The New York Public Library is one of the world’s great public research libraries. Its four research centers provide opportunities for engagement with in-depth and unique collections, inspirational reading rooms, exhibitions, programs, and a range of research services. The Collections and Research Services Department is responsible for establishing a unified strategic vision for NYPL’s Research Collections, including aligning budget resources to support and enhance collecting priorities; formulating and implementing a clear, responsible collection management and preservation plan for the lifecycle of all research collection material; and establishing a comprehensive digital collections strategy. In close collaboration with the Digital Team and other departments, the department identifies and establishes priorities for the development and design of discovery interfaces that provide a unified and enhanced search experience for collections and services; and coordinates the development and assessment of research services that position the Library as a vital resource to support learning, creativity, scholarship, and enterprise.
Under the direction of the Astor Director for Collections and Research Services, the Associate Director for Digital Collections Management and Discovery provides strategic and strong administrative leadership in the integration, optimization, and assessment of digital collection operations; oversees the evolving formation and implementation of a digital preservation strategy; and plays a critical role in the development of a comprehensive and cohesive digital collection strategy building on more than twenty years of NYPL leadership in engagement with digital collections.
The Associate Director provides strong leadership and coordination in the strategic planning and implementation of policies, systems, and services to support the digital lifecycle of collections. S/he oversees the operations of the Digital Imaging Unit, the Audio and Moving Image preservation unit, vendor-contracted services, the Digital Preservation Manager; and product management for systems that promote discovery and access to collections, including collaborative platforms such as DPLA, HathiTrust, and the ReCAP Shared Collection. S/he collaborates with Library leaders in the Digital and IT teams to align the goals of digital preservation and digital collection services with current and future needs, including enhancing and upgrading repository infrastructures and optimizing end-to-end processes. Working with curators and other staff, the Associate Director provides leadership in the development of a comprehensive digital collection strategy, and related policies and priorities, including selection for digitization and collecting born digital materials. S/he also provides leadership and direction for the development of digital innovation projects and public engagement with digital collections.
Reporting to the Astor Director for Collections and Research Services, the Associate Director: