Friday, January 13, 2012

Art & Architecture Librarian

Brief Description
The Katherine W. Dumke Fine Arts and Architecture Library, housed in the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah, is seeking an innovative and creative librarian to work in an exciting and recently renovated learning environment of free and open inquiry with a commitment to excellence in service.  Reporting to the Head of Fine Arts and Architecture, responsibilities of the Art & Architecture Librarian will include specialized research assistance, instruction, collection development for print and digital resources, outreach, and digital projects in the areas of the visual arts, art history, architecture, and city & metropolitan planning. The Fine Arts and Architecture Library also provides support for ballet, film and media arts, modern dance, music, and theatre.  Opportunities exist for building collaborations across the library, campus, and community in support of Fine Arts and interdisciplinary work.  This individual will help users blend visual and textual resources in support of the University of Utah’s Visual, Information and Technology Literacy (VITL) Initiative ( as well as actions in the Marriott Library Strategic Plan ( Library Strategic Plan.pdf).  The VITL initiative and our strategic plan have been developed to embed teaching of these literacies into the undergraduate curriculum to prepare students for life and work in the 21st century. 

Required qualifications
  • ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS, or equivalent academic credential, by June 2012.
  • Academic background of Art History or related discipline, demonstrated through undergraduate or advanced degree, coursework, and/or work experience.
  • Demonstrated aptitude for, or experience in, successful user-centered public service:
    • Teaching and training, including classroom instruction, developing lesson plans, and creating digital learning objects.
    • Research assistance in person, by email, and synchronous chat service.
  • Comfortable using both PC and Macintosh platforms.
  • Proficiency with basic productivity software, in particular Microsoft Word.
  • Experience using image design tools and software (Photoshop, Fireworks, Illustrator, etc.).
  • Demonstrated aptitude for, or experience in, learning and using new types of technology and software.
  • Demonstrated aptitude for, or experience in, innovative and effective leadership.
  • Demonstrated aptitude for, or experience in, successful project management.
  • Demonstrated aptitude for, or experience in, managing the work of others.
  • Demonstrated effective writing and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively with individuals, groups, and on a team in a collaborative, diverse environment.
  • Demonstrated ability to be flexible and positive in a changing work environment.
  • Demonstrated organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to prioritize work.
  • Ability to meet University's requirements for promotion and continuing appointment (tenure equivalency).
  • Successful completion of a criminal background check, as required by Utah state law (

Preferred qualifications
  • Degree or experience in Studio Art, Modern or Contemporary Art History, Graphic Design, Architecture, City Planning, or Arts Education.
  • Reading comprehension in one or more Western European or Asian languages.
  • Experience creating websites and using website design software (LibGuides, OmniUpdate, W3C standards, etc).
  • Experience with creating digital products using multimedia and studio software (FinalCut Pro, Logic Pro, iLife suite, Photoshop, Adobe InDesign, etc.).
  • Experience with interactive media such as blogs, wikis, podcasts, vodcasts, iTunesU, and classroom management software.
  • Knowledge of and experience with art conservation, storage, and exhibition curation and installation.
  • Knowledge of and experience with copyright and intellectual property issues, as they pertain to the fine arts and architecture.

$44,000 minimum

Excellent benefits calculated at approximately 35% of salary including TIAA-CREF, medical, dental, generous paid sick and vacation accrual, sabbaticals, and professional development time.

Marriott Library is an ARL library with holdings of nearly 3 million volumes, over 60,000 journals in electronic and print formats, and a considerable number of other networked electronic resources. Highlights include Special Collections (with Rare Books, Book Arts Program, Multimedia Archives, and Middle East Library), the Digital Scholarship Lab (offering data analysis and curation, geospatial information support, and multimedia production services), over 100 digital collections (such as Utah Digital Newspapers, Western Waters, and Western Soundscapes), an Espresso Book Machine, a 250-computer Knowledge Commons (which combines reference, technology, and media services), and seating for over 3,000 users. Teaching facilities—used by campus and library instructors—include 20 classrooms, labs and seminar rooms, and a 200 seat auditorium.

The University of Utah is situated on a 1,500 acre campus on the east bench of the Wasatch Mountain Range overlooking Salt Lake City. The Salt Lake valley has a population of over 1 million and offers residents a wide variety of cultural, entertainment, and recreational activities through four distinct seasons.

Application Procedures
Complete the online application including a detailed cover letter addressing how your experience matches the qualification; curriculum vitae; and names and contact information, including email, mail and phone number of three references.  Application received by February 17, 2012 will be given full consideration.  QuickLink to apply:

The University of Utah is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator.  Minorities, women, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.  Veterans preference.  Reasonable accommodations provided.  For additional information see

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds, and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

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