ARLIS/NA Mid-Atlantic

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

Month: August 2012

Job Opportunity at NGA

Position available: Information Technology Specialist (Library Systems Specialist), National Gallery of Art Library

The National Gallery of Art Library is seeking applicants for a library systems specialist. This is a full-
time permanent position located in the Library’s Administrative section on the Deputy Director’s staff.
The position is to assist the Library Automation Coordinator with library systems development, systems
maintenance and user support.


U.S. Citizenship required


Maintains system integrity and coordinates integrated library system upgrades and outages
with vendors and the Gallery’s central IT department. Configures hardware and software used in
library applications. Develops custom reports concerning library workflows and library collection
characteristics. Customizes and maintains the web interface for the integrated library system software.
Provides administrative support for monitoring IT-related expenditures and vendor performance. Assists
in documenting user needs for system development and enhancement. Maintains integrated library
system user accounts and processes new account requests.


Candidates must meet the Qualification Standards Handbook requirements for the GS-2210-9. This
requires at least 1 year of specialized experience equivalent to the GS-7 level in the Federal service
OR a Masters degree or 2 full academic years of related graduate level education in computer science,
engineering, information science, information systems management, mathematics, operations research,
statistics, or technology management or a degree that provided a minimum of 24 semester hours in
one or more of the fields identified above and required the development or adaptation of applications,
systems or networks. Specialized experience is experience maintaining access to automated library
services, including all functions of the integrated library system, subscription databases and other
internal and external electronic resources, assessing user needs, and documenting system changes.
Candidates must reflect in their submitted USAJOBS résumés the possession of this specialized
experience. If their résumés do not include such specialized experience, they will be ineligible for this


For complete information about candidate evaluation, benefits, and how to apply, see USAJOBS
vacancy announcement number NGA 12-72A (open to all US citizens) or NGA 12-72B (current Federal
employees) or call the National Gallery of Art Personnel Office at (202) 842-6814.

Please note: Applications must be submitted in USAJOBS and will be accepted until midnight on Friday, August 31, 2012.

Summer 2012 Meeting Minutes and Photos

Minutes from our 2012 Summer Meeting at the Library of Congress Packard Campus on August 3rd are now online.

Our guest photographer, Arthur Soontornsaratool (MICA), took many images of the day. See some photos below, and many more on our Flickr page!

LOC Packard Campus. Photo by Arthur Soontornsaratool

Overview of LOC's audio-visual holdings. Photo by Arthur Soontornsaratool

Viewing a Library of Congress film in the Packard's theater. Photo by Arthur Soontornsaratool.

In the cool storage vaults. Photo by Arthur Soontornsaratool.

Nitrate films at LOC Packard Campus. Photo by Arthur Soontornsaratool.

Reflections of Toronto

Now that we’re in the heat of the summer, I find myself looking fondly on my experiences at the 2012’s ARLIS/NA Conference in Toronto. I was immeasurably pleased to be chosen as the Caroline Backlund Travel Award winner for this conference and am excited to share my experiences with those reading this blog post. At first I chastised myself for not writing immediately after the conference. However, as I look back on what transpired in Toronto, I realized how much the rest of my year has been influenced by this spectacular conference—a perspective I would not have had if I had written this in April.

The first day at the conference for me was all about having fun. Text messages trickled in as far-flung librarian friends arrived in Toronto. Before meeting up with some of them for dinner, I visited the Bata Shoe Museum with ARLIS-DMV officers Sarah Osborne Bender and Anne Simmons. Of particular interest to us was the architecture of the building and the exhibit on the Roaring 20s—those art deco shoes are just spectacular. Afterwards I traveled to the Windsor Arms for a fancy dinner with ARLIS/NA members from Texas, Indiana, and Florida. My, how ARLIS brings people together! The food was exquisite, but the company was even better.

Bright and early the following day I attended the mentoring program workshop. This is the second time I have attended this workshop, although my first acting as a mentor. We watched a DVD of mentoring expert Margaret Law who informs us about key aspects of the mentoring relationship. In between the DVD segments we had breakout sessions to perform different exercises to get us in the mentoring mood. I spoke to my mentee, Kai Alexis Smith from Pratt, before the conference but it was good to finally meet her in person that morning. I highly recommend joining the mentorship program as both mentor and mentee—there is always something new to learn. We even have a virtual mentoring program that is open for any ARLIS/NA member. Did I mention that I joined the Mentoring Subcommittee of the Professional Development Committee this year? Go mentoring! Continue reading