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Meet the ARLIS/NA SIGs Series: Management SIG

Co-Coordinators: Caitlin Kilgallen

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

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?

Students and new professionals are very welcome to join the SIG. The most urgent support I need right now is a co-chair(s). I put out a call on the ARLIS listserv earlier in the pandemic but received no offers. I plan on doing that again very soon. Now that we are a little more adjusted to the situation, I hope this time I will get more volunteers (or at least one!) No one should feel intimidated or hesitant to join or co-chair. The entire genesis of the Management SIG was that as librarians we often do not have explicit management skills training or support.

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

The Management SIG is in its infancy. So in a way that’s an opportunity. We can launch fresh.

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?

The Management SIG has great potential. Based on queries of the members it was determined that our most useful mission would be to sponsor programming at conferences. I still think this is a solid plan as there is ample opportunity.

How did you first hear about/join your SIG?

Heather Slania (MICA) and I were new directors meeting with AICAD library directors at the 2018 conference in New Orleans. It was Heather’s idea to form a SIG to support the dearth of training with regard to management skills.

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

Heather and I had done some initial engagement with the group with regards to preferred communication mode and it was determined that the members felt more comfortable talking about potentially sensitive topics where privacy might be a concern in person. Right now we need to re-query the members and establish the best way to have those fruitful conversations.

How has this SIG enhanced your professional life?

Since we are new and missed an opportunity to engage in person at this year’s conference, we are all potential at this point!

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

The previous survey determined that members do not have the bandwidth to engage another platform such as a Slack channel or a listserve. There were also concerns about privacy. So Heather and I determined that the best way to engage was to sponsor programming at Fall 2020 ArLiSNAP SIG Questions conferences. Once I can establish co-leadership, we can reach out to the group and re-establish communication and goals. In the meantime, look out for that call for co-chairing on the ARLIS listserv, and please volunteer!

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

● Engaging marginalized voices

● Supporting BIPOC employees

● Establishing equitable hiring practices

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

This is something definitely worth exploring as I am sure there have been contributions.

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

● Determine a co-chair to help brainstorm and collaborate with the workload

● Create a clearinghouse for management topics by voices within and beyond our field

● Look for programming opportunities for future conferences

● Query the membership for communication preferences and engagement opportunities

Job Posting: Library Branch Manager/Management Librarian, Milwaukee Public Library, WI

As a Library Branch Manager, serves as Librarian-in-Charge libraries.  Responsibilities include managing the overall service plan and operation of the agency including collection development and maintenance, services and programs, customer and community relations, out- reach and developing partnerships and overseeing the general maintenance and security of the library building and grounds.

As a Management Librarian, serves as Coordinator of the Arts and Media Department located at Central Library.  Responsibilities include high quality service, managing the department staff, outreach, and the development of the Milwaukee Public Library collection in visual and performing arts, music, rarities, recordings, film, sports, and recreation.

Minimum Requirements

  1. Master’s Degree in Library Science or Library Information Science from an ALA-accredited library school (transcripts are required; please see the full posting at www.jobaps.com/mil).
  2. Five years of increasingly responsible professional librarian or supervisory experience, including three years working within a library environment.

Desirable Qualifications

  • Spanish language skills desirable.
  • Previous experience in a lead worker or supervisory role.
  • Knowledge and appreciate of the Arts.

Current Salary

The current starting salary (1DX) is $54,865 for residents of the City of Milwaukee, appointment above the minimum is possible up to $68,030 with approval. The annual starting salary is $53,519 for non-Milwaukee residents, with appointment above the minimum is possible up to $66,361 with approval.

Additional Information

Are you Library Management Material?


Although it might seem to many of us, while students, that library management is something to consider years from now, if ever, it might be worth a second thought during your MLIS program. If you have been in library school any length of time, you are bound to have picked up on something like “a shortage of qualified library leaders is coming, so get ready!” While this may or may not be true, it is entirely within the realm of possibility that some of us will eventually be library managers. With the proliferation of educational tracks and certificate programs, choosing one is sometimes a daunting prospect. What would entice you to choose a Library Management emphasis over others?

Maybe the answer lies in taking stock of your personality, skills, abilities, and goals. For me personally, Management Studies is ideal. I LOVED 5300: Library and Information Center Management. I reveled in topics like Strategic Planning, Organizational Culture, Human Resource Management, Ethics, and Development/Fundraising. Of course, maybe this has something to do with the fact that I have had some management experience and can envision myself in a leadership role readily. Or maybe it’s simply that I like being in charge!

What about you? Can you picture yourself in a management role of some kind? Do you think the administrative side of the job would perhaps overshadow your primary objectives as a librarian? Yes or no?



Job Posting: Collections Manager and Registrar, Tenement Museum

Position Description

The Tenement Museum seeks a Collections Manager & Registrar, who will be responsible for the day-to-day oversight and preservation of the Museum’s Collections, which include its historic structures and archive. Responsibilities include accessioning, processing incoming/outgoing loans, maintaining collections data systems, exhibition management, preventative conservation care, archives and records management, and emergency response and recovery. The Collections Manager supervises the work of consultants and interns, and works closely with the Museum’s Education Department and Facilities Department. This position reports to the Director of Curatorial Affairs.


  • Manage the conservation program for 97 Orchard Street, overseeing monthly building monitoring and identifying conservation priorities
  • Supervise access to the collections and archives, respond to public inquiries regarding the collections, and arrange loans to other cultural institutions.
  • Maintain an accessible online photo database; provide access to images and updates image database records accordingly.
  • Monitor environmental conditions in the museum and its collections, interpret data from environmental monitoring equipment and determine corrective action.
  • Collaborate with the Education Department to identify and assemble materials for use in programs and tours.
  • Collaborate with the Director of Curatorial Affairs on collections development and matters related to research on collections items and the museum’s historic properties.
  • Contribute to exhibition planning and installation.
  • Conduct tours of the Museum for the general public.


Candidates should hold a Masters Degree in Library Science, History, Anthropology, Historic Preservation or related field and have at least 2 years experience. Candidate should be detail oriented, possess strong oral and written communication skills, and have a working knowledge of PastPerfect Museum Software.


Commensurate with experience. Complete benefits package.

Please send cover letter and resume to dfavaloro@tenement.orgNo phone calls, please.

Deadline to apply: July 15, 2011.

Job Posting: Records Manager at Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is seeking an experienced Records Manager to administer the institutional records management policy and to serve on project team addressing preservation of electronic records. To apply see:



– Serve on project team researching the implementation of an institutional electronic records archive under a grant funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission
– Assist in applying existing retention schedules to institutional electronic records
– Appraise and propose retention schedules for currently unscheduled records in electronic and paper form
– Research regulatory, statutory and industry requirements
– Revise existing retention schedules as necessary for standardization
– Oversee semi-annual records destructions, off-site storage arrangements and accessioning of records
– Perform record audits and oversee compliance with existing records management program
– Provide semi-monthly orientation sessions for staff
– Assist the Archives Department with imaging projects and research requests

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities:

– Thorough knowledge of records management and archival management principles and methodologies required
– Knowledge of electronic records archival systems and OAIS reference model required
– Familiarity with e-mail preservation projects preferred
– Awareness of emerging technologies for electronic search and discovery preferred
– Knowledge of MARC21, EAD, DACS, and current metadata standards used in museums, such as VRACore, CDWA, CCO and Getty vocabularies preferred
– Familiarity with MSSharepoint and MS Access preferred
– Excellent communication and organizational skills
– Ability to work independently, climb ladders and lift up to thirty-five pounds
– Knowledge of art history desirable

Education and Experience:

– Masters in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program required
– Coursework in records management and 1-3 years records management experience required
– Bachelors degree in computer science or business preferred
– Background in law librarianship or experience with Westlaw preferred
– Experience with enterprise archive software highly desirable
– CRM highly desirable
– Experience in museum setting desirable

transforming libraries

The latest issue of Library Journal featured an article about Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm’s proposal to eliminate the Michigan Department of History, Arts and Libraries. This would involve transferring most Library of Michigan functions to the Department of Education, abolishing the position of State Librarian, and downgrading library services, such as circulation and interlibrary loan – all in the hopes of saving a few million dollars.

Currently, I work at an academic library and budget concerns have been the main topic of conversation and meeting agendas for nearly a year. Last month, we began planning a major restructuring of the university libraries in response to our provost’s charge to create innovative resources and services that will transform and position the library as the center of the university. So far, we’ve brainstormed some interesting ideas that we hope to begin implementing in the near future.

I’m curious to hear about the challenges and opportunities facing other librarians with regard to budgets. How are the libraries you are associated with dealing with the pressure to justify operating costs and emphasize the importance of library resources and services in a climate that, at times, seems eager to view libraries as an unnecessary luxury?

10 Questions to ask your new employees…

There’s a great post on Library Garden that lists 10 questions that managers should ask new hires.  I love the spirit of this post, because it suggests that managers should be open to the fresh perspective of a new employee, and should take his/her observations as an opportunity for improvement.  I imagine that if my employer asked me these questions, I’d also immediately feel as if my opinions were important to the organization.  What a great way to feel welcomed!

Just something for all of us students/young professionals to mull over…