The Frick Art Reference Library was founded by Helen Clay Frick in 1920 “to encourage and develop the study of the fine arts, and to advance the general knowledge of kindred subjects.” Today, it is one of the finest art history libraries in the United States. In addition to a book collection relating to the European and American fine arts and decorative arts from the 4th to the mid-20th century, the library also houses an extensive photographic research archive holding over one million photographs that document the work of over 36,000 artists. Although the Library was founded as a separate institution, financially supported almost entirely by Miss Frick until 1984, it is now an integral part of The Frick Collection and serves as a unique resource for the study and appreciation of art and its history.
The library has an operating budget of about $4 million and 55-60 staff, of whom 20 are library professionals. It is a member of the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC), the Association of Research Institutes in Art History, and the RLG (Research Library Group). The Andrew W. Mellon Chief Librarian reports directly to Anne L. Poulet, Director of the Frick Collection since 2003.
The Frick Collection seeks in its Chief Librarian an institution builder who can work within the framework of a distinctive museum of art. It is looking both for the skills and experience needed to manage a contemporary library and the scholarly background needed to lead a preeminent center for research in the history of art. An understanding of, and successful experience in addressing the major challenges facing academic research libraries, including collections development, technology integration, space planning and utilization, the intricacies of scholarly communication, and the need for effective staff and organizational development to support changing user needs and expectations will be especially valued. Candidates must bring a willingness and proven ability to develop financial resources. Strong communication and professional collaboration skills are required. Personal integrity, a lively intellect, and a collegial disposition are essential. A Master’s degree in Library or Information Science is highly desirable.
All inquiries, nominations, and applications should be directed with a cover letter in confidence to: Beverly Brady, Senior Associate, Isaacson, Miller, 334 Boylston Street, Boston, MA 02116, firstname.lastname@example.org Electronic submission of material is strongly encouraged.
The Frick Collection is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and encourages women and minority candidates.