Proposed Faculty Rank: Research Assistant Librarian (Career-Line Faculty)
Working Title: Art and Archives Metadata Librarian
Location: Salt Lake City, UT
New Position to Begin: July 1, 2018
Posting Link: http://utah.peopleadmin.com/postings/73121
The J. Willard Marriott Library (Marriott Library) and the Utah Museum of Fine Arts (UMFA) seek an Art and Archives Metadata Librarian to participate in a $750,000, four-year Andrew W. Mellon-funded grant project to develop a partnership between the two institutions. This career-line faculty position will work closely with the simultaneously-hired Collections Research Curator in building a substantive and collaborative working relationship to foster and enhance each organization’s teaching, learning, and research missions.
With extensive collections of art works, archival documents, antiquarian and modern published materials, and digital media related to land art, landscape, and the American West, the UMFA and the Marriott Library house important scholarly resources for the study of the West, from indigenous histories to Land art of the 1960s and ‘70s to current land rights issues.
The Art and Archives Metadata Librarian will work to enhance simultaneous discovery of UMFA and Marriott Library collections through newly-integrated museum and library collection databases, increasing access to interdisciplinary materials about the western landscape, and, more broadly, the American experience. The position will research existing finding aids and other discovery tools, and will identify relevant collections in manuscript, print, audiovisual, and visual art media to create data models and metadata for existing descriptive collection and item records. The position will facilitate collections-based interdisciplinary research and engagement projects, participate in a newly-established faculty seed grant program, and coordinate with the Mellon Initiative Steering Committee to set and implement priorities. The ideal candidate will have an educational background in archival studies or library and information science; a work history in metadata, linked data, information architecture, and content management systems; and subject knowledge in American History, Art History, Geography, Anthropology, Ethnography, Environmental Humanities, and/or English.
Embedded in the Division of Special Collections, the position will report to the Marriott Library’s Assistant Director for Special Collections and the UMFA’s Senior Curator. Participation on the Steering Committee will allow the Librarian to develop deep collaboration between the Marriott Library and the UMFA and to facilitate the integration of both collections into campus curricula, exhibitions, and other programs. The Art and Archives Metadata Librarian will work closely with the the jointly-appointed Collections Research Curator to disseminate new knowledge and support scholarship, teaching, and learning.
Compensation: $53,000 annually, plus excellent benefits including a 14.2% retirement contribution, medical and dental coverage, and paid sick and vacation time.
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