Assistant Librarian (Part-time) - New York School of Interior Design

Posted on September 24, 2018


Overview: Reporting to the Director of the Library, the Assistant Librarian supports the day-to day operations of the Library’s public services and the two materials libraries. S/he is an integral part of the Library’s public services team for providing instructional, reference, and circulating services to library users. During the closing shifts and in the absence of the Senior Librarian, s/he manages the Library’s circulation and reference desk and supervises student workers. The Assistant Librarian performs a variety of system maintenance tasks, such as updating the Library’s website and online subject guides and maintaining other electronic tools and platforms pertaining to public services. S/he may need to perform tasks and projects related to the NYSID Archives & Special Collections.


Job Responsibilities

• Assist the Librarian with the operations of circulation and reference services and delivering library instruction sessions to NYSID students, faculty and staff; answer reference queries and help patrons locate items and resources in the library and archives, and through online databases.

• Manage the day-to-day public services operations and supervise student workers during closing shifts and in the absence of the Senior Librarian.

• Assist the Senior Librarian to manage the two materials libraries on the main campus and at the Graduate Center.

• Assist the Senior Librarian to coordinate the schedule and content of the Library’s instruction program; conduct any library instruction sessions assigned within his/her schedule.

• Working with other librarians, update the Library’s website and online subject guidelines on a regular basis to ensure the accuracy and currency of the information and content represented on those online platforms.

• Resolve technical issues related to the Library’s online resources.

• Working with other librarians, actively explore and implement new library/information technologies pertaining to the Library’s public and instructional services.

• Perform tasks and projects related to the NYSID Archives & Special Collections on an as-needed basis.

• Other duties, projects and activities as may become necessary.


Job Qualifications:

• MLS from an ALA-accredited institution (candidates pursuing an MLS degree at an ALA-accredited institution will also be considered).

• Bachelors in art history, fine arts, design, or architecture preferred.

• Some circulation and reference experience in an academic and research library environment highly desirable.

• Experience using an integrated library system, particularly its circulation module, desirable.

• Former teaching or library instruction experience highly desirable.

• Proficiency in WordPress, LibGuides, Omeka, and other library and information technologies pertaining to library public and instructional services.

• Strong technical skills of evaluating and employing a variety of new Web tools, systems platforms, and social media channels to facilitate and promote library services and operations.

• Proficiency in MS Office Suite, particularly Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

• Excellent oral and written communication skills for lectures, presentations, and working with library/archives users and staff.

• Professional committee memberships/activities in related organizations, such as ARLIS/NA, VRA, AASL, ALA, or ACRL, desirable.

Job Competencies:

• Ability to work independently, be flexible, have high attention to detail; a proactive problem solver.

• Friendly, with strong service orientation and good people skills.

• A commitment to user-oriented library services.

• General knowledge of art, architecture, and design research resources preferred.

Working conditions:

• This is a 1-year renewable appointment. 16 - 17 hours per week work schedule.

• Required to cover evening and/or weekend hours during the academic school year.

• Ability to perform physical activities associated with library collections.


$18 per hour


New York, NY


To Apply

Please submit a resume and cover letter describing your interest and relevant experience to [email protected] with “Assistant Librarian (part-time)” in the subject line.