Job Posting: Art Librarian, The Barnes Foundation- Marion and Philadelphia, PA

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The Barnes Foundation is seeking an Art Librarian to manage all aspects of the Barnes Foundation’s art library, and to serve the informational needs of the staff, students, faculty, and docents of the Barnes Foundation, as well as the general public, particularly as related to the art collection and educational programs.

The Barnes Foundation houses one of the finest collections of nineteenth and twentieth-century French painting in the world. An extraordinary number of masterpieces by Renoir, Cézanne and Matisse provide a depth of work by these artists unavailable elsewhere. Established as an educational institution the Barnes carries out its mission teaching classes in its galleries and Arboretum. The Barnes welcomes visitors and students throughout the year.


  • Manage, with the Archivist and Librarian, the relocation of the Barnes Foundation’s art library from Merion to its new building in Philadelphia including:

      the re-classification, re-labeling, and reorganization of the art library collection
      overseeing the packing and move
      overseeing the unpacking of the art library collection and the set-up of the new library in 2012.
  • Manage collection development, acquisitions, processing and cataloguing, periodical subscriptions, and electronic resources.
  • Perform original and copy cataloging of library materials in all formats and in a variety of languages.
  • Oversee circulation of the art library collection.
  • Provide reference assistance to the Foundation’s staff, students, faculty, docents, volunteers, and to the public.
  • Provide instruction on the use of databases and other electronic information resources available in the library.
  • Manage preservation and maintenance of library collections.
  • Supervise staff, interns, and volunteers as needed.
  • Assist in the development of policies and procedures for the art library in conjunction with the Archivist and Librarian.
  • Performs other duties as assigned/required by supervisor.


  • ALA accredited Master of Library Science degree with a background in art, art history, or related discipline
  • 3-5 years of library experience, preferably in a museum or academic library
  • knowledge of MARC, AACR2, LCSH, and Dewey and LC classification systems
  • experience working with a variety of patrons in a reference environment
  • knowledge of information technology and major bibliographic utilities
  • excellent written and oral communication and interpersonal skills
  • Reading knowledge of at least one foreign language, preferably French, Italian, and/or German; experience with archives and special collections is preferred

Competitive benefits include health, dental insurance, medical and dependent care FSA’s, company paid life, short and long term disability, voluntary life and 403 (b) plans.

To Apply:
Please apply online:

Applications should include a cover letter addressing the candidate’s interest in and qualifications for the position, resume, and names and contact information for three professional references. Please create a single document with all three requirements included to upload for the on-line application.

The Barnes Foundation is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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