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Posted Job Title
Assistant Director, Fisher Fine Arts Library
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Job Description Summary
The Penn Libraries seeks a dynamic and service-oriented person with strong team-building skills for the position of Assistant Director, Fisher Fine Arts Library. Reporting to the Director, the Assistant Director oversees aspects of research, teaching, and learning services in the Fisher Fine Arts Library. Responsibilities include development and implementation of library programs and collections, all in service to the Stuart Weitzman School of Design, the Department of the History of Art, Penn museums, and, more broadly, the School of Arts and Sciences. This position serves as an assessment staff member and is tasked with ongoing evaluation and improvement of existing access and research services in Fisher, and in collaboration with peers in other areas of the Libraries. This position is active in outreach, liaising with faculty and curators, and developing programs for incoming students and visiting scholars. The Assistant Director participates in Libraries-wide task forces and committees as well as appropriate professional associations. In conjunction with Director, this position provides leadership for collection analysis and troubleshooting of the integrated library enterprise system. The position manages the Access Services team, a group of four full-time bargaining unit staff covering areas of day-to-day operations such as circulation, course reserves, and access. The Assistant Director and access services team are part of the larger structure of Fisher reporting to the Director, including the Materials Library and Image Collection, the Common Press, and the internship program.
Housed in an iconic building designed by famed Philadelphia architect Frank Furness and opened as the universityâ™s central library in 1891, the Fisher Fine Arts Library sits in the center of Pennâ™s campus. The libraryâ™s specific collecting areas include architecture, city and regional planning, historic preservation, the history of art, landscape architecture, urban spatial analytics, and the studio arts. Its collections both complement and are complemented by material in other campus libraries, including the Van Pelt Dietrich Library Center and the Penn Museum library, and through our deep alliance with the Athenaeum of Philadelphia. The Fisher Fine Arts Library is part of the Penn Libraries, which is embarking on an innovative strategic plan that will chart the library's future with an impact on the global society.
Typical Duties Include:
Develops and implements research, instruction, orientation, and outreach programs for the Fisher Fine Arts Library
Serves as library liaison to a number of departments within the Stuart Weitzman School of Design and the Department of History of Art
Participates in long-range strategic planning for the Fisher Fine Arts Library
In coordination with Director, manages library facility, daily operations, and participates in space planning assessments
Supervises 4 FTE support staff focused on access services
Plans and facilitates staff scheduling, training, and development
Participates in collection analysis and development activities
Participates in services to the Libraries
Supports Fisher and Materials Library websites
Supports and develops programming for Fisher exhibition space
Manages technology lending program
ALA-accredited masterâ™s degree in library science or equivalent combination of education and professional experience, plus a background in an arts or design discipline
Three or more years of professional academic library experience, preferably in a supervisory capacity
1-3 years of reference and instruction experience
Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
Ability to work collaboratively and across disciplines
Experience working with archival and special collections
Proficiency with the ALMA library enterprise system
Demonstrated experience with technology and digital projects
Proficiency with new technology in an educational or library setting
Experience in event programming and/or project management
Proficiency in one or more non-English languages
*** REQUIRED*** Please submit a resume and cover letter as one attachment when applying.
Job Location - City, State
Department / School
$50,684.00 - $91,232.00
Affirmative Action Statement Penn adheres to a policy that prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, creed, national or ethnic origin, citizenship status, age, disability, veteran status, or any other legally protected class.
Special Requirements Background check required after a conditional job offer is made. Consideration of the background check will be tailored to the requirements of the job.
Internal Number: JR00017964
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