2017–2018 Samuel H. Kress New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC) Fellowship
Fixed duration position: 14 months from date of hire; non-renewable
The New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC), comprised of the research libraries of The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), The Frick Collection, and the Brooklyn Museum, invites applications for a Fellow position generously funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. This fellowship will provide an emerging librarian with a unique opportunity to learn the operations of two leading art museum libraries, experience hands-on training in the field of public information services, and gain an in-depth understanding of developing digital tools for researchers in the field. The Kress Fellow will spend time at the Frick (6 months) and MoMA (8 months) for a total of 14 months in the Fellow position.
- Assist staff and public patrons with research questions posed to the library and archives of each institution; answer reference questions via email; conduct instructional library and research tool sessions for patrons; and engage in outreach programs to promote NYARC’s web archive collection of art research materials.
- Serve as member of the NYARC Discovery Working Group and lead usability testing of NYARC Discovery, a research tool that is part of NYARC’s Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded web archiving program to capture, archive, and provide access to born-digital art research materials.
- Coordinate efforts with other departments within each museum such as Digital Media, Marketing and Communications, and Education to promote NYARC’s research resources through social media platforms and other outreach.
- Contribute to the goals of institution-specific library initiatives. Reports to the Chief of Public Services at the Frick and the Reader Services Librarian at MoMA. The Fellow will collaborate with senior staff to co-develop responsibilities, expectations, and projects for each rotation assignment. The Fellow will receive regular feedback on performance and development. The Fellow will actively participate in Library committees, meetings, and events.
- Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program for library and information science conferred in 2017 or after.
- Demonstrated interest in reference services, art, and art history.
- Excellent communication, interpersonal, and reference interview skills.
- Enthusiasm for outreach work, engaging with patrons, and teaching.
- Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
- Experience using electronic resources and basic web technologies.
Salary & benefits
This is a paid, full-time (35 hours/week) position; stipend to be discussed with final candidates. In addition, the Kress Fellow will receive travel funds to the annual conference of the Art Libraries Society of North America (ARLIS/NA). Health benefits are included.
Review of applications will begin September 13, 2017, and will continue until the position is filled.
Finalists will receive notification via email. Applicants should submit a current resume, statement of interest, and three professional references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include “2017-2018 Kress NYARC Fellowship” in the email subject.