Job Posting: Instruction and Research Services Librarian, Ringling College of Art + Design

Instruction and Research Services Librarian; Full Time Position with Benefits and Faculty Status

Anticipated Start Date January 2012

This is a newly-funded position

Instruction and Research Services Librarian
Full Time Position with Benefits and Faculty Status


Institution: Founded in 1931, Ringling College of Art and Design is a private professional college fully accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD), the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) and CIDA, the Council for Interior Design Accreditation. Ringling College of Art and Design’s primary mission is to prepare students to be discerning visual thinkers and ethical practitioners in their chosen area of art and design and to provide an intensive professional education in the visual arts. Ringling College has taken a leadership role in the integration of high technology within art and design curricula in response to the marketplace and trends in the professions. The institution’s strategic plan positions the College for continued growth and development. It is authorized to award the BFA in thirteen visual arts disciplines and the BA in the Business of Art and Design, a new program that bridges the business world with art and design education. Ringling College employs 148 faculty who instruct 1,300 students from 46 states and 40 countries. The large residential campus is near downtown Sarasota. A cultural center of Florida, Sarasota is 65 miles south of Tampa and 75 miles north of Fort Myers. Additional information about the College is available at


The Library: Verman Kimbrough Memorial Library is located on the central plaza of the campus and has a staff of 4 librarians, 9 support staff and 12 student assistants.  Librarians are members of the faculty. It houses over 67,000 books, periodicals, and media items and substantial digital collections in online databases. The Library’s mission is to advance learning and teaching, in and beyond the studio and classroom, consistent with Ringling College’s scholar practitioner philosophy; to enable the College’s institutional mission and strategic goals, in partnership with academic departments, campus support services, and the arts community. A new library is in the planning stages. Additional information about Kimbrough Library is available at


The Position: Ringling College seeks a creative, collaborative, learner-centered professional librarian. The librarian partners with academic departments and collaborates with other faculty librarians in the development and delivery of research instruction to meet student competencies and information literacies;  assists with copyright education and consultations as assigned or directed; participates in digital resources acquisition, management, development and use; provides reference service and library staff training in reference resources; assists faculty in collection development activities; envisions, develops, and executes digital projects and uses new technologies to facilitate instruction, learning and research; and, actively participates in faculty governance, institutional service, and professional development.  This is a newly-funded, second Instruction and Research Services Librarian position for the Library. The ideal candidate will understand the needs of art and design practitioners, be able to effectively connect with students, work directly with faculty in an exciting, evolving curriculum, have experience selecting and managing digital resources such as online databases and ebooks, and use a variety of social media platforms and emerging software applications to deliver library services and content.

Required Qualifications for the Position:

  • Masters degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA accredited institution.
  • Bachelor or master’s degree in design, studio, art history, or media arts disciplines as offered at Ringling College.
  • Two years recent post-MLS professional librarian work experience.
  • One year successful work experience teaching college-age adults in a college, university, museum, or cultural institution.
  • Experience with newer, emerging technologies.
  • Ability to work well both independently and as part of a team.
  • Ability to collaborate effectively with faculty and staff colleagues.
  • Ability to plan, implement and assess work responsibilities.
  • Excellent and effective verbal and written communication skills.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to work with computers, both visually and dexterously.
  • Hearing and speaking abilities sufficient for regular communication with individuals and groups.


Preferred Qualifications for the Position

  • Expertise using both MAC and PC platforms.
  • Experience with one or more scripting and markup languages such as HTML, CSS, XML and PHP.
  • Experience employing technologies such as mobile aps, widgets, screencasting, etc.
  • Work experience in a college or university library providing instruction and research services.
  • Library public services experience.


For full consideration, application materials should be submitted by October 3, 2011. The anticipated start date of the position is January 2012.


Applications are accepted electronically at


Documents required (uploaded in pdf format):
1) cover letter of interest addressing specific qualifications for the position
2) résumé or curriculum vitae
3) separate statement of teaching philosophy
4) copy of MLS and arts degrees transcripts


Candidates may be asked to submit additional materials if needed.

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