Job Posting: Art Librarian/Coordinator of Library Instruction, Alfred University (Alfred, NY)

via ALA Job List

The Samuel R. Scholes Library at Alfred University invites applications for the faculty post of Art Librarian/Coordinator of Library Instruction. Scholes Library supports the two internationally recognized schools in Art and Engineering that form the New York State College of Ceramics. The college is located on the beautiful, rural campus of the private Alfred University in upstate NY. The Art Librarian/Coordinator of Library Instruction will be the lead professional in direct support of the distinguished undergraduate and graduate programs of the School of Art and Design. In addition, all librarians serve as team members in cross-campus initiatives with Herrick Memorial Library at Alfred University. Scholes Library is also a full participant in regional, state consortia and partner in the SUNYConnect initiative of the State University of New York (SUNY).

Position Description: The Art Librarian/Coordinator of Library Instruction reports to the Director of Scholes Library and serves as primary liaison to faculty and students in the School of Art and Design. This librarian will also provide supplementary reference service to faculty and students of the School of Engineering and full participation in collaborative initiatives with librarians at Alfred University’s Herrick Library.

The Art Librarian/Coordinator of Library Instruction is a 10-month, probationary tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor. This librarian will assume multiple leadership responsibilities in the areas of art librarianship, library instruction, information literacy program development, learning assessment, and oversight of the library’s visual resources and digitization area.  A primary focus of this position will be to develop a meaningful information literacy curriculum and an accompanying assessment plan to guide activities of an instructional team serving the programs of the NYS College of Ceramics.

Scholes Library is a highly collaborative and project driven organization. In addition to a focus in art librarianship and instruction, all librarians participate in operational activities and policy development as members of a library and campus team.

Position Responsibilities include:

  • Collection development in all formats for Art and Design;
  • Art specialist and general reference services;
  • Lead and manage collaborative projects within Scholes Library and campus wide;
  • Assist all library users in the use of online, print and multimedia resources;
  • Provide research services to students and scholars, local and at a distance;
  • Utilize technology to facilitate innovative instruction in multiple formats;
  • Supervise staff and oversee activities of the Visual Resources Department;
  • Develop and lead a dynamic instruction program for Scholes Library;
  • Establish data collection practices, implement assessment activities and provide reporting on information literacy instruction for administrative documentation and use in accreditation;
  • Participation in university and college faculty obligations including committee assignments, faculty governance, and professional organizations;
  • Meet or exceed all criteria as outlined in The Alfred Libraries Tenure and Promotion Guidelines; and
  • Evening and some weekend reference service as required.

Qualifications: A Masters Degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited program and an undergraduate degree in an Art related field is required. Broad and specialized subject knowledge of art, design and related fields; knowledge of current best practices in information science; strong technology skills and instruction experience are essential. The ability to work independently on multiple projects and excellent written and oral communication skills are also required.

In addition, the successful candidate will possess demonstrated strengths in project management, leadership in team environments, familiarity with digital imaging services and experience in the use of technology for instruction.  Formal training and/or experience in information literacy instruction and/or visual resources management are highly desirable. A second masters degree in Art or Education related field is a plus.

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