Reference Librarian II/Specialist II New York

Full Time
  • Full Time
  • New York

Website New York Public Libraries


The New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Photographs and Prints Division seeks a dynamic individual to enhance the use of its world class archival holdings and to serve as a resource and facilitator for public service access.

The Photographs and Prints division enables researchers to work directly with original, rare, and unique visual source materials. Beginning with images collected by Arturo Alfonso Schomburg, the collection has grown through the years to include more than 500,000 items that date from the eighteenth century to the present. With all the major photographic technologies represented, the collection aims to document the history and culture of people of African descent worldwide.

Librarians start at $55,027 per year and are eligible in 12 months for an increased salary of $60,574 based on successful job performance.

Key Responsibilities

Reporting to the Curator of Photographs and Prints, the Reference Librarian (Librarian II/Specialist II) will: assist in managing the photographs and prints collection and coordinate the division’s daily administration, which includes:

  • Manage daily reference service inquiries related to photographs and prints collections
  • Provide research and reference consultations with individual scholars, researchers and other library users
  • Aid processing of photography collections, generating metadata, creating finding aids and other organizational, access and public service related activities
  • Aid photography collection management from accession and preservation to digitization, including housing, location and organization
  • Assist in processing loan paperwork and digitization requests, including doing valuation research and collaborating with the NYPL’s Collection Management team
  • Support the Schomburg Center’s photography collection development strategies, public services, policies and procedures, and special projects
  • Collaborate with P&P staff to complete ongoing inventory project
  • Assist curator in managing office administration
  • Supervise pages, interns and other occasional staff
  • Assist in supervising Library Technical Assistants
  • Serve on relevant committees, task forces, and working groups
  • Perform related duties as required

Required Education, Experience & Skills

Required Education & Experience

  • Master’s degree in Library and Information Science, photography archiving, or a related field
  • Professional experience in a research setting, such as a library or university, or a large photography archive

Required Skills

  • Knowledge of photographic technologies and formats
  • Knowledge and interest in Black history and culture
  • Demonstrated knowledge of Library of Congress subject headings
  • Demonstrated knowledge of archival processing, description/metadata and digitization
  • Ability to work well with colleagues, donors, and the public
  • Planning and Organizational Skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication

Preferred Qualifications

  • 2 or more years of experience with photographic collections
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