Moving Image Collections Curator and Librarian for Film and Media Studies

at UCSB Library (view profile)
Location Santa Barbara, CA
Date Posted March 6, 2020
Category Academic
Job Type Full-time
Minimum Compensation 55014
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Moving Image Collections Curator and Librarian for Film and Media Studies (Assistant, Associate, or Full)

The University of California, Santa Barbara, is one of ten campuses that comprise the University of California system and is a member of the Association of American Universities. The University Library at UC Santa Barbara is a member of the Association of Research Libraries.

The expected effective date of this position is July 1, 2020 or later.

Reporting to the Director of Special Research Collections (SRC), the Curator-Librarian is responsible for archival moving image collections located in both SRC and the Department of Film and Media Studies. Responsibilities also include managing the Library’s general film and media collection, selecting scholarly resources supporting film and media studies, and serving as the subject liaison to the Department of Film and Media Studies.

UC Santa Barbara has significant collections of moving image materials. The UCSB Library’s SRC has a large collection of film and video, composed of archival moving image materials separated from various manuscript collections, as well as freestanding collections like the KEYT videotape library. The Library also maintains a circulating collection of moving image materials. The Department of Film and Media Studies has an archive focusing primarily on nonfiction film, including travelogues and TV newsfilm. This position will be responsible for curating, maintaining, conserving, and managing all of these collections.

Collection development and management duties include creating collection strategies for moving image materials held in the SRC, the Department, and general Library collections. The Curator-Librarian will provide leadership in directing and managing the acquisition, description, and long-term preservation of moving image collections. This includes applying knowledge of film and media formats and national standards for digitization and preservation. Working closely with the Director of SRC, the Library’s Director of Development, and the Department of Film and Media Studies Archive Committee, the Curator-Librarian will identify prospective donors and strategic partners to support the acquisition, processing, and digitization of collections, and will promote the accessibility and use of the collections for teaching, learning, and scholarship.

Duties also include establishing intellectual control over moving image collections, creating bibliographic access to collections following national archival and library standards and practices. The Curator-Librarian will also be responsible for the preservation and digitization of collections working closely with the SRC’s audiovisual preservation lab in preserving and providing access to the collections.

The Curator-Librarian selects and manages monographs, serials, electronic resources, streaming services, and media for the general collection and will manage allocated collection funds to assure timely and appropriate expenditure. The Curator-Librarian also maintains awareness of scholarly communication trends in relevant disciplines.

This position is the subject liaison to the Department of Film and Media Studies, working under the direction of the Director of Research & Engagement in a team-based environment with other Research & Engagement librarians to provide research support and instruction.

The Curator-Librarian provides research consultations to faculty and students, teaches course-integrated library sessions, and advises faculty on assignment design and learning outcomes related to information literacy. Other responsibilities include creating and maintaining resource and research guides, and planning and curating exhibits.

The Curator-Librarian will:
Develop, implement, and evaluate priorities and policies for collecting and retaining moving image materials of historical value;

Manage the administration of special collections, including appraisal, acquisitions, processing, preservation, and gift agreements;

Develop the main library collections supporting film and media studies;

Engage in proactive outreach and communication with Film and Media Studies faculty and students; lead instruction sessions, presentations, and tours; promote the use and understanding of primary resources to faculty, students, researchers, alumni, university personnel, and the public;

Provide leadership, consultation, and outreach to collection donors;

Identify preservation issues for moving image formats;

Prepare interpretive and informative text for finding aids, website, and promotional/public educational materials and exhibits;

Train and supervise student assistants, special project and grant staff; and

Work in the Department of Film and Media Studies Archive, managing the collection, supporting archival theory and practice seminars, and overseeing research requests and access.

At time of application, ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, OR at least a Master’s degree in Film and Media Studies, or relevant field; and

At time of application, at least two years’ relevant professional experience.

Demonstrated record of professional engagement, including membership in professional organizations, presentations at conferences, and/or peer-reviewed publications; and

Excellent written communication skills as evidenced by submitted materials including the CV, Cover Letter, and an optional but encouraged statement of diversity.

Demonstrated commitment to achieving equity, diversity and inclusion in the workplace and the community;

Excellent oral, and interpersonal communication skills;

Demonstrated commitment to user-focused services and collection building;

Familiarity with archival metadata standards (DACS, EAD), scholarly repository platforms and technology tools including ArchivesSpace as evidenced by work experience;

Knowledge of current trends, issues, workflows, and best practices associated with moving image conservation and digitization;

Expertise in copyright law as it pertains to moving image collections and film and media resources;

Demonstrated collaborative and team building skills and an ability to work with diverse populations;

Effective project management skills and strong organizational skills;

Experience with teaching in a library or academic setting; and

Supervisory and management experience in a special collections and archival environment.

Salary commensurate with experience and qualifications. Librarians at the University of California, Santa Barbara are professional academic appointees who accrue vacation at the rate of two days per month and sick leave at the rate of one day per month. The University has excellent retirement plans and a selection of group health, dental, vision, and life insurance plans. Benefits information can be found at

The incumbent will be a member of the LX Collective Bargaining Unit represented by the American Federation of Teachers.

Apply by April 12, 2020 for primary consideration, thereafter this position will remain open until filled. Only completed applications, including a CV, a cover letter, names and contact information for two references, and an optional but encouraged statement of contribution to diversity will be considered.

Statements of contribution to diversity, if submitted, will be reviewed for evidence of teaching, research, professional and/or public service contributions that promote diversity and equal opportunity, such as effective strategies used for the educational advancement of students in various under-represented groups; demonstrated contributions to the advancement of equitable access and diversity in education; and contributions furthering diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through participation in such activities as recruitment, retention, and mentoring of scholars and students.

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Appointment or continued employment is contingent on successful completion of a background check.

The Library is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research, teaching, and service.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.