Job posting: Humanities Librarian for the Fine Arts, University of Texas at Austin

Humanities Librarian for the Fine Arts

University of Texas at Austin, Texas

The University of Texas at Austin has revised their job posting for a Humanities Librarian for the Fine Arts to either Librarian I or Librarian II. The Humanities Librarian will provide strategic approaches to selection, teaching, discovery, and delivery of digital and print information resources and research lifecycle support for Department of Art and Art History, College of Fine Arts’ various design centers, Bridging Disciplines Program in Digital Arts and Media, and other disciplines.

For more details, please see the attached document: Humanities for the Fine Arts Librarian.

Research and Instruction Librarian, Savannah College of Art & Design (Atlanta)

SCAD seeks a research and instruction librarian to join the ACA Library of SCAD in Atlanta.

In this role, you will assist students and faculty in the identification and usage of appropriate print and electronic library resources. This includes providing information literacy instruction, library orientations and research workshops, preparing print and electronic research guides and tutorials, and coordinating student-focused library outreach activities.

You will support the library’s online research services, participate in the selection of print and nonprint resources for all subject areas, and assist in staffing the reference and circulation desk. In addition to coordinating departmental policies and procedures, you will oversee all research- and instruction-related assessments and maintain reference and instruction service statistics. This role also requires participation in universitywide events, committees and initiatives.

The ideal candidate is familiar with traditional and electronic information resources and demonstrates working knowledge of effective search strategies and innovations in library instruction. You should be comfortable speaking to classes and large groups. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite and social media tools is preferred.

− M.L.S. degree from an ALA-accredited program
− Bachelor’s or master’s degree in a subject discipline taught at SCAD
− Strong public service orientation and experience

VRA Foundation Internship Award

The Visual Resources Association Foundation (VRAF) is pleased to invite applications for the fourth VRAF Internship in visual resources and image management. This internship is generously funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

The VRAF Internship Award provides financial support for graduate students preparing for a career in visual resources and image management. The award grants $4,000 to support a period of internship in archives, libraries, museums, visual resources collections in academic institutions, or other appropriate contexts. A complete description of the internship and application instructions are available at:

Applications are due on July 31, 2016.

Archivist, Dia Art Foundation (Beacon, NY)

Dia Art Foundation, Archivist

Dia Art Foundation, based in New York City, is committed to advancing, realizing, and preserving the vision of extraordinary artists. A nonprofit founded in 1974, Dia collects the work of some of the most renowned artists of the last half-century, presents long-term, site-specific projects in the western United States, in New York City, and on Long Island, executes new commissions and artist web projects, and produces scholarly publications related to its exhibitions and collection.

In 2016, Dia will launch a major new archival initiative focused on organizing the institution’s 40-year history of institutional records, artwork and project documentation, and artists’ materials. To undertake this new initiative, Dia seeks an experienced Archivist with a demonstrated commitment to preserving historical records and serving users’ complex and evolving information needs. This newly created position will report to the Senior Registrar and will be responsible for organizing, processing, and administering all aspects of Dia’s archives. This position will also liaise with senior staff across departments and maintain long-range planning and oversight of the Dia archives, related collections, and digital initiatives. Particular emphasis will be placed on collaboratively supporting the goals of the newly implemented Andrew W. Mellon Postdoctoral Scholar position, created to shape interpretive strategies, publications, and other programs increasing public access to archival materials.

The full-time position will be based at Dia:Beacon in Beacon, New York, but frequent travel to Dia’s sites in New York City as well as planned trips to Dia sites and affiliates across the United States will be required.

Responsibilities include:
•       Ensuring that Dia’s archives adhere to professional ethics and best practices, including archival principles of provenance and original order, standards for preservation and description of archival collections, and appropriate access and use parameters
•       Processing archival materials and targeting specific collections for in-depth preservation or research
•       Coordinating the physical consolidation of archives in storage facilities located at Dia:Beacon and working with operations staff to address current and future facilities’ needs
•       Logging materials into database systems in keeping with DACS content standards
•       Creating information systems to support the ongoing digitization of records and other program materials, as well as strategizing potential collection growth
•       Working collaboratively with staff to create records and management policies
•       Providing supervised access to visiting researchers and scholars
•       Secondary duties include oversight of the reference library at Dia:Chelsea

•       Advanced degree in Library and Information Science, or equivalent degree, with a specialization in archival studies or special collections
•       Prior professional experience related to performing above listed essential functions •       Knowledge and understanding of professional principles and best practices, e.g., context, provenance, original order, evidence
•       Experience processing archival or manuscript collections in both print and electronic formats
•       Working knowledge of museum, archives, and library collections management systems, digital asset management systems, and web content management systems
•       Specialized knowledge of contemporary art and museum practices
•       Must have excellent research and analytical skills
•       Strong organizational skills with a keen eye for details
•       Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and identify priorities
•       Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills with ability to facilitate collaboration

Qualified applicants may apply for this position by e-mailing a cover letter and resume to with “Archivist” as the e-mail subject heading. Letters of reference are welcomed. Please include your salary expectations.

Digitization and preservation resources

Today I thought I’d provide links to a few resources that provide (free) technical information for the preservation and digitization of images:

For technical specifications related to image digitization, you can’t go wrong with the Federal Agencies Digitization Guidelines Initiative (FADGI): it’s developed by the Library of Congress, the National Archives, and the National Gallery of Art (among others): LINK to still image digitization; LINK to list of digitization guidelines for film, audio-visual, etc.

For preserving physical objects such as photographs, check out the numerous free publications available from the Image Permanence Institute (IPI): LINK

Finally, for a good overview of all aspects of image management (both physical and digital), have a look at the leaflets provided by the Northeast Document Conservation Center (NEDCC): LINK

Call for Proposals: Image Resources Interest Group at ALA Annual (Orland0, FL)

UPDATE: The deadline is June 1, but they may take proposals after that date. Contact Stephen Patton (below) if you are interested.

Call for Proposals! IRIG Lightning Round Talks At ALA Annual 2016:

Proposals are solicited for lightning round talks to be held during the ACRL Image Resources Interest Group (IRIG) Business Meeting from 1-2:30pm on Saturday, June 25, 2016 at the ALA Annual Conference in Orlando. Presenters will speak for five minutes to showcase their topic followed by a brief Q & A with the audience. A moderator will keep talks on time and facilitate discussion. Presenters are encouraged to bring handouts but a projector should be available.

Suggested topics include:

  • Image metadata
  • Project planning with images
  • Image collections across systems and platforms
  • Collaboration with academic departments/community outreach
  • Visual literacy standards implementation
  • Learning objects for visual literacy instruction

We are interested in all aspects of image resources and look forward to varied presentations and creative projects, including projects in their beginning stages.

Please submit proposals or questions to Stephen Patton at by June 1, 2016.

Proposals should include the following information:

Proposal Title
Brief proposal description (100-150 words)

Submitters will be notified by June 3, 2016. (Early submissions will receive a prompt review.)

See the IRIG website for more information: