ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic

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

Position Announcement: Corporate and Family Archivist

Position: Corporate and Family Archivist

Institution/Organization Name: Stonehavens

Job Location (City, State, Province, Country): Potomac, MD

Job Description: Stonehavens seeks a qualified individual to assist in the identification, inventory creation, organization, and ultimate transfer of corporate and personal family records to identified archives.

Salary and Work Schedule: $16 per hour, 10-15 hours a week. Schedule flexible to accommodate school schedule if currently a student, with limited work from home hours, with approval. Hours of business generally between 10am to 4pm.

Job Location: Work site is in Potomac, Maryland. Metro and bus services are available.

Key Responsibilities: Working under the supervision of a member of the family office, the Archivist will inventory and arrange records identified for long-term storage in the family archives. Archivist will create necessary inventory and description to accompany the records.

Required Skills and Experience:

  • Currently pursuing an ALA-accredited master’s degree in Library and Information Science, or recent graduate in same program
  • Undergraduate or Graduate degree in History, or Museum Studies, with an emphasis in Archives
  • Experience in planning projects, executing plans effectively, and meeting deadlines
  • Excellent organizational skills
  • Familiarity with Microsoft applications, such as Word, and Excel
  • Strong and communication skills, orally and in writing

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience managing a variety of record types, including: corporate records, personal papers, photographs, photo albums, correspondence, and ephemera
  • Familiarity with recognizing and handling confidential information: social security numbers, phone numbers, etc.
  • Experience in donor relations

Application Process:

Submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references electronically to Scott Brannan:

Date Posted: April 26, 2017

Application Deadline: May 12, 2017

Report from 2017 ARLIS/NA Annual Conference in New Orleans

Submitted by Siân Evans, Instruction Librarian, Maryland Institute College of Art

I’m so grateful to the chapter for granting me the Caroline Backlund Professional Development Award to attend ARLIS NA’s 45th Annual Conference in New Orleans. It was my fifth (!!) ARLIS but the first one I’ve attended as a practicing librarian, as I was previously employed at Artstor, so there was a lot to learn!

The award was particularly helpful for me, this year, as I was co-presenting with my colleague, Jenny Ferretti, in the session “Critical Information Literacy in Art and Design Libraries.” Which brings me to my takeaways! There’s always so much to bring back from national conference attendance, so I’m going to focus on some of my favorite sessions and meetings. I absolutely loved Stephanie Grimm’s presentation entitled, “Breaking the Stereotype: Critical Visual Literacy for Artists and Designers.” It was truly one of the highlights of the conference for me (and Stephanie is a new Mid-Atlantic Chapter member!). I would love to see more active learning examples in presentations on instruction and information literacy at library conferences, because it puts us (the librarians) in the role of learners and really approaches professional development as praxis. Stephanie did just that by having the audience participate in an exquisite corpse activity designed to have illustration students think critically about stereotypes and archetypes. This session was recorded, so if you weren’t able to attend, you can see her presentation here.

Because this is my first year as an Instruction Librarian, I spent a lot of my time attending teaching-heavy panels. I really enjoyed the panel, “When Research Doesn’t Start with a Question: Teaching the Framework within Art and Architecture Librarianship.” Stephanie Grimm, Ellen Petraits, John Dixie, and Courtney Baron all touched upon developing rubrics and learning outcomes around the ACRL Framework. I particularly appreciated Shannon Marie Robinson’s question: “how do we teach one-shots to whole humans?” Therein lies the challenge!

I also really enjoyed the “Visual Literacy for For All!” panel. In particular, Mackenzie Salisbury’s presentation on teaching with Google Images was so helpful that I reached out to her after the conference for her lesson plan. Along similar lines, Shira Loev Eller and Rachel Pollack’s presentation in the “Instruction In Sync: Faculty Librarian Collaborations” was super helpful as I start to map out our Information Literacy Program here at MICA, and think about places the library could be embedded throughout our curriculum.

I was also happy to see how many people attended the Diversity Forum and I really hope to see more of this kind of work at local and national levels within ARLIS/NA and throughout our field. I mean, there’s a lot of work to be done when you’re talking about making a field that is 87% white more equitable and it’s on us to do it! I hope that next year we can build on that conversation to take some more concrete steps towards inclusivity.

So, there you have it! My NOLA takeaways… And, of course, there were all the beignets and to go drinks!

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