Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) seeks a temporary Lead Reader Services Assistant for Special Collections and Archives through the 2022-23 academic year. The Fleet Library is a place for inquiry and inspiration, occupying the first and second floors of 15 Westminster Street, containing over 150,000 books, periodicals, institutional archives, special collections, artists' books, material samples and picture collections. Fleet Library provides the RISD community with access to an extensive assortment of on-site and electronic resources, along with library instruction, support for individual research, and creative work.
Reporting to the Special Collections Librarian, the Lead Reader Services Assistant will manage all day-to-day operations centered on the main public space for Special Collections, serving the rare book, artists' book, and design collections, as well as the RISD archives. The incumbent will act as the first point of contact for patrons wishing to visit Special Collections and the Archives, and is responsible for external access to non-circulating materials in both areas. In handling primary operational concerns, the Assistant will also oversee imaging services for research and preservation, outreach and promotion for Special Collections and Archives, supervise student workers, and provide services to on-site and virtual researchers. The ideal candidate is an excellent communicator, curious and engaged, detail-oriented, a team player, and able to work independently.
At RISD, we seek culturally competent candidates who will thrive in a campus environment and who are committed to advancing the principles of social equity and inclusion, sustainability and climate justice, and equal access to resources and opportunities.
Provide daily admission to the Dale Reading Room. Register patrons and maintain records of all patron transactions. Assist individual researchers, classes, and other groups of visitors by explaining library policies and procedures. Conduct reference interviews, identify and retrieve research materials.
Oversee in-house use of materials from Archives and Special Collections by individual patrons and groups. Provide instruction to researchers, students, other visitors and staff on proper handling of these materials. Monitor all reading room activity, providing for the constant security of materials being consulted. Assist the Librarians/Archivists with research and other preparations for class visits; set out materials for viewing; manage post-class/presentation break-down and reshelving of materials. Assess all materials after use and make recommendations for conservation as needed.
Hire, schedule, train, supervise, and assign work and projects to student employees.
Maintain the calendar systems for appointments, instruction, and other visits to Archives and Special Collections.
Handle patron requests for duplication of Archives and Special Collections materials using scanner and photocopier. Scan and correct images for in-house use on an ongoing basis. Properly save and store digital files on local and networked drives.
Perform shelving, shelf-reading, shifting, inventory, and other stack maintenance responsibilities in Special Collections; order archival supplies.
Update, maintain and report on monthly registration, circulation, reference and scanning statistics.
Bachelor's Degree, or equivalent combination of training and experience
Minimum of 4 years of experience in a customer service role in an academic library, Special Collections, Archives, or relevant setting
Experience with library management systems (AEON, ArchivesSpace, Sierra preferred).
Strong written and verbal communication skills.
Excellent interpersonal skills.
Proven problem solving skills with strong attention to customer service.
Strong analytical skills with attention to detail.
Experience and commitment to serving the needs and interests of a diverse, creative population of students, faculty, and staff.
Excellent organizational skills and ability to prioritize and manage multiple tasks that might share the same deadline.
Ability to work collegially and independently as a member of a small team that is flexible and extremely responsive to users.
Experience and ability to work on both Windows and Mac platforms and with the Google and Microsoft Office Suites.
Valued but not required skills and experience:
Experience and interest in fine art, design, applied art or art history.
Familiarity with Adobe Creative Suite and experience with web design.
Experience with exhibition design and installation.
Knowledge of digitization standards and practices and experience digitizing collections.
Experience with photo editing software.
Monday - Friday: 8:30am - 4:30pm
Full-Time; Temporary; Non-exempt
Documents Needed to Apply
Cover Letter (required)
Applicants who apply by September 26, 2022 will be assured full consideration.
Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please upload all required documents.
The successful candidate will be required to meet our pre-employment background screening requirements.
RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundamental to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.
Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), founded in 1877, is a fine arts and design college located in Providence, Rhode Island. Enrolling about 2000 undergraduates and 400 graduate students from across the United States and 55 other countries, RISD offers 16 undergraduate majors and 16 graduate majors, and is ranked annually by U.S. News & World Report as one of the top art and design schools in the United States. RISD’s rigorous education encourages creative experimentation and intellectual risk-taking, challenging students to question their approach to art making through critical thinking. There are over 90,000 works of art in the RISD Museum, which houses a collection of fine and decorative art objects. The first public galleries opened in 1893. The RISD Library is one of the oldest independent art college libraries in the country with more than 150,000 volumes and 380 periodical subscriptions which offer unusual depth and richness in the areas of architecture, art, design, and photography. The RISD campus is contiguous with the campus of Brown University and the two institutions share social, academic, and community resources.RISD recognizes diversity and inclusivity as fundament...al to its learning community and integral to an art and design education. We welcome candidates whose experience has prepared them to contribute to our commitment to diversity and excellence. RISD is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Employment decisions are made without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetics, or any other protected characteristic as established by law.