Saturday, March 7, 2015

San Francisco Art Institute - Head Librarian - Full Time

Head Librarian

Application Deadline: April 1, 2015

San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI) seeks a highly qualified, user-oriented Head Librarian for the Anne Bremer Memorial Library, which strives to enrich individuals’ cultural, artistic, and intellectual formation. The Head Librarian is responsible for implementing library services and managing resources that support the current and future informational needs on campus and within the community; stewarding strategic leadership in all operations of the Library in support of SFAI’s mission and serving as its primary advocate; developing and administering policies and procedures pertaining to library services and resources in collaboration with library staff and senior leadership; developing and maintaining the library’s print, visual, and digital resources; and budget oversight. The Head Librarian works directly with students and faculty on a daily basis, providing reference assistance, library orientations, and individual and class instruction. The Head Librarian manages a staff that includes a Library Technician and Cataloguing Assistant, and works closely with the Special Collections Librarian and Archivist.

  • Plan and direct the operations of the library and the delivery of library services to faculty, students, staff, researchers, and other constituents.
  • Carry out and oversee current management and the future planning of the Anne Bremer Memorial Library. Evaluate methods of operation by recommending improvements and assessing the library’s long- and short-term needs with regard to personnel, facilities, equipment, security, space, and storage planning.
  • Fulfill professional responsibilities of a librarian, including: maintenance of archives (in collaboration with the Special Collections Librarian and Archivist), acquisitions, resource and collection management, reference and user services.
  • Provide reference services to students, faculty, staff, and the public, and oversee information and visual literacy instruction. Educate students and faculty in the procedures for conducting art research and in fully utilizing the resources available in the library and externally.
  • Work closely with the Special Collections Librarian and Archivist, Cataloguing Assistant, Library Technician, department chairs, and faculty on the selection of library materials, ensuring that the library’s resources adequately support SFAI’s instructional programs. Purchase library materials, including books and DVDs, and oversee the library’s print and digital subscriptions. Evaluate donated materials.
  • Oversee the management and maintenance of library collections. Evaluate library materials for deaquisition. Work with Special Collections Librarian and Archivist to plan for the long-term preservation of special collections and archival materials.
  • Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate library staff and ensure that library staff is providing excellent transactional services.
  • Develop and oversee library policies, procedures and preservation practices as appropriate to SFAI’s programs, curriculum, and user needs.
  • Oversee library website in conjunction with library staff.
  • Plan and monitor the library budget, in consultation with the Dean and Vice President for Academic Affairs.
  • Support and work with the programs and services offered by Academic and Student Affairs.
  • Work closely with Information Technology staff to ensure the delivery of robust digital resources and services.
  • Assist the Advancement Department in the identification and writing of grant proposals for the library and recognition of in-kind gifts.
  • Attend Faculty Senate meetings as an ex-officio member.
  • Keep informed of current professional developments; participate in professional associations both locally and nationally.
  • Foster goodwill between the library, the academic community, and the community at large.
  • Encourage and ensure a library environment that is conducive to learning for a diverse community of students, faculty, scholars, and the public.
  • Serve on standing and ad hoc committees as needed.
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned.

  • Master’s degree in library/information science from an ALA-accredited program.
  • At least five years progressively responsible experience in a library, visual resources collection, or college art library.
  • Experience working with vendors, integrated library systems, interlibrary loan systems, visual resources use and management, and managing electronic resources.
  • Knowledge of library circulation, acquisitions, and cataloging procedures.
  • Strong customer service orientation and demonstrated management skills, such as interpersonal skills, aptitude for both one-on-one and classroom teaching, and experience working with diverse learners.
  • Strong personnel management, supervisory experience, and evidence of ability to maintain effective and collegial working relations with library staff, students, faculty, and administration.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of best practices and trends in emerging technologies and information literacy. Comprehensive understanding of how libraries will serve the needs of diverse users in the 21st century.
  • Experience and strength in assessment, policy development, planning, and budget development.
  • Ability to communicate effectively both verbally and in writing, and the ability to facilitate communication within the library and with key constituencies.
  • Strong organizational skills and computer proficiency.
  • Ability to work collaboratively and independently.

  • Bachelor’s or second master’s degree in art or art-related field.
  • Experience cataloging using OCLC and knowledge of LC classification.
  • Experience managing automated library systems.
  • Experience teaching Information Literacy.
  • Experience with interlibrary loan.
  • Working knowledge of digital image databases.
  • Demonstrated creativity and innovation in library services.
  • Evidence of continued professional development.
  • Experience working with archival materials.
  • Experience writing grants.

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