• Library Page - Library for the Performing Arts / Dance Division

    Location US-NY-New York
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    DAN LPA Jerome Robins Dance Division
  • Overview

    The Jerome Robbins Dance Division of The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts is the largest and most comprehensive archive in the world devoted to the documentation of dance. Chronicling the art of dance in all its forms, the Division acts as much more than a library. We work with the dance community to preserve the history of dance by gathering diverse written, visual, and aural resources, and work to ensure the art form's continuity through active documentation and educational programs.


    The Dance Division’s Library Page works to support the Division’s maintenance of its collections, assisting with collections care and outreach activities. Library Pages play an integral role in ensuring that our resources are available and accessible to the millions of patrons that visit the Library each year.  Library Pages are responsible for organizing the library's collections and preparing the library facilities for program use. Our Library Pages are able to apply what they’ve learned in school while continuing to gain essential work experience with a team of fun and knowledgeable colleagues and leaders. Joining NYPL as a Library Page is a great opportunity to learn about the inner-workings of one of the busiest libraries in the country and is the stepping stone to a great career.


    The library page position is scheduled for up to 19 hours per week, including evenings and Saturdays.  Schedules are variable based on library needs and may be subject to change. 

    Principal Responsibilities

    Under the direction of the Collections Manager of the Jerome Robbins Dance Division, the Library Page is responsible for a variety of tasks within the Division, including:

    • Retrieving and shelving Special Collections materials, including processed and unprocessed archival, manuscript, graphic, and audio and moving image materials.
    • Rehousing and reshelving fragile materials including papers, scrapbooks, scripts, graphic materials, and photographic prints and negatives.
    • Shelf-reading Special Collections and rare book holdings.
    • Assisting in preparing and sending Special Collections materials for processing and to offsite storage.
    • Preparing and processing material for use in the Special Collections Reading Room.
    • Attending quarterly meetings of the Committee for the Jerome Robbins Dance Division and drafting the minutes of the meetings.
    • Photocopying and messenger work.
    • Evaluating collections material and identifying possible rehousing needs in consultation with the Collections Manager
    • Preparing inventories of collections material and/or comparing materials with donor-supplied inventories
    • Measuring and ordering appropriate housing
    • Other related duties as required.

    NYPL Core Values

    • Helpful
    • Resourceful
    • Curious

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Current enrollment in an approved degree program at an accredited educational institution.
    • Must possess good communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to maintain and foster cooperative and courteous working relationships.
    • Must demonstrate strong attention to detail, speed, and accuracy in carrying out duties.
    • Ability to sort efficiently in alphabetic, numeric or alphanumeric order.
    • Strong computer skills, including Microsoft Office programs, the Google suite, the Internet, and e-mail programs.

    Preferred Qualifications

    • Demonstrated interest in dance and/or other performing arts.
    • Demonstrated ability to work with a team and on independent projects.
    • Demonstrated flexibility and reliability.

    Work Environment

    • Work will take place in an office setting as well as in storage facilities.

    Physical Duties

    • This position requires frequent lifting and carrying of library materials; pushing and pulling of book carts; and frequent stooping and reaching.


    19 hours per week

    Union / Non Union

    Non Union


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