Assistant Reference Librarian, Frick Art Reference Library

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Assistant Reference Librarian, Frick Art Reference Library

The Frick Collection is an art museum consisting of more than 1,100 works of art from the thirteenth to the nineteenth century, displayed in the intimate surroundings of the former home of Henry Clay Frick. The residence, with its furnishings and works of art, has been open to the public since 1935. It is one of the world’s most perfect museums; The Frick Art Reference Library is an international research library, photoarchive, and archive that serve as one of the world’s most complete resources for the study of Western art.  Founded in 1920, the Library today has holdings of more than one million study photographs, 285,000 books, 80,000 auction catalogs, and 2,250 periodical titles.  It is open to interested individuals from all over the world.

Summary and Responsibilities
This is a fulltime position reporting to the Chief of Public Services. The Assistant Reference Librarian provides reference assistance to the Library’s users on and off site.  Primary responsibilities include: assisting with public services activities; assisting with remote reference services; overseeing and assisting with interlibrary loan and electronic document delivery; providing bibliographic instruction workshops.

Additional responsibilities include: assisting with the evaluation of reference resources; creating content for the electronic resources area of the Library section of the website; installing and testing electronic resources.  The Library is open to the public on Saturdays, September – May, therefore some weekend hours are required.

MLS or equivalent from an ALA-accredited program. Experience in art reference and electronic information resources and services essential.  Academic background in the history of Western art. Reading knowledge of one or more Western European language.  Excellent oral and written communication skills.  Strong public service orientation. Ability to initiate, plan, and implement projects; both independently and as a member of a team.

Benefits in Employment with The Frick Collection
Full-time employees are eligible to participate in group life, health, and dental insurance plans.  Employees contribute to the cost of their health insurance based on income level and the type of coverage they select. Other benefits include Short and Long Term Disability insurance; employee contributed tax deferred annuity; flexible spending plans for health, dependent care and commuting costs; generous defined benefit pension plan with participation after one year of service/vesting after five years of service; 13 paid holidays; and accrual of 12 vacation days the first year of employment (25 days subsequent years).

All employees of the Frick Collection may access free or discounted admission to most of New York’s finest museums.  Additionally, to help ensure the employment experience is enjoyable we provide employees and volunteers with an extremely affordable lunch in our employee dining room and a discount on Museum Shop purchases.  The Frick Collection offers a beautiful and pleasant work setting and an excellent opportunity to appreciate some of the world’s finest works of art.

Please send resume with salary requirements/history to:
Inquiries without salary requirements will not be considered

Interviews will begin in February 2009

Head of Human Resources
The Frick Collection
1 East 70th Street
New York, NY 10021

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The Frick Collection is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Collection does not discriminate because of age, sex, religion, race, color, national origin, disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation or any other factor prohibited by law. Qualified candidates of diverse ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to apply for vacant positions at all levels. This description shall not be construed as a contract of any sort for a specific period of employment.

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