Job Posting: Architecture Archivist, Columbia University, NYC

The Avery Architectural and Fine Arts Library seeks a knowledgeable, creative, and collaborative individual for the position Architecture Archivist. Reporting to the Curator of Drawings & Archives, the Architecture Archivist will evaluate, arrange and describe visual materials and archival collections related to architectural design and practice as well as provide public services and outreach through consultation, instruction and presentation. Specific duties:
Archival activities
Evaluates, arranges, and describes visual materials and archival collections according to institutional and national standards, including providing metadata for drawings and other visual materials. Principal focus of effort is on large-scale drawing and image collections such as the Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives, and the images and archives of architectural photographers.

Outreach & instruction
Provides public services for the department including professional, technical, and subject-specific expertise and support to patrons and department staff; assist in reading room management, providing reference guidance and consultation to patrons; provide public outreach through consultation, instruction, presentations, and content for social media, including blog posts, and online exhibitions.

Curatorial activities
Assists in department curatorial activities including evaluation and acquisition of new collections including born-digital files, donor relations, organizing and preparing displays and exhibitions of collection materials, including assessing and resolving preservation needs, coordinating off-site collection storage and retrieval.

Special projects
Assists the Curator of Drawings & Archives and the Archivist in coordinating work produced by project archivists, GA/BAs, and interns; contributes to department planning and strategic development as well as internal and external professional discourse and standards; performs other duties as assigned.

The Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library is one of the most comprehensive architecture and fine arts library collections in the world. Avery collects a full range of primary and secondary sources for the advanced study of architecture, historic preservation, art history, decorative arts, city planning, real estate, and archaeology. The Library contains 600,000 volumes including more than 40,000 rare books, receives approximately 1,900 periodicals, and is home to the Avery Index to Architectural Periodicals, the only comprehensive American guide to the current literature of architecture and design. The Avery Drawings & Archives collection comprises more than two million drawings and architectural records by primarily American architects of the 19th and 20th centuries. Holdings include a diverse range of original and reprographic drawings, photographic materials, project and building files, business papers, correspondence, diaries, scrapbooks, and personal papers. Represented in the collection are works by more than 900 preeminent architects. Particular emphasis is placed on the archives of New York City architects and their firms.

As one of the world’s leading research universities, Columbia University in the City of New York provides outstanding opportunities to work and grow in a dynamic, multicultural, intellectual community. The Columbia University Libraries comprises a diverse and engaged staff committed to furthering the University’s teaching and research mission through innovation, collaboration, and a commitment to excellence.

Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and strongly encourages individuals of all backgrounds and cultures to consider this position. We offer a salary commensurate with qualifications and experience.

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