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Sunday, January 18, 2015

F/T - Reader Svcs Librarian, Bard Grad Ctr (NY)

Reader Services Librarian

The Bard Graduate Center (BGC), a division of Bard College, is seeking a full-time Reader Services Librarian.

The BGC offers MA and PhD programs in the study of the cultural history of the material world and is committed to the encyclopedic study of things, drawing on methodologies and approaches from art and design history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology and cultural history. Founded in 1993, the BGC is located on West 86th Street in New York City.


The Reader Services Librarian is responsible for all of the library’s front-of-house public services: organizing reference and instruction work, setting circulation and access policy, performing outreach and orientation, managing interlibrary loan, liaising with faculty and curators, keeping statistics, and assessing all programs in the reader services department.


  • provides research assistance and reference services in person and via phone and email
  • manages the reference and circulation desk staff, including scheduling, training, and evaluation
  • performs daily shifts at the reference and circulation desk
  • teaches bibliographic skills and information literacy, including course instruction and library workshops throughout the semester
  • directs the library’s interlibrary loan program, personally handling the borrowing, and supervising the lending
  • supervises work study students assigned to reader services
  • assists with collection development responsibilities in the reference, periodicals, electronic resources, and monograph collections
  • performs other duties as requested



  • An ALA-accredited MLS or MLIS degree
  • Undergraduate or graduate degree in art or design history
  • Two to four years of library experience, preferably in an art library
  • Effective oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to build strong relationships with colleagues, students, faculty, and researchers
  • Demonstrated commitment to public service
  • Experience providing instruction to classes and individuals
  • Experience providing reference services
  • Experience with interlibrary loan
  • Familiarity with information resources and methods of scholarly research in art, design, and/or material culture disciplines
  • Familiarity with web design and editing
  • Reading or bibliographic knowledge of a second language
  • Membership in professional organizations such as ARLIS/NA
  • Knowledge of Millennium ILS or other Innovative Interfaces products a plus


To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to No telephone calls please. The Bard Graduate Center is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. AA/EOE