Librarian for History

at New York University (view profile)
Published March 8, 2024
Location 70 Washington Square South, New York
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
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Cover Letter Requirements Required
Education Requirements Master's Degree
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency 70,000
Maximum Compensation in Local Currency 110,000
Hourly or Salary? Salary


In compliance with NYC’s Pay Transparency Act, the annual base salary range for this position is $70,000 - $110,000. This pay range represents base pay only (for 9 months OR for 12 months) and excludes any additional items such as incentives, bonuses, clinical compensation, or other items. New York University considers factors such as (but not limited to) scope and responsibilities of the position, candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, as well as market and organizational considerations when extending an offer. 


Librarian for History

The New York University (NYU) Division of Libraries is seeking a Librarian for History, situated in the Libraries’ Research & Research Services subdivision. This position works intensively with the Arts & Science Department of History and affiliated programs, with a primary emphasis on North America and Europe, as well as with NYU faculty and students who are engaged in historical work broadly defined. 

This tenure-track faculty position leads our efforts to support research, scholarship, teaching, and learning in these areas by building research collections, fostering outreach, conducting instruction, and designing consultation programs. This librarian contributes to the development of interdisciplinary, multi-lingual, and multi-format collections that serve the wide-ranging needs of faculty, students, scholars, and researchers locally and nationally. The ideal candidate will build on existing public and research services to facilitate standard and new modes of scholarly inquiry, particularly those rooted in historical methods, primary-source research, and digital humanities. The librarian collaborates with NYU partners to develop programs that center and prioritize the needs of underrepresented communities. 

This position works closely with colleagues across NYU Libraries, including our corps of 40+ liaison librarians serving the humanities, social sciences, and sciences. This librarian will work particularly closely with area studies liaisons who also support fields of study in the Department of History (e.g., Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Jewish Studies, South Asian Studies, East Asian Studies, etc.) as well as with liaisons who work within areas where historical scholarship may be undertaken, such as the digital humanities. Beyond their fellow liaisons, the Librarian for History also will work in close collaboration with colleagues focused on teaching and learning, collection development, metadata creation, and scholarly communication and will represent NYU in professional consortia and associations locally and nationally


Faculty librarians also pursue their own active research, contributing their expertise, experiences, creative or artistic outputs, and investigations to build new knowledge and make cultural contributions. The person in this position has wide latitude in determining their own research agenda in their chosen area(s).

NYU Cluster Hiring Initiative

NYU Libraries is participating in the NYU Faculty Cluster Hiring Initiative to build a more diverse faculty community that seeks to recruit, welcome, and support new library faculty working across the Division on timely themes of social importance, such as Inequality and Anti-racism, Population Health and Health Equity, Open Science and the Public Good, and Urban Environments and Politics. This particular position is part of our Transformative Humanities for All: Building and Sharing the Cultural Record cluster. The faculty in this cluster will augment NYU Libraries’ capabilities to support academic and public knowledge production in the humanities and related disciplines at NYU and beyond. 

Positions in this cluster will contribute to NYU’s research mission by building and extending interconnected knowledge, descriptive, curatorial, preservation, and technical services to support and distribute research and inquiry that centers diverse and underrepresented voices in the humanities and performing arts; by ethically developing, serving, and making accessible humanistic outputs within a larger information ecosystem concerned with openness, access, and the changing face of scholarship; and leading the Libraries’ strategic contributions to the work of the emerging field of Public Humanities. For full details about the Libraries cluster hiring initiative, see this link.

About New York University 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.

Libraries at New York University serve the school’s 40,000 students and faculty and contain more than 5 million volumes. The Libraries supports NYU’s vision to become the first true Global Network University by collaborating with and providing services to our 11 global academic centers and our “portal campuses” in Abu Dhabi and Shanghai. New York University Libraries is a member of the Association of Research Libraries, the OCLC Research Library Partnership, and the HathiTrust. The Libraries participate in a variety of consortia and collaborate closely with Columbia University Libraries and the New York Public Library through the Manhattan Research Library Consortium.



  • Minimum one graduate degree (Master’s level or higher), conferred by start date, for consideration. A second graduate degree will be required to be eligible for tenure. One of the two graduate degrees must be an ALA-accredited MLS/MLIS or equivalent.
  • Study, training, and/or practice in the field of History.
  • Knowledge of historical methods and comfort teaching with primary sources.
  • Working knowledge of two or more non-English Western European languages to an extent that allows for engagement with scholarship in these languages and the ability to facilitate access to it.
  • Demonstrated understanding of the role of research libraries in furthering the mission of libraries and the interests of the communities they serve.
  • Experience providing public service and research support.
  • Experience delivering instruction, such as workshops, webinars, and/or classroom teaching.
  • Familiarity with general academic library collections and how they are built and maintained.
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusion, diversity, belonging, equity, and accessibility (IDBEA). 
  • Comfort operating in both physical and virtual work environments.


  • A graduate degree in a field related to North American or European History.
  • Knowledge of current and emerging pedagogical issues, practices, and trends.
  • Experience working across organizational boundaries in a dynamic and highly collaborative environment.
  • Experience supporting critical and/or antiracist approaches to inclusive teaching, learning, and research in academic libraries and/or university environments.


This position is open rank with faculty status, and includes an attractive benefits package, including five weeks of annual vacation. 

The typical beginning annual base salary for a faculty member joining the Division of Libraries as a Full Curator in the academic year 2024-2025 is $105,000.

The typical beginning annual base salary for a faculty member joining the Division of Libraries as an Associate Curator in the academic year 2024-2025 is $94,000.

The typical beginning annual base salary for a faculty member joining the Division of Libraries as an Assistant Curator in the academic year 2024-2025 is $88,000.

The typical beginning annual base salary for a faculty member joining the Division of Libraries as a Library Associate in the academic year 2024-2025 is $84,000.

To Apply:  To ensure consideration, submit your CV and letter of application, including the name, address, and telephone number of three references. NYU Division of Libraries requires all candidates for this position to supply a statement demonstrating their commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, belonging, and accessibility as part of their application. Access the Diversity Statement prompt here:

All applications for consideration must be submitted to

Applications will be considered until the position is filled. Preference will be given to applications received by April 1, 2024

To learn more about the position, join us for an optional and anonymous info session webinar on Wednesday, March 20th, 2024, at 4 pm EST - Register here:

Meet NYU librarians, staff, and committee members at this info session who will supply an overview of the role and opportunities to ask questions. Attendance is not required to apply. Participation is voluntary and confidential in Zoom webinar format.

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