• Specialist II/Librarian II (Processing Archivist)-Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division (Temporary )

    Location US-NY-Manhattan
    Job ID
    # of Openings Remaining
    Full-Time Regular
    SCR Schomburg General Research & Reference
  • Overview

    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.

    Principal Responsibilities

    Under the supervision of the Curator of Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books, the Project Specialist/Librarian will perform the following duties:

    • Arrange and describe manuscripts and archival collections in paper format in accordance with local and national standards.
    • Develop processing plans for collections including determining level of granularity at which to process
    • Determine appropriate rehousing of materials and identify and recommend materials in need of conservation treatment
    • Write and edit finding aids according to DACS specifications
    • Encode finding aids for online publication, using EAD
    • Catalog manuscript collections using DACS, DCRM (MSS), MARC21, RDA and LCSH
    • Consult, as needed, with appropriate NYPL archival, cataloging and conservation staff
    • May supervise non professional staff providing clerical support
    • Performs related duties as required.

    NYPL Core Values

    • Helpful
    • Resourceful
    • Curious

    Minimum Qualifications

    • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies, or Master’s degree in Africana History or American History and successful completion of archival training.
    • Minimum 2 years professional experience; successfully demonstrated professional experience required to be considered at the Librarian II level
    • Demonstrated knowledge of African, African-American or African Diasporan history and culture preferred
    • Demonstrated ability to apply standard archival techniques in the appraisal, arrangement, and description of archival records, including the creation of finding aids.
    • Working knowledge of archival description standards and cataloging standards such as DACS, DCRM (MSS), EAD, MARC 21, RDA and LCSH
    • Experience with cataloging tools including OCLC Connexion and Millennium, preferred
    • Demonstrated initiative, attention to detail, judgment, and ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment
    • Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to communicate with a diverse community
    • Strong service orientation.

    Work Environment

    Urban Public/Research Library

    Physical Duties

    Daily use of a computer

    Pushing/pulling fully loaded book carts

    Lift items weighing 15-30 lbs.


    Starting Salary

    USD $51,224.00/Yr.


    Monday-Friday, 10:00am-6:00pm; evenings and weekends as required

    Union / Non Union

    Local 1930


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