Reference and Special Collections Librarian – New York University, Institute of Fine Arts

The Librarian will be responsible for administering the Institute of Fine Arts Library’s rare book, manuscript, archival, and other special collections including: supervision of the Special Collections reading room, providing user services, doing collection development, planning preservation, and contributing to bibliographic control. Other responsibilities include creating and maintaining user access resources through research and writing, developing an exhibits program and publications in support of use of the collections. The Librarian will also be responsible for educational outreach to the professors, graduate students, and undergraduates who do or may potentially use Special Collections materials. This outreach will take the form of direct contact with faculty whose research interests overlap with the holdings of the Special Collections and IFA Archives, instruction to students in the use of special collection and archival materials, and the development of other venues (such as blogs and Wikis).

Job Description

Specific duties include:

• enhances and exploits the archival and special collections for the purposes of research and the historical record, and develops effective aids for their use, including electronic finding aids, guides, and exhibitions;

• provides public service to Library users, including reference, instruction, and outreach;

• provides guidance and access to information resources, both inside the library and beyond the library, through databases, telecommunications networks and cooperative arrangements;

• sets policy and levels of practice for special collection and archival matters in the IFA;

• provides direction on the processing and preservation of IFA special collections and archival records;

• participates in strategic planning, collection development, general reference, and the library instruction program;

• maintains and implements a records management policy for IFA records having archival value for items in all formats, including print and digital;

• provides archival, records management, and preservation expertise to IFA offices and departments;

• advises IFA faculty on the disposition of their professional papers.
Maintains a current knowledge of development in both relevant subject fields (particularly art history, archaeology, and object conservation) and librarianship through individual study, research, attendance at professional meetings, seminars, conferences, etc.

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: jobs@library.nyu.edu. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.

NYU IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER.

Required Experience

Ideal candidate will possess specialized training in or professional job experience in reference service and special collections management for scholarly use, and a working knowledge of at least one modern European language.

Education Requirements

ALA-acredited MLS and a background in art history or associated field (advanced degree preferred and required for tenure);
ed 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: jobs@library.nyu.edu. Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.
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Library Information

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.

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