Fine Arts Librarian

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Job Description

The Binghamton University Libraries Research and Instructional Services and Collection Development Departments provide research and collection development services to the Binghamton University community through direct client assistance, individual consultations, collection development and management of print and electronic resources, and library instruction. The Fine Arts Librarian functions as an integral part of the team providing high-quality services and works creatively and collaboratively to manage innovation and build partnerships within the Libraries, with teaching faculty, and across the University. This position reports to the Director of Public Services. Librarians at Binghamton University are members of the faculty and are expected to contribute significantly to the profession as well as to perform their specific duties.

General expectations:

Under the direction of the Director of Public Services and the Director of Collections Development and Management:

  • Assess, develop, and manage the print and digital collections of the Binghamton University Libraries, subject web pages, and electronic resources in support of teaching and research in Art History, Art, and Music, as well as students utilizing resources in these areas.
  • Offer reference service by responding to in-person, telephone, and electronic inquiries. Provide individual research consultations. Provide and promote specialized instruction services to students and faculty working in the fine arts and music disciplines. The reference and research activities are in alignment with library-wide reference initiatives to support quality services and a user-centered approach.
  • Represent the Libraries to appropriate campus units and University offices; participate in professional activities and committee assignments within the Libraries, on campus, and in professional associations; maintain current knowledge of the literature, information technology, and trends in the field as they relate to reference, instruction, and collections services; play an active role in the planning and decision-making process of Research Services and Collections by participating in weekly meetings, organizing special projects and programs, and showing initiative and creativity in the planning process.

Specific responsibilities:

  • Develop and manage the collections and subject web pages for the Art History, Art, and Music departments, including a strong commitment to the enhancement of the Libraries’ digital resources.
  • Develop and maintain a liaison relationship between the Libraries and the Art History, Art, and Music departments, including the Visual Resources Center and University Art Museum.
  • Provide reference service at the Bartle Library Information Commons reference desk (may include some nights and weekends).
  • Conduct course-related library instruction for the Art History, Art, and Music departments and participate in the Libraries instructional program.
  • Work with the Special Collections department to develop and preserve print and digital visual and musical arts special collections.
  • Develop and maintain a liaison relation between the Libraries and the local visual arts and music communities.


Graduate degree in library science from an ALA-accredited degree program or equivalent; a bachelor’s degree in Music, Art, Art History or related field; working knowledge of French, Italian, or German; demonstrated initiative and ability to work independently and as a team member in developing services and completing projects; demonstrated ability to adapt to changing environments and priorities; excellent oral and written communication skills; strong interpersonal skills; strong commitment to service and professional development; and demonstrated ability to meet requirements necessary for achieving tenure. Must have ALA accredited MLS or equivalent by time of appointment.

Master’s degree in a Music, Art, Art History or related field; experience working with digital resources; experience working in an academic library; and experience in reference, instruction, or collection development in the Art History, Art or Music disciplines.

How to Apply

Review of applications for both positions will begin on March 2, 2015 and continue until the positions are filled. For full qualifications, application instructions, and additional information, visit our website at: Binghamton University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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