U of T Architecure Librarian contract position

Irene Puchalski, one of our chapter members, and the University of Toronto’s Architecture Librarian, will be taking a Research Leave from July 1 – December 31, 2017. As a result the University of Toronto Libraries are seeking a Research Leave Replacement (6 month contract).

The Shore + Moffat Library is an incredible place to work, and I look fondly back on my time there as both a reference assistant, and as a contract librarian filling in during Irene’s previous Research Leave. If you know anyone who would be interested in this exciting opportunity, please do share it with them.

For more details please see the posting below:

Architecture Librarian (Librarian I or II), 6-month Contract Limited Term
Closes on Sunday, May 07, 2017
University of Toronto Libraries
Toronto, ON

POSITION: Architecture Librarian (Librarian I or II), 6-month Contract Limited Term
DEPARTMENT: University of Toronto Libraries
DATE REQUIRED: July 1, 2017

Are you looking for challenging, meaningful work in a supportive and diverse environment? Are you looking for a career at one of Canada’s top employers? Work where the world comes to think, discover and learn. Consider a career at the University of Toronto.

About the University of Toronto Libraries

The University of Toronto Libraries (UTL) system is the largest academic library in Canada and is ranked fourth among peer institutions in North America. The system consists of 44 libraries located on three university campuses: St. George, Mississauga, and Scarborough. This array of college libraries, special collections, and specialized libraries and information centres supports the teaching and research requirements of 215 graduate programs, over 60 professional programs, and more than 700 undergraduate degree programs. In addition to more than 12 million print volumes, the library system currently provides access to millions of electronic resources in various forms and over 29,554 linear metres of archival material. More than 150,000 new print volumes are acquired each year.  The Libraries’ data centre houses more than 200 servers with a storage capacity of 1.5 petabytes.

The Opportunity:
Reporting to the Deputy Chief Librarian, University of Tornoto Libraries, the incumbent will be required to direct and manage the services, resources, and staff of the Shore + Moffat Library. This Research Leave replacement position offers an excellent opportunity to gain diverse experience in an academic environment. The John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Design offers professional Masters degrees in Architecture (MArch), Landscape Architecture (MLA), Urban Design (MUD), Visual Studies (MVS), and Honours Bachelor of Arts (Honours BA) in Architectural Studies and Visual Studies.
Learn about the John H. Daniels Faculty of Architecture, Landscape, and Urban Design: http://www.daniels.utoronto.ca


  • Conduct reference and research consultations with students and faculty
  • Provide instruction on library resources and the research process, including embedded information literacy instruction
  • Collection development in the areas of architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, visual studies
  • Liaise with Daniels program directors, faculty, and students
  • Supervise 1.7 library technicians, and oversee approximately 12 student assistants
  • Supervise and coordinate library services – circulation, course reserves, collection maintenance, interlibrary loans
  • Monitor issues with library equipment and liaise with IT at Daniels
  • Serve on library and faculty committees
  • Develop and maintain the library website

Required Qualifications

  • ALA-accredited Master of Library Science degree or equivalent
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, strong organizational and problem solving skills, collaborative and responsive leadership skills, flexibility and a strong service orientation are essential
  • Public service experience
  • Excellent knowledge of print and electronic information resources appropriate for architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and visual studies
  • Must be able to work independently and with staff, students, faculty, administrators and the design community

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience as a librarian working with architecture, landscape architecture, urban design, and visual studies in an academic library
  • Experience offering information literacy instruction
  • At least one year’s professional experience in an academic library setting
  • Supervisory experience in a unionized environment

Salary and Terms of Appointment
This is a Contractually Limited-Term appointment be filled at the Librarian I or II rank. Rank and salary will be commensurate with experience and academic/professional qualifications.

NOTE: Librarians at the University of Toronto are members of the University of Toronto Faculty Association.

Application Materials Required: A cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three references of which at least two have supervised your work. Please send a single electronic file (MS Word or pdf) with a file name convention of [Surname, FirstName.Architecture] to Library Human Resources at utlhr@utoronto.ca; or to Room 1140, 130 St. George Street, University of Toronto Libraries, Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5; or by fax to (416) 946-5543 by May 7, 2017.

The University of Toronto is strongly committed to diversity within its community and especially welcomes applications from racialized persons / persons of colour, women, Indigenous / Aboriginal People of North America, persons with disabilities, LGBTQ persons, and others who may contribute to the further diversification of ideas.

All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply; however, Canadians and permanent residents will be given priority.

The University of Toronto Libraries thanks all applicants but will only contact applicants selected for an interview.

University of Toronto Library System: http://onesearch.library.utoronto.ca/
University of Toronto: http://www.hrandequity.utoronto.ca/site3.aspx
Policies for librarians:  http://www.hrandequity.utoronto.ca/faculty-librarians.htm

2016 Fall Business Meeting – Registration Now Open!

Registration is now open for our 2016 Fall Business meeting! This year, the meeting will take place at the Toronto Reference Library. In addition to our formal meeting agenda, the day will include a tour of the TRL’s Arts Department, The Marilyn & Charles Baillie Special Collections Centre, and the Preservation & Digitization lab. All are welcome and we hope to see you there!

WHERE: Toronto Reference Library (meet inside the main entrance near the fountain/Balzac’s Coffee)

WHEN: Friday, December 2, 2016, 10:00am

COST: $20 for regular members; $10 for students (this includes a 2017 membership to the Chapter).

To RSVP or to add an item to the meeting agenda, contact our Chair, Margaret, at margaret.english@utoronto.ca

Fundraising Goals Met!

Thank you to everyone who came out and/or donated to our Fall 2016 Fundraiser! We managed to surpass our fundraising goal, allowing us to sponsor a student or early-career librarian to attend the 2017 ARLIS/NA Conference in New Orelans. Stay tuned for details on how to apply for this travel grant.

ARLIS/NA Ontario is a non-profit organization that depends on donations and membership funds to continue programming. All donations go a long way and are very very much appreciated!

Date Change! ARLIS Ontario Fundraiser now Nov. 12th

We’ve pushed the date of our fundraising event to Saturday, November 12th.

Please open the attached flyer for more information about our celebratory gathering, silent auction of cool vintage stuff and a peek at the private collection of one of our members.

We desperately need to raise funds for Travel Awards, Speakers’ Honorariums and Chapter contributions to the Annual Conference.

If you cannot attend, please consider making a donation via our fundraising page.

ARLIS/NA Travel Award

ARLIS/NA Travel Award

Dear Colleagues,

The ARLIS/NA Travel Awards Committee is pleased to announce the following Travel Awards for attending the 45th annual conference of ARLIS/NA, to be held in New Orleans, Louisiana February 5-9, 2017.

Details about the conference can be found here.
The application form for the awards can be found here.
More information about the Travel Awards can be found on the ARLIS/NA website.
Several awards are available to students and non-ARLIS members.  Please feel free to send this announcement to others who might benefit from attending our wonderful conference!
Application deadline for all conference travel awards: Monday, October 31st 2016, 12:00 pm EST.
Awards Open to Current Members:
Conference Attendance Award (1 award/$1000)
Eligibility: Individual member who serves as a committee member, group moderator, and/or chapter officer.
Purpose: To encourage participation in ARLIS/NA by assisting conference attendance by committee members, chapter officers, and moderators, of divisions, sections, and round tables.
Student Conference Attendance Award ($1000)
Eligibility: Student members who are active participants in ARLIS/NA and are currently enrolled in an accredited graduate program in Library Studies and/or Information Studies or have recently graduated (within 12 mos. of graduation).
Purpose: To encourage participation in ARLIS/NA by assisting students considering a career in art librarianship or visual resources to attend the annual ARLIS/NA conference.
 Awards Open to All Eligible Applicants:
Student Diversity Award for Conference Attendance ($1000)
Eligibility: Students from a traditionally under-represented group who are currently enrolled in an accredited graduate program in Library Studies and/or Information Studies or have recently graduated (within 12 mos. of graduation).
Purpose: To encourage multicultural students considering a career in art librarianship or visual resources to participate in the activities of ARLIS/NA.
Howard Karno Award ($1000)
Eligibility: Art librarians residing in Latin America or Art Librarians residing in North America working with significant Latin American art/architecture research collections or researching subjects or themes related to Latin American art/architecture.
Purpose: To encourage professional development of art librarians who work to advance the study of Latin American art through interaction with ARLIS/NA colleagues and conference participation.
Judith A. Hoffberg Student Award for Conference Attendance ($1000)
Sponsored by the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) the Judith A. Hoffberg Student Award for Conference Attendance is given annually in honor of the founding of ARLIS/NA and its first president. The Art Libraries Society of North America was founded in 1972 by a group of art librarians attending the American Library Association annual conference in Chicago at the initiative of Judith Hoffberg.

Eligibility: Students who are currently enrolled in an accredited graduate program in Library Studies and/or Information Studies or have recently graduated (within 12 mos. of graduation).
Purpose: To encourage students considering a career in art librarianship or visual resources to participate in the activities of ARLIS/NA.

Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Save the dates – Chapter Fundraising Event and Fall Business Meeting

Save the date for two exciting Chapter events!

1. Saturday, November 5th – 3pm to 10(ish)

Please join us for a fundraising gathering at the home of ARLIS Ontario ChapterChair Margaret English

Come and enjoy food and drink, socialize and view new displays from an obsessive collector of neat stuff. There will be fantastic silent auction of vintage jewellery, art glass, pottery and original art. View selections from “The OTHER Barnes Collection” featuring  graphic art by Sonia Delaunay, Hans Arp, Kasimir Malevich, Natalia Goncharova, Vladimir Lebedev, Yves Gaucher, Jean-Paul Riopelle, Rita Letendre and many more. Win cool door prizes including a gorgeous Waterman fountain pen!
Cost is $15 and all proceeds go to our Travel Award fund.
Please RSVP to Margaret by October 31st: margaret.english@utoronto.ca

2. Friday, December 2nd 2016

Please attend our Fall  Meeting at the Toronto Reference Library
We will have our Business Meeting in the morning and tours of the Preservation & Digitization, Special Collections and Arts departments in the afternoon.
Details TBA.

Call for Nominations: 2016/17 Student Representatives

ArLiS/NA Ontario is currently accepting nominations for the position of Student Representative for the 2016/2017 academic year. The duties of the Student Representative involve: attending the Fall and Spring Business meetings; acting as a liaison between the Chapter and students; helping promote the Chapter to students; and helping with other minor tasks that support the Chapter’s mission.

If you’d like to submit a nomination or would like more information, please contact Margaret English at margaret.english@utoronto.ca.

Visual Resources Curator Position Announcement – UofT – applications due June17th

An excellent job opportunity has recently been posted at the University of Toronto, but it will only be up for 5 days!

Applications are due Jul 17, 2016, 11:59:00 PM.

Visual Resources Curator 
Under the general supervision of the Chair of the Department, the incumbent is responsible for the History of Art Department’s image services including: overseeing a collection of digital art data for both undergraduate and graduate teaching and research; providing ongoing technical leadership and support to the Department’s repositories, Federated Academic Digital Image System (FADIS), ArtStor, SharedShelf and related initiatives. In addition, the incumbent will provide support to the life cycle management of digital images including creation, description, storage, retrieval, and preservation; and overseeing the application of various metadata schema and standards, standards-driven digitization, web page development; as well as the use of a variety of computer software and/or hardware systems.

For Department special events/lectures, the incumbent will coordinate the provision of audio visual (AV) requirements and digital support; coordinate room bookings; create and produce marketing communication materials; and assist with editing the production of the departmental newsletter.

Pay Scale Group and Hiring Rate: USW Pay Band 11 — $60,687 with an annual step progression to a maximum of $77,607. Pay scale and job class assignment is subject to determination pursuant to the Job Evaluation/Pay Equity Maintenance Protocol.

LINK: https://utoronto.taleo.net/careersection/10000/jobdetail.ftl?job=1600905

Artviews (Visual Arts Ontario) journal issues and others to give away

Lucinda Walls, Art, Drama and Music Librarian at Queens University, has the following gift journal issues from Isabel McLaughlin’s personal library to send to a welcoming home:

Artviews – 0381-9515 (published by Visual Arts Ontario 1975-1989, according to Ulrich’s)

v.5,no.1, January/February 1979
v.5,no.2, March/April 1979
v.5,no.3, June/July 1979
v.5,no.4, Fall 1979
v.5,no.5, Winter 1979
v.6,no.2, Summer 1980
v.6,no.3, Fall 1980


Art magazine (appears as artmagazine on cover) – 0004-3257 (Society of Canadian Artists in Toronto, published between 1969-1984)

v.6,no.21, Spring 1975

Artmagazine – 0318-6644 (published by artmagazine Inc.)

v.9,no.38/39, June 1978 (this one is slightly rippled due to water but still usable, no mold)

Artscanada – 0004-4113

v.27,no.6, issue no. 162/163, Dec 1971/Jan 1972 (special issue called The Eskimo World)
v.30,nos.5/6, issue nos. 184/185/186/197, Dec 1973/Jan/1974 (special 30th anniversary double issue: Stones, bones and skin: Ritual and Shamanic art)
v.32,no.2, issue nos. 198/199, June 1975 (issue entitled: The artist as historian)


Rotunda (variously the bulletin, or the magazine of The Royal Ontario Museum)

v.2,no.4, Fall 1969
v.10,no.3, Fall 1977
v.11,no.4, Winter 1978/79
v.12,no.1 Spring 1979-v.13,no.4, Winter 1980/81 (includes all four issues for each volume)

Please contact Lucinda Walls at lucinda.walls@queensu.ca if you would like any of these.