Job Posting: Art Librarian, University of California Berkeley

DESCRIPTION

Art Librarian
Hiring range: Associate Librarian – Librarian
$57,536 – $83,674 per annum, based upon qualifications
This is a full-time appointment with an expected start date of January 2017.

The University of California, Berkeley seeks a collaborative and service-oriented librarian to support world-class research and teaching through the development of the Library’s research collections and engagement with faculty and students associated with scholarship and practices in art history, art practice, and visual culture.

The Environment

The UC Berkeley Library is an internationally renowned research and teaching facility at the nation’s premier public university. A highly diverse and intellectually rich environment, Berkeley serves a campus community of 27,400 undergraduate students, 10,700 graduate students, and 1,600 faculty. The Library comprises 20 campus libraries, including the Doe/Moffitt Libraries, The Bancroft Library, the C. V. Starr East Asian Library, and
numerous subject specialty libraries. With a collection of more than 11 million volumes and a collections budget of over $15 million, the Library offers extensive collections in all formats and robust services to connect users with the collections and build their research skills.

The Library’s Arts & Humanities Division supports core research collections and services located in Doe Library/Gardner MAIN Stacks and four additional library locations in Doe Library – the Art History/Classics Library, Graduate Services, Morrison Library, and South/Southeast Asia Library – as well as the Hargrove Music Library located across campus. With a staff of 14 librarians, 16 library staff, and over 50 student library employees, these libraries are primary service points and provide research-level print and digital collections to support the research and teaching programs related to visual and performing arts, humanities, and international and area studies in a multicultural, global context. Visit http://www.lib.berkeley.edu for more information about the UC Berkeley Library.

Responsibilities

Reporting to the Head of the Arts & Humanities Division, the Art Librarian supports research, teaching, and scholarship by shaping the Library’s rich research collection; developing research tools to facilitate user access to resources; and providing specialized orientations, instructional sessions, and research consultations for faculty, graduate students, and undergraduate students.

Collection development/management includes responsibility for selection, acquisition, access, assessment, and stewardship of wide-ranging resources in all formats that are appropriate to the research and teaching needs of the UC Berkeley campus. Through skilled management of collections budgets, including endowments, collaborative purchases, and donations, the incumbent guides the development of the core collections and special collections associated with history of art and art practice across geographic areas, languages, historical periods, and formats.

The incumbent cultivates and sustains connections and serves as liaison to faculty, students, and staff of key academic departments and programs; as well as serving as a resource for visual literacy, scholarly communication, digital humanities, and research methods to meet the evolving needs of fields serving the visual arts. In order to effectively enhance access
and support interdisciplinary research, the incumbent partners with other campus colleagues specializing in humanities, area studies, social sciences, and digitization, as well as with UC System colleagues including the California Digital Library.

UC Berkeley librarians are expected to participate in library-wide planning and governance, and work effectively in a shared decision-making environment. Advancement is partially based upon professional contributions beyond the primary assignment; the successful candidate will show evidence or promise of such contributions to the Library, campus, UC System, and profession.

Qualifications

  • Minimum Basic Qualifications at time of application:
    • Master’s degree from an American Library Association (ALA) accredited program or equivalent degree
  • Additional Required Qualifications by start date in position:
  • Advanced degree in an art-related field (such as history of art, visual culture, or other humanities focus) or equivalent education and experience
  • Experience participating in collection development in an academic or research library
  • Experience providing reference and/or instructional services related to visual arts and/or humanities in an academic or research library environment
  • Demonstrated commitment to providing highly responsive public service, and ability to work effectively with diverse staff and campus user communities
  • Demonstrated understanding of the information needs of researchers studying topics in humanities, history of art, art practice, visual culture, and scholarship in the digital humanities
  • Reading knowledge of one or more languages other than English
  • Knowledge of scholarly communication issues and trends within humanities, history of art, art practice, and visual culture disciplines and practice
  • Demonstrated analytical, organizational, problem solving, interpersonal, and communication skills
  • Capacity to thrive in a dynamic environment, respond effectively to shifting needs and priorities of library constituents, and afford a willingness to be flexible with liaison and selector assignments as assigned

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

  • Working experience with digital humanities research tools and approaches related to disciplines in the arts
  • Experience developing innovative services to enhance research and/or teaching
  • Experience engaging in collaborative projects and programs at the local, regional, national, and/or international level
  • Experience with grant writing and fundraising

The UC Berkeley Library is committed to supporting and encouraging a multicultural environment and seeks candidates who can make positive and imaginative contributions in a context of ethnic and cultural diversity.

 

This recruitment will remain open until filled.

Submit applications online at https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01168. Applications must include a cover letter detailing a statement of qualifications, curriculum vitae noting degrees and relevant work experience, and the names and contact information of three professional references who are knowledgeable about the applicant’s qualifications for this position. References will only be contacted for individuals under serious consideration.

REQUIREMENTS

DOCUMENTS

  • Curriculum Vitae – C.V. noting degrees and relevant work experience
  • Cover Letter – Cover letter detailing a statement of qualifications

REFERENCES

  • 3 references required (contact information only)

RECRUITMENT PERIOD

  • Open date: September 27th, 2016
  • Next review date: October 28th, 2016; Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
  • Final date: March 31st, 2017; Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Full post: https://aprecruit.berkeley.edu/apply/JPF01168

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