Job Opportunities: The Center for Book Arts, NY, NY

COLLECTIONS MANAGER / LIBRARIAN – THE CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS

Description

The Center for Book Arts seeks a collections specialist or librarian to oversee the ongoing documentation and management of the Center’s permanent collections, including the Reference Library, Fine Arts Collections, and Archives.  This is a temporary part-time grant-funded position with possibility for growth to permanent. Flexible schedule, 16-20 hours per week.

Responsibilities

Document and catalogue works (primarily reference materials and fine art works  including artist books, art objects, limited editions) in the Center’s collections

Supervise cataloguing interns, collections photography, and rehousing volunteers, including recruiting and training

Respond to collections related inquiries from the public and from the Center’s artist community

Work with the Executive Director/Curator to organize the Permanent Collections Spotlight exhibitions

Help to create and institute internal circulation procedures for the Reference Library

Conduct other collections-related research and administration as needed

Assist with the arrangement of traveling exhibitions

Oversee loans of items from the Permanent Collection to other institutions

ARCHIVIST PROCESSING MANAGER – THE CENTER FOR BOOK ARTS

Description

The Center for Book Arts seeks an Archivist to organize, inventory, preserve, and disseminate archives materials for researchers, artists, and the general public.  The Center’s institutional Archive contains over 150 linear feet (more than 145 record storage boxes) of records, papers, documents, correspondence, ephemera, publications, as well as photographs and slides. The Archives contain administrative and financial records, Board of Directors notes, education/class schedules, development & membership documents, exhibitions records, promotion/marketing material, publications, and artist member information (including artwork slide registry). While selected items from the Archives have been added to our online database, most materials are uncatalogued, and are little-known to researchers. This is a temporary part-time grant-funded position to last for 1 year.

JOB REQUIREMENTS

Experience

Substantial, directly archives experience in a not-for-profit or comparable setting
Strong knowledge of media formats and file conversions for images, film, audio and documents
Demonstrated strong knowledge and understanding of archival theory and standards
High comfort level with computers and other technology
Evidence of accuracy, attention to detail, reliability, and discretion
Able to physically handle collections, including the ability to lift boxes up to 40 pounds
Comfortable multitasking in an open office and lively studio/gallery environment
Proactive and self-motivated
Interest in bookbinding, letterpress printing, history of the book, and other book arts a plus

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