Job posting: Assistant Director, Operations and Outreach (University of Chicago Visual Resources Center)

About the Visual Resources Center

The mission of the Visual Resources Center is to support the Division of the Humanities, particularly the Art History Department through the expert provision and development of high-quality visual resources for the study and teaching of Art History and the Humanities. The Visual Resources Center seeks a knowledgeable, energetic individual committed to user-centered services to perform the various following duties as Assistant Director for Operations and Outreach, Visual Resources Center.

Job Description 

Assistant Director Operations and Outreach : Under the general supervision of the Associate Director of Visual Resources Center, provides professional, relevant, and effective outreach and support for scholarship to faculty, students, and other members of the University community; works closely with faculty and students to integrate digital images and relevant technologies into the research and pedagogical activities of the Art History Department and Humanities Division; collaborates effectively with the Associate Director to develop and implement policies and workflows and to assist in all aspects of the daily operation and development of the Visual Resources Center; catalogs, develops, maintains, and administers digital collections; oversee the work of part-time student and other temporary employees.

Metadata Creation and Maintenance: With a user-oriented perspective, creates authority-based, original, image catalog records in relational database. Implements and maintains metadata and content standards in image catalog and image archive; performs quality-control for all records in multiple image databases. In collaboration with Associate Director, develops appropriate metadata display templates. Researches and acquires material to fill image orders and develop the VRC’s collections to support current curricular needs and research interests; leads periodic meetings of part-time cataloging staff.

Digital Collection Management: In collaboration with Associate Director, manages and maintains digital collections in the LUNA database; assists with digital collection management workflows to ensure efficient processes and timely delivery of images to faculty and students; participates in ongoing dialogue with patrons to maintain high usability standards for all VRC collections.

Instruction and Outreach: Serves as primary point of contact for all patrons of the Visual Resources Center. Develop and deliver specialized training for digital media and related technology to faculty, students, and staff, in groups and individually; creates course-specific and general classroom instruction sessions, online tutorials, and reference guides using a variety of media. Collaborate with Library and other University staff on campus-wide instruction sessions related to visual literacy and discovery of visual materials; promotes awareness of Visual Resources Center services, projects and resources via social media outlets and Center website.


Bachelor’s degree required.
Master’s degree in Library or Information Science, Art History or the Arts preferred.


Two years of related work experience preferred.

Experience in collections of digital images in an academic, museum, library, or analogous work environment preferred.
Digital archiving experience preferred.


Working or educational knowledge of visual image cataloging procedures and practices
Working or educational knowledge of library discovery systems such as ARTstor, LUNA, and faceted search engines
Working or educational knowledge of the VRA Core 4 metadata schema, national cataloging standards, and controlled vocabularies
Working or educational knowledge of digitization best practices
Demonstration of strong organizational, problem-solving, and analytical skills with excellent attention to detail and a high level of accuracy
Ability to take initiative, solve problems, and prioritize work effectively
Excellent interpersonal skills and oral and written communication skills
Demonstrated ability to work well both independently and collaboratively with colleagues, faculty and staff in a rapidly changing and dynamic environment
Ability to operate a Macintosh operating system with proficiency in word processing, relational databases such as Filemaker Pro or Access, presentation applications such as PowerPoint or Keynote, and Photoshop

Library instruction and/or outreach experience
Reading knowledge of French, German and/or other foreign languages
Knowledge of digital humanities and emerging technologies
Working knowledge of web content management and learning management systems
Working knowledge of image copyright preferred
Familiarity with digital imaging and color-management technologies preferred


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Or from the University of Chicago’s Jobs website — — search for Posting ID 096470.


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