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Wednesday, March 24, 2010

F/T - Assistant Head Librarian, ISAW Library - New York University

Assistant Head Librarian, New York University, Institute for the Study of the Ancient World

New York University seeks a qualified individual for the Assistant Head Librarian for the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World [ISAW] position. The Assistant Head Librarian will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the ISAW Library and reporting to the Head of ISAW Library. In addition, this position will have full oversight for technical and public services functions within the Library. Additionally, the Assistant Head Librarian is responsible for technical & public services at ISAW.
The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World is a unique center for advanced scholarly research and graduate education, offering the Ph.D. degree through NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science. It has a wider geographic span than other programs that focus on the ancient world, incorporating not only Europe and the entire Mediterranean basin, but also the Near East, and Central, South, and East Asia. In its research and its teaching of doctoral students, ISAW will emphasize an interdisciplinary approach, one that transcends modern boundaries of nation. It supports scholarship that crosses customary disciplinary boundaries – art history, literature, archaeology, history, geography, geology, economics, and sociology, among others – to create a new intellectual framework for understanding the ancient world, and to train a new generation of scholars steeped in that integrated approach.
The Library supports the research and curricular needs of ISAW’s faculty and graduate students. The librarian will coordinate workflow, establish priorities and assign work to ISAW's library staff. It will be responsible to hire, train and review performance for all staff (technical and public services), including managing special projects by devising appropriate workflows and providing supervision. The librarian will lead ISAW’s cataloging unit and, with that group, perform original and complex copy cataloging for all formats in a wide range of subjects and languages using the Ex Libris Aleph client. Lead the planning and reorganization of the Technical Services components of the ISAW Library as this new unit matures and as the needs of the institute evolve. Ensure quality of bibliographic and digital databases through compliance with national and local standards such as MARC, AACR2, LCSH, LCCS, OCLC, NLM and LC cataloging practices and other appropriate cataloging and metadata standards. Provide leadership in the area of metadata management through the selection, creation and application of appropriate metadata for print and digital records. Participate in the development of standards, policies and procedures to ensure accurate and timely maintenance of catalog and digital records. Serve as a liaison to Knowledge Access and Resource Management Services (KARMS) / Technical Services and other departments in the Division of Libraries.
In addition, the Assistant Head Librarian will work closely with the Head of ISAW Library to provide leadership in the planning, design and provision of public access services in the ISAW Library, including the production and revision of library guides; provide individual and group instruction and orientation; serve as a liaison to faculty and graduate students; contribute to the library’s public relations efforts; work with faculty members, visiting Research Scholars and students on integrating electronic resources into teaching and research; respond to written, telephone, and email reference questions; participate in library and institutional committees and other activities as appropriate.
The librarian will be working closely with the Head of ISAW Library and other members of ISAW’s staff to assist in the planning and implementation of The Ancient World Digital Library, one of the Digital Initiatives underway at the Institute.
ALA-accredited MLS and second subject Master’s degree required for tenure. Background relevant to the areas of study at ISAW required; The Assistant Head Librarian is expected to have the ability to use a full range of text and electronic resources in history, archaeology, art history and other areas; familiarity with current trends in technical services. Minimum three years professional experience strongly preferred. Awareness of cross-disciplinary issues in librarianship. Working knowledge of the appropriate languages of scholarship. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills necessary. Ability to work collegially within a small unit that is flexible and extremely responsive to patrons.
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, 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. 

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