Curator of Drawings & Archives - Columbia University Libraries

Posted on September 20, 2017


Columbia University Libraries seeks an expert, creative, and collaborative Curator of Drawings & Archives, reporting to the Avery Library Director, to provide vision, leadership and administration for collection development and resource management of the more than 2.5 million architectural drawings and records of pre-eminent American architects, including the expansive Frank Lloyd Wright Foundation Archives.


Collection Development & Management The Curator will: develop a collecting program consistent with Avery’s policies and priorities through proactive solicitation and responsive review of new materials proposed for addition to the collection; plan for physical housing and storage of collection materials; envision a strategic framework and practical program for collecting storing, preserving, and using digital content including born-digital architectural materials; assesses and prioritize collection materials for physical conservation and digital preservation.

Administration The Curator is responsible for: the operations and administration of the Department, including overseeing maintenance, security and environmental controls of the collection’s on-site storage facilities; supervision of three full-time staff, student workers and interns; budgets for managing departmental supplies and conservation; preparing plans for strategic growth and development of the Department aligned with the framework of Avery Library and CUL’s Strategic Directions; and coordinating and managing multiple concurrent special projects.

Awareness, Outreach & Instruction The Curator will lead efforts to promote and expand the use of the collection through awareness, exhibits, public programs, outreach and instructional activities; assist in research support in person and via telephone, email, or letter and on-site use of collection materials; build an instructional services program for the collection with emphasis on service to the teaching and research programs of the Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (GSAPP) and the Department of Art History and Archaeology; and promote awareness and use of the collection by the international architectural community including collaboration on exhibition and loans.


Required Qualifications: o Advanced degree in architecture, architectural history or related disciplines, or demonstration of subject expertise in scholarly or curatorial practice related to architectural disciplines. o MLS, PhD or other advanced degree with concentration in archives management or related field. o Relevant archival experience and experience managing, processing architectural archival material. o Relevant experience in developing exhibitions and public programs for architectural archival material. o Expertise in identification, arrangement, description, and preservation of archival genres and formats for architectural records, graphic materials, and manuscript materials, including knowledge of best practices for conservation and preservation of archival materials. o Demonstrated knowledge of born-digital architectural file formats and database structures. o Demonstrated experience in teaching and research support. o Enthusiasm for outreach and cultivation activities. o Strong organizational and project management skills o Excellent oral and written communication skills. o Excellent interpersonal skills with ability to facilitate collaboration across a broad range of people, including professional colleagues in the library and architectural communities, students, faculty, curators and visiting researchers. o Commitment to supporting and working in a multicultural and diverse environment. o Personal commitment to service and professional growth and development.


Commensurate with experience


New York, NY USA


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Avery Architectural & Fine Arts Library, Columbia University Libraries