• Librarian II - General Research Division

    Location US-NY-Manhattan
    Job ID
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    GRD SASB General Research Division
  • Overview

    The General Humanities Division serves the core research function of The New York Public Library as the central hub for researchers using our collections. Our staff works with researchers to identify materials, ensuring seamless access in our reading rooms and through this process helping to create new works of scholarship. 

    Reporting to the Managing Research Librarian of the General Humanities Division, the Librarian II provides excellent public service in the Bill Blass Catalog Room, Rose Main Reading Room and the Microforms Room. The position plays a role important in reference services. This staff member also plays a role in assisting visitors to the Stephen A. Schwarzman Building.

    Principal Responsibilities

    Reporting to the Managing Research Librarian, the Librarian II:

    • Provides excellent reference service based on specialized subject knowledge of the collections, key resources and trends in scholarship.
    • Regularly creates and updates online content, including the divisional web pages, blog posts, research guides, and assorted educational materials.
    • Provides reference and research assistance at service points in multiple locations.
    • Develops and teaches classes for the public and educational and cultural institutions, and participates in the Library’s outreach and instruction strategy. 
    • Supports and participates in strategic initiatives related to outreach, programming, and collection description and maintenance activities. 
    • Maintains a personal program of continuous education and professional development.
    • Performs related duties as required.

    Required Education & Experience

    • ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies
    • Undergraduate degree in Humanities and Social Sciences

    Minimum Qualifications

    • Successfully demonstrated excellent public service skills and the ability to work well in a fast-paced environment. 
    • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to deal effectively and tactfully with patrons and staff. 
    • Successfully demonstrated knowledge of authoritative humanities resources. 
    • Demonstrated experience using online catalogs, electronic databases, and internet sources in reference work. 
    • Excellent communication skills, including the ability to articulate and express ideas clearly in presentations and in writing. 
    • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment. 
    • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail. 
    • Demonstrated computer and word processing skills, including Google office products, MS Word and Excel.

    Preferred Qualifications

    At ease with public speaking and instruction.

    All team members are expected and encouraged to embody the NYPL Core Values:

    • Be Helpful to patrons and colleagues
    • Be Resourceful in solving problems 
    • Be Curious in all aspects of your work

    Physical Duties

    • Limited physical effort is required
    • Lifting up to 15 lbs. required
    • May require travel within NYC

    Starting Salary

    USD $53,424.00/Yr.


    35 hours to be scheduled Monday-Saturday between 9am-8pm
    Evenings and weekends as necessary
    Schedule subject to change

    Union / Non Union

    Local 1930


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