Subject Librarian for Art, Art History, Music and Romance Languages

Job description

Category:: Faculty
Department:: University Libraries
Locations:: Binghamton, NY
Posted:: Oct 11, 2019
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time

About Binghamton University:

Binghamton University is a world-class institution that unites more than 130 broadly interdisciplinary educational programs with some of the most vibrant research in the nation. Our unique character - shaped by outstanding academics, facilities and community life - promotes extraordinary student success.

Binghamton merges rigorous academics, distinguished faculty and state-of-the-art facilities to engage and challenge its 17,000 students. The high-achieving Binghamton student body also represents a great diversity of life experiences, from first-generation college-goers to international students. Beyond their talent, these classmates share a desire to shape the future through technology, insight, intellectual exploration and community service.

Job Description:

The Subject Librarian for Art, Art History, Music and Romance Languages serves as the liaison for these academic departments. The incumbent is a member of a dynamic team pioneering the development of innovative library resources and services for a diverse constituency of students, faculty, researchers and the community. The position works creatively and collaboratively to develop unique collections, provide instructional services, and play an active role in the planning and decision-making process of the Libraries through meetings, special projects and programs supporting a user-centered approach to services. The incumbent will also work on special projects related to collection development and management.

The position reports to the Head of Collection Development. Tenure-track librarians at Binghamton University are members of the faculty and are expected to contribute significantly to the profession.

Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Serve as the library liaison for the Art, Art History, Music and Romance Languages departments.
  • Assess, develop and manage the collections, subject web pages and electronic resources in support of teaching and research in assigned subject areas.
  • Provide individual research consultations; and provide and promote specialized research and instruction services to students and faculty working in assigned subject areas.
  • Provide in-person and virtual reference service at library service points.
  • Serve as a liaison for the Visual Resources Center, University Art Museum and the University's Transdisciplinary Area of Excellence (TAE) Material and Visual Worlds
  • Work with the Special Collections Department to develop and preserve print and digital visual arts and music special collections
  • Participate in library and university committees
  • Maintain a current knowledge and emerging trends in the field as they relate to reference, instruction and collection services.
  • Pursue scholarly growth through participation in professional library and bibliographic organizations, research, presentations, and publication



  • ALA-accredited Master's degree in library and information science (or equivalent by time of appointment)
  • Bachelor's degree in Art, Art History, Music, Romance Language, a related field or previous experience in one of these fields.
  • Proficiency in French, Italian, or Spanish
  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to work independently and as a team member in developing services and resources
  • Excellent oral and written communication, and interpersonal skills
  • Strong commitment to service and professional development


  • Master's degree in Art, Art History, Music, Romance Languages or related field
  • Experience working with digital resources and in the digital humanities
  • Experience working in an academic library
  • Experience in reference, instruction, or collection development in assigned subject areas

Additional Information:

The State University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. It is the policy of Binghamton University to provide for and promote equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment without discrimination on the basis of age, race, color, religion, disability, national origin, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, veteran or military service member status, marital status, domestic violence victim status, genetic predisposition or carrier status, or arrest and/or criminal conviction record unless based upon a bona fide occupational qualification or other exception.

The State University of New York is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. As required by title IX and its implementing regulations, Binghamton University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the educational programs and activities which it operates. This requirement extends to employment and admission. Inquiries about sex discrimination may be directed to the University Title IX Coordinator or directly to the Office of Civil Rights (OCR). Contact information for the Title IX Coordinator and OCR, as well as the University's complete Non-Discrimination Notice may be found here.

Pursuant to Executive Order 161, no State entity, as defined by the Executive Order, is permitted to ask, or mandate, in any form, that an applicant for employment provide his or her current compensation, or any prior compensation history, until such time as the applicant is extended a conditional offer of employment with compensation. If such information has been requested from you before such time, please contact the Governor's Office of Employee Relations at (518) 474-6988 or via email at [email protected].

Binghamton University is a tobacco-free campus effective August 1, 2017.

Application Instructions:

Application Instructions: Interested candidates should submit the following items electronically via (1) a letter of application addressing the qualifications, (2) curriculum vitae, and (3) contact information for three references who can speak authoritatively concerning the applicant's candidacy.

Salary is commensurate with experience.

The search will remain open until the position is filled. Review of applications begins November 15.




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Posted: 10/17/2019
Application Due: 6/5/2020
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