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[BKARTS] Job Posting: Reference Librarian for the Arts, Virginia Commonwealth University

The Virginia Commonwealth University Libraries invites applications and nominations for the position of Reference Librarian for the Arts. VCU Libraries seeks an energetic and creative librarian who will provide high-level research assistance, instruction and outreach to students, faculty and staff in all arts disciplines. The successful candidate will join a culturally and academically diverse faculty of the highest caliber. This is one of three new faculty positions in Research and Reference Services that will significantly expand the range of user services offered by the Libraries. Specific departments will be assigned to the position based on the successful candidate’s academic preparation and interests.

Reporting to the Head of Research and Reference Services at the James Branch Cabell Library, the Reference Librarian for the Arts will act as the department’s primary liaison to academic departments in the School of the Arts. Provide research assistance, including some evenings and weekends, at the Cabell Library reference desk and via the Ask a Librarian virtual reference service. Actively participate in the VCU Libraries’ outreach and instruction programs. Develop the arts reference collection in both print and digital formats. Work collaboratively with the Collection Librarian for the Arts to coordinate liaison activities with academic departments. Design Web-based instructional materials and research guides. Provide training and continuing education for library staff. May supervise one or more student or hourly employees. The Reference Librarian for the Arts is expected to be active professionally and to contribute to developments in the field. Faculty with the VCU Libraries are evaluated, and promoted, on the basis of job performance, scholarship, and professional development and service.

Required: ALA-accredited graduate degree or accredited graduate degree in an arts-related discipline. Preferred: Academic background in the arts. Two or more years’ public services experience in an academic research library. Experience working in a culturally diverse environment highly preferred. Familiarity with reference resources in the arts, including visual resource collections. Experience with classroom instruction. Experience with Web authoring tools and standards. Initiative and creativity, willingness to cooperate and to share information, and the ability to meet deadlines and manage competing priorities under pressure. Ability to work independently as well as part of a team. Strong service orientation. Excellent oral and written communication skills.

Salary: $38,000 minimum annually. This is a full-time, non-tenured faculty position. Normal faculty benefits apply, including 24 vacation days annually and choice of retirement and annuity plans. For more information about benefits, please visit http://www.hr.vcu.edu/benefits/.

For a complete position description, please visit: http://www.library.vcu.edu/cfapps/jobs.cfm.

For more information about the VCU Libraries, please visit http://www.library.vcu.edu/. Review of applications will begin June 1, 2006, and will continue until the position is filled. Submit cover letter, resume, and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references to:

Kathleen McColgan
Personnel Administrator
VCU Libraries, Virginia Commonwealth University
901 Park Avenue
PO Box 842033
Richmond, VA 23284-2033
804-828-0151 (fax)

Virginia Commonwealth University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Mary Ellen Spencer
Head, Research and Reference Services and
Interim Deputy Associate Librarian for Public Services
James Branch Cabell Library, VCU Libraries
Richmond, VA  23284-2033

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