Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Head of Library & Archives - Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art

Head of Library & Archives - Full-time position. The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art - America’s oldest public art museum - was founded by arts patron Daniel Wadsworth in 1842, opening three decades before the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York and the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Principal purchases by Wadsworth paved the way for encyclopedic museums across the country, and active acquisitions by patrons, directors and curators since have grown the museum’s collection to more than 50,000 works of art spanning 5,000 years, from Greek and Roman antiquities to the first museum collection of American contemporary art.
     The Auerbach Art Library is of more recent vintage. It originated as the Avery Memorial Library, a prominent feature of the avant-garde Avery Memorial Building completed in 1934. The library moved to its current location in 1969, and was renamed at that point in memory of Beatrice Fox Auerbach, Hartford-born philanthropist, and President and Director of G. Fox & Co. from 1938 – 1959. Since then, the library has quintupled in size and continues to function as a highly visible symbol of the Atheneum’s commitment to scholarship and public service.
     The organization and identification of the Museum Archives began in 1981, beginning with a vigorous search for archival materials in the closets, vaults, offices, and basements of the Atheneum, which were then moved to a concrete sub-basement of the Wadsworth Building. The Archives constitute a treasure house of documents spanning the history of the museum from its founding in 1842 to the present.
     POSITION DESCRIPTION: The Head of Library and Archives is responsible for administering, planning, organizing, and managing all aspects of the information management policies and procedures of the Auerbach Art Library and the Museum Archives in accordance with ALA and SAA best practices. This includes collection development, professional reference services, bibliographic instruction, preservation management, preparing and monitoring statistics, and budget management.
     ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES: Responsible for the daily operation of the Library and Archives in terms of overall technical and professional responsibility. Plan, develop, and implement library services and programming according to museum goals, user feedback and statistical data. Manage acquisitions, cataloging and access for the library’s collection; manage appraisal, arrangement, description, and creation of access tools for archival records, including correspondence, photographs, financial records, administrative files, and publications. Determine cataloguing and data entry standards for the library and archival collections, and manage and maintain library and archival databases, finding aids, and inventories. Provide reference and research services related to the history of the museum, its collections and exhibitions to museum staff, docents and public patrons. Assist with long-term planning of library and archives to increase visibility, improve access and efficiency, and enhance user experience. Plan for preservation and conservation of archival and library materials utilizing accepted preservation methods to extend the life of the collection; ensuring the proper care, handling, storage and treatment of library and archive materials.
     Education and Experience: Qualified applicants will have an ALA-accredited MLS degree with an academic background in art, art history or related discipline; specialization in archives administration or ACA certification; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. Minimum of 3 – 5 years’ experience working with special collections and archives. Experience with cataloguing and providing library reference, preferably in a museum or academic library.
     Skills and Abilities: Qualified applicants will have strong written and verbal communication skills, organizational skills, attention to detail, excellent problem-solving and interpersonal skills. Knowledge of computer standards and applications in archives and libraries, including MARC21, EAD, and digital imaging. Knowledge of current archival arrangement and description standards and relevant descriptive standards (AACR2, DACS). Supervisory experience is also required. Reading knowledge of art historical French and/or German desirable. Aptitude in MS Office programs including Word, PowerPoint, and Excel.
     To apply, please send cover letter, resume, and salary requirements to: Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Attn: HR Department, 600 Main Street, Hartford, CT 06103; Or Email Deadline for applications: April 28, 2017. The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art is an Equal Opportunity Employer.