Employment Opportunities

Special Collections Librarian, (SCAD) Savannah College of Art and Design

SCAD seeks a Special Collections Librarian to coordinate all aspects of special collections programming, including leading a robust program of artists’ book instruction and outreach. In this position, you will coordinate exhibitions and preservation initiatives and be responsible for digital collections programming.

The ideal candidate must be able to work independently and balance day-to-day oversight with longer term planning of all aspects of special collections, digital collections, and preservation. Experience in preservation and digitization is imperative. The candidate should have experience with cataloging and metadata creation. The candidate must have the ability to speak to groups, deliver classes, and conduct tours. A willingness and ability to work in a dynamic, fast-paced, collaborative environment, and to acquire new skill sets to effectively perform job duties is highly valued.


  • ALA-accredited MLS degree and an undergraduate degree in a subject taught at SCAD 
  • Experience in special collections and with artists’ books

For more information: https://scadcareers.scad.edu/postings/25687

Special Collections Librarian, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

For more than 150 years, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) has been a leader in educating the world’s most influential artists, designers and scholars. Located in downtown Chicago with a fine arts graduate program consistently ranking among the top four graduate fine arts programs in the nation by U.S. News and World Report, SAIC provides an interdisciplinary approach to art and design as well as world-class resources, including the Art Institute of Chicago museum, on-campus galleries and state-of-the-art facilities. SAIC’s undergraduate, graduate and post-baccalaureate students have the freedom to take risks and create the bold ideas that transform Chicago and the world—as seen through notable alumni and faculty such as Michelle Grabner, David Sedaris, Elizabeth Murray, Richard Hunt, Georgia O’Keeffe, Cynthia Rowley, Nick Cave, and LeRoy Neiman.

Position Summary
The Special Collections Librarian will provide direction and oversight for SAIC’s Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection and other Flaxman Library Special Collections, including, but not limited to, Randolph Street Gallery, Goat Island Archives, and other archival collections. Advises, coordinates, and collaborates with colleagues throughout the library, the campus, and the broader art community to optimize and promote teaching, learning, and research activities. Represents Flaxman Library in dealings with external art, library, and special collections communities. Assists with preservation and fund-raising efforts. Contributes to the development and management of library online systems appropriate to library special collections. Assists in securing relevant statistical data and reports. Monitors all expenditures related to Library Special Collections.


Leadership + Public Service:

  • Directs efforts in all areas of the Joan Flasch Artists’ Book Collection and other Flaxman Library Special Collections, including research, reference, instruction, access, and preservation. 
  • Develops, directs, and assesses the work of the Flaxman Library Special Collections team. Responsible for the success of the workgroup in meeting library goals. 
  • Provides all forms of research and reference services for students, faculty, and other special collections patrons, including but not limited to in-person and email reference assistance, and general public services in the Reading Room.

Outreach + Engagement:

  • Represents the School and the Flaxman Library in presenting our resources to all types of visitors, on-site and online. 
  • Works with colleagues throughout the campus and SAIC communities to develop, maintain, and promote our collections and programs. 
  • Represents the Flaxman Library Special Collections in the external art, library, and special collections communities, maintaining strong working relationships with colleagues at other specialized resource centers within and outside of the Art Institute.

Teaching + Learning:

  • Plays an essential role in advising, coordinating, and collaborating with colleagues throughout the library and the campus to optimize and promote the use of the artists’ books, archives, and special collections for teaching, learning, and research activities. Also engages the broader arts community to enrich opportunities for our students and faculty. 
  • Works closely with other members of the special collections team and other library staff to design and develop instructional programs and services related to the artists’ book collection and archives. 
  • Designs and produces a variety of instructional resources and collections lists.

Collection Management:

  • Collaborates with Library Special Collections staff in all aspects of collections management and development. 
  • Responsible for daily operations, including management of facilities and collections (both physical and digital) and interactions with students, faculty, staff, researchers, and other visitors to the collections.
  • Collaborates with other special collections staff responsible for organizing, processing, and management of physical collections in a wide variety of formats, including artists’ books, works of art, archives, and audio-visual media.


  • Master’s degree in Library or Information Science or a related field (Art History, Fine Art) with substantial relevant experience; 
  • Four or more years of professional experience in special collections, including at least one year of supervisory experience; 
  • Deep and demonstrable knowledge of contemporary art practices, especially those based in book production and publishing; 
  • Demonstrable knowledge of current issues and best practices for archives and special collections including conservation and preservation; 
  • Knowledge of current library systems and technologies utilized in the assigned areas of responsibility; 
  • Proficiency using standard office software, web services, and networked environments; 
  • Ability to work effectively as a team leader, as well as a team member. 
  • Commitment to the educational mission of the School and respect for all members of the campus community;


  • Significant and progressively responsible experience in a similar position at an academic library, especially at an independent, non-profit college of art and design; 
  • Experience collaborating on digital library projects; 
  • Degree(s) and/or work experience in an art or design-related field; 
  • Understanding of object-based instructional methods and measures used by libraries and special collections; 
  • Teaching, curating, and/or publishing experience.

Apply at www.artic.edu/careers

The Art Institute of Chicago is an equal opportunity, equal access employer fully committed to achieving a diverse and inclusive workplace.

The University of Arkansas - Fort Smith, Art Department Head

The University of Arkansas – Fort Smith is seeking a dynamic, artistic leader for the position of Art Department Head. The Department of Art at the University of Arkansas offers a Bachelor of Science in Graphic Design, a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, and a minor in both Art History and Studio Art. The Art Department is accredited through NASAD, and is housed in the newly constructed Windgate Building of Art & Design (2015), a 58,000sq foot building with state of the art facilities-including four Mac computer labs, Senior Studio spaces, digital photography, printmaking, and letterpress/book arts studios, together with spacious classrooms for graphic design, studio art and art history.

The Department Head manages and leads the Department of Art, teaches in area of expertise within the department, engages in and promotes scholarship and service, and maintains internal and external constituent relationships.

For more information, and to apply, please use this link:

Black Rock Press Redfield Fellowship in Book & Publication Arts

The Art Department at the University of Nevada Reno is pleased to announce an opportunity to work at Black Rock Press and gain experience at an established academic book and publication arts program, which conducts a range of activities within the field of artist books, fine press printing, print media, bookmaking, and the publication arts. Fellows will have the chance to participate in all aspects of the activities of the Press and the curricular program. It is a part-time paid opportunity that also facilitates the creative work and advancement of the fellow over a 2-year period of time.

Please click here for a full description of the position. UNR Fellow Appl. 2020

Deadline: February 10, 2020

Lecturer or Associate Professor of Instruction/Practice in Papermaking

The University of Iowa Center for the Book (UICB) invites applications for a 50% faculty member in Papermaking, for a two-year, non-tenure track, Lecturer or Associate Professor of Instruction/Practice faculty position, beginning August 2020. The UICB seeks a faculty member with a demonstrated expertise in papermaking and related processes to teach in our Book Arts Studio Area. The teaching load is 2:2 and includes introductory and upper-level graduate courses. Classes may include Islamic/Asian Papermaking; European Papermaking; Paperworks; Advanced Papermaking Production; Advanced Projects in Paper.

Additional responsibilities include: participate fully with student mentorship and studio oversight; oversee students and maintain the UICB Paper Research & Production Facility on the Oakdale Campus; collaborate with faculty colleagues on pedagogical aspects of the UICB curriculum; participate in service that contributes to the overall mission of the UICB.

The ideal candidate will have a strong conceptual, historical, and technical background in hand papermaking, and will be well-versed in a wide range of papermaking processes. They will be capable of teaching within and developing the current graduate curricula. The candidate’s record will show evidence of a promising program of creative development. To facilitate professional development, the Oakdale Papermaking Facility is also available to use for personal studio work. This is a two-year, grant funded position with a possible extension contingent on funding. The UICB is committed to procuring the needed funding for this position; the stabilization of a faculty position in papermaking is a high priority.

Evaluation of applications will begin January 15, 2020 and continue until the position is filled. Informal queries may also be directed to center-for-the-book@uiowa.edu.

Click here for full job description. IOWA_Papermaking Search.pdf

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