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Museum Librarian—Libraries and Archives

The Museum Librarian—an experienced and innovative library professional with a deep commitment to accessibility—provides strategic direction to lead the Museum’s renowned research libraries. As an integral part of our exhibitions and programs, the libraries provide research resources about the Brooklyn Museum—our history, objects, and exhibitions—as well as general art and cultural history, from antiquity to the present. We help local and international scholars and researchers find answers to their questions and promote equity through expanding access to our historical narrative. Our Art Reference Library is particularly strong in the arts of the Americas, Africa, Asia, and the Islamic world, mirroring the Museum's encyclopedic collections. The Wilbour Library of Egyptology is one of the finest research libraries devoted to the study of ancient Egypt in the world. Library Special Collections include a full range of visual and textual documents ranging from fashion sketches to artists' books. We are also a member of the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC), participate in its trailblazing web archiving program, and are leaders in the development of model information services programs.

Requirements:

  • MLS from an ALA-accredited institution
  • 5-8 years of experience in a library at a museum, academic, or art institution
  • Skills in all areas of library operations
  • Experience in strategic planning and assessment, grant writing, and space planning
  • Computer skills including Sierra, Primo, and OCLC Connexion, and related library systems and software
  • Facility with innovative best practices in library technology and digital projects
  • Commitment to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment
  • Excellent organizational, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Strong, user-centered service and reference philosophy
  • Commitment to professional development and scholarship, demonstrated contribution and participation in the broader professional community
  • Understanding of copyright law, fair use, and ethical use of information
  • Collegial, team-focused management mindset

Responsibilities:

  • Support research and interpretation of the Museum’s collections
  • Participate in cross-disciplinary exhibitions, installations, and publications, in collaboration with the Curatorial team
  • Provide innovative service to increase usage and sustain fundamental users
  • Serve as one of the NYARC directors to continue our legacy of innovative collaboration
  • Represent the Libraries by participating in meetings and on committees
  • Work with Education to develop meaningful links and connections to audiences from diverse communities
  • Work with Development staff to identify and pursue funding opportunities
  • Supervise the Cataloguer, Library Assistant, interns, and volunteers
  • Coordinate and facilitate all Libraries functions, and write the department's collection development plan
  • Develop and monitor budgets
  • Collect and report usage metrics and statistics
  • Represent the Museum at professional conferences and symposia

Start date: Immediately

Department: Libraries and Archives

Reports to: Director of Collections and Curatorial Affairs

Position type: Full-time

Union status: Non-union

FLSA status: Non-exempt

Schedule: 35 hours per week, Monday through Friday, 9 am to 5 pm

Apply online

If you have questions about our online application system, please get in touch with us at job.application.questions@brooklynmuseum.org.