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Job Posting: Library Assistant, National Portrait Gallery, London

The National Portrait Gallery’s Heinz Archive and Library is an important research facility housing a unique collection of reference material relating to British portraiture including 80,000 prints and drawings, 600,000 photographic and other reproductions of portraits, a collection of artists’ papers and research papers, the official records of the Gallery and a library of 40,000 books and 150 periodical titles.

Main duties:

Principal tasks include, in conjunction with the other Library Assistants:

  • Coordinating the indexing of portraits illustrated or recorded in library publications according to established guidelines. This includes selecting images for indexing, creating electronic index records, and supervising volunteers who contribute to this work.
  • Processing and maintaining library stock, performing edits in the library catalogue, participating in preservation activities, assisting with reorganisation of materials, and contributing to other ongoing projects working with books, periodicals and other published materials
  • Supporting the public service of the Archive & Library, including, when required, invigilating the Public Study Room: keeping the appointments diary; answering preliminary enquiries in person, by telephone and in writing; providing general introductions and assistance; ensuring that conditions of access are observed and that fragile materials are handled safely; ensuring that visiting researchers, members of the public and staff can access the information they require.
  • Helping to maintain the Public Study Room facilities in good order (e.g. photocopier, computers, finding aids, reference material, microform equipment).
  • Undertaking ad-hoc projects and any other duties that may be required by the Head of Archive & Library or the Librarian.

The Library Assistant has day-to-day contact with the public and other gallery staff, and is responsible for providing them with an efficient and friendly information service.

The post holder will spend one day on duty in the Public Study Room (one half day on the enquiry desk and the other on call). The other day will be spent on other tasks, with special responsibility for indexing.

More information and application: http://www.npg.org.uk/about/jobs/library-assistant.php

Job Posting: Library Assistant, University of Cambridge, Faculty of Architecture and History of Art Library, UK

The Faculty of Architecture and History of Art Library is looking for an enthusiastic and motivated library assistant to join our small and experienced dedicated and friendly Library team.  You will provide support for the two part-time Faculty Librarians in delivering information services tailored to the specific needs of Faculty Library users, undergraduates and postgraduates alike. You will have excellent interpersonal and communication skills and a demonstrable commitment to providing an excellent customer service.

You will play a key role in supporting the Faculty Librarians in delivering reader services. You will need to demonstrate an ability to think creatively, to problem-solve, and adapt quickly to changes in a busy work environment. You should be proactive and be able to engage positively and confidently with team members and library users.

You will assist with communication to users on a daily basis using email and web interfaces, and develop effective ways of promoting key library services. You will work to promote the library and its provision of newly purchased books and communicate new and existing online resources using various technologies and social media applications, as well as making a contribution to new initiatives, projects and in-house displays.

Accuracy and attention to detail are essential, as is the ability to work cooperatively in a team.

Some knowledge and interest of art and/or architecture as an academic discipline would be desirable.

Full posting and application: http://www.jobs.ac.uk/job/AMG585/library-assistant/

Job Posting: Librarian, Victoria & Albert Museum, London

£ 26137 – 31414 – Per Annum Full-time – (36 hours per week)

The V&A is the world’s leading museum of art and design. We enrich people’s lives by promoting the practice of design and increasing knowledge, understanding and enjoyment of the designed world.

The National Art Library at the V&A is Britain’s foremost public research and reference library on art and design, historical and contemporary. The NAL is also a key resource for the staff of the V&A, and is the Museum’s curatorial department for the art and design of the book and publishing.

We are seeking a Librarian to join the NAL Collections team, which is responsible for developing and documenting the Library’s collections and information resources. You will be an expert cataloguer with experience of modern library systems and standards, and with a demonstrable interest in art and design subjects and resources. You will be a results-orientated individual, and able to motivate others. You will be a confident communicator at all levels, and committed to participating directly in information services to the public.

Closing date: 13 November 2015

Application: http://www.vam.ac.uk/content/jobs/apply/

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


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 ….



SAH Membership Grant for Emerging Professionals

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.

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)

Summer Study Abroad Course: “Follow the Fringe”

Summer Study Abroad Course: “Follow the Fringe”, 2nd Season.  Application period closes February 14.  Space is limited!.

The University of Maryland, College of Information Studies, Maryland’s iSchool, announces a Study Abroad course offering this summer.  Directed by Mary Edsall Choquette, iSchool faculty, the course, “Follow the Fringe: Documentation and Preservation of Cultural Movements in Media,” offers 12 students the opportunity to travel to Scotland and participate in the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014.

The course introduces students to the fundamentals of archival documentation and preservation of, and access to, performance activity information.  It specifically focuses on documentation and preservation of movement phenomena performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe 2014.  Students will research and follow a performance group from the CalArts Festival Theater Summer Program, California Institute of the Arts, which has participated in the Edinburgh Festival for11 years.

The Festival Fringe in Edinburgh is the oldest performance festival of its type.  While several “fringe festivals” now happen in cities in the United States, the Edinburgh festival is the mother of all and has the historical elements making it most worthy of initial research and practical experience.  It provides a unique experience to investigate strategies for documentation of performance phenomena and the creation of archives, adding to the history of the event.

Building on a model for live performance documentation and preservation created by Dr. Choquette, students will plan a documentation strategy specific to this project; implement that strategy; collect the resulting media and data in a digital archive; and place the digital archive in a shared repository in Edinburgh, at CalArts, and at the University of Maryland.  Students will also create metadata for access purposes.

Students will live and work for 2 weeks in the heart of Edinburgh, among thousands of people performing and working at the festival as well as audience participants and the residents of the city.  This provides a unique experience of living in a city being lit by culture 24/7 during the 2-week stay.

Students will be exposed to real life in Scotland through tours of libraries and archives, and independent touring experiences and will be exposed to the world of festival culture through practical experiences; by living among festival participants; and through audience activities.  Students will blog regularly and tweet daily about their experiences; resulting data will be included in the digital archive.

Throughout these various experiences, students will document and collect found cultural information and will collectively produce a digital “Movement Mash-up Mural” upon return from Scotland.  The Mural will be premiered at a public event at Maryland’s iSchool.

This course directly relates to the iSchool’s mission of engaging in collaborative and innovative research, teaching, and service.  It also responds to the iSchool’s vision of transforming the way individuals, organizations, and communities connect with information.  The course also reflects the iSchool’s commitment to diversity and community across cultures.

The schedule for the course is as follows:

Start date*:  7/15/2014
Date of departure from US: 7/27/2014
Earliest return date: 8/10/2014
End date*: 8/19/2014
*On campus workshop dates TBA.

For more information on the  “Follow the Fringe” course and to apply for admission, please see the online course brochure:

Questions can also be directed to Mary Edsall Choquette:  mechoque@umd.edu

IFLA/ekz LIS Student Paper Award 2014

The IFLA Education & Training Section in collaboration with ekz.bibliotheksservice GmbH has the pleasure to announce the 6th IFLA/ekz LIS Student Paper Award for 2014.

The IFLA/ekz LIS Student Paper Award will honour students of Library and Information Science whose abstract submissions have been accepted by any IFLA Section or IFLA Unit to be presented at the upcoming 80th IFLA Congress, 16–22 August, 2014 in Lyon, France http://conference.ifla.org/ifla80.

Three finalists will be recognized for their outstanding achievements. From these three finalists, the winner will be chosen and receive the IFLA Congress registration fee plus grant for economy airfare and economical lodging to attend the IFLA Congress 2014, in total up to 1000 €.  The winner will also receive a 1 year free IFLA membership, plus the recommendation for publication of the paper in the IFLA Journal. Second and third place finalists will receive a certificate plus 1 year free IFLA Education & Training Section membership.

The finalists will be announced in May 2014. The winner will be announced officially during the Press Conference of the Congress in Lyon.

For details, please visit: http://www.ifla.org/set/student-paper-award

Last date of submission of applications: 1 May 2014

Call for Papers: 7th International Digital Curation Conference

7th International Digital Curation Conference
CALL FOR PAPERS Title: “Public? Private? Personal? navigating the open data landscape”
5 – 7 December 2011
Bristol, UK

IDCC11 will be presented by the Digital Curation Centre, UK in partnership with the Coalition for Networked Information (CNI). The Programme Committee invites submissions of papers that reflect current concerns in digital curation and specific concerns arising from our conference theme:

  • Lessons learned from the inter-disciplinary use of open data: examples of enablers, barriers and success stories
  • Curation of mixed data collections, with open and sensitive or private content
  • Gathering evidence for benefits of data sharing
  • Building capacity for the effective management, sharing and reuse of open data
  • Scale issues in the management of sensitive data
  • Tensions between maintaining quality and openness
  • Linked data, open data, closed data and provenance
  • Technical and organisational solutions for data security
  • Developing new metrics for open data
  • Ethical issues and personal data
  • Legislation and open data

Full details of the Call for Papers can be found at:


Submissions will be accepted from 9 May 2011.

International Librarianship event at Baruch College

SLA-NY invites you to an exclusive students-only event on International Librarianship featuring Jane Kinney Meyers, founder of the Lubuto Library Project.

Jane Kinney Meyers is a professional librarian with 20 years of experience working and living in Africa. While living in Malawi for four years, she developed a network of research libraries for the country’s Ministry of Agriculture under the auspices of the World Bank. Ten years later she returned to neighboring Zambia, where she worked on projects for the American Library Association and Johns Hopkins University. While there, she became involved with services to street children offered by the Fountain of Hope, a drop-in shelter in Lusaka, Zambia. Serving on the shelter’s board, she established a reading program and created a library for the children. Upon her return to the U.S. in 2001, she developed the concept, approach and organization of the Lubuto Library Project, based on the success and impact of the library in Lusaka.

Please join us at Baruch College on Thursday, April 14, 2011 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm for a presentation and meet-and-greet with Jane. This event will take place in Room 135 at Baruch’s conveniently located Information and Technology Building at 151 East 25th Street in Manhattan. Please announce your presence at the Public Safety Desk just before the turnstiles to gain admittance into the building. For a map to Baruch, visit:


Please RSVP by noon on Wednesday, April 13th at http://tinyurl.com/april142011.

All students are welcome – SLA Membership is encouraged but not required in order to attend this event.

Student-designed ARLIS/ANZ Website Prototype Chosen

Since September of this year, the ARLIS/ANZ President’s blog detailed the exciting process of choosing a new website designed by Communication Design students at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia.

In September President Ellen Thompson reported that students were,

“looking at ways to incorporate blogging, wiki and forum technology into the Arlis/ANZ site itself, so that eventually we don’t have to hang third-party freeware off the site, and can communicate with each other and our Chapter colleagues from within our ‘home’. The only way is up, in terms of the functionality we can expect from our future Arlis/ANZ site”

Indeed, the chosen website design does everything mentioned above, and more! Check out the prototype, which is up for demonstration purposes, but awaiting more substantial content. They’ve incorporated space for an image gallery, videos, discussion forums (with spaces for each chapter), a wiki, and more!

Best wishes to the ARLIS/ANZ group on their stunning new web presence!

Hello from Arlis/ANZ

Hi ArliSNAP and Sara – who left a kind comment on my new blog, which I’m using to communicate with the Australian and New Zealand Arlis group.

Arlis/ANZ is only just beginning to use this technology to help our membership communicate and interact – spread as we are over two countries and many thousands of kilometres with only a relatively small membership in terms of numbers. Your comment about how useful blogging technology has been in the ArliSNAP environment is inspiring, and encouraging to me that this is indeed the way to go.

I’m very happy to have had contact from a sister Society and would welcome visitors to our site and our blog – please leave any comments or suggestions that you think might be useful as we follow your lead in the use of this technology. http://www.arlis.org.au/home.htm

kind regards

Ellen Thompson

President – Arlis/ANZ