Apply Now for 2006-2007 ARLIS/NA Internship Award!


* 2006-2007 ARLIS/NA Internship Award *

* DEADLINE: OCTOBER 3, 2006 * 

The Art Libraries Society of North America is now accepting applications for its annual Internship Award. The ARLIS/NA Internship Program provides financial support for students preparing for a career in art librarianship or visual resources curatorship. This award will grant $2,500 to support a period of internship in an art library or visual resources collection. 


Students currently enrolled in, or having completed within the last 12 months, a graduate program in library science, art history, studio art or museum studies may apply for the award. Applicants must have completed at least 10 credits of their graduate coursework before the application deadline, or show an equivalent combination of coursework and experience. 


Once an award recipient has been selected, she or he will select an institution to act as host for the internship with the approval of the ARLIS/NA Internship Award Sub-Committee. The intern will work on-site a minimum of 10 hours per week to complete a total of at least 150 hours. Only one Internship is awarded per year and is to be completed within the 2006-2007 academic year.  


Please submit the following to Sub-Committee member Cathy Billings (application materials in electronic format are preferred):

  1. Resume;
  2. Current transcript in PDF format [this may be an unofficial version];
  3. An essay of up to 250 words addressing the applicant’s professional goals, expectation of the internship experience, and any skills or background that might benefit art libraries or visual resources collections; and
  4. The names of two professional or scholastic references with addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses.

Cathy Billings

Art Librarian

Brand Library & Art Center

1601 W. Mountain St.

Glendale, CA 91207


  • October 3, 2006: Deadline for submission of applications.
  • November 15, 2006: Selection of recipient by Internship Award Sub-Committee.
  • January 5, 2007: Deadline for selection of host institution by the intern for a Spring 2007 internship.
  • April 13, 2007: Deadline for selection of host institution by the intern for a Summer 2007.
  • May 4, 2007: Deadline for selection of host institution by the intern for a Fall 2007 internship.


Visit the ARLIS/NA Internship award page online at:

View descriptions of past recipients’ internship experiences at:


Contact the Sub-Committee Chair:

Henry Pisciotta

Arts and Architecture Librarian

University Libraries

Pennsylvania State University

University Park, PA 16802

(814) 865-6778

New on the Job: Rookie Flubs

SEPTEMBER 18, 2006

By Paula Lehman

The first year brings high expectations which can quickly deflate if you make some of these beginner’s mistakes
Few times in a young person’s life are as stressful as the first year out of college. If all goes well, you land a dream job in your chosen profession. But now everything hangs in the balance. Do well in your rookie job and it could put your career into overdrive. Your employer may shower you with promotions, pay raises, and increased responsibility, and you’ll be able to leapfrog ahead of the competition in your next position. Do poorly, and you may be sent down to the minors.

The good news: Barring any serious infractions, relatively few people get completely sidetracked in their first year on the job, as most employers allow for a learning curve. The bad news is the reputation you make for yourself will be yours for a good long time—the corporate equivalent of your permanent academic record—coloring the way people see you for many years.

Rookie mistakes are hard to avoid, but easy to learn from. Here’s some advice to keep you sailing straight.

UCLA "ARLIS" student group seeking information

Dear fellow ARLIS students,

There’s a small contingent of MLIS students at UCLA who are interested in art librarianship.  Currently, our department does not have an official art librarian student group however we’ve informally gathered for organized tours of art libraries and meetings with art librarians. Our hope is to continue to visit libraries, organize events and reach out to more art librarians working in Southern California in the hopes of becoming a more “official” student group.

Which brings us to reach out to other fellow students involved with ARLIS. We would like to get acquainted with current student groups and to let you know that we exist too!

We are also curious to learn about your groups in general and find about your past, present and future events and activities.

How directly you are involved with ARLIS/NA? And if you are, what those involvements are or have been? We’ve heard that ARLIS doesn’t officially have student chapters like other professional organizations such ALA, SLA, etc. And wondering what the reason behind that is?

In the interest of possibly naming our group and possibly starting our own website, what are your groups’ names and websites (if applicable)? We are familiar with the AMLISS at Chapel Hill and the new ArLISNAP website. And we are also familiar with the website of The Student Affairs Discussion Group of ARLIS-NA based out of Richmond.

And we would like to see if anyone has any insightful suggestions and lessons learned from starting up a group at your university.

We would greatly appreciate hearing any word of wisdom you have to share and look forward to hearing from you. Thanks.

Sarah Sherman and Chizu Morihara

2nd MLIS Students, UCLA


Originally posted on the ARLIS/NA-Student listserv on Sept. 13, 2006.  Reposted here with permission from Sarah Sherman.

Fine Arts Librarian – Ohio State University

The Ohio State University seeks innovative and dynamic applicants for a full-time, tenure-track faculty position that reports to the Assistant Director for Collections, Instruction, and Public Services.  Responsibilities of the position include, but are not limited to: creating a close working relationship between the Libraries and the teaching and research faculty in the College of the Arts and related units of the
University; partnering with the College of the Arts faculty to provide support for their teaching, research, and service; and actively seeking teaching opportunities to advance student engagement using innovative methods and by integrating information technologies, multimedia and knowledge resources into course management systems and curricula.


(Art History, Studio Art, and Film & Media Studies)

The University of California Libraries seek a Research Librarian for Visual Arts to join an enthusiastic staff in building a research library of excellence for a young and rapidly growing university ranked nationally in the top universities.  Research Librarians specialize in one or more subject areas and usually perform a combination of collection development, reference, and instructional duties.

The home library department of each Research Librarian will depend on which types of duties predominate, and will most likely be either the Collection Development Department or the Langson Library Reference Department.

The salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.  Preferred appointment level is $39,000 – $65,448 (Assistant Librarian I –Librarian I).  Consideration will be given to applicants with a wide range of years of experience, including qualified early career librarians.

The UCI Libraries, comprising the Langson Library, the Science Library and the Grunigen Medical Library, are committed to innovation and excellence and are in a major period of growth and change.  The library collection consists of over 2.4 million volumes and over 26,500 current serial titles and an aggressively expanding electronic resources collection.  The University of California, Irvine, is nestled in over 1,500 acres of coastal foothills, five miles from the Pacific Ocean, between San Diego and Los Angeles.  UCI is among the fastest-growing University of California campuses, with more than 24,000 undergraduate and graduate students and about 1,400 faculty members.  Student enrollment is planned to reach 32,000 by 2010 accompanied by a proportional growth in faculty and staff.  Founded in 1965, UCI has had an extraordinarily rapid rise to distinction in its first forty years, including membership in the Association of American Universities, ranking among the top twelve public universities by U.S. News and World Report (among the top fifty research universities), and three Nobel prizes in the last nine years.

The full position description with instructions on how to apply are listed on the UCI Libraries Web site at with links to additional Web sites featuring campus and community information. Applications received by October 2, 2006  will receive first consideration, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

The University of California, Irvine is an equal opportunity employer
committed to excellence through diversity.

Reference and Instruction Librarian, The New School

Reference and Instruction Librarian
Gimbel Library, The New School Libraries
New York, NY


· Reference service for New School University students and faculty
· Participation in the University Library’s Information Literacy initiatives
· Provision of bibliographic instruction for students and faculty
· Collection development in subject areas related to art, architecture and design
· Supervise student assistants as appropriate
· Assist in ongoing development of the Library website
· Other duties as assigned


· M.L.S. from accredited library school
· Additional graduate degree desirable
· Knowledge of art, architecture and design fields
· Demonstrated competence in reference and instruction
· Ability to supervise student assistants

Please refer to for information on applying.

The New School, as well as its individual academic divisions, is committed to a policy of equal opportunity in all its activities and programs, including employment and promotion. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, physical disabilities, veteran or marital status.

September 8th: International Literacy Day

September 8, UNESCO’s International Literacy Day, is a timely reminder to the world about the importance of literacy for individuals, families, communities, and whole societies. This year’s theme, “Literacy sustains development,” emphasizes that literacy is not only a positive outcome of development processes, but also a lever of change and an instrument for achieving further social progress….more




Visual Resources Specialist. The full-time staff position involves
oversight of the department image resources (slide, electronic, web site) in
a Mac environment and serves faculty (24 full-time, approx. 20 part-time).
Salary and benefits competitive.

Responsibilities: consult with faculty to plan and implement transition
from analog to digital teaching; develop and manage digital resources and
metadata schema; establish technical and archival protocols; maintain analog
collections and archival image resources; assist faculty in use of image
databases including ArtStor; supervise student assistants.

Qualifications: BA in art history required, MA preferred; MLIS a plus.
Minimum 2 years experience in analog and digital image resource management
in academic or analogous work environment; familiarity with digital
standards and current digital environment including copyright issues.
Proven experience with graphics software (PhotoShop, Dreamweaver) and
hardware (slide scanner, flatbed/transmissive scanner, copystand, and film
and digital cameras) and the ability to use basic office software
applications (FileMaker Pro, Word, Excel, etc.) is required. Reading
knowledge of at least two foreign languages desirable. Demonstrated success
in initiating, managing, and completing projects. Superior attention to
detail and accuracy essential.

Dept. web site: Applications
will be reviewed starting 1 November and until position filled. Start date
negotiable. For further information, please visit, click the Jobs link, and keyword search the
position by title. In addition to mandatory online application through
Human Resources, submit letter of intent, résumé, names and contact info of
3 professional colleagues to Chair of VRS Search Cmte, University of Utah,
Dept. of Art/Art History, 375 S. 1530 E. Rm. 161, Salt Lake City, UT

The University is an AA/EO employer and encourages applications from women,
persons of color, and members of other historically underrepresented US
ethnic groups, and provides reasonable accommodation to the known
disabilities of applicants and employees.

Program Outreach Manager, The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG)

The Society of North American Goldsmiths (SNAG) seeks a Program Outreach Manager, a full-time staff position. Our office is open 8:30 to 5:00, Monday to Friday.

Founded in 1969, SNAG is the premier international organization for jewelers, designers and metalsmiths, and became a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit in 1973. Among the educational services and benefits SNAG provides to the contemporary craft field are several publications, including Metalsmith magazine and SNAG News, annual conferences, exhibitions, workshop grants, and website at (at the beginning of a new phase redesign and overhaul).

In order of organizational priority, the Program Outreach Manager will be responsible for
A. Conferences
B. Exhibitions
C. Website (with in-house webmaster and outside developer)
D. Grant research
E. Special projects, time permitting

Bachelor’s degree in any area of the arts, management, business or a related field, and preferably a Masters degree as well
Minimum 3 years’ relevant nonprofit experience
Demonstrated abilities with program management
Ability to articulate and achieve program goals and objectives
Critical thinking and analysis
Administrative and organizational skills, detail oriented with accuracy
Develop, maintain and operate within budgets
Exceptional written and oral communication skills
Computer skills (covering the basics: Excel, Access, grants research, Word)
Intellectual honesty, professionalism, accountability
Diplomacy and a sense of humor (a/k/a “people skills”)
Work autonomously and within a team framework
Work well under pressure, balance multiple competing activities, meet deadlines
Receive and integrate constructive performance criticism

SNAG offers competitive salary and benefits, commensurate with experience.

Qualified candidates should send a cover letter outlining one’s qualifications, a resume, and three professional references, to, subject line “program outreach manager,” or by mail to: Dana Singer, executive director, SNAG, 540 Oak St., Suite A, Eugene, 97401. Deadline is Tuesday September 15, 2006.


The position of Program Outreach Manager reports directly to the Executive Director.

Listed below, in order of organizational priority, are the duties and responsibilities of the Program Outreach Manager. The percentages assigned are rough approximations and provided only to give a better sense of priorities and weight.

The Program Outreach Manager is the primary coordinator of SNAG’s annual educational conference. This requires substantial hands-on responsibility as well as oversight of the conference planning team. Limited travel required. [45% of your time]

Working with the Exhibitions Planning Committee and Executive Director, the Program Outreach Manager directs SNAG’s Exhibitions Program including both North American and International exhibits. This includes exhibits which are sponsored and managed entirely by SNAG, exhibits that are in collaboration with other organizations, and exhibits sponsored by SNAG and managed by an outside exhibition company. [35% to 40%]

SNAG works with an outside website development firm. The Program Outreach Manager coordinates the creation of new content for the site, oversees the webmaster’s work, and ensures the site remains a dynamic and viable information source. The Program Outreach Manager will act as the website gatekeeper in fielding new submissions as well as coordinate the ongoing publication database for Metalsmith with EBSCO Media and the webmaster.

Future responsibilities include 1) coordinate the transition of the SNAG newsletter from hard copy form to electronic distribution; and 2) develop an e-commerce store of SNAG products. [10%]

The Program Outreach Manager will work with the Executive Director to establish goals for SNAG’s grant objectives. The Manager will conduct ongoing research into foundation and government grants that support SNAG’s programs and provide operational support, including capacity building funds. The Program Outreach Manager will research and identify the top prospects, then provide this information to the Executive Director. With feedback and support from the Program Outreach Manager, the Executive Director will write the grant proposals and applications. [5% to 10%]

The Executive Director may assign special projects to the Program Outreach Manager. Projects may include: educational outreach; legislation tracking; working with graphic designers on SNAG print materials and direct mail pieces; researching new ideas; and other projects, as time permits.