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Watermill Center Librarian | Byrd Hoffman Watermill Foundation (Water Mill, NY)

Promotes a dynamic and participatory culture in which visiting artists and the public engage with an extraordinary collection of books and cultural objects. Promotes methods for accessing collections and conducting research. The Librarian position reports to the Watermill Center Director.

Employment Terms
• Part-time position, 3 days per week

Duties and Responsibilities
• Maintains a library program that meets the needs of visiting artists, scholars, Watermill staff and affiliate community members. Co-creates and supports educational and public programming with Watermill staff.
• Fosters relationships with library and art professionals.
• Maintains collection management tool and digital asset management system. Trouble-shoots and works with appropriate internal and external staff to resolve system problems.

Access to Collections & Research Assistance
• Provides high quality research assistance and support for resident artists.
• Maintains a flexible workspace for research that allows for ready access to resources, the rearrangement of objects, physical and virtual browsing, and both individual and collaborative work.
• In step with Watermill’s laboratory model, serves as an embedded librarian during workshops and studio projects in order to integrate performing arts practice with research support and resources from the library.

Manages and supervises operations for the library and its primary collections.
• Manages collection development, acquisitions, processing and cataloguing for book monographs, periodical subscriptions, images and electronic library resources. 

• Implements policies that support artists, researchers, and scholars in engaging with Watermill collections.

Maintains authoritative and bibliographic control over the library system databases.
• Supervises and coordinates standards for the cataloging and ingest of metadata and digital artifacts into the library discovery system; including collections throughout the Watermill Center.
• Oversees original and copy cataloging of library materials in all formats.
• Oversees circulation and special loans of the art library collection.

Essential Skills Required
• Degree in art or related field with MLS or MLIS.
• Minimum of 2 years professional experience managing art/ special collections.
• Strong knowledge of cataloging, digitization and metadata standards.
• An understanding of challenges related to digital and physical archival practices.
• Strong analytical, writing, interpersonal, and organizational skills.
• Experience with digitization practices and standards related to photographic and video media.
• Knowledge of performing arts or theater and preferably, Robert Wilson’s work.

Please send letters of interest and CVs to Elka Rifkin at