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.
Arcadia Director of the Library and Archives
Philadelphia Museum of Art
PO Box 7646, Philadelphia, PA 19101-7646
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 firstname.lastname@example.org by January 27, 2016. To learn more about the Archives of American Art, visit its website at www.aaa.si.edu.
National Gallery of Art Library
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
Deputy Chief, Library Image Collections
National Gallery of Art
National Gallery of Art Library
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:
Administrative Librarian/Head of Technical Services
National Gallery of Art Library
This is Gregory. He is an Art Librarian at a prominent museum. But he has a secret that he tries to hide from his colleagues. He is addicted to purchasing ARLIS/NA merchandise from the CafePress store. He says he can stop at any time and that the profits go to a good cause*, but he is kidding himself. He fantasizes about even more objects with an ARLIS/NA logo. Please help Gregory and others like him by purchasing ARLIS/NA merch so that he can stop.
*Proceeds from the sale of ARLIS/NA merchandise sold through the ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic Chapter’s CafePress store will be used to support the third joint ARLIS/NA+VRA conference in Seattle and the Chapter’s Caroline Backlund Travel Award.
Please cast your vote for the 2016 chapter vice-chair. Voting will remain open until 5 pm, Tuesday, December 29th. The results will be announced Wednesday, December 30th.
Thank you to the chapter members who volunteered to run or considered running in this year’s election.
Thank you for helping our chapter successfully raise $1,032 for the 44th Annual ARLIS/NA Conference in Seattle, Washington! We exceeded our goal of raising $1,000 for the conference. All excess funds raised will go towards the Caroline Backlund Professional Development Travel Award.
We are still accepting donations for the Backlund Travel Award. Please to submit a donation via PayPal.
Donations in the form of checks made payable to ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic can be sent to:
c/o Vada Komistra
National Gallery of Art
2000 B South Club Drive
Landover, MD 20785-3228
There is also an option to donate to the Backlund Travel Award when renewing your membership to ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic. Join or Renew your membership today!
All contributions are fully tax deductible and donors will receive a letter of acknowledgement.
The Art Libraries Society of North America is now accepting applications for the 2016 Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award. The award grants $3000.00 to the selected recipient to support a 150 hour internship in an art library or visual resources collection.
The deadline for applications is December 4, 2015.
The Award will be announced and presented during convocation ceremonies at the ARLIS/NA + VRA 3rd Joint Conference in Seattle, Washington, in March 2016.
Who May Apply
This internship aims to represent the multifaceted nature of our field by providing internship opportunities to students currently enrolled in, or having completed within the last 12 months, a graduate program in library/information science, art history, architectural history, architecture, studio art, or museum studies. Applicants must have completed at least 10 credits of their graduate coursework before the application deadline.
For detailed information about the award and application instructions please see the ARLIS/NA website: https://www.arlisna.org/about/awards-honors/68-internship-award.
ARLIS/NA Wolfgang M. Freitag Internship Award Sub-Committee:
Philip Dombowsky (Chair)
“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.”
-attributed to Thomas A. Edison
ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic is seeking nominations for the 2016 Vice-Chair. Seize this opportunity to serve your Association and develop your leadership skills.
The Vice-Chair acts as chief executive officer in the event that the Chair is unable to serve, assists with programming, keeps meeting minutes, and automatically serves as Chair the following year.
The Chair acts as chief executive officer of the Chapter. With the assistance of the Vice-Chair and Treasurer, the Chair plans the activities of the Chapter, communicates about meetings, serves as chair of all special project committees, submits the annual report and otherwise liaises with officers and committees of the national association, and shall automatically become the Immediate Past Chair in the following year.
The Vice-Chair must be a 2016 member of the local and national chapters. The elected officer should make every effort to attend the national annual conference. Students are eligible to serve, keeping in mind the three year term of service.
If you have someone you’d like to nominate or would like to volunteer, please email Jacqueline Protka, Chapter Chair, at email@example.com.
Official ballots will available in late November/early December.