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FW: Butler University Libraries, Performing and Visual Arts Librarian

  • 1.  FW: Butler University Libraries, Performing and Visual Arts Librarian

    Posted 22 days ago
    Applicants for the position should submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of teaching philosophy, and the names and contact information for three professional references to: Josh Petrusa, Associate Dean for Collections and Digital Services, at: libraryresumes@butler.eduScreening of applications will begin February 12, 2020, with a start date of July 1, 2020.

    The Performing & Visual Arts Librarian position serves as the liaison librarian to the Jordan College of Arts (JCA), with an emphasis on instructional services and support for new information/scholarly initiatives related to performing arts research. This position partners with faculty to provide course-integrated library instruction in support of programmatic student learning outcomes, develops and manages Butler Libraries' Performing and Visual Arts collections, and provides research support for JCA faculty and students. This is a 12-month, continuing (non-tenured) faculty appointment and reports to the Associate Dean for Instruction and User Services. This position is expected to fulfill the requirements of faculty status through active contributions in the areas of librarianship, scholarship,and service.

    From: MLA listserv:

    Dear Colleagues:


    It's been called to my attention that only a handful of people have applied for my position at Butler University in Indianapolis.  Since the official position title is "Performing and Visual Arts Librarian," I would like to clarify that the primary thrust of the position is, indeed, music.  Most of the reference queries I receive relate to music and while I order materials for and provide instruction for Arts Administration, Art+Design, Dance, Music, and Theatre, again, the greater portion of my attention is given to music.


    It's been a great job/career for me and while I realize most folks think of Indianapolis as "Nap Town," in the almost 50 years I have lived here, it has grown into a very thriving metropolis with excellent museums, performing groups (Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Indiana Repertory Theatre, Phoenix Theatre, Dance Kaleidoscope, etc.)and some fabulous world-class museums:  Newfields (Indianapolis Museum of Art – within walking distance from the Butler campus), the Eiteljorg Museum of Western Art, the Indianapolis Children's Museum, and the Indiana State Museum (just to name a few).  There are outdoor performing arts centers (the ISO performs at Conner Prairie each summer), chamber groups, art fairs, food and beverage fairs (and great restaurants), breweries, wineries, distilleries, and plenty of opportunities for performing artists.  We also have a world-class zoo and the world-famous Indianapolis Speedway.  The only thing missing (from my point of view) is a lake or ocean.  However, we have large reservoirs, beautiful state parks and historic sites, and the White River (downtown – with bike and walking trails!).  In addition, Indianapolis is an easy drive from Chicago, Louisville, Cincinnati, Columbus, and St. Louis.  Beyond that, the cost of living is very affordable! 


    Butler was ranked #1 Regional University in the Midwest (the past two years) by U.S. News and World Report, the Dance Department is consistently ranked among the top schools in the country, and the faculty members I have had the privilege of working with (in ALL departments) are phenomenal.


    OK, end of commercial – I just wanted y'all to know that this is a plum job!


    All best,



    Sheridan Stormes

    Professor, Performing & Visual Arts Librarian

    Irwin Library, Rm. 130

    Butler University

    4600 Sunset Avenue

    Indianapolis, IN  46208


    Voicemail:  317 940-9218