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Job Posting: Visual Resources Specialist, Southern Methodist University, Dallas TX

The Department of Art History of the Meadows School of the Arts at SMU seeks a Visual Resources Specialist to administer the departmental Visual Resources Laboratory (VRL).

Essential Functions:

Work directly with arts and humanities faculty to realize college and departmental learning goals.

Consult with faculty in the arts and humanities to develop and deliver a suite of services that support the integration of information resources and technology in their teaching and research, with special emphasis on visual resources and the digital humanities.

Curate, quality-control, and troubleshoot relevant digital content.

Deliver group instruction and/or consults individually with students regarding research methods and scholarly practices across the arts and humanities, in addition to addressing issues of media and visual fluency.

Administer day-to-day operations of the VRL.  Manage budget and financial records, as well as keeping all technology and software up-to-date and running smoothly.

Assist with department digital, online, and social media projects.


Education and Experience:

  • Master’s degree is required.   Field of study in Humanities, Library Sciences, or Art History is a plus.
  • Candidate should have 1 year of work experience; however, will consider specialist who is recently graduated from a Library/Information Science or Art History/Humanities Master’s program.
  • Must have delivered group instruction and worked individually with students.
  • Higher education experience preferred.
  • Digital photo-processing is required:  Photoshop, Lightroom, Aperture, Paintshop, ACDSee Pro, GIMP, CaptureOne Pro, NIK
  • Must have experience with Powerpoint, Keynote, Prezi, Customshow, Haiku Deck, Slideshark, Slide Dog, Mediashout

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  • Candidate must demonstrate strong listening, interpersonal, written and verbal communication skills to effectively interact with a wide range of constituencies in a diverse community. A strong customer service orientation is essential.
  • Candidate must be effective in delivering group instruction and working individually with students.
  • Must be familiar with use-rights and permissions of digital images.
  • Must possess the ability to establish and maintain effective and collaborative collegiate work relationships.
  • Candidate should be detail oriented and accurate.  Must be able to plan and accurately track budget expenditures and prepare documentation for review/approval.
  • Must be well organized and able manage projects simultaneously.
  • Candidate must demonstrate strong problem solving skills with the ability to identify and analyze problems as well as devise solutions.  Must also be able to work independently as well as to work collaboratively.

More information and application: https://jobs.smu.edu/psp/ps/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/HRS_HRAM.HRS_APP_SCHJOB.GBL?Page=HRS_APP_SCHJOB&Action=U&FOCUS=Applicant&SiteId=1

Job Posting: Part-time Visual Resources Curator, Middlebury College, VT

Note: This is a part-time position, 20 hours per week.

Oversees management and development of digital art image teaching collections, including acquisitions, cataloging, technical production, and copyright oversight.

Location or production of course-related professional quality digital images of works of art that are then cataloged for future reference with full metadata and stored in an assets management system such as ARTstor’s Shared Shelf, Embark, or TMS.


Essential Functions

  • Plans and directs the operations of the Art History Visual Resources Collection.
  • Responsible for overall management and development of digital art image collections, including, acquisitions, cataloging, and technical production.
  • Oversees growth and development of institutional digital image collection for teaching and reference using a digital assets management system for discovery, access, and use of high quality digital art images.
  • Works cooperatively with Art and Art History faculty in developing VR Collection resources and policies; analyzes needs and establishes priorities and deadlines.
  • Provides training and support for faculty and students in the use of standard and emerging art-related digital teaching equipment and technologies.
  • Directs and performs professional quality image scanning, post-processing, digital copy photography and on-site photography of art/architecture for VR Collection.
  • Does original cataloging of digital images, conducts research, and uses appropriate standard authorities and metadata systems for storage in digital assets management systems.
  • Evaluates, selects and purchases/licenses digital images from subscription services, commercial sources and museums.
  • Provides research reference information and information about copyright issues; locates art images from vendors, museums, printed sources and on the World Wide Web for special publications and research projects of faculty and student patrons.
  • Acts as liaison to LIS, conducts workshops, and serves as information specialist and advisor to various campus entities regarding visual resources issues.
  • Creates and maintains Visual Resources Collection and other websites.
  • Maintains collection statistics and writes an Annual Report.
  • Prepares and administers VR Collection operating budget.
  • Selects and orders equipment and supplies for digital image production, and for the VR facility.
  • Engages in professional activity, attends professional conferences and workshops.
  • General Responsibilities
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.



  • Master’s degree in Art History or Library Science or equivalent related experience.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Art historical expertise.
  • Excellent computer skills.
  • Knowledge of electronic imaging technology.
  • Ability to apply new technology to the development of new instructional methods for art history courses.
  • Knowledge of professional photographic methods and techniques.
  • Excellent interpersonal, communication and writing skills.


  • 3-5 years experience managing and directing a Visual Resources Collection, or the equivalent combination of education and experience.

More information and application: https://middlebury.peopleadmin.com/postings/13418