Job posting: Library of Congress, Chief of the African & Middle Eastern Division

Posting:  Administrative Librarian (Chief, African & Middle Eastern Division)

 Please note that the application window is short (due April 18, 2019). Also note that this is an executive-level job and as such the ideal candidate should have experience managing a center, school or large department.

Africanists should still apply because the languages listed as the most critical competencies for the job only apply to 1/3 of the countries and regions covered by the African & Middle Eastern Division.


Knowledge of the countries, languages, and regions of Africa or the Middle East; preferably Hebrew, Arabic, Persian and Turkish**:  The successful candidate has professional knowledge of the countries, languages and regions of Africa or the Middle East in order to command credibility in the research and information communities, to recognize trends in research, and identify collaborative opportunities with persons from the region.“

From the Director of General and International Collections at LC:

‘This is a rare and potentially career-changing opportunity to become a senior-level executive, program ambassador, and collections expert at the Library of Congress. The Chief of the African and Middle Eastern Division is the principal expert at the Library in matters dealing with the 77 countries and regions from Sub-Saharan Africa to the Maghreb and from the Middle East to Central Asia. The position provides oversight and guidance for: acquisitions and collections development; reference and bibliographic services; cataloging and digitization; fellowships; projects, special events, and publications; and collaborations with other institutions and scholarly and professional associations in the US and abroad. We encourage applicants with library, scholarly, academic, and/or information science backgrounds, possessing regional expertise in Africa and/or the Middle East, and linguistic expertise in Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Hebrew, and/or other area languages, to apply for this exciting opportunity to establish this program as an international center of excellence, and to implement the Library’s strategy to expand our reach and deepen our impact, thus fulfilling our mission to engage, inspire, and inform.’

Open & closing dates       03/18/2019 to 04/18/2019  ;     Salary     $126,148 to $189,600 per year

Clarification from the agency

Anyone may apply – By law, employment at most U.S. Government agencies, including the Library of Congress, is limited to U.S. citizens. However, non-citizens may be hired, provided that other legal requirements are met and the Library determines there are no qualified U.S. citizens available for the position.

A Conversation with Artist, Sandow Birk: March 27, 2019, 4:00pm – 102 Hesburgh Library, Rare Books & Special Collections

Talk Overview

Sandow Birk is a renowned artist whose work critically addresses social issues in American culture. He has translated and illustrated a modern vernacular edition of Dante Alighieri’s Divine Comedy, setting it in the contemporary United States, and has produced an English interpretation of the Qur’an with scenes of contemporary American life as visual metaphors. His creative images accompanying the Qur’an and the Divine Comedy pose questions about the limits of interpretation, the relationship of text and image, and the role of the arts in social and political critique.

All are welcome to join us for a talk and conversation with Birk about his work on March 27 at 4pm in Rare Books & Special Collections located on the 1st Floor of Hesburgh Library.

Sponsored by

The Institute for Scholarship in the Liberal Arts, the Devers Family Program in Dante Studies, the Center for Italian Studies, the Program in Liberal Studies, and Hesburgh Libraries.

Opportunity for Undergraduates: Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence 2019-2020 Call for Applications-Deadline: April 26, 2019

Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence 2019–2020 Call for Applications—Deadline April 26, 2019

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) is accepting applications for the 2019–2020 Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence, a program that introduces undergraduates from historically underrepresented ethnic and racial groups to the library and information science discipline.

The Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence offers a paid internship with a focus on digital stewardship in a partner ARL library or archive, participation in the ARL Annual Leadership Symposium, formal mentorship, financial support for student membership in a professional organization, and attendance at a capstone institute. Participants will develop leadership skills and will receive training in topics related to diversity, equity, and social justice.

This program is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

Applicant Criteria

Successful applicants will meet all of the following criteria:

  • Identify as being from an underrepresented racial or ethnic group, based on the categories outlined by the US Census Bureau or Statistics Canadaor Aboriginal (First Nations, Métis, and Inuit) people classifications

  • Be a citizen or permanent resident of the United States or Canada

  • Currently be enrolled as an undergraduate at an institution whose library is an ARL member

  • Express an interest in exploring possible career and graduate school options in the library and information science or archives field, as well as an interest in receiving training in topics related to diversity, equity, and social justice

  • Express commitment to the fundamental values and mission of libraries and archives

To Apply

All applicants are required to submit the following materials by 11:59 p.m. eastern daylight time on Friday, April 26, 2019:

  • Online application form

  • Résumé

  • Essay (500 words maximum) on your interest in the fellowship and the knowledge, skills, interest, or abilities you would bring to the library or archives environment

  • Unofficial undergraduate school transcripts, including your last academic semester completed

  • Two letters of recommendation (See application requirements for details.)

For more information about the program and the application process, visit the Fellowship for Digital and Inclusive Excellence webpages.

Fair Use Week Day 5: “Famous” Fair Use Cases: Parody

For the last day of Fair Use Week, we’re sharing another comic related to music, and a couple of interesting cases related to parody.

And to round out the week, I’ve also included this link to A Fair(y) Use Tale, a “humorous, yet informative, review of copyright principles delivered through the words of Disney characters…

Campbell v. Acuff-Rose Music by Sarah W. Searle and Kyle K. Courtney (2016). (Read more about the case here.)

“Famous” Fair Use Cases: Parody

Fair use. A movie company used a photo of a naked pregnant woman onto which it superimposed the head of actor Leslie Nielsen. The photo was a parody using similar lighting and body positioning of a famous photograph taken by Annie Leibovitz of the actress Demi Moore for the cover of Vanity Fair magazine. Important factors: The movie company’s use was transformative because it imitated the photographer’s style for comic effect or ridicule. (Leibovitz v. Paramount Pictures Corp., 137 F.3d 109 (2d Cir. N.Y. 1998).)

Not a fair use. An artist created a cover for a New Yorker magazine that presented a humorous view of geography through the eyes of a New York City resident. A movie company later advertised their film Moscow on the Hudson using a similar piece of artwork with similar elements. The artist sued and a court ruled that the movie company’s poster was not a fair use. Important factors: Why is this case different from the previous case involving the Leslie Nielsen/Annie Leibovitz parody? In the Leibovitz case, the use was a true parody, characterized by a juxtaposition of imagery that actually commented on or criticized the original. The Moscow on the Hudson movie poster did not create a parody; it simply borrowed the New Yorker’s parody (the typical New York City resident’s geographical viewpoint that New York City is the center of the world). (Steinberg v. Columbia Pictures Industries, Inc., 663 F.Supp. 706 (S.D. N.Y., 1987).)

Monica Moore, Scholarly Communication & Undergraduate Engagement Librarian – Hesburgh Libraries 

Day 4: Fair Use Week: Music

“Famous” Fair Use Cases: Music

Fair use. A person running for political office used 15 seconds of his opponent’s campaign song in a political ad. Important factors: A small portion of the song was used and the use was for purposes of political debate. (Keep Thomson Governor Comm. v. Citizens for Gallen Comm., 457 F.Supp. 957 (D. N.H., 1978).)

Not a fair use. Downloading songs is not a fair use. A woman was sued for copyright infringement for downloading 30 songs using peer-to-peer file sharing software. She argued that her activity was a fair use because she was downloading the songs to determine if she wanted to later buy them. Important factors: Since numerous sites, such as iTunes, permit listeners to sample and examine portions of songs without downloading, the court rejected this “sampling” defense. (BMG Music v. Gonzalez, 430 F.3d 888 (7th Cir. 2005).)

Bill Graham Archives v. DK, by Sarah W. Searle and Kyle K. Courtney (2016). (Read more about the case here.)


Hesburgh Libraries – Day 3: Fair Use Week: Ever wonder how fair use applies to unpublished works? Read on…

Fair Use of Unpublished Works, by Sarah W. Searle and Kyle K. Courtney (2017)

“Famous” Fair Use Cases: Internet

Fair use. Displaying a cached website in search engine results is a fair use and not an infringement. A “cache” refers to the temporary storage of an archival copy—often a copy of an image of part or all of a website. With cached technology it is possible to search Web pages that the website owner has permanently removed from display. An attorney/author sued Google when the company’s cached search results provided end users with copies of copyrighted works. The court held that Google did not infringe. Important factors: Google was considered passive in the activity—users chose whether to view the cached link. In addition, Google had an implied license to cache Web pages since owners of websites have the ability to turn on or turn off the caching of their sites using tags and code. In this case, the attorney/author knew of this ability and failed to turn off caching, making his claim against Google appear to be manufactured. (Field v. Google Inc., 412 F.Supp.2d 1106 (D. Nev., 2006).)


Not a fair use. Several individuals without church permission posted entire publications of the Church of Scientology on the Internet. Important factors: Fair use is intended to permit the borrowing of portions of a work, not complete works. (Religious Technology Center v. Lerma, 40 U.S.P.Q.2d 1569 (E.D. Va., 1996).)

“A Worse Type of Slavery’: Photographic Witnessing along Georgia’s Jim Crow Roads”


A lecture by Steven Hoelscher, University of Texas-Austin

Thu Feb 28, 2019, 5:30PM – 6:45PM

 Annenberg Auditorium, Snite Museum of Art, University of Notre Dame

Steven Hoelscher, Professor of American Studies and Geography at the University of Texas Austin explores a crucial moment in the turbulent history of American race relations, when post-emancipation hopes for African American civic equality and economic independence were crushed by disenfranchisement, lynching, and a vast array of legal structures aimed at black suppression. Central to that white supremacist project was the South’s notorious penal system that coerced incarcerated African Americans into a new form of state-sponsored slavery. Although widely accepted by whites as a natural and beneficial solution to a labor shortage, the forced use of African American prisoners for the hard and often fatal work of road building and other tasks after the Civil War did not go unchallenged. Among those critics was the radical, investigative journalist John L. Spivak, whose anti-racist work may have helped him earn the moniker “America’s Greatest Reporter” from Time magazine, but who has been largely forgotten.

Today, when the confluence of race and incarceration has resurfaced as a central national issue, it is essential to understand their historical antecedents, a point powerfully demonstrated in Michelle Alexander’s important bestseller, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness (2010) and the Equal Justice Initiative’s recently opened legacy museum, From Enslavement to Mass Incarceration. This presentation, as it examines the “Old Jim Crow,” investigates one man’s efforts to expose the atrocity of racially-based forced labor through the act of photographic witnessing.

This program is co-sponsored by Notre Dame’s Department of American Studies.

Day 2 of Fair Use Week: Author’s Guild, Inc. v. Google Books

Today we’re looking at Authors Guild, Inc. v. Google Books   (comic written by Kyle K. Courtney and Jackie Roche from 2018)  and a couple of cases related to artwork…enjoy!

(Read more about the case here.)

“Famous” Fair Use Cases: Artwork

Fair use. A publisher of monster magazines from the 1950s, ’60s, and ’70s sued the creator and publisher of a book, Famous Monster Movie Art of Basil Gogos. (Gogos created covers for the magazines.) The book publisher had obtained licenses from the artist directly, but not from the magazine publisher who claimed copyright under work-made-for-hire principles. The district court determined that the use was transformative. Important factors: The use was for a biography/retrospective of the artist, not simply a series of covers of magazines devoted to movie monsters. In addition, the magazines were no longer in print, and the covers amounted to only one page of the magazine, not the “heart” of the magazine. (Warren Publishing Co. v. Spurlock d/b/a Vanguard Productions, 645 F.Supp.2d 402, (E.D. Pa., 2009).)

Not a fair use. The U.S. Postal Service (USPS) licensed the use of a photograph of the Korean War veterans’ memorial sculpture for a postage stamp, but failed to obtain permission from the sculptor who held copyright in the underlying three-dimensional work. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit held that the use of the underlying sculpture depicted in the photograph was not permitted under fair use principles. Important factors: It was not enough to transfer the work from three dimensions to two dimensions (despite the creative use of photography and snow in conjunction with the photos). (Gaylord v. United States, 595 F.3d 1364 (Fed. Cir. 2010).)


Monica Moore

Scholarly Communication & 

Undergraduate Engagement Librarian

Hesburgh Libraries

Smithsonian Libraries Presents: Education Latinx Narratives Project-Applications Due: March 22, 2019

Education Latinx Narratives Project

For Summer 2019, the Smithsonian Libraries’ (SIL) Education Department is seeking two interns to assist in the creation of an interactive classroom resource (Unstacked) funded by the Latino Initiative Pool (LIP) Award. Interns in this project will receive a stipend and are eligible for a travel allowance. This internship involves selecting complimentary Smithsonian Libraries images, Smithsonian Institution 3D objects, and Smithsonian Folkways songs and sound files that explore and represent Latinx cultures. The interns will gain experience authoring lessons plans that will accompany the materials in a classroom setting and help guide the visual, tactile, and audio elements of the materials. These lesson plans will be differentiated based on four age groups and across four core concepts (STEM, Cultural History, Language Arts, and Social Justice). In addition, lesson plans will be translated in both Spanish and English.

The ideal candidates for this internship will be currently enrolled in or recently graduated from a Masters program in Education, Museum Education, Library Science, Latino Studies, or related field.  Strong proficiency in Spanish and English is required. Experience developing educational materials preferred. Start and end dates are flexible, minimum work must be equivalent to 10 weeks, full-time. Applications close March 22nd, 2019. 

Through this internship, a student will have the opportunity to learn about working with historic materials to tell diverse stories. The student will learn how to collaborate within a cohort of peers and work alongside experience professionals. The student will hone skills in research, writing, storytelling and design and gain experience developing an educational tool to be sent out to schools nationwide. Finally, the student will strengthen their knowledge of the library and museum fields.

Application Materials

All applications must be submitted through the Smithsonian Online Academic Appointment system: Applicants should be sure to choose “Smithsonian Institution Libraries” as the unit, “Smithsonian Institution Libraries Internship” as the program and “Education – Latinx Narratives” as the preferred project. Please be sure to include the following:

  • Application
  • Resume detailing your experience, career interests and internship goals
  • Unofficial Academic Transcriptions from all colleges/universities attended
  • Academic Essay: two pages describing how academic goals, qualifications and career aspirations relate to the internship at Smithsonian Libraries
  • Two letters of professional or academic recommendation

Applications close March 22, 2019.

Interns will recieve a stipend of $5,000 (a rate of $500 per week). In addition, students may recieve an allowance covering roundtrip travel costs to and from the Smithsonian.

Applicants should expect to be notified of selection status in early April. Internships will be performed for 10 full weeks during the summer. Internships typically begin in early June, though exact dates are flexible, depending on project and supervisor.

Further inquiries about Smithsonian Libraries Internships should be directed to Erin Clements Rushing (

Additional information about the Libraries internship program may be found online: