2135 Curator, Visual Resources


TITLE Curator, Visual Resources




IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR Department Head, Art and Design



The primary duty of the Curator of Visual Resources is managing the Art and Design Department's Slide Library, including shooting digital images or slides of works of art, masking and mounting slides, labeling slides, accessioning the digital images and slides, and making them available through circulation procedures.  The Curator of Visual Resources supports faculty scholarly/teaching activities by staying abreast of recent literature and developments in the slide library/digital fields as well as in the areas of art history, studio art, graphic design, and computer art.  The Curator of Visual Resources expands the library's resources available for faculty use by assisting with collection development and purchasing or producing slides and digital images to augment the existing collection and replace poor quality slides.  The Curator of Visual Resources develops appropriate operational policies and regulations within guidelines established by the department and the University and allocates the budget for the slide library.  The Curator, Visual Resources may teach one class each semester in their area of expertise.


Education: A Bachelor's degree with a major in Art History or Fine Arts is required.  Master's degrees in Library Science and/or Art History are preferred.

Experience: At least one year of full time professional work experience in a Slide Library, preferably as an assistant curator, is required.  Experience in cataloging and a general knowledge of photographic techniques is required.  Experience in operating VCRs, and slide projectors is required.  An understanding of both the PC and Macintosh platforms is required; experience working with Photoshop is preferred.

Skills:  Strong oral and written communication skills are required.  Management skills in organizing, planning, and budgeting are required. The ability to develop knowledge of, respect for, and skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds is required.

Foreign language reading ability in German, French or Italian, is preferred. Bookkeeping skills and knowledge of inventory procedures are preferred.

Effort: Occasionally required to lift and carry materials weighing up to thirty pounds.  Works using a light table and computer on almost a daily basis.


1. Supports the instructional component of the Department of Art and Design and expands the slide library's resources by supporting areas of faculty interest and teaching and learning needs, staying abreast of recent literature and developments in the slide library/digital photography areas as well as in the areas of art history, studio art, graphic design, computer art, maintaining professional memberships, and directing all aspects of collection development.

2. Facilitates the retrieval and use of slides by maintaining the classification system and database containing the slide library's collection, and creating new cataloging areas to accommodate new genre.

3. Provides images for faculty use by producing or purchasing slides and digital images, digitizing portions of the collection, processing film, masking and mounting slides, cataloguing and filing slides and digital images, developing catalog headings, and maintaining shelf-lists, authority files, source files, and accession and circulation records.

4. Ensures the proper operation of slide library and its equipment and resources by instructing users in the operation of traditional and digital equipment, arranging for its repair or replacement when necessary, and recommending changes in the slide library to utilize new technologies and meet current and future space and storage needs.

5. Manages the operation of the slide library by developing appropriate policies and regulations, enforcing them within the guidelines established by the department and the University, supervising and training student workers as necessary, and preparing and/or reviewing proposals concerning the slide library.

6. Manages funds and allocates the budget for the slide library by recommending purchases of equipment and materials, slides, slide production materials, references materials, videos, DVDs, and computer-related supplies and peripherals.

7. Assists in the development of the monographic collection and serial subscriptions of the department's holdings in Meyer Library by ordering and tracking these purchases, keeping the faculty informed of all library activities, and serving as a liaison between the Art and Design Department and Meyer Library.

8. Assists faculty by coordinating with publishers in ordering desk/examination copies of textbooks for classroom adoption.

9.  Supports the department and maintains involvement in art history and pedagogy by teaching one art history class each semester, if academic credentials allow.

10. Contributes to a work environment that encourages knowledge of, respect for, and development of skills to engage with those of other cultures or backgrounds.

11. Remains competent and current through self-directed professional reading, developing professional contacts with colleagues, attending professional development classes, and attending training and/or courses as directed by the Head, Art & Design.

12. Contributes to the overall success of the Department of Art & Design by performing all other duties and responsibilities as assigned.


The Curator of Visual Resources is supervised by the Department Head.




Factor 1: Professional Knowledge, Skill, and Technical Mastery

Level 2 - 900 Points: Entry-level professional knowledge of the principles, concepts, practices, and methods of non-technical administrative and managerial functions. Knowledge permits the employee to carry out basic recurring tasks and routine portions of assignments or to carry out less demanding professional elements of assignments in areas including communications, social sciences, art and design, education, and related functions while gaining in familiarity with the University's policies and goals, business practices and/or accounting systems. This level of knowledge permits the employee to schedule and carry out the steps of a limited operation or project to complete stages of a multi-phase project. Knowledge at this level is typically acquired through a combination of formal education and/or training and experience that includes a requirement for a college degree in an unspecified field or a specific background in a non-technical area. Knowledge requirements may also include a limited amount of related work experience.

Factor 2: Supervisory Responsibility

Level 1 - 50 Points: Typically, little, if any, supervision of others is required. The job may require irregular but occasional responsibility to direct the work of student workers and/or temporary or part-time workers. The nature of supervision is largely confined to assigning tasks to others and does not include a full range of supervisory responsibilities. The amount of time spent on directing the work of others is normally a small portion of total work time.

Factor 3: Interactions with Others

Level 2 - 100 Points: Interactions are generally routine and structured involving employees inside the University, students, or the general public. The purpose may include obtaining or clarifying facts, coordinating work, solving recurring problems, or providing factual information to others. Contacts may be with coworkers or structured exchanges with students, faculty, or the general public, and are generally for the purpose of exchanging information.

Factor 4: Job Controls and Guidelines

Level 2 - 250 Points: The employee carries out a group of procedures using the general methods and desired results indicated by the supervisor. Typically, standard operating procedures, handbooks, and/or reference manuals exist for most procedures, but the employee must select from the most appropriate of several guidelines and make minor adjustments to methods. Unforeseen situations are normally referred to others for resolution. Assignments are related in function and objective, but processes, procedures, or software varies from one assignment to another. Based on the assignment, the employee uses diverse, but conventional, methods, techniques, or approaches. Employees in jobs at this level may perform work that is moderately complex, but normally performed within a fairly narrow and specific functional area.

Factor 5: Managerial Responsibility

Level 3 - 850 Points: Work involves providing significant support services to others both within and outside of the department that substantially influences decision-making processes. Work activities are complex and others rely on the accuracy and reliability of the information, analysis, or advice to make decisions. Work activities have a direct, but shared, impact on further processes or services, affect the overall efficiency and image of the department, and may have material impact on costs or service quality within the cost center. Incumbents may be responsible for identifying areas of need and for developing proposals that request funding to fulfill those needs.