Job Posting: Librarian II – Photographs and Prints Division, Schomburg Center, New York Public Library, NY


The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture is one of the research units of The New York Public Library.  Recognized as the world’s leading repository devoted to collecting, preserving and interpreting materials on the global black experience, the Schomburg Center is a research library, cultural center and educational institute.
The Photographs and Prints Division is one of four Special Collections divisions and is devoted to collecting and preserving images of peoples of African descent as well as the work of photographers of African descent.

Principal Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Curator of Photographs and Prints, the Librarian II:


  • Provides on-site and remote reference services, using print and electronic resources in the Photographs and Prints Division as well as the Jean-Blackwell Hutson Research and Reference Division of the Schomburg Center
  • Provides in-depth research assistance to users through one-on-one consultations
  • Develops and teaches classes for the general public
  • Creates collection guides and also prepares special subject guides in collaboration with other Schomburg Center public service divisions
  • Updates and creates content for Web pages, finding aids, and training materials
  • Participates in activities related to the fulfillment of NYPL and Schomburg Center’s Strategic Initiatives, including social media activities and outreach
  • Offers tours and orientations to groups from a variety of academic and cultural institutions, particularly local post-secondary institutions
  • Collects and posts monthly collection use and education statistics
  • Maintains a personal program of continuous education and professional development
  • Performs related duties as required

Key Competencies:

  • Accountability and Professionalism
  • Customer service
  • Collaboration and Teamwork
  • Job-Specific Knowledge and Skills

Minimum Qualifications:

  • ALA-accredited Master’s Degree in Library and Information Studies
  • Undergraduate degree in Humanities or Social Sciences
  • Demonstrated knowledge of the history of photography or art history through academic background or equivalent training or expertise
  • Experience working in a photo archive or library or in a Special Collections unit of a research library or similar institution
  • Knowledge of African, African American or African Diasporan History preferred
  • Successfully demonstrated public service experience and the ability to work well in a fast-paced environment
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to deal effectively and tactfully with patrons and staff
  • Demonstrated experience using online catalogs, electronic databases, and Internet sources in reference work
  • Successfully demonstrated communication skills, including the ability to articulated and express ideas clearly in presentations and in writing
  • Demonstrated ability to work in a team environment
  • Demonstrated computer and word processing skills, including MS Word and Excel

Work Environment:

Research Library

Urban Public Library

Starting Salary:

USD $49,732.00/Yr.


35 hours per week
Evenings and weekends as required.

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