A Success Story: An Interview with Molly Schoen

Molly Schoen works as a Visual Resources Curator at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She was kind enough to answer a few questions and tell us more about her work and experience!

Can you tell us a little bit about your background, your current position, and how you got into the field of art librarianship?

It all started in my undergrad years (at Michigan State University), when I got a part-time job working in the Government Documents library. I found that I really enjoyed getting things in order, like cleaning up messy catalog records. And I loved the tactile nature of the work, too: bone folders, label makers, tattle tape and date stamps! I was getting a Bachelor’s in English but didn’t know what to do with it, so I decided to go to library school. I ended up getting accepted in to Wayne State University’s Fine & Performing Arts Librarian program, which was great because I’ve always been interested in art and music.

After getting my MLIS, I worked part-time at a collection of modern and contemporary black art in Flint, MI. Three years later, I got a full-time position at the University of Michigan, in their Visual Resources Collections. The experience from that job helped me land my current position of Visual Resources Curator at the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York, NY. I’ve been working here for a year and a half now, and I love it!

What does a typical day at work look like for you?
A typical day for me depends on what time of year it is. Right now, in the middle of the summer semester, there’s hardly anyone around. So I use this time to really get in the zone and catch up on image orders, where our History of Art faculty request images they need for teaching. I also assist faculty on their projects, such as building databases and other online resources.

Things are busier during the academic year. Along with our department technician, we will make sure our HA classrooms are up-to-date and advocate for upgrades. I also present one-shot sessions on visual literacy to various classes throughout the university, showing students how to find and use visual media ethically and efficiently. Because FIT is full of artistic students, I’ll demonstrate strategies to safeguard their own work and answer copyright questions. I’ve also worked on securing publishing rights for images a professor wanted to include in a book she was writing.

Do you have any advice for current students and/or those on the job market?
Volunteer and get a wide variety of experience under your belt. I finished grad school in 2009, which was not exactly the best time to be looking for a job. I was worried I wouldn’t find anything in the art libraries field, so I volunteered at the reference desk of a public library to get additional experience. I had volunteered at the Visual Resources Collections at U of M before I was hired there, and that really helped me land the full-time gig.

I would also say not to discount service industry jobs. I used to be really shy, and waiting tables and working in retail helped me get over that. These kinds of jobs may seem unrelated to library work, but they demonstrate to employers that you can handle conflict and think on your feet.

What were/are some challenges for you as a new art librarian? Are these related to larger challenges in art librarianship?
I think staying on top of technology is always a challenge. As a librarian, I want to be able to recommend the best products and resources for our faculty and students to use. That also ties into a larger challenge faced by our profession: justifying our work to administrators looking to slash budgets. People have asked me, why do we need libraries now when there’s Google? That’s like saying why do we need doctors when there’s WebMD? Google will bring you a million results; a librarian will find you the right one.

Tell us something fun about yourself! What do you do in your spare time?
In my spare time I like to oil paint and play guitar!

SEI 2017 Instructor of the Week: Julie Rudder

We’re thrilled to round out the roster for this year’s  amazing instructors for the 2017 Summer Educational Institute. We know you’ve been keeping up with our highlights, so without further ado…

We’re happy to introduce Julie Rudder, Repository Librarian at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, Libraries. Julie will be co-leading this year’s SEI Un-conference, along with Justin Schell, Will Shaw and Laura Fu. If you haven’t experienced an Un-conference or a THATcamp before, it’s YOUR chance to bring your questions, topics of interest, and queries to the group. You’ll have the SEI instructors, SEI co-chairs, and all of your peers to workshop topics and questions. Is there something that has really been bugging you at work, something that would be perfect for SEI but isn’t on the curriculum?  Bring it to the Un-conference! Or maybe something comes up during the week at one of the workshops – jot it down and remember it at the Un-conference!

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Julie Rudder

Did you know?

In her role as Repository Librarian, Julie Rudder manages the Carolina Digital Repository (CDR), which preserves, shares, and promotes the scholarly work from UNC, Chapel Hill.  Julie works with others in the library to manage the CDR’s technical development, content management and stakeholder relationships, acquiring UNC digital materials and ensuring it is accessible, searchable and safe from alteration within CDR’s digital archives. One of her projects is to define and implement infrastructure and services in support of UNC’s Open Access Policy.

Prior to this position she was the Digital Initiatives Project Manager at Northwestern University Library where she managed major technical development projects for the library’s repository system. She served as Product Owner for the Avalon Media System, a collaborative project between Northwestern University Library and Indiana University Libraries.

Register for SEI to benefit from her knowledge directly!

If you missed our announcements about these stellar instructors, hop on over to http://seiworkshop.org, where you can read about them, SEI, find a Statement of Inclusivity, register, and much more.

In its 14th year as a joint program between the  Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and the Visual Resources Association Foundation(VRAF), SEI 2107 will be held at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, from June 6-9, 2017.

SEI 2017 only has a FEW SPOTS LEFT. Register by June 1st!

Contact the SEI co-chairs Jesse Henderson or Nicole Finzer with any questions and Follow us on Facebook

See you in North Carolina!

SEI 2017 Instructor of the Week: Laura Fu

We’re thrilled to introduce the amazing instructors for this year’s Summer Educational Institute, many of whom are joining us for the first time! We’ll be highlighting one instructor from the 2017 curriculum each week, so be sure to stay tuned.

We’re happy to introduce Laura Fu, another local star from North Carolina —  Project Manager at the Park Library, UNC Chapel Hill School of Media and Journalism. Laura will be leading the Introduction to Digital Asset Management, which will introduce Digital Asset Management (DAM), its concepts, and foundational elements. DAM consists of management tasks and technological functionality designed to enhance the inventory, control, and distribution of digital assets (rich media such as photographs, videos, graphics and logos). This session will provide a solid understanding of the core components of DAM success. Come with questions, leave with answers!

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Laura Fu

Did you know?

Laura Fu is a librarian with a focus on digital media management, digital image management, and digital asset management. From collecting content in various digital corners of a company, to discovering and building a taxonomy, to defining metadata and controlled vocabularies, she strives to offer the best support in the design and implementation of a successful digital asset management solution.

She is the Equipment Analyst and Project Manager at the Park Library at UNC Chapel Hill’s School of Media and Journalism, where she’s heading up the selection, implementation and launch of a new online reservation system for journalism students’ equipment. An active member of the Special Libraries Association, she also consults with Allied Vaughn as their Social Media Program Manager, where she’s helping to recruit librarians for various DAM projects nationwide. She earned her BA in video production from Hofstra University and her MLS from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.

Register for SEI to benefit from his knowledge directly!

There’s still time to book a room at the hotel! If you’d like to book a room at the Franklin inn, the block group rate of $165 per night can be secured until May 12th. There are a limited number of rooms at that price. An email will be sent to all registered attendees with the booking code.

Read all about SEI at http://seiworkshop.org where you can find our Statement of Inclusivity, info about registering, accommodations, curriculum and much more.

In its 14th year as a joint program between the  Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF), SEI 2107 will be held at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, from June 6-9, 2017.

SEI provides both new and more experienced professionals the opportunity to stay current in the rapidly changing fields of digitization, project management, fair use and copyright, metadata, and digital asset management, as well as significant networking opportunities. As a 2015 SEI graduate noted, “The curriculum was excellent in scope, striking a balance between detailed, practical exploration of relevant skills & tools, and putting these in the context of broader issues in visual resources/arts librarianship.”

SEI 2017 is filling up. Register soon!

Contact the SEI co-chairs Jesse Henderson or Nicole Finzer with any questions and Follow us on Facebook.

See you in North Carolina!

SEI 2017 Instructor of the Week: David Riecks

We’re thrilled to introduce the amazing instructors for this year’s Summer Educational Institute, many of whom are joining us for the first time! We’ll be highlighting one instructor from the 2017 curriculum each week, so be sure to stay tuned.

We’re happy to introduce David Riecks, owner of ControlledVocabulary.com, and celebrated metadata consultant. David will be leading the Embedded Metadata Workshop and Let’s Get Practical: Metadata Open Session. The workshop will take a hands-on approach to embedding metadata into digital image files, playing with tools that read, write, and extract metadata from digital files, and what programs may be best for data acquistion, work flow management and information exchange. Be prepared for active learning exercises – Come with questions, leave with answers!

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David Riecks

Did you know?

David Riecks founded ControlledVocabulary.com as a resource for building controlled vocabularies, thesauri, and keyword hierarchies for describing images to increase success in finding them in digital asset management (DAM) systems.

You may recognize him as being involved in many of the metadata standards initiatives influential to the photography, digital image, and digitization fields — or from being a featured speaker at conferences and industry events — such as PhotoPlus Expo, the Microsoft Pro Photo Summit, and the International PhotoMetadata Conferences, among others. Riecks has chaired the Society of American Archivists’ Imaging Technology Standards committee, the American Society of Media Photographers Digital Photography Standards & Practices committee, and more.

Riecks recently assumed leadership for the Photo Metadata website, a project begun under the Stock Artists Alliance, one of several projects under an umbrella of partnerships spearheaded by the Library of Congress’ National Digital Information Infrastructure and Preservation Program (NDIIPP).

In recognition of his years of work to further photo metadata standards, he was named as a “Pioneer of Digital Preservation” by the Library of Congress in 2009.

Register for SEI to benefit from his knowledge directly!

6 weeks from today SEI will be happening! If you’d like to bunk in the dorms at $53 per night, those arrangements will need to be made by THIS Friday, May 5. If you’d like to book a room at the Franklin inn, the block group rate of $165 per night can be secured until May 12th. There are a limited number of rooms at that price. An email will be sent to all registered attendees with the booking code.

Read all about SEI at http://seiworkshop.org where you can find our Statement of Inclusivity, info about registering, accommodations, curriculum and much more.

In its 14th year as a joint program between the  Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF), SEI 2107 will be held at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, from June 6-9, 2017.

SEI provides both new and more experienced professionals the opportunity to stay current in the rapidly changing fields of digitization, project management, fair use and copyright, metadata, and digital asset management, as well as significant networking opportunities. As a 2015 SEI graduate noted, “The curriculum was excellent in scope, striking a balance between detailed, practical exploration of relevant skills & tools, and putting these in the context of broader issues in visual resources/arts librarianship.”

SEI 2017 is filling up. Register soon!

Contact the SEI co-chairs Jesse Henderson or Nicole Finzer with any questions and

Follow us on Facebook

See you in North Carolina!

SEI 2017 Instructor of the Week: Lisa Gregory

We’re thrilled to introduce the amazing instructors for this year’s Summer Educational Institute, many of whom are joining us for the first time! We’ll be highlighting one instructor from the 2017 curriculum each week, so be sure to stay tuned.

We’re happy to introduce Lisa Gregory, Program Coordinator for the North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. Lisa will be leading our Digitization Basics Workshop. Plan for your next digitization project in this workshop! We’ll cover scanning specs, budgeting, staffing and equipment considerations, grant writing and contract negotiations. We’ll discuss a variety of hardware and software option for a range of materials and project needs. Come with questions, leave with answers!

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Lisa Gregory

Did you know?

The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center (DHC) is a statewide digitization and digital publishing program through the North Carolina Collection at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The DHC provides libraries, archives, museums, historical societies, and other cultural heritage institutions with the opportunity to promote and increase access to their collections through digitization, and is supported by the State Library of North Carolina, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the UNC-Chapel Hill University Library. The DHC also serves as the North Carolina service hub for the DPLA!!

Lisa was a 2012 recipient of the Library of Congress National Digital Stewardship Alliance Innovation Award, which honors those who exemplify creativity, diversity and collaboration essential to supporting the digital community as it works to preserve and make available digital materials. Check out this interview with her. And Register for SEI to benefit from her knowledge directly!

6 weeks from today SEI will be happening! If you’d like to bunk in the dorms at $53 per might, those arrangements will need to be made by next Friday, May 5. If you’d like to book a room at the Franklin in, the block group rate of $165 per night can be secured until May 12th. There are a limited number of rooms at that price. An email will be sent to all registered attendees with the booking code.
In its 14th year as a joint program between the  Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF), SEI 2107 will be held at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, from June 6-9, 2017.Read all about SEI at http://seiworkshop.org where you can find our Statement of Inclusivity, info about registering, accommodations, curriculum and much more.

SEI provides both new and more experienced professionals the opportunity to stay current in the rapidly changing fields of digitization, project management, fair use and copyright, metadata, and digital asset management, as well as significant networking opportunities. As a 2015 SEI graduate noted, “The curriculum was excellent in scope, striking a balance between detailed, practical exploration of relevant skills & tools, and putting these in the context of broader issues in visual resources/arts librarianship.”

SEI 2017 is filling up. Register soon!

Contact the SEI co-chairs Jesse Henderson or Nicole Finzer with any questions and follow us on Facebook

See you in North Carolina!

SEI 2017 Instructor of the Week: Anne Young

We’re thrilled to introduce the amazing instructors for this year’s Summer Educational Institute, many of whom are joining us for the first time! We’ll be highlighting one instructor from the 2017 curriculum each week, so be sure to stay tuned.

We’re happy to introduce Anne Young, Manager of Rights and Reproduction at the Indianapolis Museum of Art and Anne will be leading our Second Intellectual Property Module, and then will team up with Nancy Sims for “Let’s Get Practical: IP and Image Rights Case Studies.”

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Anne Young

Did you know?

Anne was the 2017 Visual Resources Association Nancy DeLaurier Award winner. Honored for her groundbreaking work editing the Rights & Reproductions: The Handbook for Cultural Institutions, the first comprehensive resource to focus solely on the rights and reproductions guidelines, established standards and emerging best practices at cultural institutions, this publication was co-published in 2015 by the Indianapolis Museum of Art and American Alliance of Museums.

Anne maintains a twitter account in which she tweets on museums, photography, reproductions, intellectual property, and more. We hope to see you at SEI to engage in what’s sure to be a great discussion and workshop!

In its 14th year as a joint program between the  Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF), SEI 2107 will be held at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, from June 6-9, 2017.

SEI provides both new and more experienced professionals the opportunity to stay current in rapidly changing fields of digitization, project management, fair use and copyright, metadata, and digital preservation, as well as significant networking opportunities. As a 2015 SEI graduate noted, “The curriculum was excellent in scope, striking a balance between detailed, practical exploration of relevant skills & tools, and putting these in the context of broader issues in visual resources/arts librarianship.”

SEI 2017 is filling up. Register soon!sei

Contact the SEI co-chairs Jesse Henderson or Nicole Finzer with any questions and

Follow us on Facebook

See you in North Carolina!

SEI 2017 Instructor of the Week: Nancy Sims

It’s officially Spring and that means it’s time for us to highlight the amazing instructors for this year’s Summer Educational Institute (SEI), and we’ll be highlighting one instructor from the 2017 curriculum each week during the months of April and May – we hope you’ll tune in and better yet, come meet them and learn with us!

We’re happy to introduce Nancy Sims, who will be kicking off SEI with Part 1 of our Intellectual Property Module. Nancy Sims is the University of Minnesota Library’s subject specialist on copyright issues. She is both a librarian and a lawyer, has extensive experience working in academic libraries, and is fascinated by the pervasiveness of copyright issues in modern life. Nancy advocates for policies and practices that support sustainable scholarship, democratic information access, and public participation in cultural heritage collections.

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Nancy Sims
Did you know?

A veteran of SEI, she first presented at the 2015 SEI and loved it! She blew away the audience with her copyright knowledge and presentation style, and has been coming back ever since! We’re excited to welcome her back for her third year in a row and think it’s pretty cool that SEI brings people like this together, don’t you?

Nancy maintains a blog and a twitter account in which she weighs in on things large and small related to copyright, intellectual property and fair use. We hope to see you at SEI, though, where we’ll get to engage in face to face discussion with the copyright maven herself!

In its 14th year as a joint program between the  Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF), SEI 2107 will be held at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, from June 6-9, 2017.

SEI provides new and more experienced professionals opportunities to stay current in rapidly changing fields of digitization, project management, fair use and copyright, metadata, and digital preservation, as well as significant networking opportunities — BUT — it’s filling up. Register soon!

Contact the SEI co-chairs Jesse Henderson or Nicole Finzer with any questions and follow us on Facebook!

See you in North Carolina!

Stephanie Beene
Assistant Professor, Fine Arts Librarian for Art & Architecture

Paid Internship Opportunity: Modern and Contemporary Editions and Photographs Intern, Phillips Auctioneers, NYC

Description

TWO MONTH INTERNSHIP – Phillips is currently seeking an organized and motivated individual to fill a fixed-term, four-month internship in the Editions and Photographs departments, beginning January 3rd, 2017. Based in our New York Headquarters at 450 Park Avenue, the primary focus of the internship will be to gain insight into the day to day operations of a successful international auction house. We welcome candidates with a specific interest Editions and Photographs. Interns will have a chance to be trained in Phillips’ systems and research procedures in order to directly contribute to the department throughout an entire sale cycle. By assisting in our spring sales—Editions and Photographs Day and Evening Sales —successful applicants will benefit from this unique opportunity for professional development through hands-on experience in the art industry. DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES The intern will have the opportunity to assist the department at every level in the following ways: • Aid with organizational tasks to help each sale administrator leading up to sale deadlines • Work closely with Specialists on research projects on specific collections and works of art • Prepare materials for catalogue layout and assist with catalogue production for each sale • Compile data into appraisals and proposals to assist with business-getting • Record sale results for Phillips sales • Assist with sale viewing set-up in gallery space • Participate in auction-day roles for all spring sales, across all departments • Complete ad-hoc research projects on specific artists and galleries PROFESSIONAL SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE • The ideal candidate will have a passion for fine art with specific interest in Editions and Photographs. They should have excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to deal effectively and efficiently with multiple tasks while working to meet strict deadlines. • The internship is five days per week from Monday thru Friday, 9 am to 6 pm, with flexibility to work on weekends during sale deadlines. Interns are paid at minimum wage. EDUCATION AND TRAINING • Must be current college seniors seeking a Bachelor’s degree, or college graduates with a Bachelor’s degree. Graduate students preferred.   PERSONAL ATTRIBUTES • Interest in Editions and Photographs • Strong communication skills • Highly organized, team player • Attentive to detail • Willingness and desire to learn and ask questions • Strong work ethic with effective time management; ability to multi-task, take initiative and work well independently WORKING CONDITIONS • Work is undertaken primarily within an office environment in our New York location. • Ability to work evenings and weekends as necessary

More information and application: https://www.nyfa.org/Jobs/Show/0c9830a3-9d9a-434f-b2b9-598041c88e52