Visual Arts Liaison Librarian & Performing Arts Liaison Librarian - UT Austin Libraries

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Location: Austin, Texas
Salary: $50,000+ depending on qualifications
Employment Term: Permanent
Employee Contact: lib-hr@lib.utexas.edu

Job Details:

General Notes

The University of Texas Libraries welcomes and respects all individuals and communities by valuing and consciously maintaining awareness of diverse perspectives and experiences. We believe inclusivity is critical to fostering excellence in all of our endeavors, and we promote diversity in our collections and services, as well as in our recruiting, hiring, and retention practices.

Purpose

The University of Texas Libraries seeks to fill two Fine Arts Liaison Librarian vacancies in support of the College of Fine Arts and the Fine Arts Library:

(1) Visual Arts Librarian
(1) Performing Arts Librarian

Both Fine Arts Liaison Librarian positions will be responsible for all aspects of research, learning, and engagement lifecycles associated with the multidisciplinary fields of inquiry related to the Fine Arts.  Both will be filled at the entry level (Assistant Librarians) and applicants can apply for one or both positions with a single application to this recruitment.

The Visual Arts Librarian directly supports the schools, departments, and units in the College of Fine Arts, including the Department of Art and Art History and the School for Design and Creative Technologies.  The Visual Arts Librarian also supports the Division of Textiles and Apparel in the College of Natural Sciences’ School of Human Ecology.

The Performing Arts Librarian directly supports the schools, departments, and units in the College of Fine Arts, including the Butler School of Music and the Department of Theatre and Dance

Both Fine Arts Liaison Librarian positions report to the Arts, Humanities, and Global Studies Engagement Team Lead; as active members of that team, both Fine Arts Liaison Librarians will leverage knowledge of collections, research, evolving digital skills, and relationships to connect students and faculty with services, content, and tools that meet their research, teaching, and learning needs.

Applications will be reviewed upon receipt; we encourage early submission.

Responsibilities for both positions:
  • Research, Scholarly Communication, and Digital Scholarship Support: Provide in-person and remote research consultation and reference assistance to faculty, students, and the community at all stages of the research lifecycle.  Seek, support, and/or advise on grants and other funding opportunities, including but not limited to those related to grant compliance and data management. Engage in the UTL’s Open Access and broader Scholarly Communications initiatives.  Propose and execute digital project work within UTL-prioritized parameters.  As appropriate, consult with other UTL units and departments, particularly the Scholarly Communication/Research Data Services unit, Libraries IT Department, and the Discovery and Access Division.

  • Collection Stewardship: Oversee and/or consult upon collection development and content management activities related assigned disciplines (either Visual Arts or Performing Arts), including fund management, enhancement of existing and acquisition of new distinctive, diverse analog and digital collections, expanding opportunities for cooperative collection development, developing content digitization initiatives, and seeking and/or stewarding external funding opportunities (grants, gifts, endowments) related to strategic priorities.  As appropriate, consult with other UTL units and departments, particularly the Scholarly Resources Department and the Discovery and Access Division.

  • Engagement and Outreach: Establish and maintain relationships within UTL and the community of scholars and researchers.  Participate in UTL committees and activities to further the mission of UTL and that of the departments, centers, and programs supported by this position.  Serve as primary library contact for faculty and graduate students.   Attend, participate in, and plan relevant engagement forums within UTL, the UT campus, and beyond.

  • Teaching and Learning: Conduct formal instruction sessions and initiate other venues for information/digital literacy skill-building.  Develop content for subject-specific LibGuides, course management systems, and social media as appropriate.  Engage in the UTL’s broader curricular alignment of information literacy initiatives. As appropriate, consult with other UTL units and departments, particularly the Teaching and Learning Services Department.

  • Professional Development: Participate in UTL and campus committees and scholarly activities to further the mission of both UTL and UT. Participate in professional library and scholarly organizations, to support and contribute to the profession. Maintain currency with trends and developments in librarianship, particularly related to outreach and programming, scholarly communication, and digital scholarship.

Required Qualifications
  • MLS/MLIS (or equivalent) or MFA/MM with significant library work experience.

  • Ability to communicate effectively in person and in multiple media

  • Ability to work effectively with diverse communities and stakeholders

  • Demonstrated commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility

  • Experience working in dynamic and collaborative teams

Relevant education and experience may be substituted as appropriate.

Preferred Qualifications for both positions:
  • Experience working in an academic library or research-based organization

  • Fluency with concepts of digital scholarship and their application

  • Fluency with concepts of scholarly communication

  • Teaching experience in an academic library or research-based organization

  • Experience organizing events

  • Experience working in a large organizational setting

Preferred Qualifications for Visual Arts Librarian position:
  • Training in one or more of the fields of Visual Arts (Art and Art History, Design and Creative Technologies, and/or Textiles and Apparel) at the college-level or above

  • Knowledge of the publishing landscape for Visual Arts

Preferred Qualifications for Performing Arts Librarian position:
  • Training in one or more of the fields of Music at the college-level or above

  • Familiarity with the fields of Theater and Dance, preferably in the academic context

  • Knowledge of the publishing landscape for Performing Arts

Research indicates that applicants with marginalized identities are hesitant to apply for positions if they do not meet all of the qualifications. We want to emphasize that the preferred qualifications are not required and that we are committed to helping our future colleague develop these preferred skills.  

Salary Range
  • $50,000+ depending on qualifications

Working Conditions
  • Typical library conditions.

  • Weekend and evening work may be required.

Work Shift
  • Typically Monday-Friday, between 8 am and 6 pm. Flexible work arrangements are available.

Required Materials
  • Resume/CV

  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor

  • Letter of interest

During your application, you will be asked the following questions. Please limit each response to no more that 300 words:
  • Please indicate which Fine Arts Liaison Librarian position you are applying for (Visual and/or Performing Arts).

  • Liaison librarianship is multi-faceted. Which part of the job excites you most and why?

  • Tell us about a time you went out of your way to create an inclusive, welcoming work or learning environment.

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