Image Cataloger/Reference Librarian, Pratt, NY

Image Cataloger/Reference Librarian Pratt Institute Libraries, Brooklyn, New York

Date Posted: 04/18/2007

Closing Date: 05/18/2007

Position Summary:

Under the supervision of the Director of Libraries, catalog images and provide general on- and off-site reference service and library instruction in support of teaching and learning at the Institute. Responsibilities also include assisting the Visual Resources Curator in the day-to-day operations of the Visual Resources Center, maintaining the cataloging database, participating in the information literacy program, and participating in library and institutional committees. This is a full-time twelve (12) month per year tenure-track faculty position at the assistant professor rank.

Schedule: Monday to Friday 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. with some evening duty.

Job Responsibilities–

IMAGE CATALOGING AND DATABASE MANAGEMENT: – Research and catalog image resources utilizing VRA Core, Dublin Core and local standards established by the Visual Resources Curator. – Develop and maintain in-house authority records. – Work with the Visual Resources Curator to maintain the cataloging database and optimize image retrieval. – Manage cataloging workflow, including performing quality assurance of student work.

REFERENCE AND INSTRUCTION: – Assist faculty and students with the slide and digital image collections, and provide instruction in the use of imaging and digital presentation technologies. – Provide general reference service within the library and at other campus locations as appropriate, including some evening and weekend duties. – Provide individual and course-embedded instruction. – Create and revise instructional documentation and library information guides. – Serve as a liaison to classroom faculty (i.e., develop and maintain appropriate departmental contacts to identify reserve items, identify materials to be added to the collection, and assist with incorporating informational resources into the curriculum).

GENERAL DUTIES: – Assist the Visual Resources Curator with order fulfillment and delivery of digital images and metadata as needed. – Monitor and participate in training of undergraduate and graduate student workers. – Participate in library and institutional committees as appropriate. – Perform all other related duties as assigned.


EDUCATION: An ALA-accredited MLS or MLIS is required. M.A. in art history or other humanities field preferred.

EXPERIENCE: Must have experience providing reference service and instruction in an academic context. At least 1 – 2 years’ visual resources and/or cataloging experience strongly preferred.

SKILLS: Must have familiarity with commonly used computing, Web, and digital multi-media technologies. Excellent knowledge of metadata standards, image cataloging procedures, and relevant authority files required. Knowledge of art history and/or architectural history and experience working with Luna Imaging’s Insight software or other digital asset management systems preferred. Excellent analytical, interpersonal, and communication skills as well as demonstrated ability to work both independently and as a team member required. Must be detail-orientated with strong multi-tasking abilities.

OTHER: Must have a commitment to service, teaching, training and innovation, as well as flexibility and the ability and desire to work in diverse environments. Commitment to professional development required; must show evidence or promise of professional contributions beyond the primary job (i.e., publications, active participation in the Institute and professional organizations, and other research and creative activity) which are required for reappointment, promotion and tenure.

Salary: Mid $40’s with excellent benefits.

To Apply: Please e-mail a cover letter and curriculum vitae with the names and contact information for three professional references, indicating position code VRC in the subject line, to:

***Proof of identity and eligibility to work in the U.S. will be required upon employment.*** EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

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