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Wednesday, September 13, 2017

F/T - Librarian II, NYPL-Schomburg Ctr (NY)

Librarian II - Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division


The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture located in Harlem, New York, is a research unit of The New York Public Library system.  It is recognized as one of the leading institutions focusing exclusively on African-American, African Diaspora, and African experiences. Begun with the collections of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg more than 85 years ago, the Schomburg has collected, preserved, and provided access to materials documenting black life in America and worldwide.  Today, the Schomburg continues to serve the community not just as a center and a library, but also as a space that encourages lifelong education and exploration.
The Jean Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division seeks a collaborative and enthusiastic Librarian II to assist with reference and instructional services, access and outreach, and innovation and implementation.
Under the direction of the Associate Chief Librarian, specific responsibilities include:

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Provide reference service in the field of Black studies in-person, by telephone and email using print and electronic resources.
  • Participate in collection development by helping to select new materials.
  • Create and update content for web pages, LibGuides, and training materials.
  • Develop and teach library instruction classes and orientation tours to groups from a variety of academic institutions, particularly local post-secondary institutions.
  • Promote the collections through blogs, social media and small exhibititons.
  • Maintain a personal program of continuous education and professional development.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Key Competencies:

  • Exceptional Customer/Public Service
  • Collaboraton and Teamwork
  • Accountability and Profesionalism
  • Resourcefulness and Intellectual Curiosity
  • Job-Specific Knowledge and Skills

Minimum Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies.
  • Strong public service ethic.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of African, African-American or African Diasporan history.
  • Experience providing reference and research services including use of online catalogs, databases and Internet information sources.
  • Must be collaborative, service-oriented, and interested in the application of new technologies to library services.
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to communicate with a diverse community.
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Highly flexible with ability to thrive in a fast-paced and continually changing environment.
  • Strong computer and other related technology skills, including MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Google applications, and PCs

Work Environment:

Research Library
Urban Public Library

Starting Salary:

USD $51,224.00/Yr.

Minimum Salary (with 2 years of NYPL service):

USD $65,575.00/Yr.


To be scheduled between Monday-Saturday 10:00 a.m.-8:00 p.m.
Evenings and Saturday as required.
Schedule subject to change.

Union / Non Union:

Local 1930 

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