Research & Instruction Librarian at RISD

Title: Research & Instruction Librarian
Department: Library
Employment type: Full-time, Two Year Temp

The Fleet Library at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) invites applications for the full-time position of Research + Instruction Librarian to commence August 2018. This is a two-year limited term position.

Rhode Island School of Design recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experiences, scholarship, service, and/or professional practice have prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

Position Description:
In this entry-level position, the Librarian will work with a community of librarians to engage in research, reference, collection development, and instruction. We are seeking a colleague who has demonstrated (in scholarship, community engagement, education, or practice) creativity and curiosity within the field of librarianship. The Librarian will work collaboratively to shape and implement multiple literacy practices within the library and on campus. In this capacity, the Librarian will have an affinity for, experience in, and/or an articulated understanding of broad interrelated and creative thinking about art and design information and practice.

As a member of the Research and Instruction team, the Librarian engages in research and professional development, library instruction, research assistance, and collection development related to art and design. In addition, the candidate will engage in outreach to the RISD community, encouraging and creating connections across campus. This position will be a sabbatical replacement for two librarians over the course of the two year period – both in Research and Instruction.

Required Qualifications:
-accredited MLS/MLIS or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
-One to three years professional experience providing research, reference, instruction, or public service in a library or research setting.
-Strong interpersonal and communication skills are critical, as is an ability to think critically and articulate ideas clearly. We are seeking an ideas person who enjoys working on a team and is generous and open to thinking that challenges their own.
-Ability to work collegially and generously within a small team that is flexible and extremely responsive to users.

Preferred Qualifications:
-Knowledge of contemporary issues in art, architecture, and design, and an awareness of cross-disciplinary issues in an art school setting.
-Experience in collection development of print and electronic resources.
-Experience with, and an interest in, open scholarship resources (open access, open data, OER).
-Ability to use a full range of print and electronic resources in the arts, sciences, and related areas.
-Background in library technologies and emerging technologies – with a curiosity (and healthy skepticism) about current trends.
-Reading knowledge of a language other than English.
-Interest in research that expands and explores the field of librarianship and a willingness to continue that exploration during your time at RISD.
-Fearlessness (with a healthy dose of common sense)

For full details and application instructions, see

VRA Job Digest 5/23/18

If you haven’t already, subscribe to the VRA’s Jobs Digest email here!

  • Summer Internship (paid), Fisher Fine Arts Library, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia PA
    • The Fisher Fine Arts Library Intern will be responsible for identifying parts of the arts and design collections for digitization, promotion, and development. This will include surveying the Fisher’s rare and specialized collections, and identifying parts of the collection that should be digitized and described in JSTOR Forum, a digital asset management system, and Omeka, an online exhibit platform. By extension, the intern will enrich internal JSTOR Forum/Omeka documentation as well as external guides on image rights and use. The intern will assist in library programs and services, such as teaching workshops, facilitating the circulation and updating of the library’s iPad suite, and aiding in the library’s web archiving initiative. In order to promote the library’s collections, spaces, and programs, the intern will be responsible for posting regularly to the library’s social media account.
  • Reader Services Librarian, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
    • The Assistant/Associate Museum Librarian, Reader Services takes the lead in managing public service functions that include circulation, stacks management, and collection storage. The Reader Services Librarian facilitates access to the collections by coordinating circulation and access policies for Met staff and outside researchers; manages collection storage and space utilization.
  • NYARC Fellowship, MOMA, Frick, and Brooklyn Museum, NYC
    • This fellowship will provide an emerging librarian with a unique opportunity to learn the operations of three leading art museum libraries, experience hands-on training in the field of public information services, and gain an in-depth understanding of developing digital tools for researchers in the field.
  • Collections Database Administrator/Registrar, Asian Art Museum, San Francisco CA
    • The Collections Database Administrator/Registrar manages the museum’s collections database, The Museum System (TMS) and works with all aspects of museum collections management. It also coordinates the ongoing development of TMS and eMuseum the on-line collection system, assists users, acts as liaison with other departments for TMS-related projects, as well as supporting all data management of the permanent collection
  • Digital Archivist, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, Los Angeles CA
    • Reporting to the Director of Digital Management Services (DMS), the Digital Archivist works cross-departmentally with Academy curators, preservationists and archivists to manage efforts to preserve, describe and make accessible digitized and born-digital archival materials.
  • Digital Projects Librarian, University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa AL
    • Reporting to the Head of Web Technologies and Development, this position is primarily responsible for development, implementation, and project management of technology projects in a collaborative environment, as well as supporting the development and management of the UA Libraries various web interfaces.
  • Digital Image Scanning Technician, e-Management, Rockville MD
    • The Digital Image Scanning Technician will support a government library by performing technical services support including inventory, scanning, digitization, distributing library materials, performing document delivery/interlibrary loan duties, and performing other duties as assigned.
  • Head, Institute of Fine Arts Library, NYU, NYC
    • The Head of the IFA Library, reporting jointly to the Institute’s Director and to the Division of Libraries’ Associate Dean for Collections and Research Services, is responsible for all aspects of the IFA Library’s management, including oversight of technical and public services, development of the Library’s collections, and liaison with the Institute’s faculty and students.
  • Metadata Technologies Librarian, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago IL
    • This position will coordinate metadata creation, cleanup, editing, enhancement and migration, mapping and transformation across library platforms to promote interoperability and discovery; provide consultation, training, creation and maintenance of documentation, quality control, and investigate new tools and standards
  • Metadata Manager, Elite Technical, Washington DC
    • Provide documented assessment, updates, guidance, and recommendations regarding master data governance, roadmaps, processes, and data standards through proactive discovery, recurring SME engagement, and evaluation of current and future initiatives and capabilities
  • Research & Instruction Librarian, Rhode Island School of Art and Design, Providence RI
    • In this entry-level position, the Librarian will work with a community of librarians to engage in research, reference, collection development, and instruction. We are seeking a colleague who has demonstrated (in scholarship, community engagement, education, or practice) creativity and curiosity within the field of librarianship. The Librarian will work collaboratively to shape and implement multiple literacy practices within the library and on campus. In this capacity, the Librarian will have an affinity for, experience in, and/or an articulated understanding of broad interrelated and creative thinking about art and design information and practice.
  • Archivist & Photo/Video Editor, Private Collection, NYC
    • Photographer and Private Collector seeks a full-time Archivist and Photo/Video Editor to manage the organization and maintenance of artworks, photographs (both analog and digital),and edit photo and video content.
  • Registrar/Dava Conversion Specialist, Collector System, LLC, NYC
    • The Registrar / Data Import Associate will be responsible for the migration of client data from other collection management software to Collector Systems.
  • Media Cataloger (temporary), LAC Group, NYC
    • LAC Group is seeking, for immediate hire a Media Cataloger for a project with our client, a prestigious media and entertainment company, located in New York City (Manhattan) that will run at least 6 months. This project will be supporting the client’s group charged with the long-term archiving and preservation of program assets.

Do you know of a job or paid internship position that you would like added to this digest? Please email a link to the announcement to the VRA Secretary

Call for Proposals: VRA 2019 Conference in Los Angeles

The Visual Resources Association’s 2019 Annual Conference will be held in Los Angeles, California, from Tuesday, March 26th, through Friday, March 29th, 2019, at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Los Angeles Downtown.

Proposals for papers, sessions, special interest/user groups, and workshops are now being solicited for the 2019 program. All proposals are welcome.

  • A paper is an individual idea submission, which will be reviewed for possible grouping into a session. Your ideas, whether they come to us alone or in a group, are equally valued in the Board’s proposal and selection process.
  • A session is a maximum 60-minute moderated panel, usually consisting of no more than 3 presenters each, speaking for 15 to 18 minutes, followed by a brief facilitated question and answer period. If you feel your session topic requires more time, consider dividing it into two sessions, consisting of a Part I and a Part II.
  • A special interest/user group is a 60-minute informal, community -driven, facilitated group discussion on topics related to a specific segment of the VRA membership.
  • A workshop is a 2, 4, or 8-hour workshop to develop skills and experience in the field of visual resources, preferably with hands-on activities.
The proposal deadline is Friday, August 3rd, 2018. Program submissions received after this date will not be considered for the 2019 conference.
The quality of conference content depends upon YOUR ideas and contributions, so let those creative juices flow. Perusing some of the past conference schedules will show you the range of topics presented in previous years and may inspire your proposal. Use suggested topics compiled from post-conference survey responses (see below) or your imagination to propose ideas which expand our outlook.  If there is an area of concern or interest that you feel has not been adequately addressed, participate in this process by submitting a proposal. Moderators may put out calls for presenters within a proposed topic before or after the submission of a proposal. The VRA Executive Board will be looking for articulate and concise submissions with lists of presenters, but submissions without presenter lists are encouraged as well.
Suggested topics:
Active Learning
Cataloging Cultural Objects
Coding – PHP, Python, SQL, etc.
Commercial partners
Copyright/Intellectual Property
Corporate Visual Resources careers
Data Visualization
Digital Asset Management
Digital Humanities
Digital publishing
General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)
International Image Interoperability Framework (IIIF)
Imaging – Workflow and organization
Maps – GIS, Omeka and Neatline, Storymaps
Metadata – Assessment, standards, structures, and tools
Moving images and sound
Non-Academic careers
Reflectance Transformation Imaging (RTI)
Questions regarding the proposal process and the various presentation formats included in the VRA Conference program can be directed to Jacob Esselstrom (, the VRA Vice President for Conference Program.
Again, the proposal deadline is Friday, August 3rd, 2018. We look forward to hearing from you!VRA international association image media

Collections Internship

What: Collections Internship
Where: Walsh Gallery – Seton Hall University
Supervisor: Collections Manager
Term:   1 semesters, with possibility of continuation.
Total Interns:  1 to 2 per annum

Students will work under the supervision of the Collections Manager on cataloguing, cleaning, and rehousing the Seton Hall University Museum of Anthropology and Archaeology Collection.  This important collection of artifacts is in the early stages of being fully documented and stored since being moved to their new location.  Interns must have excellent problem-solving and organizational skills and be able to work independently following a hands-on training period.  Though this internship is unpaid, we will assist you in obtaining internship credits from your university, if applicable.

Projects will include:
–       Verifying records, reconciling paper documentation with Past Perfect records
–       Creating and organizing files
–       Assessing a wide variety of artifacts (baskets, ceramics, textiles, etc.),
–       Taking high-resolution photographs, measuring, describing, numbering, condition reporting, and creating digital records
–       Updating data in Past Perfect to reflect standard cataloguing procedures

Learning Outcomes:
–       Develop the ability to safely handle and condition report a wide variety of artifacts, and be up-to-date with industry standards on collections care
–       Acquire an understanding of appropriate archival materials and storage techniques for a variety of artifacts
–       Gain knowledge of environmental concerns (light levels, temperature, humidity, pests, mold, etc.) and be able to effectively remediate them
–       Understand basic preventative care to ensure the long-term preservation of artifacts
–       Proficiency with the Past Perfect database, including nomenclature, entering information in accordance with standard cataloguing procedures
–       Create basic mounts and boxes for long-term storage of artifacts
–       Understanding appropriate work-flows for cataloguing artifacts

Work Schedule:
Schedule is flexible.  No fewer than 1 – 2 days per week (roughly 10 to 14 hours).

Required Experience:
Graduate student seeking a degree in Museum Studies or related course of study preferred. Alternatively, an Undergraduate student seeking a degree in Art History or History with at least 1 year of museum experience.

To Apply:  Send cover letter and resume to by June 15, 2018.  Anticipated start date of June 25, 2018.

CFP – Library Juice Press: Special Collections as Sites of Contestation

Call for Chapter Proposals – Special Collections as Sites of Contestation
Editor: Mary Kandiuk
Publisher: Library Juice Press


Deadline: June 1st, 2018

Special collections are actively acquired by libraries or received by donation. Increasingly, special collections are emerging as sites of contestation. Funding and political choices often underpin acquisition, access and promotion of these collections resulting in unequal representation, biased interpretations and suppressed narratives. This collection of essays will interrogate library practices relating to special collections. The essays will explore the reinterpretation and resituating of special collections held by libraries, examine the development and stewardship of special collections within a social justice framework, and describe the use of critical practice by libraries and librarians to shape and negotiate the acquisition, cataloguing, promotion and display of special collections.

Proposals are invited for chapters relating to special collections held by all types of libraries in all countries. Special collections are library and archival materials encompassing a wide range of formats and subject matters. They are usually distinguished by their historical, societal, cultural or monetary value, uniqueness or rarity, and are housed separately from a library’s main circulating collection with a commitment to preservation and access. Specific topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Evolving understandings and interpretations of historical materials in special collections.
  • Censorship, self-censorship, academic freedom, intellectual freedom and special collections.
  • The use of critical practice to resist cultural hegemony in the development of special collections.
  • The challenges of developing contemporary special collections relating to social justice.
  • Examining special collections through the lens of the marginalized and disempowered.
  • The representation of unpopular or radical views in special collections.
  • Contested interpretations of special collections.
  • Safe spaces and special collections.
  • Controversial exhibits relating to special collections.
  • Information literacy and special collections employing a social justice framework.
  • Decolonizing and indigenizing special collections.
  • Donors, funding, power and politics and their influence on the development of special collections.
  • Development and stewardship of special collections relating but not limited to race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, politics, religion, war, conflict, genocide, sex, pornography, racism, discrimination, heritage, memory, and identity within a social justice framework.
  • Any aspect of acquisition, curation, structure, cataloguing, digitization, presentation, arrangement, promotion, display and instruction relating to special collections using a social justice or critical practice framework.

Chapter proposals should contain 1) an abstract of 500-750 words describing the proposed contribution and 2) a brief biographical statement about the author(s). Proposals are due June 1, 2018. Please direct all submissions and inquiries to Mary Kandiuk (

June 1, 2018: Deadline for 500-750 abstract proposing a chapter.
July 1, 2018: Notification of acceptance of proposed chapter.
December 1, 2018: Deadline for submitting full chapter manuscript.

Note regarding chapter length: Authors might strive for between 5000-8000 words. However shorter or longer is acceptable as it is understood that different topics lend themselves to different lengths of treatment.

About the Editor
Mary Kandiuk is the Visual Arts, Design & Theatre Librarian and a Senior Librarian at York University in Toronto, Canada. She holds a Master of Arts in English and a Master of Library Science from the University of Toronto. She is the author of two bibliographies of secondary criticism relating to Canadian literature published by Scarecrow Press and co-author of Digital Image Collections and Services (ARL Spec Kit, 2013). She is co-editor of the collection In Solidarity: Academic Librarian Labour Activism and Union Participation in Canada published by Library Juice Press in 2014. Her most recent publications include articles on the topic of academic freedom. For more information see: 

Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum Fall 2018 Internships

The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum is currently accepting applications for Fall 2018 internships in all museum departments including (but not limited to) Curatorial, Development, Education, Exhibition Management, Marketing, Media and Public Relations, and Publishing and Digital Media. Internships are also available with Guggenheim special projects and initiatives such as the Guggenheim Abu Dhabi Project, the Guggenheim UBS MAP Global Art Initiative, the Robert H. N. Ho Family Foundation Chinese Art Initiative, and the Panza Collection Initiative. The Fall 2018 Internship Program will begin on Thursday, September 20 and end on Friday, December 14. Fall internships are either full- or part-time, depending on the department. All internships require a minimum commitment of 16 hours (2 days) per week, and a number of openings require a 3 or 4 day per week commitment.IMG_5932

We are pleased to offer $500 stipends to all undergraduate-level students and $1,000 stipends to all graduate-level students who are accepted into the Fall 2018 Program.

Application deadline for Fall 2018 internships is June 1, 2018 (postmark).

Candidates must be of junior-year college level or above to be considered.

Internship Program Description:
The objective of the Internship Program is to offer practical museum training experience to individuals interested in pursuing careers in the arts and museum fields. Interns gain a broad understanding of how a particular department functions within the context of a major museum, as well as specific skills related to that department’s activities. Interns are assigned to a department based on academic background, professional skills, interests, and career goals. Interns participate in the ongoing work of Museum departments and contribute to specific projects or portions of larger departmental initiatives. For a full list of departments that offer internships, please see:

Museum Culture Seminar Program:
The Museum Culture Seminar Program forms an integral part of our Internship Program. The program includes site visits to other New York arts and cultural institutions such as auction houses, galleries, corporate collections, and museums. Discussion with a wide array of arts and museum professionals, including Guggenheim staff, is facilitated. A field trip outside of New York City is planned for the end of each internship period.

How to Apply
Prospective applicants please send cover letter, resume, Guggenheim application form (found on web site), list of relevant coursework, academic writing sample, and two letters of recommendation via postal mail to: Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, Internship Program, 1071 Fifth Avenue, New York, NY 10128-0173.

For more information, please visit our web site: