Discovery Lead - Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection

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Location: New York, NY
Salary: $62,000-$66,000
Employment Term: Full time, Exempt
Required Experience: Master’s degree of library and information science from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent degree; coursework in art history; additional undergraduate and/or graduate degree in art history preferred; reading knowledge of one or more languages in addition to English preferred. Pre-professional experience and graduate work qualifies.

At the Frick Collection we pride ourselves on promoting an open and welcoming workplace culture that supports diversity and work-life balance. The Frick strives to provide our employees with competitive salaries and exceptional benefits in a beautiful and pleasant work setting while providing an excellent opportunity to appreciate some of the world’s finest works of art. 


Opened to the public in 1935, The Frick Collection is a world-renowned art museum consisting of more than 1,500 works of art from the ninth to the nineteenth centuries displayed in the intimate surroundings of the former home of Pittsburgh industrialist Henry Clay Frick. It is considered one of the world’s most perfect museums, and the residence is one of New York City’s few remaining Gilded Age mansions. The Frick welcomes nearly 300,000 visitors a year to its tranquil mansion on the Upper East Side, encouraging visitors to closely observe, reflect, and engage with its esteemed collection.

The Frick Art Reference Library, founded by Mr. Frick’s daughter, Helen Clay Frick, in 1920, is an internationally recognized research library that serves as one of the world's most complete resources for the study of Western art. Our entire staff ensures that the resources of The Frick Collection are made accessible and inviting to “all persons whomsoever,” in accordance with the wishes of the museum’s founder.

The Frick has moved into its temporary home—Frick Madison—in the Breuer building at 75th Street and Madison Avenue (the former Whitney Museum), while renovations are underway to the newer parts of the building at 1 East 70th Street.

Position Summary

  • Oversee the integrated library system
  • Oversee the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC) website
  • Coordinate meetings, budgets, and payments for NYARC
  • Customize the integrated library system to improve access and user experience
  • Coordinate the inclusion of electronic, digitized, and born-digital content in the integrated library system
  • Compile and review usage statistics for the integrated library system, and electronic and digital resources
  • Provide on-site and remote reference services to staff and the public
  • Design, coordinate, and implement public programs
  • Evaluate collection resources
  • Participate in cross-departmental and cross-institutional committees and working groups
  • Participate in professional development and outreach
  • Assist with library activities, special projects, programs, and events


The education and/or experience requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and ability required to successfully perform the essential duties of this position.

  • Master’s degree of library and information science from an ALA-accredited program or equivalent degree
  • Coursework in art history
  • Experience managing the ExLibris Alma/Primo VE integrated library system
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively
  • Can analyze problems and identify solutions
  • Can prioritize tasks and projects
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent project and time management skills
  • Has an attention to detail
  • ExLibris Alma/Primo VE certification and expertise with Alma analytics preferred
  • Additional undergraduate and/or graduate degree in art history preferred
  • Reading knowledge of one or more languages in addition to English preferred

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