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Curator of the Dorot Jewish Collection

Company name
The New York Public Library

Manhattan, NY, United States

Employment Type

Manager, Fundraising

Posted on
Jan 30, 2020

Valid Through
May 14, 2020

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With a collection that exceeds 46 million items, and a mission to advance knowledge and inspire lifelong learning, the New York Public Library stands as one of the world\u2019s great public research libraries. Its research centers provide opportunities for engagement with in-depth and unique collections, inspirational reading rooms, exhibitions, programs, and a range of research services.
The Dorot Jewish Division is one of the world\u2019s great collections of Hebraica and Judaica. The collection documents the religious and secular history of the Jewish people in over a quarter of a million books, microforms, manuscripts, newspapers, periodicals, and ephemera from all over the world. Primary source materials are especially rich in the history of Jews in the United States, especially in New York in the age of immigration; Yiddish theater; the history of Israel; Jews in early modern Europe, especially Jewish-Gentile relations; antisemitism; and  Jewish newspapers and periodicals of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Based within the Collections and Research Services department, which is responsible for establishing a unified strategic vision for NYPL\u2019s Research Collections, and reporting to the Assistant Director for Collection Development, the Curator of the Dorot Jewish Collection the Curator will develop the collection, collaborate with staff across the Library to expand access to its unique resources through various digital initiatives, ensure its processing and preservation, and promote the collection to scholarly and popular audiences 

The Curator will provide strong and effective subject expertise and leadership in the development and promotion of the Library's Judaica collection, serving as the primary spokesperson for the collection, and undertaking activities that advance expanded use and other strategic goals.

In support of teaching, learning, and scholarship, the Curator will promote the collections through instruction, outreach to academic communities, exhibitions, digital projects, and collaborate on the development of public programming and educational resources. 

The Curator will maintain and strengthen existing institutional partnerships and identify and initiate opportunities to collaborate on new approaches to building collections and promoting their use to both a national and international audience.

Principal Responsibilities

Drawing on an understanding of the collection\u2019s historical strengths, its use, and scholarly trends, the curator will plan for, communicate, and implement strategies to build and shape the collections, including special collections, managing the Library\u2019s approval plans for Hebew publications, overseeing  Jewish studies acquisitions from U.S. and foreign vendors, and advising on the selection of electronic resources
Collaborates with special collections processing and preservation staff to identify priorities for processing and conservation treatment
Collaborates with other curatorial staff on collection management activities, services, and promotion of Jewish rare books, manuscripts, archives, and other special collections
Collaborates with Dorot Reading Room staff to provide the highest level of service and support to researchers in the Dorot Jewish Division
Actively engages with researchers by providing consultative services; cultivates and builds strong relationships with the academic community through classes, outreach, and strategic partnerships
Identifies, evaluates, and prioritizes materials for digitization initiatives and helps facilitate the use of digital collections
Collaborates with Development staff on fundraising activities to support the needs of the collection, fellowships for researchers, and new initiatives; cultivates strong donor relations
Keeps abreast of the changing needs of researchers in the field, as well as emerging trends in research libraries, higher education, and Jewish Studies scholarship in general
Establishes a record of participation in and contributions to the profession by serving on committees and representing the Library at professional organizations, conferences, and various public meetings

Required Education & Experience

MLS from an ALA-accredited institution and additional graduate degree in a field related to Jewish studies; or a Ph.D. and substantial research library experience.  
Minimum of five years of successful professional experience in collection development in Jewish studies.

Minimum Qualifications

Knowledge of current trends in Jewish Studies scholarship and publishing
Demonstrated knowledge of trends in collection development, digital initiatives, special collections,  scholarly communication, and publishing
Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including successfully demonstrated ability to work effectively with the public, staff and donors. 
Strong knowledge of Hebrew and at least one European language, with additional knowledge of Yiddish preferred. 
Demonstrated experience in collection development
Hands-on experience in teaching and instruction that promotes the use of primary source documents
Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a collaborative team environment
Record of professional and scholarly engagement, including research, publication, and involvement in pertinent organizations
Demonstrated ability to collaborate across library departments and across institutions
Strong commitment to excellent public service

Preferred Qualifications

Familiarity with curation of exhibitions and public programing
Experience selecting materials for digitization
Demonstrated experience in fundraising and donor relations

All team members are expected and encouraged to embody the NYPL Core Values:

Be Helpful to patrons and colleagues
Be Resourceful in solving problems 
Be Curious in all aspects of your work

Work Environment

Office setting
Public library setting

Physical Duties

Limited physical effort is required
May require travel within NYC

Starting Salary
HoursMonday - Friday, 9am- 5pm
Union / Non UnionNon Union

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The New York Public Library
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