Call for Hack Your Art Library Program submissions!

Hello all!

We are looking for people interested in blogging about their Art Librarianship program or what they’ve stitched together to formulate their own!

Here is a rough outline of what we are looking for in a post: general description of your program, requirements for the art librarianship track or how you are formulating your own focus, what classes are offered, information on faculty, your personal experience as a student, does the program offer internships/hands on experience, and finally, would you recommend this program.

If this sounds like something you’d be interested in contributing to, please email autumnwetli@gmail.com. Thanks!

Art Librarian – Ohio University Libraries, Athens OH

The Ohio University Libraries seeks a dynamic and forward-thinking Art Librarian to work with stakeholder communities in the visual arts and advance digital arts and humanities efforts within the Libraries. The Art Librarian will partner with library staff, University faculty and staff, and students in the visual arts to explore, establish, deliver, and assess services which connect Libraries’ collections to University curricular efforts and demonstrate the value of the Libraries to the University community and to student success. Robust engagement, outreach, and collaborative teamwork with Libraries staff, the University community, and the wider public are central to the work of the position. Specifically, the Art Librarian will:

Responsibilities

·         Partner with visual arts and visual communications disciplines, including academic departments, the University museum, and arts groups across campus to identify, prioritize, and deliver services and spaces that connect the Libraries’ collections to the production and research needs of stakeholder communities.

·         Lead the Libraries in exploring and experimenting with digital arts and humanities efforts, including the implementation of new technologies, practices, and tools connected to Libraries spaces, projects, and services.

·         Support the research and creative endeavors of students, staff, faculty, and members of the community, including specialized research and reference consultations.

·         Conduct and assess information literacy instruction in the visual arts, including assessment of user needs to best foster curricular integration of Libraries’ collections and services.

·         Engage in resource selection and management to support curricular and academic goals, including management of collections budgets, and the assessment of collection development efforts.

·         Engage in collection management and stewardship of existing legacy collections, including distinctive collections in the arts.

·         Lead and manage the Libraries-wide exhibit program, coordinating with a range of co-curators and Libraries staff and members of the University community, and advancing an online presence for exhibits.

·         Engage in regular professional development through research, publications, presentations and participation in state, regional, and national associations as part of a continuing commitment to bring best practices and innovative services to the Ohio University Libraries.

Required Qualifications

·         MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution at point of hire.

·         At least one year of relevant library experience.

·         Experience and/or formal education or training in the fine arts.

·         Demonstrated interest in or experience with digital arts and humanities research tools and practices.

·         Positive attitude and enthusiasm for a changing environment.

·         Ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively within a team environment.

·         Creative problem-solving skills and leadership skills.

·         Superior oral and written communication skills and a consultative mindset.

·         Knowledge of new and emerging models of research in the arts and humanities and an understanding of directions in academic libraries and higher education.

Preferred Qualifications

·         A second graduate degree in a related discipline.

The Environment
Ohio University Libraries takes pride in providing outstanding service to all its clientele. The Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, and is a founding member of OhioLINK. The Libraries facilities include the Vernon R. Alden Library, the Music and Dance Library, and the Southeast Ohio Regional Depository.

The Frederick and Kazuko Harris Fine Arts Library is a part of the Ohio University’s Alden Library. The Harris Fine Arts Library holds a rich monograph collection with robust holdings in photography, manuscript facsimiles, and artist’s books. The Harris Fine Arts Library also holds a collection of original art of the Yao peoples, which is available through Artstor.

Ohio University is a comprehensive, state-assisted institution that is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Research University (high-research activity) institution. Ohio University is in Athens, Ohio, a culturally rich, sustainable community situated in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the southeast corner of the state of Ohio, an hour and a half from the state capital, Columbus. Athens is within a four hour drive or less of Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Indianapolis. With close to 24,000 students enrolled on the Athens campus and over 10,000 students on five regional campuses, the university offers a diverse, dynamic and collegial atmosphere to its students, faculty and staff.

Salary & Benefits
Salary is commensurate with experience and education. Ohio University employees enjoy a liberal benefits package; including 21 days’ annual vacation, generous insurance, and Ohio state employee or alternative retirement. The Libraries are committed to professional development in order to bring best practices and innovative services to Ohio University Libraries.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, apply by September 20, 2017. Please apply online at http://www.ohiouniversityjobs.com/postings/23818.

A complete application consists of a CV or resume, cover letter addressing your interest and qualifications for all of the position requirements and any of the position preferences, and a list of three professional references including email, contact information, and an explanation of the relationship.

Ohio University is committed to the diversity of faculty, staff and students. Applicants who will enrich the diversity of our campus are especially encouraged to apply.

ARLIS/NA – Twin Cities Summer Book Club: August 24th

ARLIS/NA Twin Cities (Minneapolis/ St. Paul) chapter will be meeting to discuss The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington.  All are welcome to join in for the discussion.

What: 6th Annual ARLIS/NA-TC Summer Book Club
When: Thursday, August 24, 5-7p
Where: Longfellow Grill, 2990 W River Pkwy (Hopefully on the patio. Happy hour till 6p)

 

Please RSVP by Monday, August 21st: https://goo.gl/forms/VvxdcZAJmOZmuF0U2


About the book: Surrealist writer and painter Leonora Carrington (1917-2011) was a master of the macabre, of gorgeous tableaus, biting satire, roguish comedy, and brilliant, effortless flights of the imagination. Nowhere are these qualities more ingeniously brought together than in the works of short fiction she wrote throughout her life. Published to coincide with the centennial of her birth, The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington collects for the first time all of her stories, including several never before seen in print. With a startling range of styles, subjects, and even languages (several of the stories are translated from French or Spanish), The Complete Stories of Leonora Carrington captures the genius and irrepressible spirit of an amazing artist’s life. (215 pgs)

Check out the event: https://www.facebook.com/events/470631913307484/

Find out more about the Twin Cities Chapter: http://twincities.arlisna.org/

Please welcome our new Conference Liaison, Michelle Wilson!

Hello everyone – I’m excited to join ArLiSNAP’s volunteers as your new Conference Liaison!

I moved to New York from Boston about about two and a half years ago to take my current job at Oxford University Press where I am an editor for Art Reference. In Boston, I earned my bachelor’s from Tufts University and a master’s from Boston University – both in Art History – and I am halfway through my MLIS coursework at Rutgers. At OUP I primarily develop content and manage data for The Grove Dictionary of Art and the Benezit Dictionary of Artists.  Developing these resources, getting to know many art librarians through reference publishing, and my past work with archives and works on paper at the Museum of Fine Arts and the Nichols House Museum in Boston all led me back to school to study librarianship. Outside of classes and my day job, I am also a volunteer at Interference Archive in Brooklyn, and a maker of slightly-off-center ceramics at a local pottery studio here in Manhattan.

I’m looking forward to a great virtual conference in October and getting to see some of you at the 2018 ARLIS/NA Conference here in New York next year.

Materials Collection at The University of Michigan

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Image by Sara Samuels

Libraries hold all types of things other than just books. The University of Michigan’s Art, Architecture, and Engineering Library is just one of several academic art libraries that has a Materials Collection. Comprised of around 800 samples, the collection is meant to inspire artists and designers by giving them the opportunity to touch and experience different materials in real life. Most of the collection comes from a materials consultancy company called Material Connexion, but the library adds items by request, too. Its curator, librarian Rebecca Price, hopes that with the growth of the collection and increasing awareness of its existence, more students and faculty will reach out and make requests for materials to purchase.

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Image by Joanna Thielen

Most use of the Materials Collection comes from students and faculty in Architecture or Art & Design programs. Classes have used the collection to create sustainable packaging designs and signage assignments, just to name a few examples. The collection was also used by students in the Dance department who were searching for an iridescent material for costumes. The library will be loaning out some of the collection to be on display at college makerspace, hopefully sparking more interest in the collection.

Snail excrement material
Material made from snail excrement (Image by Sara Samuels)

You can learn more about The University of Michigan’s Materials Collection here. Some other universities I found that house similar collections are Princeton, Harvard, Kendall College of Art and Design, and The University of Utah.

Please welcome your new Communications Liaison, Marie Andrews!

picture of Marie Andrews

Hi SNAPpers! I’m Marie, your ArLiSNAP Communications Liaison.  I volunteered with this group to learn about the great things going on, and to share all this good info with you.

I have a bachelor’s in Fine Arts and master’s in environmental design while taking some American studies courses on the side. Over the years a few things stayed with me: the power of visual communication and a deep appreciation for the everyday ways life persists and thrives in the face of injustice. I wanted to support communities in finding, using, and creating their own stories of place and community.

I’m completely hooked on Tate’s Animating the Archives series. I regularly watch the video on collecting oral histories for inspiration when finals come around!

I live in Washington (by way of Illinois and New Mexico) and am a second-year part-time student at University of Washington’s iSchool. This is the first time I’ve lived near water, and love watching baby crabs scurry around. It will be a long time before riding a ferry into Seattle is boring! 

When not thinking about work and school, I love spending time with Baba Yaga, Joseph Campbell, or Clarissa Pinkola-Estés. I enjoy seeing how myths play out in modern storytelling, like the podcast Tanis, and re-envisioning elements and embroidering my own illustrations.

Looking forward to a fantastic year!

Assistant Curator of Audio/Visual/Digital Resources

Job Summary

The assistant curator is a faculty-equivalent appointee who provides a wide range of professional services in the Fine Arts areas and Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts department, in support of its research, teaching, and public service missions. This is a part-time position that will require a minimum of twenty hours of work each week.

The assistant curator will:

Manage a collection of digital images used for teaching, research, and publication by the Art History discipline and maintain a working relationship with counterparts on the Ann Arbor campus.
Create new images using flatbed scanners, slide scanners, digital cameras, and Adobe Photoshop software.
Catalog images using EmbARK software (or equivalent) and make images available via Digital Library Platform and Services (DPLS) at UM-Ann Arbor.
Track and resolve cataloguing for errors
Support Fine Arts and LPA faculty to facilitate projects related to digital humanities research and teaching such as digital mapping, 3D imaging, virtual reality, and urban humanities. The hire will interact with IT specialists and librarians to enhance research and teaching (face-to-face, but especially online teaching platforms and image support) in the department. This hire would work with Music History faculty, to build collections and resources necessary for a digital music curriculum.
Supervise student assistants helping with the production of images and with staffing a digital art and music computer classroom during open lab hours.
Supervise equipment use in the AVD resources work area and the digital computer classroom when complete.
Manage, create content, and update the Fine Arts website and Facebook site.
Required Qualifications*

Candidate should have an MA, MLS, MS or MFA in a subject area appropriate to the visual resources collection. (Foundational knowledge of art history, appropriate background digital skills and strong writing skills are essential).

At least 1 year of experience in use of data management systems for cataloguing images, DVDs, music materials (for instance EmbARK); in use of Photoshop; and in use of tools like Omeka to facilitate faculty and student projects for the creation of digital humanities websites related to courses and independent studies projects (such as digital mapping, 3D imaging, and virtual reality software).

Familiar with technology and platforms for art history and music history online teaching and course development, as well as computer classrooms.

Must demonstrate knowledge of Intellectual Property Rights, including Rights Statements from the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) for implementation of the online image collection, and demonstrate knowledge of online image resource tools (including the Getty vocabularies) . The candidate must be well-organized, detail­ oriented, and welcoming of interaction with faculty and students.

Ability to stand, reach, bend, and lift a minimum of 15 pounds with full mobility.

Desired Qualifications*

An MLS, MA, MS, or MFA in a subject area appropriate to the visual resources collection (foundational knowledge of art history and appropriate background digital skills are essential). Preferred specialiy in Art History and very strong writing skills.

3 years of experience in use of data management systems for cataloguing images, DVDs, music materials (for instance EmbARK) ; in use of Photoshop; and in use of tools like Omeka to facilitate faculty and student projects for the creation of digital humanities websites related to courses and independent studies projects (such as digital mapping, 30 imaging, and virtual reality software).

Experience with technology and platforms for art history and music history online teaching and course development, as well as computer classrooms.

http://careers.umich.edu/job_detail/144959/assistant_curator_of_audiovisual_digital_resources

 

A Success Story: An Interview with Molly Schoen

Molly Schoen works as a Visual Resources Curator at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She was kind enough to answer a few questions and tell us more about her work and experience!

Can you tell us a little bit about your background, your current position, and how you got into the field of art librarianship?

It all started in my undergrad years (at Michigan State University), when I got a part-time job working in the Government Documents library. I found that I really enjoyed getting things in order, like cleaning up messy catalog records. And I loved the tactile nature of the work, too: bone folders, label makers, tattle tape and date stamps! I was getting a Bachelor’s in English but didn’t know what to do with it, so I decided to go to library school. I ended up getting accepted in to Wayne State University’s Fine & Performing Arts Librarian program, which was great because I’ve always been interested in art and music.

After getting my MLIS, I worked part-time at a collection of modern and contemporary black art in Flint, MI. Three years later, I got a full-time position at the University of Michigan, in their Visual Resources Collections. The experience from that job helped me land my current position of Visual Resources Curator at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, NY. I’ve been working here for a year and a half now, and I love it!

What does a typical day at work look like for you?
A typical day for me depends on what time of year it is. Right now, in the middle of the summer semester, there’s hardly anyone around. So I use this time to really get in the zone and catch up on image orders, where our History of Art faculty request images they need for teaching. I also assist faculty on their projects, such as building databases and other online resources.

Things are busier during the academic year. Along with our department technician, we will make sure our HA classrooms are up-to-date and advocate for upgrades. I also present one-shot sessions on visual literacy to various classes throughout the university, showing students how to find and use visual media ethically and efficiently. Because FIT is full of artistic students, I’ll demonstrate strategies to safeguard their own work and answer copyright questions. I’ve also worked on securing publishing rights for images a professor wanted to include in a book she was writing.

Do you have any advice for current students and/or those on the job market?
Volunteer and get a wide variety of experience under your belt. I finished grad school in 2009, which was not exactly the best time to be looking for a job. I was worried I wouldn’t find anything in the art libraries field, so I volunteered at the reference desk of a public library to get additional experience. I had volunteered at the Visual Resources Collections at U of M before I was hired there, and that really helped me land the full-time gig.

I would also say not to discount service industry jobs. I used to be really shy, and waiting tables and working in retail helped me get over that. These kinds of jobs may seem unrelated to library work, but they demonstrate to employers that you can handle conflict and think on your feet.

What were/are some challenges for you as a new art librarian? Are these related to larger challenges in art librarianship?
I think staying on top of technology is always a challenge. As a librarian, I want to be able to recommend the best products and resources for our faculty and students to use. That also ties into a larger challenge faced by our profession: justifying our work to administrators looking to slash budgets. People have asked me, why do we need libraries now when there’s Google? That’s like saying why do we need doctors when there’s WebMD? Google will bring you a million results; a librarian will find you the right one.

Tell us something fun about yourself! What do you do in your spare time?
In my spare time I like to oil paint and play guitar!

Job Opportunity: Color Librarian, Lululemon–12 month contract

Not quite the conventional art library job, but it might be interesting!

 

REFERENCE #: 022010

LOCATION: Vancouver , British Columbia , Canada

JOB FAMILY GROUP: Quality Assurance

lululemon 
Founded in 1998 in beautiful Vancouver, BC lululemon athletica creates components to live longer, healthier more fun lives.

The color librarian manages the organizational process of the colour department and maintains their physical library in the LAB. This person is driven by process, structure and is independently motivated. The librarian is key in making the work flow for the colorist run more smoothly and efficiently.

a day in the life of the color librarian

  • Suppports colourist with tracking lab dip submission comments for colour and colourfastness in PLM
  • Maintains library for color standard development and color standard inventory
  • Measures lab dips daily for Colorist using Spectrophotometer
  • Measures seasonal color standards for Colorist using Spectrophotometer
  • Files all lab dips daily as well as ensures end of season maintenance
  • Manages all shipment to LLO and receives SSC mail
  • Pulls all lab dips for for design/merchandising meetings or readiness reviews
  • Ensures all colour approvals made in season are added to color continuity cards and filed in our library
  • Processes all invoices through Kofax
  • Assists the Colorist in ordering seasonal Color Palette
  • Assists in pulling heathers for thread matching
  • Organizes fabrics for the creation of the seasonal thread legend
  • Uploads recommended dye recipes to Flex PLM at the color level

the finer print 

  • You will have 1-2 years of administrative work experience
  • You have a love for organization
  • Ability to work well under pressure and achieve deadlines
  • Proactive, problem solving and results oriented
  • Proven work ethic with utmost integrity
  • Desire to excel and succeed
  • Actively live and breathe the lululemon culture and lifestyle
  • Self-awareness, with a desire for constant self improvement (goal –oriented)
  • Entrepreneurial spirit and an egoless nature
  • Self motivated, passionate, empathetic, approachable
  • Outgoing, energetic, upbeat and fun!

Apply online: http://info.eu.lululemon.com/careers/ssc-jobs/color-librarian—12-month-contract-022010

Job Opportunity: Librarian, American Craft Council, Minneapolis MN

ORGANIZATION SUMMARY
American Craft Council (ACC) is a national, nonprofit educational organization founded in 1943 to promote understanding and appreciation of contemporary American craft. ACC is a community that believes in the value of things made by hand, the people who create them, and the meaning that creativity brings to everyday life. ACC champions craft through American Craft – a bimonthly magazine, national juried shows, a specialized research library, achievement awards, and educational workshops and seminars. To learn more about ACC visit www.craftcouncil.org.

POSITION SUMMARY

The Librarian is responsible for the effective management of day-to-day operations and long-range planning for the American Craft Council library in accordance with its mission to acquire, organize, preserve and provide information about craft. Responsibilities include collection management, archives, catalog, research, patron assistance and library promotion.

QUALIFICATIONS

Master of Library Science or Master of Library & Information Science from ALA-accredited program. Minimum of five years working in a specialized library setting. Two or more years in a supervisor role. Experience in art/craft library collection is very desirable.

Cataloging experience with catalog and digital archive systems. OCLC Client or web-based WorldCat, Koha and CONTENTdm preferred. Strong research skills in both print and electronic media. Working knowledge of RDA, LCSH, LC classification, and MARC. Proven ability to develop and modify library databases. Experience with archive organization and preservation.

Self-motivated, results-oriented, and goal-focused. Demonstrated success in working independently and as part of a team. Excellent verbal, written and interpersonal communication skills.

Able to work some evenings and weekends, with possibility of limited travel.

HOW TO APPLY:

Please email resume, cover letter, and salary expectations to employment@craftcouncil.org No Calls Please

American Craft Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to a culturally diverse work environment.