Art & the Archive: Black Art in the Archives, March 29

Art & The Archive, launched Fall 2020,  is a conversation series that will explore the role of the archive in the production of art and culture. Featured speakers will include writers, archivists, artists, and researchers who all engage with archives in meaningful ways. Attendees can expect a lively, expansive discussion of how archives unfold in our everyday lives. This conversation series is sponsored by Decker Library at the Maryland Institute College of Art, in collaboration with the Art History Department.

In this conversation — Black Art in the Archives — archivist Jessica Douglas and multidisciplinary artist and healer Kenyatta A. C. Hinkle explore Black and African American arts and culture in the archives. From a diversity of backgrounds, these speakers come together to examine how Black arts and culture has been preserved in the archives and its impact on scholarship and creative practice. For more on the speakers and past events, visit the website. The conversation will take place on March 29, 2022 at the following times: 11 am-12:30 pm PT / 12-1:30 pm MT / 1-2:30 pm CT / 2-3:30 pm ET USA

This 90-minute conversation will take place over Zoom. This event will be recorded and viewable after the event date. Register in advance here:

Vacancy Announcement: Resource Sharing Coordinator, Maryland Institute College of Art

Decker Library at MICA invites applications for a full-time Resource Sharing Coordinator to join our team! The Resource Sharing Coordinator manages our interlibrary loan and document delivery services and engages in the full-range of Access Services functions including course reserves, managing the service desk, supervising student workers, and overseeing the physical library space.

We are especially interested in candidates possessing:

  • Demonstrated experience in resource sharing and reserves, as well as knowledge of best practices.
  • The ability to work flexibly, independently, and collaboratively with colleagues, staff, faculty, and students to foster a collegial work environment that encourages growth, inclusivity, innovation, curiosity, and rigor.
  • Management experience.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and customer service skills.
  • Exceptional organizational skills, problem-solving skills, attention to detail and accuracy, and the ability to set and keep deadlines.
  • A background in art, art history, or design.
  • Demonstrated experience with promoting social justice, equity, and diversity.

The position requires consistent evening and weekend hours. If interested, please see the full position description and submit application materials online:

About Us:

The mission of Decker Library is to empower MICA community members to make informed choices in their work and lives. If we are successful, the library will be a hub for socially engaged artists, designers, and educators in Baltimore, creating a more equitable world.

Our core values are:

  • Innovative, Inclusive, Investigative
  • We provide a welcoming space for learning, inspiration, and discovery.
  • We are partners with faculty in student learning, specifically relating to information literacy.
  • We help anyone in the MICA community find what they are looking for.
  • We are Decker Library!

Our goals are:

  • To become a participatory library, where conversations in physical and digital spaces create knowledge that is beneficial to the MICA community.
  • To practice critical librarianship, where we help our community develop critical thinking skills, provide information literacy instruction, promote being an engaged citizen, and critique power and privilege, including developing antiracist frameworks.
  • To become a beta space that allows for the prototyping of new and iterative ideas.
  • To be in partnership with campus units to better support learning.