ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic

The Mid-Atlantic Chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America

Vacancy Announcement : Librarian, Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library, Smithsonian Libraries

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Vacancy Announcement

Librarian (Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden Library)
Smithsonian Libraries
Washington, D.C.

The incumbent serves as Librarian of the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden (HMSG) branch of the Smithsonian Libraries (SIL). The position of Librarian is primarily concerned with the planning and administration of the Museum’s library program and the provision of advanced expert reference and access services.

As Librarian the incumbent coordinates space, equipment, training, collection of data, budget preparations, reference service, access service, inter-library loans, special projects, and service to the modern and contemporary art research community. The Librarian serves in a liaison role for library services for HMSG primarily, and will supervise a library technician.

This is a Federal Civil Service position. For additional details and application instructions go to www.si.edu/ohr for position # 16R-RA-301860-DEU-SIL or #16R-RA-301860-MPA-SIL. This job announcement will close at 11:59 pm Eastern Time on either: (A) Monday 7/11/2016 or (B) The date that 250 applications are received; whichever occurs first.

The Smithsonian Institution is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Smithsonian Institution values and seeks a diverse workforce.

 

Report from ARLIS/NA+VRA Seattle 2016

Submitted by Sarah Osborne Bender, Visual Resources Curator, American University

As the recipient of the Caroline Backlund Professional Development Award for 2016, I am so grateful to my chapter. The award was particularly poignant this year with the death of Caroline just weeks before the conference in Seattle. I was fortunate to have met Caroline at a chapter meeting a few years back and was treated to entertaining stories of some of her adventurous travels.

This year was a joint conference year, bringing ARLIS/NA and VRA members together. The last time this happened was in Minneapolis in 2011. Both times I truly enjoyed the camaraderie and the expansiveness brought to sessions with both societies represented. Serving as the liaison from ARLIS/NA to VRA, and vice versa, this year’s conference illustrated to me the many ways in which we can work together between these joint conferences and generate productive and lasting collaborations.

The travel award was particularly helpful to me this year because my stay was extended by a couple of days in order to help lead ARLIS/NA’s first ever THATCamp. Taking place the day before official conference activities, THATCamp brought together close to 60 attendees from institutions around the world and a wide variety of backgrounds. Planning a THATCamp is a total blind leap; as a leader you try your best to generate enthusiasm and sense of community in the lead-up to the event, but it is up to the attendees to turn the day into something meaningful. If you have a room full of “I’m just here to listen” attendees, the whole thing falls apart. But we should have known better than to doubt ARLIS/NA and VRA members. Attendees proposed and lead 13 sessions and activities included a substantial workshop on web archiving, a creative “sensory mapping” activity, and what may be the seeds of a linked open data special interest group. Everyone in the room felt proud at the end of the day.

Diving into the conference, I attended sessions and meetings that had a substantial impact on the way I look at my work, my collections, and my career. I was one of many fans of the popular “Scope Drift: New Roles and Responsibilities in Visual Resources” session. It was a great early session and my handwritten notes are filled with stars (my own code to myself that says, “Hey! Be sure to look into this!!”) Kate Thornhill brought good energy to her story of being an embedded librarian in a photography class at Lesley University where she worked with students on things like data management and building their own creative commons license. Annie Solinger and Brian Shelburn from University of Massachusetts, Amherst, also shared ideas from their experience teaching a one-credit tech-based course for students who use images (which could really include all students, as far as I’m concerned.)

“Do It, Make It: Current Initiatives and Advice on Creating a Makerspace”, was more useful than I anticipated. Megan Lotts of Rutgers had fun stories of her experience teaching with Legos. Cynthia Frank (University of Maryland, College Park) discussed introducing architecture students to 3D printing, making herself the link between the class project and the library’s makerspace. Feedback from the faculty was positive. And Chris Strasbaugh, of Vanderbilt University, encouraged us to be assertive in partnering with vendors, manufacturers, local partners to get access to equipment we may not be able to afford on our own. I also loved his idea to use Scalar for makerspace documentation.

“Charmed, I’m Sure: Introducing New Users to Library and Audio Video Materials” presented achievable, even elegant, ideas for making the library an appealing choice for users. Amelia Nelson of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art talked about using Visual Thinking Strategies (something I’ve only heard about in museum educator circles) to jumpstart research. And Rhode Island School of Design’s Ellen Petraits shared a presentation of lovely signage inviting people into the library and towards resources- both print and people- who can help.

Along with my VRA counterpart, Rebecca Moss (University of Minnesota), I led the Digital Humanities SIG meeting. The meeting quickly took off with the membership clearly and enthusiastically letting us know what they want from the SIG. Suggestions included a Slack channel, a knowledge base, a SIG facilitated practicum. Most of all, there was deep agreement, even from society leadership in the room, that keeping the ARLIS/NA and VRA DH SIGs separate is inefficient and that it is worth exploring ways to bring us together. (You can see a bit more about this meeting in my recap posted on the ARLIS/NA DH SIG blog.

Lastly, but not least, I presented alongside Ian McDermott about Artstor’s first foray into crowdsourcing with their D. James Dee Archive, a project they call Arcades. The Dee Archive includes tens of thousands of unidentified photographs of artworks from New York spanning 1970s through 1990s. The effort invites the public to enter any information they can identify about the work (with a built-in Google reverse image search). I had introduced the tool to some students and faculty in the Art Department at American University, as well as other cultural heritage crowdsourcing projects. Our session gave attendees a chance to try Arcades live as well as to listen and take part in a discussion between me and Ian about the kind of decisions involved in the development of a crowdsourcing project, ways to enhance the experience for both the user and the collection host, and other ideas for crowd sourced work. The informal format of our session was a success and I feel that both the attendees and we, as presenters, benefitted from the exchange.

Every ARLIS/NA conference I attend results in a collection of meaningful insights that positively affect the way I work, as well as new connections to colleagues. I am thankful to be part of such a dedicated, creative, generous professional society. Again, I express my thanks to my fellow chapter members who helped me attend this year. I hope that they had the same quality of experience that I did.

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here DC 2016

AMSSH Street Festival Flyer 3-19-2016

Women of Influence: Elmira Bier, Minnie Byers, and Marjorie Phillips: an archival exhibition in the reading room of the Phillips Collection Library, opens April 8, 2016

Women of Influence: Elmira Bier, Minnie Byers, and Marjorie Phillips examines the critical role that each woman played in the day to day activities of The Phillips Collection, beginning in 1918 [Minnie Byers], 1921 [Marjorie Phillips] and 1923 [Elmira Bier] and continuing until 1963, when Minnie Byers retired, and 1972, when Elmira Bier and Marjorie Phillips retired.

Elmira Bier, Minnie Byers, and Marjorie Phillips

Elmira Bier, Minnie Byers, and Marjorie Phillips

ELMIRA BIER

Elmira Bier, who graduated from Goucher College, was Duncan Phillips’s executive assistant from 1923 to 1972. Fiercely protective of Phillips’s time, Bier took on many responsibilities, including serving as the first director of the music program, beginning in 1941. Despite her lack of formal training, Bier quickly established a widely acclaimed concert series that highlighted new performers and innovative music, which paralleled Duncan Phillips’s support of contemporary art. An article about Bier’s role at the Phillips stated that “she ran the place.”

MINNIE BYERS

Minnie Byers was a powerful executive before women played that role. With a background in business and knowledge about the stock market, she saved Phillips from the crash of 1929 by telling him to put his money in real estate. She started working for the Phillipses in 1918, initially providing financial advice to Phillips’s mother and later becoming treasurer of the museum. Byers commented, “I have a problem with Duncan. I can’t tell him how much money we have. He’ll go and spend it on works of art.” Byers educated herself and cautioned Phillips to not pay too much for works of art. “I invested their money wisely,” Byers said. Byers retired in 1963.

MARJORIE PHILLIPS

Marjorie Phillips (1894-1985), a painter who studied at the Art Students League in New York, was integral to the formation of The Phillips Collection. She became the co-founder of the museum following her marriage to Duncan Phillips in 1921. Phillips relied upon his wife’s artistic insight in making acquisition decisions. Marjorie gradually took on more responsibility for exhibitions in the 1960s as Duncan Phillips’s health declined. Despite her many obligations as director after Phillips’s death in 1966, Marjorie stated, “I was happy as long as I had some time to paint every day.”

Karen Schneider, Head Librarian, Phillips Collection

Do It Yourself: Participatory Art in the 1960s and 1970s

The Philadelphia Museum of Art Library and Archives has an exciting new installation, “Do It Yourself: Participatory Art in the 1960s and 1970s,” that showcases artist books, exhibition catalogues, mail art, and photographs that document the active role of artists and viewers during the Pop art movement.

Do It Yourself: Participatory Art in the 1960s and 1970sIn conjunction with the Museum’s International Pop exhibit, this installation offers a unique behind-the-scenes glimpse of exhibitions during this time and exceptional pieces that held great importance for the international Fluxus community and others. Visit the Perelman Building’s Library Reading Room after your time at the International Pop exhibit to explore the publications of Something Else Press and Gemini G.E.L., and enjoy works from artists like Richard Hamilton, Jasper Johns, Christo, Yoko Ono, and more.

For more info on the installation visit the Library and Archives page: http://www.philamuseum.org/library/

Alyssa Dannaker
Intern

Philadelphia Museum of Art
PO Box 7646, Philadelphia, PA 19101-7646
www.philamuseum.org

Curator’s Panel at the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts

“Beneath the Covers: The Art of the Imperial Russian Book” Web Exhibition

I am pleased to announce the launch of the web exhibition: “Beneath the Covers: The Art of the Imperial Russian Book.” The majority of the books in this exhibition present a visual survey of publications that received official and elite sponsorship during the reigns of Peter the Great  (r. 1696–1725)  to Nicholas II (r. 1894-1917). Often printed for special occasions, these titles mirror the major cultural events and movements in tsarist Russia.

The exhibition presents examples of middle of the nineteenth century printing and illustration technologies—primarily chromolithography—which allowed for oversized, illustrated volumes and large print runs.

The viewer is invited to explore these works through eight categories, including secularization of Russian society, travel and exploration of Russia and its empire, architecture, antiquities, royalty, and the military. The exhibition features a chronological overview, bibliography, and information about the printing techniques used. The categories emerged from the common themes featured in the selections, which are drawn mainly from art libraries in Washington, D.C. and the surrounding region.

“Beneath the Covers: The Art of the Imperial Russian Book” was made possible by the American Association of Museums’ International Partnerships Among Museums (IPAM) and the Washington Art Library Resources Committee (WALRC) and is hosted by Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens.

Kristen Regina
Arcadia Director of the Library and Archives
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Philadelphia Museum of Art
PO Box 7646, Philadelphia, PA 19101-7646
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President, ARLIS/NA

Vacancy Announcement: Library Tech Position at Archives of American Art

Position Description:

The Library Technician position is located at the Archives of American Art, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C. The incumbent staffs the Archives’ reception desk and assists with the administration of the Archives’ two research rooms including greeting and assisting researchers and maintaining equipment. The incumbent also fulfills interlibrary loan requests for microfilm and oral history transcripts from the Archives’ collections. As needed, the incumbent performs a variety of administrative duties associated with the management of the office of the Director and Deputy Director including, but not limited to, screening of phone and in‐person visitors, file management, mail fulfillment, and document preparation. Office and/or customer service experience is helpful. College degree required. Starting salary $35,265 (IS‐5); promotion potential to IS‐6. This is not a Federal position.

The Archives of American Art is the nation’s largest repository of documentation of the visual arts and culture in the United States. AAA’s mission is to collect, preserve, and make available for study records, original papers, photographs, diaries, sketchbooks, and oral history interviews. On the subject of art in America, AAA is the largest archives in the world holding more than 20 million documents. The Archives is headquartered in Washington, D.C. with a regional center in New York City.

Please send cover letter and resume to AAA’s Head of Reference Services: Marisa Bourgoin at bourgoinm@si.edu by January 27, 2016. To learn more about the Archives of American Art, visit its website at www.aaa.si.edu.

Vacancy Announcement: Library Technician (Image Collections), National Gallery of Art Library

National Gallery of Art Library
Vacancy Announcement
Library Technician (Image Collections)

The National Gallery of Art Library is seeking applicants for a student assistant position in the Image Collections Department. The primary purpose of the position is to assist with the development and maintenance of the department’s online catalogue and with preparation of analog and digital images for inclusion in the department’s collections.

Duties include preparing online bibliographic records for images, verifying heading authorities, creating digital image scans and accompanying metadata, preparing shelf labels and containers, and adding item information to a variety of visual materials.

Applicants should have an ability to input detailed cataloging data using a personal computer, familiarity with library technical services procedures and basic descriptive cataloging principles, an ability to follow oral and written instructions accurately, and an ability to type and file accurately. Reading knowledge of a Western European language other than English (French, German, or Italian) is desirable.

In order to qualify for this position, applicants must be registered at least as a half-time student and be able to provide certification of student status, including a current class schedule. Work schedules will be determined to accommodate the student’s class schedule and the Library’s work requirements. A typical schedule is 20 hours per week while classes are in session; full-time employment is available during semester and summer breaks. The incumbent earns sick and annual leave based on the amount of hours worked. The position is temporary, but appointment can be extended for the duration of the incumbent’s educational career provided he or she meets the eligibility requirements specified above.

Those interested in this position should send résumés and any inquiries via e-mail to both addresses below:

Gregory P.J. Most
Chief, Library Image Collections
National Gallery of Art
g-most@nga.gov

Andrea Gibbs
Deputy Chief, Library Image Collections
National Gallery of Art
a-gibbs@nga.gov

Vacancy Announcement: Library Technician (Technical Services), National Gallery of Art Library

National Gallery of Art Library
Vacancy Announcement
Library Technician (Technical Services)

The National Gallery of Art Library is seeking applicants for a student assistant position in the Technical Services Department. The primary purpose of this position is to provide clerical support for a wide variety of acquisitions, cataloging, and technical processing activities.

Duties include unpacking and receiving newly acquired library materials, performing bibliographic searching in local and worldwide library networks, entering cataloging information using a personal computer, producing labels and adding item-level information for cataloged titles, and assisting with the maintenance of the department’s manual and automated files.

Applicants should have a familiarity with library technical services procedures and basic descriptive cataloging principles; familiarity with the operation of personal computers; an ability to recognize and transcribe detailed bibliographic information; an ability to type and file accurately; and an ability to work cooperatively with other staff members. Familiarity with bibliographic and subject vocabulary in French, German, Italian, or Spanish is desirable.

In order to qualify for this position, applicants must be registered at least as a half-time student and be able to provide certification of student status, including a current class schedule. Work schedules will be determined to accommodate the student’s class schedule and the Library’s work requirements. The position is limited to 20 hours per week while classes are in session; full-time employment is available during semester and summer breaks. The incumbent earns sick and annual leave based on the amount of hours worked.

Those interested in this position should send résumés and any inquiries by email to:

Roger Lawson
Administrative Librarian/Head of Technical Services
National Gallery of Art Library
email: r-lawson@nga.gov

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