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Meet the ARLIS/NA SIGs Series: Decorative Arts SIG

Meet the ARLIS/NA SIGS: An ArLiSNAP blog series introducing you to the ARLIS special interest groups

Coordinators: Beth Goodrich, Beth Hylen

How can students and new professionals get involved in your SIG? And/or are there any projects in progress that need support they can provide?

One of our main communication tools for the SIG has been the blog and WordPress site.  While we have made postings to the site on occasion, it has been irregular, and the co-coordinators have found it difficult to maintain the site on a regular basis.  A great opportunity for a new member would be to take over the maintenance of the site and solicit content from SIG members to post.  Content could be in the form of announcements of new projects, online exhibitions to feature, or reposting of content for members’ institutional websites. All members are encouraged to contribute content for the blog.

Most years, the Decorative Arts SIG sponsors a session at the annual ARLIS/NA conference. We encourage everyone to suggest ideas, develop them into a session, and/or participate as a speaker/moderator.

Any of our ongoing projects such as the Directory of decorative arts libraries, or research into craft history curricula would also be good projects for students or new members to take part in.

What actions has your group taken to adapt to remote community engagement? What has worked well? What lessons have you learned?

We had our annual SIG meeting via Zoom in April, during what would have been the 2020 conference.  We had attendance that was similar in numbers to what we would typically see at the conference, so that was encouraging that members still want to engage as a group.  We are in the process of planning another fall meeting of the SIG via Zoom to pick up on our ongoing projects, discuss DEI initiatives at ARLIS/NA that the SIG can align with, and to prepare for the 2021 conference.  Having regular online meetings, biannually or quarterly, may be something we will carry forward if there is interest.  

From your perspective, what are actions that can be taken within your SIG and the broader field of art information in order to examine the lack of diversity and develop networks of support for communities of color and specifically Black information professionals?

Taking a hard look at decolonizing collections and inviting in resources to actively investigate the hidden narratives of black artists. We would like to see the SIG do some deep exploration of resources that will tell these narratives, such as the Fashion and Race Database or the Black Craftspeople Digital Archive.  By collating a list of these types of resources, we may open an opportunity to connect with the creators of these resources and make a direct invitation to be a part of ARLIS/NA and/or the SIG.

How did you first hear about/join your SIG?

Beth G: I started the position as librarian at the American Craft Council in 2017.  My predecessor was co-coordinator of the Decorative Arts SIG and she asked me if I would be willing to continue her term in the position.  I have been co-coordinator with Beth Hylen since that time.

Beth H: As a reference librarian at The Corning Museum of Glass, I was immediately attracted to the Decorative Arts SIG. Linda Sakelson [spelling?] and a group of us revitalized the SIG about a decade ago. It’s a small group, so it’s easy to get involved and make a difference.

What are the main topics of conversation for your SIG right now? Has there been any unexpected or fruitful conversation in the past year?

Craft History curriculum in higher education:  One of our members, Joan Benedetti, has been interested in compiling a list of programs in which a discreet curriculum of the history of craft is taught.  She is looking at the types of courses, the instructors, and the types of programs (degree earning, craft school) that exist, and the hope is to advocate for more robust craft history curricula.

Directory of decorative arts library collections:  This has been a topic for a number of years, to compile a directory of libraries with dedicated or substantial collections of resources pertaining to the decorative arts.  This would be a great project for students or new group members to become involved in.

Montreal 2020:  Members of the SIG were planning to present a session at the 2020 conference “Now Screening: How Films and Video Enhance Documentation of the Decorative Arts.”  We have been invited to take this presentation to the 2021 conference, so we will need to begin planning soon.

How has this SIG enhanced your professional life?

Being a member of the Decorative Arts SIG has given me the opportunity to meet other library professionals with similar collections, which is especially important to me as a solo librarian.  I am able to collaborate with and discuss topics and issues with other library professionals, which I cannot do with my organization colleagues.  Being a part of the SIG has also given me a deeper awareness of the collections and resources that exist relevant to the decorative arts, which is helpful to me in connecting my patrons with the resources and information they need. 

How can we get connected with or learn more about your SIG? (primary platform for sharing, etc.)

We post information about meetings, member events, and maintain resource lists on our WordPress site, http://decarts.arlisna.org/ .  We have an email Google group to which we will also send announcements.

Members can also contact us directly with questions, Beth Goodrich bgoodrich@craftcouncil.org and Beth Hylen ehylen@stny.rr.com 

What is an emerging trend you see happening in your particular area of interest?

Interest in craft history, as mentioned above in the topics of interest above.  

Critical craft studies (see Warren Wilson College MA in Critical Craft Studies https://www.warren-wilson.edu/programs/ma-in-craft/ )

Currently, there are important conversations relating to the lack of diversity within the glass field. Are there ways our SIG members’ libraries can help?: https://www.glassart.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/06/Important_Message_GASnews_Spring_2020_FINAL.pdf 

Diversity and making space for underrepresented voices is a hot topic in the field of craft lately.  Conversations around this topic have been front and center of recent programs at the American Craft Council.  See the Preview Party conversation for San Francisco Bay Area Craft Week, which included a conversation between Nate Watson (author of the above open letter to the Glass Art Society) and Gyongy Laky.  See also the American Craft Forum: Craft Thinking Part 2 on the American Craft Council website.  This conversation with members of the craft field centers around craft as a social practice art form, advocating for underrepresented voices and equity.  Part 2: (Re)centering craft in our Social Lives.

How have the members of your SIG been contributing to their field of practice or study in that area?

See mention above of Joan Benedetti’s research efforts in identifying craft history curricula.  The hope is to publish in some way a resource list online that would be helpful for those interested in the study of the history of decorative arts.

As you look ahead, what are your goals, vision, or dreams for your SIG for the next year?

We would like to see the SIG meet more often than the annual meeting at the national conference, and I think using an online platform will make that possible.  Providing some resources for the SIG that illuminate underrepresented narratives in the decorative arts is essential at this time.  I would like to see members look at all projects with a critical eye toward advancing diverse collections, resources and services.  And I hope to see increased interest in the SIG, with more young professionals taking an active role.

Job Posting: Collections Manager, Baylor University, Waco, TX

Purpose

The purpose of this position is to serve the Art’s Department by assisting the Martin Museum of Art Director with the conservation and maintenance of all art collections managed by the Martin Museum of Art, and work with the Office of Internal Audit with the research and management of artwork on campus.

Job Duties

Essential Functions:

  • Maintain McMullen Family Collection.
  • Conservation and management of all artwork managed by the Martin Museum of Art.
  • Update computerized records and research information associated with collection items and artwork managed by the Martin Museum of Art.
  • Assist with multiple aspects of exhibitions including installation, insurance reporting, condition reporting, and shipping.
  • Additional duties as assigned.

Required Education: Master’s
Field of Study: Art, Art History, Museum Studies, or a related field
Other Required Qualifications:

  • Experience in museum collections required (1 year minimum, 3 years preferred).
  • All employees are expected to fully support Baylor’s mission to educate men and women for worldwide leadership and service by integrating academic excellence and Christian commitment within a caring community.

Full job description: https://www1.baylor.edu/jobdescription/?posn=312405

Full post: http://jobs.baylor.edu/postings/1430

Jobs: Summer student jobs with the Halton Region Municipality, Milton, ON

I’m assuming these are Young Canada Works jobs, though I don’t see it explicitly stated. Regardless, it’s about that time again for summer jobs in cultural heritage:

Exhibit Technician Summer Student

http://www.rcip-chin.gc.ca/application/emplois-jobs/detailler-detail.app;jsessionid=3B4047020DB44C4274710FD14E9D3157?rID=4070&coID=10&rpp=10&pID=1&lang=en

To work with the Museum team to develop exhibits. This position will work with the Museum on the design and fabrication of exhibit elements. The Exhibit Technician will also assist the Museum team with other curatorial tasks, including collections management, exhibit planning and preventive conservation.

Community and Outreach Programmer Summer Student

http://www.rcip-chin.gc.ca/application/emplois-jobs/detailler-detail.app?rID=4068&coID=10&rpp=10&pID=2&lang=en

To work with the Education and Community Coordinator in the planning and development of community and outreach programs to take to local events and festivals. This position will be responsible for travel throughout the region to deliver programming and will also assist with the delivery of onsite programs such as school groups and the museum’s summer camp program. As part of the programming department this position will work closely with the School and Camp Programmer and Public Programmer.

Collections Technician Summer Student

http://www.rcip-chin.gc.ca/application/emplois-jobs/detailler-detail.app?rID=4067&coID=10&rpp=10&pID=2&lang=en

To work with the Assistant Curator/Collections Coordinator to develop a plan and begin re-housing objects within the museum’s collections storage areas. This position will also work closely with the Digitization Technician Summer Student to ensure that re-housed collections are catalogued and tracked in the collections database. The Collections Technician will assist with other curatorial tasks, including collections management and exhibit development.

Digitization Technician Summer Student

http://www.rcip-chin.gc.ca/application/emplois-jobs/detailler-detail.app;jsessionid=3B4047020DB44C4274710FD14E9D3157?rID=4069&coID=10&rpp=10&pID=1&lang=en

To work with the Assistant Curator/Collections Coordinator to digitize the Museum’s photograph and archival collections. This position will be responsible for maintaining metadata standards for digitized materials and will assist in improving the data within the Museum’s PastPerfect database. This position will also work closely with the Collections Technician Summer Student to ensure that collections are catalogued and tracked in the collections database. The Digitization Technician will also assist with other curatorial tasks, including collections management and exhibit development.

Job Posting: Collection Strategy Librarian, Savannah College of Art and Design, GA

SCAD seeks a talented collection strategy librarian to develop and maintain the print and digital resources students need to succeed.

In this role you will acquire, develop and maintain print materials for Savannah and Lacoste libraries as well as enable access to electronic resources that are shared across all SCAD locations.

In collaboration with library staff and academic departments, you will lead the ongoing assessment, maintenance and status of these collections. Working with the head librarians of Hong Kong, Atlanta and Savannah, you will assess campus and student needs and ensure resources are vetted, accessible and evaluated accordingly in terms of use, cost, currency and curricular relevance.

The ideal candidate has at least two years of library experience that includes electronic resources management, acquisitions and collection development in an academic library. A thorough understanding of online resources, including awareness of issues of vendors, packages, digital platforms, licensing, pricing models and financial and statistical management needs is crucial.

You should also have prior experience with licensing and negotiating contracts with library vendors and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively to achieve common goals, manage statistical data and generate reports.

Requirements:

– Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited program
– Excellent oral and written communication skills

More information and application: https://scadjobs.scad.edu/postings/12917

Job Posting: Collection Strategy Librarian, Savannah College of Art and Design, GA

SCAD seeks a talented collection strategy librarian to develop and maintain the print and digital resources students need to succeed.

In this role you will acquire, develop and maintain print materials for Savannah and Lacoste libraries as well as enable access to electronic resources that are shared across all SCAD locations.

In collaboration with library staff and academic departments, you will lead the ongoing assessment, maintenance and status of these collections. Working with the head librarians of Hong Kong, Atlanta and Savannah, you will assess campus and student needs and ensure resources are vetted, accessible and evaluated accordingly in terms of use, cost, currency and curricular relevance.

The ideal candidate has at least two years of library experience that includes electronic resources management, acquisitions and collection development in an academic library. A thorough understanding of online resources, including awareness of issues of vendors, packages, digital platforms, licensing, pricing models and financial and statistical management needs is crucial.

You should also have prior experience with licensing and negotiating contracts with library vendors and the ability to work both independently and collaboratively to achieve common goals, manage statistical data and generate reports.

Requirements:

– Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited program
– Excellent oral and written communication skills

More information and application: https://scadjobs.scad.edu/postings/12061

Job Postings in Canada: YCW edition, part ???

Summer Librarian / Curatorial Assistant, Norfolk Historical Society/Eva Brook Donly Museum & Archives, Simcoe, ON

http://www.rcip-chin.gc.ca/emplois-jobs/voir-view/detailler-detail-eng.app?id=3190&p_nav_perpage=10&p_nav_from=21

http://www.rcip-chin.gc.ca/emplois-jobs/voir-view/detailler-detail-eng.app?id=3188&p_nav_perpage=10&p_nav_from=21

The Summer Librarian will assist the Curator in the care, cataloguing, and record keeping of the museum’s extensive local history and genealogy reference library and rare books collection including data entry in the collection database and physical storage optimization. The Summer Librarian will also assist Archives and Library staff with research requests. They will compile finding aids, indexes, and book listings for upload to the Norfolk Historical Society website.

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The Curatorial Assistant will assist the Curator in the care, cataloguing, and record keeping of the museum’s collections including data entry in the collection database and physical storage optimization. They will research, design, and install temporary displays using the museum’s reference library and collections. The Curatorial Assistant will also research historical letters and journals from Norfolk County for the upcoming autumn exhibit.

Curatorial Assistant / Collections Assistant, the McLaren Art Centre, Barrie, ON

http://www.rcip-chin.gc.ca/emplois-jobs/voir-view/detailler-detail-eng.app?id=3195&p_nav_perpage=10&p_nav_from=11

http://www.rcip-chin.gc.ca/emplois-jobs/voir-view/detailler-detail-eng.app?id=3194&p_nav_perpage=10&p_nav_from=11

The MacLaren Art Centre seeks a summer student to assist with various curatorial duties. Working closely with the Curator/Registrar, the student will be exposed to a range of tasks, including: organizing an exhibition of Carl Beam prints from the MacLaren’s collection, assisting with exhibition installations and dismantlements, assisting with circulating exhibitions, and researching and drafting justifications for proposed acquisitions.

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The MacLaren Art Centre seeks a summer student to assist with various collections duties. Working closely with the Curator/Collections Manager, the student will be exposed to a range of duties, including: researching and writing justifications for new acquisitions, cataloguing books into the internal research library, updating location tags in Mimsy and curating a virtual exhibition on women in the Soviet Union from the Sovfoto Archive at the MacLaren.

Curatorial Assistant, Gallery 1C03, The University of Winnipeg, MB

http://www.rcip-chin.gc.ca/emplois-jobs/voir-view/detailler-detail-eng.app?id=3150

Programming: Working under the supervision of Gallery 1C03’s Director/Curator, the Intern will assist with the organization and presentation of a University of Winnipeg faculty, staff, and student exhibition. Tasks include assisting with promotion via social media and other means, assisting with exhibit installation, creating artwork labels, attending the exhibition during public hours of operation, assisting with de-installation of exhibit. The Intern will also organize and carry out a two-day, off-site, educational art workshop or other public program during the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival as part of a city-wide art gallery public program project.

Collections Management: Working under the supervision of Gallery 1C03’s Director/Curator, the Intern will conduct an inventory of selected works in the collection and carry out on-campus artwork loan requests. Through this process the intern will help the Art Curator identify and prioritize selected pieces for conservation treatment as the University’s budget allows. The Intern will also input appraisal values for those works where that information had not been entered but for which there exist paper records. If time allows, the Intern will assist in the development and distribution of exhibition and copyright release forms for selected works in the collection.

Curatorial Research: The Intern will conduct research on selected artworks in the collection identified by the Director/Curator in preparation for a forthcoming conservation and/or exhibition projects.

Art Collection Library Management: Gallery 1C03 also oversees a small library of publications on contemporary and historical Canadian art. The Intern will accession new titles into the library collection database, and participate in the distribution of the Gallery’s publications to other institutions to make them available to researchers.

 

Job Posts in Canada this week: Young Canada Works, part three

Museum Assistant – Research Intern, Langley Centennial Museum, Langely, BChttp://www.civicjobs.ca/101.asp?jobpostingid=26529&description=&provcode=BC&rid=&employer=&location=&pcid=82&searchby=yes&submit=+Go+#.VTEJ2PnF-Ig

As a student employee in the Recreation, Culture, and Parks Division of the Township of Langley, the incumbent will work on a short-term research project at the Langley Centennial Museum.  The project will be an investigation into the work of the Royal Engineers – Columbia Detachment 1858 to 1863 and their role in the settlement, development and security of the newly formed Colony of British Columbia and an investigation into the life and achievements of Sapper Philip Jackman – the last surviving member of the Columbia Detachment, community pioneer and former Reeve/Mayor of the Township of Langley.

The Incumbent will also work under the supervision of the Museum’s Curator in the areas of collections and exhibitions programs planning, development and execution to the benefit of the greater community and museum visitors.

Programming Assistant / Collections Assistant (Summer Student), Wetaskiwin & District Heritage Museum, Wetaskiwin, AB

http://www.rcip-chin.gc.ca/emplois-jobs/voir-view/detailler-detail-eng.app?id=3076&p_nav_perpage=10&p_nav_from=31

http://www.rcip-chin.gc.ca/emplois-jobs/voir-view/detailler-detail-eng.app?id=3075&p_nav_perpage=10&p_nav_from=31

The Collections Assistant will be an integral member of the Heritage Museum team through their support in the area of collections management. The summer student will work with our Collections Manager to improve collections procedures in the areas of storage, preservation, and expansion of information in the research files and collections database. The Collections Assistant will also have the opportunity to assist in other areas of museum operations including reception and programming.

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The Programming Assistant will be an integral member of the Heritage Museum team through their support with museum programs, events, and exhibits. Further, they will be given the opportunity to assist with the development, research, and presentation of several projects. The emphasis of this work will be their assistance with our “Women of Aspenland” program, which currently houses over 80 profiles of local women, and is the largest collection of its kind in Canada. For more on this project visit our website at www.wetasiwinmuseum.com. The Programming Assistant will also help with special events as well as tours, and have the opportunity to work in other areas of museum operations including reception, administration, and marketing.

Museum Programs Assistant, Philip J Currie Dinosaur Museum, Wembley, AB

http://curriemuseum1.staticmedia.ca/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/SummerEducationStudent.pdf

Job Duties: • Participate in promotion of programs through on-line material, school visits and community events • Create and present age-appropriate programming for both the public and school age children • Conduct Bonebed tours • Assist with developing educational material for museum interpretative programs

Museum Assistant, Miles Canyon Historic Railway Society, Whitehorse, YT

http://www.yuwin.ca/Jobs/Posting?Id=7068

The Miles Canyon Historic Railway Society (MCHRS) runs a local, community museum, called the Copperbelt Railway & Mining Museum. The museum assistant will be responsible for the general operations of the Museum.

Program Assistant, Wallaceburg & District Museum, Wallaceburg, ON

http://www.rcip-chin.gc.ca/emplois-jobs/voir-view/detailler-detail-eng.app?id=3137&

The successful candidate will split the majority of their time between expanding the museum’s Newspaper Index and running our children’s Summer Camp. The student employee will be recording interesting stories and historical details into a computer database for future reference. The Summer Camp will run for three weeks during the course of the contract period. The camp’s programs have already been created; the participant will be responsible for delivering, advertising and further developing these programs. In addition, the student will be expected to design and implement one day’s worth of new programming.

Researcher and Cataloguer / Digitizer, Holocaust Memorial Museum, Montreal 

http://www.mhmc.ca/media_library/files/2015_CSJ_Agent%20de%20Catalogage_JG.pdf

http://www.mhmc.ca/media_library/files/2015_CSJ_Recherchiste%20FR.pdf 

Description des tâches et des responsabilités: – Numérisation des artefacts et des photos selon les normes de conservation; – Documentation des artefacts et des photos selon les lignes directrices établies; – Transfert des fichiers à un catalogue en ligne; – Assister la Coordonnatrice Musée avec les dons d’archives.

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Responsabilités principales : Documenter la thématique générale de l’exposition; Produire un rapport de recherche; Repérer les collections, archives et autres ressources pertinentes pour le développement des contenus de l’exposition; Effectuer des recherches iconographiques.

And a summer job without the YCW stipulations:

Collections Assistant (Museum of Zoology), University of Alberta, Edmonton

http://www.careers.ualberta.ca/Competition/S106626227/

 Museums and Collection Services, University of Alberta invites applications for a self-motivated and energetic Collections Assistant. Reporting to the Collections Management Advisor (Natural Sciences), the successful candidate will work in a team environment to assist with the reorganization and storage upgrade of the University of Alberta Museum of Zoology’s Mammalogy Collection.