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Head, Fine Arts Library

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Head, Fine Arts LibraryIn an academic environment where the arts are increasingly dynamic, evolving and relevant, the Head of the Fine Arts Library leads efforts to connect the Libraries’ art and design collections and research services to a multifaceted faculty, student body and community. The Head will oversee the Fine Arts Library, develop its collections and promote engagement with the arts and design disciplines at the University, and specifically support digital scholarship in art and design in collaboration with other units and visual arts leaders in the campus community and in the Columbus area. The Head will engage deeply with University efforts to strengthen the Arts District, including the Wexner Center for the Arts, Hopkins Hall Gallery, ACCAD (Advanced Computer Center for the Arts and Design), and the Billy Ireland Cartoon Library and Museum and its strategy to grow support of the visual and performing arts through its Arts Initiative. The Head will also identify opportunities for deeper library engagement with both digital and traditional fine arts scholarship, exhibitions, and projects, and will be the Libraries’ leader in creating a wide-ranging support agenda for digital and fine arts research and scholarship across the University.Responsibilities:• Lead the Fine Arts Library and ensure effective engagement of its programs, collections, and services with arts and design disciplines.• Serve as liaison to the Departments of Art, History of Art, Arts Education, the Design program, the Barnett Center for Integrated Arts and Enterprise, and ACCAD (Advanced Computer Center for the Arts and Design).• Serve as expert consultant to students, faculty, and colleagues in the Libraries on arts-related topics and on emerging digital tools and methodologies for supporting arts scholars, in collaboration with the Head of Digital Initiatives.• Develop and implement a plan for engagement with digital arts scholarship and practice that complements engagement with more traditional scholarly activities.• Develop resources to support new initiatives focused on the digital arts.• Collaborate with leaders in the digital and traditional fine arts across the University in advancing the arts agenda of the University.• Increase awareness in the arts disciplines of issues pertaining to scholarly communication, copyright, and authors’ rights, in collaboration with the Head of Copyright Resources.• Partner with special collections curators in integrating the use of physical and digitized primary source materials into the arts curriculum and research portfolios of faculty.• Develop and deliver instruction in the visual arts and design disciplines.• Develop collections in the history of art, visual arts, design, and related disciplines.Required Qualifications:• An ALA-accredited MLS or MLIS degree.• Advanced training in an arts field (undergraduate or graduate degree).• Familiarity with digital and traditional research methods and scholarship in the visual arts.• Knowledge of collection development practices and information resources for art history, art theory, art techniques, and design• Experience providing reference services and instructional sessions for arts-related resources.Desired Qualifications:• Demonstrated ability to work collaboratively with faculty, subject librarians, special collections and others in order to advance digital arts research and promote integration of digital arts approaches to enrich the curriculum and student research.• Demonstrated experience with processes, tools, and techniques in the digital arts (image discovery, image analysis, digital media platforms).• Previous experience in an academic library or an organization serving a visual arts community.• Reading knowledge of French, German, or Italian.• Supervisory experience.About The Ohio State University:Founded in 1870, The Ohio State University is a world-class public research university and the leading comprehensive teaching and research institution in the state of Ohio. With more than 63,000 students (including 56,000 in Columbus), the Wexner Medical Center, 14 colleges, 80 centers and 175 majors, the university offers its students tremendous breadth and depth of opportunity in the liberal arts, the sciences, and the professions.The Ohio State University Libraries contribute to the University’s eminence as dynamic partners and campus leaders in advancing inquiry and discovery for OSU, the state of Ohio and for an ever expanding community of world scholars. Additional information about The Ohio State University Libraries is available at http://library.osu.edu. Additional information and a position description are available at http://library.osu.edu/about/jobs/faculty.Rank/Salary:The position is a full-time, permanent, 12-month tenure-track faculty appointment and reports to the Associate Director for Research and Education. Salary and faculty rank are dependent on qualifications and experience.Benefits:The University offers competitive benefits in the form of 22 days vacation, 15 days sick leave, 10 holidays, hospitalization, major medical, surgical-medical, dental, vision, long-term disability insurance, and life insurance at 2.5 times one’s annual salary. State and alternative retirement choices are also available. For a summary of benefits, see http://hr.osu.edu/hrpubs/ben/fs-bensummaryreg.pdf.Application:Applications will be accepted until the positions are filled. Preference will be given to applications received by August 5, 2013. Please send cover letter, CV, references and salary history and requirements via email using the subject line to identify the position title to Greg Newman at newman.25@osu.edu.Contact Information:Greg NewmanHuman ResourcesThe Ohio State University Libraries305 Thompson Library1858 Neil Avenue MallColumbus, OH 43210To build a diverse workforce Ohio State encourages applications from individuals with disabilities, minorities, veterans, and women. EEO/AA employer.

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