Job Posting: Visual Resources Curator, American University, Washington, DC

The Visual Resources Center Curator oversees the Department of Art Visual Resources Center (VRC), its equipment, and staff. The position works in the Department and across the College of Arts and Sciences and the University at large with faculty engaged in developing innovative visual literacy-based curricula. The VRC Curator administers new media resources, trains and supervises student employees, provides training for faculty in use of electronic media, and works with faculty on curriculum development with new media. The VRC Curator is also responsible for acquiring technical equipment.

Educational Requirements:

  • Master’s degree in Library Science or related field required preferably with a Bachelor’s of Art in Art History.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Three to five years of experience in visual media management
  • Experience working with digital media and digital imaging tools
  • Intermediate knowledge of Mac and PC environments
  • Must demonstrate the ability to adapt to and master new technologies in digital image management and instructional support
  • Experience working with a library-type collection, and visual database management systems and supervising workers
  • Attention to detail, ability to prioritize short- and long-term projects and interest in building relationships across the College of Arts and Sciences
  • Excellent communication skills and the ability to work in a collaborative environment

Preferred Requirements:

  • Background in and understanding of digital media and digital imaging technologies including Adobe Photoshop, image scanning, digital photography, and presentation tools, including online exhibitions
  • Familiarity with information science, database structures, programming and data entry
  • Familiarity with CONTENTdm. Assessment, cataloging and processing of collection materials and knowledge of on-line image resource tools

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Job Posting: Visual Resources Curator Assistant, Vanderbilt University, Nashville TN

Vanderbilt University currently has an immediate opening for a Visual Resources Curator Assistant. Works in association with the Director of Visual Resources in the management of the History of Art digital image collection; aids faculty in digital humanities projects to support teaching and research, conducts research and assists in the expansion of a database of digital images used in the teaching of art and art history; assists and educates collection users with the various resources and technology; supports faculty with classroom technologies; and participates in the training and supervision of temporary workers.


Key Functions and Expected Performances:

  • Provides services in accordance with the director and faculty’s goals, objectives, and deadlines; conducts research as necessary to identify and catalog images of artworks in conformity with the established system.
  • Provides assistance to collection users; resolves routine to complex problems related to user requests; assists with research and special projects which are part of the growing interest in digital humanities.
  • Remain current on the latest technologies and relevant software.
  • Locates and selects materials, both in print and digital, with the goal of providing high quality images for use in instruction. Coordinates this function with curator and faculty.
  • Participates in the training and supervision of temporary workers in the performance of various duties related to the digital image collection.
  • Other relevant duties related to teaching, research and learning as needed.


Additional Information:

This is a full-time non-exempt position (30 hours per week). Hours are 8:00am until 2:30pm; Monday – Friday or 8:00am until 4:00pm Tuesday-Friday.

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Job Posting: Visual Resources Assistant, University of Oxford, England

We are seeking a Visual Resources Assistant, a key role within a small administrative team in the History of Art Department. The successful applicant will support the development of digital visual content for Faculty teaching and research, extending out into the wider image-using community across the collegiate University, as well as provide access to and preserve the Department’s analogue image collections. S/he will also provide advice, support and training in the use of visual resources.

You will have experience of supporting academic staff and students, as well as previous experience of working within a library, picture library or image facility. You will have acquired appropriate computer and technical skills, and a working knowledge of digital library resources. You will have the ability to work flexibly, both independently and collaboratively, as well as be able to work on your own initiative, solving routine problems and prioritising work effectively while maintaining accuracy and attention to detail.

This is a full-time, permanent post, available immediately.

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Job Posting: Image Library Archivist (temp), The BOSS Group, San Ramon CA

Key Responsibilities:

  • Provide support issues related to metadata and corporate taxonomy, information retention, protection and intellectual property concerns
  • Skilled in the areas of library science, Dublin Core Metadata Initiative and research analysis
  • Ingest, catalogue, store and retrieve digital assets; understand protocols for downloading, renaming, backing up, rating, grouping, archiving, optimizing, maintaining and exporting files
  • Manage incoming requests for digital images submitted by business partners
  • Fulfill digital image requests by downloading existing assets, repurposing existing assets or identifying and recommending purchase of new assets
  • Ensure that all downloaded, repurposed or created assets match requirements (color space, size, resolution, format, etc.) from request prior to fulfilling
  • Scan and file signatures
  • Add metadata to digital files and file assets in appropriate server
  • Accurately maintain and update asset servers
  • Accurately maintain and update image database, following set procedures

YOU are: 

  • Someone with excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • A creative problem solver
  • Detail-oriented and reliable
  • Able to meet deadlines and see projects to completion 
  • A team played and collaborator 
  • Someone that desires to try and adopt new learning mediums, always keeping up with best practices

YOU bring: 

  • Bachelor’s degree in Library/Information Science Management or related field required
  • Masters degree in Library/Information Science Management (preferred)
  • 1+ years experience in corporate or creative Digital Asset Management with multimedia assets
  • Proficient knowledge of photo production process, different types of still and video file formats
  • Experience in tracking and trafficking assets for the multimedia assets, allowing easy and timely access for the internal Digital Asset Management tool. Utilizing in-house programs and information to sort, name, and load images accordingly

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Visual Resources Association Foundation 2016-2017 Internship Award

Award Description

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) Internship Award provides financial support for graduate students preparing for a career in visual resources and image management. The award grants $4,000 to support a period of internship in archives, libraries, museums, visual resources collections in academic institutions, or other appropriate contexts. The recipient will receive a stipend of $3,000 for 200 hours completed at the host site. A professional development component of $1,000 supports conference attendance or attendance at the Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management. The recipient will receive a one-year complimentary student membership in the Visual Resources Association.

Who May Apply

Students currently enrolled in, or having completed within the last 12 months, a graduate program in library or information science, art history, architectural history, architecture, visual or studio art, museum studies, or other applicable field of study may apply for this award. Applicants must have completed at least 10 credits of their graduate coursework before the application deadline, or demonstrate an equivalent combination of coursework and relevant experience.

Internship Description

Only one VRAF Internship is awarded per year. Priority will be given to applicants who submit projects that support art historical research and scholarship. Although the award recipient need not hold US citizenship or be a permanent resident of the US, the recipient must select an institution in the United States to act as host for the internship. This institution must be approved by the VRAF Internship Award Committee. VRAF and VRA are not responsible for matching candidates with a host institution, but will gladly assist with the process. An up to date list of host institutions can be found here.

This Internship Award will be granted for the 2016-2017 academic year. The intern is required to work on site at their chosen host institution for a minimum of 200 hours. The intern will choose to initiate their internship in the fall of 2016 or the winter or spring of 2017. The internship must begin within 30 days of the official beginning of the selected academic session of the participant’s home institution and be completed within one academic semester or two academic quarters. Exceptions are allowed by agreement between the selected intern and the VRAF Internship Awards Committee. In all cases, the internship must be completed within twelve months of the recipient being notified of the award.

The intern and the internship supervisor will complete brief evaluations of the internship experience. This report must be received by the VRAF Internship Committee by March 1, 2017.

The VRAF Internship Award will provide a stipend of $3,000 to the intern. Half of the award will be granted prior to the internship, with the remainder granted upon completion of the internship and receipt of a letter to the Chair of the VRAF Internship Committee signed by the internship supervisor and the intern stating that the 200 hours have been completed. If the recipient is not a US citizen, the VRAF is required by the IRS to withhold a percentage of this award.

A professional development component of $1,000 is available to support attendance at the national VRA conference, other appropriate conferences, or the Summer Educational Institute for Visual Resources and Image Management. The recipient will be reimbursed upon submission of receipts and documentation. The award recipient will be formally recognized during the Awards ceremony at the VRA conference.

The recipient will receive a one-year complimentary student membership in the Visual Resources Association.

Interns may have the option of receiving academic credit for the internship as part of their graduate course work but will be responsible for making those arrangements themselves.

How to Apply

To apply for the award, please submit the following:

  • A current resume.
  • A current transcript [this does not need to be issued directly from the institution].
  • An essay of up to 400 words addressing the applicant’s professional goals, learning expectations of the internship experience, and any skills or background that might benefit visual resources. A brief clear description of the proposed project is required.
  • The names of two professional or scholastic references with address, telephone numbers, and email addresses.
  • Host institution and contact information of internship supervisor.
  • Application materials in electronic form are preferred and should be submitted as a single PDF file to:
    Margaret Webster
    Visual Resources Consultant
    Phone: 607-257-3365

Host Institutions

Responsibility for institutional selection will remain with the award recipients rather than the VRAF. The Internship Award Committee is not responsible for matching candidates with a host institution but will gladly assist in the process. To help with this process, VRA’s Visual Resources Emerging Professionals and Students (VREPS) have compiled an ongoing list of institutions willing to host an intern.

Note to potential host institutions: You are invited to add your information to the VREPS Internship Award Host Sites by sending an email to Amy Lazet (alazet@COLLEGEFORCREATIVESTUDIES.EDU) with the following information: institution name, contact person, address, telephone, email, URL, and a brief description of the internship.

Deadlines for 2016-2017

  • July 31, 2016: Deadline for submission of applications to the VRAF Internship Award Committee.
  • August 21, 2016: VRAF Internship Award Committee announces the award recipient for 2016-2017.

The deadline for submission of evaluation forms and documents by the intern and the host institution will be within 30 days of the completion of the internship. The evaluation reports for a recipient who elects to complete the internship during the spring semester or quarter must be received by March 1, 2017. The remaining documents verifying the completion of the internship may be submitted later.

Monies from the Internship Award may not be used to cover indirect costs at institutions.

Additional Information

For additional information please contact the Committee Chair:
Margaret Webster
Visual Resources Consultant
Phone: 607-257-3365

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Job Posting: Assistant Visual Resources Curator (part-time), Brandeis University, Waltham MA

The Department of Fine Arts at Brandeis University is looking for an Assistant Visual Resources Curator. This person works on the collection of Contemporary art images in Shared Shelf which includes photography, photoshopping and cataloging.

Examples of Key Responsibilities:

  • Photographs and photoshops images of Contemporary art, from books, in consultation with faculty; includes researching appropriate books.
  • Catalogs images of Contemporary art using the data provided in books.
  • Provides media and technology support to faculty during classes (when needed), and at special events such as lectures and symposia (which may take place in the evenings and occasional weekends and may require attendance). For events, this may include designing publicity and videography/ archiving.
  • Works on updating and improving the Fine Arts departmental website, in consultation with Departmental administrator.


B.A. or B.F.A. (or equivalent)

Knowledge of and passion for Contemporary art

Adept at Photoshop

Familiarity with CMS, or ability to learn it easily

Familiarity with or willingness to master videography and editing

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Job Posting: Digital Imaging Technician, New York Botanical Garden, NYC

Please Note: This is a 2 year grant funded position

The Digital Imaging Technician will can (digitize) archival material. He/She will scan and ingest images files into the digital repository and perform image correction as needed.  The candidate must be able to meet challenging deadlines and work within complex workflows and schedules for a department with a large number of simultaneous imaging projects and contribute significantly to the continued growth of the Library’s digital repository.

Specific Duties and Responsibilities

  • Create large volume of high-quality digital images
  • Import and tag those images in Extensis Portfolio digital asset management system
  • Prepare and ingest objects and the associated metadata into Internet Archive and Biodiversity Heritage Library (BHL) in a timely and accurate manner
  • Judge and correct digital images for color balance, contrast, tonality and density when compared to original objects. Photographic prints, or transparencies
  • Work closely with Archives and Conservation staff on the project
  • Track image production and workflow
  • Consistently and accurately name image files
  • Clearly document all project workflows and processes
  • Carefully handle fragile historical archival materials


  • Bachelor’s degree with some experience with digital imaging technologies
  • Knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and other processing software applications to capture, manipulate, save and print images
  • Demonstrated ability to manage simultaneous tasks: batch scanning, ingesting, documentation and printing
  • Solid understanding of file management systems databases
  • Familiarity with a variety of photographic media and processes.Photography skills and traditional darkroom experience a plus
  • Excellent organizational and record keeping skills and the ability to work accurately and independently in busy environment
  • Strong interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to participate in the configuration of new scanning equipment

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Job Posting: Visual Resources Specialist, Southern Methodist University, Dallas TX

The Department of Art History of the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU seeks a Visual Resources Specialist to administer the departmental Visual Resources Laboratory (VRL).

Essential Functions:

Work directly with arts and humanities faculty to realize college and departmental learning goals.

Consult with faculty in the arts and humanities to develop and deliver a suite of services that support the integration of information resources and technology in their teaching and research, with special emphasis on visual resources and the digital humanities.

Curate, quality-control, and troubleshoot relevant digital content.

Deliver group instruction and/or consults individually with students regarding research methods and scholarly practices across the arts and humanities, in addition to addressing issues of media and visual fluency.

Administer day-to-day operations of the VRL.  Manage budget and financial records, as well as keeping all technology and software up-to-date and running smoothly.

Assist with department digital, online, and social media projects.


Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree is required.   Field of study in Humanities, Library Sciences, or Art History is a plus.
  • Candidate should have 1 year of work experience; however, will consider specialist who is recently graduated from a Library/Information Science or Art History/Humanities Master’s program.
  • Must have delivered group instruction and worked individually with students.
  • Higher education experience preferred.
  • Digital photo-processing is required:  Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture, Paintshop, ACDSee Pro, GIMP, CaptureOne Pro, NIK
  • Must have experience with Powerpoint, Keynote, Prezi, Customshow, Haiku Deck, Slideshark, Slide Dog, Mediashout

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Candidate must demonstrate strong listening, interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills to effectively interact with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community. A strong customer service orientation is essential.
  • Candidate must be effective in delivering group instruction and working individually with students.
  • Must be familiar with use-rights and permissions of digital images.
  • Must possess the ability to establish and maintain effective and collaborative collegiate work relationships.
  • Candidate should be detail oriented and accurate.  Must be able to plan and accurately track budget expenditures and prepare documentation for review/approval.
  • Must be well organized and able manage projects simultaneously.
  • Candidate must demonstrate strong problem solving skills with the ability to identify and analyze problems as well as devise solutions.  Must also be able to work independently as well as to work collaboratively.

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