Librarian - Bard College Center for Curatorial Studies


Location: Annandale-on-Hudson, NY
Salary: 60,000-64,000
Employment Term: Full time
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The Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard) invites applications for a Librarian to join our small, collaborative team in the CCS Bard Library & Archives. This is a full-time (35 hours/week) on-site position at our campus in Annandale-on-Hudson, NY, 90 miles north of New York City.

Reporting to the Director of Library & Archives, the Librarian is responsible for all technical services providing original and copy cataloging for general and special collections materials in multiple formats—including exhibition catalogs, monographs, artists’ publications such as books and periodicals, and audio-visual works—according to current standards, including LCSH, LC classifications, and local practices. This position also works closely with our contract developer to manage CCS Bard’s Blacklight discovery layer. The Librarian also contributes to reference and research support and participation in library instruction activities, and the day-to-day management of the CCS Bard Library.    

Established in 1994, the Library & Archives at CCS Bard is the only academic research center designed specifically to support a graduate program in curatorial studies as a scholarly field and practice-based endeavor encompassing a range of activities associated with forms of cultural and artistic production. Today, CCS Bard is one of the foremost research centers for scholarly work in contemporary art and culture. It fully supports a range of research-based practices within the liberal arts, and engages with the fields of art history, anthropology, film and electronic media, performing arts, dance, human rights, and architecture.


  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS) or Master’s in Library Studies (MLS).
  • Experience working in an academic or museum library.
  • 1-3 years of demonstrated experience with original and copy cataloging in a variety of formats including print, non-print, and digital.  Familiarity with the cataloging of complex artists’ publications and their associated cataloging issues and standards.
  • Experience with current standards for bibliographic and authority data (e.g., MARC, AACR2, RDA, LCSH, LCC).
  • Experience with Sierra or other similar integrated library systems, and associated tools, including OCLC Connexion, RDA Toolkit, and Cataloger’s Desktop programs.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of print and electronic resources in contemporary art and culture.
  • Experience initiating and maintaining relationships with vendors and contract staff.
  • Ability to work collegially and collaboratively with diverse faculty, students, and staff.
  • Detail-oriented with ability to organize and prioritize tasks to meet deadlines.
  • Ability to lift 30 pounds and reach high and low shelves.
  • Commitment to advancing CCS Bard’s stated goals for diversity, equity, accessibility, and inclusion.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Familiarity with the open source software Blacklight, and EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS).
  • Demonstrated knowledge of contemporary art and culture, and art historical reference sources and other related research material.
  • Reading knowledge of one or more languages in addition to English.

About CCS Bard
Founded in 1990, the Center for Curatorial Studies, Bard College (CCS Bard) is an exhibition and research center dedicated to the study of art and exhibition practices from the 1960s to the present. The Center initiated its graduate program in 1994 and is one of the oldest institutions in curatorial pedagogy, offering a two-year graduate-degree program in curating. The Center’s alumni/ae include more than 200 individuals working in the contemporary art field in the U.S. and internationally.

Application Instructions

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