• Reference Librarian - Bronx Library Center

    Location US-NY-Bronx
    Job ID
    # of Openings Remaining
    Full-Time Regular
    BLC, Bronx Library Center
  • Overview

    Are you a Librarian who is committed to changing lives and strengthening communities through the power of learning and reading?


    The New York Public Library is in the midst of a major expansion thanks to New York City’s recent historic investment in libraries—allowing us to build on our more than 100-year-old legacy as we continue to chart a new path for libraries in the 21st Century. What we do is connect people with collections, expertise, services, and programs that inform and inspire.  Join NYPL to achieve your dreams while inspiring others.


    The Bronx Library Center is the largest public library in the Bronx. This 6-floor, 78,000 square feet, majestic LEED certified building, is a dynamic, vibrant and well utilized center of access and learning in the Bronx. It is home to New York Public Library’s premiere Latino and Puerto Rican Heritage Collection, which features books in English and Spanish on the Latino experience.  The Bronx Library Center serves a diverse clientele with dominant populations of Hispanics and African Americans.  With over 700,000 patron visits per year, the Center offers a comprehensive service to all those who live, work and study in the vibrant Fordham neighborhood by offering patrons access to a wide range of books, information and knowledge.


    The Bronx Library Center is open to the public Monday – Saturday 9 am to 9 pm and on Sundays 12 – 6 pm.  The Center houses dedicated departments (collections, services) for the following:  Adult, Reference, Children and a Teen Center.  Additionally, the Bronx Library Center has:

    • A Career Education & Information Service where job seekers can get assistance

    • Single Stop – government benefit counseling on Tuesdays & Thursdays 9-5

    • The largest Adult Learning Center in the New York Public Library where adults learn to write and non-English speakers learn English

    • A Young Adult Literacy program

    • A computer lab where a myriad of free computer classes are held each month

    • Three Out-of-School Time programs (Innovation Labs, Bridge-Up, and Enrichment Zones)

    • A 150-seat auditorium where cultural/literary presentations are held every Saturday

    • Multiple conference rooms


    Principal Responsibilities

    Under the supervision of the Supervising Librarian of the Reference Department, the Reference Librarian engages patrons with the collections, services, and programs in ways that allow them to follow their interests and discover new ones, both on site and online. The Librarian:

    • 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

    • Actively and continuously promotes our collections and reading through readers advisory, staff picks, recommendation lists, blog entries, author talks, book discussions, and other innovative ways, both on site and online

    • Provides reference service and resource recommendations using print, media, and digital resources

    • 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, including book discussions, author talks, technology classes, financial literacy sessions, arts and wellness activities, and a variety of other programs both within the Library and throughout the community

    • Partners with the collection development team to build and maintain the reference collection, ensuring it is diverse, current, and relevant, and meets the needs of the community

    • Fosters digital literacy and provides technology instruction

    • Develops and maintains the layout and appearance of the reference space, ensuring a safe and inviting area filled with relevant resources

    • Develops and maintains content for social media platforms, such as Library blogs, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, and Pinterest

    • Mentors Library staff in preparing and presenting reference-based programs

    • Assists with circulation, fines & fees management, reserves, and opening/closing procedures

    • In the absence of the manager, may take responsibility for the facility, staff, and operations of the unit

    • Performs related duties as required  

    NYPL Core Values

    • Helpful
    • Resourceful
    • Curious

    Minimum Qualifications

    • ALA accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies and Public Librarian’s Professional Certificate issued by the State of New York
    • Experience in a library setting providing information services, including reference and public programming; or an internship in a public library for recent graduates; public library experience preferred
    • Enthusiasm for public service and the ability to work well with a diverse patronage
    • Experience creating and conducting a variety of innovative programs
    • Knowledge of literature for all ages, collection maintenance principles, and a love of reading
    • Experience building partnerships with local organizations to better meet the needs of community users
    • Demonstrated successful 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

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Spanish language strongly preferred
    • Basic understanding of emerging library technologies, service and urban public library issues preferred
    • Working knowledge of trends in reference services and the profession through webinars, internal training, meetings, conferences, professional literature, and organizational memberships

    Work Environment

    Public Library

    Physical Duties

    • Lifting up to 15 lbs.
    • Sitting and standing for periods of time
    • Daily use of a computer

    Starting Salary

    USD $51,224.00/Yr.


    35 hours per week
    To be scheduled during center hours
    Evenings and weekends as required
    Schedule subject to change

    Union / Non Union

    Local 1930


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