Visual Resources and Fine Arts Librarian

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Job Description

Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon invites applications for the Visual Resources and Fine Arts Librarian at the Aubrey R. Watzek Library. Lewis & Clark is a selective liberal arts college with graduate programs in Education, Counseling Psychology, and Law. The College is committed to preparing students for leadership in an increasingly interdependent world, and affirms the educational benefits of diversity. (See

We seek a librarian who is passionate about the arts and excited about integrating visual resources into an evolving liberal arts curriculum. The position is open to entry-level candidates including recent graduates.

The Visual Resources and Fine Arts Librarian: supports faculty and students in their use of visual resources in the Colleges of Arts and Sciences and the Graduate School of Education and Counseling; works with faculty to integrate visual literacy into the curriculum; manages Watzek Library’s image collections; serves as a liaison to fine arts departments: Art, Theatre, and Music.

Lewis & Clark College will conduct background checks on the finalist(s). Lewis & Clark College is an equal opportunity employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to status as a protected veteran or a qualified individual with a disability, or other protected status, such as race, religion, color, national origin, sex or age. Questions regarding Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator or OCR.

Essential Functions

1. Advocate for and support visual literacy and visual resources in an evolving curriculum. May include: direct support for faculty in the pedagogical use of images; selection and use of images in projects, assignments, and/or publications; course design that incorporates still and moving images; and integration of visual literacy concepts in coursework.

2. Serve as Watzek Library’s Liaison to the Art, Music and Theatre departments. Carry out collection development in these areas of Watzek Library’s physical and virtual collections. Provide instruction sessions, research consultations, and reference service.

3. Manage Visual Resources collections in partnership with faculty and staff. Supervise student workers and interns in all aspects of the digitization, quality assurance, and cataloging process. Provide support for visual aspects of Digital Initiatives and Special Collections projects.

4. Maintain a record of active involvement in professional associations and publications.

5. Participate in planning at the College, library, and departmental level through work on committees and by other means.

Minimum Qualifications 

1. Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science or related discipline.
2. One year of experience supporting visual resources and/or visual literacy (this requirement may be met with a combination of internships, practicums, and part-time employment).
3. Strong written and spoken communication skills, including experience in public speaking and instruction.
4. Ability to understand and communicate with students and faculty in a wide variety of academic disciplines from a wide variety of backgrounds.
5. Broad knowledge of visual culture across a wide spectrum of time periods, geographic areas, and cultures.
7. Ability to learn and employ current and emerging technologies for digital asset management, especially those that apply to visual resources.
8. Knowledge of metadata schemas and metadata management as applied to visual resources.
9. Knowledge of research resources for visual resources.
10. Knowledge of research tools and sources for library research inquiries, especially those in the arts.

Preferred Qualifications

1. Master’s Degree in art history or related discipline.
2. Three years of experience in visual resources librarianship.
3. Significant background in one or more of the fine arts.
4. In-depth knowledge of multiple fields of artistic expression such as music, dance or theatre.
5. Reading knowledge of a foreign language.
6. Knowledge of curatorial practices for digital collections.
7. Knowledge of current practices in image, multimedia and video editing and production for pedagogical use.
8. Knowledge of copyright and intellectual property rights as they relate to image production, management, and access.
9. Knowledge of library collection development principles.
10. Instruction and instructional design skills.
11. Training in art history.

How to Apply

Closing date: 3/4/2016. In your cover letter, please address your qualifications for the position, offer your vision of visual resources and visual literacy in a liberal arts curriculum, and explain how you will contribute to a culture of inclusion and campus diversity.

Please include the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three professional references. For announcement and application link, go to:

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