Specialist II/Librarian II, Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books Division

Location US-NY-Manhattan
Job ID
# of Openings Remaining
Full-Time Regular
SCM Schomburg Manuscripts, Archives & Rare Books


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.




Principal Responsibilities

  • 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.

  • Performs related duties as required.

NYPL Core Values

  • Helpful
  • Resourceful
  • Curious

Minimum Qualifications


  • 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.

  •  Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to communicate with a diverse community.
  • Strong service orientation.



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.

Union / Non Union

Local 1930


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