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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 Opportunity: Metadata Specialist I, The Getty Research Institute

Job Summary

The Digital Initiatives area within the Getty Research Institute seeks a Metadata Specialist to work on metadata activities associated with PhotoTech, a project to digitize a portion of the Getty Research Institute’s Photo Archive and investigate technologies, including OCR, computer vision and machine learning, to process large image collections at scale. The images and resulting metadata will be used to conduct innovative art-historical research and enhance collections description and access. The Metadata Specialist will work with the project team to develop and test workflows related to data generation, enrichment, management, and transformation for the archive. This work will entail data preparation and enrichment of legacy metadata, quality assurance of machine-generated metadata, and support of data management systems.

The Metadata Specialist will join the dynamic teams that make up the Digital Initiatives area of the Getty Research Institute. You will work on an amazing campus, collaborating with leading curators, librarians, archivists, and technologists. We offer paid vacation, every other Friday off, and excellent benefits.


The position is being offered as a full-time, limited term position for two years after the start date.

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Creates new metadata of advanced complexity based on professional judgment in the application of standards, best practices, research, and analysis
  • Applies knowledge to evaluate, edit, aggregate, enhance, transform, and disseminate existing metadata
  • Provides data management support for database systems
  • Tests new metadata processes and procedures
  • May contribute to documentation of policies and procedures
  • May apply knowledge of research, editing, abstracting, cataloging and/or indexing to work assignments
  • May research and evaluate terminology for controlled vocabularies


  • For librarian positions: MLIS from an ALA-accredited library school; graduate degree in Art History or a related discipline preferred. For other positions: Graduate degree in Art History or a related discipline
  • May require special subject, language, or technical expertise

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of current library, archival, and museum metadata standards, such as EAD, Dublin Core, VRA Core, CIDOC-CRM, and other emerging standards
  • Experience with data manipulation and transformation tools, such as OpenRefine, Oxygen
  • Experience with database structures and data management
  • Experience with digital collections
  • Experience with data migration processes and best practices
  • Familiarity with linked data concepts and technologies
  • Experience with Unix/Linux operating systems
  • Experience with scripting and programming languages, Python, R preferred
  • Experience with controlled vocabularies, especially those in the cultural heritage domain, such as the Getty Vocabularies (ULAN, AAT, TGN) and ICONCLASS
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Builds expertise in emerging approaches as well as established practice standards and/or policies
  • Ability to work in team-based and collaborative environments
  • Maintains effectiveness when experiencing change
  • Ability to meet deadlines, apply policies and procedures consistently, conduct research, and present recommendation
  • Knowledge of new developments in the profession

To Apply: https://jobs-getty.icims.com/jobs/3433/metadata-specialist-i/job

Job Opportunity: Paid Cataloging Intern, North Carolina Museum of Art

Site description: The Art Reference Library is a 45,000 volume non-circulating library that provides reference service to the art museum staff (curators, educators, conservators) and the public at large.  The library not only houses books and periodicals, but also holds an extensive auction catalog collection and an artists’ files collection of ephemera material.  We also provide online access to auction, bibliographic, and reference databases. (https://ncartmuseum.org/art/library/)

Dates of Internship: August 26, 2019-December 5, 2019, with potential for renewal in Spring 2020

Hours: Maximum 10 hours / week. Hours are flexible within a Monday-Friday, 9:00am-5:00pm work week, but the intern is expected to set and maintain a consistent schedule.

Compensation: $16.00 / hour

Application Deadline: August 12, 2019, with interviews to follow.


Under the supervision of the Librarian and the Library Assistant, the Cataloging Intern performs copy cataloging based on current standards.  The intern will also assist with other projects as needed.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Perform copy cataloging of library materials

Education and Experience:

  • Current enrollment in an accredited graduate information and library science program
  • Experience in copy cataloging and classification of library material Library of Congress (LC) subject headings, machine-readable cataloging (MARC) records, and RDA preferred
  • Experience with computerized cataloging databases

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

  • Knowledge of the principles and procedures of professional library work including

methods, practices, and techniques of library copy cataloging and classification

  • Knowledge of computerized cataloging and bibliographic databases
  • Strong analytical and organizational skills – detailed-oriented
  • Ability to work independently
  • Interest in art history and/or museum experience

Working Conditions and Physical Effort:

  • Work is performed in an office environment in the Art Reference Library
  • Must be able to remain in a stationary position, needs to occasionally move about the library, and position self to retrieve books from lower shelves
  • Must be able to concentrate on detailed information over an extended period
  • Ability to effectively use a computer


Application Procedure: Please submit via e-mail, as a single .pdf, your résumé along with a single-page cover letter expressing your interest in this internship.  Please include contact information for at least one reference.


Send Application Materials to:

Natalia Lonchyna, Librarian
Email: natalia.lonchyna@ncdcr.gov

The North Carolina Museum of Art is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation, and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam-era veterans, and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this announcement in an alternative format may contact Human Resources or call (919) 664-6894.

Job Opportunity: Digital Project Coordinator, The Cleveland Museum of Art


The Digital Project Coordinator is a vital position for the Digital Innovation and Technology Services department. The coordinator assists the CDIO with all innovative, cross-departmental projects and participates in important strategic meetings. The Digital Project Coordinator works closely with the Digital Project Manager on all outward-facing digital projects such as ARTLENS Gallery and the website. The ideal candidate is reliable, possesses excellent communication skills, works well in a fast-paced environment, and is passionate about the use of digital in museums.


  • B.A. or B.S. degree, preferably from a business or information technology background with an interest in digital and/or analytics; or equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Strong project management skills
  • Strong digital office skills
  • Ability to learn new skills as needed
  • Experience working in a collaborative work environment



  • Act as a project manager for museum projects such as the museum-wide analytics project and integrated library system (ILS) selection
  • Manage the schedule for the CDIO and other Digital Projects
  • Work with the Digital Project Manager to assist projects and prepare minutes, organize meetings, and coordinate with internal and external stakeholders
  • Update content on the ArtLens Wall and Zoom/Reveal Wall
  • Edit drafts for papers and presentations on ARTLENS Gallery, Open Access, and other digital innovation projects
  • Work with communications to prepare social media images and text to promote CMA’s digital initiatives
  • Manage travel and create expense reports for the Digital/Technology department

Application Materials: Resume and 3 professional references.

To Apply: https://recruiting.ultipro.com/CLE1004CMA/JobBoard/14a13635-e1f1-6802-5aba-82b151e8c57b/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=ba0f7f5a-c3d7-4dd2-86e3-4419202b1a1f

Job Opportunity: Cataloging Librarian, The Cleveland Museum of Art


The Cleveland Museum of Art seeks a Cataloging Librarian.

The Ingalls Library is a nationally recognized art research library founded in 1916, with 500,000+ volumes in all formats reflecting the encyclopedic art collection of the museum and with particular depth in Asian art, French decorative arts, European Painting and Sculpture and Modern Art.  The library works closely with the Museum Archives to offer comprehensive access to art information and serve the general public, independent researchers and all museum departments, and students from every school and degree level–including graduate students and faculty in the Cleveland Museum of Art/Case Western Reserve University Joint Program in Art History and Museum Studies.

The Cataloging Librarian oversees all aspects of the cataloging department of the Ingalls library to ensure organization and bibliographic control of library resources in all formats in support of research.  The position is responsible for leading development, implementation and evaluation of cataloging, and metadata policies and practices.  The position supervises cataloging activities and workflows, metadata and quality control of all library materials. The position participates in the Senior Staff Group and the Technical Services Management Team.


Master’s degree in library science (M.L.I.S.) from an ALA-accredited program. Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) in art history or related field preferred.  A minimum of three years experience in an academic or research library with at least two years cataloging experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Supervisory experience required.  Familiarity with integrated library systems and OCLC required.  Working knowledge of at least two foreign languages preferred as well as a proficiency in using dictionaries for other foreign languages.  Demonstrated knowledge of current metadata and cataloging standards, such as MARC, EAD, and Dublin Core.  Working knowledge of AACR2/RDA, Library of Congress Subject Headings, and Library of Congress classification. Project management experience preferred.  Demonstrated organizational, decision-making and problem-solving skills including the ability to create policy; supervise staff, work-study students, volunteers and interns; and prioritize and manage workflow, projects, and multiple tasks while meeting deadlines and solving problems in a dynamic environment.  Excellent research, and oral and written communication skills. The employee must also occasionally lift and/or move up to 25 pounds.


  • Supervise and perform all administrative duties related to cataloging staff, work-study students, interns, practicum students, and volunteers by prioritizing, organizing, and assigning work; training and evaluating staff; reviewing work in progress; and updating Director of Ingalls Library on status of projects and assignments.
  • Set standards for quality of records produced by cataloging department. Act as a resource for cataloging department staff members for questions concerning the cataloging of any item with special attention to complex materials.  Revise daily cataloging work as necessary, including making corrections to description, subject analysis, classification, and authority source information, and ensure that completed cataloging complies with the required local and national standards.
  • Perform original and copy cataloging of books and non-book materials in English and all other European languages for the library utilizing national cataloging standards, including MARC, AACR2/RDA, LCSH, and LCCN.
  • Coordinate outsourcing of all Asian language and Western language materials, including selection of materials, negotiation of contracts, oversight of shipments, and establishment of criteria for quality control.
  • Resolve complex cataloging and authority problems, including maintenance of bibliographic database records, making changes, additions, deletions, and merges in the bibliographic and authority files as necessary.
  • Provide backup support for cataloging staff as needed.
  • As directed, establish name authority headings for ArtNACO funnel project, including research and application of Library of Congress rules for the establishment of headings. Oversee library’s participation in the ArtNACO funnel project including revision of authority records, resolution of problems, training of staff, and liaising with ArtNACO coordinator.
  • Maintain proficiency in all essential functions of OCLC and integrated library system, including assisting with implementation of new system in fall 2019.

To Apply: https://recruiting.ultipro.com/CLE1004CMA/JobBoard/14a13635-e1f1-6802-5aba-82b151e8c57b/OpportunityDetail?opportunityId=c35952d3-885f-44fd-8038-f96deb29df36

Job Opportunity: Project Cataloguer (Part-Time Temporary), Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago

Are you someone who:

  • Is detail-oriented and able to focus primarily on one project?
  • Works well independently?
  • Has extensive knowledge of cataloguing best practices?

If so, then the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is looking for you!

We have an opening for a part-time temporary Project Cataloguer. Under the supervision of the Director of Library and Museum Services, the Project Cataloguer will help facilitate greater access to the MCA’s Artists’ Book collection, which includes about 3,000 books and multiples. The Project Cataloguer will be responsible for updating and entering legacy cataloguing information into the Library’s ILS, Koha. The Project Cataloguer will perform original and copy cataloguing, perform subject analysis, and apply subject metadata to items in accordance with local standards and best practices. To be successful in this role, you must:

  • Perform original and copy cataloguing for books and objects in Koha according to local standards and best practices; perform subject analysis and add metadata as needed.
  • Review the legacy cataloguing sheets for accuracy and make any necessary adjustments or additions; convert information from cataloguing sheet into metadata that meets local standards and best practices.
  • Identify and report re-housing and preservation needs.

Desired qualifications include an ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library science, information studies, or equivalent degree (strongly preferred, though applicants currently enrolled in a library science program with completed coursework in cataloguing will be considered), minimum one year of experience working in a library or archive is preferred, and:

  • Original and copy cataloguing experience is required.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of current bibliographic standards (MARC 21, AACR2, RDA, Library of Congress subject headings, and Getty Vocabularies) is required.
  • Knowledge of artists’ books and book arts is strongly preferred.
  • Experience working with integrated library systems and web-based applications and the ability to work effectively independently and collaboratively.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills and successfully demonstrated initiative and attention to detail.
  • Knowledge of contemporary art is strongly preferred.

This is a temporary, part-time position with a flexible schedule of 16-24 hours/week within Monday-Friday 9am-5pm. Ability to operate computers, printers, and telephones and general mobility throughout the building required. Must be able to lift up to 30 pounds.

Interested? APPLY NOW https://mcachicago.org/About/Employment

P.S. The MCA provides great benefits to part-time staff that include: visiting the MCA’s galleries, curator led staff tours of MCA exhibitions, discounts at the MCA Store and MCA restaurant Marisol, discounts for MCA Stage and other programs, plus a wide variety of discounts at many cultural institutions in the Chicagoland area.


The MCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer M/F/D/V. In addition, we aspire to make the MCA community and our environment – staff, audiences, artists, programs, and exhibitions – reflective of the diversity of the city of Chicago and to capture the spirit of access, inclusion, and equity in all we do. If you have any difficulty using our online system and you need an accommodation due to a disability, you may contact us at: jobs@mcachicago.org

Job posting: Library Associate, Circulation and Technical Services, Thomas J. Watson Library at the Metropolitan Museum of Art- NYC, NY

The Thomas J. Watson Library in The Metropolitan Museum of Art is pleased to announce an opening for the position of Library Associate, Circulation and Technical Services. This full-time position is a special opportunity to contribute to the success of an innovative and productive art library at a world-class museum while learning and applying new skills.

The Library Associate is a key member of both the technical services and circulation departments, responsible for ensuring accurate access and inventory control of the library’s collection. Core tasks include receiving, processing, barcoding, and cataloging physical and digital collections in both MARC and non-MARC formats to international standards; performing quality control and resolving discrepancies for bibliographic records, utilizing Sierra software; sending and receiving orders and invoices in accordance with international EDIFACT protocols from all major book vendors; loading bibliographic records via FTP from bibliographic cataloging vendors and communicating with them for proper quality control; processing materials for offsite, withdrawals, and Wert commercial bookbinding; departmental library management and maintenance; managing cataloging of the reference collection in the Drawings and Prints; processing books for departmental libraries; managing daily recalls (average of 120 per month) between curatorial staff; and conducting a detailed inventory of library materials checked out to Museum staff. Provides outstanding service to all library patrons at the Circulation and Registration Desks on a daily basis.

This position reports to the Associate Manager of Circulation and Reader Services. The schedule is MondayFriday.

Please submit a cover letter stating your interest and your CV, addressed to the search committee to lib.search@metmuseum.org.


  • Utilizes knowledge of RDA/AACR2 and the LC Classification system to create high quality descriptive and technical metadata in both MARC and non-MARC formats for both physical and digital collections; catalogs research materials in all formats according to national standards
  • Assists with data loads of bibliographic and authority records and financial data from vendors using EDIFACT, systems maintenance, and Sierra library software
  • Assists in processing and cataloging of gifts for Watson and departmental libraries
  • Assists with collection management including offsite processing, withdrawals, and departmental library maintenance
  • Collaborates with library staff to maximize the functionality of our integrated library software, Sierra, to assess best practices and streamline workflow for inventory, collections management, recall procedures, and cataloging
  • Manages the daily recall process of library materials between curatorial staff and the circulation of departmental library materials for Museum staff
  • Coordinates with departing Museum staff to ensure all library materials are returned
  • Maintains an ongoing and accurate inventory of materials checked out to Museum fellows
  • Processes overdue notices for departmental library books
  • Assists with the maintenance of the circulation database in Sierra, including creating and updating item and patron records
  • Responsible for cataloging the reference collection in the Drawings and Prints departmental library
  • Assists in departmental book retrieval and circulation for library patrons
  • Coordinates with curatorial departments to conduct a detailed inventory of library materials checked out to Museum staff
  • Provides outstanding customer service in daily Circulation and Registration Desk shifts
  • Occasional weekend work required
  • Other duties as assigned


Experience and Skills:

  • Library experience required
  • Excellent customer service skills required
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills required
  • Ability to do detailed work accurately and independently required
  • While performing duties of this job, the employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds and also push or pull objects weighing 30-400 pounds on wheels (book trucks).

Knowledge and Education:

  • Work toward or completion of an MLS preferred
  • Experience using an automated integrated library system and preferred
  • Knowledge of RDA/AACR2, LC Classification and MARC21 preferred

The Thomas J. Watson Library is the central research library of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Reflecting the depth and scope of the Museum’s collection, the library collects scholarly material from the art of early antiquity to contemporary art. Like the Museum, the library’s holdings are encyclopedic and global in nature and provide a broad range of research materials on Ancient Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek and Roman, Asian, Islamic, European and American art. In addition to its extensive collection of monographs, exhibition catalogs and rare books, the library includes 150,000 auction and sale catalogs dating from the eighteenth century to the present day. Watson Library’s staff of thirty eight adds nearly 20,000 volumes a year, manages a large collection of electronic resources, and continues to build its digital collections, now comprising over one million pages of online content.

The Museum’s library system includes The Robert Goldwater Library, covering the art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas; Nolen Library, providing materials for all ages on the history of art and also curriculum related material for teachers; The Lehman Collection Library, a collection on European painting and decorative arts; The Joyce F. Menschel Library in the Department of Photographs; The Onassis Library in the Department of Greek and Roman Art; The Irene Lewisohn Costume Reference Library; and the Cloisters Library for medieval art and related topics. The Museum’s departmental libraries contribute to combined holdings of more than one million volumes, a collection unrivaled in depth and coverage for the history of art on a global scale.

See https://www.metmuseum.org to learn more about the Museum’s libraries, including access policies and hours, and to connect to the libraries’ catalog, Watsonline.

Alt-Career Spotlight: Joanne Fenn, Collections Manager/Museum Registrar for the Kent State University Museum

This series of interviews features individuals who have received their MLIS/MSIS, but do not currently hold positions solely dedicated to art librarianship. Some may work in libraries and  have an interest or duties related to art librarianship, while others use their information science skills in fields outside of the traditional library setting.

What is the name of the employer/institution you work for?

I work for the Kent State University Museum, informally known as the “Fashion Museum.” The Kent State Museum contains important collections of fashion and decorative arts. Its seven galleries feature changing exhibitions of work by many of the world’s great designers. Closely linked to the Shannon Rodgers and Jerry Silverman School of Fashion Design and Merchandising at Kent State University, the Museum provides students first-hand experience with historic and contemporary fashions, as well as costumes representing many of the world’s cultures. An extensive collection of American glass, fine furniture, textiles, paintings and other decorative arts combine to give context to the study of design. The Museum serves both the University and the community through exhibitions, public programs, and research appointments in the collections.

Can you tell us a little bit about your background and your current position?
I have a B.A. in art history, and M.A. in arts administration, and an M.L.I.S.
Prior to KSUM, I worked for 10 years at The Cleveland Museum of Art in their Asian Art department and Registrar’s office.

I am the collections manager/museum registrar for the museum, with the academic rank of associate professor. I find that I need to explain to most everyone what I do. I am responsible for the intellectual and physical organization and care of the collection. The university considers my work as teaching in a non-traditional way; as a practitioner. It is a similar rational for why librarians have an academic rank.

What brought you to your current position?
I was looking for a change for a myriad of reasons from work/life balance to expanded opportunities. The timing was perfect.

What does a typical work day look like for you?
As you can imagine, collections work means the typical work day varies. Some of my favorite variations involve working directly with students hired to help me, and teaching collections management workshops for graduate library science students. I also work with faculty helping to augment classroom pedagogy through use of the collection. Because of the nature of the collection (predominantly light sensitive textiles) there is not a permanent collection gallery. The museum is in exhibition-change mode frequently, and we also travel in-house exhibitions and individual loans. The work ranges from desk work (contracts, “database” projects, grant writing) to projects that require physical strength and agility (installing/de-installing, packing/crating, etc.).

Do you have any advice for current students and/or those on the job market?

Of course to obtain hands-on museum experience through volunteering and internships. Recognize that this is a highly competitive field, so get as much education and training as feasible. Also, be positive; it will happen!

What are some of the current challenges you see in your field or the art/information science field?
Keeping up with technology in a way that serves museums, but does not replace the experience.

Tell us something fun about yourself! What do you do in your spare time? If you could take a trip to visit any library or museum in the world, which would it be?
In my spare time I like to exercise and run. I greatly enjoy spending time with my husband and children, especially if it involves a beach.

If I could visit any museum in the world? That’s difficult! There are so many fascinating collections. I’ll just work my way through as many as I can (especially if it involves a beach).

Job Posting: Digital Image Processor, Asian Museum of Art, San Francisco, CA

The museum is seeking a talented Digital Image Processor with a keen eye to help facilitate the smooth day-to-day operation of the museum’s onsite digital photography studio.  Under direction, and working in a high-volume setting, the Digital Image Processor will handle post-processing of the museum’s collections photography for purposes of print and electronic reproduction, research, study, conservation treatment documentation, and internal database population. The Digital Image Processor will assist Image Services with image quality assurance and records management.  S/he will possess exceptional organizational, interpersonal, and analytical skills, as well as a passion for the arts.




  1. Processes high volume of images while strictly adhering to the museum’s digital imaging workflow; including but not limited to maintaining accurate color management, adhering to file naming standards and metadata schemas, database content upload management, etc.
  2. Utilizes various museum systems in day-to-day work associated with asset and workflow management.
  3. Troubleshoots and solves complex technical problems associated with imaging.
  4. Assists as needed with studio photography as well as image retrieval.
  5. Performs routine hardware calibrations.
  6. Stays abreast of current best practices in imaging and preservation standards especially as applied to cultural heritage imaging, including camera systems, studio equipment, hardware, software, techniques, and industry-standard accepted best practices.
  7. Collaborates within department to determine best practices, benchmarks, and project workflows.




  • Bachelor of Arts degree in Photography or a related field from an accredited college or university and three years of increasingly responsible experience in various phases of digital photography and verifiable related professional imaging and retoucher work in a museum environment, OR an equivalent combination of training and experience.
  • Expert working knowledge of Photoshop including color and tonal correction, masking and compositing, layers, paths, actions, and non-destructive workflow.
  • Advanced working knowledge of Lightroom, CaptureOne, and image merging techniques such as focus stacking (Zerene, Helicon) and stitching (PTGui).
  • Excellent color acuity and extensive experience with calibration and color profiling.
  • Possesses a critical eye and meticulous attention to detail; understands the aesthetic principles of collections photography; exhibits discretion, good decision-making, and an artistic awareness and respect for accuracy.
  • Experience with and comfortable working within a busy production studio environment.
  • Outstanding organizational skills with an ability to take direction and manage changing priorities.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills and an ability to work collaboratively and respectfully.
  • Ability to take direction well and assist staff to realize their vision of photographic representation.
  • Good facility with peripheral systems such as e-mail, internet browsers, and collections and digital asset management systems. Fluent in both Mac and PC environments.
  • Prompt, reliable, and able to work independently and as a team player in a collaborative, collegial environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to meet established deadlines.
  • Previous museum experience and familiarity with Asian art and/or culture is preferred.




$21.63 – 25.95* per hour (annualized equivalent of $45,000-$53,976k) with generous benefits package.   *Please note:  This position is represented by SEIU 1021.

More information and application: http://asianart.snaphire.com/jobdetails;jsessionid=67064B3A743D0BF6297A0EF6D3811B7B?jobmc=9438JBCL

Job Posting: Assistant Curator, Yellowstone Art Museum, Billings, Montana

The Yellowstone Art Museum seeks a smart, curious, and energetic specialist in the fine arts for the position of Assistant Curator. This is a position for a serious entry-level curatorial professional with a good eye and a strong interest in contemporary American art. The successful candidate will have a minimum of a B.A. or B.F.A. in art, art history, museum studies, or similar, and two years of relevant experience. Requirements include excellent communication skills, both written and oral; graphic design abilities; project management skills; inventiveness; a strong work ethic; excellent attention to detail; and a desire to help exciting visual arts exhibitions and programs become a reality. Submit a resume, cover letter, and three references. Candidates invited to interview will be asked to bring recent samples of their graphic designs. This is a fulltime, exempt position with a salary in the mid-30s. AA, EOE

Reports to: Senior Curator

Supervisory responsibilities: None

Status: Fulltime, exempt

Position summary:
The Assistant Curator assists the Senior Curator and other curatorial department staff with exhibition curation, planning, and design, as well as department organization and support. The position is also responsible for graphic design for the museum’s exhibitions and related needs.

Primary responsibilities:

Permanent collection

  • Assist in the refinement of a permanent collection that will further growth of a distinctive identity for the institution.
  • Assist in the preparation of accession recommendations.
  • Assist with timely and accurate cataloging of new acquisitions; catalog existing works in the permanent collection as time permits.
  • Respond to public inquiries about art and collection artists within areas of expertise.

Resources on art, artists, and museum’s exhibition history

  • Work with the Registrar to organize and maintain exhibition and collection images and records to provide easy access to all files.
  • Maintain readily accessible and up-to-date image selection on museum’s shared drive relating to current and upcoming temporary exhibitions.
  • Organize and maintain individual artist files to expedite retrieval of information.
  • Maintain temporary exhibition log and archive past exhibition files appropriately.

Department support

  • Assist with curatorial correspondence to provide prompt, accurate, and professional contact with all artists, volunteers, and other museum professionals.
  • Organize all incoming proposals and deliver prompt response to artists and other lenders as directed by Senior Curator and/or Executive Director.

Exhibition support

  • Assist in the development and writing of exhibition concepts, interpretive copy, catalog essays, and other written material, as appropriate.
  • Coordinate activity with guest curators, exhibition brokers, contractors, and other in support of a varied temporary exhibition program. The Assistant Curator will often take the department’s organizational lead on incoming pre-curated exhibitions.
  • Assist in the management of temporary exhibition planning calendars.
  • Assist with curatorial research as requested by Senior Curator and/or Executive Director.
  • Work with education staff to achieve appropriate interpretive planning for exhibitions.
  • Assist with the preparation of object labels or other exhibition needs as requested.
  • Assist with the physical movement and installation of art objects to ensure safety of art and people.
  • Serve as courier for art and exhibitions, as needed.

Graphic design

  • Develop collateral materials for temporary exhibitions, including announcement cards, gallery graphics, catalogs, and other needs.
  • Assist in the preparation of site signage and other general graphic needs, as requested.
  • Collaborate with marketing staff to ensure coordinated design of all exhibition-related communications and appropriate recognition of sponsors.

Secondary responsibilities

  • Participate in departmental planning meetings, full staff meetings, project-specific meetings, and trustee committee meetings, as requested. Participate in strategic planning with other staff, trustees, and appropriate committees.
  • Review marketing, education, and other material produced on art, the museum’s collection, and the exhibitions to ensure accuracy.
  • Coordinate with facility rentals, special events, and security staff to ensure a safe and hospitable environment.
  • Represent the institution within the local and professional communities.
  • Train and supervise volunteers.
  • Consult on submissions for retail sale, the Art Auction, and Summerfair, as requested.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Minimum skills and qualifications:

  • BA or BFA
  • Two years’ relevant curatorial or gallery experience
  • A passionate interest in art and knowledge of regional and/or contemporary American art
  • Strong written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent computer skills, including Microsoft Office suite, digital image management, InDesign
  • Excellent design abilities
  • Good physical shape: able to climb ladders, lift 40+ pounds, and operate machinery (with training)
  • Excellent organizational, project management, and multi-tasking skills
  • Detail-oriented, manual dexterity, problem-solving abilities
  • Valid Montana driver’s license

How to apply:
Submit a resume, cover letter, and three references to curator@artmuseum.org, or mail to Yellowstone Art Museum, 401 North 27th Street, Billings, MT 59101

Full post: http://museum-employment.com/page5/page10/rwjobcol.html