Aboutness

Hello all,

I just created a page that is linked thought the Aboutness pane (you can also reach it by clicking on this http://abcs.wordpress.com/aboutness).  Let me know what you think.

Some things that I wrestled with were…

  1. OVERTLY threatening.  The way I have it means that posts/comments that would be considered slightly threatening are allowed.  [I did this because I’m not really sure where to draw the line of “really upset” to “threatening”]
  2. Terms are subjective.  What is or is not threatening.  The law says what’s obscene, but it does so in non-specific ways.  Somebody might think the s-word is obscene while others have no problem with the more graphic photographs of Mapplethorpe.
  3. Should Author be defined.

-Bryan Loar

Funding and liaison

I was talking to one of my colleagues yesterday, the electronic resources librarian in the public services department of my Library. She’s a young librarian (out of school for more than three years, though), but very knowledgeable and experienced. She’s very active in ARLIS, especially the local New York chapter.

Two things came up.

One, she said that this project is definitely the type of thing that warrents some grant money, or other funding. So, I’m feeling like Sara’s application on the group’s behalf has a good chance.

Two, I casually asked her if she would want to be the Student Discussion Group’s liaison, and she casually said yes. Obviously the group would have to make a more formal application, and she would need time to think about the committment and make a more formal acceptance. So what do you guy’s think?

In the meantime, I am forwarding her the information about the discussion group and this blog. She’s going to submit a notice about the discussion group to the ARLIS/NY Web site. We also might want to submit some information to ALA, especially once the Web site/blog is more established and up and running.

 -Jacqueline

Administrator Authority

I think we should discuss and lay some ground rules down in regards to admin authority/involvement.  We should be very upfront to participants how, if any, moderation takes place on the blog.

  • We should indicate whether or not we would ever edit a post
  • We should indicate proper etiquette and repercussions for improper use
  • We should indicate rights and responsibilities of authors & administrator(s)

Any Thoughts?

Blog Evaluation

I’v never used WordPress before. It’s OK. I like how I can easily tinker around with the template’s html on Blogger (even when its hosted by them). That said, having RSS feeds easily imported & the use of tagging is very helpful. I’m oblivious to any other blogging services out there.

Cheers.

Art and Architecture Librarian, Pratt Institute

Title: Art and Architecture Librarian
Department:  Library
FLSA Status:  Exempt
Position Summary:

Under the supervision of the Director of Libraries, the Art and Architecture
Librarians provide high-quality services in subject areas related to Pratt’s
art and architecture collection. Responsibilities include collection
development in architecture and design, instruction, committee and task
force work within and outside the Library, and other activities deemed
necessary for the smooth provision of information services. This is a
full-time twelve (12) month per year tenure-track faculty position at the
assistant/associate professor rank.

Job Responsibilities:

*        Provide leadership in the planning, design and provision of library
instructional, reference and public access services, including the
production and revision of library guides (some evening hours required).

*        Provide individual and group library instruction.

*        Work collaboratively with other library faculty in developing
credit courses addressing information literacy and research skills.

*        Serve as a liaison to the instructional faculty in the Schools of
Art & Design, and Architecture (i.e., develop and maintain appropriate
departmental contacts to identify reserve items and materials to be added to
the collection; assist with incorporating informational resources into the
curriculum; etc.).

*        Oversee special and ongoing projects related to the maintenance and
integrity of the art and architecture collection.

*        Participate in training of clerical staff, student assistants and
graduate assistants and monitor their workflow.

*        Contribute to the library’s public relations efforts.

*        Participate in grant writing and seeking outside funding sources
for the libraries.

*        Participate in library-wide planning and governance, library and
institute committees, and other activities as appropriate.

*        Perform all other related duties as assigned.

Salary:  Low 40’s with excellent benefits.

Qualifications:

Education:  ALA accredited MLS and academic background in art and/or
architecture required. Graduate degree or graduate level academic
preparation in the history or practice of Architecture, Art, Design, or
other arts related discipline preferred.

Experience:  Must have experience providing library public services in an
academic context as well as experience providing library related
instruction. Experience with online systems also required. One to two years’
relevant experience in an academic library preferred.

Skills:  Excellent communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to
work effectively with a culturally diverse population are essential.

Other:  Must be enthusiastic to learn, creative, willing to embrace change
and have the ability to work comfortably in a shared decision-making
environment. Commitment to professional development required; must show
evidence or promise of professional contributions beyond the primary
job,(i.e., publications, active participation in the Institute and
professional organizations, and other research and creative activity) which
are required for reappointment, promotion and tenure.

To Apply:

Please submit your CV, cover letter and the names and contact information
for three professional references to:

Chair, Art and Architecture Librarian Search
c/o Assistant to the Director
Pratt Institute Libraries
200 Willoughby Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11205
E-Mail: vvalenti@pratt.edu