College of Art and Design Librarian — RIT Libraries

RIT Libraries invites applications for a full-time (F/T) College of Art and Design Librarian with strong reference and instruction skills.

This professional librarian provides reference, research services, and instruction to students, staff, faculty and the community at Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT). As the liaison to the College of Art and Design, with its five dynamic schools, galleries, and research centers, the librarian will build an ongoing understanding of the disciplines and relevant library resources to navigate and provide instruction in all fields of study related to visual communication, imaging, and science. The College of Art and Design is RIT’s creative hub where art, design, and technology intersect.
The librarian is responsible for working as a member of the Research & Instruction Services department and collaborating with colleagues throughout the RIT Libraries and across campus to develop dynamic programs and instruction opportunities. The ideal candidate will be creative, curious and enthusiastic about teaching and collaboration with an interest in visual arts and sciences including architecture.

Apply on RIT's Career Zone website. Application review will begin on February 7, 2022.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Working with faculty to develop timely and targeted library instruction and support
  • Designing, delivering, and assessing teaching sessions
  • Participating in on-going collection development and management projects
  • Seeking out and developing collaborative partnerships with College of Art and Design faculty
  • Engaging and participating in ongoing library-wide assessment of student learning, library collections and services
  • Evaluating resource access and recommending updates to improve e-resource discovery, including vendor platforms for databases/e-journals/e-books and other library resources
  • Following scholarly trends, resources and new technologies with a view toward their application in research and teaching
  • Partnering with the Cary Graphic Arts Collection and RIT Archive Collections to coordinate teaching and develop programming
  • Developing tutorials and research guides based on student and curricular needs
  • Promoting RIT’s institutional repository to the College of Art and Design faculty and graduate students
  • Serving on RIT Libraries’ committees
  • Participating in professional associations or organizations

Required Minimum Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from ALA-accredited program of library or information science
  • 1-2 years experience in an academic, public or special library. Successful experience can include library/information science program assignments, internships and practicums
  • Experience providing reference assistance to library users
  • Demonstrated teaching and instruction skills and experience
  • Experience working with research databases and tools
  • Demonstrated excellence in oral and written communication
  • Excellent critical thinking and problem-solving skills
  • Ability to work productively, both independently and with a team
  • Evidence of creativity and innovation
  • Strong commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in higher education and ability to work with faculty, students, staff and colleagues from diverse backgrounds

Preferred Qualifications

  • Demonstrated aptitude and experience with relevant information technology, such as integrated library systems, LibGuides and Microsoft Office including proficiency with Excel
  • Initiative to provide outreach to students, faculty, and other constituencies
  • Demonstrated understanding of principles and best practices of information literacy instruction
  • Demonstrated knowledge in the areas of art, architecture, design and imaging research methodologies, data applications and statistical tools
  • Knowledge and understanding of key issues and trends in the art and design school sector and an understanding of the impact of digital technologies in libraries and higher education
  • Experience in selecting appropriate curricular-based materials for academic programs, and in the ongoing review of those materials

Additional Information

  • Evening work may be required on a periodic basis (until 7:00pm)
  • Monday-Friday schedule TBD

Additional Details
The hiring process for this position may require a criminal background check and/or motor vehicle records check. Any verbal or written offer made is contingent on satisfactory results, as determined by Human Resources. RIT does not discriminate. RIT promotes and values diversity, pluralism and inclusion in the work place. RIT provides equal opportunity to all qualified individuals and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, age, marital status, sex, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, veteran status or disability in its hiring, admissions, educational programs and activities. RIT provides reasonable accommodations to applicants with disabilities under the Rehabilitation Act, the Americans with Disabilities Act, the New York Human Rights Law, or similar applicable law. If you need reasonable accommodation for any part of the application and hiring process, and you wish to discuss potential accommodations related to your application for employment at RIT, please contact the Human Resources office at 585-475-2424 or email your request to



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