Head of Library Services, John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art,


The John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art, in its affiliation with Florida State University, is one of the largest museum/university complexes in the nation.  Located on an impressive 66-acre Sarasota bay front estate, it preserves the legacy of John and Mable Ringling, educating and enabling a large and diverse audience to experience and take delight in a world-renowned collection of fine art and special exhibitions; Ca d'Zan, the Ringling historic mansion; the Circus Museums; the Tibbals Learning Center; the Historic Asolo Theater; and historic architecture, courtyard, gardens and grounds overlooking the Sarasota Bay.  An Education Building houses our library, conservation facility, classrooms, and staff offices and The Visitors Pavilion serves some 350,000 guests annually.


Anticipated Salary Range          

High $40,000's to low $50,000's, commensurate with experience



Master's Degree in Library Science (MLS) or Library Information Science (MLIS) and three years of related experience.

Skilled in public speaking.

Experience with collection development such as analyzing library collections, evaluating potential acquisitions, identifying needs, and selecting materials.

Experience supervising staff in a library setting.

Experience conducting original and secondary historical research.

Experience in user-focused environments, and active promotion and outreach, with the ability to build meaningful relationships with staff, students, and the community.


Background Check Requirements      

This position requires successful completion of a criminal history background check to include fingerprinting.


Confidentiality Policy           

This position requires compliance with University confidentiality policies.



MLS/MLIS with a Bachelor's Degree in Art History or a MLS/MLIS with a second Master's Degree in Art History, strongly preferred.

Three years of supervisory experience in a special or academic library.

Experience with evaluating and developing programs.

Experience with rare book collections.



If not otherwise specified, schedule is M-F, 8-5.



The Ringling Art Library seeks an enthusiastic Head of Library Services to lead the expansion of the Library's services and collections. This individual serves as the Head Librarian and will spearhead the conceptualization and implementation of policies, programs, and long-range planning.

Collections Development:  In collaboration with Ringling staff, establishes a collections development plan aligned with institutional initiatives. Analyzes the Library's collections for strengths, weaknesses, and relevance to current information needs. Responsible for purchasing new acquisitions. Selects rare books for conservation.

Research & Program Development: Performs research on all aspects of the Ringling legacy and collections as well as other topics pertaining to the visual arts and cultural history to assist staff, faculty, and public in research, curriculum development, and exhibitions and programming.  As member of the library team, assists with reference, circulation, public services, and promotes the use of current and emerging technologies. Promotes the services, and expands the awareness of the collection and resources, regionally and nationally. Leads and participates in library public programming. Handles requests from outside scholars for information relating to the Package exhibitions. Assists with grant proposal preparation.

Professional, community, and donor relations: Represents the Ringling Library by participating in professional associations, and regional library partnerships/programs related to the Museum's mission or initiatives.  Monitors developments in the profession as well as best practices to encourage innovation and ensure excellence. In conjunction with Development Department, works with donors and constituents, such as Friends of the Library, to build strong partnerships. Promotes the services, and expands the awareness of the collection and resources, regionally and nationally. 

Supervisory and Administrative:  Provides dynamic leadership to staff, interns, and volunteers:  Assigns, trains, reviews, and/or approves work and special projects.  Works with staff to determine goals and objectives; makes recommendations regarding employee hiring, salary adjustments, staff development, discipline, and termination, or performance evaluations. Defines needs, sets priorities, develops policies, identifies possible grants, and prepares the annual budget to ensure effective management and development of services and collections.  Monitors budget throughout the year.   Provides adhoc reports as requested.  Submits annual report of acquisitions and activities.


Pay Plan

This is an A&P (Administrative and Professional) position.


How To Apply       

If qualified and interested in a specific vacancy as advertised, apply to Florida State University at https://jobs.fsu.edu.


Applicants are required to complete the online application with all applicable information.  Applications must include work history and all education details (if applicable) even if attaching a resume.


1. Go to http://jobs.fsu.edu

2. Click on "Browse Job Openings"

3. Select "Advanced Search"

4. Type "Ringling" into "Enter Keyword" field

5. Click the "Search" Button

6. Click on the name of the desired posting

7. After reading the complete posting, if interested and qualified click "Apply now"

8. At this point follow the prompts on the screen


For more information, or for technical assistance, please contact Ringling Human Resources at 941-359-5700 ext. 2605 or employment@ringling.org.

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