Librarian - North Carolina Museum of Art

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The Librarian directs operations and staff of the Library, manages the Library budget, and administers all activities in the areas of reference, collection development, acquisitions, technical services, and the organization of materials. The Librarian provides the tools necessary to facilitate research by Museum staff members and patrons including, but not limited to, printed books, periodicals, auction catalogues, artists’ files, and electronic resources.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Directing all Library reference services to Museum staff members and patrons, and providing assistance in person, by phone, or by email. Providing instruction to staff and volunteers in the use of research materials.
  • Establishing goals and objectives for the library aligned to the Museum’s mission and in consultation with the Director of Research and the Deputy Director.
  • Guiding all Library technical services and collection maintenance activities including the acquisition, organization, cataloguing, processing, and storage of materials, as well as continuing and developing Library record-keeping procedures.
  • Preparing and managing the library’s budget, tracking expenditures, and reporting variances.
  • Training, supervising, and evaluating the Library Assistant and volunteers.
  • Maintaining an awareness of trends and developments in the fields of art and art historical scholarship and publishing, new technologies enabling efficient access to library materials and information about art, and a network of professional colleagues in the field of art librarianship. 
  • Collaborating with Curatorial, Conservation, Education, Outreach & Audience Engagement, and other departments on the planning of exhibitions, projects, and programs.
  • Conducting orientations and presentations about the library’s resources both in-house and for the public.  Promoting a positive image of the library to the public, donors, volunteers, and other library and museum professionals.

The North Carolina Museum of Art is a division of the Department of Natural & Cultural Resources.  The statutory purpose of the Museum is to acquire, preserve, and exhibit works of art for the education and enjoyment of the people of the State, and to conduct programs of education, research, and publication designed to encourage an interest in and an appreciation of art on the part of the people of the State [GS 140-5.12]. The state's art collection spans more than 5,000 years, from ancient Egypt to the present, making it one of the premier art museums in the Southeast.  With a 164-acre campus, the museum also has the distinction of being one of the largest museum art parks in the world with an extensive trail system that connects to the 63-mile Capital Area Greenway through the city of Raleigh.   Facilities include two main museum buildings, a large outdoor performing arts facility, parking lots, bike trails, and greenways.  
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The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources' (DNCR) vision is to be the leader in using the state's natural and cultural resources to build the social, cultural, educational and economic future of North Carolina. Our mission is to improve quality of life by creating opportunities to experience excellence in the arts, history, libraries and nature throughout North Carolina.  The Department works to stimulate learning, inspire creativity, preserve the state's history, conserve the state's natural heritage, encourage recreation and cultural tourism, and promote economic development.  Our goal is to promote equity and inclusion among our employees and our programming to reflect and celebrate our state's diverse population, culture, and history by expanding engagement with diverse individuals and communities. We encourage you to apply to become a part of our team.
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Knowledge, Skills and Abilities / Competencies

  • Demonstrated experience with library administrative practices, acquisitions, financial management, and library systems.
  • Demonstrated experience guiding and participating in library technical services including original and copy cataloguing that utilizes national cataloging standards, including MARC, AACR2/RDA (Anglo-American Rules 2nd Edition), LCSH (Library of Congress Subject Headings), and LCCN (Library of Congress Control Numbers).
  • Demonstrated experience providing reference assistance to library patrons.

Management Preferences:

  • Bachelor of Arts degree or Master’s degree in art history or related field.
  • Demonstrated extensive knowledge of art history and art literature.
  • Demonstrated administrative experience or experience participating in collection development in an academic or museum library, or comparable setting.
  • Three to five years of experience in an academic or museum library, or comparable setting.
  • Demonstrated familiarity with one or more foreign languages, preferably French, German, or Italian.
  • Strong attention to detail and ability to multi-task.
  • Demonstrated the ability to work both independently and collaboratively.

Minimum Education and Experience Requirements

Master's degree in library and information science or a related discipline from an appropriately accredited institution; or equivalent combination of education and experience.

Supplemental and Contact Information

The Department of Natural and Cultural Resources (DNCR) selects applicants for employment based on required education and experience and job-related knowledge, skills, and abilities without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, sex, pregnancy, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, age (40 or older), disability, National Guard or veteran status, genetic information, political affiliation or political influence.
Please be sure to complete the application in full. Resumes may be uploaded with your application, but will not be accepted in lieu of a fully completed application and will not be considered for qualifying credit.  "See Resume" or "See Attachment" will NOT be accepted.

Information should be provided in the appropriate areas, to include the following: Education, including high school and all degrees obtained, Work Experience, and Certificates & Licenses. It is critical to our screening and salary determination process that applications contain comprehensive candidate information.
Answers to Supplemental Questions are not a substitute for providing all relevant information within the body of your application. To receive credit for the supplemental questions, you must provide supporting information within the "Work Experience" section of the application, to support your answers.
Degrees must be received from appropriately accredited institutions.  Transcripts, and degree evaluations may be uploaded with your application.
To obtain veterans preference, you must scan and upload a copy of your DD-214 or discharge orders.
Applicants requesting and receiving an accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) are eligible to submit paper applications via mail or by fax.  Please call the human resources office for assistance.
If multiple applications are submitted to an individual posting, only the most recent application received prior to the closing date will be accepted. Applications must be submitted by 5:00 PM on the closing date.
Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information regarding the status of your application over the phone. To check the status of your application, please log in to your account.  Upon the closing date, applications are "Under Review" and will be screened by Human Resources for the qualified applicants. The hiring process may take an average of 6 – 8 weeks.  
It is the policy of the State of North Carolina and the N.C. Department of Natural and Cultural Resources that all employees provide proof of employment eligibility (immigration and naturalization) on the first day of employment.   We participate in E-Verify (Employment Eligibility Verification System).

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