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Friday, February 10, 2012

P/T - Special Collections Librarian - NY Society

Special Collections Librarian (part-time)

The New York Society Library is looking for a librarian to provide original and complex copy cataloging for rare books and archival materials, assist special collections readers, work with the library's conservator in identifying items in need of treatment, and participate in the preparation of library exhibitions. This is a part-time position, up to twenty-five hours per week.
Requirements: ALA-accredited MLS degree. Experience in cataloging rare books and special collections materials; familiarity with OCLC, working knowledge of AACR2, Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials (Books), Describing Archives: A Content Standard, Library of Congress subject headings, AACR2, and MARC 21 formats. Reading knowledge of Latin or Greek and/or at least one western European language. Familiarity with current practices in the conservation and preservation of rare materials.
Desirable qualifications: a second subject master's degree; familiarity with Innovative Interfaces; basic conversancy with Resource Description and Access (RDA); strong oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work well with others in a team environment.
To apply: Send a cover letter, résumé, list of three professional references, and up to three examples of cataloging records you have created for rare books or other special collections materials to:
Laura O'Keefe
Head of Cataloging and Special Collections
The New York Society Library
53 East 79th Street
New York, NY 10075
Fax: 212-288-6870

About the New York Society Library: The NYSL, a subscription library, is the oldest library in New York City, having been founded in 1754 by the New York Society, a civic group that saw the need for a lending library in the growing city. Today, the library holds over 300,000 volumes, including about 10,000 rare books, as well as some manuscript items and our own institutional archives. 

The Library recently launched a web page devoted to its first charging ledger, which documents the borrowing activities of its membership for 1789-1792. The cataloging staff is actively involved with this ongoing project.
More general information on the New York Society Library is available on the website; see especially the section on the history of the library. To learn about some of our more notable holdings, visit the special collections.
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