ARLIS/NA - Twin Cities

A local chapter of the Art Libraries Society of North America

Author: Beth Goodrich

At Mia: Artists in Their Own Words, an event for International World Book Day

What: Artists in Their Own Words

When: Sunday, April, 22 at 2 p.m.

Where: Minneapolis Institute of Art, Target Wing Reception Hall

Free, but tickets required

Hear the words of artists you admire as read by local artists and curators in an informal “coffee shop” atmosphere. Accompanied by illustrations of the artists in their studios, these short excerpts focus on artists’ sources of inspiration and words of advice about their art practice. Every person, culture, and civilization has a story to tell, and we will share a global perspective of visual artists throughout history. Also, browse through selected books from Mia’s Library. Light refreshments served.

Presented by the Library Affinity Group in celebration of International World Book Day.
To register, call (612) 870-6323 or reserve online.

Summer 2018 Internships with the American Craft Council Library & Archives

The American Craft Council has two grant-funded, paid internship opportunities for the Summer of 2018:

American Craft Council

ARCHIVE INTERN

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Job Type: Part-time, hourly

Hours: 15-20 hours/week for 12 weeks, sometime between the hours of 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday; starting May or June 2018

Application Closing Date: Friday, March 2, 2018

Pay: $15/hour

The American Craft Council (ACC) Library is currently seeking a bright, enthusiastic, and dedicated intern to work on a grant-funded digitization project under the supervision of the ACC librarian.

The primary responsibility of the intern will be assisting the librarian in selecting, and preparing for digitizing, the artist file materials within a large donation from the library of the Friends of Fiber Arts International.  In addition, the intern will be responsible for organizing materials and writing metadata using the library’s content management tool (CONTENTdm). The internship is a great opportunity to experience working with visual collections within an art research library.

 

Background

As a program of the American Craft Council, the Library maintains a comprehensive collection of print and visual materials on American craft with an emphasis on the period since 1940. Containing over 20,000 books and exhibition catalogs, 700 bound volumes of leading periodicals, over 3000 artist files and an accompanying database, the Library is also the repository of the Council archives, including those of the Museum of Contemporary Crafts/American Craft Museum (1956-1990). While focused on modern craft, the collection also supports research in the related fields of design and applied and decorative arts. The Library is located in NE Minneapolis, and is open to the public Monday-Thursday, 10am-5pm, and Friday, 9am-4pm.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Assist in the selection of materials for digitization from Friends of Fiber Arts and ACC artist files.
  • Prescribe metadata and manage content in the ACC’s CONTENTdm digital repository.
  • Make use of controlled vocabulary resources to enter data into the important subject data fields.
  • Scan images to file and make adjustments as necessary using Photoshop.
  • Execute proper care and storage of materials.
  • Communicate regularly with librarian as to concerns, issues and progress on tasks.
  • Assist with answering reference and research questions as needed.

Qualifications

  • Junior or senior in an undergraduate or graduate level library science, museum studies or art history program, or a recent graduate.
  • Experience using controlled vocabularies and/or tagging in data creation.
  • Preferred coursework in archival studies and/or experience working in an archives or library setting.
  • Familiarity or experience with CONTENTdm or other digital asset management system.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Careful attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently.
  • Preferred interest or background in contemporary craft and craft history.

 

To Apply

Please send your cover letter and resume to employment@craftcouncil.org with the subject: Archive Intern

 

LIBRARY INTERN

Location: Minneapolis, MN

Job Type: Part-time, hourly

Hours: 15-20 hours/week for 12 weeks, sometime between the hours of 8am and 5pm, Monday through Friday; starting May or June 2018

Application Closing Date: Friday, March 2, 2018

Pay: $15/hour

The American Craft Council (ACC) Library is currently seeking a bright, enthusiastic, and dedicated intern to work on a grant-funded cataloging project under the supervision of the ACC librarian.

The primary responsibility of the intern will be cataloging a large donation of books and exhibition catalogs from the library of the Friends of Fiber Arts International.  The Friends donation includes nearly 200 titles unique to the ACC library collection.  The cataloging intern will enter these new holdings through OCLC Connexion, and upload the records into the ACC library catalog (Koha). This is a great opportunity to experience cataloging of exhibition catalogs and books on the field of contemporary craft within an art research library.

Background 

As a program of the American Craft Council, the Library maintains a comprehensive collection of print and visual materials on American craft with an emphasis on the period since 1940. Containing over 20,000 books and exhibition catalogs, 700 bound volumes of leading periodicals, over 3000 artist files and an accompanying database, the Library is also the repository of the Council archives, including those of the Museum of Contemporary Crafts/American Craft Museum (1956-1990). While focused on modern craft, the collection also supports research in the related fields of design and applied and decorative arts. The Library is located in NE Minneapolis, and is open to the public Monday-Thursday, 10am-5pm, and Friday, 9am-4pm.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Select bibliographic records through OCLC Connexion.
  • Upload bibliographic records into Koha, following prescribed standards of the ACC library.
  • Make use of controlled vocabulary resources and LC classification resources to refine bibliographic records.
  • Process items by adding copies to the library catalog, barcoding and making items shelf-ready.
  • Communicate regularly with ACC Librarian as to concerns, issues and progress on tasks.
  • Assist with answering reference and research requests as needed.

Qualifications

  • Must be currently enrolled in or a recent graduate of an MLIS program, or have significant experience in bibliographic cataloging.
  • Coursework in bibliographic cataloging as well as familiarity and experience with OCLC Connexion and/or Koha cataloging systems preferred.
  • Experience using controlled vocabularies preferred.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Careful attention to detail and strong organizational skills.
  • Ability to take initiative and work independently.
  • Interest or background in contemporary craft and craft history preferred.

To Apply

Please send your cover letter and resume to employment@craftcouncil.org with the subject: Library Cataloging Intern

 

About the American Craft Council


The American Craft Council is a national, nonprofit organization cultivating a culture of making. We believe in a world where everyone is inspired to live a creative life. We support professional makers through our unique shows. We provide educational opportunities, including a one-of-a-kind library, conferences, public lectures, and student programs. Our national awards elevate emerging artists and honor masters. We promote the handmade through our robust, member-driven website and our award-winning American Craft magazine.


The American Craft Council is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate against any employee or applicant on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, veteran status, or any classification protected by federal, state, or local law.
We value diversity, inclusiveness, and equity and welcome candidates from all walks of life.

This internship opportunity would not be possible without the generous support of our sponsors. The American Craft Council would like to thank both the Friends of Fiber Arts International and the Minnesota State Arts Board for their contributions.