Friday, August 15, 2008

Director of Arts & Media Services

The University of Virginia Library seeks an innovative and energetic leader for the position of Director of Arts & Media Services. The Director has overall administrative and programmatic responsibility for the Clemons Library, Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library, and Music Library.

The Clemons Library provides abundant flexible study space, 24-hour access and is heavily used for its extensive audiovisual collection and digital media technologies including the Robertson Media Center. The Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library, the University’s Library for art, architecture and drama, houses a collection of approximately 180,000 monographs, 335 journal subscriptions, and 216,000 slides. The Fine Arts Library is actively engaged in developing digital images as a part of the Library’s digital resources and provides specialized reference service, reserve collections, and user education to the academic community. The Music Library with a collection of over 100,000 items supports the curriculum of the McIntire Department of Music in performance, musicology, ethnomusicology, composition, and music theory.

Environment: The University of Virginia Library ( is an international leader in digital library research and development that enables digital scholarship. Recognized for innovative customer service and in the strength and variety of its collections, the Library system consists of twelve libraries, with independent libraries for health sciences, law, and business. The libraries support 12,000 undergraduates, 6,000 graduate students and 1,600 teaching faculty. The University and the Library have a strong commitment to achieving diversity among faculty and staff. The Neoclassical buildings of founder Thomas Jefferson's Academical Village still serve as the center of the University's Grounds ( and as a unique backdrop for teaching, learning, and research.

Responsibilities: Reporting to the Associate University Librarian for Public Services and Collections, the Director of Arts and Media Library Services will provide leadership, foster communication, and enable collaboration in raising the profile of library collections and services for the visual and performing arts and media across the academic community at the University of Virginia. The Director will participate in Library-wide initiatives, engage with colleagues nationally, and provide vision and direction in the development of innovative user services. In addition, the successful candidate will foster an empowering working environment for staff that supports and encourages career development and continuous learning.

Qualifications: Required: Master's degree in library science or a related field. A second Master's degree in an arts-related field is preferred. Demonstrated successful leadership and administrative accomplishments in the innovative and effective use of scholarly information resources and technologies. Demonstrated ability to promote collaborative and forward-looking initiatives, services, and programs. Knowledge of emerging information technologies and digital library initiatives. Knowledge of research and scholarship in the arts and media, and developments in higher education. Excellent analytical, oral, and written communication skills. Preferred candidates will also exhibit evidence of significant and progressively-responsible leadership and experience in managing and supervising others, demonstrated commitment to service excellence, ability to work cooperatively and maintain effective, creative, and flexible working relationships with colleagues, faculty, staff and students. A record of flexibility, creativity, and commitment to diversity, mentoring and developing staff is also preferred.

Applicants must apply through the University of Virginia’s online employment website at Search by position number FP642

The University of Virginia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer strongly committed to achieving excellence through cultural diversity. The University actively encourages applications and nominations from members of underrepresented groups.

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