The Chief Librarian provides leadership, strategic direction and oversees the administration of all Library operations including: print and digital collection development and management, public services, special collections, conservation and preservation, and digital initiatives. Serves as a member of the Museum’s leadership team representing the interests of the diverse internal and external, local, and global Rakow Library user-communities.
Develops vision and strategic directions for the Library, and guides implementation.
Builds and maintains relationships nationally and internationally to further the Museum’s leadership role.
With the President and Executive Director and the Director of Collections formulates the Library’s acquisitions strategy. Regularly attends the Museum’s Board Acquisitions Committee meetings.
Works with internal and external stakeholders to proactively research and recommend acquisitions in alignment with the Museum and Library collections policies.
Manages Library collection development budget, sets priorities for resource allocation across Library collecting areas including print, digital and special collections.
Works closely with Chief Information Officer to strategically advance the Library through the ongoing adoption of current digital practices, including open access and community-based collaboration and preservation initiatives.
Collaborates closely with the Museum’s Advancement Department to develop and steward gifts, including grants, made in support of the Library and Museum.
Builds consensus and fosters synergies between Library teams and Museum staff in collaborative development of programming and other institutional initiatives.
Manages the Library’s relationship with the Fellows of The Corning Museum of Glass.
Works with the Advancement team to foster relationships with Library
Publishes and presents at professional conferences to actively promote the Library’s collections and programs.
Hires, mentors, supervises and supports development of all Library staff.
Serves as the voice of the department as part of the Leadership Team and other museum teams.
As a member of the Leadership Team, participates in setting the Museum’s long-term goals; the Board Acquisition Committee; and attends Board of Trustee meetings.
Recommends new Library program initiatives to fulfil the Museum’s Goals as articulated in its Plan for Success. Works with the staff responsible for seeing the initiatives through to completion.
Develops and oversees the Library’s annual budget and serves as an active participant in the Museum’s long-term financial planning.
Oversees and participates in Library committees in the development of policies and procedures.
With the President and Executive Director, the Director of Collections and the curatorial staff, participates in the strategic development of the Museum exhibitions and/or loan of Library materials to external exhibitions.
Manages major projects for the Library, such as space planning, acquisition of equipment.
Ensures that the Library maintains the highest level of legal, ethical and safety standards.
Responsible for implementation and oversight of current and emerging library systems (including ExLibris Alma-Primo integrated platform services, ArchiveSpace, Piction) and information management standards.
Minimum five years administrative management experience in a museum, academic, special collections, or art research library and/or archive.
Master’s degree in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited program; graduate study desirable, in field(s) related to the Museum’s/Library’s collections.
Ability to demonstrate digital literacy at the end-user, administrative and strategic perspective.
Demonstrated ability to think and lead strategically in support of the planning, evaluation and assessment of Library operations.
Excellent interpersonal and oral/written communication skills and the ability to collaborate with Library stakeholders, including Museum staff and volunteers, collectors, donors, funders, artists, and independent researchers to promote Library services and collections.
Thrives in a fast-paced, cross-functional and collaborative Museum and Library culture of practice.
Supports and amplifies Museum’s commitment to diversity, equity, inclusion and access.
Knowledge of rights and reproductions policies and legal precedents for works in public collections, including fair use, public domain, personality rights, and similar usage/copyright issues.
Strong leadership, personnel management and fiscal stewardship skills.
Demonstrated experience in working with and managing library collection, archive and digital asset management systems. Experience with ExLibris Alma-Primo integrated platform services, ArchivesSpace, and Piction preferred.
Awareness of current issues and trends in library and information science relevant to art libraries, special collections, and archives, including emerging technologies and scholarly communications.
Respect and exemplify thevalues of the Corning Museum of Glass in all interactions with colleagues, staff, volunteers, and the public.
Experience and ability to work with foreign languages preferable.
Ability to travel as needed.
About The Rakow Research Library
The Juliette K. and Leonard S. Rakow Research Library of The Corning Museum of Glass is the world’s foremost library on the art and history of glass and glassmaking. Its mission is to acquire everything published on the subject of glass, in every format and in every language.
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