University of Utah: Fine Arts Librarian

University of Utah

Position: Fine Arts Librarian

Deadline Date: Application requested by August 25, 2009.

Brief Description

The Katherine W. Dumke Fine Arts and Architecture Library,
housed in the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah,
is seeking an innovative and creative librarian to work in an exciting and
recently renovated learning environment of free and open inquiry combined with
a commitment to excellence in service. 
Reporting to the Head of Fine Arts, responsibilities of the Fine Arts
Librarian will include specialized research assistance, instruction, collection
development for print and digital resources, outreach, and digital projects in
the areas of the visual arts, art history, architecture, music, ballet, modern
dance, film and theatre.  Opportunities
exist for building collaborations across the library, campus, and community in
support of Fine Arts and interdisciplinary work.  This individual will help users blend visual
and textual resources in support of a new University of Utah
visual, information and technology literacy initiative.  This program is being developed to embed
teaching of these literacies into the undergraduate curriculum to prepare
students for life and work in the 21st century. 


  • ALA-accredited
    MLS/MLIS by time of hire or equivalent academic credential.
  • Academic
    background of Art, Art History or related discipline, demonstrated through
    undergraduate or advanced degree, coursework, and/or work experience.
  • Demonstrated
    aptitude for, or experience in, successful user-centered public service:
    • Teaching
      and training, including classroom instruction and the creation of lesson
      plans and learning objects.
    • Research
      assistance in person, by email, and synchronous chat service.
  • Comfortable
    using both PC and Macintosh platforms.
  • Proficiency
    with basic productivity software, in particular Microsoft Word.
  • Experience
    using image design tools and software (Photoshop, Fireworks, Illustrator,
    Paint, etc.).
  • Demonstrated
    aptitude for, or experience in, successful project management.
  • Demonstrated
    aptitude for, or experience in, learning and using new types of technology
    and software.
  • Demonstrated
    aptitude for, or experience in, managing or leading the work of others.
  • Demonstrated
    effective writing and oral communication skills.
  • Demonstrated
    ability to work effectively with individuals, groups, and on a team in a
    collaborative, diverse environment.
  • Demonstrated
    ability to be flexible and positive in a changing work environment.
  • Demonstrated
    organizational skills, attention to detail, and ability to prioritize
  • Ability
    to meet University's requirements for promotion and continuing appointment
    (tenure equivalency).
  • Successful
    completion of a criminal background check, as required by Utah state law (


  • Advanced
    degree or knowledge in Modern or Contemporary Art, Graphic Design,
    Animation, Film Studies, Architecture, Urban Planning, or Arts Education.
  • Reading
    comprehension in one or more Western European or Asian languages.
  • Experience
    using website design software (Vignette, Dreamweaver, Blackboard, HTML,
    CSS, etc).
  • Experience
    with multimedia and studio software (FinalCut Pro, Logic Pro, iLife suite,
  • Experience
    with interactive media (synchronous and asynchronous) such as blogs,
    wikis, Second Life, podcasts, vodcasts, iTunesU.
  • Knowledge
    of and experience with art conservation, storage, and exhibition
  • Knowledge
    of and experience with copyright and intellectual property issues, as they
    pertain to the fine arts.


$44,000 minimum


Excellent benefits calculated at approximately 35% of salary
including TIAA-CREF, medical, dental, generous paid sick and vacation accrual,
sabbaticals, professional development time.

Marriott Library is an ARL library with holding of nearly 3
million volumes, 32,000 journals in electronic and print formats, and a
considerable number of other networked electronic resources. The University,
with a student population of 29,000, is situated on a 1,500 acre campus in Salt Lake City. The
library is very near completion of a large-scale renovation which includes a
state- of-the-art Knowledge Commons and a center to create multimedia digital
content. Teaching facilities, used by campus and library instructors, include 18
classrooms, labs and seminar rooms and a 250 seat auditorium.

Lake has a population of
over 1 million and offers residents a wide variety of cultural, entertainment
and recreational activities, all located along the Wasatch Mountain Range.


Send a detailed letter of application addressing how your
experience matches the qualifications; curriculum vitae; and names and contact
information, including email, mail and phone numbers, of three references
electronically to:
Applications received by August
25th, 2009
will be given full consideration.

The University
of Utah is an EO/AA
Employer. We encourage applications from women and minorities and provide
reasonable accommodations to known disabilities of applicants and employees.

The University
of Utah values candidates
who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds
and who possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for
historically underrepresented students.