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Managing Librarian Music Division

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The New York Public Library

Manhattan, NY

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Since the inception of The New York Public Library in 1895, the Music Division has been one of the world\u2019s pre-eminent collections devoted to music. Today it is part of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, a research and circulating library opened in 1965 with divisions dedicated to music, theatre, dance, and recorded sound. Located on the Lincoln Center campus, the Library for the Performing Arts serves 320,000 visitors and scholars annually through its circulating and research collections and active calendar of public programs and exhibitions. 
The Music Division\u2019s Research and Circulating Collections comprise well over two million items, including some of the Library\u2019s most prized collections. Chief among the division\u2019s legacy holdings is the 7,000 volumes of the Musical Library of Joseph W. Drexel which is the cornerstone of the Music Division\u2019s legacy and a foundational component of the division\u2019s collecting profile.  Additionally, the Division\u2019s American Music Collection, which was formed in 1936, is recognized worldwide as one of the most important collections devoted to American music. This exceptional collection has been further enriched by recent acquisitions including the archives of John Cage, Arthur Russell, and Lou Reed.

Principal Responsibilities
The Music Division advances the strategic direction of the Library by supporting and promoting research, collaboration, creativity, discussion, and exposition of the performing arts. The Division expands, exposes, preserves, documents, and animates our collections for artists and researchers.
Reporting to the Curator of Music and Recorded Sound, The Managing Librarian will manage all aspects of public reference and research for the Music and Recorded Sound collections of the Division including:

Overseeing the general research and circulating reading rooms and manages all functions of the public reference desks for Music and Recorded Sound
Managing MarLi, ILL, and public copy orders

Managing divisional rights and permissions database

Write and implement policies and procedures governing open-shelf reference and the circulating and orchestra collections
Collect, organize, and distribute metrics associated with research services, programs, and collection use
Provides reference service and resource recommendations using print, media and digital resources
Help lead public outreach initiatives, promoting the collections and services of the divisions through social media, programs, and exhibition projects
With the Curator and Assistant Curator, maintain and build Music and Recorded Sound collections
Evaluates and monitors NYPL electronic resources and digital access.
Performs related duties as required

Managerial/ Supervisory Responsibilities

Supervise Music and Recorded Sound Staff and encourage their professional development and advancement

NYPL Core Values


Minimum Qualifications

ALA accredited Master\u2019s degree in Library and Information Science and Public Librarian\u2019s Professional Certificate issued by the State of New York. 
Successfully demonstrated knowledge of music, music history and musicology
Extensive leadership, supervisory and management experience
Successfully demonstrated experience with and commitment to high quality public service
Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including the ability to serve as an enthusiastic ambassador for the Music Division
Successfully demonstrated organizational skills and the ability to work independently or with a team on complex projects
Successfully demonstrated ability to exercise sound judgment, identify and assess problems, and decisively implement appropriate solutions or recommendations
Experience coaching, mentoring, developing and managing the performance of staff
Demonstrated track record of contributing to broader library policies and direction
Demonstrated ability to work well under pressure, with judgment, accuracy and attention to detail
Strong technological aptitude, including proficiency with the web, social media, cloud computing, MS Word and Excel, and the ability to learn new technologies quickly
Must be flexible, reliable and proactive

Preferred Qualifications

Master\u2019s degree in Music or Musicology

Work Environment

Research Library

Physical Duties

Lifting up to 15 lbs.
Sitting and standing for periods of time
Daily use of a computer

Starting Salary
Minimum Salary (with 2 years of NYPL service)
Hours35 hours per week To be scheduled during operating hours Evenings and weekends as required Schedule subject to change
Union / Non UnionNon Union

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