Subject Librarian for Fine Arts – Binghamton University, New York

The University Libraries of Binghamton University seek a dynamic and energetic individual to assess, develop and manage the collections, subject web pages, and electronic resources in support of teaching and research in Art, Art History and Music, as well as students utilizing resources in these areas. The incumbent will provide reference service, including responding to in-person, telephone, and electronic inquiries as well as provide individual research consultations; provide and promote specialized instruction services to students and faculty working in the fine arts disciplines. The reference and research activities are in alignment with library-wide reference initiatives to support quality services and a user-centered approach.

In addition, the incumbent will represent the Libraries to appropriate campus units and University offices; participate in professional activities and committee assignments within the Libraries, on campus, and in professional associations; maintain a current knowledge of the literature, information technology, and trends in the field as they relate to reference, instruction, and collections services; play an active role in the planning and decision-making process of Reference and Collections by participating in weekly meetings, organizing special projects and programs, and showing initiative and creativity in the planning process.

This position reports to the Head of Collection Development. Librarians at Binghamton University are members of the faculty and are expected to contribute significantly to the profession as well as to perform their specific duties.

Specific responsibilities:

1. Develop and manage the collections and subject web pages for the Art, Art History and Music disciplines.

2. Develop and maintain a liaison relationship between the Libraries and the Art, Art History and Music departments.

3. Provide reference service at the Bartle Library Information Commons reference desk (may include some nights and weekends).

4. Conduct course-related library instruction for the Art, Art History and Music departments and participate in the Libraries instructional program

MLS from an ALA-accredited program; recent experience in reference and instruction in the Art, Art History and Music disciplines; working knowledge of French, Italian or German; experience with electronic information sources; experience in or knowledge of collection management issues; strong interpersonal skills; demonstrated initiative and ability to work independently and as team member in developing services and completing projects; excellent oral and written communication skills; strong commitment to service and professional development; demonstrated ability to meet requirements necessary for achieving tenure.

Located in the Southern Tier of upstate New York, Binghamton University consistently ranks among the nation’s best public universities and is recognized for its strong academic programs, distinguished faculty, and talented students. It is one of four doctoral granting institutions in the State University of New York system. The University enrolls over 13,500 students and is currently in its 59th year.
This is a tenure track position with competitive salary commensurate with qualifications and experience plus excellent benefits including TIAA/CREF.

Application Information:Review of applications will begin on Monday, February 6, 2008 and continue until position is filled. Finalists invited for an interview will demonstrate communications skills and knowledge of trends in librarianship through a presentation to library faculty, staff, and other members of the University community. Send letter, resume, and contact information for three professional references to: Cindy Olbrys, Team Leader for Human Resources Binghamton University Libraries P.O. Box 6012 Binghamton, NY 13902-6012 Or, apply online at Binghamton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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