Head: Visual Resources CollectionsThe Department of the History of Art, University of Michigan, invites applications for a full-time Head, Visual Resources Collection (non-tenure-track). We seek a dynamic leader with excellent communication skills to serve as Head of our Visual Resources Collections and as liaison with the main campus library on digital imaging. Salary is highly competitive and commensurate with experience. The Visual Resources Collections supports an art history faculty of 25. The Departmentís digital systems are state-of-the-art and we have an excellent technical support staff. The VRCís transition from analog to digital images is already well advanced. Preferred start date is June 1, 2007 (negotiable).
Duties: The Head of the Visual Resources Collections reports to the Associate Chair and Department Administrator for the History of Art Department and is responsible for the overall management and administration of the collections, systems administration and planning, user services, along with budget and supervision of personnel (hiring, training, and evaluation of staff) in conjunction with the Department Administrator. The Head of the VRC oversees image production, cataloging and standards compliance, and metadata management, working with the Associate Chair, Department Administrator and the faculty in setting collection development policies and priorities. The VRC Head is expected to maintain up-to-date familiarity with new systems and standards and to conduct relevant research.
Minimum qualifications: Graduate degree from an ALA-accredited Library or Information Science program or international equivalent. An undergraduate degree/focus or a graduate degree in art history, art, architecture, or visual studies. Foreign language skills relevant to image cataloging. Minimum of 4 years of experience in a visual resources library or university/special library with emphasis on digital collections management.
Preferred qualifications: Familiarity with best practices regarding copyright as it relates to visual resources in academic settings. Experience with visual resources cataloging practices, including VRA Core categories and standards, CCO guidelines and interpretations. Knowledge of digital systems management. Experience supervising personnel. Ability to work collaboratively with diverse campus communities. Graduate degree in art history. Those with working knowledge of Chinese and Japanese are especially encouraged to apply.
Facilities: The Visual Resources Collections include traditional formats such as slides, prints, as well as a growing digital image collection. VRC staff includes 4 full-time positions, as well as work-study students. The department is a member of the IRIS cataloging co-operative developed and maintained at Brown University. IRIS, a Filemaker cataloging database, is supported by programming assistance and periodically updated. The digital asset management system, UMDL is maintained by the library computing staff. Five technically enhanced classrooms with digital projection provide excellent facilities in support of a digital environment. For additional information please review our website: www.lsa.umich.edu/~histart.
To apply: Send a letter of intent describing collection development vision and management experience, CV, and three letters of reference. For full consideration, applications should be received by February 26, 2007. Applications received after this date will be advanced only in cases of compelling merit.
Chair, VRC Head Search Committee
Department of the History of Art
University of Michigan
519 S. State Street, Rm. 110
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1357
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