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VRC Jobs

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Working in the VRC exposes students to a broad variety of art, architecture, and related visual culture. It provides them with valuable skills in the areas of digital imaging, cataloging, data management, and technical support. While this experience may be applied to a broad variety of disciplines, it can be especially beneficial to those wishing to pursue careers in areas such as museums and other cultural heritage institutions, art librarianship, and, of course, visual resources management.

VRC Graduate Assistant Positions
The VRC has two graduate assistant positions available to graduate students in the Department of Art and Art History: 1) VRC GA and 2) Visiting Artist/VRC GA. Each position is an appointment requiring a commitment of ten hours per week. Remuneration for these positions includes 5 credits of tuition remission, a stipend, and a contribution toward student health insurance.

  • VRC GA: The main duties of the job involve the creation of descriptive information about images for the departmental teaching and research collection. Includes cataloging and updating of authority files on artists, architects, museums, styles, periods, subjects, etc. Complete job description for the VRC GA position [PDF].
  • Visiting Artist/VRC GA: This position is divided between the Visiting Artist program and the Visual Resources Center. It helps organize and manage aspects of the Visiting Artist program, and maintains the VRC image and video collections relating to the Visiting Artist series. Videography skills are particularly valuable in this position, as is a background in art history.  Complete job description for the Visiting Artist/VRC GA position [PDF].

VRC Work-Study Positions
The VRC offers three types of work-study jobs: 1) Visual Resources Assistant, and 2) Equipment Room Assistant.  These positions are limited to students with work-study awards through financial aid. They are not restricted to Art and Art History majors, but having this interest and experience is desirable, and the jobs provide students working in these and related disciplines a great opportunity to work with and learn about art, images, imaging, or equipment for use in creative work, documentation, and teaching.

Careers in Visual Resources Environments and Librarianship
The Visual Resources Association (VRA) is the professional organization for image management professionals in academic, cultural heritage, and commercial environments. The VRA maintains hiring and retention standards for the profession as well as information on cataloging and collection management for visual resources collections (available at VRA’s Resources page). The VRA Bulletin is published three times per year and provides a forum for investigating issues relevant to the field. The full text of the Bulletin from 2004 to the present is available through the UCB Libraries.

The Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) serves as the professional organization for librarians in art, architecture, design, and museum libraries. ARLIS/NA publishes Art Documentation twice a year as a forum for investigating professional issues and contributing to the field. The full text of Art Documentation from 2000 to the present is available through the UCB Libraries. ARLIS/NA also publishes occasional papers on issues relevant to the profession.  Student members of ARLIS/NA maintain a blog for art library students and new professionals (ArLiSNAP).  The blog provides a way for students and new professionals to meet, network, and share information.

D-Lib Magazine publishes articles on digital librarianship, including new technologies, applications, and attendant social and economic issues. It is freely available on the Web.