Job posting: Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Architecture, MIT

Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Architecture (link)

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

this job was posted to the VRA-listerv; apologies to those who have already seen it

The MIT Libraries seek a knowledgeable professional with image metadata expertise to join the Aga Khan Documentation Center (AKDC). The Center supports the teaching of, and research on, the history and theory of architecture, urbanism, environmental and landscape design, visual culture, and conservation, as well as the practice of architecture, in Muslim societies, with particular focus on research and teaching activities of the Aga Khan Program in Islamic Architecture. The Visual Resources Librarian has responsibility for managing and ensuring access to the Center’s materials and collections and will play an important role in supporting digital scholarship at MIT. Reporting to the Program Head, the Visual Resources Librarian participates in building and developing the AKDC collections by identifying, evaluating, and processing images, digital resources, historic photographs, textual sources, and ephemera. To ensure digital access to all AKDC materials, the Librarian creates item- and collection-level cataloging and indexing for visual materials in all formats and assists in the development and implementation of appropriate and forward-looking image metadata schemes. S/he acquires and manages copyright permissions as appropriate. Supporting the Center’s responsibility for the curation of the intellectual and content core of Archnet, the Visual Resources Librarian works with the Archnet Content Manager to ensure that metadata and materials are entered into the database correctly and promoted to the site. Advancing the Center’s ability to support teaching and research, the Librarian provides teaching images in appropriate formats and other visual resources for classroom lectures and course websites. S/he assists in the preparation of online research guides, reference tools, and finding aids for Islamic architecture. And, s/he works with other MIT Libraries groups supporting interdisciplinary and digital scholarship. The Librarian coordinates and prioritizes production of various digital products (scanning, uploading, and cataloging) and tracks workflows and timely service to users. Special projects for access to and dissemination of Islamic visual culture will be developed through collaborations with other stakeholders. The Librarian collaborates with diverse MIT colleagues, AKPIA Documentation Center at Harvard, and the Aga Khan Trust for Culture. Participation on committees and in system-wide initiatives to enhance the quality and impact of library services is a responsibility of all MIT library professionals. Additionally, the Visual Resources Librarian will be expected to engage professionally with fellow professionals through research, writing, presentations and/or professional service activities and to keep current with and develop knowledge of emerging technologies and trends in the community.

Required Qualifications:
MLS/MLIS or an advanced degree (Master’s level or higher) in the history of art and architecture related to the study of the Middle East, or an equivalent combination of education and experience.
Familiarity with architectural description, as well as editing and/or curatorial experience.
Expertise in image metadata standards and online data creation tools, including XML, HTML, MARC, Dublin Core, VRA Core, and general open source software.
Experience with digital image file management with tools such as FileMaker, Excel, Photoshop, and Archivist Toolkit/Archives Space, and ability to work with image databases.
Excellent communication and interpersonal skills including demonstrated ability in working successfully within a diverse community.
Strong organizational skills with proven ability to manage projects and competing priorities, to adapt to change, and to work successfully in a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills with ability to be flexible, collaborative, and to work across organizational boundaries.

Preferred Qualifications:
Advanced degree (Master’s or higher) in the history of art and architecture related to the study of the Middle East. Visual Resources Librarian for Islamic Architecture Data and Specialized Services
Reading knowledge of at least one Middle Eastern language (Arabic, Farsi, Turkish).
Working knowledge of one or more western European languages.
Knowledge of the contemporary field of Islamic art and architecture historical study and its constituents.
Knowledge of other archival collections projects related to visual culture and history of the Middle East.
Experience participating in an academic/professional community via a virtual platform.
Two or more years of related professional library experience.

Salary and Benefits: $55,000 is minimum entry-level salary. Actual salary and appointment classification (Librarian I or II, or other) will depend on qualifications and experience. MIT offers excellent benefits including a choice of health and retirement plans, a dental plan, tuition assistance and a relocation allowance. The MIT Libraries afford a flexible and collegial working environment and foster professional growth of staff with management training and travel funding for professional meetings.

Apply online: Applications must include cover letter and resume. Priority will be given to applications received by May 16, 2016; position open until filled. MIT is strongly and actively committed to diversity within its community and particularly encourages applications from qualified women and minority candidates.


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