Employment Opportunities at the Gould Library

Curator, Robert C. Larson ’56 Art in the Library Program

The mission of the Robert C. Larson ’56 Art in the Library Program is to bring library users into daily contact with works of art, artifacts, and natural objects in a spirit of discovery and learning.

The Curator will lead the program of art and of book-related exhibitions for the Carleton College Gould Library. The purpose of this program is to:

  • Support the curriculum and student learning.
  • Develop curricular-based exhibits working with specific faculty and courses.
  • Highlight art, books, and other materials from the college collections and from other regional collections.
  • Contribute to the daily visual and intellectual experience of college students, cultivating the next generation of supporters of cultural educational institutions.
  • Working in close cooperation with the staff of the Perlman Teaching Museum, the faculty, and the library staff, the Curator will continue the tradition of the library as a place for engaging with art and exhibitions.

Essential Job Responsibilities

  • Plan schedule of curricular and non-curricular library exhibitions annually.
  • Develop exhibits that showcase the liberal arts.
  • Develop art and book-related exhibits and displays in their full programmatic dimensions, including research, design, and display.
  • Work with faculty to plan and facilitate curricular exhibitions, including planning and leading sessions on curation, exhibition planning, label writing, and basic design with students. Work closely with faculty and students over the course of a term to produce the exhibition
  • Work closely with library staff to integrate library art and exhibitions into the fabric of library programs and operations, and into the life of the college.
  • Select and install art in the library; coordinate work on site-specific art installations and commissions.
  • Plan and coordinate educational programming, receptions, and attendant activities; write and produce reports, labels, exhibit brochures, etc.
  • Maintain and enhance exhibit-related web pages and create new online exhibits.
  • Continue cooperation between the Gould Library and Perlman Teaching Museum through close and constant collaboration with the Curator of the College Art Collection and staff.
  • Develop partnerships with regional museums and arts organizations.
  • Supervise a student assistant.

Additional Responsibilities

This position is a member of the Bridge Consortium and works collaboratively and in tandem with peers at the St. Olaf College libraries to ensure that work is not duplicated and that costs are contained or reduced.

Additionally, this position may be asked to provide services to the St. Olaf College libraries, and is responsible for participating in all appropriate Bridge working groups, meetings, and functions.

Required Qualifications

Two or more years of experience working in a museum environment with knowledge of installation and interpretive techniques or an equivalent combination of education or experience.

Strong organizational, research, written communication skills, and skills or interest in exhibition design.

Superb people skills with a high degree of flexibility are essential characteristics for success in this position. Candidates must be well organized and have the ability to handle multiple tasks and work under pressure.

Preferred Qualifications

M.A. in art, art history or related area preferred.

Library, archives, or other book exhibit/curatorial experience are highly desirable, but not required. It is expected that art curatorial experience will be transferable to the book-related part of the job.

Experience in educational programming and outreach programs, and experience with web page design and production are highly desirable. Additional desirable skills include photo documentation, label and poster design.

Experience with Adobe Creative Suite, including Photoshop and InDesign are also helpful. Demonstrated experience in forging collaborations and partnerships, particularly in boundary-crossing ways, is highly desirable.

For more information and to apply:  See the posting on the Carleton Employment Opportunities website.  https://jobs.carleton.edu/postings/2919