Job Posting: Full Time Archivist/Librarian at LIM College

LIM College – Where Business Meets Fashion is currently seeking candidates for the position of Archivist/Librarian.

Founded in 1939, LIM College educates students for success in the global business of fashion and its many related industries. As a pioneer in experiential education, LIM fosters a unique connection between real-world experience and academic study in business principles, offering master’s, bachelor’s and associate degree programs in a variety of fashion-focused majors. Located in the heart of New York City — the nation’s fashion and business capital — LIM provides students with innumerable opportunities for firsthand experience and professional development.


The Archivist/Librarian is responsible for maintaining the College’s archive and library related duties as determined by the Director of Library Services.  This position includes working evenings and weekends.



·         Developing policies and procedures regarding the archives

·         Processing and describing LIM College’s archives

·         Identifying materials relevant to the college’s history

·         Placing materials in appropriate archival housing

·         Writing and updating finding aids

·         Identifying items in need of conservation

·         Performing or overseeing the conservation processes

·         Assisting patrons with research that relates to the archives

·         Planning and implementing digitization of archive materials

·         Collaborating with other departments, particularly Institutional Advancement, by using archival materials to create LIM College-themed presentations

·         Staying abreast of archive and library trends through participation in local and national associations

·         Supervising work of library student workers

·         Analyzing patron requests to determine needed information and assisting in locating that information

·         Teaching patrons to search for information using research databases and other information sources

·         Teaching library information classes

·         Keeping statistics related to teaching information literacy classes

·         Checking books in and out of the library using the SIRSI library system

·         Explaining the use of library facilities, equipment and services

·         Offering and relating information about library policies

·         Assembling and arranging materials for displays

·         Keeping records of all library transactions

·         Assisting students with copy machines and printers

·         Weeding books, magazines and newspapers as needed

·         Responding to patron complaints and taking action as necessary

·         Compiling lists of new materials, such as books, periodicals and DVDs as needed

·         Assisting in Open House programs as needed




·         A master’s degree in Library Science with a concentration in archive studies is required.

·         Candidates must have knowledge of all archive requirements and standards.

·         At least two (2) years archive and general library experience.

·         Basic computer and spread sheet application skills.

·         Basic ability to perform conservation repairs on materials as needed.

·         Good communication and marketing skills.

·         Familiarity with best practices in digitization of archival materials.

Call for Papers: Fashion in the Library

Manuscript Submission Deadline: December 1, 2019
Publication date: August 2021

Nature and Scope of the Issue
Certain fields are viewed as “for girls”–decorative arts, textiles, interior design, anyone?–and fashion is one of them. These “girl zones”  have traditionally not been considered worthy or serious fields of inquiry and practice like film, the fine arts, architecture, or music.“Girl zones” are not buttressed and validated by a discourse of mythic salvation and transcendence like the ones that benefit, for example, hip-hop or punk (i.e. music) or film. Academic inquiry into fashion and adjacent fields (and consideration for inclusion within Special Collections and archival environments) are very often ignored or belittled because they dare favor the feminine-coded body in opposition to the often masculine-coded mindset of what constitutes a valid subject of research and study.
Indeed, libraries and fashion, as both professions and fields of research, have more in common than might seem immediately apparent. Both fields are gendered spaces, typically coded feminine/female/femme. Because of their association with women and femme qualities, both libraries and fashion must justify their continued existence in ways the film industry, for example, never does. Both the fashion industry and the library field depend upon the passion and labor of women, yet have historically tended to reward male/masculine involvement and agency to a much greater degree. Though it is a given that the work of, for example, Alexander McQueen is of genius and worth saving, the work of the many seamstresses, pattern-makers, and “hands” within the industry is barely acknowledged; nor has the importance of women fashion journalists or editors been as documented and enshrined as that of men.

Starting in the 1990s, fashion studies began to emerge (in the wake of home economics’ name change) as an academic subject in its own right. Increasingly, attention is being paid to the importance of fashion history and practice in the study of gender, sexuality, ethnicity, and class.
In the early 21st century, fashion is a multibillion-dollar global industry and cultural force. Popular culture idioms like fast fashion outlets and reality shows bring fashion to a vast audience.
It is clear that the study of fashion and its role in shaping self and society will not go away, and the intersection of fashion and libraries will increasingly offer an increasingly productive vector for inquiry.
Questions this issue will consider include (but will not be limited to): what role does fashion play in library collections, outreach programs, and programming? Where does fashion belong in the library? In Special Collections? In the archives? Are three-dimensional objects allowed? Should or can libraries collaborate with museums? How do we ensure that spontaneous yet relevant intricacies of “vernacular style” and self-presentation are documented, studied, and given the respect that other less loaded forms of artistic and self-expression are given? We hope this issue will be highly interactive, exploratory, revelatory…and revealing.

List of Potential Topics

● Librarian Fashion Tropes
● Where Does Fashion Reside in the Library?
● Home Economics Collections
● “Women’s Work”
● Disappearance of Clothing Design/Textile/Apparel Programs at Land-Grant Universities
● The Bureau of Home Economics
● Documenting “Hand Work” (Seamstresses, Milliners, Pattern Designers) and Fashion-
Related Small Businesses
● Fashion Studies
● Fashion Bibliographies
● Fashion Librarians/hip
● Fashion (In) Special Collections
● Who Has Access to  Fashion Collections?
● Importance of Library Collections to Fashion Studies
● Researching Fashion (for Exhibits, Collections, Shows, Etc.)
● Fashion Histories
This list is by no means exhaustive! The editors are excited to consider and enthusiastically encourage the submission of perspectives and topics that haven’t occurred to them.

Instructions for Submission
The editors for the Fashion in the Library issue of Library Trends invite authors to submit full manuscripts by December 1, 2019. Manuscripts should be sent to bexlib [at] illinois [dot] edu with the subject line “Library Trends Submission.”
All submissions should follow the Library Trends formatting guidelines. Authors should use the Chicago Manual of Style, 17th Edition author-date format for citations and bibliography.
Manuscripts should include the author’s name, affiliation, and e-mail address. Editors will communicate with the only first author of co-authored manuscripts.
Authors will be notified of their manuscript’s acceptance status in late January 2020. The double-blind peer review process begins at the same time.
The Fashion in the Library issue’s publication date is August 2021.
December 1, 2019          Manuscript Drafts Due
January 20, 2020            Peer Review Begins
April 30, 2020                  Peer Review Ends
May- August 30, 2020     Manuscript Revision Period
November 1,  2020          Final Manuscripts Due to Editors
August 2021                    Final Publication
Courtney Becks (MA, MALIS) is the Librarian for African American Studies and the Jewish Studies Bibliographer at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is a former blogger and sometime fashion zinester. She is co-directing the Fashion, Style, & Aesthetics Research Cluster through the Illinois Program for Research in the Humanities for the 2019-2020 school year. She can be reached at bexlib [at] illinois [dot] edu.
Cristina Favretto (MLS, CAS) joined the faculty of the University of Miami libraries in 2008 as the Head of Special Collections, where she curates collections documenting the history of Miami and South Florida, the Caribbean and South America, countercultural movements, artists’ books, architecture and art, and fashion. Before joining the Special Collections Department, Cristina has held a variety of posts throughout the country, including Head of Special Collections at San Diego State University, Curator of Rare Books at UCLA’s Charles E. Young Library, and Director of the Sallie Bingham Center for Women’s History and Culture at Duke University.  She has also worked at the Boston Public Library, Harvard University Libraries, and the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh. She received her M.L.S. and C.A.S. (Certificate of Advanced Studies) at the University of Pittsburgh, and her B.A. in English Literature and Art History at the State University of New York at Albany. Cristina spent her formative years in Trieste, Italy, and received her Baccalaureate from the Liceo Giosuè Carducci in that city. She also has had a shadow life as a performance artist and lead singer in a post-punk cabaret band.

Fashion, Style, & Aesthetics Reading Group

The Fashion, Style, & Aesthetics Reading Group (FSA) will be holding its last event of the school year on Friday, April 12 at 2PM in Room 208 of the Levis Center, 919 W. Illinois Street. Lauren Downing Peters, an Assistant Professor in Fashion Studies at Columbia College Chicago, will give a guest lecture about her research on the topic of the history and politics of plus-size fashion. The Fashion, Style, & Aesthetics Reading Group is an IPRH Reading Group for 2018-2019. Subscribe to the FSA email list at Courtney Becks can be contacted at bexlib [at] illinois [dot] edu with any questions about FSA or the event.

PDF flyer for Fashion Style & Aesthetics on April 12

Agenda for our meeting on Friday 3/29/19

Please check the ARLIS/NA 2019 conference website for updated location information.  Right now, we are scheduled to meet at Grand America Hotel: Grand Ballroom D – Plenaries (Level 1) 555 Main St, Salt Lake City, UT 84111

1:00pm-1:15pm Introductions
1:15pm-1:20pm Announcement – Fashion: Now & Then at LIM
1:20pm-1:25pm Review of Annual Report
1:25pm-1:30pm Discussion of Business of Fashion (and other resources)
1:30pm-1:40pm Discussion of Fashion Design Information Competencies
1:40pm-1:50pm Bloomsbury resources, with Tomas Rene

Lauren Bradley of LIM will join us as our vice-moderator of the SIG.  Welcome, Lauren!

Safe travels to everyone and we look forward to seeing you in Salt Lake City.


Fashion Design Information Competencies

This month’s issue of College & Research Libraries News features an article, The art of information literacy: New competencies for art, architecture, and design learners, co-authored by our very own FTC SIG vice-moderators Shannon Robinson and Alyssa Vincent.  The article discusses the update of the information competencies for art, architecture, and design (June 2018).  Thank you, Shannon and Alyssa, for helping to lead the revision of these competencies!

Coming to the ARLIS conference in Salt Lake City?  You can hear more about this project at the RISS meeting on Wednesday, March 27 at 12:30pm.

If FTC SIG members are interested, we can discuss the competencies for Fashion Design during the FTC SIG meeting on Friday, March 29 at 1pm.

Please post topics that you would like to discuss at the SIG meeting below!

Be a vice-moderator for our SIG!

The Fashion, Textile & Costume SIG would like to invite self-nominations for the role of Vice-Moderator for 2019-2020. The Vice-Moderator will assume the role of Moderator in 2020-2021.

Moderators and Vice-Moderators perform the following duties: reach out to new members, manage the SIG blog and resources, arrange webinars on resources for researching fashion, liaise with the ARLIS board, and organize the SIG meeting at the ARLIS conference. It’s fun and requires only a modest time commitment.  Attendance of the conferences (including the 2019 conference in Salt Lake City) is beneficial, but not mandatory.

If interested, please email Jennifer Weinraub at with a few sentences about yourself.

Job Posting -Continuations Librarian, Fashion Institute of Technology- New York City, NY

Continuations Librarian, Fashion Institute of Technology- New York City, NY

About Fashion Institute of Technology:
The Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT), an internationally renowned college of art and design, business and technology, part of the State University of New York (SUNY) located in Chelsea New York City, invites applications for a Part Time Continuations Librarian the Gladys Marcus Library at FIT.

Job Description:
The FIT Library cultivates user-centered physical and virtual spaces that support and strengthen academic and creative pursuits. Our library creates a foundation for lifelong learning by teaching research and critical thinking skills that students carry beyond the classroom into careers. We build, organize, and preserve materials that support our curriculum, enhance our unique collections, and document the college’s history. We investigate, assess and implement innovative services and programs that measurably facilitate and enrich the learning experience.

Periodicals and Electronic Resource Services supports FIT’s students, faculty, and visiting researchers by providing access to magazines and databases, along with an evolving collection of unique materials such as fashion and trend forecasting services, runway look books, and commercial catalogs. Our distinctive collections, publicized to the FIT community and beyond, foster the education and imagination of the College’s scholars, artists, designers, and innovators.

The dynamic and service-oriented Continuations Librarian is responsible for providing various levels of support in managing the electronic resource lifecycle, which includes discovery services, access to continuing library resources, and routine assessment. The continuations librarian will conduct outreach and teach instruction sessions.

Serving a key role within the library, this part-time tenure track position reports to the Head of Periodicals and Electronic Resource Services.


  • Manage aspects of the electronic resources lifecycle; maintain the electronic resources management system and discovery services index
  • Create, import, and/or update bibliographic records in the catalog
  • Serve as a serials resource expert and serials cataloging specialist; create and update serial control records; advise on periodicals processing
  • Serve as a backup administrator for electronic resource management system
  • Map serials discovery tool to holdings (including Journal Finder full-text access to print journals, e-books, microfilm, Special Collections and College Archive holdings)
  • Manage e-journals collection, including holdings maintenance and data mapping and loading
  • Process new orders for electronic resources; assist with licensing, management of electronic journal, e-book, streaming video, and database subscriptions; activate online access for electronic resources
  • Troubleshoot electronic resources access issues
  • Collect and analyze usage statistics for the electronic resources
  • Maintain policies and procedures related to electronic resources, subscriptions, renewals, cancellations, trials, and vendor licenses; create and maintain electronic resource management records

StyleCat and Related Systems

  • Responsible for supporting daily operation of print and electronic continuations; assist in all aspects of electronic serials and databases and other tasks related to the College’s use of electronic resources
  • Catalog serials and electronic resources including title changes and holdings records
  • Work within the integrated library system including cataloging of periodicals and electronic resources, authority control, and create reports for Acquisitions and Serials modules
  • Upload individual and batch electronic records for MARC records
  • Generate reports from the library management and bindery systems
  • Guide problem solving and resolution for problematic check-ins, claims (involving direct contact with vendor or publisher), and complex processing issues.

Research and Instructional Services

  • Provide daily reference and research service at Periodicals service desk
  • Provide weekly reference and research service at Research Services desk
  • Teach instruction sessions for specialized periodicals materials

Unit/Compliance Responsibilities

  • Manage unit opening workflow, verify and update desk schedule if needed
  • Train and delegate tasks to employees as needed
  • Supervises morning PERS staff and manages unit in the absence of Head of Electronic and Serials Resources Librarian


In addition to a regular assignment at the Research Services Desk, the Continuations Librarian may be requested to serve at any library service desk for coverage as needed.
Special assignments shift regularly and include projects such as website migration, web content development and information architecture, integrated library systems migration and grant proposals.


  • Serve as the point of contact for assigned subject areas and academic department liaisons with regard to information and Library services referrals
  • Review and assess current library resources
  • Participate in the Library Liaison program by promoting services and resources with a special focus on digital initiatives; cultivate relationships and foster connections with classroom faculty
  • Review and use data and assessment techniques to support evidence-based changes to services or programs


  • Serve and participate in library-wide, team-driven, and working group meetings, library governance and campus-wide initiatives and committees
  • Participate in the Library’s Strategic Planning process and implement policies and procedures that support the Strategic Plan
  • Participate in curricular and pedagogical discussions by attending college-wide, school, and departmental meetings and share with Library colleagues
  • Maintain active membership in local, state, and national professional organizations and currency in the field
  • Cultivate collaborative relationships with other institutions
  • Participate in the mentoring program for new librarians in other areas of the Library
  • Participate in professional development activities to maintain currency in professional competencies


Minimum Qualifications

  • MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution
  • Minimum of two (2) years of library experience
  • Demonstrated experience using an integrated library system, collection management systems, and working knowledge of MARC
  • Experience with principles of authority control, including selection and application of controlled vocabularies and ontologies to local collections
  • Demonstrated knowledge of discovery tools and metadata practices supporting discovery, specifically in a library context
  • Familiarity with subscription e-resources
  • Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to generate complex, analytical and precise work
  • Ability to prioritize, plan, and multi-task projects; demonstrated flexibility and ability to work in changing conditions; resourceful in problem solving and resolution
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and in a collegial, teamwork-oriented environment
  • Strong written, verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Commitment to providing outstanding customer service to library patrons
  • Commitment to fostering a culturally diverse educational and work environment

Preferred Qualification

  • Experience with providing instruction for the use of the online catalog, library databases and print materials
  • Knowledge of current library technologies and standards for data collection, analysis, and reporting
  • Demonstrated experience in and/or exposure to the use of current serials and electronic resource best practices and trends
  • Experience liaising with vendors and license agreement negotiations
  • Experience using staff interface of an integrated library or next generation system (e.g. Aleph, Alma, or OCLC WorldShare)
  • Experience with a discovery service (e.g. Ex Libris’ Primo or Ebsco’s Discovery Service)
  • Experience with statistical data management and reporting
  • Experience in troubleshooting e-resources
  • Knowledge of electronic resources management systems, link resolver software, e-resource knowledge base systems, and proxy configurations
  • Experience with cross-departmental projects and team collaborations
  • Diversity and inclusion are core values of Fashion Institute of Technology. We strive to create a truly diverse and inclusive environment where the richness of ideas, backgrounds, and perspectives of our community is harnessed to create value for our community to include students, faculty, and staff, today and in the future.

Additional Information:
Supervisor: Prof. Lana Bittman, Head of Periodicals & Electronic Resource Svcs
Sr. Admin: Prof. Greta Earnest Associate Library Director
Department: Library
Schedule: 8:30am-3:30pm, Mon-Thur, 22 hours per week Subject to change based on the needs of the department
FIT offers part time employees generous hourly pay, sick days and tuition exemption.

Application Instructions:

In order to be considered for the position, you must submit the following documents online at:

* Resume
* Cover letter

Please note that due to the high volume of applications we receive, we are unable to contact each applicant individually regarding their application status.

For more information about FIT, please visit FIT’s website at:
FIT is firmly committed to creating an environment that will attract and retain people of diverse racial and cultural backgrounds. By providing a learning and working environment that encourages, utilizes, respects, and appreciates the full expression of every individual’s ability, the FIT community fosters its mission and grows because of its rich, pluralistic experience. FIT is committed to prohibiting discrimination, whether based on race, color, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, religion, ethnic background, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, military service status, genetic information, pregnancy, familial status, citizenship status (except as required to comply with law), or any other criterion prohibited by applicable federal, state, or local laws. FIT is committed to providing equal opportunity in employment, including the opportunity for upward mobility for all qualified individuals. Applications from minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged. Inquiries regarding FIT’s non-discrimination policies may be directed to the Affirmative Action Officer/Title IX Coordinator, 212 217.3360,

Thank you for considering Fashion Institute of Technology in your search.