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It's librarianship, Jim, but not as we know it

'Taking the Plunge' : Art Librarianship as a Career Option, National Gallery London, 27 April 2013

Amy Robinson

on 30 July 2013

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Transcript of It's librarianship, Jim, but not as we know it

Amy Robinson
University for
the Creative Arts (UCA)
Video interviews
Video tutorials


It's librarianship,
Jim, but not as we know it

career journey
current job
recent project
top tips

today I will cover my...
my journey...
BA Art History & English Literature (1999-02)
UEA, Norwich
photo by 1gl; under creative commons: http://www.flickr.com/photos/1gl/2711898158/
spoon from the sainsbury centre for visual arts, uea, norwich
photo by martin; under creative commons: http://www.flickr.com/photos/martinrp/337669150/
Graduate Traineeship (2002-3)
Courtauld Institute of Art Book Library
Photo by Ewan-M; under Creative Commons: http://www.flickr.com/photos/55935853@N00/3749638703/
Photo by VVBAD; under Creative Commons: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vvbad/3235553727/
MA Library & Information Studies - (2003-4)
University College London
Acquisitions Librarian (2004-5)
Tate Gallery Library & Archive
Information Management Officer (2006-8)
Collections Manager (2008-13)
VADS, University for the Creative Arts
photo by morebyless: http://www.flickr.com/photos/morebyless/4106407951/
manage projects

undertake research

add new image collections

my job at vads so far...
http://vads.ac.uk - over 120,000 images
research centre
within library & student services dept
(e.g. visual plagiarism, image aggregation)
(e.g. zandra rhodes, look-here)
(too many to count!)
what is vads?
case study:
zandra rhodes digital study collection project

spoon from the sainsbury centre for visual arts, uea, norwich
1. traditional library skills

2. technology

3. subject specialism

4. project management
skills and knowledge
traditional library skills
subject specialism
project management
project launch event
my top tips
Meridian Tonight, 9 July 2012
Temporary roles as a “foot in the door”
Small institutions, big opportunities
Be more than the 9-5 (e.g. today!)
Thick skin
The future
It's librarianship, Jim, but not as we know it
Styling of garments

Subject research

Video interviews with Zandra Rhodes

Visual branding and design
Digitisation best practice



Metadata standards / vocabularies / mappings

Responding to user needs

Legal framework e.g. copyright
UCA website,
26 March 2013


Time management

Budget management

Risk management

Zandra Rhodes with UCA Fashion Design students
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