Art Center College of Design | Pasadena, California | Learn to Create. Influence Change.

Title: College Librarian and Managing Director, Library

Department - Library

Type - Full-time staff


The College Librarian and Managing Director of the Library is responsible for leadership of Art Center’s existing and future two-campus library facilities and staffs, and for ensuring that the College Library will continue to provide the Art Center community with excellent services and resources in all media for study, studio work, research and teaching. Consistent with our strategic plan, there is also a strongly identified need for this position to help develop and support undergraduate, graduate, and faculty research initiatives with attention to the following: multi-media collections; multi-modal learning in a text-based world with cross-institutional networked resources; and will work closely with the Director of Educational Technology and IT to integrate our digital and physical library resources to 21st century standards. The College Librarian and Managing Director is also responsible for strategic planning, budgeting, and business operations of the College Library and Archives.


  • Envision and oversee the expansion of the College Library into a two-campus system
  • Direct and administer the operations of the College Library and Archives
  • Forge good working relationships and outreach to faculty, students, department chairs, Faculty Council, and committees
  • Support and help develop research efforts within the college for undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and administrative purposes regarding institutional assessment and accreditation
  • Facilitate student text and visual literacy and the role of the library to support a culture of makers, in conjunction with the Writing Center, the Center for Student Experience, and Faculty Development
  • Manage budget to ensure all essential services are provided, including expenditures for books, magazines, online resources, digital collections, personnel and operations
  • Plan for acquisition of all Library equipment and computers
  • Supervise the existing team of library professionals in Acquisitions, Cataloging, Reference and Public Services, Digital Collections, Archives and Cinema and interview, hire/rehire new or replacement staff as necessary
  • Work effectively with Accounting, Support Services, Facilities, Human Resources, Center for Student Experience, and College administration
  • Work with Development in seeking and applying for grants, and in reporting results
  • Provide programming, exhibits, orientation instruction, and outreach to students and faculty
  • Develop programs for docents; serve as liaison to all college constituencies

About Art Center College of Design  

Throughout its 85-year history, Art Center College of Design has distinguished itself as a center of innovation, educating professionals who are also creative thinkers capable of inspiring change in society by solving problems through art and design. Looking to the future, Art Center continues to develop its educational curricula, enhance its facilities and contribute to bettering our society. The strategic plan outlines the community vision for the future of Art Center College of Design (www.artcenter.edu/createchange/). We are an independent, non-profit, four-year college offering a Bachelor of Fine Arts or Bachelor of Science degree in eleven specialized programs, and graduate degrees in six art and design disciplines.  

As part of this strategic plan, the College Library is charged with expanding its influence to a two-campus system and enhancing its digital resources. The library offers students access to comprehensive print and online resources in art and design which is supported by trained information professionals who assist students in the research process. The collection encompasses 100,000 print volumes; 13,500 videotapes, DVDs and streaming instructional videos; 500 zines; video games; rare book collection; college archives; subscriptions to over 470 magazines and 40 specialized digital resources covering all areas of art and design supporting the Art Center curriculum.  

Art Center offers a full benefits package of medical, dental, vision, LTD and life insurance plans. There is a generous leave time benefit in addition to paid time off between Christmas and New Year’s Day. Additional benefits include a retirement savings plan, tuition remission, and flextime options.


  • Demonstrated leadership in building new approaches to library services, educational technologies, social media, and digital resources in the arts
  • Knowledge of current developments in libraries, educational technologies, social media and publishing
  • 5 years of progressively responsible management experience in an academic library
  • Ability to work within a collegial framework and to collaborate effectively
  • On-going engagement with web and digital systems for archiving, collecting, circulating, accessing and general business administration
  • Demonstrated experience supervising and motivating staff
  • Previous experience with large scale budget planning
  • Evidence of strong commitment to public services
  • Initiative in program development, implementation and project management
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills to effectively serve students, faculty, alumni, staff and outside vendors, colleagues, donors and the general public
  • Minimum Educational Requirement: Master’s degree from an ALA accredited Library/Information Sciences program

The application deadline is January 13, 2014. Applicants are asked to send their resume with a cover letter of interest, including salary expectations/history to the attention of Nancy Duggan, Executive Director, Human Resources at Art Center College of Design.

Art Center College of Design is committed to excellence through the establishment of a diverse faculty and staff that best represents our student body and its surrounding communities.  


Please see specific application information listed in the Qualifications section above and send application materials to HR@artcenter.edu 
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