Research + Instruction Librarian in Science/Art at RISD

The Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) invites applications for the full-time position of Research + Instruction Librarian with a focus on the sciences, to start in August 2017.

We recognize diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to our learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experiences, scholarship, service, and/or professional practice has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence.

In this newly conceived entry-level position, the Librarian will engage in research, reference, collection development, and instruction, with an emphasis in the sciences (broadly defined but with a particular emphasis on the natural sciences, biological sciences, and physical sciences). The Librarian will work collaboratively to shape and implement multiple literacy practices within the library and on campus. In this capacity, the Librarian will have an affinity for, experience in, and/or an articulated understanding of broad interrelated and creative thinking about art, design, and science information and practice.

The Librarian will be based in Fleet Library and will work in collaboration with library staff as well as other colleagues in the other units within the Dean of Libraries’ interdisciplinary community – The Nature Lab, Campus Exhibitions, and the Writing Center.

We see the Library as a laboratory and platform for creativity and ideas. We seek to create an environment that understands and respects the past while inventing the future. Our approach to research, instruction, and collection development emphasizes strong disciplinary focus with an interdisciplinary and intersectional lens.

As a member of the Research and Instruction team, the Science Librarian engages in research and professional development, library instruction, research assistance, and collection development related to the sciences – with an emphasis on the intersection of science and art practices, broadly defined. In addition, the candidate will engage in outreach to the RISD community – encouraging and creating connections across campus – as well as chair a library committee based on skills and interests. This is a newly imagined position and it reports to the Dean of Libraries.

The RISD Library was founded in 1877 and is one of the oldest independent art college libraries in the country. The Library is centrally located in an award-winning adaptive reuse space on the first two floors of a former bank – the remainder of the building consists of student housing, dining facilities, and storage. The original banking hall serves as the library’s stunning main reading room. All of the library’s collections reside within the structure – a luxury that allows for resources to be available to the community at all times.

The Library includes an open stack collection of over 100,000 volumes, including a reference section, 1500 RISD masters’ theses, and 330 current periodicals. Specialized collections and storage include another 54,000+ volumes. Print collections focus on art, architecture, and design, with approximately 15% currently focused on supporting areas of the humanities and social and physical sciences. Specialized collections include artists’ books, zines, rare books, an institutional archive, a materials resource library, and a picture collection.

The Library is building its digital platforms and currently hosts and operates an online institutional repository – Digital Commons @RISD – that collects and presents faculty and student research and creative work, college records and history, and materials from specialized collections.

RISD has a distinguished history of providing inspired leadership in art and design education and an ongoing commitment to creative experimentation and risk-taking. This progressive, inquisitive attitude permeates the campus.
Since its founding, RISD has pursued its mission to educate the public about the important role of art and design within society. That pursuit in conjunction with the STEM to STEAM RISD-led initiative makes this position particularly relevant and exciting. The goal of STEAM is to truly explore the combined thinking and practice of scientists, artists, designers, and technologists. The sciences are integrated throughout RISD‘s campus in different departments and are highlighted in the Digital + Media program, increased emphasis on the sciences in the Liberal Arts Curriculum, and the exceptional Edna Lawrence Nature Lab.

Rhode Island School of Design is an undergraduate and graduate college of art and design with approximately 2,400 graduate and undergraduate students. RISD supports librarians’ professional practice with sabbaticals, conference funds, and professional development grants. RISD offers a critical review process, which is similar to the tenure process.
All librarians are members of a collective bargaining unit, the Full-time Faculty Association (NEARI/NEA).

Functions/Duties

·         Provide reference and research services by answering questions, advising on appropriate resources, instructing patrons in the use of online and in person catalogs and collections in the arts and sciences.

·         Write and edit resources guides and explore platforms for sharing resources and telling the story of research through technologies and tools.

·         Provide orientation and research instruction – in groups and one-on-one – to RISD students, faculty, and staff with traditional library resources as well as using emerging technologies.

·         Support the development of information literacy (and multiple literacy) practices within the library and across campus.

·         Participate in the promotion, outreach, and marketing of library collections, resources, services, and projects.

·         Contribute to collection development initiatives and build access to science literature and resources with limited resources. Develop a suite of resources that aggregates and curates open access/open data/open source science resources applicable to artists, designers, makers, and creative thinkers across disciplines.

·         Serve on library, college faculty, and administrative committees.

·         Engage in professional development and research activities to advance the profession, your work, and your development as a librarian, colleague, and member of a local and global community.

Required Qualifications

The ideal candidate is an individual interested in defining, experimenting with, and building information systems, collections, and instruction related to and inspired by the sciences as well as art and design. We are seeking a colleague who has demonstrated (in scholarship, community engagement, education, or practice) creativity and curiosity within the field of librarianship.

·         ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

·         Degree (or relevant experience) in a scientific discipline – with particular emphasis in biology, mathematics, design science, or the physical sciences.

·         One to three years professional experience providing research, reference, instruction, or public service in a library, laboratory, or research setting.

·         Strong interpersonal and communication skills are critical, as is an ability to think critically and articulate ideas clearly. We are seeking an ideas person who enjoys working on a team and is generous and open to thinking that challenges their own.

·         Ability to work collegially and generously within a small team that is flexible and extremely responsive to users.

Preferred Qualifications

·         Knowledge of contemporary art, architecture, and design, and an awareness of cross-disciplinary issues in an art school setting.

·         Knowledge of print and electronic resources – particularly open access, open data, and open source resources. We are an art school and this position will support scientific research in that context.

·         Ability to use a full range of text and electronic resources in the arts, sciences, and related areas.

·         Background in library technologies and emerging technologies – with a curiosity (and healthy skepticism) about current trends.

·         Reading knowledge of a language other than English.

·         Fearlessness (with a healthy dose of common sense)

Candidates who submit their materials before May 15, 2017 are assured full consideration. For more information, visit www.risd.edu/jobs.

Reference Librarian at The Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago, founded in 1879, is a world-renowned art museum housing one of the largest permanent collections in the United States. An encyclopedic museum, the Art Institute collects, preserves, and interprets works in every medium from all cultures and historical periods. With a collection of approximately 300,000 art works and artifacts, the museum has particularly strong holdings in Impressionist and Post-Impressionist painting, contemporary art, early 20th century European painting and sculpture, Japanese prints, and photography. The museum’s 2009 addition, the Modern Wing, features the latest in green museum technology and 264,000 square feet dedicated to modern and contemporary art, photography, architecture and design, and new museum education facilities. In addition to displaying its permanent collection, the Art Institute mounts more than 30 special exhibitions per year and features lectures, gallery tours, and special performances on a daily basis

Position Summary

Provides reference, research, and instructional services. Supervises circulation, reception, interlibrary loan, photocopy and copy photography services. Oversees the library’s social media accounts.

PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:

·         Provides reference service at the Reference Desk on a regularly scheduled basis, including Thursdayevenings. Provides reference and research services to museum staff on demand. Responds to written, telephone, and email reference questions as necessary.

·         Oversees incoming and outgoing interlibrary loan operations. Responds to other requests for loans and copies. Uses support and part-time staff as appropriate to provide timely and cost-effective services.

·         Supervises the Circulation Supervisor. Assists Circulation Supervisor with recruiting, training, and supervising full-time Reader Services support staff.

·         Works with the Digital Initiatives and Technologies Librarian to ensure that interlibrary loan hardware and software meet requirements and that the ExLibris Alma Circulation system and related equipment function properly and are used effectively.

·         Assists in providing bibliographic instruction, training and orientations for AIC staff, School of the Art Institute classes, the Libraries’ reference staff and other groups as necessary.

·         Promotes the libraries’ collections and services through developing social media and web content.

·         Serves on the Offsite Project team and Reference Team, as well as other library committees as required.

·         Conducts research and pursues special projects as required.

·         Supervises the Reader Services Department in the absence of the Head of Reader Services.

Qualifications

·         MLS from an ALA-accredited program.

·         Experience providing reference service and bibliographic instruction to a diverse patron base.

·         Experience assisting researchers with accessing archives and special collection materials.

·         Familiarity with major bibliographic tools (printed and electronic) and research methods for Art History.

·         Familiarity with library circulation procedures and trends in access services.

·         Familiarity with the interlibrary loan codes and guidelines, and experience with interlibrary loan borrowing and lending.

·         Experience working with websites, blogs, and social media.

·         Strong commitment to public service and excellent oral and written communication skills.

·         Ability to work collaboratively with staff from all areas of the library, museum, and school.

·         Supervisory and/or project management experience.

 **Please apply online at: https://hrweb.artic.edu/recruit/applyjob.html

The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.

Job Posting: Access Services Librarian, SCAD, Savannah GA

SCAD seeks an access services librarian to ensure Jen Library provides the highest degree of services, resources and support to the SCAD community.

In this role, you will oversee circulation, building and physical resources, patron engagement and interlibrary loans and courses. Under the direction of the head librarian of user experience and technical systems you will foster a collaborative circulation team and partner across library departments, and throughout the university, in support of library outreach initiatives.

The ideal candidate demonstrates the ability to improve customer service and staff efficiency in a library, as well as the willingness to create user-friendly, student-centered library experiences.

Requirements:
− M.L.S. degree from an ALA-accredited institution
− Experience planning and implementing events, preferably in a library environment
− Minimum of two years in a librarian position, preferably in a circulation department

More information and application: https://scadjobs.scad.edu/postings/14287

Job Posting: Librarian, Winston-Salem State University, North Carolina

The Reference/Instruction Librarian will work in a team-based environment and serve as the primary library contact for all students, faculty, and staff in the following programs: English, World Languages and Fine Arts (Art & Visual Studies, Music) providing outreach, instruction, course materials, in-depth reference assistance, and collection development services.

More information and application: https://uncjobs.northcarolina.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/position/JobDetails_css.jsp?postingId=515105

Job Posting: Humanities Librarian for the Fine Arts, UT Austin, Austin TX

Purpose

Provide strategic approaches to selection, teaching, discovery, and delivery of digital and print information resources and research lifecycle support for Department of Art and Art History, College of Fine Arts’ various design centers, Bridging Disciplines Program in Digital Arts and Media, and other disciplines.

Essential Functions

Provide reference assistance using appropriate media in all venues and channels, including individual and small group research consultation, and staffing of the Ask a Librarian virtual and in-person reference services. Manage collections in support of relevant curricula and research, with materials in any and all formats including streaming video. Develop content for subject-based web pages. Provide outreach to faculty and administration in subject departments to convey information about research consultation, collections and research lifecycle support services. Collaborate with faculty to achieve information literacy learning outcomes in course-specific ways, including providing instruction sessions and assignments, research guides, and/or tutorials. Provide marketing and assessment of library services. Engage in fundraising, development and outreach programs, such as exhibits and events. Collaborate with major art collections on campus including the Benson Latin American Collection, the Blanton Museum, the Harry Ransom Center, Landmarks, the Warfield Center, and the Visual Arts Center. The position will work closely with FAL staff on departmental initiatives, take on additional subject areas as needed, actively participate in UT Libraries and other local committee and project team efforts, as well as pertinent professional organizations and staff development opportunities.

Marginal/Incidental functions

Other related functions as assigned.

Required qualifications

MLS from an ALA-accredited graduate program. Two years of relevant Subject Liaison Librarian experience in the Fine Arts. Experience providing in-depth research consultation services in an academic environment. Demonstrated experience collaborating with faculty to achieve and assess information literacy learning outcomes in course-specific ways. Experience with digital humanities tools and methodologies. Strong understanding of approaches to and trends in assessment of academic library resources and services. Knowledge of scholarly communication issues and trends within the arts and humanities. Evidence of a strong commitment to user-centered services. Demonstrated excellent analytical, organizational, and communication skills. Proven ability to work collaboratively and efficiently in a changing environment. Demonstrated willingness to respond to new opportunities with initiative, creative energy, and leadership. Evidence of active involvement in professional or scholarly associations.

Preferred Qualifications

Master’s degree in art or art history. Experience with modern European or Asian languages. Two to four years of successful professional library experience with responsibility for Fine Arts. Experience with alternative art practices such as zine culture or artist books. Two years of experience providing library instruction to college-level students, faculty, and staff. Experience using and teaching a range of academic electronic information resources. Experience collaborating with faculty on instruction or outreach projects. Experience using new and emerging technologies for public service and instruction in an academic library setting. Demonstrated potential for leadership in university, state, national, and international programs and initiatives. Experience in development. Experience grant writing. Supervisory experience. Evidence of problem solving skills. Experience related to the essential functions. Proven ability to be flexible in work assignments and environments.

More information and application: https://utdirect.utexas.edu/apps/hr/jobs/nlogon/160715010086

Job Posting: Research and Instruction Librarian, SCAD, Atlanta GA

SCAD seeks a research and instruction librarian to join the ACA Library of SCAD in Atlanta.

In this role, you will assist students and faculty in the identification and usage of appropriate print and electronic library resources. This includes providing information literacy instruction, library orientations and research workshops, preparing print and electronic research guides and tutorials, and coordinating student-focused library outreach activities.

You will support the library’s online research services, participate in the selection of print and nonprint resources for all subject areas, and assist in staffing the reference and circulation desk. In addition to coordinating departmental policies and procedures, you will oversee all research- and instruction-related assessments and maintain reference and instruction service statistics. This role also requires participation in universitywide events, committees and initiatives.

The ideal candidate is familiar with traditional and electronic information resources and demonstrates working knowledge of effective search strategies and innovations in library instruction. You should be comfortable speaking to classes and large groups. Experience with Adobe Creative Suite and social media tools is preferred.

Requirements:
− M.L.S. degree from an ALA-accredited program
− Bachelor’s or master’s degree in a subject discipline taught at SCAD
− Strong public service orientation and experience

More information and application: https://scadjobs.scad.edu/postings/14265

Job Posting: Librarian, Art Institute of California-Sacramento, CA

Under the supervision of the Dean of Academic Affairs and in collaboration with the Director of Learning Resources and Centralized Library Services Team, the Librarian ensures school library functions and services are appropriate and properly planned, implemented, and managed.  The Librarian assists the school community in use of the library materials and resources through appropriate and meaningful information literacy and instruction programs as well as reference and research support. The librarian assists the school community with use of academic support services and technology including tutoring, assessments, student portals, learning management systems, and others.

Incumbent must assure that the EDMC philosophy: quality services to clients; development, growth, involvement, and recognition of employees; sound economic principles; and environment which is conducive to innovation, positive thinking and expansion – is considered in carrying out the duties and responsibilities of this position.

Key Job Elements:

  • Plan, coordinate, conduct, and assess library and information literacy instruction sessions and programs.
  • Provide reference and research assistance to school community.
  • Assist school community use of academic support and technology platforms and services including tutoring, student portal and others.
  • Author, implement, evaluate and update school library policies and procedures in close collaboration with the school Dean of Academic Affairs, system Director of Learning Resources, and Centralized Library Services Team.
  • Maintain library in an orderly manner; perform regular inventory, weed materials, and engage in minor catalog updates when requested by Centralized Library Services Team.
  • Process and maintain print periodicals, tracking receipt and filing claims for missing issues.
  • Receive, inspect and oversee shelving of materials purchased through Centralized Library Services Team.
  • Inform Centralized Library Services Team of school community suggested library purchases.
  • Collaborate with School Dean of Academic Affairs, Institutional Effectiveness staff, and Centralized Library Services Team in compiling and submitting information and reports for both internal and external (accreditation) purposes.
  • Serve on school committees in order to promote, share, and gather information regarding library and related support services.
  • Collaborate with school IT to oversee library hardware and software, including AV equipment.
  • Aid Dean of Academic Affairs in selecting, training, and supervising Library Assistants and Student Library Assistants when applicable.
  • Administer academic placement and certification tests when applicable.
  • Conduct long range planning related job function.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Reports To:
Dean of Academic Affairs
Supervises:
Library Assistants, Student Library Assistants (No. # of Direct Reports varies by school)
Interacts With:
System Director of Learning Resources, System Centralized Library Services Team, faculty, students, administration and staff

Job Requirements:

Knowledge:

  • Master’s Degree in Library, Information Science, or related from an ALA accredited school
  • At least one year experience working in a post-secondary institution library
  • Previous experience delivering instruction preferred
  • Knowledge of subjects taught by Art Institute system
  • Knowledge of library and educational technologies

Skills:

  • Strong interpersonal skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong presentation skills
  • Superior organizational, prioritization, and self-motivation skills
  • Strong computer skills

Abilities:

  • Work effectively a team member to insure that system and school goals are met
  • Ability to effectively teach information literacy skills
  • Comfort level with expanding and contracting sphere of influence as required at times by the role
  • Ability to frequently lift up to 15 pounds

More information and application: https://edmc.hua.hrsmart.com/ats/js_job_details.php?reqid=35266&site_id=148&site_id=148

Job Posting: Data Visualization Designer and Consultant for the Arts, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg VA

The University Libraries of Virginia Tech seeks a specialist to join a team offering critical and sophisticated new technology development services that enhance the scholarly and creative expression of faculty and graduate students. This new position will bring relevant computational techniques to the enhance the fields of Art and Design at Virginia Tech, and will serve as a visual design consultant to project teams using data visualization methodologies.

The ideal candidates will have demonstrated web development and programming skills, knowledge of digital research methods and tools in Art and Design, experience managing and interpreting common types of digital data and assets studied in those fields.

The Data Visualization Designer & Digital Consultant for the Arts will not only help researchers in Art and Design fields develop, manage, and sustain digital creative works and digital forms of scholarly expression, but also help researchers across Virginia Tech design effective visual representations of their research. Successful candidates will work collaboratively with other Virginia Tech units, such as the School of Visual Arts; the School of Performing Arts; the Moss Center for the Arts; the Institute for Creativity, Arts, and Technology; and the arts community development initiative VTArtWorks (made possible by the Institute of Museum and Library Services [SP-02-15-0034-15])

Responsibilities
– Investigates and applies existing and emerging technologies that help strengthen the Libraries’ mission to enhance and curate visual representations of data at Virginia Tech.
– Develops and modifies technologies and designs processes that facilitate data visualization/exploration, data and information access, data discovery, data mining, data publishing, data management, and preservation
– Serves as consultant to researchers on data visualization, visual design principles, and related computational tools and methods in the digital arts
– Keeps up with trends in digital research issues, methods, and tools in related disciplines
– Identifies data, digital scholarship, and digital library development referral opportunities; makes connections with research teams across campus
– Participates in teams and working groups and in various data-related projects and initiatives as a result of developments and changes in library services

More information and application: https://listings.jobs.vt.edu/postings/67519?utm_source=Indeed&utm_medium=organic&utm_campaign=Indeed

Job Posting: Library Assistant IV (temporary), Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library, Columbia University, NYC

The Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library seeks an industrious and motivated night and weekend Library Assistant IV, reporting to the Avery Access Supervisor. The incumbent:
— is responsible for operations at the Avery Service and Reserves Desk at regularly assigned times, including but not limited to: in-house CLIO circulation of Avery and Fine Arts materials using status patrons; CLIO circulation of Ware materials and materials from other campus libraries and ReCAP; CLIO circulation of reserve books; manual circulation of reserve periodicals and manual circulation of assorted materials (primarily to non-affiliates); creating on-the-fly records; processing holds and recalls; sorting and sending materials to other Columbia Library sites; maintaining Paw Print printers and routine scanner functionality.
— processes Interlibrary Loan (ILL) lending requests from other institutions and Electronic Document Delivery (EDD) requests for eligible Columbia affiliates. Duties include verifying/checking citations in multiple languages, pulling books for loan, and scanning of books and articles.
— acts as primary access services representative to the public during evening hours and handles patron directional and informational inquiries in-person, on the phone, and via email including direct patron assistance with scanners.
— closes library, including sweeping for patrons, turning off all applicable lights and appliances, and locking secured areas.
— submits mediated offsite requests from non-affiliates during evening/weekend hours, and processes incoming offsite materials as needed.
— assigns, revises and trains student workers for circulation tasks (CLIO in-house, CLIO reserves, CLIO general circulation), ILL and EDD tasks (pulling books from stacks, checking citations, scanning), and for stack maintenance duties (picking up, sorting, shelving, straightening, shelf-reading, shifting).
— maintains statistics for activities such as interlibrary lending, electronic document delivery.
— performs Reserves operation tasks, including but not limited to: verifying citations; searching CLIO; pulling materials from the stacks; creating flags and folders; linking materials for e-reserves.
— maintains Service Desk work space: including but not limited to sorting and shelving, shelf-reading, and shifting reserves stack, ensuring that office supplies and paperwork are stocked, and contacting Access Supervisor regarding supply needs.
— performs other duties, as assigned.

Some heavy lifting required.

Schedule:
Semesters: Mon.- Thurs. 3-11pm; Sun. 2pm-10pm
Summer: Tues.- Thurs. 1-9pm; Fri. 9am-5pm; Sat. 11:30am-6pm
Intersession: Mon.- Fri. 9am-5pm

** This is a temporary one-year position with possibility of extension**

Position is responsible for closing Library on all scheduled days. Schedule subject to change to accommodate semester scheduling. Schedule subject to change if operationally necessary.

More information and application: https://jobs.columbia.edu/applicants/jsp/shared/frameset/Frameset.jsp?time=1467294435797

Job Posting: Public Service Librarian – Special Collections and Art, Virginia Union University, Richmond, VA

The L. Douglas Wilder Library and Learning Resource Center Library/ Collections include over 170,000 volumes, 256 subscriptions, and a wide variety of electronic resources. The Special Collections is a growing collection of rare books, photographs, manuscripts and sheet music. The University Archives serves as the official repository for the archival records of Virginia Union University. The archives collect and make accessible official university publications and records that document the history of the University. It houses the L. Douglas Wilder Collection that memorializes the life and career of Virginia’s 66th Governor (1990-1994), the first elected African American governor in U.S. history and Virginia Union’s most celebrated alumnus. The Virginia Union University art galleries include collections of African Art, Art from the South Pacific and African American Folk Art.

Job Summary:
The position provides public service to the library’s Special Collections and Art Galleries and research and instructional services to patrons. It promotes the use of the collections through collaboration with faculty and other historic and art institutions. This position reports to the Director of the Wilder Library and supervises student assistants.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist with materials preservation, archives management, indexing, and collection development in Special Collections, Archives, and Galleries
  • Assist patrons doing research in Special Collections and Galleries
  • Answer public inquiries and provide Gallery Tours
  • Assist with the promotion of Special Collections and Galleries both on campus and to the wider community through exhibits, presentations, programs, and collaborations with other historic and/or art agencies.
  • Serve as library liaison to selected academic departments
  • Regular reference duty including some evenings and weekends.
  • As a member of the library faculty, attend faculty, staff, and special meetings and participate in staff workshops and activities as appropriate
  • Communicate with the library director regularly to report activities and evaluate policies
  • Actively pursue professional development through service on library and university-wide committees, participation in professional organizations, review of professional literature, and perform other duties as assigned.

Requirements:

  • MLS from an ALA accredited institution
  • Knowledge of archives/museum management and preservation procedures
  • Familiarity with archival technologies, including microfilming and digitization
  • Strongly preferred – background in art and/or museum studies
  • Effective communication, interpersonal, organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills
  • Strong patron service orientation
  • Ability to work effectively with all levels of staff, faculty, and students in a culturally diverse environment

The salary is commensurate with experience. Librarians have faculty status and an excellent benefit package.

Application Process:
The application packet should contain a letter of interest, resume, and three letters of recommendation. The package should be mailed to: Virginia Union University, Office of Human Resources, 1500 North Lombardy St., Richmond, VA 23220. Applications may also be e-mailed to Resumes@vuu.edu.

More information: http://www.vuu.edu/employment_at_vuu/public_service_librarian_-_special_collections_and_art.aspx