Job Posting: Digital Archivist, Canadian Centre for Architecture, Montreal

http://current.ischool.utoronto.ca/jobsite/2014/archivist-digital-archives-0

Job title: Archivist, Digital Archives
Division: Collection
Supervisor: Associate Director, Collection
Status: Contractual (3 years), full time (35hrs/week)
Posting period: 2 to 26 October 2014
Job entry: November 2014

Job Summary
The responsibilities of this job include the supervision, coordination and monitoring of the born-digital archival projects related to CCA’s archives. For born-digital material the incumbent will have to establish best practices for managing born-digital material held and acquired by the CCA, and assist in the strategic direction of archiving and accession to born-digital material. The incumbent plays a key role in the documentation of CCA Collection through the development of standards and procedures, classification and description.

Job Posting: Architecture Library Specialist, New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, NJ

The Architecture Library Specialist is responsible for the Architecture Library in the absence
of the Director. The position works a closing shift schedule (currently 12:30 pm to 8:30 pm
during fall and spring semesters). The schedule may include any hours of days of the week
that the Architecture Library is open and may be changed as needed. For more information
see http://library.njit.edu/jobs.

Link out to posting (.pdf)

The H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship in architectural study, and the SAH Membership Grant

http://www.sah.org/jobs-and-careers/sah-fellowships-and-grants/h-allen-brooks-travelling-fellowship?utm_source=april14newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=SAH%20Newsletter

The Society of Architectural Historians’ prestigious H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship will be offered for 2014 and will allow a recent graduate or emerging scholar to study by travel for one year. The fellowship is not for the purpose of doing research for an advanced academic degree. Instead, Prof. Brooks intended the recipient to study by travel and contemplation while observing, reading, writing, or sketching.

The goals are to provide an opportunity for a recent graduate with an advanced degree or an emerging scholar to

  1. see and experience architecture and landscapes firsthand
  2. think about their profession deeply
  3. acquire knowledge useful for the recipient’s future work, contribution to their profession and contribution to society

The fellowship recipient may travel to any country or countries during the one-year period. This fellowship is funded completely by the Society of Architectural Historians’ H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship Fund.

The Award

In 2014 the Brooks Fellowship will be $50,000 and will cover expenses incurred by the Brooks Fellow for one year of travel. The award is non-renewable and award amounts may vary in future years. SAH suggests that if additional financial support is needed to cover other related expenses, that the applicants contact their respective university/college, academic advisor, department head, employer or outside foundations to investigate the financial opportunities afforded them. The Award will be paid in quarterly installments….

Criteria for Application

The H. Allen Brooks Travelling Fellowship is open to a scholar who will earn a PhD or advanced terminal degree in the first half of 2014 (by June 30, 2014) or an emerging scholar who was awarded a PhD or advanced terminal degree in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010 or 2009 in a field related to the built environment. Such degrees include PhDs in the history, theory or criticism of architecture, landscape architecture, or urbanism; historic preservation; the practice of architecture, landscape architecture and urban planning; or other fields of advanced study related to the built environment including an M.Arch, MUP, MLA or a Masters in Historic Preservation program. Priority will be given to those whose chosen profession is relevant to the interests and objectives of the Society of Architectural Historians, i.e., the history of the built environment, historic preservation, conservation, and social implications of architecture, landscape architecture, and urbanism.

The deadline for applications is October 1st, 2014. The winner will be announced in December 2014 and the fellowship can begin as early as January 1st, 2015. More details about the application process and requirements are at the link above. I think a librarian or archivist focusing on architectural documentation or preservation issues could put forth a convincing argument for this award ….

 


http://www.sah.org/jobs-and-careers/sah-fellowships-and-grants/sah-membership-grant-for-emerging-professionals

SAH Membership Grant for Emerging Professionals

Purpose
This award provides a one-year membership in SAH to emerging scholars to bridge the gap between the Society’s subsidized student memberships and the full-cost SAH memberships. This is intended for entry-level college and university professors and other new professionals engaged in the study of the built environment. These fellowships are funded by the Society of Architectural Historians’ Scott Opler Endowment for New Scholars.

Award
The award consists of a full one-year membership to the Society of Architectural Historians. The award winners will be announced at the Annual Conference and in the SAH Newsletter. Ten awards will be given for 2015.

Criteria for Application
This fellowship is intended to open membership in SAH to emerging scholars, entry-level college and university professors, junior curators and other new professionals who are engaged in the study of architectural history and its related disciplines. An emerging scholar for these purposes is defined as a person, regardless of age, who is new to the field of architectural history or its related disciplines and is within five years of having received a terminal master’s degree or PhD. The fellowship applicant may be either a new or renewing member of SAH. The intention of the award is to act as a bridge between SAH’s current reduced-rate student memberships, which are subsidized by SAH, and the full cost of annual membership in SAH.

Application Details
Applications will be accepted for 2015 SAH memberships through September 12, 2014.

To apply, you will need to provide: A current curriculum vitae (5 pages max)

Job Posting: Project Archivist at Columbia University Libraries, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library

Columbia University Libraries, Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library – Project Archivist

(posted November 14, 2011)
The Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library is searching for an experienced archivist to process the architectural drawings and personal papers of the New York architect Edgar Tafel. This position will be funded for 12 months with the possibility of extension. Funding for the position will begin on the selectee’s start date. The collection covers the architectural projects of Tafel’s career as well as personal papers and writings, especially his research and writing on Frank Lloyd Wright.

Working under the supervision of the Curator of Drawing and Archives, the Project Archivist will be responsible for:

-Processing of architectural drawings, files, and photography of Tafel’s career. Includes sorting and appraising materials for possible reduction of collection. Includes preparing materials for transport and storage to offsite facility.

-Processing of papers and other files relating to Tafel’s role as historian of Frank Lloyd Wright and related Wright
collections. Includes sorting and appraising materials for possible reduction of collection.
-Arranging and describing architectural collections in an electronic database following DACS and other emerging standards. Includes searching, authority work, description & subject analysis.
-Assigning, revising, and training students and graduate interns to provide assistance with tasks above, including inputting, processing, and research in archival files. The position will also be responsible for other duties as assigned.

Requirements are: ALA accredited M.L.S. with formal course work in archives administration or an M.A. in archival management, and two years related experience, or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The incumbent must have thorough knowledge of archival processing and preservation theories and procedure; ability to work effectively, both independently and as a member or a team; ability to combine accuracy and efficiency; proven organizational and supervisory skills; proven interpersonal skills. Must be able to lift and carry heavy boxes and must be able to climb ladders. Knowledge of American architecture, historic preservation, urban planning or design history, especially relating to Frank Lloyd Wright, highly desirable.

This position has been classified as a PC I position.

Applications will be accepted immediately and until the position is filled, for immediate consideration please apply online at:

https://academicjobs.columbia.edu/applicants/Central?quickFind=55601

Application deadline: December 12, 2011
The Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library is one of the most comprehensive architecture and fine arts library collections in the world. Avery collects a full range of primary and secondary sources for the advanced study of architecture, historic preservation, art history, decorative arts, city planning, real estate, and archaeology. The Library contains 500,000 volumes including 40,000 rare books, and receives approximately 1,900 periodicals. Avery’s Drawings and Archives collection includes 1.5 million architectural drawings and records.

The Avery Library is home to the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals, the only comprehensive American guide to the current literature of architecture and design.

The Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals offers broad coverage of journal articles published worldwide on architecture and design, archaeology, city planning, interior design, landscape architecture, and historic preservation. With more than 675,000 records, the Index continues to be the pre-eminent discovery resource for research in architecture and related fields.
Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities and women are encouraged to apply.

Job Posting: Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Art & Architecture, Harvard College Library

Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Art and Architecture, Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture

Harvard College Library

Cambridge, MA

Reporting to the Public Services Librarian, this position is responsible for research support, collaboration, and outreach for visual materials in the field of Islamic art and architecture to faculty, students, and researchers. Visual materials collections include digital images and slides for teaching as well as other formats documenting all aspects of Islamic art and architecture in the Fine Arts Library including historic photographs, postcards, and ephemera. Additional responsibilities include implementation of appropriate and forward-looking image metadata schemes, digital access, and participation in collection development and management. Works closely with the Bibliographer in the Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture and the Photographic Resources Librarian in the Fine Arts Library and the faculty and staff of the Aga Khan Program.

Typical Duties and Responsibilities:

Collection Management, Development, and Access

  • Identifies, evaluates , and acquires images, digital resources, historic photographs, and other visual materials for the library’s teaching and research collection
  • Assesses and selects historic photographs and other visual materials in the Fine Arts Library’s collection for digitization and preservation (in consultation with the AKPIA Bibliographer and FAL Photographic Resources Librarian)
  • Works with AKPIA and other faculty members, students, fellows, and visiting scholars to set collection priorities based on research and curricular needs
  • Coordinates and prioritizes production of different digital products (scanning, uploading, cataloging); tracks workflows and timely service to users
  • Provides intellectual control for Islamic visual materials in OLIVIA, ARTstor Shared Shelf project, and other catalogues including collaboration to establish best practices and authority control
  • Participates in planning and implementing projects involving visual materials
  • Develops long-range planning for Islamic visual images collection in consultation with AKPIA faculty and staff

Reference and Instructional Support

  • Provides research services for visual materials in Islamic art and architectural history for faculty, students, and researchers
  • Selects and provides teaching images in appropriate formats and other visual resources for classroom lectures and course websites
  • Provides individual and group research support including in-class workshops and personalized instruction
  • Assists faculty and students in integrating GIS, Prezi , and other visual tools in lectures, course websites
  • Prepares online research guides, reference tools, and finding aids for Islamic visual materials
  • Assists with image research and provides images, as needed, for Muqarnas and other Harvard and MIT AKPIA publications

Collaboration and Outreach

  • Collaborates with diverse Harvard colleagues including the Loeb Design Library, NELC, CMES, and Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Islamic Studies Program
  • Collaborates with AKPIA Documentation Center at MIT, Archnet, and other external initiatives on the creation and sharing of metadata, content, and services for users of visual materials on Islamic art and architecture such as SAHARA
  • Works with other Harvard groups supporting interdisciplinary and digital scholarship such as academic departments and programs, DASH, CGA, and the Library Lab Initiative to develop content and research/teaching opportunities

Supervisory Responsibilities

  • Supervises year-round student employees and temporary/project staff (as needed) in the creation of item level and collection-level cataloging and indexing for Islamic visual materials in all formats
  • Working together with other stakeholders, develops special projects for access to and dissemination of Islamic visual culture

 

Basic Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree in library and/or information science or equivalent experience
  • Advanced degree at the master’s level or higher in the history of art and architecture related to the study of the Islamic world, or the equivalent combination of education, experience and/or background etc.
  • 3-5 years related professional library experience required
  • Knowledge of at least one Middle Eastern language (Arabic, Persian, Turkish)
  • Expertise in image metadata standards and online data creation and access
  • Computer skills including databases and digital image file management, required
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills required

Additional Qualifications:

  • Working knowledge of western European languages, especially French and German
  • Knowledge of the contemporary field of Islamic art and architecture historical study and its constituents
  • Knowledge of other archival collections projects related to visual culture and history of the Middle East
  • Ability to use a computer, monitor, keyboard, and mouse

 Please apply with a cover letter and resume at the Harvard Employment Site.  

Apply Here:  http://www.click2apply.net/wy6zy39

David Adjaye chosen for National Museum of African American History and Culture

More interesting architecture news from the New York Times here:

A dream almost a century old moved another step closer to reality on Tuesday as the Smithsonian Institution chose a team led by David Adjaye, the celebrated Tanzanian-born architect, to design the National Museum of African American History and Culture, scheduled to open on the National Mall in Washington in 2015.

Pritzker Prize Awarded to Peter Zumthor

See the story at the New York Times:

He is not a celebrity architect — not one of the names that show up on short lists for museums and concert hall projects or known outside of architecture circles. He hasn’t designed many buildings; the one he’s best known for is a thermal spa in an Alpine commune. And he has toiled in relative obscurity for the last 30 years in a remote village in the Swiss mountains, out of the limelight and away from the crowd.

But on Monday, the Swiss architect Peter Zumthor, was to earn the highest recognition of his profession: the Pritzker Prize.

Allison Arieff on William Stout Architectural Books in San Francisco

Here’s a lovely piece from Allison Arieff’s By Design blog at the New York Times.  It’s about that dying breed–the specialty bookstore:

“Shelf Life”

Great quote: “Stout is a collector in the best sense of the word. Though he joked that he began acquiring books when he realized he’d never have a 401k, it is probably more accurate to say that Stout is in complete thrall of the smell of ink, the feel of paper, the intellectual and physical heft of the literary object, the near-indiscernible sound of the turning of pages.”

After reading this, I don’t feel so bad about schlepping endless boxes of books across the country over the past few years.

British Architect to Redesign City Library

New York Times reports about plans to renovate the New York Public Library:

Some are bound to question whether the library can raise the necessary funds, given the current financial crisis. But library officials said they were determined to press on. “We are committed to this program,” Ms. Marron said. “We recognize the world is different than what it was, and it might take a longer time. We’re not going to be foolhardy.” “Libraries are needed in times like this,” she added. “More people need to borrow books, to get job information — it’s free. So I think everybody strongly believes the library is needed more than ever.”