Full-Time Curator of History, Social Sciences, and Government Information
• Job Type: Full-Time
• Manhattan, New York, US
• Department: COLLCTNS Collections Strategy Office
• Job ID: 10651
With a collection that exceeds 46 million items, and a mission to advance knowledge and inspire lifelong learning, the New York Public Library stands as one of the world’s great public research libraries. Its four research centers provide opportunities for engagement with in-depth and unique collections, inspirational reading rooms, exhibitions, programs, and a range of research services.
The Library’s collections in history, social sciences, and government documents are among the best in the United States, as well as extensive e-resources. The collection is particularly strong in American and British history, European social sciences, and both American and international government publications.
Based within the Collections and Research Services department, which is responsible for establishing a unified strategic vision for NYPL’s Research Collections, the Curator works collaboratively with staff across the Research Libraries to coordinate the development of the collection and the delivery of research services that help position the Library as a vital resource to support learning, creativity, scholarship, and enterprise.
- The Curator will provide strong and effective subject expertise and leadership in the development and promotion of the Library’s history, social sciences, and government information resources, serving as the primary spokesperson for the collection, and undertaking activities that advance expanded use and other strategic goals.
- In support of teaching, learning, and scholarship, the Curator will contextualize the collections in a variety of ways, including through instruction, outreach to academic communities, exhibitions, and publications, and will facilitate digital humanities and other scholarly projects, and collaborate on the development of public programming and educational resources.
- The Curator will maintain and strengthen existing institutional partnerships and identify and initiate opportunities to collaborate on new approaches to building collections and promoting their use to both a national and international audience.
Reporting to the Assistant Director for Collection Development, the Curator of History, Social Sciences, and Government Information will:
- Drawing on an understanding of the collection’s historical strengths, its use, and scholarly trends, the curator will plan for, communicate, and implement strategies to build and shape the collections, including managing the Library’s approval plans for history and the social sciences, and advising on the selection of electronic resources
- Actively engage with researchers by providing consultative services; cultivate and build strong relationships with the academic community through classes, outreach, and strategic partnerships
- Identify, evaluate, and prioritize materials for digitization initiatives and help facilitate the use of digital collections
- Collaborate with Development staff on fundraising activities to support the needs of the collection, fellowships for researchers, and new initiatives
- Keep abreast of the changing needs of researchers in the field, as well as emerging trends in research libraries, higher education, and history and social science scholarship in general
- Establish a record of participation in and contributions to the profession by serving on committees and representing the Library at professional organizations, conferences, and various public meetings
- Manage the Library’s Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) selection profile, selecting FDLP content that meets the needs of the library users. They will be responsible for ensuring that all FDLP regulations for depository libraries are fulfilled, stay up-to-date with FDLP instructions and announcements, respond to requests from the FDLP, and monitor developments at the FDLP and in professional circles, trends in the management and provision of Government Documents resources and related issues
Required Education & Experience
- An MLS from an ALA-accredited program and an advanced relevant subject degree in history or the social sciences; or a PhD and relevant experience
- Three to five years of relevant professional experience in an academic or research library, equivalent combination of education and experience
- Demonstrated experience in collection development
- Demonstrated knowledge of current practices and emerging trends in history and social sciences scholarship and research libraries in general
- Successfully demonstrated experience in teaching and instruction that promotes the use of primary source documents
- Successfully demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment
- Record of professional engagement and contribution, such as research, publication, and involvement in pertinent professional and scholarly organizations
- Excellent oral, written, and interpersonal skills
- Demonstrated ability to collaborate across Library departments and across institutions
- Engagement in the scholarly fields of history and the social sciences
- Strong commitment to excellent public service
- Familiarity with curation of exhibitions and public programing
- Experience selecting materials for digitization
- Familiarity with government information sources
- Competency in a second language, German or French preferably
All team members are expected and encouraged to embody the NYPL Core Values:
- Be Helpful to patrons and colleagues
- Be Resourceful in solving problems
- Be Curious in all aspects of your work
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Job ID: 10651
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