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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.

More information and application: https://jobs-nypl.icims.com/jobs/8696/librarian-ii—photographs-and-prints-division/job?mode=job&iis=Indeed&iisn=Indeed.com&mobile=false&width=750&height=500&bga=true&needsRedirect=false&jan1offset=-300&jun1offset=-240

Job Posting: Mass Digitization Coordinator, New York Public Library, NY


The Digital Imaging Unit of the New York Public Library is hiring a Mass Digitization Coordinator to serve as a primary architect of a range of new digitization streams — e.g. rapid book scanning, high-speed microfilm digitization, and experiments with new approaches — with the goal of dramatically increasing the volume, speed, and range of NYPL’s digitization activities. The Coordinator will also help refine existing workflows and explore new options for large-scale reformatting through vendors and partnerships in order to deliver as much material as possible through the Library’s own online collection portals and other digital library access sites like the HathiTrust Digital Library and the Internet Archive.

The position will report to the Manager of Digitization Services, and will work closely with Curators, the Metadata Services Unit, the Special Collections units and divisions, Permissions and Reproductions, the Rights and Information Policy Group, and many others at the Library. This is an exciting opportunity to play a key role in the migration of library resources to the Internet: furthering the NYPL’s mission while working hands-on with exceptional collections using state-of-the-art equipment in a collegial and productive environment.

About the Department

The Digital Imaging Unit is part of NYPL Labs.  Based dually at the Library’s landmark central branch on 42nd Street, and at its cutting-edge services center in Long Island City, NYPL Labs is an interdisciplinary team working to reformat and reposition the Library’s knowledge for the Internet age. Labs combines core digital library operations (digitization, metadata, permissions/reproductions etc.) with an award-winning tech/design and outreach team focused on deepening engagement with digital collections and library data, and fostering new forms of research and creativity.

Principal Responsibilities:

Reporting to the Manager of the Digitization Services, the Mass Digitization Coordinator:

  • Aids in materials movement logistics in order to keep new and existing digitization flows steady
  • Coordinates logistics of large vendor and partner projects
  • Helps build new book-scanning workflows with an Internet Archive Table-Top Scribe machine and testing of imaging and asset processing workflows to determine optimal configurations
  • Supervises a Library Technology Assistant II position
  • Helps build out high-speed microfilm digitization capacity and workflows
  • Creates thorough documentation of mass digitization specifications, workflows, and outputs
  • Liaises with the Library’s curators, librarians, special collections archives and special formats processing staff, metadata staff, repository development team, copyright analysts, and others on a wide variety of projects
  • Assists with the selection of new equipment and keeps track of trends in digital reformatting
  • Explores new possibilities for creating broad public access to digital collections
  • Assumes additional responsibilities as required
Key Competencies:
  • Strong interpersonal and oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent problem solving and critical thinking skills
  • The ability to establish priorities, follow project timelines, and meet deadlines while working independently and with minimal supervision
  • The ability to identify opportunities for, and implement solutions to achieve, greater efficiency in a production environment
  • Exceptional organizational skills
  • Accuracy and attention to detail
  • Flexibility and reliability
Minimum Qualifications:
  • Bachelor’s degree and a minimum of two years relevant work experience within an arts or cultural heritage environment, or an equivalent combination of education and experience
  • Successfully demonstrated experience with production work, production scheduling and attainable goal setting.
  • Experience with handling art and/or library special collection materials, ideally within a digitization context
  • Successfully demonstrated experience training, supervising and evaluating staff and demonstrated experience in workflow planning and management, production of statistics, and an understanding of bibliographic records.
  • Successfully demonstrated working knowledge of information technologies associated with digitizing books, documents and visual materials including experience with Adobe Photoshop CS.
  • Awareness of leading trends in digitization, and an eagerness to expand the scope of digitization possibilities at NYPL

Application and more information: https://jobs-nypl.icims.com/jobs/8898/mass-digitization-coordinator/job?mode=job&iis=Indeed&iisn=Indeed.com&mobile=false&width=750&height=500&bga=true&needsRedirect=false&jan1offset=-300&jun1offset=-240

Job Posting: Digital Curatorial Assistant, New York Public Library

The New York Public Library seeks an extremely organized, detail-oriented person to serve as the Library’s Digital Curatorial Assistant.   The successful candidate will work with the Jerome Robbins Dance Division to make accessible thousands of videotapes of unique and original dance documentation

Other responsibilities will include:

  • To arrange for the shipment of material to and from the labs
  • Update catalogue records
  • Fill out the metadata spreadsheets
  • Locate and retrieve masters from off-site storage
  • Arrange for long-term storage after digitization
Minimum Qualifications:
  • BA/BS required, (JD, MLS or another Master’s Degree preferred)
  • Extremely organized, detail-oriented, meticulous, analytical individual
  • Willingness to be proactive and to solve problems independently
  • Facility with entering information into databases
  • Ability to work independently on large, complex projects
  • Excellent research and writing skills
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Ability to organize large bodies of information effectively and to distinguish relevant from irrelevant issues
  • Good judgment and problem solving skills
  • Knowledge of copyright law.
  • Commitment to the Library’s programs and mission
  • Knowledge of XML standards used by Digital Humanities/Digital Libraries projects (TEI/EAD) preferred
  • Experience clearing rights for digital projects preferred

More information and application: https://jobs-nypl.icims.com/jobs/8794/digital-curatorial-assistant-%28temporary-for-1-year%29/job

Call for Papers: Artists’ Records in the Archives symposium

Artists’ Records in the Archives: A One Day Symposium – Call for Participation

The archives of many institutions contain artists’ records—documents created by artists that often bear witness to the creative process, as evinced by sketches, doodles, and other notations. Artists’ records differ from other types of records due to their inherent connection to the art object and the art market. In recent years there has been a plethora of symposia and conferences dedicated to artist archives, art history and “the archive,” as well as to the use of archival materials by contemporary artists.  While crucial, these investigations have been driven almost entirely by art historians and have not included the perspectives of archivists and special collections librarians.  As part of an effort to broaden the discussion surrounding artists’ records, the Archivists Round Table of Metropolitan New York has organized a one day symposium, “Artists’ Records in the Archives,” to be held on October 11, 2011 in conjunction with the New York Public Library.  Focusing on the perspective of the information professional, this symposium will address how contemporary artists use artists’ records in their work, the significance of artists’ records in archives for scholars and curators, and how archivists and special collections librarians manage artists’ records in their repositories.

Possible topics or areas of interest include, but are not limited to, the following:

*Artists’ use of other artists’ records
*How archivists manage artists’ records and how this might differ within a museum, estate, gallery, and university setting
*Collecting artists’ records
*Appraisal of artists’ records
*Underdocumented artists and the archives
*Exhibitions and artists’ records
*Artists’ records and the digital environment
*Born digital artists’ records
*Copyright, moral rights, and the artist
*Conversations between archivists, artists, and art historians regarding archives

Date:  October 11, 2011
Location: New York Public Library

All individual presentations will be 20 minutes long (10 page paper).

Submissions must include a title, name of author and institutional affiliation, abstract (250 words max), and indication of technological requirements.

Individual papers or entire panel proposals accepted.

A small travel stipend is available. If interested please indicate in the submission.

Deadline for Proposals: Proposals should be emailed to artistsymposium@gmail.com by August 15, 2011.