The University of Michigan Library is one of the world’s largest academic research libraries and serves a vibrant university community that is home to 19 schools and colleges, 100 top ten graduate programs, and annual research expenditures approaching $1.5 billion a year. To enable the university’s world-changing work and to serve the public good, the library collects, preserves, and shares the scholarly and cultural record in all existing and emerging forms, and leads the reinvention of the academic research library in the digital age.
We seek a creative and innovative individual to serve as a liaison and subject specialist librarian for art and design. Responsibilities focus on engagement and aligning our services and expertise with campus research, teaching, and learning agendas. Outreach and building relationships with faculty, students, and the greater arts community will shape our work in areas such as in-depth consultations, curriculum enrichment, engaged learning, collection development, digital scholarship, research data services, and specific disciplinary and interdisciplinary collaborative research projects. We invite applications from candidates with a background in visual art or design, a creative spirit, and a strong interest in innovating services and collections to best meet the needs of current and future scholars and artists.
The successful candidate will report to the Head of Arts & Humanities, in the Research division of the Library, and will work within the Art, Architecture and Engineering Library (AAEL). AAEL’s Special Collections, Materials Collection, and Imageworks in particular offer special resources to support the work of the School of Art and Design and others across campus.
This position, in its liaison role, primarily serves the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design. This position also serves the interests of, and as a resource for, the greater arts community on campus. In addition to faculty, staff, and students in other academic departments working in art and design, the University also is home to such units as Arts at Michigan, ArtsEngine, and the University of Michigan Museum of Art. Beyond campus, Southeast Michigan supports vibrant arts communities and organizations.
The Library is committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse workforce and encourages all employees to fully incorporate their diverse backgrounds, skills, and life experiences into their work and towards the fulfillment of the Library’s mission.
Through active outreach, relationship development, and engagement with the campus, the Librarian for Art and Design promotes the Library’s mission to add value to the process of creation, dissemination, and archiving of intellectual and artistic achievement. The successful candidate will assume these primary responsibilities:
- Serve as the liaison to the School of Art and Design.
- Partner with faculty and colleagues to advance research, teaching, and learning, and collaboration throughout the research and creative works life cycle.
- Develop print and electronic collections in the subject areas of contemporary art, studio art, and design; manage budgets, select materials, work with vendors, market and promote use of the collection, and other collection-related activities; serve as manager of Special Collections at AAEL.
- Provide research consultation, reference, and instruction to the campus arts community.
- Collaborate on special projects and Library initiatives (copyright, digital scholarship, research data management, etc.), participate in strategic planning and service assessment, and serve on committees and task forces.
- Participate in campus, regional, and national artistic, professional, and scholarly organizations.
- An ALA-accredited master’s degree or equivalent combination of a relevant advanced degree and experience.
- Ability to develop innovative programs, services, and collections to meet the ever-changing needs faculty and students.
- Expertise with library resources relevant to the research, teaching, and learning of contemporary art, studio art, and design.
- Excellent interpersonal skills to be effective in outreach, liaison, reference, and instruction.
- Understands and values diversity and the importance of inclusion as demonstrated through a commitment to apply and incorporate the differences, complexities, and opportunities that diversity brings to an organization.
Appointment is anticipated as an associate or senior associate librarian. Salary and rank dependent on the candidate’s qualifications and experience. Librarian appointments carry with them increased expectations regarding professional development, professional engagement, research, and service, in keeping with the library’s process for librarian promotion and advancement (www.lib.umich.edu/si…-policy-5.1.2014.pdf).
Excellent benefits, for details, see benefits.umich.edu/
Position receives 24 days of vacation a year, and 15 days of sick leave a year with provisions for extended benefits, as well as opportunities for professional development and travel. TIAA-CREF and Fidelity Investments retirement options available.
How to Apply
Go to http://umjobs.org/job_detail/111841/art_and_design_librarian to apply. A cover letter is required for consideration for this position and should be attached as the first page of your resume. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position and outline skills and experience that directly relate to this position.
Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.
Review of applications will begin July 20, 2015 and continue until the position is filled.
U-M EEO/AA Statement
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.