Digital Arts & Humanities Librarian

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Position Summary:

As a member of a blended department of librarians, educational technologists and special analysis specialists within Smith College Libraries (SCL), lead digital scholarship efforts in arts and humanities and support academic departments and the arts community through Hillyer Art Library. Facilitate the adoption of new models of scholarship at Smith by promoting methodologies and tools of the visual and digital arts and humanities for research, teaching and learning. Engage the arts community in learning about services, facilities and technologies.  As the librarian for Hillyer Library, ensure that Smith faculty, students, and staff have access to a suite of robust, effective, and innovative library services and collections serving the visual and digital arts.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Digital Scholarship in the Arts & Humanities and Scholarly Communication: Research digital scholarship technologies and methodologies and promote them to faculty and students; provide expert consultation and education on visual and digital arts and humanities methods and tools; participate on project teams as an active partner in the creation of digital projects. Provide consultation for faculty and students on the management and preservation of digital content through Smith’s repositories. Provide group training and one-on-one consultations for colleagues.  Continuously develop a working knowledge of copyright issues related to scholarship, and exercise knowledge of copyright appropriately. Work in conjunction with The Imaging Center to build user technical skill and knowledge in the production and study of art.

Reference/Outreach/Teaching:  Plan and implement reference and research support in the arts for faculty and students. Train library staff and student employees to provide basic reference assistance. Provide expert guidance to print and electronic resources across multiple interfaces of licensed online databases and relevant internet resources. With the user experience team, employ user experience methods to assess services and student learning experiences. Develop subject content for the Libraries’ web site, including subject resource pages, class guides, and other web?based tools and digital information services. Develop, implement, and market reference programs, services, and resources to user constituencies.

Conduct curriculum-based instruction and provide research consultation with students. Collaborate closely with academic departments and individual faculty to teach students about the creation, dissemination of and access to information and knowledge resources in the visual arts and other assigned disciplines. Applying learning and pedagogical theory, initiate, design, conduct, and assess course-related library education, orientations, workshops, and other educational activities; develop face-to-face and online learning materials and tutorials. Participates in the implementation and assessment of a student capacities and literacies program according to the College’s strategic themes. Participate in and leads visual and digital arts-related educational activities offered by the Learning, Research and Technology department.

Collection Development:  Work with faculty to develop collections in print, electronic, and other formats for the visual arts and other assigned areas to support current and developing curricular and research needs. Evaluate and selects material, coordinate faculty materials requests, correspond with donors and vendors, and ensure efficient processing of orders and materials. Develop and maintain knowledge of the existing and evolving modes of scholarly communication and respond to the changing information needs of students and faculty. Collaborate with Discovery and Access staff on collection analysis and usage studies, maintain the collection in response to analyses, and stay informed on publishing and pricing trends. Participate in library-wide collection initiatives and planning.

Other :  Collaborate with Discovery and Access staff on the activities and operations of the Hillyer Art Library including develop and implement policies and procedures. Collaborate on training and evaluating staff who report to the Neilson Circulation Manager. Plan for space, facilities, digital services, and collection needs. Work with the Hillyer Circulation Coordinator to coordinate with Facilities Management and Campus Police to ensure facility maintenance and security. Evaluate current services and follow national trends in academic and museum art libraries, identifying new services for implementation and continual improvements to teaching, learning and research. Formulate and review Hillyer Art Library policies and procedures and design and provide reference, research and outreach to faculty, students, and staff in the Brown Fine Arts Center and across the Smith College community.

Engage in continuous professional self-development, and keep current with emerging library, educational technology, and digital scholarship practices, methodologies, and technologies.

Participate in the work of the Libraries through service on library?wide and Five College committees. Collaborate with the Art Museum, Botanic Gardens, Imaging Center, and other staff with digital scholarship roles and responsibilities. Represent Smith College Libraries at conferences and collaborations with national organizations in arts, librarianship, digital scholarship and educational technology

Perform related duties as required.


Education/Experience:  Master’s in library science, visual or digital arts, or equivalent experience; 5 years of relevant professional library experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Background in the arts, art history, architecture or studio art required. 


Skills: Demonstrated familiarity with current issues of scholarly communication and the ability to convey these complex issues to a diverse audience. Ability to select, implement and evaluate digital scholarship tools and the ability to teach others to use these tools. Strong teaching skills and commitment to user-focused service. Experience collaborating with faculty in developing student knowledge and experience in research practices and analyzing and using information. Excellent oral and written communication skills. Ability to take initiative, solve problems and prioritize work effectively. Demonstrated success in working flexibly, independently and collaboratively with colleagues and library users in a rapidly changing user-oriented environment. Demonstrated project management skills.

Additional Information:

Smith College is an EO/AA/Vet/Disability employer.




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Posted: 7/11/2018
Application Due: 9/9/2018
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