Specialist II/Librarian II – New York Public Librarya��s Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture – New York, NY


The New York Public Librarya��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 NYPLa��s and Schomburg Centera��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.

Principal 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 MIRSa�� AMI collections
  • Manage ongoing processing, metadata and collection maintenance
  • Remain current with evolving AMI standards in consultation with NYPLa��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 Centera��s collection development strategies, public services, policies and procedures and special projects, including exhibitions and publications
  • Perform related duties as required

Key Competencies

  • Planning and Organizational Skills
  • Technical Skills
  • Communication
  • Teamwork
  • Customer Service Skills
  • Leadership

Minimum Qualifications

  • 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
  • Excellent oral and written communication
  • Ability to work well with colleagues, donors and the public
  • Knowledge of the history and culture of people of African descent preferred
  • Knowledge of basic preservation and conservation treatments preferred

Physical Duties

This position requires frequent lifting of Library materials (up to 35 lbs.)

Starting Salary

USD $49,732.00/Yr.

Union / Non Union

Local 1930

About John Pell

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

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