Research Associate/Bibliographer (Part-time) – The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY, 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 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 Research Associate/Bibliographer plays a crucial role in a National Endowment for the Humanities-funded initiative to assess, expand, facilitate discovery, and improve access to the library’s print and digital holdings by and about Indigenous American, Asian American/Pacific Islander, and Latinx artists. This position will conduct bibliographic assessments of the collection; identify relevant holdings within the Met libraries; point out gaps and inadequately represented artists, institutions, publishers, and scholars; and assist in building more comprehensive collections by recommending specific titles and resources for acquisition. Reporting to the Associate Museum Librarian/Project Director, this position will create research guides and indexes of artists and assist in making the library’s resources more widely known through publishing, presentations, social media, and public programs. Key goals for this position are fostering awareness and wider use of these collections, developing new audiences, and inspiring new scholarship and research in these areas.

Salary is competitive ($35/hour) and benefits are offered. This is a temporary position consisting of 20 hours per week for a 12-month period of time with the potential to perform some work remotely.

A full position description with requirements and qualifications is available at this link: https://libmma.s3.amazonaws.com/Research+Associate+Bibliographer+Watson+Library+Oct+2021.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 outlined in the position description, 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.