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8:15 – Opening the gallery.  Unlock file cabinets, vacuum, etc.  Get ready for customers coming in at 8:30, Monday-Sunday (yes, I usually work Saturdays)

9:00 – Meet with a new artist who is consigning his work with the gallery.  Fill out a receipt for the artwork.  Take the measurements and note the medium, look at details on the canvas and frame.  Ask for pricing from the gallery directors (retail and net).  Fill out a consignment agreement, create painting labels and wall tags and make an inventory card.  Add the paintings to the ArtSystems database.  Put the painting out to be hung.

11:00 – A new bronze edition comes in.  Use existing information to check it in, create tags, labels, and inventory cards, and let the sales staff know it’s checked in and ready to display.  Add to the consignment agreement and mail 2 copies to the consignor.

12:00 – One of our local jewelry artists drops off some new pieces.  He also wants to RTO (return to owner) some of his pieces from last week.  Add notes to the consignment agreement and the RTO log, measure the jewelry, create jewelry tags and either give to sales to display or LOCK IN THE FIREPROOF SAFE.  These diamond rings are worth up to $350,000 a piece.  I’m either running away with them to Mexico or keeping them safely locked up.

2:00 – Go through old Christie’s and Sotheby’s catalogs to see examples of work we own or similar work by the artists in the gallery that has been sold at auction.

3:00 – Browse the library for information on painter Eric Sloane.  Take notes on style and works held in the gallery.  Check for possible provenance information that can be added to the records.  Look on the ArtNet and AskArt databases to see more examples of Sloane’s work and auction/sale history.

4:30 – Write a net reduction agreement as requested by the Director of Sales.  Mail to the consignor to agree to take less of the cut of the potential sale of the artwork.

I am finally able to take a breath after a crazy few weeks of getting over the learning curve of a new job, finishing school and moving.  I have moved now 3 different times this summer.  I am ready to be settled – at least for more than a few weeks at a time. 

It hasn’t quite sunk in that I am now officially a LIBRARIAN.  I am tempted to make business cards just to have an excuse to stick the MLIS after my name.  I haven’t had much chance to celebrate, but it is a relief to realize that all my efforts have finally come to fruition.  I’m excited to be part of the club.  I even broke down and joined ALA.

As my path to this point has been a meandering one, this blog will probably continue to branch out in unexpected directions.  Hopefully I will have a bit of a chance in the next few months to catch up on some reading and professional development.  I particularly want to explore some issues relating to the convergence between libraries, museums, and my new area of expertise – galleries.  I have been pleasantly surprised by the ArtSystems GalleryPro database that we use at the gallery – it’s a relational database that rivals some of the ILS systems I have worked with.  It’s really quite robust and displays images as well (similar to FileMaker Pro).  I’m looking forward to working with it some more and pondering the applications of some of its functionality for future ILS incarnations. 

August 2007