Librarian for the Arts

at University of Virginia Library (view profile)
Published July 10, 2024
Location Charlottesville, VA
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Cover Letter Requirements Required
Education Requirements • A master's degree in library or information science, or a terminal degree in an arts-related discipline and appropriate experience in an academic library.
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency 70,000
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency 80,000
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The University of Virginia Library seeks a dynamic, collegial, and highly-skilled professional to serve as the Librarian for the Arts. As a member of the Arts and Humanities team, the successful candidate will serve as the liaison to the Department of Art, which includes the Studio Art and Art History programs, and will also work with library colleagues to support arts-related scholarship across UVA’s schools and departments.

This is an Academic General Faculty (AGF) position on the Library track. AGF positions in the Library are tenure-ineligible. For more information, see

The Librarian for the Arts will provide communication and outreach to faculty, students, fellows, and community scholars, cultivating strong partnerships and seeking opportunities for enhanced collaboration. They will provide research assistance to scholars at all levels and participate in digital scholarship projects in collaboration with faculty, students, and library colleagues. The Librarian will engage with faculty to integrate information, digital, and data literacy concepts and skills into the curriculum and will provide instruction in a variety of forms (orientations, course-related instruction, workshops). They will be responsible for working with the Collections Management team and the other liaisons to establish collection priorities for art-related disciplines, recommend specific purchases, maintain digital desiderata lists, and promote newly acquired resources.

As one of two liaison librarians working in the Fiske Kimball Fine Arts Library, the Librarian for the Arts will be an important supportive and collaborative presence for scholars located in and around the University of Virginia's Arts Grounds. The Librarian will work with colleagues in Information Services and Spaces and Collection Management to help shape the public services and collections of the Fine Arts Library.

The Librarian for the Arts will engage in creative thinking and research projects (both structured and unstructured) to promote innovations in arts-related librarianship. They will be expected to participate in regional and/or national professional organizations related to academic librarianship and arts librarianship in particular.

About UVA Library: The University of Virginia was conceived with a library at its heart, placed in the Rotunda at the head of the Academical Village. Today, the UVA Library’s original purpose remains unchanged: to provide access to accumulated knowledge and, in so doing, increase it — in short, to advance learning.

The Library is here to ensure that the University community has the information it needs for teaching, research, and personal enjoyment and enrichment. Regularly ranked in the top quartile of ARL libraries, UVA Library has six locations, more than 220 staffers, and more than 100 student employees. Staff members support a collection that includes more than 20 million manuscripts and archive materials, 4.8 million books, 4.5 million e-books, and hundreds of thousands of journal subscriptions. Additionally, as a major research institution, the Library regularly collaborates with professional organizations such as the Virtual Library of Virginia (VIVA), Virginia Library Association, Association of College and Research Libraries, and others.

The University of Virginia Library is committed to a culture of mutual respect, civility, inclusiveness, cooperation, mindfulness, accountability, and acceptance of individual differences. Departments and individuals are expected to work together, both in professional collaborations and in creating a culture where all can thrive. Library staff enjoy generous benefits for use of Library materials and professional development, in addition to UVA’s standard benefits package.

UVA is located in beautiful Charlottesville with easy access to the Blue Ridge Mountains; Richmond; Washington, D.C.; and the Eastern Shore. Charlottesville is a vibrant town with culture, music, numerous restaurants, excellent schools, and countless outdoor activities.


Required Qualifications:

  • A master's degree in library or information science, or a terminal degree in an arts-related discipline and appropriate experience in an academic library.
  • Strong background in art history, studio art, or a related field.
  • Commitment to ongoing professional development and enthusiasm for the possibilities offered by academic librarianship as a profession.
  • Familiarity with the tools and methods of digital scholarship.
  • Excellent interpersonal, organizational and communication skills.
  • Ability to thrive in a highly collaborative, team-based organization.
  • Commitment to fostering an equitable and inclusive workplace and an ability to work effectively with a diverse faculty, staff, and student population.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Familiarity with performing arts (such as music, drama, and dance) in an academic context.
  • Professional experience working in a liaison or subject specialist role in an academic library.
  • Familiarity with scholarly publishing models and with open educational resources (OER).
  • Working knowledge of one or more languages other than English.

At the University of Virginia Library, we are dedicated to building a diverse, inclusive, and dynamic workplace, so if you are excited about this role but your past experience doesn’t align perfectly with every preferred qualification in the job description, we encourage you to apply anyway.