Liaison Librarian, Media Arts & Design – Drexel University Libraries

Position:               Liaison Librarian, Media Arts & Design

Position #:           111800 (Exempt)                Req #:    6824

July 8, 2015



Job Overview:   


Drexel University Libraries seeks an innovative librarian with academic background in the arts and demonstrated experience working with faculty and students in learning and research programs to serve as its Liaison Librarian for Media Arts and Design.  This position provides an exciting opportunity to build partnerships and collaborations across Drexel University as the Libraries primary liaison to the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.

The Liaison Librarian for Media Arts and Design serves as primary liaison between the University Libraries and the faculty, staff and students of the Westphal College of Media Arts and Design.  The Liaison Librarian for Media Arts and Design is a member of the liaison team, a group of librarians who work in close partnership to develop, implement, and assess instructional and research programs that advance the mission of Drexel University.  As the Libraries role on campus grows and changes, we actively seek candidates with expertise and experience in the evolving areas of digital scholarship, data management, data literacy, and online learning.

The position will be based at the W.W. Hagerty Library on Drexel University’s main campus.   Drexel University Libraries’ professional staff are expected to contribute to the ongoing operations through participation in departmental planning and decision-making, and in implementation of library and departmental policies. Regular reporting of activities and appropriate statistics is required.  Librarians are encouraged to participate in university activities and initiatives as well that of their professional associations.    Occasional evening and weekend work is required.


Essential Functions:

·         Serve as liaison librarian to the departments of Architecture & Interior Design; Art & Art History; Arts & Entertainment Enterprise; Cinema & Television; Design; and Digital Media. Coordinate liaison activities with the liaison to the department of Performing Arts;

·         Partner with departmental faculty and staff to integrate research and information-seeking instruction into appropriate courses and curriculum;

·         Actively build partnerships with constituents and Libraries’ colleagues to develop programs and tools that enrich creative work and scholarship in the College’s programs;

·         Develop, provide, and assess course-related instruction sessions to meet the needs of patrons from constituent programs and departments;

·         Create and maintain web-based research guides, instructional materials, and web pages to help users in their research;

·         Provide general, as well as specialized and customized reference services for users in relevant subject areas in-person and by phone, email and chat;

·         Lead collection development efforts in the arts for the University Libraries;

·         Engage with and contribute to the profession.

Minimum Qualifications:

·         ALA accredited MLS or equivalent graduate degree;

·         Minimum three years of relevant professional experience;

·         Undergraduate degree, graduate coursework, and/or professional experience in design arts, media arts and/or fine arts;

·         Demonstrated knowledge of art and design information resources and tools;

·         Demonstrated experience and knowledge of pedagogy and instructional technique;

·         Demonstrated experience working in digital service and online learning environments;

·         Demonstrated knowledge of scholarly trends in the arts and design;

·         Demonstrated knowledge of current trends in higher education; particularly in regards to digital scholarship, digital media and scholarly communication;

·         Excellent communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications:

·         Demonstrated experience and/or expertise in

o    management of creative and research artifacts

o    data management

o    scholarly communication

o    data literacy

o    online learning

·         Project management experience;

·         Demonstrated success working within a matrix organization ;

·         Demonstrated success working in a changing organization;

·         Academic library experience.

Supplemental Posting Information:

Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer, welcomes individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives, and believes that an inclusive and respectful environment enriches the University community and the educational and employment experience of its members. The University prohibits discrimination against individuals on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, status as a veteran or special disabled veteran, gender identity or expression, genetic information, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions and any other prohibited characteristic.  Please visit our website to view all University Policies and Workplace Postings.

Background investigations are required for all new hires as a condition of employment, after the job offer is made. Employment will be contingent upon the University’s acceptance of the results of the background investigation.



Qualified applicants may apply for this position online:

Christine Liu
Coordinator, Administrative Services

Drexel University Libraries 
Drexel University
3300 Market Street
W. W. Hagerty Library
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Tel: 215.895.6848  |  Fax: 215.895.2070