Reference Librarian at The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879, is a world-renowned art museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States. An encyclopedic museum, the Art Institute collects, preserves, and interprets works in every medium from all cultures and historical periods. With a collection of approximately 300,000 art works and artifacts, the museum has particularly strong holdings in Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting, contemporary art, early 20th century European painting and sculpture, Japanese prints, and photography. The museum’s 2009 addition, the Modern Wing, features the latest in green museum technology and 264,000 square feet dedicated to modern and contemporary art, photography, architecture and design, and new museum education facilities. In addition to displaying its permanent collection, the Art Institute mounts more than 30 special exhibitions per year and features lectures, gallery tours, and special performances on a daily basis

Position Summary

Provides reference, research, and instructional services. Supervises circulation, reception, interlibrary loan, photocopy and copy photography services. Oversees the library’s social media accounts.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

·         Provides reference service at the Reference Desk on a regularly scheduled basis, including Thursdayevenings. Provides reference and research services to museum staff on demand. Responds to written, telephone, and email reference questions as necessary.

·         Oversees incoming and outgoing interlibrary loan operations. Responds to other requests for loans and copies. Uses support and part-time staff as appropriate to provide timely and cost-effective services.

·         Supervises the Circulation Supervisor. Assists Circulation Supervisor with recruiting, training, and supervising full-time Reader Services support staff.

·         Works with the Digital Initiatives and Technologies Librarian to ensure that interlibrary loan hardware and software meet requirements and that the ExLibris Alma Circulation system and related equipment function properly and are used effectively.

·         Assists in providing bibliographic instruction, training and orientations for AIC staff, School of the Art Institute classes, the Libraries’ reference staff and other groups as necessary.

·         Promotes the libraries’ collections and services through developing social media and web content.

·         Serves on the Offsite Project team and Reference Team, as well as other library committees as required.

·         Conducts research and pursues special projects as required.

·         Supervises the Reader Services Department in the absence of the Head of Reader Services.

Qualifications

·         MLS from an ALA-accredited program.

·         Experience providing reference service and bibliographic instruction to a diverse patron base.

·         Experience assisting researchers with accessing archives and special collection materials.

·         Familiarity with major bibliographic tools (printed and electronic) and research methods for Art History.

·         Familiarity with library circulation procedures and trends in access services.

·         Familiarity with the interlibrary loan codes and guidelines, and experience with interlibrary loan borrowing and lending.

·         Experience working with websites, blogs, and social media.

·         Strong commitment to public service and excellent oral and written communication skills.

·         Ability to work collaboratively with staff from all areas of the library, museum, and school.

·         Supervisory and/or project management experience.

 **Please apply online at: https://hrweb.artic.edu/recruit/applyjob.html

The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.

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