The New Bedford Free Public Library seeks a Librarian- II/Art Librarian to work under the supervision of the Head of Special Collections. In addition to a nationally significant traditional Special Collections Department, the Library has an extensive collection of art pieces, including pieces of museum quality. The City has created this position to help make the Library another destination for tourists to New Bedford. Given the nature of the position, please note under Qualifications that there are substitutions available for the library master’s degree.
The duties for the position include: Curates the art collection, including, but not limited to the following: Keeps an inventory of the collection; Recommends preservation and conservation techniques for the objects; Supervises the display of objects; As part of the Art Advisory Council of the Library, helps recommend purchases for the Library; Acts as a liaison with the local art community along with the Library Director and the Head of Special Collections; Encourages donations of appropriate art works to the Library; and Supervises the exhibit of local artists in the Library. Answers reference and information questions about the local history, genealogy, archive, and art collections. Trains library users to search for information by following appropriate inquiry processes, using books and/or electronic resources. Helps create exhibits in the display cases. Maintains records and reports as required by the Head of Special Collections. Helps the Head of Special Collection in the procurement and management of grants. Represents the library at appropriate library and art conferences and updates staff on latest museum practices. Visits appropriate community agencies at the direction of the Head of Special Collections to inform them of available library services and special projects. Helps the Head of Special Collections in programs for adults. Strives to meet the objectives of the library as established by the Board of Trustees. Maintains harmony among workers. Assists staff in performing duties; corrects errors and resolves complaints. Assists with various special library activities throughout the year, such as book sales and reading programs. Acts as the supervisor of the department along with the Librarian-II/Archivist in the absence of the Head of Special Collections. Performs other related duties as required. The above covers the most significant responsibilities of this position. It does not, however, exclude other occasional duties, the inclusion of which would be in conformity with the level of the position.