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Tuesday, June 01, 2021 6:41 PM | Laura DeMuro (Administrator)

Director of Libraries & Archives

(June 1, 2021)

Position Title - Director of Libraries & Archives

Supervisor Title (All entry and mid-level position supervisors should be qualified, professional archivists.) - Director of Curatorial Affairs

Director of Curatorial Affairs - Full-time, permanent

Benefits - Yes

Salary Range - $86,000 - $95,000

The Director of Libraries and Archives is an experienced and innovative library professional with a deep commitment to research, scholarship, and accessibility. In addition to acting as the principal librarian, the Director will lead our renowned research libraries and archives to support collection research, canon-expanding 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. Our archives contain primary source documents that detail the history of the Museum, including its predecessor institutions, with over 3,200 linear feet of records, including travelogues, letters, photographs, invoices, layouts, and internal documents. We are also a member of the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC), participating in its trailblazing web archiving program, and are leaders in the development of model information services programs.


A successful candidate will meet many of these requirements, and have the desire and capacity to learn the rest on the job.

Master’s degree in library and/or information science from an ALA-accredited institution

Five to eight years of experience in a museum, academic, or art library, with two to three in a management position

Skills in all areas of library and archives operations, including space planning

Experience with strategic planning and assessment as well as grant writing

Computer skills including Innovative (Sierra), Ex Libris (Alma and Primo), and OCLC Connexion, and familiarity with related library systems and software

Knowledge of and demonstrated experience with innovative best practices related to library technology and digital projects

Strong, user-centered service and reference philosophy, and a demonstrated ability to foster community collaboration

Commitment to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive work environment

Excellent organizational, communication, and interpersonal skills

Investment in professional development and scholarship, and an interest in contributing to the broader professional community

Understanding of copyright law, fair use, and ethical use of information

Collegial, team-focused management orientation


Manage the Libraries and Archives staff—which includes a Cataloguer, Archivist, interns, and volunteers—and hire additional staff as opportunities become available

Support research and interpretation of our collections

Collaborate with colleagues across the Museum on cross-disciplinary exhibitions, installations, and publications, and represent Libraries and Archives in cross-departmental meetings and on committees

Provide state-of-the-art service to increase usage of the Libraries and Archives, collect and report usage metrics and statistics, and sustain core Libraries patrons and researchers

Serve as one of the NYARC Directors to continue our legacy of innovative collaboration

Work with the Education team to develop meaningful tools that connect to audiences from diverse communities

Identify and pursue funding opportunities and lead fundraising efforts with Development staff

Help develop our Digital Archives and a more general digital-forward archival strategy

Write and circulate a collection development plan

Coordinate and facilitate all Libraries and Archives events

Develop and monitor budgets

Represent the Museum at professional conferences and symposia

To Apply: Please go to https://www.brooklynmuseum.org/about/careers/director_libraries_and_archives

questions? communications@nycarchivists.org

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