VT Libraries – Head, Art & Architecture Library – Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

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 Position Summary:
As the Head of the Art & Architecture Library, this position reports to the director of Planning and Branch Operations. This position will manage the A & A branch including public services, collections, library spaces, budget, training, and A & A staff. This position provides opportunity for library activities as well as organizing and implementing user services in the physical and virtual learning environments.
 Collection management duties:
  • Develops and manages collections in: Art and Art History; Architecture and the History of Architecture, Building Construction; Industrial Design; Interior Design; Environmental Design; and Landscape Architecture, taking into account not only of fiscal and physical resources, but also of educational and research needs.
  • Coordinates collection management and development with bibliographers in other areas, especially those in humanities, social sciences, and engineering.
  • Oversees the development of the visual resources collection in coordination with Visual Resources Curator and faculty.

Instruction and Reference responsibilities:
Provides specialized and in-depth reference, instructional and outreach services to graduate students, undergraduates, faculty and others. This responsibility includes developing instructional strategies that support the educational mission of the College of Architecture and Urban Studies and its programs; assisting users to obtain relevant information across a variety of formats and platforms, and conveying information about the library and its resources in a timely fashion. Provides reference service to patrons at the Art and Architecture Library. This includes interpreting the research and informational needs of patrons; assisting them in obtaining the appropriate information; and instructing them in the use of online catalogs and electronic resources, the standard scientific and technical bibliographic reference tools, and the library in general.

Outreach and Liaison Activities:
Serves as a library liaison. This includes, but may not be limited to:

  • Maintaining awareness of tools and information resources in the discipline. Participating in the library liaisons council.
  • Handling one-on-one reference questions coming from students and faculty. Working collaboratively with others to address reference questions that may require a team-based approach.
  • Buying library materials that faculty and students request. Collaborating with partners in Collections to develop and maintain collections that support research and teaching needs.
  • Taking the lead in upper-level instruction and collaborating with partners in Learning to develop instructional opportunities in lower-level instruction and First Year Experience courses.
  • Providing advice on broad-based scholarly communication issues and collaborating with partners in the Libraries’ Research and Informatics group and other units on individualized and in-depth scholarly communication consults.
  • Attending departmental meetings and events, communicating items of news and interest from and back to the Libraries, and finding referrals to other service areas in the Libraries.

Professional Contributions, Service and Research/Scholarly/Creative Achievements:

  • Participates in committee assignments within the University Libraries
  • Develops professionally through involvement in regional and national associations, research, and/or publication.

Required Qualifications:

  • Graduate of an ALA-accredited master’s degree program in library and/or information science or equivalent.
  • Bachelor’s or advanced degree in art, art history, architecture or related disciplinary field
  • Experience with a variety of library services including instruction, electronic resources, and collection development.
  • Ability to provide leadership and direction in a rapidly changing environment, and demonstrated by supervisory, planning, and problem-solving experience.
  • Strong commitment and proven ability to work effectively with a diverse population of faculty, staff, students, and community members.
  • Experience and skill in evaluating and implementing new information technologies, especially those relevant to the art and design disciplines.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Demonstrated leadership in the library and/or Art and Architecture field.
  • Experience in administration including budgeting, personnel, planning, and policy development.
  • Demonstrated progressive responsibility and successful experience in a library management position.
  • Knowledge and skills in the use of current technology and collection tools.
  • Understanding of programmatic accreditation requirements.

For additional information and application instructions:https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/79601

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