Senior Librarian- Bookmobile - The New York Public Library

Posted on November 08, 2019


Overview The New York Public Library (NYPL) has been an essential provider of free books, information, ideas, and education for all New Yorkers for more than 100 years. NYPL’s neighborhood libraries in the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island—many of which date to Andrew Carnegie’s visionary philanthropy at the turn of the 20th century—are being transformed into true centers of educational innovation and service, and vital community hubs that provide far more than just free books and materials.

The Library will be providing new bookmobile service to communities across the Bronx, Manhattan and Staten Island. NYPL is seeking Librarians who will enthusiastically promote the Library and positively engage with residents of all ages from communities throughout the boroughs in exciting new ways. As such, these Librarians will also cultivate creative thinkers, enthusiastic readers, skillful researchers, and resourceful users of information. Successful candidates will embody each of these four characteristics themselves.

Senior Librarians start at $55,027 per year and are eligible in 6 months for an increased salary of $60,574 based on successful job performance.


Principal Responsibilities Under the supervision of the Associate Director for the Central Bronx Neighborhood Library Network, the Senior Librarian:

Operates the bookmobile at various locations across the network Provides reference service and resource recommendations Partners with the collection development team to build and maintain the bookmobile collection ensuring it is diverse, current, relevant and meets the needs of communities served Conducts outreach to and develops partnerships with community based organizations, city support agencies, educational institutions and local businesses to promote the library’s services, programs and collections Collaborates with the Educational Services Department to develop, promote, facilitate, present and evaluate innovative programs to meet the expressed and anticipated needs of the community with a variety of programs both in the Library and throughout the community, as needed Develops and maintains content for social media platforms such as Library blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest Assists with circulation, fines & fees management, and reserves Maintains a working knowledge of trends in literature, educational and development needs, library services and the profession through webinars, internal training, meetings, conferences, professional literature and organizational memberships Performs related duties as required


Required Education & Experience ALA accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies Public Librarian’s Professional Certificate issued by the State of New York Minimum Qualifications Strong commitment to public service and the ability to work well with a diverse patronage Experience creating and conducting a variety of innovative programs Knowledge of literature and library collections Experience building partnerships with local organizations to better meet the needs of community users Demonstrated interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills, including public speaking and presentation skills Successfully demonstrated ability to work as part of a team Strong organization and planning skills, including the ability to perform multiple projects or tasks simultaneously Strong computer and other related technology skills, including MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Google applications, PCs, Macs and e-reader devices Demonstrated knowledge of computer services including online searching, social media, reference resources and databases Valid driver’s license

Preferred Qualifications Fluency in foreign language(s) Knowledge of emerging library technologies, service and programming trends in urban public libraries

All team members are expected and encouraged to embody the NYPL Core Values: Be Helpful to patrons and colleagues Be Resourceful in solving problems Be Curious in all aspects of your work

Physical Duties Driving the bookmobile throughout the borough Lifting up to 15 lbs. Sitting and standing for periods of time in a smaller space Daily use of a laptop computer


Starting Salary $55,027.00/Yr.


Bronx, NY; Staten Island, NY; Manhattan, NY


To Apply

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