Reference Librarian at The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879, is a world-renowned art museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States. An encyclopedic museum, the Art Institute collects, preserves, and interprets works in every medium from all cultures and historical periods. With a collection of approximately 300,000 art works and artifacts, the museum has particularly strong holdings in Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting, contemporary art, early 20th century European painting and sculpture, Japanese prints, and photography. The museum’s 2009 addition, the Modern Wing, features the latest in green museum technology and 264,000 square feet dedicated to modern and contemporary art, photography, architecture and design, and new museum education facilities. In addition to displaying its permanent collection, the Art Institute mounts more than 30 special exhibitions per year and features lectures, gallery tours, and special performances on a daily basis

Position Summary

Provides reference, research, and instructional services. Supervises circulation, reception, interlibrary loan, photocopy and copy photography services. Oversees the library’s social media accounts.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

·         Provides reference service at the Reference Desk on a regularly scheduled basis, including Thursdayevenings. Provides reference and research services to museum staff on demand. Responds to written, telephone, and email reference questions as necessary.

·         Oversees incoming and outgoing interlibrary loan operations. Responds to other requests for loans and copies. Uses support and part-time staff as appropriate to provide timely and cost-effective services.

·         Supervises the Circulation Supervisor. Assists Circulation Supervisor with recruiting, training, and supervising full-time Reader Services support staff.

·         Works with the Digital Initiatives and Technologies Librarian to ensure that interlibrary loan hardware and software meet requirements and that the ExLibris Alma Circulation system and related equipment function properly and are used effectively.

·         Assists in providing bibliographic instruction, training and orientations for AIC staff, School of the Art Institute classes, the Libraries’ reference staff and other groups as necessary.

·         Promotes the libraries’ collections and services through developing social media and web content.

·         Serves on the Offsite Project team and Reference Team, as well as other library committees as required.

·         Conducts research and pursues special projects as required.

·         Supervises the Reader Services Department in the absence of the Head of Reader Services.

Qualifications

·         MLS from an ALA-accredited program.

·         Experience providing reference service and bibliographic instruction to a diverse patron base.

·         Experience assisting researchers with accessing archives and special collection materials.

·         Familiarity with major bibliographic tools (printed and electronic) and research methods for Art History.

·         Familiarity with library circulation procedures and trends in access services.

·         Familiarity with the interlibrary loan codes and guidelines, and experience with interlibrary loan borrowing and lending.

·         Experience working with websites, blogs, and social media.

·         Strong commitment to public service and excellent oral and written communication skills.

·         Ability to work collaboratively with staff from all areas of the library, museum, and school.

·         Supervisory and/or project management experience.

 **Please apply online at: https://hrweb.artic.edu/recruit/applyjob.html

The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Digital Asset Manager at The Menil Collection

The Menil Collection: Employment Opportunity

Title:                           Digital Asset Manager

Department:               Collection Management

Reports to:                  Chief Registrar

General Responsibilities

Reporting to the Chief Registrar, the Digital Asset Manager is charged with developing the infrastructure of the museum’s digital asset platform, and leading efforts in migrating and organizing exiting media, chiefly images, to meet the Menil Collection’s strategic digital initiatives and future implementation of a Digital Asset Management System (DAMS).

Specific Duties

  1. Work closely with the Menil Archives, and Curatorial, Communications, Publishing, External Affairs and Conservation Departments, to consolidate the museum-wide image and media usage and storage and establish consistent standards, policies, and procedures regarding the same.
  2. Create and enforce naming taxonomies and metadata scheme, tagging files with relevant and accurate metadata, enforcing asset file standards, and ensure application documentation is up-to-date.
  3. Distribute assets to internal users and external partners.
  4. Enforce digitization and photography standards.
  5. Lead training and education for staff.
  6. With the recent implementation of The Museum System (TMS) and Share Point software, and in the early stages of redeveloping the institution’s website, act as a vital hub within the museum’s larger digital and technological goals.
  7. Facilitate the integration of digital media assets into the TMS database from all museum departments, and work closely with IT staff and staff in departments across the institution to improve access to digital assets for daily use, special projects, and initiatives.
  8. Collaborate with and advise TMS administrator on configuration and customization of the TMS server application and other software for image handling and metadata application.
  9. Provide quality control for all metadata to assure accuracy and consistency across the institution. This includes the developing and managing of metadata tools, controlled vocabularies and other metadata standardization solutions.
  10. Assist in bringing existing assets up to appropriate standards, including reorganization of file directories and metadata cleanup projects.
  11. Provide functional support to individual staff DAM software users with technical support from the TMS administrator.
  12. Work closely with TMS administrator to improve and expand the distribution of and access to still image, video, and other digital assets for museum staff and external clients.

Qualifications

  1. BA or BS in Library Science, Museum Studies, Computer Science, or related field. Master’s degree preferred.
  2. 3-4 years practical experience in a museum, archives, or library image archive, including: database management, software administration, digital rights management, metadata standards and practices, file formatting, and data migration.
  3. Excellent communication skills, including the ability to collaborate with staff at all levels across the institution, and with outside organizations and vendors.
  4. Experience with TMS, digital asset management systems, and print and media technologies.
  5. A thorough understanding of intellectual property law, including “fair use” and similar copyright issues.
  6. Ability to work collaboratively with others as part of a team as well as independently.
  7. Must possess the drive and focus necessary to improve and expand the distribution of and access to the museum’s permanent collection and exhibition assets through digital media.
  8. Team player with the ability to organize information at a high level, multi-task in a fast-paced environment, and creatively solve problems.

Salary and benefits competitive and commensurate with experience.  Please send resume, cover letter, and salary expectations to:  Director of Human Resources, The Menil Collection, 1511 Branard Street, Houston, Texas 77006.  Application materials may also be emailed to:  smmaloch@menil.org.

 

 

 

Paid Fellowship Opportunity: 2017-18 Kress Fellowship in Art Librarianship

The Robert B. Haas Family Arts Library and the Research Library at the Yale Center for British Art will be accepting applications for the 2017-18 Kress Fellowship in Art Librarianship through February 1, 2017. Details of the fellowship and instructions on how to apply are at http://guides.library.yale.edu/kressfellowship.

Job Posting: Digital Collections Assistant, Ringling College of Art & Design, Sarasota, FL

Job Summary/Basic Function

Ringling College of Art and Design seeks an enthusiastic and creative Digital Collections Assistant (Library Technician III) for the Brizdle Schoenberg Special Collections Center at the Alfred R. Goldstein Library. The newly created Center has a collection of rare books and facsimiles with an emphasis in art, design, and architecture; a diverse survey of artists’ books; and a teaching collection of digital images. The Digital Collections Assistant will work closely with the Digital Curation and Special Collections Librarian to support the digital initiatives and daily activities of the Center.

The Digital Collections Assistant will participate in project planning, software evaluation, and digital preservation initiatives; develop a workflow for a wide range of digital projects; improve accessibility to the digital image collection including metadata creation; scan or photograph artists’ books for a visual discovery system; help create and preserve new digital assets, and contribute to online exhibitions and web-based bibliographies. The Assistant will also play a valuable role in the day-to-day activities of the public reading room, providing research and reference services and serving as the Special Collections Center supervisor in the absence of the Librarian.

The successful candidate will have experience or formal training in the development of digital collections; some experience working in an archives, special collections department, or museum; some knowledge of digital preservation; and some experience with content management systems and digital repositories. The ideal candidate will have a strong customer service orientation, a willingness to work in a team atmosphere, and excellent organizational skills. Knowledge or interest in visual resources and artists’ books a plus.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree in design, studio, art history, media arts, or related discipline
  • Expertise using both MAC and PC platforms
  • Expertise using photo editing and photo management software
  • Familiarity with scanning and photographic equipment
  • Ability to work well both independently and as part of a team
  • Ability to plan, implement, and assess work responsibilities
  • Excellent interpersonal, analytical, communication, and organizational skills
  • Ability to carefully handle rare, fragile, and mixed format archival materials

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in Library or Information Science or coursework or experience working in an archives, special collections department, or museum
  • Experience or formal training in the development of digital collections
  • Knowledge of digital preservation
  • Experience with content management systems and digital repositories
  • Knowledge of bibliographic conventions, and experience searching online catalogs
    or databases

Special Instructions to Applicants: Open until filled. For full consideration apply by January 8, 2016.

Full post: https://ringling.simplehire.com/postings/1489

Job Posting: Collections Management Associate, Sotheby’s, NYC

Overview:

Provide assistance to the Director of Collections Management. This division of Art Agency Partners is responsible for maintaining detailed and up-to-date records of our clients’ art collections, making shipping arrangements, coordinating installations, and managing conservation, loans, and framing needs.

Responsibilities:

  • Artwork cataloguing and database maintenance
  • Create and maintain accurate records for works of art
  • Liaise with galleries to collect cataloguing information
  • Archive and manipulate digital images
  • Create inventory reports and collector reports from File Maker (ArtBase)
  • Provide administrative support to Director of Collections Management
  • Scanning, filing, transcribing
  • Monitor and track timelines for shipments, loans, framing, conservation, etc.
  • Assist with scheduling of outside vendors
  • Assist with collection management needs
  • Obtain shipping and crating estimates
  • Collect and review condition reports
  • Create digital mock-ups
  • Assist with special projects

Qualifications:

  • Adept at handling sensitive and confidential information in a discreet and professional fashion
  • Operate with minimal supervision
  • Time management and ability to prioritize
  • Ability to both work independently and follow specific instructions
  • Strong working knowledge of Excel, Photoshop, ArtBase and
  • File Maker preferred
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Experience working with works of art
  • Detail oriented, discreet, diplomatic, dependable, proactive and mature

Full post: https://careers-sothebys.icims.com/jobs/2056/collections-management-associate/job

Job Posting: Librarian (Reference), National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC

Job Overview
Summary

This announcement has an APPLICATION LIMIT of 200 applications. Therefore applicants should apply as soon as possible. If the 200 application limit is not met previously, the Job Announcement will close at 11:59 pm EST on Friday, December 23, 2016. Applicants NEED to ensure they provide ALL supporting documentation at the time they apply to the vacancy announcement.

This position is within the staff of the Deputy Director (DD) in the Library Reader Services Department (DLR) of the National Gallery of Art (NGA). The purpose of this position is to provide a wide variety of highly specialized reference and reader services to NGA curatorial and administrative staff, CASVA staff and fellows, and organizations and individuals outside the Gallery.

This position is also being advertised under job announcement NGA-17-23A to all U.S. citizens and nationals under competitive examining procedures. Persons wishing to be considered under both announcements must apply separately to each.

Duties
The incumbent:

  • Assists Gallery staff, CASVA fellows, and outside readers in the use of the Library’s full range of resources and services available on-site which includes the Library ‘s online public access catalog, the Gallery’s collection management system, and others within and outside the Gallery’s internal network.
  • Answers reference questions received in person, by telephone, regular mail, electronic mail, and other online communications channels.
  • Discusses research needs with potential outside readers, explains and interprets policies governing library use, and refers readers to other libraries when appropriate.
  • Registers outside readers and informs them of library procedures and facilities.
  • Determines qualifications for library passes and issues them to accepted applicants.
  • Performs literature searches in the Library’s collections and specialized online resources.
  • Performs bibliographic checking in printed and online library catalogs as directed.
  • Assists in the preparation of instructional materials (such as orientation folders, finding aids, guides, and bibliographies) and in the development of a variety of bibliographic instruction programs on use of library resources.
  • Maintains and improves knowledge of printed and online resources in the arts and humanities fields.
  • Participates in the development of the reference collection by identifying, evaluating, and recommending print and online resources for purchase or subscription.
  • In conjunction with library and Gallery IT staff, develops, coordinates, and implements outreach programs for the general public on aspects of the library ‘s collections and resources.

Key Requirements

  • You must be a U.S. citizen to apply for this job.
  • Subject to a background/suitability investigation.
  • Designated and/or random drug testing may be required.
  • Selective Service Registration is required for males born after 12/31/1959.

Qualifications

SPECIALIZED EXPERIENCE: Applicants must have a minimum of one year of specialized experience at a level of difficulty and responsibility comparable to the next lower grade or comparable pay band in the Federal service or equivalent experience in the private sector.

Candidates must meet the Qualification Standards Handbook requirements for the GS-1410-9. This requires at least one year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal service OR two full years of progressively higher level graduate education or Master’s degree in library science which has been supplemented by coursework in both art history and Western European languages such as Italian, French, Dutch, German, and/or Spanish. Specialized experience is defined as responsibility for providing reference services within a research environment which required knowledge of art history and Western European languages such as Italian, French, Dutch, German, and/or Spanish to perform work assignments. Equivalent combinations of education and experience are qualifying for this grade level.

Candidates must reflect in their submitted USAJOBS résumés the possession of this specialized experience. If their résumés do not include such specialized experience, they will be ineligible for this position.

Those applicants who meet the minimum qualification requirements will be evaluated against these factors to determine the best-qualified candidates. Candidates should ensure their résumé and submitted materials clearly demonstrate possession of these factors to receive maximum employment consideration.

  • Knowledge of bibliographic searching methods, including obscure materials and foreign language publications, often from incomplete or inaccurate citations.
  • Knowledge of the literature of art history and humanities, particularly sources of information, bibliographic tools, reference works, and specialized subject collections.
  • Knowledge of the content and search methodology of highly specialized online bibliographic, periodical, image, and full-text databases.
  • Reading knowledge of at least two Western European languages, (preferably Italian and French) and familiarity with art historical and bibliographic terminology in the remaining major European languages.
  • Time-in-Grade: Current Federal employees must meet time-in-grade requirements by the closing date of this announcement to receive consideration under merit promotion procedures.

CTAP/ICTAP candidates: To be considered “well qualified” you must meet all of the requirements as described in this section.

You must meet all qualifications and eligibility requirements by the closing date of this announcement.

EDUCATION: Are you using education to qualify?

Although this position does not have a positive education requirement, you may submit copies of your transcripts or a course listing. You must provide documentation supporting your education claims.

Education must be obtained from an accredited institution recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Foreign education must be reviewed by an organization recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. For special instructions pertaining to foreign education and a list of organizations that can evaluate foreign education, see the Department of Education website.

Your resume serves as the basis for qualification determinations and must highlight your most relevant and significant work experience and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. Experience refers to paid and unpaid experience, including volunteer work done through National Service programs (e.g., Peace Corps, AmeriCorps) and other organizations (e.g., professional; philanthropic; religious; spiritual; community, student, social). Your resume must include the dates of all qualifying experience (from month/year to month/year) and the number of hours worked/volunteered per week.

Application deadline: Friday, December 23, 2016 (or at 200 applications)

Full post: https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/458951300

Job Posting: Library and Archives Specialist, Philadelphia Museum of Art

Library and Archives Specialist

As a key member of the Library and Archives team, the Library and Archives Specialist assists with operations across the department. Working under the direction of the Technical Services Librarian, the Specialist is responsible for performing a wide range of tasks and procedures primarily related to: interlibrary loan; paging and shelving; metadata creation; copy cataloging and serials. The Specialist will also support and perform library, archival and copyright reference research; and help with records management.

Qualified candidates will have a demonstrated ability in maintaining records and data in various information, library, and archival systems, as well as a familiarity with metadata standards such as Dublin Core, MARC, AACR2/RDA, LCSH, LC authorities, and LC classification and shelf listing. A Bachelor’s degree is required. This position requires experience in copy-cataloging procedures or database maintenance guidelines. An ideal candidate will have a strong attention to detail, excellent communication and interpersonal skills, and an aptitude for technology.

To apply, please attach a cover letter and resume to submit with your application.

Job Posting: Assistant Archivist, School of Visual Arts Library, NYC

Position Overview: Working closely with the Archivist, the Assistant Archivist helps to accession, arrange, describe, preserve and manage the Archives’ collections. The Assistant Archivist plays a key role in helping to oversee the Archives’ various digital initiatives, including developing the implementation of CollectiveAccess, Archive-It, and other tools to describe, preserve, and present archival holdings in digital form. She/he contributes to department planning and strategic development, provides public services and outreach through consultation, instruction and presentation. Additionally, the Assistant Archivist oversees the Archives when the Archivist is out of the office and helps to manage student assistants.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Arrange, describe and otherwise process archival collections using CollectiveAccess, according to local and professional standards.
  • Help to oversee the technical aspects of the CollectiveAccess project, coordinate with developers.
  • Help to manage the Archives implementation of Archive-It.
  • Maintain Archives server and manage digital representations.
  • Maintain Archives web site, blog, and other social media; make updates and plan advancements.
  • Manage digital representations on Archives server.
  • Oversee Archives when Archivist is not in the office, supervising student assistant as needed
  • Provide public services for the department, including reference guidance, class presentations and public outreach.
  • Accession archival materials in both paper and electronic formats; interact with staff to evaluate record submissions.
  • Contribute content regularly for social media, including blog and Instagram posts.
  • Digitally photograph and scan archival materials to create high quality digital images to be used in publications, online presentations, or other purposes by both Archives staff and patrons.
  • Assist in preparing displays of collection materials, both in real and virtual exhibition spaces.
  • Assist Archivist with donation pick-ups.
  • Collaborate on special projects as needed.

Qualifications:

  • MLS or other advanced degree with a concentration in Archives management required
  • At least two years professional Archives experience.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the principles of arrangement and description of archival collections and current archival best practices and standards.
  • Experience with digital preservation, metadata and access tools and methodologies; ease comprehending and adapting to new applications. Experience with the collection and preservation of born-digital materials.
  • Demonstrated web programming experience, knowledge of emerging technologies in archives.
  • In-depth knowledge of digital imaging standards and experience in digital image capture and processing.
  • Superior written and oral communication skills and interpersonal skills, with ability to facilitate collaboration.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail; must be able to work independently.
  • Candidate must be highly responsible since he or she will be dealing with fragile and valuable materials.
  • Interest in the history, theory and practice of the design professions.
  • Ability, and willingness, to routinely lift containers weighing up to 40 lbs. and climb ladders.

School of Visual Arts (SVA) in New York City is an established leader and innovator in the education of artists. From its inception in 1947, the faculty has been comprised of professionals working in the arts and art-related fields. SVA provides an environment that nurtures creativity, inventiveness and experimentation, enabling students to develop a strong sense of identity and a clear direction of purpose.

To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and resume to working@sva.edu.

Full post: http://www.sva.edu/about/working-at-sva/administrative-staff/assistant-archivist

Job Posting: Research Assistant, University of Cincinnati College of Design, Architecture, Art, & Planning – DAAP Galleries, Cincinnati, OH

The College of Design, Architecture, Art, and Planning at the University of Cincinnati invites applications for the position of Research Assistant/Assistant Director Academic, reporting to the Director of the DAAP Galleries. This position is a 75% FTE position (30 hours per week), eligible for benefits.

With more than 10 exhibitions each year between two galleries, the DAAP Galleries showcases artistry from each of the disciplines found in the college. A leader in artistic academic exhibitions, the DAAP Galleries has been featured in the documentary Art & Craft and has hosted exhibitions of the works of notable artists, including Charley Harper, Hal Lasko, and Joseph Marioni, as well as a number of regional artists. In furtherance of its mission to educate the university and Greater Cincinnati community about the visual arts, the DAAP Galleries seeks to fill the position of Research Assistant/Assistant Director Academic. This position will assist with managing the operations of the galleries as well as research, catalog, and manage the Victory City/Orville Simpson Urban Futures collection.

Typical duties include:

  • Assist with gallery management
  • Scheduling staff
  • Training staff in installation procedures
  • Monitoring correspondence
  • Coordinating and assisting with gallery events
  • Maintaining social media
  • Assist with managing gallery exhibitions, including:
  • Coordinating and participating in layout and installation
  • Coordinating and supervising gallery monitors
  • Researching and writing exhibition text and descriptions
  • Research, catalog, and manage the Simpson/Victory City archive
  • Organizing and cataloguing material
  • Researching and documenting archive items
  • Researching proper storage and archiving techniques
  • Assist with managing Simpson/Victory City exhibition
  • Other related duties as assigned

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Master’s degree in Art History. Applicants must also include a brief cover letter that explains how their experience and education relates to the job duties.

Due to the recent change in the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), this position will be a professional position paid at an hourly rate.

Full post: https://jobs.uc.edu/job/Cincinnati-Research-Assistant-DAAP-Galleries-OH-45201/376228400

Job Posting: Associate Archivist and Lead Digital Archivist, The Frick Collection, NYC

Background
The Frick Collection is an art museum consisting of more than 1,100 works of art from the thirteenth to the nineteenth century, displayed in the intimate surroundings of the former home of Henry Clay Frick. The residence, with its furnishings and works of art, has been open to the public since 1935. The Frick Art Reference Library is an internationally-recognized research library that serves as one of the most complete resources for the study of Western art. Founded in 1920, the Library today holds more than one million study photographs, 285,000 books, 80,000 auction catalogs, and 2,250 periodical titles. It is open to interested individuals from all over the world.

Summary and Responsibilities
Major job responsibilities include administration of our born-digital institutional records preservation program, development and implementation of policies and procedures for the stewardship of born-digital institutional records, and managing software and storage solutions needed to preserve and provide access to digital records. Participate in the management of the institutional records management program, including meetings with records holders and regular review of records schedules. Accession and process institutional records and manuscript collections, prepare access tools such as finding aids and catalog records, and create and edit metadata. Respond to reference inquiries. Improve visibility of and access to collections through digital initiatives and collaborative platforms. Participate in the rotation of coverage in the Library’s Reading Room, and represent the department at professional and institutional meetings and activities as necessary. This position interacts frequently with the institution’s Technology and Digital Media Department and Digital Lab, and participates in activities of the Social Media Committee.

Qualifications
MLS or MA with concentration in Archives, Records Management or Digital Collections. Experience working with digital assets or electronic records, databases, information architecture and digital archive workflows. Experience with ArchivesSpace and Preservica preferred. Knowledge of best practices and policy development associated with electronic records as demonstrated by achievement of the Digital Archives Specialist certificate from the Society of American Archivists or other training specifically geared towards management of electronic and digital assets. Experience processing archival collections and creating finding aids and MARC records. Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills. Physical requirements include: Ability to lift forty pounds to the waist.

To apply, please send resume with salary requirements to:

Chief, Archives and Records Management
The Frick Collection
1 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021
Fax: 212-861-7347
Email to jobs@frick.org

No phone calls please.

If you are interested in any of the positions, please send your résumé, a cover letter indicating the position for which you are applying, and salary requirements to the appropriate person listed in the announcement, or follow the instructions in the job posting.

Full post: http://www.frick.org/careers/associate_archivist_and_lead_digital_archivist