Job Posting: Collections Manager/Librarian, The Center for Book Arts, NYC

Part-time Temporary $20 per hour, 15-20 hours a week

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.


  • 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
  • Conduct, at times, group tours of the Center Qualifications

Required education: MLS or arts/museum collection management degree or certificate

  • Prior experience working in a museum, library, or archives context
  • Experience in cataloguing and/or special collections management strongly preferred
  • Experience in the physical handling or housing of rare books or works on paper
  • Ability to carry, move, and pack heavier artworks if necessary
  • High comfort level with computers and other technology
  • Proficient with Microsoft Excel Experience with Photoshop and scanners
  • Experience with Collective Access or other database system required
  • 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

About the Center for Book Arts

The Center for Book Arts promotes active explorations of both contemporary and traditional artistic practices related to the book as an art object. Founded in 1974, the Center for Book Arts is unique among art organizations in New York as the only venue at which visitors can view exhibitions of contemporary book arts in the context of an active studio. The Center has produced over 300 exhibitions, involving more than 10,000 artists. The Center offers an extensive selection of 150 classes & workshops annually, along with lectures, readings, and other public programs.

Application Instructions / Public Contact Information

Applications are due PREFERABLY by January 19, 2016 To Apply: Send cover letter, and resume via email: with the subject matter “Collections Manager”

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