For the first time in its history, NYPL plans to gain comprehensive and standardized physical and administrative control of its special collections, consisting of nearly 1 million boxes, volumes, and other containers of manuscripts, rare books, archives, prints, photographs, posters, ephemera, art and artifacts, and audio and moving image material.
The NYPL is building a survey team to compile data about the collections and their storage to inform planning for their management. Complementary skill sets are sought to support cross-disciplinary collaboration and learning opportunities around the full risk profile that library special collections face. Candidates with collection care and management, conservation, library preservation administration, and other related disciplines are welcome to apply.
The survey team is part of the Special Collections and Preservation Services program. Survey work will be performed under the direction of Collection Management and in collaboration with Conservation, curatorial, and other Special Collections and Preservation Services colleagues. Survey will involve inventory and assessment of collections in storage four days a week. Collection management and preventive conservation activities will take place on the fifth day, including acting on survey findings, environmental monitoring and integrated pest management, including simple rehousing, collection maintenance, monitoring of storerooms, and other collection risk management activities.