Category Archives: Professional Development

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

Save the Date + Call for Presenters: ArLiSNAP / VREPS 2021 Fall Virtual Conference

Art Library Students and New ARLIS/NA Professionals (ArLiSNAP) and Visual Resources Association’s Emerging Professionals And Students Group (VREPS) invite you to save the date for our 2021 Fall Virtual Conference.

This conference is open to all, but focuses on the needs of students and new professionals. Attendees interested in art librarianship or visual resource management will have the opportunity to learn from peers and celebrate each other’s work through virtual posters and presentations. Via this conference, we’re seeking to foster a sense of belonging and growth in our community, and we invite all interested students and new professionals to participate.

Our calls for students and new professionals to present in different sessions are outlined below. If you have any questions in the meantime, please send an email to ArLiSNAP:

The virtual conference will take place on Saturday, November 13th. The full program and registration information will be released on the ArLiSNAP blog and VREPS blog. To stay up-to-date, subscribe to the ArLiSNAP listserv, follow ArLiSNAP on Twitter / Instagram, and check the VREPS blog.


  • Wednesday, 10/20: Deadline for all calls
    Please submit a form for each session category in which you are interested.
  • Friday, 10/22: All applicants will be informed of the conference team’s decision for each submission
  • Friday, 10/29: Deadline for selected submissions to accept participation in the conference
  • Week of 11/08: Technology Check Session
  • Tuesday, 11/09: Deadline for materials (virtual posters and presentation slides)
  • Saturday, 11/13: Conference date


You are welcome to submit for more than one of the categories below. Please submit a form for each session category in which you are interested.


ArLiSNAP and VREPS welcome proposals from students and new professionals with an interest in art librarianship or visual resources management to share newly completed or in-progress projects, be they research or outcomes from an internship/practicum, at the virtual poster presentation at our 2021 Virtual Conference. This is an opportunity for emerging professionals to share their work in a supportive and engaging space while connecting with other students and early career information professionals. Proposals are open to individual presenters and co-presenters. Virtual posters will be available for asynchronous browsing by attendees, with a live Q&A for all presenters during the conference followed by a social hour. Formatting details will be sent if selected.


Fresh Eyes: Celebrating Our Successes as New Professionals

Are you a student or emerging professional who solved a problem for your school or institution? Did you complete a huge project during an internship, suggest a new workflow that helped speed up digitization or researcher requests, or start an amazing new program for community members? We want to hear from you! 

Students and emerging professionals have the opportunity to bring “fresh eyes” to an institution. These “fresh eyes” can often add valuable perspectives, allowing for opportunities to ask questions, make suggestions, and create new approaches to work that’s been done “the way we’ve always done it.” In the session, speakers will present via lightning talks case studies detailing how they experienced a workflow or problem, and how their suggestions and perspectives as students and emerging professionals helped create a better process or environment. This is a space for us to celebrate the valuable contributions students and emerging professionals can bring to an institution. 

This session will feature virtual lightning talks of five to seven minutes from five to six presenters, followed by live Q&A. 

Building Belonging

ArLiSNAP and VREPS invites you to share current initiatives in the field of art information focusing on fostering a sense of belonging. Proposals can encompass ongoing, completed or in-progress projects that aim to reshape our art information spaces physically or virtually, for you, your colleagues, or patrons. This prompt is purposefully open-ended to encourage a variety of lenses on how we can rethink and reshape our field. Presentations from students and new professionals can be solo or collaborative. 

This session will feature three 15-minute virtual presentations with a live Q&A. Please note we will confer with selected presenters if they wish to be recorded or not. 


We are committed to learning and a community that extends beyond our scheduled sessions and agenda. Do you have something you’re currently working on, passionate about, recently discovered, or a practice you find helpful or restorative? During our breaks between sessions, we are looking for volunteers to share their passions and skills with us. Some ideas include a guided breathing exercise, new pandemic hobby, self-care strategy, or in-progress project. These skill shares are meant to be casual and offer space to learn and share what we’re learning with each other.  

We will have two breaks during which we want to highlight your knowledge, skills, and interests. If you would like to participate in our Skill Share, please tell us a little bit about what you would like to do and approximately how long you think it would take (3-10 minutes).

Call for applications: Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) Internship Award, 2021-2022

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to invite applications for the ninth VRAF Internship Award in visual resources and image management. This internship is generously funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. 

The VRAF 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, and 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 will be given to applicants who submit projects that support art historical or related visual cultural heritage research and scholarship. The VRAF Internship Award Committee favors opportunities in which the intern may integrate skills acquired during the course of his or her academic training to manage a project from beginning to end, with the host institution receiving needed help in making valuable but hidden 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:

In this unpredictable and unfamiliar time of COVID-19, it is clear that remote work and research are dependent upon online collections. VRAF believes that there are many learning opportunities for interns to help provide scholarly and public access to collections by working remotely if needed in the 2021-2022 academic year. 

Applications are due on July 23, 2021.
 The award recipient for 2021-2022 will be announced on August 16, 2021.

Internship Opportunity: PAID Internships with The Met

Job TitleFall- and Spring-Semester Internships for Undergraduate and Graduate Students
CompanyMetropolitan Museum of Art
LocationNYC, NY
Salary$2,380 for ten weeks, 14 hours per week
Posting Website
Qualifications*Undergraduate and graduate students currently enrolled in a degree-granting program
*Recent graduates of an undergraduate or graduate program who have graduated no more than twelve months before the application deadline
*PhD students within the first two years of their program, provided that they have not yet achieved candidacy. PhD candidates are not eligible for internships. If you are unsure about your PhD student eligibility, contact
DeadlinesFall 2021
May 26, 2021, 5 pm (ET)

Spring 2022
September 29, 2021, 5 pm (ET)
Sample Job ResponsibilitiesSee Posting. There are a variety of internship types available

Save the Date! The Art and Design School Libraries (ADSL) Presentation and Meeting

Save the Date!
The Art and Design School Libraries (ADSL) Division Presentation on the “State of” Report and Divisional Meeting
Date: Tuesday, May 25
Time: 3:00-5:00pm: 3:00pm ET / 2:00pm CT / 1:00pm MT / 12:00pm PT (find your time zone)
RSVP for Presentation/Meeting (required for Zoom link):

The first hour will be dedicated to presenting some key points from our research, discussion of survey findings, and an overview of case studies, all of which will be included in the soon-to-be finished “State of Art and Design School Libraries Report.” There will be about 10 minutes at the end for questions. After a short break, the second portion will be dedicated to our annual division meeting, details to follow. The presentation is open to any and all who would like to attend. We hope many of you can join us.

Please RSVP for the presentation/meeting (see form link above). Both the presentation and the division meeting will be recorded and made available later, for any who are unable to attend on the 25th.

We will also be looking for a new Vice-Moderator/Moderator for 2021-2023. If you are interested, there is an option on the RSVP form to add your contact information. No prior experience needed, and new faces to ARLIS are very welcome!

Looking forward to seeing you. 

Be well,

The ADSL Report Team

 Abi (Moderator), Margot (Co/Vice Moderator), Alex, Emily, Grace and Annemarie

2021 ARLIS NY Chapter Mentoring Program

The ARLIS/NA New York Chapter Mentoring Program is now accepting applications. Please see the description of the program below, and fill out the application here: Applications will be accepted through May 1st, 2020.

The program is open to all NY Chapter members and the commitment is 6 months long with a commitment of just one hour per month. Every attempt will be made to match mentor/mentee pairs, but we can’t guarantee that every applicant will be matched.

Please contact me if you have any questions, and remember, whether you’ve been in the profession for two or twenty years, you can benefit from sharing your perspective with another colleague as a mentor or mentee!

You are also welcome to join the ARLIS/NY Mentorship roundtable event this Thursday where a few participants will discuss their unique experience navigating mentorship during the pandemic. Details and event registration in the link below:

When: 8 Apr 2021 12:00 PM, EDT

Where: Zoom

Register and event information:

Fellowship: Frick Art Reference Library Digital Art History Fellowship 2021–22, NYC

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Part-time Fellowship

One-year part-time fellowship. The term of the award will begin in September 2021 and conclude in May 2022.


The Frick Collection and Frick Art Reference Library is pleased to announce the availability of a one-year part-time fellowship for an outstanding graduate student in art history, the digital humanities, computer science and/or information science. The successful candidate will complete a digital project (preferably Open Access) of their own design that utilizes the rich digital resources of the Library, especially The Frick Digital Collections, the institution’s online archive, and its Art History Research Databases. Ideally, this project would support research for the fellow’s master’s thesis or dissertation; however, projects for course credit and independent initiatives will also be considered. During the tenure of the fellowship, which will be held remotely, the fellow will also be closely involved in all activities and public programming sponsored by the institution’s Digital Art History Lab. At the conclusion of the fellowship, the Fellow will be required to present their project in an online public event scheduled for May 2022.

Qualifications and Application Process

Applicants must be enrolled in an accredited graduate program in the United States or Canada. The Fellow will receive a one-time stipend of $15,000. The Fellow will be considered a part-time employee for the duration of their fellowship. The term of the award will begin in September 2021 and conclude in May 2022.

Applications must include the following materials:

  • A cover letter explaining the applicant’s interest in the fellowship and the Frick Art Reference Library’s digital resources more broadly. The letter must include a home address, phone number, and email address
  • An abstract, not to exceed three typed pages double-spaced, describing the applicant’s proposed project
  • A complete curriculum vitae of education, employment, honors, awards, and publications
  • Two letters of recommendation (academic and professional)

Please submit application materials to Letters of recommendation should be sent to this email address directly from recommenders; PDFs of signed letters on university or business stationary are preferred.

The application deadline for the fellowship is April 30, 2021.

Finalists will be interviewed via video conferencing. The Library plans to make the appointment by May 31, 2021.

Opportunity: 2021/22 Kress Fellowship in Art Librarianship at Yale University, New Haven, CT

2021/22 Kress Fellowship in Art Librarianship at Yale University
Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library
Yale University, New Haven, CT

Fixed Duration Position:  10 months from date of hire; non-renewable
Expected Start Date:  July 1, 2021
Fellowship Award: $40,000


The Yale University Library welcomes applications for the 2021/22 Kress Fellowship in Art Librarianship. The Kress Fellowship is intended for a recent graduate from library school who wishes to pursue a career in art librarianship, and is made possible through the generosity of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. Through this fellowship, the Kress Foundation seeks to ensure the growth of the discipline by promoting the advancement of new professionals. 

The Haas Family Arts Library at Yale serves an array of academic and museum programs, architects, artists and scholars. Kress Fellows have opportunities to interact with faculty, staff and students in the Schools of Architecture, Art, and Drama; Department of the History of Art; and two university art museums, the Yale Center for British Art and the Yale University Art Gallery. They also have opportunities to collaborate with colleagues from throughout the Yale University Library, including the Sterling Memorial Library and the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. The rich professional and scholarly resources of New York City and Boston’s art libraries and museums are within two hours’ travel, providing further opportunities for professional growth and professional contact with colleagues in the region.

The Kress Fellowship is a 10-month appointment and focuses on multiple areas of art librarianship including public services, collection development and management, special collections, and digital collections. Focusing on special collections this year, projects and activities will draw on subject areas served by the Haas Arts Library including the history of art, architecture, drama, design, and aligned area studies. The fellow will also work on a special-collections-focused project at the Yale Center for British Art Institutional Archives.  Here is a list of past fellows and project titles. 

The fellow will gain experience in reference services and library research education in the Haas Family Arts Library, Arts Library Special Collections, including shifts at service desks and participation in orientations, instruction sessions, and library workshops. Other activities will vary based on current Yale Library needs and the fellow’s interest and experience. 

Kress Fellows are expected to pursue mutually agreed-upon projects resulting in tangible deliverables. Kress Fellows are also introduced to a broad spectrum of professional activities and may have the opportunity to assist with collection development activities, archival processing, or library-based exhibitions. Kress Fellows may participate in library committees and working groups at the Arts Library and the larger Yale Library system. Recent Fellows have taken the lead in running the Arts Library’s social media feeds in collaboration with members of the Arts Library Social Media Team. Fellows are encouraged to be professionally active and involved in the academic, scholarly, and professional community. 

Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program for library and information science (degree must be completed before start date). Academic background in history of art, architecture, or related arts discipline. Excellent analytical, organizational, management, customer service, and interpersonal skills.  Ability to effectively build partnerships and promote the benefits of change in an academic culture that often values ambiguity, diversity of opinion, and historic precedent.  Ability to communicate effectively through both oral and written expression.  Ability to work both independently and collegially in a demanding and rapidly changing environment. 

Preferred:  Advanced degree and/or relevant experience in history of art, architecture or related arts disciplines.  Experience with developing digital information resources, archival processing, and/or working with rare materials. Teaching experience and/or customer service experience.

The Kress Fellow will be in residence at Yale for ten months and will receive an award of $40,000, prorated over the fellowship term. Health insurance will be provided.

Applicants should submit a current resume or CV, a brief cover letter/statement of interest that includes experience with special collection materials, and names and contact information for three professional references to Mar Gonzalez Palacios via e-mail at, before February 15, 2021. The statement of interest is expected to reflect a genuine commitment to art librarianship and an interest in the provision of information services to the visual arts community. There is no application form. Please be sure to include “2021/22 Kress Fellowship” in the e-mail subject and cover letter.  A search committee of Yale librarians will review submissions and contact candidates who are selected for interviews. 

We encourage candidates to apply who embrace a multi-cultural, diverse, and inclusive workplace and who strive to incorporate those values into their work. 

Yale University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.  Yale values diversity in its faculty, staff, and students and strongly encourages applications from women and members of underrepresented minority groups.

All external candidates for employment will be subject to pre-employment background screening for this position, which may include motor vehicle and credit checks based on the position description and job requirements. Internal candidates may be subject to a motor vehicle or credit check for this position based on the position description and job requirements. All offers are contingent on successful completion of the required background check. Please visit for additional information on the background check requirements and process.

Yale University offers exciting opportunities for achievement and growth in New Haven, Connecticut. Conveniently located between Boston and New York, New Haven is the creative capital of Connecticut with cultural resources that include three major museums, a critically-acclaimed repertory theater, state-of-the-art concert hall, and world-renowned schools of Architecture, Art, Drama, and Music. 

The Yale University Library, as one of the world’s leading research libraries, collects, organizes, preserves, and provides access and services for a rich and unique record of human thought and creativity. It fosters intellectual growth and supports the teaching and research missions of Yale University and scholarly communities worldwide. A distinctive strength is its rich spectrum of resources, including around 15 million volumes and information in all media, ranging from ancient papyri to early printed books to electronic databases. Housed in fifteen locations including the Sterling Memorial Library, the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, and the Bass Library, it employs a dynamic and diverse staff of approximately five hundred who offer innovative and  flexible services to library readers. For additional information on the Yale University Library, please visit the Library’s web site at

The Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library specializes in visual arts, history of art, design, architecture, and drama, including arts-related special collections. The Arts Library contains approximately 150,000 onsite volumes including important reference works, monographs, exhibition catalogs, and print periodicals, and a growing complement of digital resources, including online periodicals, article indexes, and databases. It also includes Arts Library Special Collections, which features volumes and archival materials on book arts, fine printing, bookplates, typography, illustration, and design, as well as thesis projects from the Schools of Art, Architecture, and Drama. For more information, visit

The Yale Center for British Art holds the largest and most comprehensive collection of British art outside the United Kingdom. The Center’s collections of paintings, sculpture, drawings, prints, photographs, rare books, and manuscripts present the story of British art and culture, and its global contexts, from the fifteenth century to today. Together with the Reference Library and Institutional Archives, the collections are an exceptional resource for anyone interested in British art and its histories. For more information, visit 

Paid Internship in Special Collections Cataloging at the Getty Research Institute

The Getty Graduate Internship Program

Getty Graduate Internships are offered in the four programs of the J. Paul Getty Trust—the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Getty Research Institute, the Getty Conservation Institute, and the Getty Foundation, as well as in Getty Publications and Getty Digital—to graduate students who intend to pursue careers in the visual arts. Training and work experience placements are typically available in areas such as curatorial, education, conservation, research, publications, information management, public programs, digital projects, and grantmaking. To learn more about the Graduate Intern experience, follow the #GettyGrad conversation on Facebook. All positions are full-time for twelve months from September 13, 2021 to September 9, 2022.

Internship in Special Collections Cataloging

The graduate intern in Special Collections Cataloging will gain experience working 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. The Special Collections Cataloging Graduate Intern will work independently on an array of collections management activities and collaborate on team-based projects for legacy data cleanup, with work in multiple systems and tools related to archival collections management and cataloging. Specific assignments depend on the intern’s area of specialization, but tasks may include physical processing of collections, writing finding aids; maintaining processing plans; converting legacy PDF finding aids to EAD, creating collection-level and item-level catalog records; writing blog posts; and creating records in SNAC (Social Networks and Archival Context) to account for persons, families, and organizations in GRI archival holdings 

Internships are open to students of all nationalities. Individuals from groups underrepresented across the fields of library and archival science, art history, conservation, and museums are encouraged to apply. Applicants must be:

  • Students currently enrolled in a graduate program (MLIS, 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; or,
  • Individuals who have completed a relevant graduate degree (MLIS, Master of Arts (M.A.), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), graduate conservation certificate, or their equivalents for international applicants) on or after January 1, 2018, with postgraduate activities in their field, paid or unpaid.

The grant amount is $35,000 for twelve months, plus $1,000 towards relocation expenses. 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. Please note that grant funds may be subject to federal and state taxes and deductions. Please see important information about the terms of these grants here.

For complete details and to apply, please visit:

Fellowship Opportunity: Anne Lunder Leland Fellowship in Curatorial Practice

Job Description Website

Job Description
Lunder Whistler Studies
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Job Summary:The Anne Lunder Leland Fellowship in Curatorial Practice at the Colby College Museum of Art will support a one-year appointment to the Museum, with the possibility of a renewable second year. The position works with all members of Museum staff, with a focus in the curatorial area.

Founded in 1959, the Colby College Museum of Art comprises five wings, more than 10,000 works of art, and more than 38,000 square feet of exhibition space, the largest in the state of Maine. A 2017 gift by Peter and Paula Lunder has added more than 1,100 artworks to the collection by artists from Albrecht Dürer to Julie Mehretu. Works in the collection strengthen the Museum’s mission to offer Colby students new perspectives on their classroom studies and expand their understanding of diverse subjects through art. The gift has also established the Lunder Institute for American Art to advance critical and creative research in American art and related fields. The Lunder Institute is integrated into the academic mission of the College and the Museum and creates unique opportunities for multi-disciplinary scholarship, creative work, and mentorship among visiting scholars, artists, faculty, and students.

A major focus of the Lunder Institute is to make connections between American and global art, inspiring a dialogue between places and cultures and making the Museum an internationally recognized destination for the collection, study, and exhibition of American art. The Colby Museum is also deeply committed to strengthening diversity and inclusion across all strategic and programmatic areas of the Museum to include a multiplicity of perspectives and backgrounds represented on our staff and Board of Governors, outreach to diverse audiences, inclusive and diverse exhibitions and programs, and a broad-based, expansive collection. The Museum seeks to further strengthen its identity as a preeminent academic museum through national and international partnerships and through world-class exhibitions. In addition, the Museum serves as a key contributor to the revitalization of downtown Waterville through its membership in Waterville Creates! and its active participation in the programmatic initiatives of Colby College.


  • Provide curatorial support for the Colby Museum’s exhibitions and permanent collection, as well as related programs
  • Assist with all aspects of exhibition realization, especially Museum graphics and exhibition labels, but also and not limited to loan requests, checklists, and interpretative materials
  • Support the organization and management of the Museum’s exhibitions, publications, and new acquisitions
  • Work collaboratively with all areas of the Museum’s curatorial, education, and collection departments
  • Field inquiries regarding the collection
  • In collaboration with an advisory team, facilitate the Museum’s digital publication, The Lantern, including developing content, liaising with contributors, and managing the WordPress interface
  • Act as the curatorial representative to the Student Advisory Board
  • Participate in the Museum’s social media planning and content development
  • Conduct ongoing collections and exhibitions research as required with the possibility of contributing to Museum publications
  • Update new information to the Museum object files in conjunction with the Museum’s Registrars
  • Perform additional duties as assigned; duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice


  • Bachelor’s degree or the equivalent in education and experience
  • Relevant coursework in art history and demonstrable administrative experience preferred
  • Highly motivated, flexible, and comfortable with diverse audiences
  • Outstanding interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills with a high level of motivation
  • Excellent research skills and attention to detail
  • Experience in a professional environment, able to work collaboratively within a team and a diverse organization
  • Able to work independently as well as in a team, exercise judgment, establish priorities, and manage projects with minimal supervision and to adjust as new projects are assigned
  • Ability to effectively collaborate with staff, students, and faculty
  • Experience with the Adobe Creative Suite, especially InDesign, and WordPress


This position reports to a member of the curatorial department and has significant interactions with key members of the Museum staff as well as faculty, staff, students, alumni, Museum guests, and outside vendors.


General open office and campus environment. Position involves sitting, although frequent movement is necessary. Computer usage involving repetitive hand/wrist motion is also necessary.


Interested candidates should apply electronically by clicking the “Apply” button on the Colby Careers website. Please submit a letter of interest, resume, and the contact information of three professional references. Materials should be addressed to:

Anne Lunder Leland Fellowship in Curatorial Practice – Search Committee
Office of Human Resources
Colby College
5500 Mayflower Hill
Waterville, ME 04901-8855

Diversity Scholar, Oregon State University

Position Announcement
The Oregon State University Libraries (OSUL) Diversity Scholars Program (DSP) is now recruiting for the program’s fourth Diversity Scholar (DS) for the 2020-2021 academic year. The DS 2020-2021 position is for a person of color who is enrolled in an online or distance learning library science master’s program – a program that is American Library Association accredited and within the United States – who plans to graduate in the spring or summer of 2021. The DS position is for one 9-month appointment, October 2020 – June 2021. The goal of this 0.5 FTE term-limited position is to provide mentorship, professional development opportunities, and first-hand experiences working in an academic library for an MLIS student. Diversity Scholars’ projects support strategic initiatives of the OSUL while providing concrete and innovative opportunities for the DS to interact with librarians from various departments as fully integrated members of the library faculty. The Diversity Scholar 2020-2021 position will be 100% remote.

Compensation: $11,500 for the 0.5 FTE 9-month appointment, 20 hours per week (600 hours total, October 2020 – June 2021); $2,500 for professional development; with benefits. Flexible scheduling available.

Position Description and Application Process: