• Specialist II/Librarian II (Rare Book Cataloger)- Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division (Temporary for 2 year)

    Location US-NY-Manhattan
    Job ID
    # of Openings Remaining
    Full-Time Temporary
    SCM Schomburg Manuscripts, Archives & Rare Books
  • 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 cataloging the scrapbooks of clippings and ephemera  that survives as a testament to the resourcefulness of early black librarianship. The successful candidate will work closely with a team of cataloging, curatorial and other collections staff, to research and create enhanced bibliographic access to Mr. Schomburg’s original book collection.



    Specialist II/Librarian II positions start at $51,224 per year and are eligible in 6 months for an increased salary of $56,387, based on successful job performance.

    Principal Responsibilities

    • Perform enhanced original descriptive cataloging of 18th, 19th and 20th century printed monographs
    • Meet production benchmarks appropriate to the type of material being cataloged
    • Determine appropriate housing of materials and identify and recommend materials in need of conservation treatment
    • Edit, update and identify additions to existing book collection inventory
    • Create bibliographic records using standards including DCRM(B), RDA, MARC 21 and LCSH
    • Consult, as needed, with appropriate NYPL special collections, 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
    • Successfully demonstrated professional experience required to be considered at the Librarian II level
    • Minimum of two years technical services experience in a research or academic library or other setting cataloging rare books
    • Strong original cataloging skills, especially those necessary to process rare books, both hand press and machine press
    • Proven research, analytical, organizational, planning, and time-management skills
    • Working knowledge of at least one modern European language, preferably French
    • Knowledge of national and international cataloging standards including DCRM(B), RDA, MARC21 and LCSH
    • 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 and knowledge of user needs

    Work Environment

    Public service 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
    Evening and Staurday as required
    Schedule subject to change

    Union / Non Union

    Local 1930


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