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Subject Librarian for the Visual and Performing Arts

Binghamton University, State University of New York
Binghamton, NY

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Category:: Faculty
Department:: Library
Locations:: Binghamton, NY
Posted:: Aug 12, 2022
Closes:: Open Until Filled
Type:: Full-time
Ref. No.:: 398
Position ID:: 151836

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 18,000 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 Visual and Performing Arts serves as the liaison for departments of Art and Design, Art History, Music and Theater. Other subject assignments are possible based on qualifications and need. 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 participates in the promotion of library outreach and engagement activities, Special Collections and Scholarly Communications, and will also work on special projects related to collection development and management.

The position reports to the Sr. Director for Outreach, Engagement and Collections. 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 departments of Art & Design, Art History, Music and Theater.
  • Assess, develop and manage the collections, electronic resources and subject web pages in support of teaching and research in assigned subject areas.
  • Provide individual research consultations; provide and promote specialized research and instruction services to students and faculty working in assigned subject areas.
  • Maintain a current knowledge of emerging trends in the field as they relate to research assistance, instruction and collection services.
  • Participate in a work culture that promotes diversity and anti-racism and actively works to eliminate or mitigate the effects of systemic racism and bias.
  • Participate in library and university committees.
  • Pursue scholarly growth through participation in professional library and bibliographic organizations, research, presentations, and publication
  • Responsibility for additional subject areas may be assigned.



  • Master's degree in library science from an ALA-accredited institution.
  • Bachelor's degree in art, art history, performing arts or a related field; or previous experience in one of the assigned subject areas.
  • Demonstrated initiative and ability to work independently and as a team member in developing services and resources.
  • Strong commitment to service and professional development.
  • Demonstrated ability to effectively collaborate and build partnerships with faculty and staff in a culturally diverse community.
  • Demonstrated commitment to promoting diversity and anti-racism and working to advance a workplace culture that strives to eliminate or mitigate the effects of systemic racism and bias.
  • Proven problem solving, critical thinking and analytical skills.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Professional experience or additional degree in a field related to job responsibilities.
  • Working knowledge of one or more non-English languages.
  • Experience in engagement, 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.

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:

Interested candidates should submit applications, including a cover letter, full curriculum vitae, and names and contact information of three professional references to Binghamton University Interview Exchange. Position will be open until filled.


Working at Binghamton University

Message on working at Binghamton University from President Harvey Stenger    


Binghamton University opened its doors as Triple Cities College in 1946, to serve the needs of local veterans returning from service in World War II. Originally located in Endicott, N.Y., five miles west of the present campus, the fledgling school was a branch of Syracuse University.

Four years later, the college was incorporated into the State University of New York (SUNY) and renamed Harpur College in honor of Robert Harpur, a Colonial teacher, patriot and pioneer who helped settle the area west of Binghamton.

In 1961, the campus moved across the Susquehanna River to Vestal. Growing enrollment and a reputation for excellence soon led to the selection of Harpur College as one of four doctorate-granting University Centers in the SUNY system.

In 1965, the campus was formally designated the State University of New York at Binghamton, and in 1992, Binghamton University was adopted as our informal name.

Mission Statement

Binghamton University is a premier public university dedicated to enriching the lives of people in the region, state, nation and world through discovery and education and to being enriched by partnerships with those communities.

Vision Statement

Binghamton as an institution is dedicated to higher education, one that combines an international reputation for graduate education, research, scholarship and creative endeavor with the best undergraduate programs available at any public university.

We are an academically selective community that shares ideas across departments, disciplines and borders. We encourage faculty, students and staff to ask unexpected questions, foster open dialog and develop innovative solutions to important problems.

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