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Friday, November 19, 2010

F/T - Collection Development Associate - ARTstor

Collection Development Associate

ARTstor New York, NY

ARTstor is a nonprofit organization that makes available a digital image library designed to enhance education and scholarship in the arts, architecture, the humanities, and social sciences. The ARTstor Digital Library is currently used by more than 1,300 educational institutions and museums worldwide. In addition, ARTstor is developing a web-based image management software platform called "Shared Shelf" to facilitate the storage, maintenance, access and use of images.
The Collection Development Associate will assist in the process of acquiring, developing, and announcing collections from various educational institutions, museums, photo archives, and individual scholars in the United States and abroad for the ARTstor Digital Library. The Collection Development Associate will work with the Director of Collection Development and Communications to coordinate collection development administrative matters as needed. This position will report to the Director of Collection Development and Communications.


  • Draft collections descriptions and other collections-related communications materials for the ARTstor website, print materials, and user services announcements.
  • Track progress on collections in negotiation and in production/metadata development.
  • Research potential collections that may be valuable to the ARTstor Digital Library.
  • Assist the Director of Collection Development and Communications in handling queries from potential contributors or partners.
  • Assist the Director of Collection Development and Communications in discussions with and presentations of ARTstor to museums, scholars, librarians, photo archives and other content owners.
  • Develop and edit collections-related features and communications materials (e.g. Sample Topics, Travel Awards, collection announcements and descriptions, etc.) as necessary.
  • Represent ARTstor and present the ARTstor Digital Library at conferences and meetings and cultivate relationships with potential contributors.
  • Collaborate across ARTstor departments to facilitate collection-building and to help communicate collection development efforts internally and externally.
  • Share in the organizational effort to communicate the aims and mission of the ARTstor Digital Library.

Required Skills and Qualifications:

This position requires excellent communication skills, and experience working collaboratively with internal staff and external organizations. The candidate must be diplomatic, highly organized, and extremely detail-oriented, and be able to work independently as well as in a collegial team environment. The individual should also have a thorough knowledge of art history, and possess exceptional writing and speaking skills. BA in art history and knowledge of MS Office required. Advanced degrees in art history, fluency in foreign languages, and knowledge of online information systems and digital images are highly desirable. This is a full-time position in ARTstor’s New York office and may require travel.

About ARTstor

ARTstor is an equal opportunity employer. ARTstor offers a competitive salary based on experience, excellent benefits, and a collegial working environment. Nominations and applications, including a cover letter, resume and salary history should be emailed to:
Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. No telephone calls please.
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