Special Collections Librarian for Public Services, Instruction & Outreach 

New York, NY
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Created: October 12, 2022


Special Collections Librarian for Public Services, Instruction & Outreach 


New York University Libraries is seeking Special Collections Librarian for Public Services, Instruction & Outreach, a tenure-track faculty position that will be responsible for overseeing the public services functions of the Special Collections reading room; coordinating general instruction, orientation and educational activities for students, faculty and other audiences, and for organizing and developing outreach practices to creatively and sustainably promote the breadth of holdings at NYU Special Collections to diverse audiences both internal and external to the University. 

As a member of the Special Collections department, this position reports to the Director of Special Collections, and collaborates closely with the staff of Archival Collections Management (ACM), the Barbara Goldsmith Preservation & Conservation Department, Collections and Content Services (CCS) and Teaching, Learning and Engagement (TLE). This role will be responsible for exploring innovative approaches to successful public service within a Special Collections context, providing effective and equitable reference and research services while maintaining the integrity of the materials within the collections.

The Special Collections Librarian for Public Services, Instruction & Outreach will manage the day-to-day operations of the reading room; directly supervise three full-time Special Collections Reference Associates, and provide support and supervision for undergraduate and graduate student workers.

Under the supervision of the Director of Special Collections, this position will ensure consistent, equitable and effective public services to a global research audience, including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty, and independent scholars. They will work closely with departmental colleagues and those in ACM, Conservation and other allied departments to develop policies, protocols, and workflows for user-driven requests, including digitization. The Special Collections Librarian for Public Services, Instruction & Outreach will also serve as the lead liaison for Aeon, managing workflows and communication in regard to appointment and reproduction requests, delivery of materials, and will maintain accurate statistics for reporting purposes. 

The Special Collections Librarian for Public Services, Instruction & Outreach will be responsible for 

  • developing and implementing policies and procedures for reference and research interaction to support a multi-disciplinary user base;

  • designing and leading a sustainable introductory instructional program focused on archival and special collections research to support the pedagogical needs of faculty, aimed at both graduate and undergraduate students;

  • collaborating with colleagues in Communications and Community Engagement as well as departmental colleagues to create and maintain a sustainable outreach program to increase knowledge and use of the collections by a more diverse audience;

  • participating in library-wide committees, activities and working groups, especially those involving public service, engagement and outreach, instruction, and communication.



  • Minimum of one graduate degree (master’s level or higher) required for consideration. A second graduate degree is required for tenure. One of the two graduate degrees must be an MS/MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution in library and/or information science.

  • Minimum of five years professional experience working in a special collections public services context.

  • Familiarity with archival and bibliographic description.

  • Familiarity with preservation, collection management and security practices related to the care of special collections materials.

  • Experience with instruction within a special collections, archives or library context.

  • Experience with building and maintaining sustainable programs for outreach and/or communication and engagement.

  • Experience managing, hiring and/or supervising staff, which can include student workers, interns, etc.

  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusion, diversity, belonging, equity and accessibility.


  • Experience with Aeon and ArchivesSpace or related archives content management tools.

  • Familiarity with current US copyright laws and intellectual property rights for cultural heritage materials within a library context.

  • Demonstrated participation in relevant professional organizations.


About NYU Libraries
The Division of Libraries values diversity among its faculty, is committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and strongly encourages applications from members of underrepresented communities. We are proud of our organizational culture and are committed​ ​to​ ​building​ ​and sustaining​​ a​ ​diverse,​ ​inclusive,​ ​and equitable​ ​organization​ that supports a sense of belonging for the staff and communities we serve. For more information regarding the Libraries’ commitment to Inclusion, Diversity, Belonging, Equity, and Accessibility (IDBEA), see the Libraries’ Mission & Values Statement, our Diversity and Inclusion Values Statement, and our Commitment to Anti-Racism.


Salary/Benefits: Faculty status, attractive benefits package including five weeks annual vacation. Salary commensurate with experience and background. 

Application Instructions
We would love to hear from you! To ensure consideration, submit your CV and letter of application, including the contact information of three professional references to http://apply.interfolio.com/110750. NYU Division of Libraries requires all candidates for this position to supply a statement demonstrating their dedication to inclusion, diversity, equity, and belonging as part of their application. Access the Diversity Statement prompt here https://nyu.box.com/v/diversity-statement.

Preference will be given to applications received by November 4, 2022.

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Published: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 21:35 UTC

Last updated: Wednesday, October 12, 2022 21:35 UTC