Adult Librarian - Grand Concourse Branch

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Full-Time Regular
GD Grand Concourse Library


The mission of the New York Public Library is to inspire lifelong learning, advance knowledge, and strengthen our communities.  To deliver on this promise, we provide free access to physical and electronic resources in neighborhoods throughout the Bronx, Manhattan, and Staten Island.


The New York Public Library is seeking a bright, dynamic, and enthusiastic Adult Librarian to provide leadership and direction to a team of public service professionals in the Grand Concourse Library. This branch is located in the West Bronx minutes from public transportation and right off of the bustling Grand Concourse thoroughfare. The Grand Concourse Library is an exciting branch that serves patrons from diverse backgrounds and offers programs and services which reflect the needs of the community.



Principal Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the Library Manager, the Adult Librarian engages adults 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, adult educational institutions, and local businesses to promote the Library’s services, programs. and collections with a focus on adults

  • 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 Adult Educational Services Department to develop, promote, facilitate, present, and evaluate innovative programs to meet the expressed and anticipated needs of the community’s adult population, 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 adult 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 adult 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 adult programs

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

  • In the absence of the Library Manager, may take responsibility for the facility, staff, and operations

  • Performs related duties as required

Key Competencies

  • Accountability and Professionalism
  • Customer Service
  • Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Job-Specific Knowledge and Skills

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 to adults, 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 for adults
  • 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

  • Foreign languages, such as Spanish and Russian
  • Basic understanding of emerging library technologies, service and programming trends for adults, and urban public library issues preferred
  • Working knowledge of trends in adult literature, educational and development needs, adult 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.

Minimum Salary (with 2 years of NYPL service)

USD $56,387.00/Yr.


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

Union / Non Union

Local 1930


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