Reference & Public Services Librarian – New York University: Institute of Fine Arts

New York University Libraries seek candidates with flexibility, creativity, and a strong customer service commitment to serve as Reference and Public Services Librarian for the Library of the Institute of Fine Arts, which includes the Stephen Chan Library of Fine Arts and the Conservation Center Library.

Reporting to the Library Director, duties include (but are not limited to): Provide leadership in the planning, design and provision of public access services in the IFA Library, including the production and revision of library guides; provide individual and group instruction and orientation; serve as a liaison to faculty and graduate students; manage IFA library web pages; contribute to the library’s public relations efforts; serve as liaison to Reference/Public Services and other departments in the Division of Libraries; provide collection development for reference materials, including materials for the Conservation Center library; assist Library Director in collection development for non-reference collections for the Chan and Conservation Center libraries; work with faculty members and students on integrating electronic resources into teaching and research; respond to written, telephone, and email reference questions; participate in library and institutional committees and other activities as appropriate; participate as library faculty member in NYU library committees, meetings, etc. Candidate is expected to have the ability to use a full range of text and electronic resources in the arts and related areas.

QUALIFICATIONS: ALA-accredited MLS and second subject Master’s degree required for tenure. Background in art history required; familiarity with current trends in art history pedagogy, electronic resources, including image databases. Minimum three years professional reference experience, including bibliographic instruction in an art library strongly preferred. Awareness of cross-disciplinary issues in an art library. Reading knowledge of French, German, Spanish, and/or Italian, and/or competency in Chinese and/or Japanese strongly preferred. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills necessary. Ability to work collegially within a small unit that is flexible and extremely responsive to patrons.

The Stephen Chan Library of Fine Arts supports the research and curricular needs of the Institute of Fine Arts’ graduate programs in art history and archaeology. The library contains over 100,000 volumes, subscribes to 485 periodicals, and houses a distinguished rare book collection. The Conservation Center Library supports the research and curricular needs of the Conservation Center of the Institute of Fine Arts, which offers a graduate program in the technology and conservation of works of art and historic artifacts. The Conservation Center Library contains 14,000 volumes, subscribes to 220 periodicals, and includes rare book and videotape collections. Both libraries are non-circulating collections.

New York University’s Institute of Fine Arts is dedicated to graduate teaching and advanced research in the history of art, archaeology, and the conservation and technology of works of art. From its advantageous position on New York’s Museum Mile, the Institute plays a vital role in the public dissemination and discussion of art historical research through an active program of lectures and conferences. The Institute offers the degrees of Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy, the Advanced Certificate in Conservation of Works of Art for those M.A. students choosing to specialize in Conservation, and the Certificate in Curatorial Studies issued jointly with the Metropolitan Museum of Art as part of the Ph.D. program.

Interested candidates are requested to submit a letter of application that specifically states how background and experiences are relevant to the position responsibilities and qualifications; current resume; and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references to Ms. Janet Koztowski, Libraries Human Resources Director, New York University Libraries, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012, (fax) 212-995-4070, or e-mail: . Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.


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