ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic

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

Position Available: Interlibrary Loan Librarian, National Gallery of Art

The National Gallery of Art is seeking applicants for a permanent, full-time position in the Library’s Reader Services Department.

Detailed information about the position and application instructions are available via the USAJOBS links provided below. This announcement has an application LIMIT OF 200 applications; therefore applicants should apply as soon as possible. The job announcement will close at 11:59 pm on Friday, December 2, 2016. Applicants must provide ALL supporting documentation at the time they apply to the vacancy announcement in order to be considered.

Interlibrary Loan Librarian

Vacancy Announcement NGA 17-15A (United States Citizens and Nationals)

Vacancy Announcement NGA-17-15B (current Federal employees with competitive status, former Federal employees with reinstatement eligibility, CTAP/ICTAP eligibles, veterans with VEOA or VRA eligibility, and persons eligible under an OPM interchange agreement or special appointing authority (e.g., Schedule A – Disabled)

Roger Lawson
Administrative Librarian
National Gallery of Art
Washington, DC

Call for Papers: Gerd Muehsam Award

Call for papers on art librarianship for Art Librarians of North America Society Award

The Gerd Muehsam Award is given annually to recognize excellence in a graduate student paper or project on a topic relevant to art librarianship. It was established to honor the memory of Gerd Muehsam (1913-1979), a distinguished scholar, teacher, and art bibliographer, whose support of and dedication to ARLIS/NA was an inspiration to her colleagues and students.

Any student in any accredited graduate library program is encouraged to submit a paper written for a course in the previous eighteen months.

The award includes:

  • A $500.00 prize
  • Up to $300 travel reimbursement to attend the 45th annual ARLIS/NA conference in New Orleans, February 2017. The money may be used to reimburse travel expenses (though not meals, tours, or other costs).
  • Paid registration to the New Orleans conference, February 5-9, 2017.
  • The chance to present the winning paper at the conference as part of the New Voices Panel.
  • A one-year membership to ARLIS/NA.

Requirements

  • The paper or project must have been created or written during the preceding eighteen months by a student enrolled in an accredited graduate library program, or in a post-graduate library school program in art history or related discipline.
  • The paper or project must be in conjunction with a course assignment.
  • One submission is allowed per person.

Format

All applicants must include their mailing addresses, email addresses, and telephone numbers with their applications.

Paper submissions must include:

  • 10-25 pages, as typed, double-spaced on single sides of 8.5 x 11 inch paper.
  • An abstract of 250 words.
  • The title page must include a paper title, the name of the entrant and the institution attended, the name of the faculty member for whom it was written, and the course title.
  • Bibliography and footnotes should follow an accepted format, such as the Chicago Manual of Style or The Elements of Style by Strunk and White.
  • Authors should inform the committee chair if their contribution has been published previously or is being considered for publication.

Internet project submissions must include:

  • A 250-word summary of the project.
  • A stable URL.
  • The name of the institution and course for which it was created.
  • The name of the faculty member assigning the project.
  • The project must be accessible to all of the committee members for review.

Judging Criteria

Papers and projects will be judged on their relevance to art librarianship or visual curatorship, depth of research and scholarship, quality of organization, appropriate use of terminology, style and readability, and originality of thought or observation.

Application & Deadline

Entries must be postmarked by the end of the day, November 15, 2016. They will not be returned. All applicants should receive notification of the results by December 15, 2016.

Send entries to:

John Hagood
Chair, Gerd Muehsam Award Committee
National Gallery of Art Library
2000B South Club Drive – DLR
Landover MD 20785-3068
j-hagood@nga.gov
(202) 842-6688

The Lillian Thomas Pratt Archives and Fabergé at VMFA

The Lillian Thomas Pratt ArchivesThe Margaret R. and Robert M. Freeman Library at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts is happy to announce the launch of its first digital archive, which documents the formation of the museum’s world-renowned Fabergé and Russian decorative arts collection at http://faberge.vmfa.museum/. This project was made possible in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence.

Bequeathed to the museum upon her death in 1947, Lillian Thomas Pratt’s Fabergé collection consistently remains one of the highlights of the museum’s permanent collection. In 1917, Pratt married her second husband, John Lee Pratt, a self-made millionaire engineer and businessman with General Motors. She began purchasing her collection of over 500 items, while accompanying her husband on business trips to New York City in the 1930s and 1940s. She eventually bought five of the 52 Russian Imperial Easter Eggs created by the Fabergé firm. Comprised of correspondence, invoices, price tags, and detailed item descriptions, the archive illuminates Pratt’s mind as a collector, as well as the close relationship she formed with New York based art dealers Alexander and Ray Schaffer, owners of the prominent art and antiques gallery A La Vieille Russie.

sc07_02_2_020_v1_tf_201512_o2In all, over 700 items have been digitized, resulting in 1,500 downloadable image files, all of which are available to the public via a new online portal dedicated to digital resources about Fabergé and Russian decorative arts. The website provides access to the digitized Pratt archive, newly filmed videos of the Imperial Easter Eggs opening, new 360° views of the Imperial Easter Eggs, and downloadable resources for educators. The website also links to the new free Fabergé at VMFA mobile application that allows users to explore the collection through five different historical perspectives and design and share a Fabergé mini egg.

Powered by Piction, the museum’s digital asset management system, the launch of the portal coincides with the highly anticipated return of the Fabergé collection, which will be displayed in a new suite of renovated galleries opening to the public on October 22.

Courtney Yevich Tkacz
Archivist
Virginia Museum of Fine Arts

Margaret R. and Robert M. Freeman Library
200 N. Boulevard / Richmond, VA 23220-4007
T 804.340.1497 / F 804.340.1431
email: courtney.tkacz@vmfa.museum

Vacancy Announcement: Library Technician (Circulation)

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Vacancy Announcement

The National Gallery of Art Library is seeking applicants for a student assistant position in the Reader Services Department.

Library Technician (Circulation)
The primary purpose of this position is to assist with a wide variety of circulation and reader services for Gallery staff and outside readers.

Duties include retrieving materials from the stacks and reshelving returned materials, providing information and instruction on circulation procedures governing use of the Library collection, and maintaining automated and manual departmental files.

Knowledge and Skills:
Applicants should have a basic knowledge of library collections, online catalogs, and circulation desk procedures, familiarity with using personal computers, an ability to type and file accurately, and an ability to work cooperatively with other staff members and library patrons. Reading knowledge of a Western European language (French, German, or Italian) is desirable.

Qualifications:
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 incumbents earn sick and annual leave based on the amount of hours worked.

Interested applicants should send résumés and any inquiries by email to:

John Hagood, Acting Head of Reader Services
National Gallery of Art Library
Email: j-hagood@nga.gov

Repost: Library Collections Intern at Glenstone Museum

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Re-posting date: August 29, 2016

Glenstone, a museum of modern and contemporary art located 15 miles outside of Washington, DC, is seeking applications for the Library Collections Intern position.

Position Description:
Working under the supervision of the museum Librarian, the Library Collections Intern will be responsible for standardizing legacy library records in the museum’s collections management system, CollectiveAccess, and contribute to collection development. The projects will facilitate improved organization through the identification of items in the collection, as Glenstone prepares to transition the collection into the new library space in the future. Additional projects proposed by the intern are encouraged.

Salary:
This is a part-time, temporary position of up to 30 hours per week, during regular business hours. There is flexibility in determining the intern’s weekly schedule.

The rate of pay is $15.00 per hour stipend and/or academic credit in line with graduate school requirements.

Application Process:
For more information on the position and to submit an application, please visit the Glenstone Jobs Portal.

Job Posting: Visual Resources Center Curator, American University

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American University Department of Art, Washington, DC

Description:
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

Additional Information:
American University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution that operates in compliance with applicable laws and regulations. The university does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex (including pregnancy), age, sexual orientation, disability, marital status, personal appearance, gender identity and expression, family responsibilities, political affiliation, source of income, veteran status, an individual’s genetic information or any other bases under federal or local laws (collectively “Protected Bases”) in its programs and activities.

Job Opportunity at Virginia Commonwealth University

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Jurgen, a Comedy of Justice (1919) by James Branch Cabell. Endpaper illustration by Frank C. Pepé.

Teaching and Learning Librarian, Special Collections and Archives

The Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Teaching and Learning Librarian. This position works in a collaborative environment in James Branch Cabell Library’s Special Collections and Archives department to provide instruction for a range of collections, primarily with artists’ books, rare books, and primary source materials. The Teaching and Learning Librarian also will take lead to expand and enhance the department’s instruction program and to oversee its dedicated instruction room.

Review of applications will begin September 12, 2016 and will continue until the position is filled.

More information about the position and its qualifications, the university, and the application process is available here.

Vacancy Announcement: Library Technician (Interlibrary Loan Assistant), National Gallery of Art Library

facade_bigThe National Gallery of Art is seeking applicants for a permanent, full-time position in the Library’s Reader Services Department.

Detailed information about the position and application instructions are available via the USAJOBS links provided below. This announcement has an application LIMIT OF 150 applications; therefore applicants should apply as soon as possible. The job announcement will close at 11:59 pm on Friday, August 12, 2016. Applicants must provide ALL supporting documentation at the time they apply to the vacancy announcement in order to be considered.

Library Technician (Interlibrary Loan Assistant)

Vacancy Announcement NGA-16-108A (non-Federal employees)

Vacancy Announcement NGA-16-108B (current Federal employees)

Roger Lawson
Administrative Librarian
National Gallery of Art

Smithsonian Libraries Lecture: Camouflage: Abbott Handerson Thayer’s “Beautiful Law of Nature”

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Join the Smithsonian Libraries on August 24 for

Camouflage: Abbott Handerson Thayer’s
“Beautiful Law of Nature”

a lecture by William Adair,
frame conservator, frame historian, and master gilder, Gold Leaf Studios

Wednesday, August 24, 2016, 6:00pm
Baird Auditorium
National Museum of Natural History
10th St and Constitution Ave NW,
Washington, DC

Please click here to RSVP

For access services, please contact us at
silrsvp@si.edu or 202.633.2241,
preferably two weeks prior to the program.

Visit our website for more information about this program
and our current exhibition Color in a New Light.

Color in a New Light is made possible by lead sponsor Benjamin Moore & Co.
Additional funding is provided by the Shepherd Color Company.

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Vacancy Announcement: National Gallery of Art Library

National Gallery of Art Library
Vacancy Announcement

The National Gallery of Art Library is seeking applicants for a student assistant position in the Reader Services Department.

Library Technician (Vertical Files/Non-Print Materials)

The primary purpose of the position is to assist with the maintenance, development, and consultation of the vertical files and non-print collections.

Duties include preparing newly acquired materials for the vertical files and non-print collections, preparing bibliographic records using an online catalog, and assisting with the organization and use of both collections by Gallery staff and outside readers.

Knowledge and Skills:

Applicants should have a basic knowledge of library collections and online catalogs, familiarity with using personal computers, an ability to type and file accurately, and an ability to work cooperatively with other staff members and library patrons. Reading knowledge of a Western European language (French, German, or Italian) is desirable.

Qualifications:

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.

Interested applicants should send résumés and any inquiries by email to:

Lamia Doumato, Head of Reader Services
National Gallery of Art Library
email: l-doumato@nga.gov

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