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 Diaspora, and African experiences. Begun with the collections of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg more than 85 years ago, the Schomburg has collected, preserved, and provided access to materials documenting black life in America and worldwide. Today, the Schomburg continues to serve the community not just as a center and a library, but also as a space that encourages lifelong education and exploration.
Responsible for arranging, describing and cataloging archival collections.
In collaboration with Technical Services, ensures the division remains current with evolving standards for online access to archival finding aids.
Appraises collections in consultation with Curator, and determines basic preservation needs
Trains and supervises pages and library technical assistants.
Consults, as needed, with appropriate NYPL archival, cataloging and conservation staff
Staffs public service desk and provides in-person, telephone, email and written reference assistance
Undertakes special projects as assigned.
Planning and Organization
ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies and successful completion of archival training.
Successfully demonstrated professional experience required to be considered at the Librarian II level
Knowledge of African, African-American or African Diasporan history
Demonstrated ability to apply standard archival techniques in the appraisal, arrangement, and description of archival records, including the creation of finding aids.
Demonstrated initiative, attention to detail, judgment, and ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment.
Working knowledge of archival description standards including DACS, MARC21, LCSH and EAD.
Supervisory experience preferred.
Public service library
Daily use of a computer
Pushing/pulling fully loaded book carts
Lift items weighing 15-30 lbs.