|Job Title||Art History & Visual Arts Librarian|
|Required Experience|| • Graduate degree and knowledge in art history or a related field, or an equivalent combination of education, training, and experience |
• Experience working in public services in an academic or special library, or in providing specialized support in arts research
• Knowledge of information resources used in the study of visual art
• Excellent interpersonal skills
• Effective communications skills with the ability to present information and ideas to various audiences
• Proven ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team-based environment
• Demonstrated commitment to work within a diverse environment and interact collegially with individuals of different backgrounds
• Strong user-service orientation and desire to work with constituents in an academic environment
• Ability to work occasional evenings and weekends
|Sample Job Responsibilities||• Design, provide, and assess multimodal instruction on the use and understanding of visual and performing arts resources, concepts, and tools, including visual and media literacy across the curriculum.|
• Promote and provide reference and in-depth research support in the visual and performing arts.
• Serve as the primary communication conduit between the library and assigned academic departments, developing creative pathways that ensure faculty and students are aware of library services, collections, and initiatives, including broader developments in scholarly communication and digital initiatives.
• Design, provide, and assess outreach programs that promote information and visual literacy within and across the disciplines.
• Support the growth and maintenance of analog and digital collections to meet the needs of faculty and students, and represent the diversity of contributors in the field.
• Build relationships with members of the Wesleyan community and beyond to share information and develop complementary or interconnected services that relate to the Library and/or support the overall success of Wesleyan students and faculty.
• Engage in professional development to maintain current knowledge of trends and changes in academic public services and scholarship, particularly those related to the visual and performing arts.
|Deadline||November 29, 2021|
I’ve written about the digital humanities (DH) before, posting a brief introduction to some DH tools, classes, and resources. In this post I want to focus specifically on the practice of DH in the field of art history. DH can bring a lot to field, but the practice of digital art history is also not without its challenges. The field of art history entered the digital world when the switch from teaching with slides to teaching with digital images occurred, but academia has pushed further into the digital realm with the increasing ubiquity of researching, publishing, and pursuing scholarship in digital environments (Zorich, 2013).
Not isolated to the field of art history is the reverence for the print publication. Print publishing is currently still the marker by which professors are evaluated for tenure and advancement, Deviating from this model could negatively affect chances for such (Zorich, 2013). Digital projects also present problems in their evaluation. As of yet, there are no general rules or guidelines on how to evaluate the merit of digital scholarship projects in academia. Difficulties also present themselves in the very visual nature of the art history field. Digital image analysis methods are not nearly as straightforward as digital text analysis. (Drucker, 2013 ). Text analysis using digital methods forms a major part of DH scholarship, providing research based on a distant reading of texts (Drucker, 2013 ) Digital methods for image analysis are still “far from being able to imitate human abilities of perception and analysis” (Drucker, 2013, p. 8).
Despite the challenges of digital art history, it is still very much a worthy field to pursue. One way art history faculty can dabble in digital art history, without the pressure and problems associated with doing so in their own research, is by bringing DH methods into the classroom (J. Schell, personal communication, December 4, 2017). The difficulty in evaluating projects still exists, how does a professor grade a digital project versus the standard term paper, but the stakes are lower (J. Schell, personal communication, December 4, 2017). DH in art history offers different ways for students to engage with the material, build skills, and spark their interest in cultural heritage in a different new way (J. Schell, personal communication, December 4, 2017).
Scalar, Omeka, and WordPress are popular tools that are used for creating digital collections and presenting digital exhibits. ImagePlot and ImageJ can be used for analyzing large sets of images. The type of digital tool used really depends on what type of question is being asked. Text analysis can be incorporated into art history studies, too. MALLETT and Voyant are two tools used for text analysis. It could be an interesting project to analyze the papers or letters from an artist’s personal archive. These are just tiny handful of digital tools that can be incorporated into art history scholarship and add meaning to the field.
So, where does the library and the art librarian fit into this? Subject specialists and liasons to art history departments may choose to explore these tools on their own and bring them to their faculty and students as seen fit. If a college has a department or librarian dedicated to DH, the art librarian can create connections between these departments and their own. Librarians have long been champions and purveyors of new technology.. I think even in departments that may be hesitant to move into digital art history territory, the art librarian can bring some simple DH tools into the practice in a way that suitably fits the environment. Creating digital exhibits is a great way to being work with digital scholarship, without using overly complicated tools or needing complex tech skills.
Lastly, I’d like to share some neat digital art history projects I found via the Frick Art Reference Library Digital Art History Lab.
Drucker, J. (2013). Is there a “digital” art history?. Visual Resources, 29(1-2), 5-13. DOI: 10.1080/01973762.2013.761106
Zorich, D. M. (2013). Digital art history: A community assessment. Visual Resources, 29(1-2), 14-21. DOI: 10.108010973762.2013.761108
Barra American Art Fellowship
The Philadelphia Museum of Art is looking to fill the Barra American Art Fellowship for the 2017-2018 Academic Year. This position is generously endowed by The Barra Foundation in honor of Robert L. McNeil, Jr., with additional support provided in 2017-18 by Mr. and Mrs. William C. Buck and from the Robert L. McNeil Endowments for American Art at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.
One fellow will be chosen to join the Department of American Art during the academic year. The fellow will work full-time, assisting four days a week in ongoing department research and exhibition projects, with one day reserved for personal research, writing, or travel. Applicants should have completed their M.A. degree in art history or a related field and propose a thesis or area of research interest that can take advantage of the resources of the Philadelphia Museum of Art and other area libraries and institutions. Priority will be given to those with projects relating to the Museum’s collection or exhibition program, and to students from the Philadelphia region. Fellows will have library privileges at the PMA and the University of Pennsylvania. At the conclusion of the term, the Barra Fellow will be expected to give a lecture and submit a paper reflecting work done during the residency.
The fellow will be expected to work full-time (35 hours per week) during the academic year from September 2017 through August 2018.
The fellowship stipend is $40,000 over twelve months with additional research and travel funds and two weeks of discretionary time off.
How to Apply
Please complete an online application and include the following:
- A letter describing your interest and preparation for this position
- Curriculum vitae with education, employment, publications and honors
- Three references with phone number and email addresses
In addition to your online application, please send a writing sample by mail and direct one of your referees to write on your behalf to:
Department of American Art
Philadelphia Museum of Art
P.O. Box 7646
Philadelphia, PA 19101
Re: Barra Fellowship
Applications are due no later than February 15, 2017.
Provides proper care for historic municipal records abiding by the Society of American Archivist’s professional standards. Establishes archives, program administration and management, and gains physical and intellectual control over internal citywide collections. Plans for and prioritizes short and long-term care of materials, and develops and implements plans for enhancing public access to archival materials for research and education. Works both independently and collaboratively to ensure comprehensive collection care.
Works towards gaining physical and intellectual control over dispersed collection and to develop and update essential professional policies. Develops and updates essential policies, plans, procedures, and guides related to collections care, processing, emergency planning, and public access. Works independently and collaboratively with other department staff who manage artifact and art collections to ensure care of city cultural assets. Works diplomatically with staff from other city departments within parameters of the retention schedule and collections policy to process archival materials as well as determine how to integrate and cross-reference multiple city collections and databases. Develops and implements plan for public access to archival records.
Proactively develops and nurtures professional relationships with other local and regional archival collections managers. Develops budget for collection care materials for short and long term and researches and identifies potential funding opportunities. Represents the Arts and History Department at professional archives industry conferences and meetings. (60%)
Processes collections according to professional standards. Oversees the work of collections processing by interns and temporary employees. Orders materials and prioritizes processing to house permanent collections, and identifies needs and priorities for short and long-term care. (30%)
Develops and delivers presentations to city leadership and other city staff related to archives program. Helps to curate exhibits, supports the preservation and exhibit of archives, artifacts and art in all forms. Works with other public outreach teams to identify and participate in community engagement opportunities educating the public about the City’s many exhibits and collections. (10%)
Performs other duties as assigned. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this position at any time.
Required Knowledge, Experience, And Training
Requires education and/or experience to attain the following:
- Bachelor’s degree in history or closely related field with certification or specialization in archives and two years of experience processing collections and understanding of arrangement, preservation, and description according to professional archival standards and or equivalent combination of education and or experience.
- Advanced knowledge of and demonstrated commitment to professional archival standards, including the SAA Code of Ethics is needed. Knowledge of collections management practices for three-dimensional artifacts and art.
- Ability to interpret and explain governing regulations, policies, and procedures; researches areas of responsibility and make procedural recommendations; to operate a PC using word processing, database, and/or spreadsheet software; to consolidate information from various sources into a prescribed format; to manage complex projects from beginning to end; to facilitate group meetings; to communicate well on the phone and in person.
Preferred Knowledge, Experience, And Training
- Master’s degree in archival studies program or in history or closely related field with certification/specialization in archives. At least three years demonstrated experience with processing collections and understanding of arrangement, preservation, and description according to professional archival standards. Some knowledge of collections management for three-dimensional artifacts and/or art or ability to learn to help facilitate working with other department staff in overall program caring for archives, artifacts, and art.
- Ability to interpret and explain governing regulations, policies, and procedures; to research areas of responsibility and make procedural recommendations; to operate a PC using word processing, database, and/or spreadsheet software; to consolidate information from various sources into a prescribed format; to manage complex projects from beginning to end; to facilitate group meetings; to communicate well on the phone and in person.
- The physical effort characteristics and working environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Licensing And Other Requirements: Valid drivers license
Special Requirements: All applicants must be able to successfully pass City of Boise background check processes which include reference checks and criminal history checks.
The physical effort characteristics and working environment described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job the employee is occasionally lifting/carrying up to 50 lbs. Also the employee is occasionally pushing/pulling up to 50 lbs. The noise level is occasionally moderate. Work includes sensory ability to talk, hear, touch and feel. Work in this position also includes close vision and distance vision. Employees will sit, stand, walk, stoop, kneel, crouch, crawl, reach, grasp, climb and balance. Position requires hand/finger dexterity.
The work environment will include inside conditions, with areas of dust, odors, mist, gases or other airborne matter. Employees work in/at heights.
Application Deadline: August 18, 2016
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Libraries seeks a creative and service-oriented individual to serve as Art Reference and Instruction Librarian. Reporting to the Director of the Kohler Art Library, this position provides a full range of reference and research services to the campus community and general public. This position develops, delivers, and assesses innovative instructional services for engaged learning; uses social media platforms to promote library services and web content; and serves as a subject liaison to departments, providing support for digital scholarship, scholarly communication, and collaborative research. Working closely with the UW Digital Collections Center staff, this position serves as project manager for art-related digital initiatives, including the Digital Library for Decorative Arts.
The General Library System recognizes the value of diversity of people, thought, perspective, and experience and is actively committed to promoting a culture of inclusiveness. All positions will be called upon to contribute to building a welcoming environment.
- Provide art reference services to UW faculty, students, staff and the general public; develop guides to art reference resources; evaluate and recommend new reference titles for acquisition.
- Hire, train and supervise School of Library and Information Studies (SLIS) student supervisors.
- Conduct library instruction and orientation sessions; teach information and visual literacy skills using current learning theory and appropriate instructional technology; create guides and tutorials to accompany instruction sessions.
- Serve as liaison between the art library and faculty in art-related disciplines to develop programming appropriate to their needs and the needs of their students.
- With Director of the Kohler Art Library, co-teach on a bi-annual basis the SLIS course on Art Librarianship.
- Manage, enhance, and promote the contents of the Digital Library for Decorative Arts and other art-related digital initiatives in liaison with the UW Digital Collections Center; serve as liaison with the Chipstone Foundation and other donors in developing art-related digital content.
- Update the content of the art library website, promote art library collections and services through development and implementation of social media strategies.
- Manage the art library in the absence of the Director; serve as back-up to other art library staff.
- Maintain awareness of trends in art and general librarianship and the disciplines of art history, visual culture, material culture, art education, and studio practice.
- Engage in professional development through participation at art library conferences and events.
- Serve the UW-Madison General Library System through committee participation and other activities.
Degree and area of specialization:
Master’s degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association or equivalent association/organization. Bachelor’s degree or above in art history or art.
- Two or more years of professional experience in an academic or other research library.
- Experience providing library instruction.
- Demonstrated ability to deliver quality reference services to patrons at various levels of subject expertise.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Knowledge of and familiarity with new technologies in library services.
- Ability to work both independently and collegially in a rapidly changing environment.
- Demonstrated ability to foster a respectful, inclusive and diverse climate.
- Reading knowledge of one or more Western European languages (other than English).
- Master’s degree or above in art history.
- Supervisory experience.
- Experience working with donors.
- Experience with website design and maintenance.
- Experience developing electronic information resources.
- Knowledge of WordPress.
- Experience with building digital image collections and metadata creation.
- Experience with project management.
- Experience with HTML and XML.
- Familiarity with digital humanities, scholarly communications, and library assessment.
- Familiarity with information and visual literacy skills and current learning theory.
Apply online: http://uwjobapply.wisc.edu/Apply.aspx?pvl=87443
The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world’s most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley’s culture of openness, freedom and acceptance-academic and artistic, political and cultural-make it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.
Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at http://jobs.berkeley.edu/why-berkeley.html.
The First Review Date for this job is: 8/4/2016
The Arts & Humanities Division includes Art History/Classics, South/Southeast Asian Library, Graduate Services, Morrison Library, and the Hargrove Music Library. These libraries and units are primary service points and provide research-level print and digital collections to support the research and teaching programs of the units in Doe Library serving patrons in the visual and performing arts, humanities (languages & literatures), and area studies; and departments served by the Hargrove Music Library.
The position serves as the acquisitions assistant for the art history and classics collections, supporting collection development through purchasing, inventory, and materials processing. The position will assist the Art History/Classics librarians with processing of monographs, serials, and donor gifts, collection audits and other special projects as assigned. In conjunction with unit staff, the position provides public services in the form of assisting daytime circulation services coverage and providing directional/informational advice to the public. The incumbent is expected to possess knowledge of the materials encompassing the art history and classics collections; experience with standard library technical services procedures, and the ability to collaborate on projects with other units in the Arts & Humanities Division. Also, may assist in the content management of online subject guides, social media and participate in councils, groups, and task forces when appropriate.
- English language proficiency to communicate orally and in writing with persons of various backgrounds.
- Knowledge of the art and classics book trade and reference sources.
- Demonstrable experience using library catalogs, integrated library systems, bibliographic records monographic and serials processing policies and procedures.
- Excellent analytical, organizational, problem solving, interpersonal, and communication skills.
- Experience with standard office and collaboration software (MS Office, Google Drive).
- Ability to communicate effectively (verbally and in writing) and work in a team.
- Ability to complete detailed work accurately and complete projects on time.
- Experience with monograph and serials processing in Millennium and/or Sierra integrated library systems.
- Experience with one or more western European languages.
- Experience working in an academic library.
- Purchasing/procurement experience for an organization or group
Salary & Benefits
The hourly salary range for this position is $19.44 – $25.28. For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit: http://ucnet.universityofcalifornia.edu/compensation-and-benefits/index.html.
To apply, search for the job announcement through the UC Berkeley job portal: http://hrms.berkeley.edu/jobs.html.
The Department of Art History of the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU seeks a Visual Resources Specialist to administer the departmental Visual Resources Laboratory (VRL).
Work directly with arts and humanities faculty to realize college and departmental learning goals.
Consult with faculty in the arts and humanities to develop and deliver a suite of services that support the integration of information resources and technology in their teaching and research, with special emphasis on visual resources and the digital humanities.
Curate, quality-control, and troubleshoot relevant digital content.
Deliver group instruction and/or consults individually with students regarding research methods and scholarly practices across the arts and humanities, in addition to addressing issues of media and visual fluency.
Administer day-to-day operations of the VRL. Manage budget and financial records, as well as keeping all technology and software up-to-date and running smoothly.
Assist with department digital, online, and social media projects.
Education and Experience:
- Master’s degree is required. Field of study in Humanities, Library Sciences, or Art History is a plus.
- Candidate should have 1 year of work experience; however, will consider specialist who is recently graduated from a Library/Information Science or Art History/Humanities Master’s program.
- Must have delivered group instruction and worked individually with students.
- Higher education experience preferred.
- Digital photo-processing is required: Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture, Paintshop, ACDSee Pro, GIMP, CaptureOne Pro, NIK
- Must have experience with Powerpoint, Keynote, Prezi, Customshow, Haiku Deck, Slideshark, Slide Dog, Mediashout
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Candidate must demonstrate strong listening, interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills to effectively interact with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community. A strong customer service orientation is essential.
- Candidate must be effective in delivering group instruction and working individually with students.
- Must be familiar with use-rights and permissions of digital images.
- Must possess the ability to establish and maintain effective and collaborative collegiate work relationships.
- Candidate should be detail oriented and accurate. Must be able to plan and accurately track budget expenditures and prepare documentation for review/approval.
- Must be well organized and able manage projects simultaneously.
- Candidate must demonstrate strong problem solving skills with the ability to identify and analyze problems as well as devise solutions. Must also be able to work independently as well as to work collaboratively.
More information and application: https://jobs.smu.edu/psp/ps/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_SCHJOB&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1
Note: This is a part-time position, 20 hours per week.
Oversees management and development of digital art image teaching collections, including acquisitions, cataloging, technical production, and copyright oversight.
Location or production of course-related professional quality digital images of works of art that are then cataloged for future reference with full metadata and stored in an assets management system such as ARTstor’s Shared Shelf, Embark, or TMS.
- Plans and directs the operations of the Art History Visual Resources Collection.
- Responsible for overall management and development of digital art image collections, including, acquisitions, cataloging, and technical production.
- Oversees growth and development of institutional digital image collection for teaching and reference using a digital assets management system for discovery, access, and use of high quality digital art images.
- Works cooperatively with Art and Art History faculty in developing VR Collection resources and policies; analyzes needs and establishes priorities and deadlines.
- Provides training and support for faculty and students in the use of standard and emerging art-related digital teaching equipment and technologies.
- Directs and performs professional quality image scanning, post-processing, digital copy photography and on-site photography of art/architecture for VR Collection.
- Does original cataloging of digital images, conducts research, and uses appropriate standard authorities and metadata systems for storage in digital assets management systems.
- Evaluates, selects and purchases/licenses digital images from subscription services, commercial sources and museums.
- Provides research reference information and information about copyright issues; locates art images from vendors, museums, printed sources and on the World Wide Web for special publications and research projects of faculty and student patrons.
- Acts as liaison to LIS, conducts workshops, and serves as information specialist and advisor to various campus entities regarding visual resources issues.
- Creates and maintains Visual Resources Collection and other websites.
- Maintains collection statistics and writes an Annual Report.
- Prepares and administers VR Collection operating budget.
- Selects and orders equipment and supplies for digital image production, and for the VR facility.
- Engages in professional activity, attends professional conferences and workshops.
- General Responsibilities
- Performs other related duties as assigned.
- Master’s degree in Art History or Library Science or equivalent related experience.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
- Art historical expertise.
- Excellent computer skills.
- Knowledge of electronic imaging technology.
- Ability to apply new technology to the development of new instructional methods for art history courses.
- Knowledge of professional photographic methods and techniques.
- Excellent interpersonal, communication and writing skills.
- 3-5 years experience managing and directing a Visual Resources Collection, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.
More information and application: https://middlebury.peopleadmin.com/postings/13418
FREELANCE INVENTORY/CATALOG OPPORTUNITY
An ideal opportunity for a seasoned librarian looking for a unique challenge, recent library school graduate eager to gain some extra experience, or for a library school student as a possible independent project toward a professional degree.
Avid art collectors, Walter and Lucille Rubin, have assembled an impressive 4,000 item art history collection in need of professional organizing, inventorying and possible cataloging in preparation to donate to an art museum. The collection includes monographs, periodicals, art catalogs and related ephemera from the late 19th and early 20th century. The majority of the collection focuses on American art while the remainder covers European art. The materials, housed in a dedicated room within an office building, are currently located in Boca Raton.
The Rubins are true art collectors and have gathered their art and art history collection over many decades. They have exhibited their American art collection at the Boca Raton Museum of Art in the past as well as several other art institutions. The Rubins are also the founders of the Walter and Lucille Rubin Foundation, a charitable organization which funds art and medical-related initiatives.
If this project appeals to you on a professional and/or an art-enthusiast level, please contact Mr. & Mrs. Rubin directly for further details:
(561) 496-6474 (H)
(561) 873-4092 (C)
Link to post (Word Doc): http://www.pbcla.org/s/Freelance-Opportunity-Walter-Lillian-Rubin-Art-Collection.docx
Job Post Website: http://www.pbcla.org/jobs
The Mildred Hawn Exhibition Gallery in the Jake and Nancy Hamon Arts Library, SMU, serves a central role of community engagement in the arts. The mission of the gallery is to hold exhibitions by student and faculty members and professionals in the performing and visual arts, regionally, nationally and abroad, which center on academic areas represented in the Hamon Arts Library’s collections and the curriculum of the Meadows School of the Arts and to encourage and share critical discourse with its patron community. These exhibitions serve as a provocative and extended experience in the learning environment of Hamon and Meadows through its installations, gallery talks and Hamon blog.
Reporting to the Director of the Hamon Arts Library, the Curatorial Fellow manages all elements of the exhibitions in the Hawn Gallery and adjoining lobby area in the Hamon Arts Library. The Curatorial Fellow will develop their exhibition program in conversation with the Hawn Gallery Exhibition Committee, working closely with the Director of the Hamon Arts Library. The duties include:
- Plan, develop, and coordinate two to three gallery exhibitions for installation during the 2016- 2017 academic term
- Manage administrative requirements, including loan forms, shipment arrangements, installation schedules, and related matters
- Coordinate installation and de-installation of exhibitions, program events, activities, gallery talks, and Hamon Blog posts related to the exhibitions
- Develop strategies to expand and promote audience engagement among artists, students, faculty, and library staff at SMU and in the Dallas community
- Develop marketing materials for exhibitions and related events, including press releases and publicity kits, blog posts, and contributions to social media
- Participate in archiving exhibitions, in coordination with library staff
Education and Experience:
- Master’s degree in Art History, Curatorial Studies, or Museum Studies (required)
- Experience mounting exhibitions and handling works of art in a gallery or museum (required)
- Educational background in Contemporary art is preferred
- Experience working in a library environment is a plus