Job Posting: Art Librarian, New York Studio School, NYC

The New York Studio School of Drawing, Painting & Sculpture is a private institution that offers a variety of programs concentrating on drawing, painting, and sculpture. Programs offered include a two-year MFA or a three-year Certificate program, with concentrations in painting and sculpture, as well as two-week intensive marathons, and a Summer Session. The Library houses a specialized collection designed to serve the needs of developing painters and sculptors in supporting the School’s programs.

The collection includes monographs, periodicals, exhibition catalogs and an archive of audio-visual materials that relate to the School’s renowned Evening Lecture Series, as well as various electronic resources for its students.

Job Description

The Librarian is solely responsible for managing the Library at the New York Studio School, providing reference services in art and art history to the School’s students, faculty, and staff. Duties include but are not limited to: acquisitions; cataloging; receiving and processing donations; reference services; readers’ advisory, and collection development. Preference will be given to candidates able to continue the management of a long-term project to digitize and post on the web the Studio School’s Lecture Series Archive, in collaboration with selected vendors. The librarian over sees a small staff of work-study students and works closely with Faculty and staff when necessary. Hours are Monday-Friday, 10:30am-4:30pm. August 15 through to May 31 of each year.

This is a hands-on position that works in conjunction with a variety of people on a daily basis. The ideal candidate will be a hardworking, self-starting, patient, level headed individual who will be able to prioritize work, be willing to work closely with students, faculty and staff when needed, manage a budget, and be a forward thinker who attends to detail. This position will be a great career opportunity for the right candidate!


  • ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS
  • Library or visual resources experience (art library preferable)
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills
  • Ability to work well both independently and collaboratively
  • Ability to write, form memoranda to grant applications
  • Computer skills including familiarity with web-based cataloging tools, MS Office & HTML/Web
  • MFA or MA in art/art history preferred
  • Should be able to lift weights up to 40 lbs.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Reference services
  • Cataloging and processing of new acquisitions
  • Offer support and guidance to students who require assistance
  • Maintain exhibition catalog listings
  • Plan acquisitions within collection development framework
  • Organize and preserve audio-visual archive
  • Oversee collection of donated materials
  • Research and display information relative to current and upcoming School programs
  • Supervise approved Library work-study positions
  • Carry out other duties as assigned

If interested, please send a current resume with cover letter and the names and contact details of at least two references, along with salary requirements, to:

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