Research Librarian for Visual Arts

(Art History, Studio Art, and Film & Media Studies)
The University of California, Irvine Libraries seek a creative, knowledgeable, and user- oriented Research Librarian for Visual Arts to plan and deliver innovative reference and instruction services, and to develop and manage electronic and print collections in Art History, Studio Art, and Film & Media Studies.The Research Librarian for Visual Arts will provide liaison and outreach to faculty and students of the School of Humanities and the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. The School of Humanities offers undergraduate degrees in Art History and Film & Media Studies and these two departments jointly offer a Ph.D. in Visual Studies ( The Claire Trevor School of the Arts offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Studio Art, as well as a minor in Digital Arts and a graduate degree in Arts, Computation, and Engineering. More information about the School and its programs can be found at:

The successful candidate for this position will be jointly supervised by the Head, Langson Library Reference Department and the Head, Collection Development Department. The home library department will depend on which types of duties predominate.

Duties and Responsibilities

In the area of collection development, the Research Librarian for Visual Arts will be responsible for the selection, assessment, and management of collections and resources in the assigned subject areas. The candidate will serve as liaison to the faculty and students in the subject areas to insure that their information needs are being met as well as to promote the Libraries’ services and resources. The candidate will be responsible for monitoring budgets and making collections decisions that support the teaching and research needs on campus. The candidate will provide subject-based instruction and research consultations and develop and update subject webpages in support of research in the assigned subject areas. The candidate will also work collaboratively with the library Multimedia Resource Center to identify and provide the multimedia resources and services that support the research and teaching needs of the visual arts students and faculty.

In the area of reference, the Research Librarian for Visual Arts will provide specialized and general reference service at the Langson Library Reference Desk, supporting information needs in business, social sciences, humanities, education and the arts. The candidate will provide approximately ten hours of reference service weekly, including responding to in-person, telephone, and electronic inquiries. The candidate will provide specialized research consultations in the assigned subject areas and also maintain sufficient knowledge to provide effective general reference assistance.

In the area of instruction, the Research Librarian for Visual Arts will provide and promote specialized instruction services to students and faculty in the assigned subject areas. The candidate also participates in the Libraries’ information literacy initiatives and general education programs to assist campus and community users in improving their critical thinking, information-seeking, and research skills.



  • Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or an equivalent combination of relevant advanced degree and library experience.
  • Educational background in the subject to be assigned or experience performing reference, instruction and/or collection development for the subject.
  • Ability to assist and instruct users and students in specialized resources.
  • Strong interest in working with students and faculty.
  • Commitment to user-centered library services.
  • Strong interest in library information technology, instructional technology, electronic resources, multimedia resources and services, especially in the subject areas to be assigned.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and in a dynamically changing environment.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies.
  • Ability to meet the University of California criteria for advancement and promotion.


  • Experience assessing, evaluating, and negotiating digital resources in the subject areas.
  • Skill in developing, organizing, and maintaining web-based information resources.

Consideration will be given to applicants with a wide range of years of experience, including qualified early career librarians.

Langson Library Reference Department

As the primary research and information center of the Langson Library, the department supports research and teaching in the Arts, Education, Humanities, Social Sciences and Business and Management. The Department provides reference services including research consultation, online reference service, online searching, tours, and a wide range of instructional programs and workshops. The Reference Collection consists of key print resources along with a growing collection of media, data and electronic resources in the Multimedia Resources Center, which is also located in the department. A large Technology Enhanced Classroom, several seminar rooms and a robust wireless network throughout the Libraries provide excellent facilities for teaching. The department operates in a team-based environment and the staff consist of 10 librarians and 5 FTE library assistants.

Collection Development Department

The Collection Development Department is responsible for the librarywide development and management of general collections in the Langson Library, Science Library, and Grunigen Medical Library under the administration and coordination of the Assistant University Librarian for Collections. This department takes the lead role in developing and planning the overarching and ongoing collections policies, procedures, and projects that ensure that the scholarly resources available meet the campus teaching, research, and patient care needs.

The department consists of the Department Head and 5+ Research Librarians, who are responsible for supporting the collection, liaison, and service needs of UCI academic programs. In addition, there are 15+ other Research Librarians located in departments throughout the Libraries, who are responsible for both collections and services in their specialized disciplines. Each Research Librarian is a member of one of three discipline- based pods (a.k.a. teams) as well as of the library-wide Bibliographers Group.

The Libraries

The UCI Libraries are committed to innovation and excellence and are in a major period of growth and change. The Libraries consist of the Langson Library, the Science Library, the Library Gateway Study Center, and the Grunigen Medical Library. The Langson Library primarily serves the Schools of Humanities, Arts, Social Sciences, Social Ecology, Business, the Department of Education, and Interdisciplinary Studies. The Science Library primarily serves the Schools of Biological Sciences, Medicine, Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Information and Computer Sciences. The Grunigen Medical Library serves the UCI Medical Center, located in Orange, 12 miles from the main campus.

The UCI Libraries have a staff of 273 FTE and an organizational structure that includes the use of teams in conjunction with departments. The library collection consists of over 2.4 million volumes and over 36,500 current serial titles and an aggressively expanding electronic resources collection. The UCI Libraries are a member of the: Association of Research Libraries (ARL), California Digital Library (CDL), Coalition of Networked Information (CNI), Center for Research Libraries (CRL), Council on Library and Information Resources (CLIR), International Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) and Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC).

University of California, Irvine

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. Founded in 1965, 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. UCI has had an extraordinarily rapid rise to distinction in its first forty years, including membership in the Association of American Universities, ranking tenth among the nation’s best public universities by U.S. News and World Report (also among the top fifty research universities), and three Nobel prizes in the last ten years.

Student enrollment is planned to reach 32,000 by 2014 accompanied by a proportional growth in faculty and staff. Nearly 60% of UCI students identify themselves as Asian American, African-American, Chicano/Latino, or Native American. The University offers 40 doctoral programs in addition to the M.D. UCI’s academic programs are ranked nationally among the top universities; several doctoral programs are ranked in the top ten.

Librarians at the University of California Irvine are academic appointees and receive potential career status at the time of their initial appointment. Librarians periodically receive administrative and peer review for merit increases based on the following criteria: 1) professional competence and quality of service within the Library; 2) professional activity outside the Library; 3) university and public service; and 4) research and other creative activity. They are entitled to two days per month of annual leave, one day per month sick leave. The University has an excellent retirement system and offers a variety of group health, life, and disability insurance plans. Benefits, which may also include an attractive mortgage program, are equal to approximately 40% of salary.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience. Preferred appointment level is $39,000 – $65,448 (Assistant Librarian I – Librarian I).

Deadline for Applications

Applications received by October 2, 2006 , will receive first consideration, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

To Apply

Qualified applicants who wish to be considered for this position should send their letters of application, complete résumés, and the names, e-mail addresses, and phone numbers of three references, with a statement of each reference’s professional relationship to the applicant, to:

Library Human Resources
UC Irvine, P.O. Box 19557
Irvine, CA 92623-9557
confidential fax (949) 824-3270 Electronic applications are preferred. Upon application, candidates should be in possession of proof of their legal right to employment in the U.S. In compliance with the Immigration Reform and Control Act of 1986, verification of legal right to work will be required between the time of final selection and hiring, and is absolutely essential in ultimately being hired.

This position description is listed on the UCI Libraries Web site at, with links to additional Web sites featuring campus and community information.

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

2006-2007 ARLIS/NA INTERNSHIP AWARD – Call for Applications!

2006-2007 ARLIS/NA Internship Award

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.

Who May Apply
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.

Internship Description
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.

How to Apply
Please submit the following to Sub-Committee member Cathy Billings (applications materials in electronic form are preferred):

  • Resume;
  • Current transcript in PDF format [this may be an unofficial version and does not need to be issued directly from the institution];
  • An essay of up to 250 words addressing the applicant’s professional goals, expectations of the internship experience, and any skills or background that might benefit art libraries or visual resources collections; and
  • The names of two professional or scholastic references with addresses, telephone numbers, and email addresses.

Cathy Billings, MLIS
Art Librarian & Gallery Manager
Brand Library & Art Center
1601 West Mountain Street
Glendale, CA 91201
(818) 548-2713

Internship Award Schedule of Deadlines for 2006-2007
October 3, 2006: Deadline for submission of applications to Internship Award Sub-Committee.
November 15, 2006: Internship Award Sub-Committee selects award recipient for 2007.
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 internship.
May 4, 2007: Deadline for selection of host institution by the intern for a Fall 2007 internship.

Additional Information
Visit the ARLIS/NA Internship Award page online at: You may also 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

Curatorial Assistant, Library Assistant III, UMN

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

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

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

Responsibilities / Main Job Duties:

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

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

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

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

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

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

For information on the new college:

For information on the collection:

until sept. 8
after sept. 8

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

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

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

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

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

Backpack to Briefcase: Preparing for Life after Library School

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

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

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


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


  • Sarah Carter

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


Alright, a few things about the video.

  1. It is just a mock-up–anything & everything can easily be changed.
  2. In no way am I endorsing the name SNAP or a domain name change. I’m just showing what could be.
  3. The images I used were from our Flickr group. Many of those images are under copyright. I will contact the owners for permission. However, in the meantime, if you see this and do not want your images used, please let me know (bryan [at]

Assistant Curator, Visual Resources Collection, ASU

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

Arizona State University, School of Art


Institution and Department Profile

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

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

Position Description

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

Duties and Responsibilities

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

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


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


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

Application Procedure

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

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

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

Visual Resources Librarian, RISD

Visual Resources Librarian

Rhode Island School of Design

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

Private Book Collection Opportunity in New York

New Yorkers:

I am looking for someone interested in helping one of our library donors
with an inventory of a private book collection.

The collection is housed in an Upper East Side apartment.  It consists of
roughly 100 feet of books, journals, ephemera, and auction catalogs.  The
collection is primarily on art with a special focus on the 2nd quarter of
the twentieth century.  Some related correspondences may also require
attention.  The owner wants to hire someone with some knowledge of these
types of art publications to help describe and categorize the items in the
collection.  A younger person with an interest in art librarianship would
be a good match — or possibly a part-time employee in an art
library.  Payment is negotiable but would not be high.  Good references
will be essential — preferably references provided by art librarians.  No
book dealers, please.

Someone interested in this work or librarians with someone to recommend are
welcome to contact:

Henry Pisciotta
Arts and Architecture Librarian
Penn State University Libraries