Job Posting: Public Services Librarian, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York


The Libraries of the Metropolitan Museum of Art invite applications for the full-time position of Public Services Librarian, Nolen Library and Thomas J. Watson Library.

The Public Services Librarian will be actively involved in providing excellent reference service in Nolen and Watson Libraries. This position coordinates Nolen Library’s services on weekends, including managing and providing ongoing training for volunteers and other staff who assist in providing service to the library’s diverse clientele. In addition, the incumbent will develop new program initiatives to enhance Nolen’s reach and to encourage engagement with the library and the Museum, and will participate in collection development for Nolen and Watson Libraries. The schedule is Saturday–Wednesday, with some flexibility required depending upon the programs developed.

Staff in the Museum’s libraries work in a customer service driven, collaborative, and team-based environment.

More information about Watson and Nolen Libraries is available at and

Applicants should please submit a cover letter indicating how they satisfy the require­ments below, a resume, and the names of three references to the following e-mail address no later than February 7, 2011:  NO PHONE CALLS, PLEASE

Public Services Librarian, Nolen Library/Thomas J. Watson Library

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Supervise and provide training for volunteer staff and other staff working in Nolen Library
  • Provide high-quality reference service and instruction
  • Develop programming initiatives to enhance and expand Nolen’s reach
  • Select and manage materials for the library collection
  • Work collaboratively with Education staff to coordinate Storytime and other joint initiatives

Requirements and Qualifications:

Experience and Skills (All Required):

  • Commitment to providing excellent and proactive reference service
  • Familiarity with children’s literature and experience working with children and young adults
  • Proven ability to train, instruct, supervise, and manage
  • Ability to work effectively both independently and in a team environment
  • Proven ability to initiate projects and follow through
  • Effective written and oral communication skills
  • Knowledge of current library and technology trends

Knowledge and Education (All Required):

  • MLS from an ALA-accredited program, or current matriculation in an accredited MLS program
  • Supervisory experience
  • Library experience with an emphasis on reference
  • General knowledge of and interest in the history of art


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