Assistant Director, E-Reading

Location US-NY-Long Island City
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BKOPSADM BookOps Administration


BookOps is the shared library services collaboration of New York Public Library (NYPL) and Brooklyn Public Library (BPL), coordinating the selection, acquisition, cataloging, processing and distribution of physical and digital library materials for these member libraries and their users across New York and around the world. In support of NYPL’s Strategic Priority of More People Reading More, this position will coordinate and support BookOps’ integral role in developing, supporting, expanding access to, and increasing NYPL’s e-book readership.

Principal Responsibilities

Reporting to the BookOps’ Deputy Director, Collection Management, the Assistant Director, E-Reading, will:

  • Understand, coordinate with, and implement the Library’s e-reading strategies through the analysis, reporting and collections development activities undertaken by BookOps and NYPL’s Digital department
  • Work with the Digital Leadership team and other key business partners to envision, develop, implement, and evaluate policies, procedures, and practices around the Library’s e-book collection
  • Undertake, maintain, interpret, and present regular and detailed reports of relevant statistical data to senior business partners and decision-makers
  • Work with key business partners to support expanding the reach and use of NYPL e-reading resources to the Library’s current and future patrons; SimplyE partners, including BPL; and beyond
  • Investigate, recommend, and implement new models and priorities of e-book purchasing and lending to improve and support e-book collections and the e-reading experience
  • Serve as member of BookOps’ Management Team, relevant Digital Working Groups, and other related internal and external professional groups
  • Facilitate discussions with existing and prospective vendors on needed improvements and enhancements for NYPL's current e-reading services and experiences. 
  • Represent BooksOps, and by extension NYPL, in professional and public forums

Required Education & Experience

  • ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library or Information Science
  • Minimum 3-5 years experience in public or academic library collection management.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Thorough knowledge of theories, practices, trends, activities, tools, and licensing models associated with the acquisition, cataloging, selection, marketing, discovery, and overall management of e-books in the public library market
  • The ability to collate, analyse, model, and interpret data
  • Deep and broad knowledge of the international publishing industry and library e-content vendors
  • Knowledge of, and commitment to, the principles of intellectual freedom, diversity, equity, and inclusion in library collections
  • Problem solving, accuracy, and attention to detail
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience using NYPL’s SimplyE and other e-reading platforms
  • Fluency with data management tools and ability to interpret library statistics, including circulation and demographic information
  • Awareness and understanding of current and past models of library e-content licensing and recognition of varying perspectives of involved parties 
  • Proven results in working collaboratively across a complex organization to accomplish shared strategic goals
  • Successful experience negotiating licenses and agreements with content vendors
  • A track record of successfully advocating for libraries and library users on an industry-wide level
  • Successfully demonstrated ability to work effectively, manage change, respond nimbly, think innovatively, and provide vision in a hierarchical team environment

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

Work Environment

  • Office setting

Physical Duties

  • Will require travel within NYC


- Monday - Friday
- 35 hours per week

Union / Non Union

Non Union


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