Kress NYARC 2016-2018 Fellowship -application deadline: February 29, 2016

The New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC), consisting of the libraries of the Brooklyn Museum, The Frick Collection, and The Museum of Modern Art, is pleased to announce the availability of a Samuel H. Kress Foundation Fellowship to support a post-graduate fellowship dedicated to training an emerging art librarian. Initiated in 2014, the NYARC program consists of two consecutive fellowships to provide hands-on training in the field of public information services in museum libraries. We are now soliciting applications for the second fellowship which will last 28 months from the date of hire.

Expected rotation schedule:

  • 12 months at the Brooklyn Museum
  • 8 months at the Frick Art Reference Library
  • 8 months at The Museum of Modern Art Library

The Kress Fellow will spend time at each of the three member institutions, strengthening their core competencies in reference and outreach services. As each library represents a different focus within the museum landscape and each institution’s collection varies in scope, the Kress Fellow will have an opportunity to develop an unusually broad knowledge of art resources. Additionally, the Kress Fellow will assess the usability and interface design of a discovery platform that is part of NYARC’s Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded web archiving program to capture, archive, and provide access to born-digital art research materials. This joint endeavor provides a valuable and unparalleled opportunity for a recent information professional graduate to begin a career in an exceptional environment of learning, service, innovation, and collaboration. We are very grateful to the Samuel H. Kress Foundation for its generous support.

Applications for the 2016-2018 Kress NYARC Fellow are now being accepted and will continue until the position is filled. The call for applications is posted at http://www.nyarc.org/content/career-opportunities and copied below.

Call for Applications: 2016-2018 Samuel H. Kress New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC) Fellow Fixed duration position: 28 months from date of hire; non-renewable

The New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC), comprised of the research libraries of The Museum of Modern Art, The Frick Collection, and the Brooklyn Museum, invites applications for a Fellow position generously funded by the Samuel H. Kress Foundation. This fellowship will provide an emerging librarian with a unique opportunity to learn the operations of three leading art museum libraries, experience hands-on training in the field of public information services, and gain an in-depth understanding of developing digital tools for researchers in the field. The Kress Fellow will spend time at each NYARC institution for a total of 28 months in the Fellow position.

Responsibilities:

  • Assist staff and public patrons with research questions posed to the library and archives of each institution; answer reference questions via email; conduct instructional library and research tool sessions for patrons; and engage in outreach programs to promote NYARC’s web archive collection of art research materials.
  • Serve as member of the NYARC Discovery Working Group and lead usability testing of NYARC Discovery, a research tool that is part of NYARC’s Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded web archiving program to capture, archive, and provide access to born-digital art research materials. ​
  • Coordinate efforts with other departments within each museum such as Digital Media, Marketing and Communications, and Education to promote NYARC’s research resources through social media platforms and other outreach.
  • Contribute to the goals of institution-specific library initiatives.

Reports to the Directors of the Libraries at the Brooklyn Museum, Frick Art Reference Library and The Museum of Modern Art. The Fellow will collaborate with senior staff to co-develop responsibilities, expectations, and projects for each rotation assignment. The Fellow will work under the guidance of the Library Director during assignments, and receive regular feedback on performance and development. The Fellow will actively participate in Library committees, meetings and events.

Requirements

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program for library and information science conferred in 2015 or after.
  • Demonstrated interest in reference services, art, and art history.
  • Excellent communication, interpersonal, and reference interview skills.
  • Enthusiasm for outreach work, engaging with patrons, and teaching.
  • Ability to work independently and in a team environment.
  • Experience using electronic resources and basic web technologies.

Application deadline: Review of applications will begin March 1st 2016 and will continue until the position is filled. Notification: Finalists will receive notification via email.

Applicants should submit a current resume, statement of interest, and three professional references to fellowship@nyarc.org. Please include “2016-2018 Kress NYARC Fellowship” in the email subject.