Job Opportunity: Visual Literacy & Arts Librarian, College of the Holy Cross


Founded in 1843 in Worcester, Massachusetts, the College of the Holy Cross is among the nation’s leading liberal arts institutions.  A highly selective, four-year, exclusively undergraduate college of 3,000 students, Holy Cross is renowned for offering a rigorous, personalized education in the Catholic, Jesuit tradition.

Holy Cross highly values the unique skills, perspectives, talents, and passions that each employee contributes to its learning community.  To work at the College is to accept an invitation to participate in the growth and development of all campus members – students, faculty and staff.  The College’s commitment to diversity is an important feature of the Holy Cross education.  Informed by the presence of diverse interpretations of the human experience, Holy Cross is building a community marked by freedom, mutual respect, and civility.  We seek others who support our values of diversity and inclusiveness.  Job candidates of all diverse backgrounds who embrace the open and inclusive culture of Holy Cross are welcome and encouraged to apply.


As part of Research, Teaching & Learning, the Visual Literacy & Arts Librarian will serve as the Visual Literacy specialist for the libraries, and provide research and instruction (including personal research sessions) not only for the Department of Visual Arts but also for the broader campus. Manage collections (including selecting and de-selecting) and discovery/access for Visual Arts, which includes the Nevins Collection for the Study of Comics and Graphic Novels; pursue professional development and stay abreast of best practices in the field. Initiate and collaborate on projects involving digital images, and advise on assessment efforts around Visual Literacy. Demonstrate proficiency with copyright and fair use policy. Serve as liaison to Visual Arts and other departments as appropriate. Serve on internal and campus-wide committees and teams.

Major Areas of Responsibility

  • Report to the Head of Research, Teaching & Learning
  • Serve as primary Visual Literacy specialist
  • Hire, train & supervise student worker(s) as appropriate
  • Provide reference, research by appointment, and instruction as part of RTL’s mission, especially to those enrolled in Visual Arts courses
  • Serve as liaison to one or more departments
  • Serve as cluster librarian to Montserrat, on rotation
  • Collaborate with other RTL librarians to promote and support research and instruction
  • Manage collection and instruction needs of the Visual Arts Department
  • Stay abreast of copyright laws and associated copyright issues in higher education
  • Other duties as assigned


Bachelor’s degree in Art History required. ALA-accredited MLIS required. MA in Art History preferred.
Intermediate knowledge of image creation and image discovery/access system management
Intermediate knowledge of library systems and current practices.
Entry level classroom experience, both for Art History and for disciplines beyond Visual Arts.
Basic understanding of copyright law, intellectual freedom, and ethical use of information.

Core Competencies

  • Demonstrated commitment to librarianship.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Visual Arts curriculum and resources in academia.
  • High comfort level in teaching and presenting to a group.
  • Easy to collaborate with, willing to work on a team toward a common goal.
  • Collegiality and ability to mentor student workers.
  • Commitment to professional development and scholarship; participation in the broader professional community.
  • Excellent innovation/creativity.
  • Understands, values and respects diversity as an individual, in a team and within groups while fostering an inclusive  and supportive environment.


This is a full time, exempt level position.

College Description

The College of the Holy Cross is a private, Jesuit Catholic, undergraduate institution serving approximately 3,000 students. Founded in 1843, Holy Cross is the oldest Catholic college in New England and has a tradition of academic excellence. It is located atop Mount Saint James in Worcester, Massachusetts. The picturesque, 174-acre campus is an award-winning and registered arboretum.

Region Description

Worcester is a city of approximately 170,000 people centrally located in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It is approximately one hour from Boston, Hartford, and Providence, and three hours from New York City. Worcester is known as the Heart of the Commonwealth. Worcester offers many cultural and recreational opportunities.

The College is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer and complies with all Federal and Massachusetts laws concerning Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action in the workplace.

A member of the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA).

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In your cover letter please address how your work supports the College’s mission as a Jesuit, undergraduate liberal arts college (see and its core commitment to diversity and inclusion. For more information, please visit
Review of applications will begin as received and continue until the position has been filled.

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