New York, NY: Collection Manager, Library Services Center, New York Public Library

Job Opening Title: Collection Manager, Library Services Center

Employer Name: New York Public Library

Job Location: New York, NY

Application Deadline: 6/25/2022

Salary Range: $75,000.00

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Years of experience required: 5

Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: The New York Public Library’s (NYPL) collections are among the most important, unique, and comprehensive ever assembled for the free use of the public. The Research Library’s collections are wide-ranging, including archives, rare books, manuscripts, maps, photographs, prints, drawings, artwork, and audio and moving image recordings. The Library is committed to employing expert staff to formulate and implement responsible collection management and preservation plans covering the lifecycle of research collection materials.

The special collections of NYPL’s three research centers–the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture, and the Library for the Performing Arts–are shipped to the Library Services Center (LSC) in Long Island City as they are acquired, processed, prepared for exhibition and outgoing loan, undergo conservation treatment, and are digitized. Within Preservation and Collections Processing, the Collection Manager, LSC, oversees acquisition logistics, working with donors, vendors, and shippers; receives, accessions, and physically manages collection materials in storage, preparing them for processing by Archival Processing or Special Collections Cataloging; oversees transfer of materials between processing, digitization, and conservation programs; prepares shipments of materials to research centers and offsite facilities (coordinating with Registrar Services), manages acquisition documentation; and oversees preventive conservation activities associated with all spaces.

Working primarily with archives, rare books, and audio and moving image materials, the CM is fluent in logistics, stewardship, and professional standards within archives, libraries, and/or museums, while enacting a portfolio of institutional and vendor relationships to achieve success. The CM demonstrates extensive knowledge of a wide range of special collections formats and their related preservation issues, including appropriate packing, handling, shipping, documentation, and storage. They communicate the implications of these issues to a diverse peer group at NYPL, including directors, curators, special collections processing and cataloging staff, facilities managers, and others. Using this expertise, the CM manages one staff member and coordinates with colleagues to coordinate efficient and appropriate transport, custody transfer, and intake of materials while assessing and managing the risk associated with these activities, including weighing cost implications and project impacts. The CM acts as a public face of the Library during interactions with donors and negotiates with appropriate vendors to foster positive and beneficial external relationships.

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