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ASSISTANT CURATOR OF VISUAL RESOURCES, Penn State

ASSISTANT CURATOR OF VISUAL RESOURCES
DEPARTMENT OF ART HISTORY
COLLEGE OF ARTS & ARCHITECTURE
THE PENNSYLVANIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Under the supervision of the Curator of Visual Resources, the Assistant Curator is responsible for providing support in all phases of the day-to-day operations and management of the Department of Art History’s Visual Resources Centre and various other working collections. Assist with the organization of both analog and digital image acquisitions, including production, classification, and cataloguing. Assist with the management and coordination of access to digital collection management system (e.g., CONTENTdm). Operate slide and flatbed scanners and maintain scanning standards for digital images. Maintain the digital collection through established policies and procedures for the preservation, storage, and use of images. Train and supervise graduate and undergraduate student assistants. Maintain the slide collection (slide filing, binding and repair, reorganization of sections when needed). Perform copy photography of materials to produce new images that augment the teaching collection. Monitor quality of incoming slide photography. Conduct research for replacements of images when necessary. Assist faculty, staff, and students in the use of the collection, providing reference, research, and circulation assistance. Set priorities for cataloguing, scanning, and processing of images. Participate in planning future digital and technology-related initiatives and in the development of long-range planning for the collection and its services. Perform other duties and projects as needed. The Assistant Curator is responsible for managing the Centre in the absence of the Curator.

Requires Bachelor’s degree or equivalent (B.A. or M.A. in Art History is preferred). Direct experience in a visual resources library or collection, knowledge of art history image collection cataloging methods, classification principles and systems, and technical knowledge of foreign languages is preferred. Strong verbal communication and interpersonal skills, ability to multitask, and demonstrated ability to work constructively and productively with faculty, students, and staff, ability to plan, organize, and prioritize work assignments, and ability to work under deadlines with complete accuracy and attention to detail is expected. Strong computer skills with proficiency in database applications (such as FileMaker Pro), and electronic imaging to include the use of slide scanning equipment and image processing software (such as Adobe Photoshop) is highly desirable. Working knowledge of word processing and spreadsheet applications preferred.
To apply, electronically submit a cover letter, salary requirements and resume at www.psu.jobs or mail to: The Pennsylvania State University, Employment and Compensation Division, Job # A-26023, Fifth Floor Rider 1 Building, University Park, PA 16802, or fax to 814-865-3750. Resumes accepted until position filled. Review of applications will begin immediately. Penn State is committed to affirmative action, equal opportunity and the diversity of its workforce.

contact person: Carolyn Lucarelli

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