Institute Librarian


  • Position Category: Academic
  • Position Title: Institute Librarian
  • School/Department: Library and Information Resources
  • Reports To: Provost
  • Time: Full-Time
  • Appointment: Regular

Information & Responsibilities

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) seeks a visionary, dynamic and collaborative leader for the Division of Library and Information Resources. The Institute Librarian will lead the effort to build a shared vision, implement an innovative strategic direction, and provide operational and technology leadership for the Library that meets the Institute’s educational mission and vision. This faculty position reports to the Provost, Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs, and is a member of the Deans Council.

California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) seeks to employ faculty who can engage our diverse communities of learners at the highest levels of artistic endeavor and critical thinking. Across the range of practitioners from artists to scholars and librarians, we welcome candidates who possess a demonstrated worldview and cultural competency to support teaching and mentoring undergraduate and graduate students of varied backgrounds, capabilities, perspectives, social identities and gender expressions. CalArts is an equal opportunity employer.

Institute Librarian will provide leadership to:

  • Create and articulate a clear shared vision for the role of the Library within the greater Institute.
  • Collaboratively plan, develop, manage and assess the Library’s collections, operations, services and facilities.
  • Provide and develop innovative information resources in a service oriented environment.
  • Further develop the Library as a collaborative learning environment and learning commons.
  • Develop and implement strategies and infrastructure to manage, preserve and provide access to digital assets that are under the Library’s stewardship.
  • Plan, develop and manage budgets.
  • Actively engage in fundraising, grant writing and other development activities to support the Library's mission.
  •  Supervise and evaluate faculty librarians and staff.
  • Advocate for and represent the Library within the Institute and in professional organizations.


  • MLS, MLIS or MSIS from an ALA-accredited program.
  • Several years of relevant administrative and supervisory experience in an academic or research library.
  • Capacity to effectively lead faculty librarians and library staff with an evident collaborative and participatory management style that values equity and transparency in decision-making.
  • Proven ability to inspire, build trust, collaborate, lead organizational change, foster innovation, and empower staff growth.
  • Experience leading collaborative initiatives that advance an academic library’s role and mission in the evolving digital landscape while balancing physical collections and the sense of ‘library as place’.
  • Knowledge of and expertise with best practices for integrating emerging technologies that support Library systems and services.
  • Experience developing infrastructure to sustainably manage digital assets and collections.
  • In depth knowledge of current publishing practices in the arts, with particular attention to digital scholarship.
  • Leadership experience and the ability to engage faculty librarians and library staff to collaboratively plan and deliver innovative user-centered services.
  • Demonstrated leadership experience and ability to collaboratively define, plan, develop and implement new initiatives for research, teaching, and learning as it relates to artistic practice.
  • Ability to collect, synthesize and analyze quantitative and qualitative data and to communicate results to a wide variety of assessment partners.
  • Proven experience and skill with budget planning, analysis, and management.
  • Demonstrated success in seeking new sources of library funding, fundraising and/or grant writing.
  • Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills with the commitment to fostering a culturally responsive environment.
  • Demonstrated success in creating structures that cultivate welcoming, inclusive, and diverse library and learning environments.
  • Awareness of emerging trends in libraries and higher education.


  • Experience with planning and managing renovations of a library, or a significant unit within a library, or planning for a new library space.
  • Demonstrated experience writing institutional policy and messaging that articulates the library’s value to a wide variety of audiences.
  • Knowledge and appreciation of the visual and performing arts.
  • Evidence of successful grant proposals.
  • Record of scholarly contributions and professional service.


    As the first higher education institution in the nation to offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in the visual and performing arts, CalArts is in the top tier of highly competitive arts schools. Established in 1961 by Walt and Roy Disney, CalArts emerged with a bold new paradigm for arts education, the kind not seen since the Black Mountain College experiment of the 1930s that promised freedom to create with boundless imagination, unfettered by conventional expectations. Offering a curriculum that is at once imaginative and rigorous, CalArts continues to distinguish itself as a pioneer in arts education, nurturing and respecting students as artists, offering remarkable interchange with faculty across disciplines, and encouraging students to cross-pollinate and inspire each other.

    CalArts offers its educational program to student artists through six primary divisions: the School of Art; School of Critical Studies; Sharon Disney Lund School of Dance; Herb Alpert School of Music; School of Film/Video; and the School of Theater. This year, in the sole art school category, U.S. News & World Report named the CalArts MFA Program in Art in its Top 10 ranking. Animation Career Review named CalArts Animation Programs #1 nationally in its most recent review. The Hollywood Reporter ranked CalArts among the top 5 film schools, top 10 music schools and top 15 drama schools in the world.

    Located on a campus 25 miles north of Hollywood in the Santa Clarita Valley, CalArts has helped fuel several movements in the arts, its graduates fanning out internationally in every major arts arena. It now holds a prominent place in the exploding arts scene in Los Angeles, where a critical mass of emerging artists and professional colleagues both come from the ranks of CalArts alumni.

    The CalArts Library engages students and faculty to develop the skills necessary for critical inquiry, creative exploration, and lifelong learning, in an environment that supports and promotes the diversity of the CalArts community. The Library offers academic reference and instruction services; and contains collections of over 200,000 physical items in all formats including distinctive and substantial Moving Image Collections, Institute Archives, Special Collections and Artists Books as well as over 300,000 electronic resources including several Digital Collections.

    In addition to the main campus, CalArts operates the Roy and Edna Disney CalArts Theater (REDCAT), an interdisciplinary contemporary arts center for innovative performance and exhibition in downtown Los Angeles. The Institute also provides arts education to underserved youth in the area through the Community Arts Partnership and maintains strong ties with an array of educational partners globally.

    To learn more about CalArts, please see

    Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references via email to with Institute Librarian Search in the subject line. Review of applications will begin in August, 2019. Position will be available some time after January 2, 2020.

    Or mail these materials to Institute Librarian Search, Office of the Provost, California Institute of the Arts, 24700 McBean Parkway, Valencia, CA 91355.

  • TypeAcademic
    School/DepartmentLibrary and Information Resources
    Reports ToProvost