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Brueghel: The Harvesters

The Boston College Fine Arts Department Visual Resources Collection is a departmental collection of over 100,000 35-millimeter slides of works of art and a rapidly growing number of digital images. The Collection is used by Fine Arts Faculty for teaching purposes in Art History and Studio Art courses. The Slide Library is also open, by appointment, to faculty from other Boston College Departments. The Slide Library is not open to students, except by arrangement of their Fine Arts instructor, to prepare for a specific seminar presentation.

Each year, we add several thousand new images to the collection. The Student Assistant is an essential part of the VRC staff, which otherwise consists only of myself.

The main responsibility of the Student Assistant is to scan slides and art reproductions and post-process the resulting digital images using Photoshop software. The Student Assistant is expected to be reliable and to approach her assignments with attention and care.

The Student Assistant works 8 to 10 hours per week. Hours may be worked anytime between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The student may choose his own work schedule, which is to be submitted to me each semester immediately after drop/add period ends. To ensure an even workflow and maintain productivity, hours should be divided into at least three shifts each week. It is expected that the work schedule will remain consistent through the course of the semester.

The Student Assistant is not expected to work during vacation periods, though, if remaining on campus during these periods, she is welcome to do so, as there is always plenty to do (and I welcome the company during those quiet weeks!). However, the Student Assistant is expected to work a minimum of 4 hours per week (average) during exam periods, as the end of the semester is one of our busiest times in the VRC.

I realize that the demands of undergraduate life can occasionally overwhelm, requiring temporary changes in work schedules. However, because I rely so heavily on the Student Assistant, I have to set limits on flexibility of work schedules. If the Student Assistant is unable to come to work for a particular scheduled shift, he should call as soon as possible to let me know. If the Student Assistant is unable to work her full 8 hours during a particular week, the hours should be made up during the following week.

Please check the student employment website for current job availability. Applicants should have an interest in, and preferably, some background in art (though it's not necessary to be a major); be attentive to detail; and, of course, be reliable. Experience with Photoshop is a plus, but not required.

If you have any questions regarding this position, please call me at 617-552-8596.

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Image courtesy of Saskia, Ltd.
Pieter Brueghel the Elder, "The Harvesters," 1565 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)