Coordinator of Reference, Outreach and Instruction, California Institute of the Arts


Coordinator of Reference, Outreach and Instruction

The California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) seeks an experienced librarian and educator to be responsible for developing and coordinating the library’s reference services, outreach efforts, and instructional program. This is a public services position working collaboratively with other librarians to enrich the educational experience of our students. The position reports to the Dean of Library and Information Resources. CalArts educates professional artists in a unique learning environment founded on the principles of art making excellence, experimentation, critical reflection and independent inquiry. CalArts is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE).

General Duties
The Coordinator of Reference, Outreach and Instruction will guide programmatic development in three areas key to fulfilling the library’s academic mission. This position delivers library services to students and faculty in the School of Critical Studies, including collection development to support a liberal arts curriculum. The Coordinator teaches each semester an undergraduate information literacy course. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with librarians to provide innovative user-centered outreach services and tools for a rapidly changing technological environment. All librarians share responsibility to assure instructional needs are met through a balanced collection; serve on Institute councils, committees, etc.; maintain an awareness of and interest in CalArts’ academic and artistic programs; and actively engage in the profession. We accept and support the “ALA Code of Ethics” as the principles guiding our work.

Required: MLS (or equivalent) from an ALA-accredited program and a bachelor’s degree in the arts or humanities; two years of professional experience working in an academic library setting of both undergraduate and graduate programs; strong public service orientation; collection development and library instruction experience; and effective interpersonal and strong communication skills. Preferred: Experience in an arts college library; working knowledge of one or more foreign languages; participation in the ACRL Immersion Program.

Salary and Benefits
Faculty position, twelve-month appointment; salary dependent on qualifications. CalArts does not offer tenure. Benefits include retirement plans, vacation, and health and dental insurance.

Position available July 1, 2009. Review of applications will begin March 9, 2009. To apply send a current résumé, contact information for three references, and a letter detailing your interest in this position to: Jeff Gatten, Dean of Library and Information Resources, California Institute of the Arts, 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355, or email to

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