Systems & Digital Librarian — New York Botanical Garden, Bronx, NYC

The New York Botanical Garden seeks a creative and collaborative individual for the Systems & Digitization Librarian position at the LuEsther T. Mertz Library.

The Mertz Library collects and preserves works of merit in botany, horticulture, and landscape design. The Library provides high-quality resources and services to meet the needs of the Garden’s research staff, botanists, horticulturists, and graduate students as well as scientific, scholarly, and artistic communities worldwide

The Systems & Digitization Librarian provides leadership and expertise for the Library on existing and emerging technologies. They also participate in decision and policy making, and participates in and provides expertise for collaborative partnerships (within and beyond NYBG).

Additionally, this position supports, through actions and conduct, NYBG’s Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Accessibility initiatives and helps to build and maintain an inclusive organization culture throughout the institution.

Basic Job Functions

The Systems & Digitization Librarian manages the day-to-day technical support as well as the lifecycle of the Library’s systems, applications, hardware and web services, the digital asset management systems, and collections management applications; coordinates the planning, evaluation and implementation of the Library’s electronic resources; recommends, configures, and provides support for new and emerging technologies and processes. The Librarian also manages the Library’s Digitization Program.

Specific Duties & Responsibilities

— Manages, implements, and troubleshoots systems for optimal performance, usability and accessibility.
— Collect statistics for systems usage to assist with resource allocation, identify trends, improve metadata descriptions and gap analysis.
— Works with the IT Department, Library staff, and vendors to maintain the Library’s systems and services.
— Collaborates in the development, creation, promotion and assessment of Library Systems policies, procedures and best practices.
— Works with Library staff to develop and manage grant-funded digitization initiatives.
— Manages digital curation for long-term preservation and access of Mertz Library’s digital assets
— Responsible for maintenance, administration, and upkeep of Library website
— Oversees the management of the Library’s Electronic Resources Management Systems (ERMS) and hosted EZProxy authorizations software.
— Supports library staff in training and use of electronic resources, tools, software.
— Supervises Digital Imaging Technician, grant-funded project staff and volunteers.


Master’s degree in an American Library Association accredited program in Library and Information Science. Bachelor’s degree in computer science, information design, network technology or equivalent experience is preferred.

Technical Knowledge and Skills:

• Demonstrated knowledge of web technologies, including the creation and maintenance of websites using HTML and CSS
• Familiarity with Innovative Interfaces or similar integrated library systems.
• Knowledge of database administration, data modeling, SQL queries, and experience working with APIs.
• Knowledge of current best practices in the field of digital curation.
• Knowledge of Linux, FTP, secure shell (SSH) scripting.
• Advanced knowledge of XML, and familiarity with the many XML-based metadata schemas and standards (including MARC, EAD, MODS, METS, Dublin Core.).
• Comfortable with a Unix server environment, including the installation of software packages and setup, and configuration and troubleshooting of new applications


15 Vacation Days
13 Paid Holidays
12 Sick Days
Health Insurance Coverage
Pension Plan

Salary: Commensurate with experience within the following range $75,000 -$80,000.

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