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Librarian II/Specialist II


Librarian II/Specialist II (full-time)


New York, NY United States

Application Date

August 06, 2021

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SALARY:  $55,027
The New York Public Library’s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division seeks a detail oriented and solution-minded individual to facilitate managing and preserving its world class archival holdings and to serve as a resource and facilitator for public service access.
The Moving Image and Recorded Sound Division collects and preserves audio and moving image (AMI) material related to global black experiences. The Division is central to the NYPL’s and Schomburg Center’s mission to advance knowledge and inspire lifelong learning by the strength of its collections but also by the compelling nature of AMI materials, which literally give movement and voice to the major historical, artistic, and cultural moments of the Twentieth Century.
Key Responsibilities
Working with and under the supervision of the Curator, the responsibilities of the Specialist II/Librarian II position are to:
  • Organize, inventory, catalog and create finding aids for MIRS’ AMI collections
  • Manage ongoing processing, metadata and collection maintenance
  • Remain current with evolving AMI standards in consultation with NYPL’s archival, metadata, preservation, conservation, cataloging and digitization units
  • Manage archiving, metadata and collection digitization
  • Conduct in-person, telephone and email reference
  • Monitor and analyze the effectiveness of operations and participate in short and long-term divisional planning
  • Serve on relevant committees, task forces, and working groups
  • Support the Schomburg Center’s collection development strategies, public services, policies and procedures and special projects, including exhibitions and publications
  • Perform related duties as required

Required Education, Experience & Skills

Required Education & Experience
  • Master’s Degree from accredited program in Archival Studies, Library and Information Sciences or a related field
  • Knowledge of AMI archival and library processing standards and procedures
  • Experience handling a range of AMI formats
  • Experience appraising, arranging, and describing archival records, including creating finding aids
  • Working knowledge of Library of Congress subject headings, archival description, and cataloging
Required Skills
  • Excellent oral and written communication
  • Ability to work well with colleagues, donors, and the public
  • Knowledge and/or interest in the history and culture of people of African descent
  • Knowledge and/or interest in the basic preservation and conservation treatments
  • Planning and Organizational Skills

Preferred Qualifications

Preferred Qualifications
  • 3 – 5 years of experience with audio and moving image (AMI) collections


Core Values
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
  • Light lifting required up to 40 lbs. required
  • May require travel within NYC
Physical Required?

  • 35 hours per week to be scheduled during regular building hours
  • Evenings and alternating Saturdays are required
  • Schedule subject to change