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Visual Literacy & Arts Librarian, College of the Holy Cross, Worcester, MA

As part of Research, Teaching & Learning, the Visual Literacy & Arts Librarian will serve as the Visual Literacy specialist for the libraries, and provide research and instruction (including personal research sessions) not only for the Department of Visual Arts but also for the broader campus. Manage collections (including selecting and de-selecting) and discovery/access for Visual Arts, which includes the Nevins Collection for the Study of Comics and Graphic Novels; pursue professional development and stay abreast of best practices in the field. Initiate and collaborate on projects involving digital images, and advise on assessment efforts around Visual Literacy. Demonstrate proficiency with copyright and fair use policy. Serve as liaison to Visual Arts and other departments as appropriate. Serve on internal and campus-wide committees and teams.

Major Areas of Responsibility:

  • Report to the Head of Research, Teaching & Learning
  • Serve as primary Visual Literacy specialist
  • Hire, train & supervise student worker(s) as appropriate
  • Provide reference, research by appointment, and instruction as part of RTL's mission, especially to those enrolled in Visual Arts courses
  • Serve as liaison to one or more departments
  • Serve as cluster librarian to Montserrat, on rotation
  • Collaborate with other RTL librarians to promote and support research and instruction
  • Manage collection and instruction needs of the Visual Arts Department
  • Stay abreast of copyright laws and associated copyright issues in higher education
  • Other duties as assigned


  • Bachelor's degree in Art History required. ALA-accredited MLIS required. MA in Art History preferred.
  • Intermediate knowledge of image creation and image discovery/access system management.
  • Intermediate knowledge of library systems and current practices.
  • Entry level classroom experience, both for Art History and for disciplines beyond Visual Arts.
  • Basic understanding of copyright law, intellectual freedom, and ethical use of information.

Core Competencies

  • Demonstrated commitment to librarianship.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Visual Arts curriculum and resources in academia.
  • High comfort level in teaching and presenting to a group.
  • Easy to collaborate with, willing to work on a team toward a common goal.
  • Collegiality and ability to mentor student workers.
  • Commitment to professional development and scholarship; participation in the broader professional community.
  • Excellent innovation/creativity.
  • Understands, values and respects diversity as an individual, in a team and within groups while fostering an inclusive and supportive environment.


In your cover letter please address how your work supports the College's mission as a Jesuit, undergraduate liberal arts college (see and its core commitment to diversity and inclusion. For more information, please visit

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