Art Librarian – Ohio University Libraries, Athens OH

The Ohio University Libraries seeks a dynamic and forward-thinking Art Librarian to work with stakeholder communities in the visual arts and advance digital arts and humanities efforts within the Libraries. The Art Librarian will partner with library staff, University faculty and staff, and students in the visual arts to explore, establish, deliver, and assess services which connect Libraries’ collections to University curricular efforts and demonstrate the value of the Libraries to the University community and to student success. Robust engagement, outreach, and collaborative teamwork with Libraries staff, the University community, and the wider public are central to the work of the position. Specifically, the Art Librarian will:


·         Partner with visual arts and visual communications disciplines, including academic departments, the University museum, and arts groups across campus to identify, prioritize, and deliver services and spaces that connect the Libraries’ collections to the production and research needs of stakeholder communities.

·         Lead the Libraries in exploring and experimenting with digital arts and humanities efforts, including the implementation of new technologies, practices, and tools connected to Libraries spaces, projects, and services.

·         Support the research and creative endeavors of students, staff, faculty, and members of the community, including specialized research and reference consultations.

·         Conduct and assess information literacy instruction in the visual arts, including assessment of user needs to best foster curricular integration of Libraries’ collections and services.

·         Engage in resource selection and management to support curricular and academic goals, including management of collections budgets, and the assessment of collection development efforts.

·         Engage in collection management and stewardship of existing legacy collections, including distinctive collections in the arts.

·         Lead and manage the Libraries-wide exhibit program, coordinating with a range of co-curators and Libraries staff and members of the University community, and advancing an online presence for exhibits.

·         Engage in regular professional development through research, publications, presentations and participation in state, regional, and national associations as part of a continuing commitment to bring best practices and innovative services to the Ohio University Libraries.

Required Qualifications

·         MLS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution at point of hire.

·         At least one year of relevant library experience.

·         Experience and/or formal education or training in the fine arts.

·         Demonstrated interest in or experience with digital arts and humanities research tools and practices.

·         Positive attitude and enthusiasm for a changing environment.

·         Ability to work effectively both independently and collaboratively within a team environment.

·         Creative problem-solving skills and leadership skills.

·         Superior oral and written communication skills and a consultative mindset.

·         Knowledge of new and emerging models of research in the arts and humanities and an understanding of directions in academic libraries and higher education.

Preferred Qualifications

·         A second graduate degree in a related discipline.

The Environment
Ohio University Libraries takes pride in providing outstanding service to all its clientele. The Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the Center for Research Libraries, and is a founding member of OhioLINK. The Libraries facilities include the Vernon R. Alden Library, the Music and Dance Library, and the Southeast Ohio Regional Depository.

The Frederick and Kazuko Harris Fine Arts Library is a part of the Ohio University’s Alden Library. The Harris Fine Arts Library holds a rich monograph collection with robust holdings in photography, manuscript facsimiles, and artist’s books. The Harris Fine Arts Library also holds a collection of original art of the Yao peoples, which is available through Artstor.

Ohio University is a comprehensive, state-assisted institution that is classified by the Carnegie Foundation as a Research University (high-research activity) institution. Ohio University is in Athens, Ohio, a culturally rich, sustainable community situated in the foothills of the Appalachian Mountains in the southeast corner of the state of Ohio, an hour and a half from the state capital, Columbus. Athens is within a four hour drive or less of Cincinnati, Cleveland, Pittsburgh, and Indianapolis. With close to 24,000 students enrolled on the Athens campus and over 10,000 students on five regional campuses, the university offers a diverse, dynamic and collegial atmosphere to its students, faculty and staff.

Salary & Benefits
Salary is commensurate with experience and education. Ohio University employees enjoy a liberal benefits package; including 21 days’ annual vacation, generous insurance, and Ohio state employee or alternative retirement. The Libraries are committed to professional development in order to bring best practices and innovative services to Ohio University Libraries.

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. For full consideration, apply by September 20, 2017. Please apply online at

A complete application consists of a CV or resume, cover letter addressing your interest and qualifications for all of the position requirements and any of the position preferences, and a list of three professional references including email, contact information, and an explanation of the relationship.

Ohio University is committed to the diversity of faculty, staff and students. Applicants who will enrich the diversity of our campus are especially encouraged to apply.

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