Curator – Fine Arts Visual Resources Collection

Payroll Title: UCP VI
Class Code: 0650-9086
Job Family: CUR
FLSA Code: E
Score: 538


Under the general direction of the designated administrator, the Curator manages the Visual Resources Collection of the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Connecticut, Storrs.  The Curator plans and coordinates the acquisition – cataloging, access, preservation, and automation of the collection, will initiate new projects for the development of the use of and access to automated visual instructional and research resources, and direct assistance to faculty and public.


  1. Manages and directs the operations of the Visual Resources Collection of slides and digitized images of the Department of Art and Art History.  Plans, coordinates and implements the acquisition, cataloging, circulation, maintenance and preservation of slides and a projected collection of digital images.
  2. Evaluates and selects commercial, museum and electronic sources of slides and digital images in the area of Fine Arts.  Catalogs and accessions new materials.  May require translation of foreign languages. Supervises copy-stand photography, digital image capture and manipulation. May do original photography on location or copy-stand photography as needed.
  3. Develops and administers policies and procedures for the collections in areas such as access, circulation and collection development.  Performs reference, research and circulation duties.
  4. Knowledge of automated cataloging and access systems for the collections and electronic imaging programs.  Evaluates software for use with visual collections.  Writes local documentation and user manuals.
  5. Keeps current with copyright law and related emerging publishing technologies. Monitors compliance with law and obtaining of permissions.
  6. Consults with faculty, software vendors and computing personnel to develop applications and access methods, which will coordinate with institutional goals.  Analyzes and prioritizes faculty and departmental needs.
  7. Organizes departmental projects and oversees their implementation.  Consults with faculty on the expansion of the collection to meet long and short-term requirements.
  8. Provides reference service for patrons using the collections.  Trains patrons and staff in use of the collections and automated systems.
  9. Administers the annual budget for the collections and plans for equipment needs.  Supervises and evaluates part-time employees.  Serves on Departmental committees as appointed.
  10. Maintains memberships and participates in professional organizations, including the Art Libraries Society, the Visual Resources Association and the College Art Association as well as relevant software users groups.  Is aware of current developments, technologies and standards in the instructional use of both analog and digital image resources.
  11. Performs related duties as required.


  1. M. A. in Art History with a knowledge of computer databases and image digitization
  2. Demonstrated experience in visual resource collections including familiarity with photographic techniques, quality and preservation, as well as the ability to apply new, digital technologies to the development of instructional, study and research methods in the History of Art in addition to other academic disciplines.
  3. Reading knowledge of at least one foreign language.
  4. Ability to present and promote the use of visual information technology to faculty, professional peers and students within and outside the University.
  5. Good organizational skills


  1. M.L.S. degree with knowledge of Art History
  2. Professional photographic ability may be required.


    The change in degree qualifications of the Curator job description for May 1999 conform to the 1995 professional standards for Visual Resources Curators. These standards are recommended by the Visual Resources Association (VRA), the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA) to the College Art Association and the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.

Date Revised: May 1999