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Library Project Specialist- Artists’ Books, Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA


The Clark Art Institute seeks to fill a one-year NEH-funded position of Library Project Specialist for Artists’ Books for the period of January 3-December 30, 2022. The Library Specialist will analyze the library’s Artists’ Books Collection to identify characteristics desirable for collection research; examples include construction techniques, materials, subjects, and creator attributes beyond those captured in traditional bibliographic records. This in-depth information would then be added to the library’s database to allow for more targeted searches and facilitate discovery of related items. Finally, curated collections of items would be shared via the library’s online exhibition platform.

Major Duties and Responsibilities (Essential Functions) 

  • Create a framework of search categories.
  • Create lists of descriptive terms for each category, using established national and international controlled vocabularies as appropriate.  
  • Analyze individual items from the collection and assign appropriate terms to describe the physical, intellectual, and creator/contributor content, incorporating existing metadata when available.  
  • Identify special features or layouts of each item for imaging staff to use in creating photographic documentation.   
  • Create online exhibitions highlighting important items using Omeka.

Minimum Qualifications 
Education, Training, and Skills 

  • Bachelor’s degree required. Familiarity with artists’ books preferred. 

 Work Experience 

  • Minimum of 3 months of relevant experience preferred. Experience with controlled vocabularies preferred.  

How to Apply:

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