submit all applications to ARLIS/NA committee chair, Gwen Mayhew, at

The awards committee members are: Debra Riley-Huff, Giana Ricci, Larry Eames, Jessica Craig, Virginia Seymour and Heather Saunders.


ARLIS/NA Student Advancement Awards

Submission deadline for both awards – Sunday, December 18th, 2022

Gerd Muehsam Award

The Gerd Muehsam Award is given annually to recognize excellence in a graduate student paper or project on a topic relevant to art librarianship. Any student enrolled in an accredited graduate library program, or in a graduate program in art history or a related discipline, is encouraged to submit a paper or online project created in conjunction with a course assignment during the previous eighteen months (since June 2021). One submission per person. Applications should be submitted via e-mail to

To apply, please submit the following:

  • Paper or online project about a topic relevant to art librarianship, written as a course assignment.
  • An abstract of 250 words and 10-25 pages typed, double-spaced, for a paper submission, or a 250-word summary for an online project.
  • A title page that includes the student’s name, the name of the institution, the course for which the submission was created, and the name of the faculty member assigning the paper/project.
  • Applicants must include their mailing address, email address, and telephone number with their applications.

The award includes:

  • $500.00 prize.
  • Conference registration and up to $300 travel reimbursement to attend the ARLIS/NA 51st Annual Conference in Mexico City, April 18th-21st
  • Opportunity to present the winning paper at the conference as part of the New Voices in the Profession panel.
  • One-year membership to ARLIS/NA.

For more information, see 


Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award

The Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award aims to represent the multifaceted nature of the art library field by providing a paid internship opportunity to a student currently enrolled in, or having completed within the last 12 months, a graduate program in library and information science, art history, architectural history, architecture, studio art, or museum studies. Applications should be submitted via e-mail to

To apply, please submit the following:

  • A current résumé.
  • A current transcript in PDF format (unofficial transcript is acceptable).
  • The names of two professional or scholastic references with addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses.
  • An essay of up to 900 words addressing your skills, background, and expectations of the internship experience, including the type of institution you are interested in as well as potential project ideas. The essay should also address the following questions:
    • What are your professional goals and how do your plans for the experience funded by the ARLIS/NA Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award fit into your career path?  In particular, how do you imagine this internship experience to be different than previous internship or work experiences?
    • This award funds a one-year membership in ARLIS/NA. How do you see yourself participating in ARLIS/NA, or another professional organization, in your future professional life?
    • If granted the internship award, when do you plan to fulfill it? 

The award includes:

  • $3,000 to support a 150-hour internship in an art library or visual resources collection. 

For more information, see

All applicants will be notified of the results by January 31, 2023. Both awards will be announced and presented during convocation ceremonies at the 51st Annual ARLIS/NA Conference in Mexico City in April, 2023. 

Questions? Contact Gwen Mayhew, Chair, Student Advancement Award Subcommittee –

Paid Internship Opportunity: Getty Graduate Internship Program

The Getty Graduate Internship Program

Graduate Internships are offered in the four programs of the J. Paul Getty Trust—the Getty Museum, the Getty Conservation Institute, the Getty Research Institute, and the Getty Foundation—and in Getty Publications and Getty Digital to graduate students who intend to pursue careers in fields related to the visual arts. Placements are typically available in areas such as curatorial, education, conservation, research, publications, web and new media, public programs, digital projects, and grantmaking. 

Internship in Special Collections Cataloging

The Graduate Intern in Special Collections Cataloging will gain hands-on experience with Getty’s unique research collections, which include archives of artists, architects, dealers and art historians; sketches and drawings; prints from the 16th to the 21st century; and rare photographs. The broad range of subject areas includes, but is not limited to: art collectors and collecting, 20th-century architecture, video and performance art, Latin American art, and African American Art, a recently established collecting area in support of the Getty’s African American Art History Initiative. Primary responsibilities will include processing and cataloging special collections, with specific projects assigned according to the intern’s skills and interests. Tasks will include writing finding aids, maintaining processing plans, and creating collection-level and item-level catalog records. Additional projects may include team-based processing activities; creating metadata for digital assets; collections management activities and legacy data cleanup work; and creating records in SNAC (Social Networks and Archival Context) to account for persons, families, and organizations in the Getty Library’s archival holdings.


Internships are open to students of all nationalities. Individuals from groups underrepresented across the fields of art history, conservation, and museums are encouraged to apply.

Applicants must be:

Students currently enrolled in a graduate program (Master of Arts (M.A.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), graduate conservation certificate, or their equivalents for international applicants) in a field relevant to the internship(s) for which they are applying.


Individuals who have completed a relevant graduate degree (Master of Arts (M.A.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), graduate conservation certificate, or their equivalents for international applicants) on or after January 1, 2020, with postgraduate activities in their field, paid or unpaid.


The Special Collections Cataloging graduate internship is located at the Getty Center in Los Angeles. All positions are full-time for 12 months from September 11, 2023 through August 30, 2024.

The grant amount is $47,500 for twelve months, plus $1,500 towards relocation expenses if the intern is coming from outside the Los Angeles area. Housing is not provided. Support for research travel is available for up to $2,500. Graduate Interns are eligible to enroll in the Getty’s health care plan.

Getty requires COVID-19 vaccination for all staff, including Getty Graduate Interns. Limited exceptions may be granted for medical reasons, disability, or sincerely held religious beliefs. If an intern wishes to request an exception, that must be done within seven (7) calendar days of the first day of the internship.

How to Apply

Applications are due by 5:00p.m. Pacific Time on November 1, 2022. Materials received after the deadline will result in an incomplete application. We cannot accept applications hand-delivered to the Getty Center or those sent by e-mail or fax.

Please address inquiries to: For complete details and to apply, please visit:

Job Opportunity: Early Career Librarian Fellow: Towson University – Towson, MD

Job TitleEarly Career Librarian Fellow
CompanyTowson University’s Albert S. Cook Library
LocationTowson, MD
Full-time/Part-timeFellowship – Fellow may receive work release time of up to 50% to complete their degree.
SalaryNot indicated
Posting Website
Required ExperienceMaster’s degree must be completed by start date or within one year of hire. Commitment to developing a career in academic librarianship; knowledge of issues and developments in academic libraries.  Demonstrated interest or experience in diversity and inclusion initiatives. Strong commitment to supporting the academic and research needs of students, faculty and staff. Basic familiarity with current practices and technology in library instruction, technical services, and special collections.  Demonstrated interest in scholarship and commitment to professional growth. Strong, positive interpersonal and collaborative skills; ability to work in a team environment. Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills. Demonstrated initiative and ability to work independently and collaboratively on a variety of projects simultaneously. Demonstrated excellent organizational, analytical, time management and project management skills. Ability to work flexibly and creatively in a changing and fast paced environment with a diverse population.
Sample Job ResponsibilitiesThe fellow will work on one of three program areas of their choice, choosing from topics of (1) research and instruction liaisonship, (2) digital archives, or (3) open educational resources.  In the final year of the program, the Fellow will specialize in their chosen area(s) and work on a capstone project suited to their professional interests and to the needs of the library. A goal of this project is for the Fellow, working independently or with a mentor, to develop, complete, and report research or creative work at a conference or as a publication. The Fellow will serve on library and university committees and participate in professional organizations. The Fellow will benefit from formal and informal mentorship, funding and encouragement of professional development, and a focus on career planning. Towson University Libraries Residency program is part of the Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) Diversity Alliance. 
Application ProcessReview of applications begins immediately and continues until the position is filled.
Applicants should submit a resume or curriculum vitae, cover letter and the names and contact information of three relevant references. Cover letters should detail how the applicant’s interest and experience in teaching, service and/or scholarship will support the success of students from underrepresented racial, ethnic, and gender backgrounds. Applicants who have not yet had the opportunity for such experience should note how their work in librarianship will further Towson University’s commitment to diversity. Transcripts will be requested of final candidates.
Click here to apply. Please note that the search number for which you are applying is LIB-3555.