The Director of Libraries and Archives is an experienced and innovative library professional with a deep commitment to research, scholarship, and accessibility. In addition to acting as the principal librarian, the Director will lead our renowned research libraries and archives to support collection research, canon-expanding exhibitions, and programs.
The libraries provide research resources about the Brooklyn Museum—our history, objects, and exhibitions—as well as general art and cultural history, from antiquity to the present. We help local and international scholars and researchers find answers to their questions and promote equity through expanding access to our historical narrative. Our Art Reference Library is particularly strong in the arts of the Americas, Africa, Asia, and the Islamic world, mirroring the Museum’s encyclopedic collections. The Wilbour Library of Egyptology is one of the finest research libraries devoted to the study of ancient Egypt in the world. Library Special Collections include a full range of visual and textual documents ranging from fashion sketches to artists’ books. Our archives contain primary source documents that detail the history of the Museum, including its predecessor institutions, with over 3,200 linear feet of records, including travelogues, letters, photographs, invoices, layouts, and internal documents. We are also a member of the New York Art Resources Consortium (NYARC), participating in its trailblazing web archiving program, and are leaders in the development of model information services programs.