Librarians-in-Residence at The Library of Congress

Not specifically arts related, but this still may be of interest to new professionals and those recently graduated!

In support of developing the next generation of librarians and information professionals, the Librarians-in-Residence pilot program will give early-career librarians the opportunity to gain meaningful work experience in at least one track of the following: Acquisitions and Collection DevelopmentCataloging and MetadataCollection PreservationReference and Instruction, and Systems and Standards.

The Library of Congress will hire on a temporary appointment up to four recent graduates from American Library Association-accredited master’s programs who received their degrees after December 2016 and before June 2018.

The selections will be made via a non-competitive hiring process with the start date of June 2018. The participants will be hired at the GS-9 level for an initial six-month appointment, with a possible extension of up to four more months.

Participants will receive on-the-job training and undertake assignments that contribute to the ongoing mission and work of the Library. They will participate in enrichment assignments and receive mentoring from seasoned professionals. They will also be expected to participate in Library-wide activities, such as the National Book Festival, and to provide information sessions concerning their professional interests to Library staff as well as report back to their graduate programs on experiences as Librarians-in-Residence.

The job posting will open on November 1, 2017, and close at the end of the month.

Learn more and apply here.

Assistant Director, Visual Resources Center, University of Chicago, Chicago, IL

Summary of Unit Job Duties:

Under the general supervision of the Associate Director of Visual Resources Center, provide professional, relevant, and effective outreach and support for scholarship to faculty, students, and other members of the University community. Work closely with faculty and students to integrate digital images and relevant technologies into the research and pedagogical activities of the Art History Department and Humanities Division. Collaborate effectively with the Associate Director to develop and implement policies and workflows and to assist in all aspects of the daily operation and development of the Visual Resources Center. Catalog, develop, maintain, and administer digital collections. Oversee the work of part-time student and other temporary employees.

Detail of Unit Job Duties:

Metadata Creation and Maintenance. With a user-oriented perspective, create authority-based, original, image catalog records in relational database. Implement and maintain metadata and content standards in image catalog and image archive. Perform quality-control for all records in multiple image databases. In collaboration with Associate Director, develop appropriate metadata display templates. Research and acquire material to fill image orders and develop the VRC’s collections to support current curricular needs and research interests. Assist in training and supervising part-time student cataloging staff.

Digital Collection Management. In collaboration with Associate Director, maintain digital archive and digital collections in the LUNA database. Assist with digital collection management workflows for scanners and digital copy stand photography to ensure efficient processes and timely delivery of images to faculty and students. Participate in ongoing dialogue with patrons to maintain high usability standards for all VRC collections. Maintain, troubleshoot, and perform quality-control, including color fidelity testing, for digital files, delivery systems, and imaging technology. Keep accurate administrative records. Assist in training and supervising part-time student scanning staff.

Instruction and Outreach. Serve as a primary point of contact for patrons of the Visual Resources Center. Develop and deliver specialized training for digital media and related technology to faculty, students, and staff, in groups and individually, including student employee training sessions, classroom instruction sessions, online tutorials, and reference guides. Promote awareness of Visual Resources Center services, digitization equipment, projects, and resources via social media outlets and Center website.

For more information visit the UChicago Jobs Employment Site at

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

About Virginia Tech:
Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

 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:

Imaging Services Specialist – The Menil Collection, Houston, TX

Title: Imaging Services Specialist

Department: Collection Management

Reports to: Digital Asset Manager

The Menil Collection seeks a qualified individual to support the Department of Collection Management with rights and reproductions requests.

General Responsibilities:

The Imaging Services Specialist processes internal and external requests for images of objects in the collection to be reproduced, seeing requests through from initial contact to providing deliverables. This public-facing position plays an important role in fostering the institution’s relationships with artists, other museums, and the general public. The Imaging Services Specialist also assists with special projects such as ARTstor image contributions, a large-scale museum-wide digitization initiative, and implementation of digital asset management software.

Specific Duties:

  1. Respond to public requests for photographic material to be reproduced.
  2. Initiate rights and reproductions contracts and invoices and establish rates for usage.
  3. Maintain databases, process signed agreements and payments, and track receipt of copies of publications.
  4. Assist with research and resolve copyright permission issues related to the reproduction and filming of collection objects for print, website, and press use.
  5. Update licensing and photography agreements as needed.
  6. Work with various museum departments to secure copyright permission for reproductions featured in Menil Collection publications.
  7. Assess digital image files for quality assurance purposes and identify images that need to be rescanned or photographed from their original formats.
  8. Research, vet, enter, and update copyright credits and photography credits in the collection management database, The Museum System (TMS).
  9. Research, vet, enter, and update image metadata into digital asset management software.


  1. A BA in an arts-related field such as Art History, Museum Studies, or Media Studies, and knowledge or appreciation of art and architecture is preferred.
  2. 2-3 years’ experience in a rights and reproductions role is highly desired, preferably at a museum, image archive, or other arts-related or non-profit organization.
  3. Excellent written and verbal communications skills, including the ability to professionally and diplomatically communicate with artists, artist foundations and estates, museums, artist rights societies such as ARS and VAGA, and the general public.
  4. Knowledge of intellectual property law, including “fair use” and similar copyright issues, is desired, as well as the ability to interpret and communicate copyright information to the layperson.
  5. Strong visual acuity, including the ability to notice flaws such as dust or digital artifacts in images.
  6. Basic understanding of digital still image file creation including image sizing, bit depth, color profiling, image resolution, compression, and creating derivatives.
  7. Working knowledge of digital archiving standards and best practices including file naming and embedding and extracting metadata into and from digital image files according to standards and workflows.
  8. Exceptional attention to detail and conscientiousness, including good proofreading skills and the ability to track complicated projects. Experience handling multiple deadline-driven projects simultaneously is preferred.
  9. Must enjoy working both collaboratively and independently.
  10. Basic knowledge of The Museum System (TMS) and digital asset management software preferred.
  11. Familiarity with Photoshop, Acrobat, Filemaker, and the Microsoft Office Suite, particularly Excel and Word.
  12. Ability to work on both Mac and PC.

Salary and benefits competitive and commensurate with experience. Please send resume, cover letter, and salary expectations to: Director of Human Resources, The Menil Collection, 1511 Branard Street, Houston, Texas 77006. Application materials may also be emailed to:

Resource Librarian – Solomon Cardwell Buenz Material Library, San Francisco, CA

The Resource Librarian manages, organizes, and maintains the material library in the San Francisco office, while coordinating his/her efforts with the Chicago headquarters library. The collections include a variety of materials aiding in product selection and research for both the Interior Design and Architecture studios. The Resource Librarian also maintains relationships with industry vendors, tracking the latest product introductions, and curating all materials that find their way into the library collections. The Resource Librarian works closely with the Director of Interiors, and meets regularly with the Directors of Specifications and Information Technology in support of their services.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Oversees the daily operations of the firm’s material libraries; i.e. large product sample collections, print resources (codes, standards, product binders, magazines, etc.), and electronic resources.
  • Provides research services to project teams, finding appropriate products for current projects, researching appropriate code/standards/ordinances and technical data, etc.
  • Coordinates remotely with resource librarian in Chicago office to ensure maximization of resources, discuss best practices and achieve a relatively consistent approach to library workflow and management.
  • Coordinates the AIA accredited Lunch and Learn presentation schedule, along with the Interior Design product presentation schedule, finding relevant presenters.
  • Maintains relationships with industry vendors, meeting regularly for product updates and maintenance of vendor contacts.
  • Develops and implements long-term planning for the material library.
  • Manages library budget, with strategic spending of funds.

Secondary Duties and Responsibilities

  • Manages the resources content on the firm’s intranet interface, including an activities calendar, digital resources, and posts on the latest presentations and products.

Essential Skills/Attributes

  • An accredited professional degree in Library Sciences, Architecture, Interior Architecture, Interior Design, or Art.
  • An accredited graduate degree in disciplines such as, Architecture, Interior Architecture, Interior Design, Library Science, Product Design, etc. preferred.
  • A minimum of 5 years post graduate design or construction related experience, including knowledge of the design and construction industries.
  • Background knowledge in design, material science, and product transparency/sustainability are strongly preferred.
  • Energetic, enthusiastic, self-motivated, and service-oriented individual with strong research and organizational skills and excellent written and communication skills.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Knowledge Software

Perform Other Duties as Assigned

The above constitutes a general description of the Resource Librarian duties as of the publication date. Solomon Cordwell Buenz reserves the right to alter the position’s duties and assignments and to assign additional and/or alternative duties from time to time in its sole discretion.

If interested, please contact Sheila Clark at

Head Librarian – Sotheby’s Institute of Art, New York, NY

Founded in 1969 by Sotheby’s auction house, the Sotheby’s Institute of Art (SIA) is the first and foremost graduate school for the study of art and its markets. Located in one of the most vibrant art cities of the world, Sotheby’s Institute of Art-New York (SIA-NY) has been an accredited member of the National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD) since 1989 and holds degree-granting authority from the Regents of the State of New York. With campuses in New York, London, and Los Angeles, the Institute continues to offer innovative and progressive academic and professional training to prepare students for exciting careers in the art market. Today, the Institute’s more than 6,000 alumni hold leadership positions worldwide in auction houses, galleries, art fairs, museums, and art organizations.

SIA-NY is seeking a Head Librarian to provide leadership for building print-based and online collections, and for developing on-site library services and library research education in support of Sotheby’s Institute of Art New York’s academic programs. The Head Librarian instills the highest service standards and administers the library’s resources to provide excellent support to students, faculty and staff. He/she also fosters a creative, collaborative and team-oriented work-environment. Working with the SIA-London librarian and the SIA systems staff, the Head Librarian deploys resources strategically and helps to plan for the long-term academic needs of the Institute. He/she initiates new projects and explores innovative technologies to improve services as appropriate. Contributes expertise to improve coordination of service procedures and understanding of reader expectations.

Job Responsibilities include the following but the individual will also be expected to perform all the duties necessary which are customarily performed by a person holding this position. Other duties may be assigned.

·         Leads SIA-NY library collection development, library services, and library partnerships.

·         Manages library staff and assistants and supervises the Reference/Cataloging Librarian by monitoring performance and works with her/him to create an appropriate professional development program.

·         Plans, monitors, and evaluates the services of the SIA-NY library including: information services, library collection development and promotion, electronic and print course reserves, library facilities, the SIA-NY library website, annual inventory, and inter-library loan.

·         Provides general oversight of the SIA-NY library website by facilitating design and content planning in coordination with other SIA librarians and SIA constituencies.

·         Works with vendors to select, negotiate and administer licenses and access for electronic resources.

·         Prepares and manages the library budget strategically and thoughtfully through working across SIA-NY departments, SIA globally, and with libraries throughout New York and beyond.

·         Works closely in conjunction with academic staff, administrative staff and students to ensure the continuing relevance of materials and services provided. Contributes to the development of local- and system-wide policies and procedures and continues to be professionally active both at SIA-NY and in the field.

·         Participates in and contributes to library long-term planning and is professionally active in library, scholarly and/or academic organizations.

·         Represents the Library and Sotheby’s Institute in the academic and professional community by serving on various committees and task forces.

Knowledge and Abilities

·         Knowledge of integrated library systems, library applications, and other information technologies

·         Knowledge of the subject areas of the library’s collections, which include: art history, connoisseurship, collecting and patronage, art business, and international art markets.

·         Excellent IT skills

·         Excellent planning/organizing skills

·         Strong sense of initiative

·         Ability to provide research and reference services

·         Ability to work creatively and collaboratively

·         Ability to prioritize and plan work activities

·         Ability to be present in the office


·         MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited university

·         Minimum of five years of relevant experience in an academic library

·         Experience with a wide range of information technology

·         Experience managing budgets, staff and collections

·         Experience of providing user education and training

·         Experience in library facilities management and planning

·         Extremely strong professional English language skills, both written and spoken

·         Confident public speaking skills

·         Foreign language skills desirable, but not required.

·         Authorization to work in the United States is required.

 Sotheby’s Institute of Art offers a competitive salary that is based on education and experience.

To Apply:

·         Email your resume and a cover letter to:

·         In the subject line of your email enter: “Head Librarian”

·         Only qualified candidates should apply

Acquisitions Librarian/Bibliothécaire, Acquisitions – Canadian Centre for Architecture/Centre Canadien d’Architecture, Montreal, Quebec

Job identification
Job Title: Acquisitions Librarian
Division: Collection
Immediate superior: Associate Director, Collection
Status: Permanent, full time (35hrs/week)
Posting period: September 29 to October 20, 2017
Job entry: November 2017

Job Summary
The key responsibilities of this job are to develop a coherent long term strategy for library acquisitions that relates to the curatorial direction and other Collection acquisitions. The incumbent plans, coordinates and manages all aspects of the acquisition of library collection materials. In doing so, the incumbent collaborates actively with the curatorial, editorial, collection and research divisions, as well as with the bookstore and Collection team.

Key responsibilities
Library acquisitions

  • In collaboration with the curatorial, editorial, collection and research divisions, coordinates, plans, develops and manages all aspects of the acquisition of the library collection, and proposes lines of investigation and acquisition
  • Manages and coordinates in collaboration with the Associate Director, Collection, the international exchange program of publications, in relation to curatorial projects and Collection acquisitions
  • Collaborates closely with the bookstore staff on ordering and on curatorial selections to be presented
  • Actively scouts for new publishers, distributors and vendors
  • Manages and monitors the library acquisition operations and budgets
  • Supervises the Acquisition, Assistant and works closely with the Head, Collection Access to improve access to the Collection
  • Prepares customs documentation and negotiate with brokers and delivery firms
  • Manages the standing order plan, selecting series titles for standing order, setting up standing orders and traces multi-volume sets and series to complete library holdings
  • Deals with donors who wish to donate material, providing or arranging evaluations as required

Collection development strategy

  • Works closely with curatorial, editorial and research staff in discussing their projects and develops a coherent collection development strategy that responds to CCA’s diverse and changing research needs
  • Collaborates with CCA Bookstore staff to maintain currency in recent publications and to exchange information on publications
  • Participates in the testing, evaluation, approval and implementation of new software and upgrades to the Library’s integrated online system

Required qualifications

  • Education: Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) degree from an ALA accredited institution and an (under) graduate degree in the history of architecture or art or a related discipline in the humanities
  • Number of years of relevant work experience: 3 to 5 years
  • Excellent knowledge of spoken and written French and English is essential
  • Good understanding of the contemporary debate in architecture
  • Excellent research skills
  • Familiarity with architectural bibliography
  • Facility in handling fragile and precious collection materials
  • Good understanding of electronic publishing and digital developments
  • Good understanding of the out of print book market
  • Good understanding of acquisition databases

Please submit your application before October 20, 2017 to the attention of Human Resources, Canadian Centre for Architecture, 1920 Baile Street, Montreal (Quebec) H3H 2S6, email: Only successful applicants will be contacted. Please do not call.

The CCA is an equal opportunity employer.

Identification de l’emploi

Titre de l’emploi: Bibliothécaire, Acquisitions
Division: Collection
Supérieur immédiat: Directeur Associé, Collection
Statut: Permanent à temps complet (35hrs/semaine)
Période d’affichage: Du 29 septembre au 20 octobre 2017
Entrée en poste: Novembre 2017

Sommaire de l’emploi
Les responsabilités principales de cet emploi consistent à développer une stratégie cohérente et à long terme pour les acquisitions de la bibliothèque relatives à la direction curatoriale et aux différentes acquisitions de la Collection. Le titulaire du poste planifie, coordonne et gère tous les aspects de l’acquisition des objets de collection de la bibliothèque. Par conséquent, il collabore activement avec les divisions curatoriale et éditoriale, les divisions de la collection et de la recherche ainsi que la librairie et l’équipe de la collection.

Principales responsabilités de l’emploi
Acquisitions de la bibliothèque

  • En collaboration avec les divisions curatoriale, éditoriale, de la collection et de la recherche, coordonner, planifier, développer et gérer tous les aspects de l’acquisition de la collection de la bibliothèque. Proposer des pistes de recherche et des perspectives d’acquisition
  • Gérer et coordonner le programme international d’échange des publications en collaboration avec le Directeur associé, Collection, en fonction des projets curatoriaux et des acquisitions de la Collection
  • Collaborer étroitement avec l’équipe de la librairie pour les commandes et pour la présentation des sélections curatoriales
  • Rechercher activement les nouveaux éditeurs, distributeurs et fournisseurs
  • Gérer et effectuer le suivi des opérations et des budgets des acquisitions de la bibliothèque
  • Superviser l’Assistant, Acquisition et travailler en étroite collaboration avec le Chef, Accès à la Collection pour améliorer l’accès à la Collection
  • Préparer les documents pour les douanes et négocier avec les courtiers et les compagnies de livraison
  • Gérer le plan des ordres permanents: sélectionner les titres de périodiques pour les ordres permanents, mettre en place les ordres permanents et effectuer le suivi des documents en plusieurs volumes et des périodiques pour compléter les fonds de la bibliothèque
  • Traiter avec les donateurs qui souhaitent faire un don d’objets, en fournissant et en organisant des évaluations au besoin

Stratégie de développement de la Collection

  • Travailler en étroite collaboration avec les équipes curatoriale, éditoriale et recherche en discutant de leurs projets. Développer une stratégie cohérente pour la collection qui répond aux besoins divers et changeants du CCA
  • Collaborer avec l’équipe de la librairie du CCA pour maintenir les publications récentes à jour et échanger les informations sur les publications
  • Participer aux tests, à l’évaluation, à l’approbation et à l’implantation de nouveaux logiciels ainsi qu’à la mise à jour du système intégré en ligne de la bibliothèque

Qualifications requises pour l’emploi

  • Niveau de scolarité: Maîtrise en Bibliothéconomie et en sciences de l’information (MBSI) obtenue dans une institution reconnue par l’ALA et un diplôme (de premier cycle) en histoire de l’architecture ou histoire de l’art ou autre discipline connexe en sciences humaines
  • Nombre d’années d’expérience pertinente: 3 à 5 ans
  • Excellentes connaissances du français et de l’anglais oral et écrit
  • Bonne compréhension du débat contemporain en architecture
  • Excellentes compétences de recherche
  • Connaissance en bibliographie architecturale
  • Aisance pour manipuler des objets de collection fragiles et précieux
  • Bonne compréhension de l’édition et des développements numériques
  • Bonne compréhension du marché des livres épuisés
  • Bonne compréhension des bases de données d’acquisition

Veuillez soumettre votre candidature, d’ici le 20 octobre 2017 à l’attention du Service des Ressources humaines, Centre Canadien d’Architecture, 1920, rue Baile, Montréal (Québec) H3H 2S6, courriel : Seuls les candidats retenus seront contactés. Veuillez ne pas téléphoner.

Le CCA a une politique d’équité en matière d’emploi.

Instructional Design Librarian – Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL

The Library: Starting a new chapter in our history, we have recently opened an $18 million, state-of-the-art library that seeks to transform the way students engage with our collections and services. Architecturally stunning, the very building itself is designed to adapt and grow with new technologies to come. At 46,000 square feet, the facility has ample room for our extensive collection. The Library houses over 75,000 books, periodicals, and media items and offers access to substantial digital collections in online databases and ebook collections. The Library’s mission is to advance learning and teaching, in and beyond the studio and classroom, consistent with Ringling College’s scholar practitioner philosophy; to enable the College’s institutional mission and strategic goals, in partnership with academic departments, campus support services, and the arts community.

The Position: Ringling College seeks a creative, collaborative, empathetic, and learner-centered professional librarian. The Instructional Design Librarian will utilize teaching and learning pedagogies, educational and emerging technologies, and assessment practices, in close collaboration with faculty partners, in support of the library’s instructional program. The incumbent will work closely with fellow Instructional Design Librarian, collaborate with other librarians and library staff, and partner with teaching faculty in assigned liaison departments in the development of instructional strategies, course design and objectives, and learning outcomes to enhance student learning through both face-to-face instruction and technology-mediated learning resources, including the campus LMS (Canvas), multimedia learning objects, and other emerging technology tools. The Instructional Design Librarian integrates library and open access resources, services, and other tools into the curriculum and plans, carries out, and assesses research instruction in all its forms.

Additional duties include: provide assistance with copyright/intellectual property education and consultations as assigned or directed; participate in print and digital resource acquisition, development, and use; provide research support services and library staff training in research resources; assist faculty in collection development activities; share coordination and supervision of Student Research Consultants with fellow Instructional Design Librarian; and, actively participate in faculty governance, institutional service, outreach efforts, and professional development and leadership.

The ideal candidate will understand the needs of art and design practitioners, be able to effectively connect with students, work directly with faculty in an exciting, evolving curriculum, have experience selecting and providing instructional support for research and professional information resources, and use a variety of social media platforms and emerging technology and software applications to deliver instructional and research services.

Minimum Qualifications:

·         Master’s degree in Library/Information Science from an ALA-accredited institution.

·         Knowledge of and/or experience in an art, art history, creative writing, visual studies, or a design discipline.

·         One year recent successful work experience teaching college-age adults in a university, college, museum, or cultural institution.

·         Experience with and willingness to utilize and promote emerging technologies and technology-mediated instructional methods.

·         Ability to work both independently and as part of a team and to collaborate effectively with faculty and staff colleagues.

·         Ability to plan, implement, and assess work responsibilities.

·         Excellent and effective communication and interpersonal skills.

·         Ability to effectively supervise student assistants.

·         Demonstrated commitment to user-centered library services and ability to work flexibly and creatively with students, faculty, and staff from diverse backgrounds.

·         Ability to support and enhance a diverse learning and working environment.

Preferred Qualifications:

·         Two years recent post-MLS professional librarian work experience.

·         Bachelor’s or master’s degree in a design, studio, art history, or media arts discipline as offered at Ringling College.

·         Knowledge of the ACRL Framework for Information Literacy for Higher Education, the ARLIS/NA Information Competencies for Students in Design Disciplines, and other relevant information literacy standards and practices.

·         Experience designing effective instructional experiences that accommodate a variety of learning styles.

·         Advanced technology skills, including experience with learning management systems, multiple software platforms, and other digital media delivery systems.

·         Experience with or knowledge of outreach and marketing services in libraries.

·         Recent work experience in a college or university library providing instructional and research services.

·         Experience supervising student assistants.

Application: Send: 1) cover letter of interest addressing specific qualifications for the position; 2) copy of MLS transcripts; 3) résumé/CV; 4) separate statement of teaching philosophy. Submit written materials in PDF format to: Candidates may be asked to submit additional materials if needed.

Deadline: For full consideration, application materials should be submitted by October 22. Review of applications will continue until position is filled.

Ringling College of Art and Design is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Collection Development Librarian – Harvard University, Cambridge, MA

Duties & Responsibilities

Harvard University seeks an innovative, collaborative, and user-centered Collection Development Librarian to build and manage collections for one of the leading libraries in the world for the study of art, architecture, and visual culture from antiquity to the present. Reporting to the Herman and Joan Suit Librarian of the Fine Arts Library, the incumbent will select monographs and serials in all formats and work collaboratively with selectors in the Fine Arts Library and across Harvard Library. The incumbent will proactively partner with Harvard Library colleagues to develop creative solutions and efficient workflows for managing, acquiring, processing, and preserving library materials. He/she will actively engage with the visual arts community at Harvard to support innovative use of library collections in their teaching, research, and learning activities. To expand access to the Fine Arts Library’s unparalleled holdings of books, journals, visual resources, and special collections to a wider global audience, the Collection Development Librarian will participate in local, national, and international digital initiatives and collaborative collection development partnerships.


·         Perform monograph and serial collection development processes in the Fine Arts Library for the Americas, Western Europe and portions of Eastern Europe (from antiquity to 1900), Africa, Australasia, Oceania, and other southern Pacific nations in all formats.

·         Work together with the Librarian and other Fine Arts Library selectors for Islamic, East Asian, Modern and Contemporary, and Special Collections to acquire antiquarian monographs, serials, and primary sources.

·         Ensure effective stewardship of the materials budget, including monitoring acquisition budgets and fund assignments for 8,000-10,000 titles annually, ongoing assessment of budget allocations, establishing target deadlines for ordering materials, and prioritizing requests for endowment and end-of-year purchasing.

·         Actively contribute to relevant Harvard College and Harvard Library collection development working groups, committees, councils, and innovative projects.

·         Maintain and update Fine Arts Library collection policy in consultation with FAL selectors and collection development colleague across the Harvard Libraries.

·         Continuously evaluate print and digital publication trends in art history, architectural history, and the fine and applied arts.

·         Communicate regularly about current and emerging research areas and interests with faculty, graduate and undergraduate students, Harvard Art Museum educators, curators, fellows, and interns, and visiting scholars.

·         Exchange information and best practices proactively with selectors in the Harvard College Library and across the Harvard Libraries for shared purchases, purchase recommendations, and intentional duplication.

·         Contribute to collaborative collection development and digital projects with external partners, e.g., Ivies Art and Architecture Group.

·         Create and maintain in-depth and relevant content for multiple web presences for Fine Arts Library collections and collection-related events and news.

·         Assess collection strengths and correct weaknesses for curricular and research support and create routine and customized acquisitions and collections reports using COGNOS and other tools.

·         Establish and maintain effective and efficient relationships with approval, firm order, and antiquarian vendors and booksellers.

·         Work together with the Librarian and other Fine Arts Library selectors to negotiate and acknowledge gifts of materials and funds.

·         Work proactively and collaboratively with Information Technology Services staff to insure consistent and efficient vendor relations and processing routines.

·         Work proactively and collaboratively with Access Services collection management staff to plan for collection care, and stack space planning, and ongoing transfer of materials to the Harvard Depository.

·         Work proactively and collaboratively with Preservation, Conservation, and Digital Imaging on disaster planning, collections care guidelines, environmental concerns, and digital preservation and access projects.

·         Participates in research services and activities, including contributing to regular hours of support for special collections researchers in collaboration with other librarians. Provides in-depth research consultations and interprets and resolves complex reference questions for library patrons, as needed.

Position will remain posted until filled, however applications will be reviewed beginning November 3, 2017.

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We encourage individuals with diverse backgrounds, experiences and abilities to apply to be a part of our community of over 700 staff members. Our work with faculty, students and researchers to explore answers to intellectual questions, enduring and new, and to seek solutions to the world’s most consequential problems, requires that we not only reflect, but also champion our diverse society.

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Job Function

Sub Unit

USA – MA – Cambridge

Harvard College Library – Fine Arts Library

Time Status

00 – Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Salary Grade

Pre-Employment Screening
Criminal, Education, Identity

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We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation or any other characteristic protected by law.

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Basic Qualifications

·         Master’s degree in library and/or information science or equivalent experience

·         A minimum of 5 years of experience in collection development/acquisitions experience required.

·         Extensive in-depth knowledge of the field of Art and Architectural History

·         Working knowledge of Western European languages.

·         Hands-on experience with library systems acquisitions, budgeting, and reporting applications.

·         Expert level experience with arts and humanities databases and other digital research tools.

·         Experience working with book publishing and the book trade.

·         Excellent verbal and written communication and interpersonal skills to work effectively with culturally diverse library users and colleagues.


Additional Qualifications

·         Advanced degree in Art History, or equivalent, preferred.

·         Evidence of a strong service orientation and demonstrated ability to work effectively with faculty, students, library users, and library colleagues.

·         Knowledge of scholarly communication trends and commitment to principles of open access.

·         Knowledge of intellectual property issues related to art library collections and services.

·         Strong technology skills and an enthusiasm for adopting new technologies and systems that expand access to collections and to facilitate their use in research and teaching.

·         Record of engagement with professional groups and activities and/or contributions to professional or scholarly literature.



·         The ability to lift, carry, and position books and other materials weighing up 15 lbs.

·         The ability to use desktop (keyboard, monitor, and mouse) and mobile computing tools, such as laptops and tablets.



·         The work associated with this position is performed in an office, reading room, and library stack settings.


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Performing Arts Librarian at Reed College in Portland, OR

The Reed College Library seeks a performing arts librarian to collaborate closely with the faculty and students of the dance, music, and theatre academic programs, supporting teaching, creative work, and research activities in the performing arts. This role interacts frequently with Reed students, faculty, and staff as well as members of the public, manage collections including media and scores, and deliver course-related instruction and research assistance.  The performing arts librarian manages the Performing Arts Resource Center’s library services, hiring, training, and supervising library staff and students as well as coordinating with instructional technology staff who share the Performing Arts Resource Center space. This position participates with other librarians in providing general research assistance and library instruction to the Reed community.

Core responsibilities for this position include providing instruction, research assistance, and conducting outreach activities in support of the Performing Arts disciplines (Music, Theatre, and Dance); managing the library services provided by the Performing Arts Resource Center (PARC), including circulation of collections and equipment, as well as hiring, training, and managing library staff and student assistants at the PARC; providing leadership and expertise in the acquisition and management, and use of collections that support the performing arts. As a Reed College librarian, this position actively participates in professional activities of the library and the college by leading or serving on committees, providing training and educational opportunities for staff, and developing and maintaining connections with local, regional, and national professional communities.

The successful candidate will be knowledgeable about research and practice in the performing arts; have experience with the creation, organization, and use of audio and video media, scores, and other collections relating to the performing arts; and have the ability to collaborate with others and manage multiple priorities. Passion for student success, organization skills, attention to detail, and the ability to communicate well across diverse audiences are essential. They will also have a strong interest in contributing to the library’s research assistance, instruction, and outreach initiatives including promoting the use of library collections and services in the undergraduate curriculum, particularly in the performing arts.

How to Apply / Contact
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