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Job Posting: Collections Manager/Librarian, The Center for Book Arts, NYC

Part-time Temporary $20 per hour, 15-20 hours a week

The Center for Book Arts seeks a collections specialist or librarian to oversee the ongoing documentation and management of the Center’s permanent collections, including the Reference Library, Fine Arts Collections, and Archives. This is a temporary part-time grant-funded position with possibility for growth to permanent.


  • Document and catalogue works (primarily reference materials and fine art works including artist books, art objects, limited editions) in the Center’s collections
  • Supervise cataloguing interns, collections photography, and rehousing volunteers, including recruiting and training Respond to collections related inquiries from the public and from the Center’s artist community
  • Work with the Executive Director/Curator to organize the Permanent Collections Spotlight exhibitions
  • Help to create and institute internal circulation procedures for the Reference Library Conduct other collections-related research and administration as needed Assist with the arrangement of traveling exhibitions
  • Oversee loans of items from the Permanent Collection to other institutions
  • Conduct, at times, group tours of the Center Qualifications

Required education: MLS or arts/museum collection management degree or certificate

  • Prior experience working in a museum, library, or archives context
  • Experience in cataloguing and/or special collections management strongly preferred
  • Experience in the physical handling or housing of rare books or works on paper
  • Ability to carry, move, and pack heavier artworks if necessary
  • High comfort level with computers and other technology
  • Proficient with Microsoft Excel Experience with Photoshop and scanners
  • Experience with Collective Access or other database system required
  • Comfortable multitasking in an open office and lively studio/gallery environment
  • Proactive and self-motivated Interest in bookbinding, letterpress printing, history of the book, and other book arts a plus

About the Center for Book Arts

The Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of both contemporary and traditional artistic practices related to the book as an art object. Founded in 1974, the Center for Book Arts is unique among art organizations in New York as the only venue at which visitors can view exhibitions of contemporary book arts in the context of an active studio. The Center has produced over 300 exhibitions, involving more than 10,000 artists. The Center offers an extensive selection of 150 classes & workshops annually, along with lectures, readings, and other public programs.

Application Instructions / Public Contact Information

Applications are due PREFERABLY by January 19, 2016 To Apply: Send cover letter, and resume via email: jobs@centerforbookarts.org with the subject matter “Collections Manager”

More information and application: https://www.nyfa.org/Jobs/Show/fbf0a853-48c9-4146-b472-281bbddbf1aa

Book As Sculpture Exhibition at Dodd Research Center

A cool exhibition at the Dodd Research Center highlights works created by students in a first year studio foundation art class.  Here’s the word from the Dodd’s blog:

Given as an assignment to a first year studio foundation art class, students were challenged to consider the function of the book and encouraged to rethink its form as sculptural object. Additionally, the students were inspired by viewing some of the diverse forms of one-of-a- kind and limited edition artists’ books housed at the Dodd Research Center…

Through a series of transformative gestures and repetitive actions such as folding, cutting, scoring, curling, punching, incising and shredding, the function of book as object of information is transformed into structure, sculpture. These repetitive acts, to the point of exaggeration, have created new and startling physical shapes that we take notice of first. For some of the creators, the book’s title helped prompt an action informing us of the book’s potential content.  For others, a singular process took shape without considering the book’s original intention. Irony, wit, poetic reference, and obsessive gesture push the book’s singular recognizable form into a new physical shape. Some of the pages turn, but the text is not the text of legibility. Others offer the viewer a window into the process of alteration.

Book As Sculpture Exhibition
Through April 30, 2011,
Monday-Friday 10-4
Dodd Research Center
John P. McDonald Reading Room
University of Connecticut
405 Babbidge Road, Unit 1205
Storrs, CT 06269-1205

(h/t: Fresh Pickin’s)