Florence & Herbert Irving Librarian for Collections – The Metropolitan Museum of Art – New York, NY

The Metropolitan Museum of Art collects, studies, conserves, and presents significant works of art across all times and cultures in order to connect people to creativity, knowledge, and ideas. Thomas J. Watson Library is The Met’s research library. With its collection of more than one-million volumes, extensive digital collections, and online resources, Watson Library is one of the world’s most comprehensive art libraries.

The library’s holdings reflect the global and encyclopedic nature of The Met, with books ranging in date from the late fifteenth century to current scholarship, in all fields covered by The Met. The library’s mission is to support the research activities of the Museum staff and to offer access and outstanding services to an international community of students and scholars.

The Florence and Herbert Irving Librarian for Collections has overall responsibility for collection development, the collection budget, acquisitions, special collections, serials management, and digitization projects. This position works closely with the Chief Librarian to shape the vision and focus of the library’s collection and to determine strategies to achieve them. The Librarian for Collections provides direction as the library redefines its collection by reducing acquisitions to a sustainable volume and responds to new disciplinary areas of study and new and evolving methods of scholarship.

Salary is competitive ($75,000 minimum) and commensurate with background and experience.

A full position description is available at this link (https://libmma.s3.amazonaws.com/FlorenceandHerbertIrvingLibrarianforCollectionsPositionProfile7.14.21.pdf

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a cover letter indicating how they satisfy the requirements above, a resume, and the names of three references to the following e-mail address: lib.search@metmuseum.org. References will not be contacted without prior permission of the applicant.

About Melody Rood

Student Success Librarian and Assistant Professor at UNC-Greensboro