The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture located in Harlem, New York, is a research unit of The New York Public Library system. It is recognized as one of the leading institutions focusing exclusively on African American, African Diasporan, and African history and culture. Begun with the collections of Arturo Alfonso Schomburg more than 90 years ago, the Schomburg has collected, preserved, and provided access to materials documenting black life in the Americas and worldwide. Today, the Schomburg continues to serve a global community not just as a cultural center and a library, but also as a space that encourages lifelong learning and exploration.
With the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Schomburg Center is embarking on a three year project called “Home to Harlem,” researching and processing aspects of the original “seed library” assembled by Arturo Schomburg and placed at The New York Public Library in 1926. The project also involves cataloguing the scrapbooks of clippings and ephemera that survive as a testament to the resourcefulness of early black librarianship within the library system. The successful candidate will work as part of a team of processing archivists and catalogers, as well as curatorial and collections staff, to uncover and provide enhanced access to these foundational collections.
We have two positions open both are temporary positions for 2-3 years.
Under the supervision of the Curator of Manuscripts, Archives and Rare Books, the Project Specialist/Librarian will perform the following duties:
Arrange and describe manuscripts and archival collections in paper format in accordance with local and national standards.
Develop processing plans for collections including determining level of granularity at which to process
Determine appropriate rehousing of materials and identify and recommend materials in need of conservation treatment
Write and edit finding aids according to DACS specifications
Encode finding aids for online publication, using EAD
Catalog manuscript collections using DACS, DCRM (MSS), MARC21, RDA and LCSH
Consult, as needed, with appropriate NYPLarchival, cataloging and conservation staff
May supervise non professional staff providing clerical support
Performs related duties as required.
ALA-accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies, or Master’s degree in Africana History or American History and successful completion of archival training.
Minimum 2 years professional experience; successfully demonstrated professional experience required to be considered at the Librarian II level
Demonstrated knowledge of African, African-American or African Diasporan history and culture preferred
Demonstrated ability to apply standard archival techniques in the appraisal, arrangement, and description of archival records, including the creation of finding aids.
Working knowledge of archival description standards and cataloging standards such as DACS, DCRM (MSS), EAD, MARC 21, RDA and LCSH
Experience with cataloging tools including OCLC Connexion and Millennium, preferred
Demonstrated initiative, attention to detail, judgment, and ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment
Excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills, including demonstrated ability to communicate with a diverse community
Strong service orientation.
Urban Public/Research Library
Daily use of a computer
Pushing/pulling fully loaded book carts
Lift items weighing 15-30 lbs.
Monday-Friday, 10:00am-6:00pm; evenings and weekends as required
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