Why You Should Attend the Summer Educational Institute (SEI) for Visual Resources and Image Management

Are you a student or new professional interested in art librarianship, visual resources, or digital humanities? If so, you should consider attending the Summer Educational Institute (SEI) for Visual Resources and Image Management in Albuquerque, NM on June 5-8, 2018. This annual workshop, a joint project of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) and the Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF), provides information professionals with the latest technologies and tools to be successful in the rapidly changing field of visual resources. This year the curriculum includes intellectual property rights, digitization standards and process monitoring, metadata, digital preservation, digital curation, and digital humanities. The skills you gain from attending a workshop like SEI will supplement your library school coursework and can help you land a job in this field.

Here’s what two former attendees have to say about their experience:

“SEI was an invaluable experience for me, particularly as a newcomer to the Visual/Digital Resources field. I attended SEI in 2017, having just recently been hired as the Visual Resources Librarian at the University of New Hampshire. The curriculum was just what I needed. In my day-to-day work, I now find myself constantly referring back to things I learned at SEI, from best practices in digitization, to copyright issues, to implementing and managing Digital Humanities projects. In addition to the practical knowledge I gained at SEI, I also met an amazing group of colleagues from across the country. It was comforting to know that others in my position are dealing with the same challenges I face, especially as the Visual Resources and Digital Resources fields continue to evolve and change at such a rapid pace. I was also deeply impressed by everyone’s enthusiasm and commitment to their profession, from the instructors and participants, to the organizers. I recommend SEI to anyone wishing to enhance their skills and connect with dedicated colleagues. My belief in SEI’s core mission and values is such, that I volunteered to take on the role of webmaster for SEI 2018. Take a look at the website for detailed information on the curriculum, instructors, and our new venue at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque. And feel free to contact me (otto.luna@unh.edu) should you have any questions about attending SEI.”

Otto Luna, University of New Hampshire

“Many of my goals and expectations were met or exceeded. The professionals brought in to instruct us were great at imparting their expertise and experience to us through presentations, activities and Q&A. While I was not able to connect with everyone at SEI, there was a community atmosphere developed between attendees, organizers and instructors. It was especially helpful for me, as someone new to the VR sector of librarianship. The most surprising aspect of SEI, for me, was the reassurance that I felt building during my time there. I went in with imposter syndrome, feeling like I was inexperienced and that was the cause of how overwhelmed I felt. I learned a lot about the challenges of my specific position, such as its broad scope. I realized that the breadth of the knowledge that I needed to do my job was a benefit and a challenge. I found that I should be more confident, because I know more have a better understanding of my work than I give myself credit for. While there is no replacement for practical experience, there is a lot to be said for having confidence in the work you do and in decisions you make. SEI provided me with an invaluable experience and one that I will recall often when I am presented with challenges throughout my career. Additionally, because of connections that I made at SEI, I was offered the opportunity to become the Publicity Specialist with the SEI Implementation team.”

Chelsea Stone, Sacred Heart University

Paid Internship Opportunity – Metadata Specialist Intern, Crutchfield, Charlottesville VA

Are you looking for more than just a summer job? Crutchfield’s summer experience is structured, but far from stuffy. This paid internship program will help you develop new skills, make connections, and strengthen your resume by learning directly from company leaders. Our interns work on real projects that matter and we’ll count on your skills and experience to solve problems in a relaxed and fun environment.

Help us find the right photos faster. You’ll work with our photography team, print and web designers, and digital asset manager to help us organize our photo storage, and optimize our naming and metadata to get better search results.

This position is 40 hours/week and pays $15/hour.  Duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Interviewing stakeholders
  • Planning and implementing a new file structure for digital assets
  • Reviewing existing assets and recommending a list of keywords to optimize searches using image librarian program
  • Recommending and implementing improvements to the process of tagging new/existing image
  • Working with IT to implement improvements to the image librarian program
  • Developing and managing a process to tag images and file assets from in-house photo studio

Apply: https://workforcenow.adp.com/jobs/apply/posting.html?client=crutchfiel&jobId=78293&source=IN

Paid Internship Opportunity: Image Keywording Intern, Great Bowery, NYC

This position reports to the Image Annotation Manager. The Keywording Intern will be responsible for classifying and describing the images of a large, diverse photo archive. They will collaborate with other Keyworders to ensure consistency and accuracy, and will also help to organize the controlled vocabulary used to keyword these images.

This internship provides an opportunity to learn about the business of high-end image licensing, as well as standards and innovations in image keywording.

The ideal candidate has a background or strong interest in commercial and/or fine art photography. Familiarity with beauty, fashion, lifestyle, celebrity, and/or interior design media is essential. Previous experience keywording or cataloguing images or other assets is a big plus.

Must have basic computer proficiency (Mac), and excellent command of English. Experience with DAMs, Excel, and understanding of search engine functionality helpful. Research skills and attention to detail are critical.

Please submit a cover letter and resume through NYFA only. Applications submitted via direct email will not by reviewed.

 

(Link: https://www.nyfa.org/Jobs/Show/9bb38331-8a2c-41c6-8f34-a55c2288c097)

Visual Materials Cataloger, Cornell University, Ithaca NY

Under the direction of the Technical Services Archivist in the Division of Rare and Manuscript Collections, the Visual Materials Cataloger works to provide greater access to both analog and digital photographic collections in the special collections of Cornell University Library and the photographic holdings of the Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art.

In creating descriptions across the collections, the cataloger will work to bring together the different approaches to descriptive practice currently utilized by the library and museum and communities. In the Library, the cataloger will identify photographic materials across collections and create descriptions based on archival standards and best practices to facilitate access and use, with a particular focus on photography in designated subject areas, including land and environment, labor, civil rights, and Asia. In the Museum, the cataloger will perform item-level cataloging for photographic collections using accepted standards and appropriate controlled vocabularies.  To enable discovery across the Library’s and Museum’s collections, the cataloger will work to ensure descriptions are consistent and compatible with relevant discovery platforms.

This position is a two-year benefits-eligible term appointment.

Required Qualifications:

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent combination of advanced degree and related experience.
  • One to two years of experience working in a special collections or museum setting.
  • Experience arranging and describing photographic and visual materials in an archival or museum setting according to accepted national standards, including DACS, EAD, and MARC.
  • Experience creating and updating item-level metadata using accepted standards and vocabularies such as LC, ULAN, AAT, TGM, and others.
  • Knowledge of the history of photography, photographic materials and processes, and the proper handling, care, and storage of photographic and visual materials.
  • Excellent organizational skills and ability to plan, coordinate, and implement complex projects.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with a variety of staff in a rapidly changing environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Expertise and/or interest in environmental, labor, American, or Asian studies.
  • Degree in history or a related discipline
  • Record of engagement with professional groups and activities and/or contributions to professional or scholarly literature.
  • Familiarity with ArchivesSpace, eMuseum, or similar applications.

May work with dusty materials. Must be able to lift 20 to 40 lbs.

Visa sponsorship is not available for this position.

Link: https://cornell.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/en-US/CornellCareerPage/job/Ithaca-Main-Campus/Visual-Materials-Cataloger_WDR-00013078

Job Opportunity: Registration Manager, Chihuly Studio, Seattle WA

Registration Manager

Chihuly Studio is a lively and world renowned art studio based out of Seattle.  We are seeking a dynamic, experienced professional to lead its Registration team.

The Registration Manager will manage all operations of the Registration Department including ownership of the Vetro CRM system and Asset Bank digital asset management system, formulation and implementation of policies and procedures around artwork handling, conservation and records management, digital asset production and administration, and management and handling of archives and collections. This individual will be a strategic partner to the Executive Team and Studio management by recommending and executing best practices, and by formulating policies and procedures that will aid in long-term planning and administration of artwork, collections and archives.  This manager will be responsible for leading and developing a high functioning team capable of collaborating with Studio cohorts as registration, conservation, and archive practices and procedures evolve.

 

Our Ideal Candidate is:

  • Curious, organized, self-directed leader comfortable in a dynamic work environment
  • Creative problem-solver
  • Strong and savvy communicator able to work effectively and collegially throughout an organization

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manage all aspects of Studio and privately owned art inventory
  • In collaboration with the warehouse manager, formulate and implement packing/storage/shelving protocol for artwork and collections and digital assets
  • Maintain Vetro and Asset Bank databases including updating of artwork and digital asset data and records.  Lead the implementation of system updates and enhancements.
  • Train users on Vetro and Asset Bank and maintain training documents
  • Coordinate with warehouse staff on inventory counts and reconcile Vetro records to accounting records
  • Develop and implement policies and procedures to facilitate the safe handling, storage and condition reporting of artwork in Studio facilities and on loan
  • Review pertinent contracts to ensure adherence to protocol for artwork handling, storage, and condition reporting
  • Manage the digital asset librarian and the Asset Bank digital asset system
  • Work closely with the PR/Communications staff to manage rights and reproduction activities associated with artwork, digital assets and collections
  • Train, mentor and develop a staff of six
  • Oversee the photography studio, ensuring that photography resources are effectively prioritized
  • Manage image assets including the Asset Bank digital asset system, and curation and storage of non-digital image assets
  • Formulate and implement preventative conservation policies and practices, and diagnose and prioritize conservation needs for artworks
  • Oversee archivist activities and archived materials to ensure proper retention and organization.  Participate with executive management on long-term and strategic planning for the artist’s archives and collections.
  • Generate policies and messaging for client and gallery inquiries
  • Oversee Chihuly personal collections (artwork and collectibles) and serve as a point of contact for outside consultants

 

Qualifications

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent experience
  • Proven leadership ability and experience
  • Minimum 3 years’ work experience in the arts field
  • Familiarity with museum industry standards
  • Experience maintaining physical and intellectual control of artwork, archives and image assets
  • Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite (Word, Excel, Outlook)
  • Experience with Microsoft Dynamics 365 or inventory tracking database preferred

 

We offer a competitive salary and excellent benefits including a health/dental/vision care package, employer retirement match, and paid time off.

How to Apply: Applications are accepted using our online application process only.  NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE! Please go to: https://careers-hrpmsi.icims.com/jobs/2171/registration-manager/login  to start the online application process

Job Opportunity: Image Archive Associate, Guggenheim, NYC

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is seeking an Image Archive Associate. As part of the Photographic Services team, the Image Archive Associate facilitates the preservation, organization and archiving of all Guggenheim images.

Founded in 1937, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is dedicated to promoting the understanding and appreciation of art, primarily of the modern and contemporary periods, through exhibitions, education programs, research initiatives, and publications. The Guggenheim network that began in the 1970s when the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York, was joined by the Peggy Guggenheim Collection, Venice, has since expanded to include the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao (opened 1997) and the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi (currently in development). Looking to the future, the Guggenheim Foundation continues to forge international collaborations that take contemporary art, architecture, and design beyond the walls of the museum. More information about the foundation can be found at guggenheim.org.

Key Responsibilities

  • Scan legacy and historic film in the Guggenheim Image Archive in high resolution for a wide variety of internal and external clients. Subject matter includes Guggenheim collection works of art, exhibition and architectural views, and conservation documentation images.
  • Perform digital file post-production of both scanned and newly captured photographs, including clean up, color correction and metadata entry for new collection, conservation and exhibition-related photography.
  • Retouch, composite, silhouette and locally color-correct images for publications, special projects and retail product photography.
  • Research and conduct preliminary editing of contemporary and archival still images for a wide variety of museum publications and projects.
  • Collaborate with and assist Digital Asset Manager in organization and maintenance of all Guggenheim collection, exhibition and other types of photography created in the Photographic Services Department. Confirm that metadata, formatting, and file naming conform to studio standards. Organize images on servers.
  • Prepare web-ready still images for Guggenheim website, Guggenheim App, Media and Public Relations, and Marketing.
  • Assist with workflow management of new collection photography to be entered into TMS (Guggenheim collection database).
  • Support Licensing with fulfillment of external rights and reproduction requests and internal fulfillment requests.
  • Collaborate with Studio Manager to ensure best practices and that digital image production meets standards for long-term archiving, retrieval, and distribution.
  • Participate in the planning of interdepartmental projects.
  • Assist Chief Photographer and Photographer with location and studio photography shoots, handling equipment and lighting as needed.
  • Assist Chief Photographer with post-production for architectural views, museum portrait sessions and exhibition views.
  • Print, package, and ship fine art prints to be sold at the museum’s retail and online stores.

Qualifications and Requirements

  • Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, or Masters in Fine Arts, Photography, Digital Imaging or related fields
  • Thorough working knowledge of digital imaging techniques and software, including fluency with Photoshop retouching and compositing techniques, Adobe Bridge metadata entry and Adobe Lightroom editing. Familiarity with Media Beacon or other DAM database software is a plus
  • Solid working understanding of digital image file standards and color management, Macintosh operating system and related digital asset management practices
  • Familiarity with traditional photography, including film types, formats and digital photography
  • Experience with photo editing and research
  • Excellent organizational and archival skills
  • Ability to work independently and as part of a team
  • Fully skilled with scanning of negatives, transparencies, and reflective media using Epson and Imacon scanners
  • Good working knowledge of inkjet printing and color calibration tools

The Guggenheim offers a competitive salary and excellent medical, dental, life, disability, and retirement plan coverage.  Our staff also enjoys generous vacation, sick leave and personal days, access to a variety of cultural institutions, discounts to museum stores, and a stimulating and collegial work environment.

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation is an equal opportunity employer.

Application Instructions / Public Contact Information

Qualified applicants please send your resume and cover letter, including salary expectations, to employment@guggenheim.org.  Indicate the job title “Image Archive Associate” in the subject line. Only those applicants who meet our requirements for this position will be contacted.

LINK: https://www.nyfa.org/Jobs/Show/901e725e-32d2-42ea-be26-2daf488bf848

Assistant Curator of Audio/Visual/Digital Resources

Job Summary

The assistant curator is a faculty-equivalent appointee who provides a wide range of professional services in the Fine Arts areas and Literature, Philosophy, and the Arts department, in support of its research, teaching, and public service missions. This is a part-time position that will require a minimum of twenty hours of work each week.

The assistant curator will:

Manage a collection of digital images used for teaching, research, and publication by the Art History discipline and maintain a working relationship with counterparts on the Ann Arbor campus.
Create new images using flatbed scanners, slide scanners, digital cameras, and Adobe Photoshop software.
Catalog images using EmbARK software (or equivalent) and make images available via Digital Library Platform and Services (DPLS) at UM-Ann Arbor.
Track and resolve cataloguing for errors
Support Fine Arts and LPA faculty to facilitate projects related to digital humanities research and teaching such as digital mapping, 3D imaging, virtual reality, and urban humanities. The hire will interact with IT specialists and librarians to enhance research and teaching (face-to-face, but especially online teaching platforms and image support) in the department. This hire would work with Music History faculty, to build collections and resources necessary for a digital music curriculum.
Supervise student assistants helping with the production of images and with staffing a digital art and music computer classroom during open lab hours.
Supervise equipment use in the AVD resources work area and the digital computer classroom when complete.
Manage, create content, and update the Fine Arts website and Facebook site.
Required Qualifications*

Candidate should have an MA, MLS, MS or MFA in a subject area appropriate to the visual resources collection. (Foundational knowledge of art history, appropriate background digital skills and strong writing skills are essential).

At least 1 year of experience in use of data management systems for cataloguing images, DVDs, music materials (for instance EmbARK); in use of Photoshop; and in use of tools like Omeka to facilitate faculty and student projects for the creation of digital humanities websites related to courses and independent studies projects (such as digital mapping, 3D imaging, and virtual reality software).

Familiar with technology and platforms for art history and music history online teaching and course development, as well as computer classrooms.

Must demonstrate knowledge of Intellectual Property Rights, including Rights Statements from the Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) for implementation of the online image collection, and demonstrate knowledge of online image resource tools (including the Getty vocabularies) . The candidate must be well-organized, detail­ oriented, and welcoming of interaction with faculty and students.

Ability to stand, reach, bend, and lift a minimum of 15 pounds with full mobility.

Desired Qualifications*

An MLS, MA, MS, or MFA in a subject area appropriate to the visual resources collection (foundational knowledge of art history and appropriate background digital skills are essential). Preferred specialiy in Art History and very strong writing skills.

3 years of experience in use of data management systems for cataloguing images, DVDs, music materials (for instance EmbARK) ; in use of Photoshop; and in use of tools like Omeka to facilitate faculty and student projects for the creation of digital humanities websites related to courses and independent studies projects (such as digital mapping, 30 imaging, and virtual reality software).

Experience with technology and platforms for art history and music history online teaching and course development, as well as computer classrooms.

http://careers.umich.edu/job_detail/144959/assistant_curator_of_audiovisual_digital_resources

 

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!