Manuscript Reference Librarian – New-York Historical Society – New York, NY

REPORTS TO: Curator and Head of the Manuscript Department

New-York Historical Society, a preeminent educational and research institution, is home to both New York Citys oldest museum and to one of the nations most distinguished independent research libraries. N-YHS is dedicated to presenting exhibitions and public programs, and fostering research that reveal the dynamism of history and its influence on the world of today. Founded in 1804, its holdings cover four centuries of American history, and include one of the worlds greatest collections of books, manuscripts, graphic materials, historical artifacts, and American art documenting the history of the United States as seen through the prism of New York.

The collections of the Patricia D. Klingenstein Library are particularly strong in local history of New York City and State; colonial history; the Revolutionary War; American military and naval history; religion and religious movements; the Anglo-American slave trade and slavery in the United States; the Civil War; records of benevolent and charitable organizations; American biography and genealogy; American art and art patronage; American architecture from the late 18th century to the present; and 19th and 20th century portraiture and documentary photographs of New York City. The collections include 20,000 linear feet of manuscripts, 500,000 photographs, 400,000 prints, 350,000 books and pamphlets, 150,000 architectural drawings, 20,000 broadsides, 15,000 printed maps, 10,000 newspapers, 10,000 dining menus, and vast collections of other ephemera.

Job Summary:
The New-York Historical Society Library seeks an experienced library professional to join its public service staff as Manuscript Reference Librarian. Reporting to the Curator and Head of the Manuscript Department, the successful candidate will be responsible for meeting the reference needs of its substantial and heavily consulted manuscript and archival holdings.

Salary: $50,000. Attractive benefits package.

Provide reference assistance to a diverse group of researchers on-site, via phone and email
Retrieve and re-shelve library collections
Ensure accurate tracking of collections through the Aeon special collections management system
Monitor handling and use of collections according to library policy
Manage requests for offsite collections
Introduce a wide range of visiting groups to the Librarys collections and services
Contribute to the librarys blog and reading room displays
Attend library and institution-wide meetings
Other responsibilities and duties as assigned

M.L.S. from an A.L.A.-accredited program, or M.A. in History with Archival
Certificate; B.A. in the humanities preferred
Knowledge of New York or American history preferred
Minimum of two-to-three years professional experience in a library with special collection holdings
Strong public service orientation
Ability to thrive in a busy department with multiple responsibilities, projects, and deadlines
Initiative, flexibility and the ability to work cooperatively in a team-based, user-centered environment
Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills
Familiarity with historical documents and the ability to read older forms of handwriting
Knowledge of emerging library technologies, electronic reference sources, and traditional print resources
Must be able to work Saturdays, September through May

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee with or without accommodation, to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

The position requires the ability to lift and carry for short distances storage boxes weighing up to 20 lbs.

To apply:
Send cover letter and resume to
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The New-York Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

About Melody Rood

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