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Wednesday, April 22, 2009

F/T - Librarian, Printed Books - Fales Lib & Special Collections, NYU

Librarian for Printed Books, Fales Library and Special Collections, New York University

Job Description
The Fales Library & Special Collections at New York University seeks a Librarian for Printed Books to oversee the management of its print collections and to collaborate in building one of the nation’s premier collections in literature and the arts.

The Fales Library/Special Collections at New York University is the primary repository for literary special collections in the NYU Libraries. The collections comprise over 200,000 printed volumes, over 15,000 linear feet of manuscript and archival collections, 15,000 media elements, and a variety of other special materials. Strengths of the collection include: the Fales Collection of English and American Literature, approximately 150,000 volumes documenting the development of the English and American novel from 1700-present; the Alfred Berol Collection of Lewis Carroll Materials; the Richard Maass Collection of Westchester and New York State; the Downtown Collection, which documents the Downtown New York literary and art scene from 1974 to the present; the Food Studies Collection, which holds more than 20,000 volumes; and the papers of various authors, such as Erich Maria Remarque, E. L. Doctorow, David Wojnarowicz, and Dennis Cooper. The Fales Library has a very active public services program, including extensive bibliographic instruction for NYU’s graduate and undergraduate students. Last year the Fales Library sponsored over 20 readings of new literature, lectures, conferences, and exhibitions for the NYU and general New York City communities.

Duties and Responsibilities:

Under the general direction of the Head of the Fales Library, the Librarian for Printed Books will oversee the management of the Fales Library’s printed book collections, directing acquisitions, setting policies, and assuring that cataloging meets nationally accepted standards. The Librarian for Printed Books also performs extensive outreach and education duties on book history for the English Department, History, and NYU’s strong programs in Performance, American, Gender, and other studies. Duties will include acquisitions and budget management, coordinating the work of Technical Services staff; working on Special Collections books; supervising the physical processing, shelving, and reading room use of the book collections; collaborating with the Conservation Lab to identify candidates for treatment; and overseeing the flow of materials to and from offsite storage.

As part of collection management responsibilities the Librarian for Printed Books will coordinate the exhibition and exhibition loan of print materials. Working in conjunction with the director, the senior archivist, and the media specialist and processing archivist, the Librarian for Printed Books will assist with collection development, provide in-depth reference services, and represent the Fales Library in a variety of library, university, and professional venues, including extensive bibliographic instruction with special collections materials. Other duties as assigned.


Required: Graduate degree in library/information science from an accredited library program, with a second masters degree required for tenure; professional experience in special collections collection development and library management; excellent written and oral communication, and interpersonal skills; acquaintance with digital preservation and access techniques and issues; knowledge of descriptive bibliography and rare book librarianship; extensive knowledge of printing history and experience as a book history instructor. Three to five years of successful collection management experience in an academic/research special collections library; proven supervisory skills.

Preferred: Advanced subject degree in British or American Literature or a related field; knowledge of one or more western European languages. Other preferred qualifications include: experience with donors; knowledge of standards for digital imaging and digital preservation; experience maintaining digital assets and metadata; thorough understanding of critical theory.

Salary/Benefits: Faculty status, attractive benefits package including five weeks annual vacation. Salary commensurate with experience and background.

To Apply: To ensure consideration, send resume and letter of application, including the name, address, and telephone number of three references to: Enrique Yanez, Acting Director of Human Resources, New York University Libraries, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012 or via email to Resumes will be considered until the position is filled.

NYU is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer.

Originally posted on a Library School Listserv.