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Visual Resources Curator

Date: November, 2014
Reports to (Job Title): Chair, Fine Arts
Jobs Reporting (Job Titles): None
Department: Fine Arts


Main Campus


35 hr/wk

Primary Purpose

The Visual Resources Curator oversees the daily operation and long-term development of the Fine Arts Visual Resources Centre and its collections and provides resources, technical instruction, reference, and research assistance to support the teaching activities of the department. 

Key Accountabilities:

1.  Maintains, builds and provides access to the resources contained in the Visual Resources Centre:



2.  Ensures visual resources are available through systematic cataloguing and classification:



3.  Provides reference and research assistance to patrons of the Visual Resources Centre, including occasional bibliographic instruction:




4.  Provides instruction in the form of workshops to undergraduate and graduate students as an essential part of the professional practice component of the department’s pedagogy:




5.  Maintains the Fine Arts website to the high standard required in a visual arts context:



6.  Provides general duties associated with the Visual Resources Centre and function:

Position Requirements


Undergraduate degree in art history; degree in Library Science is a definite asset.



MS Word Excel PowerPoint Other
Intermediate Intermediate Intermediate

Other (software and organizational systems)


Access or other database: advanced

Library of Congress cataloguing system (Anglo-American Cataloguing Rules)

Photoshop: advanced

Digital Asset Management Systems (MDID): intermediate

Nature and Scope

Interpersonal Skills:

Internal contact is with faculty, students, Chair, other staff within the department and on campus to exchange or provide information, and respond to specific requests for resources;

External contact is with suppliers, visitors to the department, typically to obtain, clarify and discuss information.

Level of Responsibility:

Technical support/training;

The job has specialized work with minimal supervision and provides guidance to others.

Decision-Making Authority:

The job requires collaboration with faculty and research for material for classroom and other use; the role provides technical support and training for faculty and students. Determines and purchases images to expand resource collections and selects appropriate software as required.

Physical and Sensory Demands:

Physical demands: Extensive sitting and walking; repetitive and/or precise hand/finger


Sensory demands: Dealing with distractions in the environment; precise visual attention required;

Requires exertion of physical or sensory effort resulting in slight fatigue, strain or risk of injury.

Working Environment:

Office-based; occasional on-site photography.