Coordinator of Research Services for Wallach job – The New York Public Library – Manhattan, NY

Established in 1987 with a gift from the Wallach family, The Miriam and Ira D. Wallach Division of Art, Prints, and Photographs unites three formerly separate departments. The Art and Architecture Collection is the primary access point for readers and researchers using the Research Libraries’ materials on painting, sculpture, photography, architecture and the decorative arts. The Print Collection encompasses over 200,000 prints along with a specialized reference collection of over 15,000 volumes on the history of prints and printmakers. The Photographs Collection comprises approximately 500,000 photographs, including examples of almost every photographic process from the earliest daguerreotypes to contemporary digital images. The Wallach Division also serves as the access point to the Spencer Collection of fine bindings and illustrated books. Together, these collections include more than one million works of art in various mediums and formats, complemented by nearly 700,000 monographs and periodicals, much of which can be accessed by researchers in its study rooms, which are among the most active and accessible in New York City. The quality, depth and scope of its holdings have earned the Wallach Division an international reputation among a broad variety of scholars and lovers of art.

Principal Responsibilities:
Reporting to The Miriam & Ira D. Wallach Associate Director for Art, Prints, and Photographs, the Coordinator of Research Services for the Wallach Division will be tasked with maintaining and enhancing its reputation as an indispensible hub for all users of fine and visual arts materials at the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building of The New York Public Library. Supervises the Art & Architecture Collection staff and their schedules; supports and encourages their professional development. Works with Head of Collection Development and Wallach staff to proactively coordinate efforts to build Art & Architecture Collection strategically. Writes and implements policies and procedures governing the Collection. Works in collaboration with leadership across the Humanities and Social Sciences Research Divisions to develop similar workflows across these divisions. Helps cover the reference desk in the Art & Architecture Reading Room and assists in answering patron questions both in-person and remotely. Collects, organizes, and distributes​​​ ​metrics associated​ ​​with research services, programming, and collection use across the Division. Oversees Wallach outreach initiatives, promoting the collections and the services of the divisions through social media, programming, and digitization projects. Liaises with short-term fellows to facilitate their research needs (across the Division and the Library as a whole). Seeks appropriate interns/volunteers for Division-wide projects With Wallach Associate Director and Head of Collection Development, proactively coordinate and strategically build Art & Architecture Collection. Evaluate current staffing levels of Art & Architecture Reading Room given access hours and patron demand, and make strategic recommendations to improve services.

Managerial/ Supervisory Responsibilities:
Supervises Art and Architecture Collection FT staff and 6 of their schedules; support and encourages their professional development. Manages all functions of the Art & Architecture Reading Room

Key Competencies:
Accountability and Professionalism – Demonstrates enthusiasm for and commitment to the position and accepts responsibility for personal actions. Customer Service – Commits to meeting the expectations of internal and external customers. Listens and responds effectively to customer questions; resolves customer problems to the customer’s satisfaction; respects all internal and external customers. Collaboration and Teamwork – Supports a positive team environment in which members participate, respect and cooperate with each other to receive desired results. Job-Specific Knowledge and Skills – Plans, prioritizes, and organizes work effectively to produce measurable results; keeps current with and effectively applies new work methods, skills and technologies to complete work. Leadership and Management – Provides direction, motivation and sets an example through open communication and modeling best practices. Demonstrates ability to motivate others to meet a common goal; and, recognizes and effectively leverages employees’ skills and abilities. Establishes realistic budget plans and demonstrates fiscal responsibility. Performance Management and Development – Provides clear departmental strategic goals, individual employee performance expectations and criteria for performance measurement. Provides meaningful and appropriate advice, on-going feedback, support and resources to improve effectiveness of individuals and teams. Addresses performance problems in an appropriate and timely manner.

Minimum Qualifications:
ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library and Information Science Undergraduate or Master’s Degree in Art History preferred, or an equivalent combination of education and experience Five years of progressively responsible professional experience working with readers and materials in a research library setting Experience working with fine art library collections Successfully demonstrated knowledge of authoritative humanities and art reference resources in print and electronic formats Experience with instruction and public speaking, and an interest in connecting with a spectrum of researcher communities Demonstrated ability to work with a diverse range of humanities researchers Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to deal effectively and tactfully with patrons and staff Commitment to continuing professional education and to the encouragement of professional development in others Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

Preferred Qualifications:
Demonstrated knowledge of current trends and advancements in art and architecture publishing

Work Environment:
Office Setting

Union / Non Union:
Non Union

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