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Art & Architecture Librarian

Art & Architecture Librarian

Rice University Job Location: Texas Apply By: 03/30/2022 Date Created: 03-09-2022

Rice University is seeking a creative, collaborative and service‐oriented Art & Architecture Librarian. The successful candidate will provide innovative reference and instruction services and develop and manage electronic and print collections in the visual and dramatic arts, art history and architecture. This position reports to the Assistant University Librarian for Research Services. Applications from recent graduates will be considered. Responsibilities:
  • Provides general and specialized reference assistance and user education services to students, faculty and members of the public (virtually and face-to-face).
  • Manages library collections (and corresponding library budgets), including identification, selection, evaluation, vendor negotiations and de-selection of teaching and research-level library materials in a variety of formats.
  • Consults with and advises academic departments on the selection and effective use of library materials.
  • Provides proactive and responsive service to faculty and students in assigned departments, including orientations, research guidance, online subject and course guides and classroom instruction.
  • Active participation in library committees and project team work, as well as commitments to professional development, are expected.
Required Qualifications:
  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library Science
  • Ability to provide effective specialized reference assistance in the fine arts
  • Knowledge of collection development principles and best practices
  • Experience with computer technologies for information management and collaboration
  • Excellent verbal and written communication and presentation skills and a demonstrated ability to work well with others in a team environment
  • Strong interest in working with students and faculty
  • Ability to apply new technologies to library services
Preferred Qualifications:
  • Undergraduate degree in fine arts, preferably art history
  • Public service experience in an academic or research library
  • Reading knowledge of at least one Western European language
  • Experience using the Springshare platform (LibGuides & LibAnswers)
  • Experience working with the Alma/Primo LMS
Salary & benefits:  $55,000 minimum, with hiring salary commensurate with experience and qualifications; no state or local income tax; 21 benefit days; 8 study days; a range of retirement options including TIAA; health and life insurance; and tuition waiver.  This position is eligible for a hybrid work environment following a probationary period. Environment: Fondren Library (http://www.rice.edu/fondren) is a research library with more than 2.8 million volumes and more than 141,000 subscriptions, including titles available through aggregators. The Library has a state-of-the-art off-site shelving facility. An active program of digital resource delivery and development is grounded in successful collaboration among library and University staff from Digital Scholarship Services, other library departments and University information technology staff. Houston is a vibrant, multicultural city, with world-class visual and performing arts ranging from the traditional to the avant-garde. The fourth largest city in the country, Houston enjoys a moderate cost of living and easy proximity to the Gulf Coast. For more information, see: http://www.explore.rice.edu/explore/General_Information.asp. Applications must be received by March 30, 2022 in order to be considered. Please apply with cover letter and résumé at: https://tinyurl.com/RiceArtArchitectureLibrarian Inquiries: Lisa Spiro at (713) 348-2480 or lspiro@rice.edu. Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability or protected veteran status. Current Rice University COVID policies, which include vaccination, face mask, testing, gatherings, occupancy limits, and travel policies can be found here: https://coronavirus.rice.edu/policies

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