Librarian for Special Collections Transition CoordinationThe New York University Division of Libraries is seeking a librarian to assist in the planning and development of a new, integrated special collections facility and the transition to a unified special collections service program. Reporting to the Associate Dean for Collections and Research Services, this position will work closely with the Heads of the Tamiment Library, the Fales Library and the University Archivist as well as with the Head of Archival Collections Management (ACM), Digital Library Technology Services (DLTS) and the Barbara Goldsmith Preservation Department.
NYU Libraries is undertaking a renovation to create a single, two-floor space in Bobst Library to house a consolidated Special Collections, entailing the merger of the Tamiment Library, the Fales Library, and the University Archives. The three special collections comprise c. 312,000 books, 43,000 linear feet of archives, 110,000 audio-visual elements and nearly 2 million photographs. The renovation will create a consolidated shelving and processing facility, including compact shelving and a unified service facility including a reading room, exhibition spaces, instructional and event spaces. In preparation for the consolidation, the special collections have undertaken two major processing projects: an archival accessioning and inventory project and a project to complete cataloging of the Fales Library book collection. The three special collections currently occupy separate facilities on two widely separated floors of Bobst, operating distinct service and access programs. Collaboration between them is however extensive, and commitment to a unified facility and service program is strong.
Working in a collaborative environment, this three-year position will assist the Associate Dean for Collections and Research Services in coordinating a wide range of special collections activities, facilitating the planning and implementation of the renovation and the development of a unified service model for the merged collections, and assisting in coordination of collaborations with ACM, DLTS and the Goldsmith Preservation Department.
The incumbent serves as special collections and library operations coordinator for the renovation, serving as special collections contact person with the project team including architects and contractors, NYU construction management, library facilities and client representatives, and library leadership. The incumbent coordinates establishing timelines for renovation activities across special collections staff, coordinating the work of curators and archivists, with cataloging and processing projects, and with the preservation staff to identify and communicate dependencies, deadlines, etc. between the two processing projects and renovation needs. The position will also coordinate collection moves in preparation for and during renovation project, coordinating with curators to identify collections to be sent to offsite storage; communicating priorities to leads on the processing and cataloging projects and colleagues in Preservation. The position will also lead an analysis of stacks management needs for combined storage space post-renovation. The position will serve as principal administrative investigator for all special collections grants, managing deadlines, budgets and reports. The position will serve as point person in the special collections’ implementation of the Aeon system. Finally, the position will coordinate the transition to a fully merged special collections public services program, working with curators to determine and document reading room policies, communicating with public services and other stakeholders within and outside the Libraries about impact of merged reading room on public services, and analyzing staffing needs for a combined reading room and public services program.
The position requires: an ALA master’s degree in library science; five years’ experience in the management of a special collections program; excellent organizational, writing, and interpersonal skills; experience in the development of a unified service program for diverse collections; knowledge of archives and manuscripts management and processing. Candidates should exhibit a strong public service orientation.
This position is a 3-year fixed term Librarian of Practice position. Librarians of Practice are not on the tenure track.
New York University Libraries: Libraries at New York University serve the school’s 40,000 students and faculty and contain more than 5 million volumes. The Libraries supports NYU’s vision to become the first true Global Network University by collaborating and providing services to our 11 global academic centers and our “portal campuses” in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. New York University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the OCLC Research Library Partnership, and the HathiTrust. The Libraries participates in a variety of consortia and collaborates closely with Columbia University Libraries and the New York Public Library through the Manhattan Research Library Initiative. View NYU Libraries Mission and Strategic Plan.
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, Assistant Dean for Human Resources, New York University Libraries, 70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012 or via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Resumes will be considered until the position is filled.
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