2 Feb 2020

Full-Time Curator of the Dorot Jewish Collection

New York Public Library  New York, New York, United States

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Job Description

Department: JWS SASB Jewish Division.

Based within the Collections and Research Services department, which is responsible for establishing a unified strategic vision for NYPL’s Research Collections, and reporting to the Assistant Director for Collection Development, the Curator of the Dorot Jewish Collection the Curator will develop the collection, collaborate with staff across the Library to expand access to its unique resources through various digital initiatives, ensure its processing and preservation, and promote the collection to scholarly and popular audiences

  • The Curator will provide strong and effective subject expertise and leadership in the development and promotion of the Library’s Judaica collection, 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 promote the collections through instruction, outreach to academic communities, exhibitions, digital 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.


Principal Responsibilities

  • 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 special collections, managing the Library’s approval plans for Hebew publications, overseeing  Jewish studies acquisitions from U.S. and foreign vendors, and advising on the selection of electronic resources
  • Collaborates with special collections processing and preservation staff to identify priorities for processing and conservation treatment
  • Collaborates with other curatorial staff on collection management activities, services, and promotion of Jewish rare books, manuscripts, archives, and other special collections
  • Collaborates with Dorot Reading Room staff to provide the highest level of service and support to researchers in the Dorot Jewish Division
  • Actively engages with researchers by providing consultative services; cultivates and builds strong relationships with the academic community through classes, outreach, and strategic partnerships
  • Identifies, evaluates, and prioritizes materials for digitization initiatives and helps facilitate the use of digital collections
  • Collaborates with Development staff on fundraising activities to support the needs of the collection, fellowships for researchers, and new initiatives; cultivates strong donor relations
  • Keeps abreast of the changing needs of researchers in the field, as well as emerging trends in research libraries, higher education, and Jewish Studies scholarship in general
  • Establishes 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

Required Education & Experience

  • MLS from an ALA-accredited institution and additional graduate degree in a field related to Jewish studies; or a Ph.D. and substantial research library experience.
  • Minimum of five years of successful professional experience in collection development in Jewish studies.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Knowledge of current trends in Jewish Studies scholarship and publishing
  • Demonstrated knowledge of trends in collection development, digital initiatives, special collections,  scholarly communication, and publishing
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including successfully demonstrated ability to work effectively with the public, staff and donors.
  • Strong knowledge of Hebrew and at least one European language, with additional knowledge of Yiddish preferred.
  • Demonstrated experience in collection development
  • Hands-on experience in teaching and instruction that promotes the use of primary source documents
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment
  • Record of professional and scholarly engagement, including research, publication, and involvement in pertinent organizations
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate across library departments and across institutions
  • Strong commitment to excellent public service

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with curation of exhibitions and public programing
  • Experience selecting materials for digitization
  • Demonstrated experience in fundraising and donor relations

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

Work Environment

  • Office setting
  • Public library setting

Physical Duties

  • Limited physical effort is required
  • May require travel within NYC

Monday – Friday, 9am- 5pm

Non Union


How to Apply

Job ID# 11175

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Curator of the Dorot Jewish Collection
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