ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic

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

Digital Humanities for Art Historians Mini-Workshop Resources

The following resources were compiled by Sarah Osborne Bender to support the Digital Humanities for Art Historians Mini-Workshop held at the ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic Summer Meeting, July 24, 2015, in Norfolk, Virginia.

How to keep up with developments in DH:

How to engage with DH initiatives local to our chapter:

Tools for teaching:

Tools for research:

Examples:

Two accessible data tools:

A few words about cleaning or “tidying” your data:
When working with structured data, having clean or “tidy” data can make a big difference. Hadley Wickham’s article Tidy Data is an excellent introduction if you’re working with data in spreadsheets, especially surveys or values. You can also drop your spreadsheet into Open Refine. This extremely powerful tool is good for resolving erroneous variations in data, and many other things. Thomas Padilla, Digital Scholarship Librarian at Michigan State created an excellent guide to getting started in Open Refine.

Where can you get data to experiment with?
You can get unstructured data, full text of articles or correspondence for example, from sites like Project Guttenberg, Hathi Trust, even JSTOR, or places like the Archives of American Art that have full texts of things like oral histories.

More institutions are opening up their collection data all the time. Just last week, MOMA released its collection data on Github, joining the Tate and the Cooper Hewitt.

Paid Fall 2015 Archives Internship at Glenstone

The Glenstone Museum Archives is now accepting applications for the Fall 2015 Project Archivist Intern.

Description

The Project Archivist Intern will be responsible for processing Glenstone’s backlog of analog and digital architectural records. Position responsibilities will include:

  • Identification of unique records, removing duplications
  • Creation of processing plan
  • Appraisal of records for long-term preservation
  • Arrange, describe, catalog, and house analog records
  • Organize digital architectural records
  • Answer reference questions from staff
  • Develop project reporting system
  • Other duties as assigned

Compensation

This is a part-time, temporary position of up to 24 hours per week, to be completed during the Fall 2015 semester. The rate of pay is $15 per hour stipend and/or academic credit in line with graduate school requirements.

Application Process

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references electronically through our Glenstone Jobs Portal. The deadline for applications is Friday, August 21, 2015.

Paid Fall 2015 Library Internship at Glenstone

The Glenstone Museum Library is now accepting applications for the Fall 2015 Library Collections Internship.

Description
The Library Collections Intern will be responsible for standardizing legacy library records in the art museum library’s new CMS database, CollectiveAccess. Position responsibilities will include:

  • Checking existent library records for accuracy
  • Adding Library of Congress Subject Headings, Getty vocabularies, call numbers, and images to library records
  • Creating intellectual relationships between library, artwork, and archival records
  • Applying call number labels and barcodes to library items
  • Shifting, shelving, and relocating materials as needed
  • Responding to reference requests from museum staff

Compensation
This is a part-time, temporary position of up to 30 hours per week, to be completed during the Fall 2015 semester. The rate of pay is $15 per hour stipend and/or academic credit in line with graduate school requirements.

Application Process
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, and a list of three professional references electronically through our Glenstone Jobs Portal. The deadline for applications is Friday, July 31, 2015.

MCN – ARLIS/NA Panel Call for Papers – DUE TOMORROW!

All,

As part of our work to promote ARLIS/NA and reach out to colleagues across disciplines we have been working with MCN (the Museum Computer Network) to put together an ARLIS/NA panel at their upcoming conference.

MCN is really excited to have proposals for an ARLIS/NA panel and specifically for talks from ARLIS/NA members that address the conference theme “The Invisible Architectures of Connected Museums”  from their own unique perspective.

Proposals are due SOON, this Thursday, April 30.

Here is a link to the call for proposals, and please do not hesitate to let me know if you have any questions.

http://mcn.edu/mcn-2015-minneapolis/mcn-2015-call-for-proposals/

Sincerely,

Kristen 

President, ARLIS/NA

Job Opportunity at Dumbarton Oaks: Part-Time Archival Assistant

The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) at the Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection (http://www.doaks.org/) in Washington, D.C. is seeking a part-time Archival Assistant to assist ICFA staff with archival processing and preservation projects of Byzantine collections and other administrative tasks. Under the supervision of the Archivist, the part-time Archival Assistant will assist with the assessment, arrangement, description, and preservation of Byzantine archival collections, which comprise administrative records and fieldwork materials produced or created by Byzantine scholars, archaeologists, and photographers.

For the full job description, please see: http://www.doaks.org/about/employment/part-time-archival-assistant-byzantine-collections. For more information about ICFA and its collections, please see: http://www.doaks.org/icfa or our blog: https://icfadumbartonoaks.wordpress.com/. Interested applicants should send a cover letter, resume or CV, contact information for three references, and a work sample (e.g., finding aid, online exhibit, blog, etc.) to HumanResources@doaks.org.

~Shalimar Abigail Fojas White, Manager, Image Collection and Fieldwork Archives, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection

Corcoran Artists’ Books Collection at GW Libraries Special Collections Research Center

Horse hair, glass, metal screws, handmade paper, a cotton t-shirt—these are just some of the materials that compose the nearly three hundred artists’ books housed in the Corcoran Artists’ Books Collection at GW Libraries. Conceived by renowned artists such as Ed Ruscha or by up-and-coming artists from the Corcoran’s MA Art and the Book program, these art objects stretch the boundaries of what ‘book’ can mean: Alice Austin’s Milk, Butter, Eggs (2004) resembles a codex, but when opened reveals its accordion folds with illustrations of domestic scenes; Beth Thielen’s The Tower (2007) appears largely sculptural until small booklets unfold from its architectural, watch-tower-like form.   Thielen’s work, made in collaboration with women prisoners from San Quentin State Prison and the California Rehabilitation Centers, embodies the collection’s thematic focus of social justice and consciousness.

Beth Thielen, The Tower (2007); Photo by William Atkins / The George Washington University

Along with this focus on social issues, the collection’s primary purpose is as a teaching collection for book arts students. Each year the Artists’ Books Committee (made up of Art and the Book professors and students, and a librarian) identifies particular social justice issues, like LGBTQ rights or xenophobia, on which to concentrate for new purchases. The committee also selects formal aspects (e.g. flag books or box housings) which will support student work. In addition, the collection contains collaborative works by Art and the Book graduate students such as +/- One Percent (2010), and most recently, An Exquisite Future (2014); these works are published by Corcoran’s in-house publisher, Marginalia Press.

The Corcoran Artists’ Books Collection was slowly amassed over the past several decades by the Corcoran Library at the former Corcoran College of Art + Design—now the Corcoran School of the Arts and Design within The George Washington University. With the acquisition of the Corcoran Library by GW Libraries in 2014, this unique collection was transferred to its new home in GW’s Special Collections Research Center where individual students and class groups can view selected books upon request.

Alice Austin, Milk, Butter, Eggs (2004); Photo by William Atkins / The George Washington University

Alice Austin, Milk, Butter, Eggs (2004); Photo by William Atkins / The George Washington University

Right now through March 20th, you can view a selection of nineteen artists’ books from the Corcoran collection at GW’s Luther W. Brady Gallery. The exhibit entitled “Paper Window” presents a wide range of artist book categories, including photobooks, pop-ups, mixed media books, and altered books. The exhibit also features customized book housings and book-making tools on loan from the Art and the Book graduate program. Visit often as paged books will periodically have new spreads on display. Located on the second floor of GW’s Media and Public Affairs Building (805 21st Street, NW), the Brady Gallery is free and open to the public.

Shira Loev Eller
Art and Design Librarian
Gelman Library
The George Washington University

Upgrade for AtoM@DO, Dumbarton Oaks ICFA’s online database

One year ago today, the Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) of Dumbarton Oaks launched our online database, AtoM@DO (atom.doaks.org). We are pleased to announce that we have upgraded to a new version (2.1) of the AtoM (Access to Memory) software, which features a redesigned interface and many enhancements for searching and browsing.

In response to feedback from our users, we sponsored development of new functionality within the Places taxonomy through AtoM lead developer Artefactual Systems. You can now browse a hierarchical list of geographic terms with a tree-view that allows you to navigate from broader terms to narrower terms. You can also browse an alphabetical list of places, or search within the taxonomy with a dedicated search box. A persistent Browse menu in the header gives you instant access to all of AtoM@DO’s taxonomies, whether Names, Places, or Subjects. These same access points are now prominently displayed at the top of all archival records, thereby facilitating discovery of related items.

AtoM@DO’s search engine has been enhanced with the implementation of Elasticsearch. Now, when you start a keyword search in the Search box located in the header, suggested matches will appear in real time, faceted by archival description, Names, Places, or Subjects. The search engine is responsive, so the more characters you type, more relevant results will appear dynamically. Additionally, Place terms assigned to archival descriptions will inherit their parent terms, so that searches for “Turkey” will automatically return results for “Istanbul.” AtoM@DO now includes more robust faceting of search results, so that you can narrow large sets quickly to target the most relevant results. Use the facet filters on the left-hand side of the search results page to limit your results by level of description, department, or creator, or by access points (Names, Places, and Subjects).

We hope that you will explore the new AtoM@DO, which contains many more enhancements that we hope will improve our users’ ability to locate archival materials at Dumbarton Oaks. We will continue to add content to AtoM@DO as we process and describe our collections. In the meantime, you can also discover our collections (processed and unprocessed) through a variety of channels, whether HOLLIS, WorldCat, or ArchiveGrid.

For more information on how to use the new features, please see the AtoM@DO FAQ page prepared by ICFA staff. Feel free contact us with any questions or feedback at icfa@doaks.org. We would especially like to thank our colleague, Prathmesh Mengane, Database and CMS Developer, whose dogged assistance made this upgrade possible.

~Shalimar Abigail Fojas White, Manager, Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection

Scholar-In-Residence Program at Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens

Application Deadline Extended: March 2, 2015

Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens announces a new scholar-in-residence program. PhD candidates or higher and any qualified applicants are encouraged to apply. There is no application form. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae and a proposal, not to exceed 500 words, stating the necessary length of residence, materials to be used and/or studied, and the project’s relevance to Hillwood’s collections and/or exhibition programincluding, but not limited to: art and architecture, landscape design, conservation and restoration, archives, library and/or special collections, as well as broader study areas such as the history of collecting or material culture. The project description should be accompanied by two letters of recommendation and will be reviewedby the selection committee.

There are three potential types of awards:

Type #1: 1- 2 weeks
Hillwood will arrange and pay for travel costs to and from the museum; housing near campus; shop and café discounts; free access to all public programs.

Type #2: 1-3 months
Hillwood will arrange and pay for travel costs to and from the museum; shop and café discounts; free access to all public programs; a stipend of up to $1,500 per month depending on length of stay.

Type #2: 3-12 months
Hillwood will arrange and pay for travel costs to and from the museum; shop and café discounts; free access to all public programs; visa support (if necessary); a stipend of up to $1,500 per month depending on length of stay.

Hillwood is in a special class of cultural heritage institution as a historic site, a testament to the life of an important 20th century figure, an estate campus, magnificent garden, and a museum with world renowned special collections. Founded by Marjorie Merriweather Post (1887-1973), heir to the Post Cereal Companies that later became General Foods, the Museum houses over 17,000 works of art. It includes one of the largest and most important collections of Russian art outside of Russia, comprising pieces from the pre-Petrine to early Soviet periods, an outstanding collection of French and European art, and jewelry, textile, fashion and accessories collections. As part of the visitor experience, and in conjunction with a robust offering of public and educational programs, the Museum presents two changing special exhibitions annually that bring together objects and thematic content that highlight the acknowledged strengths of its permanent collection.

Scholars will have full access to Hillwood’s art and research collections. The Art Research Library has over 38,000 volumes including monographs, serials, annotated and early auction catalogs, and electronic resources; the Archives contain the papers of Marjorie Merriweather Post, her staff, and family members.

For inquiries or to submit an application please contact one of the following:

Wilfried Zeisler
Associate Curator of 19th Century Art
wzeisler@hillwoodmuseum.org

Kristen Regina
Head of Archives & Special Collections
kregina@hillwoodmuseum.org

Dumbarton Oaks ICFA Launches its Oral History Initiative

The Image Collections and Fieldwork Archives (ICFA) at Dumbarton Oaks is pleased to announce the online publication of our Oral History Initiativehttp://www.doaks.org/icfa/oral-history-initiative. Each interview is represented with a page that includes a brief biographical sketch of the interviewee, a video of the interview, and corresponding transcripts (when available). All videos are available in full length, both on ICFA’s website and through Vimeo: http://vimeo.com/album/3138256.

Sreenshot of ICFA”s Oral History Initiative web page.

ICFA launched its Oral History Initiative in 2011, with the support of the Dumbarton Oaks Archives (DOA). Our aim was to speak directly with individuals related to ICFA’s holdings, whether they participated in fieldwork or research projects documented by our collections or managed the department’s diverse collections over the years. Our main goal is to gather information, such as first-hand descriptions of fieldwork or personal recollections of key individuals, that may not otherwise be captured in documents or photographs. This work is ongoing and the Oral History Initiative site will continue to grow as we conduct additional interviews and create new transcripts. 

The ICFA Oral History Initiative complements the Dumbarton Oaks Archives’ Oral History Project: http://www.doaks.org/library-archives/dumbarton-oaks-archives/oral-history-project. While DOA interviews focus on affiliates’ memories of Dumbarton Oaks and their perceptions of how it has changed over time, ICFA’s oral history interviews center on targeted questions about the people and fieldwork projects represented in ICFA’s collections. Together, these interviews provide a vivid portrait of the institution and the remarkable individuals who participated in its myriad activities over the past 75 years. 

Caitlin Ballotta (right), ICFA Summer Intern 2014, prepares for an oral history interview.

ICFA wishes to thank our wonderful colleagues for their collaboration, support, and feedback: James Carder, Lain Wilson, Deb Brown, Prathmesh Mengane, and Molly Marcusse. Very special thanks goes to Caitlin Ballotta, who creatively and meticulously planned and created the webpage for ICFA’s Oral History Initiative during her Summer 2014 internship in ICFA.

~Shalimar Abigail Fojas White, Manager, Image Collection and Fieldwork Archives, Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection

Position Available: National Gallery of Art Library

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:

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

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