Andrew W. Mellon Director of the Research Libraries, New York Public Library, NY, NY

The New York Public Library seeks a leader for one of the most prestigious positions in the research library community – the Andrew W. Mellon Director. The leader will ensure that the most democratically accessible of collections thrives and is well preserved, added to and curated, providing the best physical experiences and services for research, and developing innovative ways to increase our digital impact through curated and open collections, committed to access to and expansion of our expertise through community engagement to maximize use by writers, readers, students and creators throughout the world. The Mellon Director reports to the Chief Library Officer and is a member of the President’s senior management team. He/she has oversight of the collections and staff of the iconic Schwarzman Building on 42nd street and Fifth Avenue, and the unparalleled collections and staff of the Library for Performing Arts, Schomburg Center for African American Studies, and the Science, Industry and Business Library, as well as the Cullman Center for Writers and other affiliated centers, for a total of 460+ staff and budget of $50M. As the most senior leader for the most used public research library collection in the world at a moment when we need to both preserve that heritage and transform for the future, we seek someone of exceptional commitment, insight and energy. We are open to candidates of varied backgrounds, from library professionals to scholars and researchers with a passion for the role of institutions in public research.



About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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