The Gallery wishes to recruit an individual interested in pursuing a career working with museum library and archive collections for the H.W. Wilson Foundation Fellowship. Salary is in accordance with the point 1 of the Library Assistant II Salary scale (PPC), currently €25,707 - €39,923 per annum. The closing date for receipt of applications is 30th January 2019.
The National Gallery of Ireland (Gallery) is the country's most popular free visitor attraction housing the nation's collection of European and Irish art from about 1300 to the present day, and an extensive Library & Archive. Nominated for European Museum of the Year (2018), and winner of the Royal Institute of the Architects of Ireland Culture-Public Building award (2018), the Gallery continues its mission of serving our visitors in their enrichment and enjoyment of visual art. Entry to the collection is free for all to enjoy, learn, and be inspired.
The H.W. Wilson Foundation has generously provided support for the development of a Library & Archives Fellowship programme at the National Gallery of Ireland. This paid Fellowship is an opportunity for new and recent graduates to receive training and guidance in the unique setting of a national cultural institution. Working as part of the Library & Archives team, the H.W. Wilson fellow will be introduced to the challenges presented by the diverse holdings of a museum library and archive and the latest technologies and thinking on managing heritage and special collections. A comprehensive overview of the unique roles of staff in museum libraries and archives is provided, highlighting the variety of skills required to manage a collection which ranges from rare volumes, artist's monographs, collection catalogues, serials, artworks, photographs, original manuscripts, ephemera and objects, to digital and online resources. The fellowship also provides an introduction to the skills required in caring for these collections and contribute to facilitating access to and promoting the collections through outreach activities, displays and the development of online resources.
Reporting to the Head of Library & Archives or nominated deputy, the successful candidate will:
Support the daily operations of the Library & Archives
Support reading room and reference desk duty
Deal with enquiries and providing assistance to researchers
Assist with the cataloguing and processing of the Collection, including metadata creation for a range of material
Contribute to digital and online projects
Contribute to the promotion of the Collection through displays, exhibitions, tours and talks
Provide administrative support as required
The successful candidate will have:
A primary degree in a related discipline
Advanced IT skills and a familiarity with cataloguing and processing collections
A demonstrated interest in working in libraries, archives or museums
Shown excellent initiative, effective team working skills and an ability to work independently when required
Excellent interpersonal and communication skills, both oral and written
An awareness of current trends and developments in museum libraries and archives
Enthusiasm and an interest for working in an art and heritage cultural institution and a willingness to contribute to a positive working environment.
Note: This job description is a guide to broad areas of responsibility and accountability and should not be regarded as a comprehensive listing. The job description may be subject to review in the view of new structures and / or the changing needs of the Gallery. All employees are required to be compliant with NGI screening, security and Garda vetting procedures.
Duration: Full-Time 2 year fixed-term contract.
Working hours: Full time, 5 days a week - 37 hours per week (net of breaks). The successful candidate must be willing to work occasional evenings and weekends (as required).
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