The New York Art Resources Consortium<http://nyarc.org> (NYARC), consisting of the libraries of the Brooklyn Museum, The Frick Collection, and The Museum of Modern Art, is pleased to announce the award of a four-year grant from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation to establish a new program of post-graduate fellowships dedicated to training emerging art librarians. Modeled on the successful Kress Fellowship in Art Librarianship program at Yale University Library, the NYARC program consists of two consecutive two-year fellowships that will provide hands-on training in the field of public information services in museum libraries.
The Kress Fellows will spend eight months at each of the three member institutions, strengthening their core competencies in reference and outreach services. As each library represents a different focus within the museum landscape and each institution’s collection varies in scope, the Kress Fellows will have an opportunity to develop an unusually broad knowledge of art resources. Additionally, the Kress Fellows will assess the usability and interface design of a new discovery platform that is part of NYARC’s Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded web archiving program to capture, archive, and provide access to born-digital art research materials. This joint endeavor provides a valuable and unparalleled opportunity for a recent information professional graduate to begin a career in an exceptional environment of learning, service, innovation, and collaboration.
Applications for the inaugural 2014-2016 Kress NYARC Fellow are now being accepted throughJuly 18, 2014. The call for applications is posted at http://www.nyarc.org/content/career-opportunities and copied below.
We are very grateful to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation for its generous support.
Call for Applications: 2014-2016 Samuel H. Kress New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC) Fellow
Fixed duration position: 24 months from date of hire; non-renewable
Expected start date: September 2014
The New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC), comprised of the research libraries of The Museum of Modern Art, The Frick Collection, and the Brooklyn Museum, invites applications for a Fellow position generously funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. This fellowship will provide an emerging librarian with a unique opportunity to learn the operations of three leading art museum libraries, experience hands-on training in the field of public information services, and gain an in-depth understanding of developing digital tools for researchers in the field. The Kress Fellow will spend eight months onsite at each NYARC institution for a total of two years in the position.
• Assist staff and public patrons with research questions posed to the library and archives of each institution; answer reference questions via email; conduct instructional library and research tool sessions for patrons; and engage in outreach programs to promote NYARC’s web archive collection of art research materials.
• Assess and provide recommendations regarding the usability and interface design of a new tool that will be implemented as part of NYARC’s web archiving initiative, both throughout its development and after its launch. This will involve engagement with researchers, staff, and a technical team.
• Coordinate efforts with other departments within each museum such as Digital Media, Marketing and Communications, and Education to promote NYARC’s research resources through social media platforms and other outreach.
• Contribute to the goals of institution-specific library initiatives.
• Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program for library and information science conferred by June 2014.
• Demonstrated interest in reference services, art, and art history.
• Excellent communication, interpersonal, and reference interview skills.
• Enthusiasm for outreach work, engaging with patrons, and teaching.
• Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
• Experience using electronic resources and basic web technologies.
Reports to Librarian, Reader Services, The Museum of Modern Art; Chief of Public Services, Frick Art Reference Library; Assistant Librarian, Brooklyn Museum
Salary &benefits: The stipend for this full-time (35 hours/week) position is $30,000 per year. In addition, the Kress Fellow will receive $2,000 annually for travel to the annual conference of the Art Library Society of North America (ARLIS/NA). Health benefits are included.
Application deadline: Applicants should submit a current resume, statement of interest, and three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com?subject=2014-2016%20Kress%20NYARC%20Fellowship>. Please include “2014-2016 Kress NYARC Fellowship” in the email subject. Applications will be accepted through July 18, 2014.
Notification: Finalists will receive notification via email by August 8, 2014.