Job Posting: Art & Art History Librarian, George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

The George Mason University Libraries seeks to fill the position of Art and Art History Librarian. The incumbent is responsible for providing library services in the areas of reference, research, and instruction in support of faculty and students in the School of Art, and Art History program , and developing the corresponding Libraries collections. The Art Librarian is also responsible for coordinating the Fenwick Art Gallery. The position is located in Fenwick Library, at the Fairfax campus, and reports to the Team Lead, Arts and Humanities.


Provides research/reference and outreach services in person and virtually; develops and maintains online subject guides and related materials; selects print and electronic format resources to support faculty and student research and instruction in assigned departments; provides library instruction and support for face to face and distance education classes in assigned departments and programs; follows trends in scholarship in assigned departments and programs in order to respond to student and faculty needs; supports Digital Humanities projects, research, and instruction within assigned departments and programs; manages the Fenwick Gallery and supervises the Gallery Assistant graduate student position; selects for and manages the Artist Book collection (located in the Special Collections Research Center); collaborates with other Arts and Humanities Team subject librarians to develop programming and market library services to users; helps others to increase their awareness and acceptance of cultural differences; participates on committees, task forces, projects, etc., within the Mason University Libraries, the campus, the university, and, as appropriate, the community; performs other duties, as requested, which fall within the scope of a member of the University Libraries’ faculty.



  • ALA-accredited MLS or ALA-recognized foreign equivalent;
  • Second Master’s degree in Fine Arts (MFA), Art, Art History or related academic discipline, or equivalent training and experience providing library services to users in the area of the visual arts and/or Art History;
  • Demonstrated professional experience as a librarian (at least 2-3 years strongly desired);
  • Ability to build collaborative and mutually beneficial working relationships with people of varying backgrounds;
  • Proven ability to advocate and promote library resources and services to a variety of constituents;
  • Demonstrated experience in providing responsive and quality reference, instruction, digital and collaborative library research services to users in the visual arts, as well as a practical understanding of their changing research needs;
  • Experience with collection development in the visual arts and/or art history and knowledge of relevant vendors and publishers;
  • Knowledge of and familiarity with Digital Humanities methodologies and research;
  • Demonstrated ability to use current technologies for delivering and developing library services;
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written;
  • Ability to work within a collaborative team environment in a distributed university setting; and
  • Demonstrated commitment to professional development and growth.


  • Academic library experience;
  • Experience with developing and/or supporting Digital Humanities projects, research, or instruction

Appointment/Benefits/To Apply: 12-month professional faculty appointment with rank; health plan options and paid life insurance; several retirement plans, including TIAA-CREF; 24 vacation days and 12 paid holidays; tuition waiver for self.

The George Mason University library system, comprised of a large central library and four other distinctive libraries, is located on three campuses in the Northern Virginia-metropolitan Washington DC region. One of Virginia’s leading academic research libraries, the Mason Libraries continues to gain steadily in national stature as it undergoes extensive transformation in all areas that are key to a 21st century research library – innovative technologies and services, expert library faculty and skilled staff members, growing collections, publishing, modern facilities, and transformational partnerships. Visit us at for more information.

Special Instructions to Applicants: All applications for this position (FA017z) MUST be submitted online at George Mason’s employment page ( Applicants must submit letter of application, resume, and the names, addresses (including e-mail) and phone numbers of three current references. Questions should be directed to Renee Prokop (, Human Resources Coordinator, Office of the Dean of Libraries.

Application Deadline: August 1, 2016

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