The Thomas J. Watson Library in The Metropolitan Museum of Art is pleased to announce an opening for the position of Library Associate for Electronic Resources (Part-time, 3 days/week). This three-day position is a special opportunity to contribute to the success of an innovative and productive art library at a world-class museum while learning and applying new skills.
The Library Associate for Electronic Resources is responsible for ensuring reliable and effective access to Watson Library’s extensive collection of electronic resources and for managing their subscriptions and related trials, renewals, and cancellations. This position will collect and analyze usage data for these resources, creating reports and charts as needed. This position will also assist with troubleshooting e-resources and working with library systems staff to resolve any access or authentication issues. This position provides service at the Watson Library registration desk or Nolen Library desk (including 3-4 weekend shifts per year required).
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a cover letter indicating how they satisfy the requirements above, a resume, and the names of three references to the following e-mail address: [email protected]
PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES & DUTIES:
Collects and maintains all documentation relating to subscription e-resources, including subscriptions, renewals, cancellations, trials, and vendor licenses; creates and maintains Electronic Resources Management (ERM) records
Assists in troubleshooting subscription e-resources, including contacting vendors and collaborating with library systems staff to resolve all issues affecting access
Compiles statistical reports and assessments of usage data for subscription databases, e-books, and visitor registrations
Manages the e-journals collection, including holdings maintenance and data loading
Drafts statistical reports and charts summarizing usage of electronic resources
Investigates and sets up trials to new e-resources, including procuring pricing and license agreements
Provides service at the Watson Library registration desk or Nolen Library desk (including 3-4 weekend shifts per year required)
Works with library systems staff on special projects
Other duties as assigned.
REQUIREMENTS & QUALIFICATIONS:
Experience and Skills:
Library experience required (research or academic library preferred)
Excellent technical skills required, including command of Excel
Experience managing statistical data, generating reports, and working with vendors preferred
Experience using an integrated library system preferred
Experience troubleshooting e-resources preferred
Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to handle complex analytical and extremely accurate, detailed work
Ability to work independently and function in a collegial, teamwork-oriented environment that values initiative, flexibility, and creative problem-solving
Strong written and oral communication and interpersonal skills
Commitment to provide outstanding service to library patrons required
Knowledge and Education:
B.A. required; work towards a Master’s degree in Library Science preferred
Familiarity with subscription e-resources required
Knowledge of electronic resources management systems, link resolver software, e-resource knowledge base systems, and proxy configurations preferred
Knowledge of current library technologies and standards for data collection, analysis, and reporting preferred
New York, New York
Applicants should submit a cover letter indicating how they satisfy the requirements above, a resume, and the names of three references to the following e-mail address: [email protected]
The Thomas J. Watson Library is the central research library of The Metropolitan Museum of Art. Reflecting the depth and scope of the Museum’s collection, the library collects scholarly material from the art of early antiquity to contemporary art. Like the Museum, the library’s holdings are encyclopedic and global in nature and provide a broad range of research materials on Ancient Near Eastern, Egyptian, Greek and Roman, Asian, Islamic, European and American art. In addition to its extensive collection of monographs, exhibition catalogs and rare books, the library includes 150,000 auction and sale catalogs dating from the eighteenth century to the present day. Watson Library’s staff of thirty eight adds nearly 20,000 volumes a year, manages a large collection of electronic resources, and continues to build its digital collections, now comprising over one million pages of online content.
The Museum’s library system includes The Robert Goldwater Library, covering the art of Africa, Oceania and the Americas; Nolen Library, providing materials for all ages on the history of art and also curriculum related material for teachers; The Lehman Collection Library, a collection on European painting and decorative arts; The Joyce F. Menschel Library in the Department of Photographs; The Onassis Library in the Department of Greek and Roman Art; The Irene Lewisohn Costume Reference Library; and the Cloisters Library for medieval art and related topics. The Museum’s departmental libraries contribute to combined holdings of more than one million volumes, a collection unrivaled in depth and coverage for the history of art on a global scale.
See https://www.metmuseum.org/watson to learn more about the Museum’s libraries, including access policies and hours, and to connect to the libraries’ catalog, Watsonline.