Date Posted: 10/12/2016
The Library is seeking a Full-Time Special Collections Librarian. The position reports to the Head of Cataloging and Special Collections. The successful candidate will have:
This librarian is responsible for the management of the Library’s special collections, providing research services, curation of digital humanities content and tools, physical management of stack areas for special collections, and rare book cataloging. Responsibilities include:
Research Services & Outreach
Manage the special collections reading room, respond to reference inquiries, and monitor the use of special collections materials, including loans and reproductions. Give presentations to Library members and the general public pertaining to the Library’s collections and digital humanities tools. Contribute regularly to the Library’s blog, newsletter, and social media sites with articles and information on the Library’s special collections holdings.
Care of Collections
Ensure that storage facilities for special collections materials meet physical requirements for long-term preservation and security. Identify and set priorities for the conservation of materials at a variety of levels, in many cases working closely with the Library’s conservator to develop treatment plans.
Plan and implement projects to enrich content and tools for City Readers. Ensure that project metadata and digital assets meet industry standards. Assist with grant-writing and reporting.
Assist the Head of Exhibitions with exhibition research and preparation; curate exhibitions independently, as assigned.
Catalog books and other materials received as gifts on an as-needed basis; update records for materials already in the collection with copy specific information; maintain an accurate shelf-list for materials in special collections; identify materials in the circulating and closed stack collections for transfer to Special Collections; participate in problem-solving with the cataloging department.
Assist at reference desk as scheduled; perform related duties as assigned by supervisor. Maintain compliance with all Library policies and procedures.
This is a full-time professional position, from Monday through Friday. The New York Society Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Interested candidates should email Cheryl Warfield, Controller, at email@example.com with the subject heading SPECIAL COLLECTIONS LIBRARIAN as soon as possible, but no later than Wednesday, October 26, 2016. Please include a cover letter, résumé, and salary requirements in the submission. Applications received without the requested information will not be considered.
Lifting: Occasional to frequent lifting up to 40 lbs.
Indoor environment, working closely with others and also independently. Occasional exposure to dust and mold.
ABOUT THE LIBRARY:
The New York Society Library is an historic membership library founded in 1754. The Library today is open to all for reading, reference, and selected events, with circulation and other services by subscription. The beautiful landmarked building dates from 1917 and includes reading rooms, spaces for study, book stacks, and the Assunta, Ignazio, Ada and Romano Peluso Exhibition Gallery. The Library has approximately 300,000 volumes and hosts a variety of special events, reading groups, and workshops, as well as the New York City Book Awards.
The NYSL has a collection of ca. 10,000 rare books, many of them from the Library’s founding years in the 18th century. While we do not actively seek and purchase rare books for the library, we occasionally receive them as donations, and we sometimes identify items in the general stacks that we transfer to our rare books holdings.
The Library also has archival materials, most notably its own institutional archives, recently arranged and described as part of a grant-funded project, and scattered correspondence and other manuscript items.