Dean, Library and Information Resources – California Institute of the Arts (CalArts)

The California Institute of the Arts (CalArts) is currently accepting applications for the position of Dean, Library and Information Resources.

Established in 1961 by Walt and Roy Disney, CalArts is a private, non-profit, arts college offering graduate and undergraduate degrees in six schools (Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music, and Theater) to approximately 1,500 students.  The institute is known for its faculty of distinguished artists and scholars, outstanding students, and multidisciplinary approach to arts education.

The CalArts Library enables student and faculty artist/scholars to develop the skills necessary for creative exploration, critical reflection and lifelong learning, in an environment that supports and promotes the diversity of voices that encompass the CalArts community.  The library offers a full suite of academic reference and instruction services, and contains a collection of over 200,000 physical items in all formats and approximately 300,000 electronic resources, as well as a unique archival and rare-book collection.

Under the direction of the provost, the dean will lead, plan, organize and direct the operations and activities of the library; provide innovative information resources and services in support of the institute’s mission and vision; project and monitor budgets; work collaboratively with faculty, administration, staff and students in a service-oriented environment; and coordinate the work, supervise and evaluate the performance of library faculty and staff.

Qualifications of the dean will include a Master’s Degree in Library Science, a minimum of ten years of increasingly-responsible experience in an academic library environment, including five years in a supervisory capacity; currency with best practices within information technology including emerging technologies related to Library systems and services; experience with coordinating efforts to plan, develop and implement technology that support digital scholarship; demonstrated skills in budget planning, analysis and control of funding from multiple sources; experience with fundraising in a library setting; and appreciation of the visual and performing arts.

How to Apply

Candidates should send a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and the names and contact information for three references at the attention of Provost Jeannene Przyblyski to:

Diane Hunt, senior administrative assistant to the provost:, or

Office of the Provost, Re: Dean of Library Search,
California Institute of the Arts,
24700 McBean Parkway,
Valencia, CA 91355-2397.

For full consideration please apply by October 1, 2016.  Review of applications will begin on that date and will continue until the position is filled.

CalArts is proud of its diverse student body and deeply committed to supporting the cultural and artistic aspirations of all its students. A commitment to increasing opportunities for low-income students and currently disenfranchised groups is necessary, as is the desire to work to support institutional goals of equity and diversity in an ongoing way. CalArts is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE). In our efforts to reach a diverse application pool, please follow the link to fill out an optional survey:

CalArts has a multidisciplinary approach to its studies of the arts through six schools: Art, Critical Studies, Dance, Film/Video, Music and Theater. CalArts encourages students to explore and recognize the complexity of the many aspects of the arts. It is supported by a distinguished faculty of practicing artists and provides its Bachelor and Master of Fine Arts students with the hands-on training and exposure necessary for an artist’s growth. CalArts was founded in 1961 and opened in 1969 as the first institution of higher learning in the United States specifically for students interested in the pursuit of degrees in all areas of visual and performing arts.

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