NYU Libraries -- Position Vacancy

Lucinda Covert-Vail (covertvl@is2.nyu.edu)
Wed, 18 Jun 1997 17:51:11 -0400 (EDT)

Position Vacancy

Title: Reference Librarian and Selector for Video and the
Performing Arts (Search Re-open)

Description: Subject specialist for video and the performing
arts assigned to the General and Humanities Reference Center,
Bobst Library. Librarians serve as partners in the educational
mission of NYU by establishing strong relationships with the
faculty and students, building appropriate subject collections,
and acting as intermediaries to the world of information.
Coordinates video selection (excluding music) for the Library's
Avery Fisher Center for Music and Media and works with other
subject specialists to build the collection. Works with the
faculty to promote classroom use of video, and with NYU-TV to
develop video programming. Plays a leadership role in regard to
issues of video copyright, fair use and licensing. Public
service responsibilities include reference assistance with both
print and electronic media; library instruction covering
traditional, online and Internet resources; faculty liaison; and
preparation of bibliographies and collection guides. Collection
development responsibilities include selection and assessment of
performing arts resources in print and non-print formats,
including video recordings, laserdiscs and spoken word materials;
and participation in the preservation efforts of the library.
Areas of selection responsibility in the performing arts include
cinema, dance, theater, radio and television. Works closely with
NYU's Tisch School of the Arts in supporting research and
teaching in all aspects of the performing and media arts.

Qualifications: ALA accredited MLS, subject Master's degree
required for tenure. Two years of successful public service
experience in a relevant academic or special library; extensive
knowledge of video and a performing arts field; successful
experience in media materials evaluation, selection and
acquisition, preferably including its integration into the
university curriculum. Knowledge of one or more Western European
languages highly desirable. Experience with electronic
information retrieval, Internet and other networked resources.
Excellent oral and written communication skills; strong service
orientation. Familiarity with bibliographic instruction

New York University Libraries: Library facilities at New York
University serve the school's 50,000 students and faculty and
contain more than 3.5 million volumes. The Elmer Holmes Bobst
Library houses 2.5 million of these volumes and serves as the
University's principal research resource. New York University is
a member of the Research Libraries Group and serves as the
administrative headquarters of the Research Library Association
of South Manhattan, a consortium which includes three academic
institutions in Greenwich Village. The Avery Fisher Center for
Music and Media is a state-of-the-art media center with a video
collection strong in theater, cinema, and video arts and an
expanding collection of documentaries in a variety of

Salary/Benefits: Faculty status, attractive benefits package
including five weeks annual vacation. Salary commensurate with
experience and background. Minimum: $36,000.

Apply: To ensure consideration, send resume and letter of
application, including the name, address and telephone number of
three references by July 31, 1997 to: Jeffrey Slemmer, Director,
Library Personnel, New York University Libraries, 70 Washington
Square South, New York, NY 10012.