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Associate Director for Collections and Research Services

Company: ASALH LLC
Location: Davis
Posted on: September 13, 2020

Job Description:

Associate Director, Collections and Research Services, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Home > Job Board > Associate Director, Collections and Research Services, Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture

Overview

The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture seeks an innovative, strategic, visionary, seasoned, and collaborative leader for the position of Associate Director for Collections and Research Services. This position is a key member of the Center’s management team, overseeing the five public service divisions of the Schomburg Center: Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books; Photographs and Prints; Art and Artifacts; Moving Image and Recorded Sound; and the Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division. As “chief curator,” the role reports to the Executive Director and heads collections processing, acquisitions, and curatorial processes, collaborates on the timely processing of materials, and strategizes about access, collection development, policy and the future direction of the Schomburg Center. Responsible for ensuring the safety of materials and the timely processing of an unparalleled array of papers, archives, and books, including recent acquisitions like the collections of James Baldwin, Sonny Rollins, Ruby Dee and Ossie Davis, Ann Petry, and Malcolm X.

Founded in 1925 and named a National Historic Landmark in 2017, the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is the world’s leading cultural institutions devoted to the collection, preservation, and interpretation of materials focused on African American, African, and African Diasporan experiences, featuring diverse programming and a collection of over 11 million items that illuminates the richness of global Black history and culture. A research library of The New York Public Library and seeded by the collection of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg over 90 years ago, the Schomburg Center provides free access to materials documenting Black life locally, nationally, and internationally.

Key Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Executive Director of the Schomburg Center, this position functions as chief curator whose core responsibilities will be to:

? Promote scholarly, educational, and general use of the collections in collaboration with Schomburg and NYPL departments, including Education, Public Programs, Exhibitions, Communications, the Scholars’ Center fellowship program, the Lapidus Center for the Historical Analysis of Transatlantic Slavery, and the Digital team

? Enrich the user experience by developing and promoting the cross-departmental and cross-institutional collaboration needed to provide a seamless and successful collections experience

? Create, monitor, and maintain an overall collection development strategy as well as a collection management strategy with the goal of improving discoverability and access

to collections

? Provide leadership and direction to a team of Curators and the Associate Chief Librarian of the General Research & Reference Division in the day-to-day management of their divisions to execute the strategic priorities of NYPL, including increased access and discoverability of special collections, digitization of audio and moving image material, processing of archives and general collections, and a more robust online collections presence

? Recruit, motivate, mentor, and retain a highly-skilled professional staff

? Administer the acquisitions budget devoted to special collections, as well as identify general and specific funding needs for special collection acquisitions

? Cultivate prospective collection donors and manage existing ones, consistent with collection development strategies

? Pursue grant funding for processing and digitization in coordination with NYPL’s Development team

? Communicate regularly and substantively with Library administrators, curators, librarians, researchers, and user groups about shaping the Library’s collections, as well as in collaboration with the leadership of NYPL’s Special Collections and Collection Development departments

? Engage with current issues and trends regarding all aspects of scholarly communication, including advising on publishing and research trends, open access

initiatives, copyright, and information technologies that affect access and preservation of scholarly information

? Other duties and special projects as assigned

Required Education & Experience

? Master’s degree in Library Science or comparable higher degree with five to seven years of experience in a research library

? Five years of experience in managing library professionals

? At least five years of increasingly responsible professional experience in archives and special collections Required Skills

? Subject area expertise or educational background in any of the following: African American History/Studies/Literature, Africana Studies, or cultural studies

? Knowledge of current and evolving collection development and management strategies, including resource selection and working with vendors and donors

? Deep understanding of and commitment to the mission of a public library and the particular role that a research collection plays in service of that public mission

? Demonstrated ability to engage curators, librarians, staff, and external constituencies in the collaborative planning, coordination, and execution of collection strategies

? Demonstrated ability to establish and maintain close and productive working relationships with colleagues and constituents in an environment where consultation, flexibility, collaboration, and cooperation are essential

? Knowledge of current trends and issues in scholarly communication, including copyright, open access, digital acquisitions, and data sharing

? Strong project management skills

? Excellent interpersonal, written, and oral communication skills

? Strong record of scholarly engagement and professional service, including peer-reviewed publications and/or presentations at national conferences, and service on regional and/or national-level organizations

Preferred Qualifications:

? Proven experience with or a desire to engage in development, fundraising, and public engagement activities NYPL Core Values:

All team members are expected and encouraged to embody the NYPL Core Values:

? Be Helpful to patrons and colleagues

? Be Resourceful in solving problems

? Be Curious in all aspects of your work

Physical Duties:

? Lifting of heavy boxes up to 30 lbs.

NYPL is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. This job description represents the types and levels of responsibilities that will be required of the position and shall not be construed as a declaration of the total of the specific duties and responsibilities. Employees may be directed to perform job-related tasks other than those specifically presented in this description as needed.

CONTACT

301 Rhode Island Avenue, NW

Suite 2204

Washington, DC 20001

OUR MISSION

The mission of the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH ® ) is to promote, research, preserve, interpret and disseminate information about Black life, history and culture to the global community.

The Association for the Study of African American Life and History ( EIN: 53-0219640 ) is a tax-exempt 501 (c)(3) organization. Contributions to ASALH are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.

ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History

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When Shadow And Act covered the development of the project in 2018, the team wrote about their goal to provide a way for people to be as close to the history of Greenwood Avenue as possible."

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Brown played for the Stars from 1949-51. He has great memories of playing for the Stars. Brown, an infielder, played shortstop and second base during his professional baseball career."

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In Retrospect and Prospect: Topics in African American History: A Conversation about the Preservation of Black Women's History with Dr. Kenvi Phillips, curat...

ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History

Reminder!! Premiering tonight, Friday, July 10th @ 7 pm on ASALH-TV a conversation on preserving Black women’s history with Dr. Kenvi Phillips, Curator for Race and Ethnicity at the Schlesinger Library of the Radcliffe Institute, Harvard University

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ASALH: Association for the Study of African American Life and History

Happy Birthday to our former President Mary McLeod Bethune. Please check out this post from Moorland-Spingarn Research Center celebrating her.

Happy Birthday to the venerable Mary McLeod Bethune! It is through her steadfastness and hard work that we have come this far. Today we celebrate her legacy with these images from our collection.

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