Reference Librarian – Manuscript Department, The Patricia D. Klingenstein Library – New York, NY

The New-York Historical Society is seeking an experienced reference librarian to join its staff in the Library’s Manuscript Department, a set of interrelated collections of over 3 million manuscripts relating to the cultural, economic, legal, military, political, and social history of the United States and New York. Dating from the 17th century through to the present, and containing the papers of both the famous and the obscure, the manuscript collections provide researchers with unique historical insights.

The successful candidate will be an experienced professional, able to thrive in a busy department with multiple responsibilities, projects, and deadlines: provide reference assistance to a diverse group of researchers on-site and remotely; present collections to groups visiting the library; register researchers on-site; page and re-shelve collections; participate in collection development; contribute to the library’s blog and reading room displays; attend library and institution-wide meetings. Other duties as assigned.

M.L.S. from an A.L.A.-accredited program; minimum of two years professional experience in a library with special collection holdings; strong public service orientation; experience presenting to groups; demonstrable knowledge of emerging library technologies, electronic reference sources, and traditional print resources; outstanding interpersonal and communication skills; initiative, flexibility and the ability to work cooperatively in a team-based, user-centered environment. Must be able to work Saturdays, September through May.

Previous experience working with manuscript collections; knowledge of New York or American history; familiarity with the Archivists Toolkit and Atlas’s Aeon collection management system.

Salary: $38,000-$41,000, commensurate with background and experience. Attractive benefits package.

To Apply:
For consideration please send cover letter, resume, and the names and contact information of three references to In the subject line please reference the job title. The New-York Historical Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

About John Pell

John Pell is an assistant professor and librarian at Hunter College in New York City.

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