Visual Resources Librarian – Massachusetts College of Art and Design

General Statement of Responsibilities: The Visual Resources Librarian serves as co-coordinator for the Library with direct responsibility for planning, implementation, and problem solving for the Visual Resources Department. Key areas of responsibility include visual resource collection development, systems, cataloging, reference, and image processing. Secondary areas of responsibility include general reference, bibliographic instruction, and collection development.Supervision Received: Reports to Library Director

Supervision Exercised: Supervises Visual Resources Curator and Digital Imaging Assistant. Oversees supervision of 6-8 part-time student employees

Examples of Duties:
1. Oversees all aspects of visual resources operation.
2. Evaluates services and workflow of visual resources department and implements new technologies as appropriate.
3. Installs, maintains, and performs trouble shooting for library systems and electronic resources related to digital images and slides.
4. Coordinates and performs cataloging of visual resources.
5. Develops the visual resources collection and delivery systems to meet curriculum needs.
6. Coordinates visual resources acquisition, photography, and processing.
7. Provides reference and instruction for visual resources.
8. Shares collection development responsibilities for general library collections; serves as faculty liaison for 1-2 curriculum areas.
9. Provides general reference service and bibliographic instruction in cooperation with all professional librarians.
10. Provides back up support in other areas of the library.
11. Supervises and trains visual resources staff.
12. Trains other library staff in visual resource functions.
13. Creates and updates policies and procedures for visual resource department and implements new technologies
14. Collects and analyzes statistical data on visual resources operations, and reports on departmental activity.
15. Manages designated budgets.
16. Serves on committees and represents the library in other capacities.
17. Works on special projects as established during the library strategic planning process, and performs other duties as assigned.
18. Accountable for ensuring that affirmative action, equal opportunity and diversity are integrally tied to all actions and decisions for which they are responsible and which fall within the scope of the Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/ Diversity Plan.

Minimum Qualifications
1. ALA accredited master’s degree in library and information science, or equivalent.
2. Background in visual or performing arts.
3. A minimum of 1-2 years of professional experience in an art or academic library visual resources setting.
4. Knowledge of current policies and practices in visual resources and an understanding of new technologies relative to image collections.
5. Experience with cataloging tools and systems relative to visual resources.
6. Experience with integrated library systems, preferably Voyager or Aleph.
7. Experience with Microsoft Office
8. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
9. Supervisory experience and demonstrated leadership ability.
10. Flexibility appropriate for a dynamic work setting, with desire to participate in collaborative problem solving.
11. Ability to distinguish color.
12. Must be able to perform the essential functions of this position with or without a reasonable accommodation.

Preferred Qualifications
1. MA in Art History or MFA preferred.
2. Experience with a Windows environment.
3. Experience with image databases such as ARTstor and AMIG.
4. Experience with MDID and Filemaker database software.
5. Experience addressing a variety of learning styles in a diverse community.

Salary is commensurate with experience.

The Massachusetts College of Art and Design is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Members of under-represented groups and those committed to working in a diverse cultural environment are encouraged to apply.

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