The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, one of the country’s leading art museums is seeking a Digital Librarian to join the Library and Archives team. The Spencer Art Reference Library connects the museum’s staff and volunteers as well as the broader community including university faculty, students, collectors, artists and researchers from around the globe to a research collection of art and design resources. The Digital Librarian will join a team of professionals who are passionate about providing quality customer service, innovative arts programming, and new ways to access library and archival collections. This position is responsible for development, implementation and management of digital initiatives in the library and archives. In this role they will provide technical expertise and insight on all aspects of digital projects from metadata creation to library and museum platform integrations to outreach initiatives sharing how new digital tools and resources can support the museum’s active community of researchers.
Museum, Library and Archival Collections The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art serves the community by providing access to its renowned collection of over 40,000 art objects and is best known for its Asian art, European and American paintings, photography, modern sculpture, and new American Indian and Egyptian galleries. The Spencer Art Reference Library supports scholarship and exploration in the visual arts with over 265,000 volumes as well as electronic resources. The museum’s archives preserves and makes accessible the museum’s history from its founders to the present day.
Reporting to the Head, Library and Archives the Digital Librarian will collaborate with colleagues throughout the museum to plan, implement, and share resources with audiences of different backgrounds, interests, and needs. They will:
Work with the Head, Library and Archives to develop a strategic digital initiatives plan that aligns with and supports the museum’s strategic plan
Oversee development and lifecycle management of library and archives digital projects; including development of project specific metadata schema, software, authority management, training documentation, long-term project management, and preservation planning
Assist with on-going digital initiatives including web archiving, Missouri artists research project, use of institutional repository, annual wiki edit-a-thon, ILS migration and ArchiveSpace implementation
Ensure SARL’s digital practice aligns with best practices and standards for digital collections
Work with colleagues in the museum and partners in the community to integrate digitized resources into programing, outreach, and research
Share information on new development in digital scholarship including discovery tools, skills, technologies, collections, and methodologies with museum staff
Collaborate with Development to research grants to support digital initiatives in the Library and Archives
Engage with the professional community and maintain an awareness of emerging trends and opportunities in libraries, educational technology, digital initiatives, and scholarship
Represent the library and archives by participating in museum-wide task forces and projects as assigned
Support library and archives outreach and public service with occasional weekend and evening reference desk coverage and program facilitation
Master’s degree in library science from an ALA accredited college
Knowledge of emerging technology related to digital collections
1-2 years of experience working on digital projects in libraries, archives, or related fields
Strong project management skills; including planning, developing and overseeing timelines, budgets, and communications in libraries or archives setting
Knowledge of best practices for file management, metadata creation, digitization, long-term preservation, and migration of data between various platforms
Working knowledge of metadata tools, systems, and schema; including RDA, MARC, Dublin Core, and XML
Experience with web programing and design
Excellent communication skills; including the ability to communicate technical information with non-technical collaborators
Strong problem-solving skills, demonstrated creative and flexible thinking and experience working as part of a collaborative team
Knowledge of library and archives systems and software including, ExLibris, Primo, Archive-It and ArchivesSpace
Knowledge of digital preservation best practices
Degree(s) in an art or design related field
Experience providing quality reference service and teaching information literacy classes
The Community Geographically, this position is located in the Greater Kansas City metropolitan area, a community known for solid philanthropic support and a thriving arts community. Kansas City is having a renaissance in the arts, food, and community. The Kemper Museum of Contemporary Art is located in close proximity to the Nelson-Atkins, as is the Kansas City Art Institute, an accredited four-year college of fine arts and design. The Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts opened in 2011 and is home to the Kansas City Ballet, Lyric Opera, and Kansas City Symphony. The region also boasts impressive jazz and blues roots, while the Crossroads Art District has helped revitalize downtown as a showplace for art galleries, public arts and architecture combined with entertainment and business.
Compensation A competitive compensation package, corresponding to the experience level and credentials of the candidate will be offered.
Diversity and Inclusion The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. Our staff and volunteers are among our most valuable assets. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our staff and volunteers invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and achievement as well.
We embrace and encourage our staffs’ and volunteers’ differences in age, color, disability, ethnicity, family or marital status, gender identity or expression, language, national origin, physical and mental ability, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, veteran status, and other characteristics that make us unique.
Non-Discrimination We firmly support the principle and philosophy of equal opportunity for all individuals, regardless of age, race, gender, creed, national origin, disability, veteran status or any other protected category pursuant to applicable federal, state or local law.
About The Nelson-Atkins Musuem of Art
The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art is dedicated to the enjoyment and understanding of the visual arts and the varied cultures they represent. At the core of the museum’s vision of the future is the goal of playing a central role in Kansas City life by catalyzing connections to neighbors; an ever-expanding range of visitors; and community, civic and cultural partners in the city and the larger region. In short, the Nelson-Atkins is “where the power of art engages the spirit of the community.”