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 coordinating the development and assessment of research services and systems that position the Library as a vital resource to support learning, creativity, scholarship, and enterprise.
The Helen Bernstein Librarian for Periodicals provides essential leadership in the development, management, and promotion of periodicals for the Library's research collection. Periodicals, a unique strength of NYPL’s collections, are an essential resource for our users, require curatorial oversight for digitization and “e” publishing initiatives, and often present challenges in processing and collection management. The Bernstein Librarian, one of the curatorial positions within the Collection Development department, connects with public service, curatorial, and processing staff across the Library in order to ensure that our current users are able to access the materials that they need for their research and that the Library is effectively documenting contemporary publishing for future generations.
Oversees the Helen Bernstein Book Award for Excellence in Journalism, which is given annually to journalists whose books have brought clarity and public attention to important issues, events, or policies. The award and programming highlight the importance of the Library’s internationally-recognized Periodicals collection.
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