The University of Louisville Libraries is looking for an energetic, creative, and forward-thinking Director of the Margaret M. Bridwell Art Library. The successful candidate will be excited about engaging students and faculty, will use assessment data to find new ways to connect to students and fine-tune the collections, and will craft services and programs that support learning, teaching, faculty research and creativity. The Director has responsibility for all aspects of management and planning for the Art Library, reports to the Dean of Libraries and serves on the Dean’s senior library administrative team.

Information on the Art Library can be found at https://library.louisville.edu/art/about
Information on the University Libraries can be found at https://library.louisville.edu/home

Responsibilities:

  • Provide innovative leadership in the development of services to faculty, students, researchers, and the community.
  • Manage day-to-day operation of the library including budget, staffing, services, collections and facilities.
  • Supervise two full time staff members and student assistants.
  • Using several endowments, develop the following book, journal, and digital collections: studio art, art and architecture history, design, and artist’s books.
  • Preserve and provide physical and electronic access to archival collections and seek opportunities to add to those collections.
  • Oversee and provide general and specialized reference services to faculty, undergraduates, M.A. and Ph.D. students, as well as researchers and the community.
  • Conduct assessment to improve instruction, collections, and spaces tailored to user needs.
  • Engage users with content on the Art Library web pages and social media platforms.
  • Promote the services and collections of the Art Library to the university and wider community and seek opportunities for partnerships.
  • Work collaboratively with arts organizations in the community.
  • Cultivate and provide stewardship to donors.
  • Contribute to the goals and initiatives of the University Libraries through participation in strategic planning activities and collaborative work with others in the library system.

Required Qualifications

Desired Qualifications

  • Demonstrated commitment to public service
  • Knowledge of collection development practices and information resources in art and architectural history, art, and design
  • Experience providing instruction to classes and individuals
  • Experience providing reference services and familiarity with methods of scholarly research in art
  • Experience with digital humanities
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively and build strong relationships with colleagues, students, faculty, and researchers
  • Supervisory experience
  • Familiarity with web design and editing
  • Reading or bibliographic knowledge of a second language
  • Experience learning and using new types of technology
  • Experience building collaborations across campus
  • Membership in professional organizations such as ARLIS/NA
  • Experience providing services outside of the library setting

The initial rank and salary will depend upon experience and professional achievements. The University Libraries offer a comprehensive benefits package and annual vacation of 22 working days. Library faculty appointments are twelve-month, tenure-track positions.

The University Libraries, a member of the Association of Research Libraries, values its collaborative efforts both within the university and among other organizations. The University of Louisville is a Carnegie Research/High university and recipient of the Carnegie Community Engagement classification for Curricular Engagement & Outreach and Partnerships. The University has a national reputation for its high-quality undergraduate programs; over twenty nationally recognized research, graduate, and professional programs; 22,000 graduate and undergraduate students; and a strong commitment to the community in which it resides. UofL is located in the state’s largest urban area.

The city of Louisville offers hospitality, warmth and smaller city advantages like shorter commutes and lower cost of living alongside major city amenities like world-class performing arts, great sports, incredible dining and a nationally-acclaimed parks system. The city also has a vibrant arts scene with numerous museums, including the Speed Art Museum and the Kentucky Museum of Arts and Crafts, and several neighborhoods with contemporary galleries and distinctive shops.

Applications received by Feb. 19, 2018 are given full consideration in the initial screening. The position will remain open until filled. Applicants must apply at: http://louisville.edu/hr/employment/jobs/currentopenings (Job ID 34499) and attach a CV, letter of interest detailing your familiarity, aptitude, and/or experience with the required and desired qualifications, and the name, address, phone number and e-mail address of three references.

The University of Louisville is an equal opportunity, affirmative action employer, and is committed to providing employment opportunities to all qualified applicants without regard to race, sex, age, color, national origin, ethnicity, creed, religion, disability, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and expression, marital status, pregnancy, or veteran status. If you are unable to use our online application process due to an impairment or disability, please contact the Employment team at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 502.852.6258.

Please direct questions to:

James Procell
Director, Anderson Music Library
University of Louisville
2301 S. 3rd St.
Louisville, KY 40292
502.852.0528 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.