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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

P/T - Assistant Librarian, American Kennel Club (NY)

The American Kennel Club is seeking an Assistant Librarian for its NYC office.

Under the supervision of the Archivist, the position-holder will assist in the organization, inventory, arrangement, description, preservation, and promotion of library and archives holdings including periodicals, club publications, audio-visual and photographic materials, pamphlets, organizational records, and more.

This is an excellent opportunity for a recent Library Science graduate or someone nearing completion of their degree work, providing exposure to a small department working with diverse collections and opportunities to take on new initiatives and responsibilities.

Position is 15-28 hours a week with flexible scheduling Monday through Friday between the hours of 8:30 and 5:00.

  • Coordination of the inventories, catalog record updates, and recall of materials recently deaccessioned and/or transferred to offsite storage
  • Assistance in addition and organization of holdings to new space in the AKC Museum of the Dog (opening early 2019); participation in development of policies to manage and engage Museum visitors and Library researchers
  • Periodical management: Management of library subscriptions and incoming issues; updating of catalog with serial runs; developing program for ingest of digital versions
  • Review unprocessed materials and develop retention policies; catalog titles selected for accessioning
  • Cataloging library backlog and development of cataloging guidelines
  • Collaboration on the development of new organizational workflows and policy
  • Processing of archival collections
  • Other possible assignments include answering reference inquiries, digitizing materials, assisting on-site researchers, promotion of collections through the production of Instagram and content, and more
Required Skills/Qualifications:
  • Proven use and adaptability with integrated library systems; willingness to become main point person on maintenance of library OPAC
  • Familiarity with basic library classification and cataloging standards at minimum; preferred experience creating or editing library catalog records  
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills; willingness to engage internal and external library users  
  • Knowledge of basic preservation standards and proper handling of rare books and archival materials   
  • Demonstrated ability to deliver detail-oriented work
  • Comfort working independently and efficiently while also able to take instruction and handle impromptu assigned tasks  
  • Willingness to embrace specialized field of research and knowledge; preferred interest in purebred dogs and the sport of dogs   
  • Ability to lift large boxes and navigate cluttered spaces
Preferred Skills/Qualifications:

Education, training, and/or experience in digital preservation methods and standards

Education, training, and/or experience in basic archival processing and use of archival management software such as Archives Space 

Education, training, and/or experience in rare books collections 

To be considered for this position: In addition to a resume, a cover letter is required summarizing your experience/training as it relates to the position description, and a statement regarding if you have a Masters degree in Library Science or are working towards your Masters.  



Some post college or better in Other.


3 years Library Science