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FW: Head of Library Services, The Museum of Modern Art- New York, New York

  • 1.  FW: Head of Library Services, The Museum of Modern Art- New York, New York

    Posted 11-03-2019 15:09

    Head of Library Services, The Museum of Modern Art- New York, New York

    Title: Head of Library Services
    Department:  Archives, Library, and Research Collections (ALRC)

    Position Summary:
    The Museum of Modern Art seeks a dynamic, collaborative, experienced librarian and strong people manager to lead collection development and management, and service-related activities at the MoMA Library. Specific areas of responsibilities include managing reference, acquisitions, circulation, preservation, and overall use of and access to the library's collection. The head will directly manage at both the day-to-day and strategic levels a team of professionals and paraprofessionals. The position will develop, mentor, and grow a highly customer-service oriented, responsive, and professional staff through both modeling and performance development; demonstrated experience in building out a library team to align with best practices required. Additionally, the head will periodically assess and survey needs of Museum staff and public researchers and then develop and deliver new library services in response to those needs. Reporting to the chief of ALRC, the head serves as one of three senior staff in the department, working closely with the head of Archives Services and the head of Metadata and Systems, in a collaborative environment to insure the continued excellence and innovation in a renowned center for art research and scholarship. As a key member of the ALRC management team, the successful candidate will closely partner with the chief of Archives, Library, and Research Collections in short and long-term strategic planning, and will proactively assess current library services and needs, research best practices, and make recommendations to the chief to ensure the highest caliber program.

    About The Museum of Modern Art Library
    The Museum of Modern Art Library, as one of the world's leading art research libraries, is a comprehensive collection devoted to modern and contemporary art. The non-circulating collection documents painting, sculpture, drawings, prints, photography, architecture, design, performance, video, film, and emerging art forms from 1880 to the present (from 1830 for photography). The Library's holdings include approximately 300,000 books and exhibition catalogs, over 8,000 periodical titles, and over 90,000 files of ephemera about individual artists and groups.   The Library is a founding member of the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC).


    ·         Provides vision, oversight, and coordination for reference, collection management, and outreach, including recommending best practices and evaluating and maintaining up-to-date knowledge of trends and new ideas in information science management.

    ·         Manages reader services for Museum staff and public researchers, as well as staffing the reference desk, in order to provide the best scholarly and customer service.

    ·         Provides oversight of all collection management functions, including circulation, interlibrary loan, and space planning.

    ·         Establishes assessment and benchmarking needs for the Library, with data analysis and statistics related to library collection usage and visitor data, and prepares and evaluates related reports.

    ·         Leads strategic effort to analyzes and assesses overall collection strengths, needs, priorities, and goals in relation to available resources.

    ·         Develops and updates a collection development policy in consultation with curators and colleagues across the Museum to conscientiously and strategically build the collection.

    ·         Directs acquisitions activities.

    ·         Oversees the development of and procedures for physical and electronic collection access, preservation and conservation to provide excellent and efficient service while safeguarding materials.

    ·         Ensures effective stewardship of the materials budgets, including routine monitoring of acquisition and preservation budgets.

    ·         Continuously evaluates publication trends in art history and visual culture to remain abreast of how new developments may impact the field.

    ·         Actively promotes the Library locally and globally to build awareness and develops strategies to increase use through presentations at seminars, professional associations, etc.

    ·         Is fluent in current technologies and plans for their long term evolution and new developments.

    ·         Leads recruitment efforts for select open positions and makes hiring decisions for staff vacancies, graduate internships, and library fellows. Develops, mentors, and manages staff on an ongoing basis to ensure the highest levels of customer service. Ensures compliance with and comprehension of Museum policies and relevant collective bargaining agreement and ensures staffs' comprehension of those policies. Conducts annual performance reviews with direct staff, and manages the constructive discipline process, as warranted.

    ·         Liaises with other departments.

    ·         Performs other related duties as assigned.


    ·         ALA accredited MLIS and subject master's degree in art history, or equivalent.

    ·         Minimum seven to 10 years previous professional experience in a research library, with responsibility for reference and collection development, managing staff, and in positions of increasing responsibility.

    ·         Demonstrated commitment to user-centered library services.

    ·         Reading knowledge of one or more foreign language(s).

    Skills/Core Competencies:

    ·         Demonstrated experience in providing leadership, directing operations, and working collaboratively to build successful programs.

    ·         Strong staff management and communication skills.

    ·         Proactive and creative approach to problem solving and workflow issues.

    ·         Demonstrated ability to work effectively with library stakeholders, including Museum staff and volunteers, collectors, donors, funders, artists, and independent researchers.

    ·         Subject expertise in modern and contemporary art; in-depth knowledge of the field of artists' books.

    ·         Expert level experience with arts and humanities databases, digital research tools, and automated library systems.

    ·         Ongoing awareness of current issues and trends in library and information science relevant to art libraries, including emerging technologies and scholarly communications. Well versed in best practices.

    ·         Experience with budget forecasting and funds management.

    ·         Active engagement in appropriate local, national, and international professional organizations, such as ARLIS, RBMS, IFLA.

    Cisneros Bibliographer for Art of Latin America, Collections Coordinator, Senior Library and Library Assistants, Fellows
    Reports to: Chief of Archives, Library, and Research Collections