Head - Library of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient WorldNew York University seeks a qualified individual to develop, implement and manage the Library of its newly founded Institute for the Study of the Ancient World.
The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World [ISAW] is a unique center for advanced scholarly research and graduate education, offering the Ph.D. degree through NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science. It has a wider geographic span than other programs that focus on the ancient world, incorporating not only Europe and the entire Mediterranean basin, but also the Near East, and Central, South, and East Asia. In its research and its teaching of doctoral students, ISAW will emphasize an interdisciplinary approach, one that transcends modern boundaries of nation. It will support scholarship that crosses customary disciplinary boundaries – art history, literature, archaeology, history, geography, geology, economics, and sociology, among others – to create a new intellectual framework for understanding the ancient world, and to train a new generation of scholars steeped in that integrated approach. ISAW will begin its work in the Summer of 2007 and expects to admit its first PhD students in Fall 2009.
The Library will support the research and curricular needs of ISAW’s faculty and graduate students. Because the Institute is a new undertaking, the Librarian will have the unique opportunity to build an entirely new library collection and design a service program suited to the needs of scholars in the 21st century, incorporating traditional and digital collections, and taking advantage of new techniques for access, delivery and collection building. The Librarian will work closely with the Institute Director and faculty to shape a library program that supports the interdisciplinary work of ISAW. Those interdisciplinary programs will also require that the Librarian work collaboratively with other libraries at NYU and in the New York area to insure that ISAW faculty and students have access to the broadest possible range of collections and that the ISAW Library collections complement rather than duplicate the extraordinary range of resources New York’s cultural institutions make available to researchers.
The Head of the ISAW Library, reporting jointly to the Director of Collections and Research Services in NYU’s Division of Libraries and to the Director of ISAW, is responsible for all aspects of the Library’s operations, including oversight of access and research services, development of the Library’s collections, liaison with other NYU Libraries departments (including technical services provided for ISAW), and liaison with ISAW’s faculty and students. The incumbent will be responsible for the Library’s close collaborative relationship with other NYU Libraries, including the Institute of Fine Arts Library on East 78th Street and the Elmer Holmes Bobst Library on Washington Square. The incumbent will develop and implement close working relationships with other libraries in the New York area, such as the Library of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the New York Public Library and the libraries of Columbia University.
Qualifications: ALA accredited MLS and subject Master's degree required for tenure; an advanced degree in a field of study relating to the ancient world, demonstrating a full understanding of the scholarly process; at least five years experience in an academic or specialized research library; reading knowledge of appropriate foreign languages; demonstrated skills in personnel and budget management; ability to provide leadership and to work collaboratively with faculty and to build a successful service program in a large and complex academic environment.
Salary/Benefits: Faculty status, attractive benefits package including five weeks annual vacation. Salary commensurate with experience and background.
To apply: Interested candidates are requested to submit a letter of application that specifically states how background and experiences are relevant to the position responsibilities and qualifications; current resume; and the names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references to:
Ms. Janet Koztowski
Libraries Human Resources Director
New York University Libraries
70 Washington Square South
New York, NY 10012
Resumes will be accepted until the position is filled.
NYU IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EMPLOYER.