Reference Librarian and Subject Specialist for Art, Temple University Libraries


Reference Librarian and Subject Specialist for Art – Temple Univ. Libraries
Temple University,
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Salary: Not Specified
Status: Full-time
Posted: 11/25/08
Reference Librarian and Subject Specialist for Art – Temple Univ. Libraries
The Temple University Libraries invite applications and nominations for the position of Reference Librarian / Subject Specialist for Art. The librarian will be based in Paley Library, the flagship of Temple’s federated library system, serving a vibrant, urban research university with over 1,700 full-time faculty and a student body of 36,000 that was recently ranked most diverse in the nation. For more information about Temple and Philadelphia, National Geographic Traveler’s “Next Great City,” visit For more information about Temple’s well-known Tyler School of Art, which in January 2009 will move to its newly-built home on main campus, visit
Under the direction of the Head of Reference and Instructional Services, the Reference Librarian and Subject Specialist for Art will

* Provide general reference and specialized research consultations in person and virtually as scheduled for several main campus service points as well as by appointment with students and faculty. Some evening and weekend hours are required.

* Develop print and web based instructional materials and counsel faculty in developing effective information literacy assignments and activities.

* Provide library instruction to art, art history, and art education students and faculty as well as to undergraduates in the general education curriculum. Support the use of visual resources such as ARTstor.

* Engage with faculty in Temple’s Tyler School of Art and the wider campus community through outreach and promotional activities, including committee participation and attendance at collegial meetings and events.

* Develop and manage electronic and print collections in art, art history, and related subject areas, under the coordination of the Chief Collection Development Officer.

The librarian will also participate in library-wide projects and activities and is expected to be active professionally.


* ALA accredited MLS.
* Demonstrated ability to provide art reference, consultation, liaison and instructional services in an academic setting
* Demonstrated ability to develop and manage art-related collections in all formats
* Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills
* Demonstrated ability to work both independently as well as part of a team
* Demonstrated ability to adopt emerging technologies to enhance user services

* Educational background in art or art history
* Experience with ARTstor, MDID or other visual resource databases or systems
* Familiarity with information literacy programming in an academic setting

Competitive salary and benefits package, including relocation assistance. Librarian rank and compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

To apply, submit a cover letter of application along with a cv/resume to the Jobs@Temple website, Search by job number TU-11975, complete the Online Application Form, and attach your cover letter and resume in a single electronic file during the final step of the application process.

Temple University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer with a strong commitment to cultural diversity.

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