H.W. Wilson Foundation Fellowship
The National Gallery of Ireland 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 extensive Library and Archives collections. 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. In 2021, the Gallery was a finalist in two categories of the Digital Media Awards – Best in Government & Not for Profit for ‘National Gallery at Home’, and Best Podcast.
The Gallery’s Fellowship Programme provides opportunities in various areas of its work such as: art history, librarianship, archive and information management, curatorship, conservation, education and research. Fellows are appointed to undertake projects with a view to producing clearly defined deliverables in areas such as collection management and care; exhibition and public engagement; research and education. Fellows are assigned a mentor and offered access to the Gallery’s expertise, collections and research facilities.
The H.W. Wilson Foundation has generously provided support for a Library & Archives Fellowship since 2016. It provides 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 work with collections ranging from rare volumes to digital and online resources. They will learn about the latest technologies and thinking on managing heritage and special collections and receive an overview of the roles of staff working in museum libraries and archives. The fellow will also contribute to facilitating access to and promoting the collections through outreach activities, displays and the development of online resources.
The Gallery wishes to recruit an individual interested in pursuing a career working with museum Library & Archives collections for the H.W. Wilson Foundation Fellowship. The core purpose of this role is to support the delivery of library and archives engagement and education programmes. Reporting to the Head of Library & Archives (or nominated deputy), the successful candidate will:
- Co-ordinate and develop engagement and learning programmes in collaboration with the Library & Archives team
- Contribute to the cataloguing and processing of collections
- Contribute to digitisation programmes, social media and online projects
- Support the development of digital literacy training and user education
- Work closely and collaborate with the broader Library & Archives team on matters relating to collection care, development, and access
- Support both existing partnerships and opportunities to build collaborations with scholarly, cultural and heritage organisations
- Support the daily operations of the Library & Archives Department, including reading room supervision, dealing with enquiries and providing assistance to researchers
- Report writing and other duties as required
The successful candidate will have:
- A third level qualification in History, Art History, Fine Art, Information Management or related discipline
- A demonstrated interest in art, libraries, archives and special collections
- Excellent initiative, effective team working skills and an ability to work independently when required
- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills (both oral and written)
- Good organisational skills and attention to detail
- An awareness of current trends and developments in libraries, archives, galleries and museums
- Excellent IT, Digital and Web skills
- An enthusiasm and interest for working in a 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.
Grade and Salary: Salary is fixed at €28,000 per annum (pro-rata) for the duration of the contract
Duration: Full-Time 2 year fixed-term contract
Working hours: Full time, 5 days a week – 37 hours per week (net of breaks) on site and or remotely
Closing date for receipt of applications: 28th March 2022
Interviews will be held week commencing: 11th April 2022
How to apply: Please upload a cover letter and curriculum vitae. Candidates should note that panels may be formed from which future positions may be filled.
The National Gallery of Ireland is an equal opportunities employer