Exhibits Librarian
University of Denver

Denver, Colorado

Posted in Education and Training

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Job Info

The University of Denver Libraries, comprised of the Main Library at the Anderson Academic Commons, the Bonfils Stanton Music Library in the Newman Center, and the off-site Hampden Center storage facility, is a highly collaborative, team-based organization that serves a diverse population, ranging from our students, staff, and faculty to public and other academic patrons from around the world and the surrounding region. Opened on March 25, 2013, the Anderson Academic Commons is the campus centerpiece for collaborative, technology-infused teaching, learning and engagement. The University of Denver Libraries are central to discovery and creative interaction among students and faculty, and provide collections, services, personnel, and systems that support the teaching and research programs of the University. The institution is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and inclusive faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment.

At 5,280 feet, Denver is located where the Great Plains meet the Rocky Mountains. Known as the Mile High City, you can expect to enjoy 300 days of sunshine, greenspace and parks, a thriving cultural scene, diverse neighborhoods, beautiful architecture and spectacular views of the mountain panorama near the city. To learn more, visit: https://www.denver.org/

Position Summary

Reporting to the Associate Dean for Scholarly Communications & Collections Services, the Exhibits Librarian oversees the University Libraries exhibits program.

The University Libraries exhibits are presented in multiple types of spaces in the Anderson Academic Commons, including many walls designed for exhibition installation, built-in display cases, and movable display cases in a variety of sizes and shapes, as well as an interactive PRYSM wall. The Libraries virtual exhibits are also currently presented primarily in a customized Omeka Content Management System (CMS), and the Librarian will work with colleagues to determine future directions for digital exhibits, the goal being to develop an integrated, engaging, and inclusive multi-media experience for users.

Exhibits are integrated into courses, as well as built to enrich and inform the experience of casual visitors. Based on knowledge of design principles and aesthetic design concepts, the Librarian will create exhibits in physical and virtual modalities that impact teaching and research and bring library spaces to life through meaningful intellectual engagement. Exhibits will contribute to building more inclusive spaces and programming, enrich the experience of our users, generate awareness of our collections and expertise as a library, and highlight scholarship at the University (both that of students and of DUs faculty).

In overseeing exhibits, the Exhibits Librarian will work internally with colleagues who curate our various special collections and archives and manage facilities, as well as the Digital Collections, Design & Discovery, Library Technology, and Reference Departments. They will also work with faculty, staff, and students across the University, and at times guest artists, photographers, and more. The Librarian will need to research and prepare concept scripts, conceptual designs and detail designs, incorporating all media necessary to interpret an exhibits key messages. They will supervise graduate student assistants and manage an exhibits budget. The Librarians immediate priority will be to maintain a successful physical exhibits program that has for many years been integrated into many courses and seek to, over time, expand the digital exhibits program.

As a member of the University Libraries Faculty, the Exhibits Librarian will work in accord with the promotion guidelines and actively engage in scholarly activities through research and publication and participate in professional organizations, as well as library and campus committees. Funding and support will be provided to engage professionally at the regional and national level.

Essential Functions

  • Manage exhibits from conception to de-installation and/or archiving, including development, budgeting, scheduling, promotion, and resource allocation.
  • Research, design, and create educational and informative exhibits that feature the institutions cultural and historical collections, highlight scholarship at the University by both faculty and students, and foster inclusive and welcoming spaces.
  • Develop and implement exhibit policies and procedures to ensure quality and conservation standards.
  • Coordinate with curators of special collections and archives on identification and (when necessary) acquisition of materials for exhibits.
  • Consult with librarians, faculty, and staff from across the University and within the region and build campus and broader community partnerships to curate and discuss projects and design.
  • Coordinate process for soliciting proposals for external exhibits whether from partners on campus or in the community including traveling exhibits. Administer loan forms and other documentation as required.
  • Coordinate exhibits-related instruction, including working with faculty to integrate exhibit creation into courses.
  • Work with other librarians and curators on an as-needed basis in providing primary-source related instruction.
  • Coordinate programming in the library related to exhibits and cultural and creative engagement with library spaces.
  • Chair the Libraries Exhibits Committee and participate in other team and standing committee meetings, including facilitation, when necessary.
  • As a library faculty member, they will participate in library faculty shared governance, which includes serving on the Faculty Appointment, Promotions, and Appeals committee according to the FAPA Guidelines.
  • Supervise one or more graduate students assisting with exhibits. Work with campus and community partners to create internship opportunities to gain experience in exhibits related work.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Ability to work in a team environment with a wide range of experts, including facilities, vendors, and internal and external stakeholders.
  • Strong interpersonal skills and ability to communicate clearly and knowledgeably, both verbally and in writing, and in diverse environments.
  • Demonstrated experience presenting and/or interpreting diverse subjects for public learning,
  • Capacity to build strong connections with faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community partners.
  • Ability to use knowledge, experience, awareness, and skills to advance DUs commitment to diversity and inclusion, and to engage effectively with a broad spectrum of culturally diverse groups.
  • Ability to work independently, effectively, and confidentially, using tact and excellent judgment.
  • Analytical skills for decision making.
  • Ability to plan and organize work, set priorities, and meet deadlines in a quickly-changing environment, and demonstrated experience in managing multiple projects
  • Ability to actively engage in the library organization, including leadership and participation in teams, task forces, and committees, working in the support of colleagues, willingly stepping into other roles when needed, and sharing responsibility as a faculty member in the librarys mission, goals, programs, and plans.
  • Interest in and ability to engage in professional development and scholarly activities through research, publication, and service to national and regional professional organizations.
  • Demonstrated ability to apply existing or learn new technical skills to complex and interconnected challenges.
  • Ability to apply intellectual curiosity to creative and collaborative planning involving unfamiliar technology.

Required Qualifications

  • A graduate degree in Library Science, Museum & Field Studies, Anthropology, History, or other related fields.
  • Experience or demonstrated training in exhibit development, physical exhibit installation, or equivalent work experience or training.
  • Demonstrated ability or potential to engage effectively with culturally-diverse communities.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience or demonstrated training in digital exhibit platforms.
  • Experience working with educators and students in higher education.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of conservation standards and techniques.

Application Deadline
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) January 17th, 2021. Applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled.

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through jobs.du.edu to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Grade Number:
The salary grade for the position is UC.

Salary Range:
The salary range for this position is $60,000 - $65,000.

The University of Denver has provided a compensation range that represents its good faith estimate of what the University may pay for the position at the time of posting. The University may ultimately pay more or less than the posted compensation range. The salary offered to the selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal salary equity considerations, and available market information, but not based on a candidate's sex or any other protected status.

The University of Denver offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO pass. The University of Denver is a private institution that empowers students who want to make a difference. Learn more about the University of Denver.

Please include the following documents with your application:

1. Resume
2. Cover Letter
3. Portfolio
4. 1-page Diversity Statement

The University of Denver is an equal opportunity employer. The University of Denver prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, age (40 years and over in the employment context), religion, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, veterans status, and any other class of individuals protected from discrimination under federal, state, or local law, regulation, or ordinance in any of the university's educational programs and activities, and in the employment (including application for employment) and admissions (including application for admission) context, as required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Title III of the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, as amended in 2008; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; Title VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; the Age Discrimination Act of 1975; the Age Discrimination in Employment Act of 1967; and any other federal, state, and local laws, regulations, or ordinances that prohibit discrimination, harassment, and/or retaliation. For the university's complete Non-Discrimination Statement, please see non‑discrimination‑statement.

All offers of employment are contingent upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.

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