Fellowship Opportunity: GlaxoSmithKline Library


The North Carolina Museum of Art Reference Library invites applications for the GlaxoSmithKline Library Fellowship for the 2015¬–16 academic year (nine months: September–May).

The library holds over 40,000 volumes, a substantial collection of artists’ files, auction catalogues, exhibition catalogues, and subscriptions to pertinent online databases. The Museum (see www.ncartmuseum.org) possesses an exceptional collection of art with particular strengths in European and American painting and sculpture and rapidly growing holdings in late modern and contemporary art. An active program of exhibitions supplements the collections.

The GlaxoSmithKline Library Fellow will be considered a professional member of the library’s staff and will work closely with the curatorial, education, conservation, and other Museum departments. The fellow will gain experience with all aspects of the operation of a museum library, learn more in-depth use of art reference resources to assist the staff and the general public with their inquiries, and learn to process material received in the library. The fellow will be responsible for projects relating to staff instruction, in person or online. The fellow will also be responsible for updating the internal library website. Using social media will be encouraged to promote the library’s resources internally and externally. Other projects may arise if time permits.

A stipend of $25,000 is offered. The GSK Library Fellow will be expected to work in the NCMA Library for an average of 25 hours per week.

Eligibility: Consideration will be given to candidates recently graduated with a master’s degree in information and library science who have an interest in art librarianship. Educational background in art, art history, or a related field preferred.

Application procedure: Applications must include a resume and a cover letter with the names and contact information for three references. Mail applications to: Natalia Lonchyna, Librarian, North Carolina Museum of Art, 4630 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-4630. As this is a temporary role, we are unable to provide sponsorship or benefits. The candidate chosen for this role must be able to pass a background screen before beginning the fellowship.

Applications must be received by February 20, 2015. A decision will be announced by March 27.

About the NCMA: The North Carolina Museum of Art is the State’s art museum, founded in 1947 when the North Carolina General Assembly appropriated $1 million for the purchase of works of art, making North Carolina the first state in the nation to acquire a public art collection. The Samuel H. Kress Foundation matched the State’s appropriation with a gift of 75 European paintings and sculptures in 1960. The NCMA first opened in 1956 and moved to its present 164-acre park in 1983.

The NCMA is best known for its outstanding survey of European art, including works by Giotto, Botticelli, Raphael, Van Dyck, Rubens, Jordaens, Lievens, Boucher, Canova, Carpeaux, and Monet. The premodern American galleries feature work by Copley, Stuart, Cole, Homer, Heade, Bierstadt, Eakins, Sargent, Chase, and Frieseke. The NCMA has the largest collection of Rodin sculptures in the Southeast. The modern galleries present major works by such American and European artists as Kirchner, Hartley, Feininger, Manship, O’Keeffe, A. Wyeth, Delvaux, Kline, Diebenkorn, Motherwell, Moore, Lawrence, E. Kelly, and F. Stella. More recent artists include Kiefer, Baselitz, Richter, Scully, Rothenberg, Shapiro, R. Paine, El Anatsui, Viola, and Plensa. There are also smaller, but active, collections of ancient Egyptian and Classical art, and the arts of Africa and the ancient Americas, as well as a gallery dedicated to Jewish ceremonial art.

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