Subject: Job Posting Announcement: Assistant Head Librarian, Library of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World
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June Samaras
2014-10-20 05:13:16 UTC
Subject: Job Posting Announcement: Assistant Head Librarian, Library of the
Institute for the Study of the Ancient World

POSITION OPENING: http://library.nyu.edu/about/jobs.html#AHISAW

*Assistant Head Librarian, Library of the Institute for the Study of the
Ancient World*


New York University seeks a qualified Assistant Head Librarian for the
Library of the Institute for the Study of the Ancient World. The Assistant
Head Librarian reports to the ISAW Head Librarian.

The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World (ISAW) is a unique center
for advanced scholarly research and graduate education, offering the Ph.D.
degree through NYU’s Graduate School of Arts and Science. It has a wider
geographic span than other programs that focus on the ancient world,
incorporating not only Europe and the entire Mediterranean basin, but also
the Near East, and Central, South, and East Asia. In its research and its
teaching of doctoral students, ISAW emphasizes an interdisciplinary
approach, one that transcends modern boundaries of nation. It supports
scholarship that crosses customary disciplinary boundaries – art history,
literature, archaeology, history, geography, geology, economics, and
sociology, among others – to create a new intellectual framework for
understanding the ancient world, and to train a new generation of scholars
steeped in that integrated approach.


The Assistant Head Librarian is responsible for managing day-to-day
operations, including:

Library Operations - Coordinate workflow, establish priorities and assign
work to ISAW's library staff. Train new staff. Manage special projects by
devising appropriate workflows and providing supervision.

Technical Services - Supervise the work of ISAW's cataloging team, a group
performing original and complex copy cataloging for all formats in a wide
range of subjects and languages using the Ex Libris Aleph client. The
cataloging team consists of ISAW staff members and adjuncts from NYU’s
cataloging department. Facilitate patron resource discovery and access by
ensuring the quality of bibliographic and digital databases through
compliance with national and local standards such as MARC, AACR2, RDA,
LCSH, LCCS, NACO, CONSER, and LC cataloging practices as well as other
appropriate cataloging and metadata standards. Provide leadership in the
area of metadata management through the selection, creation and application
of appropriate metadata frameworks for print and digital records.
Participate in the development of standards, policies and procedures to
ensure accurate and timely maintenance of print and digital records. Serve
as a liaison to Knowledge Access and Resource Management Services (KARMS)
and other related departments in the Division of Libraries.

Digital Projects - Serve as the library liaison on ISAW’s digital projects
team to help develop and coordinate activities linking digital initiatives
to library projects. Work closely with the Head Librarian and other members
of ISAW’s staff to assist in the planning and implementation of The Ancient
World Digital Library (AWDL), one of the Digital Initiatives underway at
the Institute. AWDL is a joint project shared between ISAW and NYU’s
Digital Library Technology Services (DLTS) department and the incumbent
shares responsibility for envisioning the development of the digital
library and its resources.

Collection Development - Sort collections acquired and determine
appropriateness for inclusion in the ISAW library or beyond. Maintain
inventories for acquired collections, duplicates, and serials. Provide data
to the Head Librarian to assist with the task of analyzing the library
collection, especially with regard to the curation of on- and off-site
collections. Participate in the acquisitions workflow by using the
spreadsheet and ticket system to track requests and purchases.

Public Services - Work closely with Head Librarian to provide leadership in
the planning, design, and provision of public access services in the ISAW
Library, including: producing and revising of library guides; giving
individual and group instruction and orientation; serving as a liaison to
faculty and graduate students; contributing to the library’s public
relations efforts; working with faculty members, Visiting Research
Scholars, and students on integrating electronic resources into teaching
and research; responding to written, telephone, and email reference
questions; participating in Division and other institutional committees and
activities as appropriate.



- ALA-accredited MLS and second subject Master’s degree required for
- The ability to use a full range of text and electronic resources in
history, archaeology, art history and other areas relevant to ISAW’s core
research areas.
- Working knowledge of the appropriate languages of scholarship;
- Familiarity with current trends in technical services;
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills;
- Demonstrated ability to work collegially within a small unit that is
flexible and responsive to patrons;
- Minimum three years professional experience.


- Subject area background relevant to the areas of study at ISAW;
- Awareness of cross-disciplinary issues in librarianship;
- Working knowledge of a non-Western language, with a strong preference
for Chinese or Russian.

*New York University Libraries: *

Libraries at New York University serve the school’s 40,000 students and
faculty and contain more than 5 million volumes. The Libraries supports
NYU’s vision to become the first true Global Network University by
collaborating and providing services to our 11 global academic centers and
“portal campuses” in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. New York University
Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the OCLC
Research Library Partnership, and the HathiTrust. The Libraries
participates in a variety of consortia and collaborates closely with
Columbia University Libraries and the New York Public Library through the
Manhattan Research Library Consortium. For the NYU Libraries Mission and
Strategic Plan go to http://library.nyu.edu/about/Strategic_Plan.pdf

*Salary/Benefits:* Faculty status, attractive benefits package including
five weeks annual vacation. Salary commensurate with experience and

*To Apply:* To ensure consideration, send CV and letter of application,
including the name, address, and telephone number of three references to:

Enrique Yanez, Director of Human Resources,New York University Libraries,
70 Washington Square South, New York, NY 10012 or via email to
***@library.nyu.edu. Resumes will be considered until the position is

*NYU’s Division of Libraries embraces diversity and is committed to
attracting qualified candidates who also embrace and value diversity and
inclusivity. NYU is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer.*