I have been a Clinical faculty member serving as a Digital Services Librarian and Liaison for Architecture and Art since 2012. I came to UIC in 1997 as Director of the Visual Resources LIbrary/Slide Library in the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts. Prior to that, I developed digital image collections for art history teaching at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and earned my MLIS degree in Library and Information Science there.
I also hold a M.A. in Art History from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and a B.A. (Honours) from Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada.
Within the library's Digital Programs Department, my responsibilities include improving access to the library's unique collections by managing metadata creation and enhancement for new digitization projects and existing image collections and providing online access to these. As a member of the Metadata Working Group, I participate in developing, updating and maintaining the library's metadata guidelines and standards. I also participate in the library's digital preservation initiatives, and am a member of our department's migration team implementing our library's LibNova Digital Asset Managment system (DAMS).
As Liaison to the Schools of Architecture, Art and Art History, and Design, my responsibilities include collection development for curricula in these programs, including Museum and Exhibition Studies and Art Education; meeting with students and faculty for individual in-person or online consultations; answering research questions via email, and providing library instruction for undergraduate and graduate classes. In collaboration with a Studio Art faculty member, I organized two exhibitions in the Daley Library of altered books created by UIC undergraduate art students, and a third exhibition in winter 2018-2019 featuring the work of graduate students in the MFA program.
My research interests include improving metadata workflows to improve discovery of and access to digital image collections, and critical cataloguing and metadata for diversity. I am also interested in developing exhibition programs for studio art students to make the library more relevant and engaging for them.
Darcovich, Jane. "Unfixed: Photography and Decolonial Imagination in West Africa." Book review. ARLIS Reviews, May 2021.
Darcovich, Jane, Kate Flynn and Mingyan Li. "Born of Collaboration: The Evolution of Metadata Standards in an Aggregated Environment." Visual Resources Association Bulletin, 45(2), 2018.
Darcovich, Jane. "Incorporating Creative Practice into the Academic Library". Panel presentation at Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) annual conference, New York, N.Y., February 28, 2018.
Darcovich, Jane. "Small Things with Great Love: An Art Department - Library Exhibition Initiative." Fwd: Museums: Small, Issue 2 (2017): 45-51.
Darcovich, Jane. “Treasures in Archives: Chicago Photographs in Daley Library Special Collections.” Presentation at the History of Chicago Photography Scholars Symposium, Terra Foundation, Chicago, May 1, 2015.
Darcovich, Jane. “The Carberry Collection: Transformation and Discoverability.” Visual Resources Association Bulletin, 41(1), 2014.
Darcovich, Jane. "Connecting Collections to Curricula: the C. William Brubaker Collection." Webinar presentation for CARLI series "Anatomy of a Digital Project", May 15, 2012.