Reference Services Librarian & Instructional Coordinator - Center for Jewish History

Posted on September 09, 2019


The Center for Jewish History seeks a full-time professional librarian to assist researchers in the Lillian Goldman Reading Room and to help coordinate the Center’s academic outreach. This is an excellent opportunity for individuals interested in special collections, reference, and outreach, with an emphasis on primary source literacy and collection-based instruction.

The Center for Jewish History provides a collaborative home for five partner organizations: American Jewish Historical Society, American Sephardi Federation, Leo Baeck Institute, Yeshiva University Museum, and YIVO Institute for Jewish Research. The partners’ archives comprise the world’s largest and most comprehensive archive of the modern Jewish experience outside of Israel. The successful applicant will join a dynamic team of forward-thinking and professionally engaged Center staff who provide access-oriented services for the collections held by the five partner institutions.

The Reference Services Librarian & Instructional Coordinator will report to both the Senior Manager for Public Services and the Director of Academic Programs. As a member of the Reading Room team, the Reference Services Librarian will provide a high standard of patron service and ensure the seamless delivery to researchers of the rich physical and digital holdings of the five Partner institutions. As Instructional Coordinator, this staff member will assist with the development and implementation of innovative pedagogical programs and lesson plans that draw upon the partners’ unique historical collections, helping to coordinate teacher training workshops, school visits, and collaborations with local colleges and universities.


Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:

• Learning all aspects of reference services at CJH, including finding aids, digital collections, electronic resources, and Aeon, a special collections workflow software.

• Greeting and supervising researchers in the Reading Room.

• Disseminating and enforcing Reading Room and partner policies and procedures.

• Assisting patrons with research.

• Providing instruction in the handling of archival, manuscript, and rare materials.

• Paging material from the stacks.

• Utilizing archival collections to assist in the development of K-12 curricula.

• Curating online educational resources.

• Managing outreach efforts and professional development workshops for K-12 educators.

• Designing and co-leading collection-based instructional sessions for K-12, undergraduate, and graduate students.


Required qualifications:

• Masters in Library and Information Science from an ALA-accredited library school, or similar graduate-level training, such as archival science.

• Comfortable interacting with the public and presenting to groups.

• Organized and detail-oriented.

• Ability to work flexibly, independently, and collaboratively in a complex organizational environment comprised of diverse constituencies.

• Capacity to communicate effectively and diplomatically, both verbally and in writing.

Preferred qualifications:

• Experience or coursework in special collections.

• Experience or coursework in instruction and/or curriculum development, including Common Core standards.

• Background in Jewish history.

• Reading knowledge of Yiddish, German, Hebrew, Russian, or other relevant languages.


New York, NY


To Apply

Review of applications will begin immediately. Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Send cover letter, resume, and three references to Lauren Gilbert, Senior Manager for Public Services, at [email protected] No phone calls please.

Company Information

Center for Jewish History, 15 West 16 Street, New York, NY 10011