POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT

LIBRARIAN

 

Position Overview:

The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation seeks to hire a temporary Librarian to work with the Foundation’s library. Under the supervision of the Head Archivist, the position will conduct a preservation assessment of Roy Lichtenstein’s 699-volume library, including a collection condition survey; provide treatment recommendations for preservation or conservation; administer necessary treatments inhouse and coordinate with third parties for outsourced conservation work; and update the Foundation’s reference management software RefWorks.

The project should be completed in 8 weeks, depending on availability and schedule. There may be additional employment opportunities after the initial project is complete.

About the Foundation:

The Roy Lichtenstein Foundation was chartered as a Private Operating Foundation in 1998, primarily to facilitate public access to the work of Roy Lichtenstein and the art and artists of his time; to create a catalogue raisonné of all known Lichtenstein works; and to share information which could assist the development and education of the next generation of curators, critics and scholars concerning the artist Roy Lichtenstein.

In 2018 the Foundation announced the launch of two comprehensive, long-term collaborations, one with the Whitney Museum of Art, New York, and the other with the Smithsonian Institution Archives of American Art, Washington, DC, aimed at facilitating public access to the art and history of Roy Lichtenstein as well as the art of his time.

Essential Responsibilities:

• Conduct a preservation assessment and condition survey of a 699-volume library, and identify treatment recommendations;
• Administer treatment and rehousing of library materials;
• Recommend treatment services for serious conservation needs, if necessary;
• Update the Foundation’s library database RefWorks;
• Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:

• Master of Library and Information Sciences or Archival Studies from an ALA-accredited institution;
• Minimum 2 years of related experience;
• Practical knowledge of archival theory and best practice including national standards;
• Knowledge of professional principles and best practices;
• Working understanding of museum or artist archives;
• Understanding of 20th and 21st century art history;
• Experience working on research project within an art historical context;
• Must have excellent verbal and written communication skills;
• Ability to work independently and meet deadlines, as well as manage multiple projects simultaneously;
• Must have strong interpersonal skills with the ability to work collaboratively within a group and to function across an inter-departmental structure;
• Excellent organizational, time, and project management skills;
• Ability to learn and use dynamic database and library collections management systems, as well as a basic understanding of Microsoft Office Suite;
• Familiarity with current trends, issues, and ever-evolving standards and best practices in the field;
• Ability to lift materials weighing up to 30lbs.

Compensation:

This is a temporary position 2-to-3 days a week during standard office hours, 10am-6pm. Most of the work will be conducted on premises. The Foundation offers $35-40/hr. The position is expected to last 8 weeks (depending on schedule and availability). There may be further project opportunities after the completion of this project.

Work Environment:

The Foundation is in the West Village of New York City.

To apply:

Starting Date: June 2021. Open untiled filled. If interested, please email a resume, cover letter and two references. Include the position title in the subject line and email: archives@lichtensteinfoundation.org.