The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture located in Harlem, New York, is a research unit of The New York Public Library system. It is recognized as one of the leading institutions focusing exclusively on African American, African Diasporan, and African history and culture. Begun with the collections of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg more than 90 years ago, the Schomburg has collected, preserved, and provided access to materials documenting black life in the Americas and worldwide. Today, the Schomburg continues to serve a global community not just as a cultural center and a library, but also as a space that encourages lifelong learning and exploration.
With the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Schomburg Center is embarking on a three year project called “Home to Harlem,” researching and processing aspects of the original “seed library” assembled by Arturo Schomburg and placed at The New York Public Library in 1926. The project also involves cataloguing the scrapbooks of clippings and ephemera that survive as a testament to the resourcefulness of early black librarianship within the library system. The successful candidate will work as part of a team of processing archivists and catalogers, as well as curatorial and collections staff, to uncover and provide enhanced access to these foundational collections.
We have two positions open both are temporary positions for 2-3 years.
Under the supervision of the Curator of Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books, the Project Specialist/Librarian will perform the following duties:
Urban Public/Research Library
Daily use of a computer
Pushing/pulling fully loaded book carts
Lift items weighing 15-30 lbs.