Job Posting: Research Librarian for Visual Arts, University of California, Irvine

via Chronicle of Higher Education

The University of California, Irvine Libraries seek a creative, knowledgeable, and user-oriented Research Librarian for Visual Arts to plan and deliver innovative reference and instruction services, and to develop and manage excellent electronic, multimedia, and print collections in art, art history, and film and media studies.

The Research Librarian for Visual Arts will provide liaison and outreach to faculty and students in the School of Humanities and the Claire Trevor School of the Arts. The School of Humanities offers undergraduate degrees in Art History and Film & Media Studies and these two departments jointly offer a Ph.D. in Visual Studies (  The Claire Trevor School of the Arts offers undergraduate and graduate degrees in Studio Art, as well as a minor in Digital Arts and an MFA in Art with a Concentration in Critical and Curatorial Studies.  More information about the School and its programs can be found at:

The successful candidate for this position will be a member of the Reference Department, reporting to the Head of Reference.



  • Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution or an equivalent combination of relevant advanced degree and library experience.
  • Educational background in art, art history, or film and media studies; or experience performing reference, instruction and/or collection development for the visual arts.
  • Ability to assist and instruct users and students in specialized resources.
  • Strong interest in working with students and faculty.
  • Commitment to user-centered library services.
  • Strong interest in library information technology, instructional technology, electronic resources, multimedia resources and services, especially in the subject areas of art, art history, and film and media studies.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Ability to work effectively in a team and in a dynamically changing environment.
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies.
  • Ability to meet the University of California criteria for advancement and promotion.


  • Experience assessing, evaluating, and negotiating digital resources in the visual arts.
  • Skill in developing, organizing, and maintaining web-based information resources.
  • Experience working with digital arts and/or digital humanities issues and projects.
  • Experience managing or leading projects.
  • Knowledge of scholarly communication issues and trends within the visual arts disciplines

Deadline for Applications:  Applications received by March 1, 2013 will receive first consideration, but applications will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.

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