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The New York Society Library seeks a Bibliographic Assistant to support the Cataloging and Special Collections Department.  The bibliographic assistant processes materials being added to and withdrawn from the library’s holdings, including editing and updating of records in the online catalog, and assists with the care and usage of special collections materials.


Required Skills and Qualifications:

• Bachelor’s degree; library coursework preferred

• Attentiveness to detail

• Ability to work closely with others as well as independently

• Preferred: Some previous library work experience

• Preferred: Experience using Innovative Interfaces ILS


Responsibilities include:

• Preparing library materials for circulation

• Maintaining the online catalog by editing and managing records; including item-level and bibliographic-level information

• Reclassifying library materials, acting as a liaison between involved departments

• Supervising rare book readers whenever special collections materials are in use

• Assessing and maintaining metadata for City Readers, NYSL’s digital humanities initiative

• Assisting with any other bibliographic projects assigned by the supervisor, including work with the Library’s rare book collection

• Managing New York Society Library’s digital and paper-based special collections reader records

• Consulting with the supervisor to periodically update cataloging procedures

• Complying with all Library policies and procedures

Candidates should email a resume and cover letter outlining how your skills and experiences meet the qualifications for the position and names of three professional references to Madjalia Seynou, Controller at [email protected]. Please include the subject line Bibliographic Assistant on the email. Applications without the requested information will not be considered.

ABOUT THE LIBRARY: The New York Society Library is a 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. Visit our website at

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