Special Collections Librarian for Public Services

at New York University (view profile)
Published March 13, 2024
Location 70 Washington Square South, New York
Category Academic  
Job Type Full-time  
Apply Here http://apply.interfolio.com/142490
Cover Letter Requirements Required
Minimum Compensation in Local Currency 70000
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. 

Special Collections Librarian for Public Services

New York University Libraries is seeking a Special Collections Librarian for Public Services, a non-tenure track faculty position that will be responsible for leading all aspects of the public and reader services functions of the Special Collections reading room. 

The Librarian for Public Services will coordinate the day-to-day operations of the reading room; directly supervise three full-time Reference Associates, and provide support and supervision for student workers at both the graduate and undergraduate level. This role will be responsible for exploring innovative approaches to successful public service within a special collections' context and providing effective and equitable reference and research services to broad audiences both internal and external to the University, while maintaining the integrity of the materials within the collections.

Under the supervision of the Director of Special Collections, this position will develop and maintain consistent and inclusive public services to a diverse research audience, including undergraduate and graduate students, faculty and independent scholars. They will research, develop, implement and communicate policies and procedures for interactions that support the needs and requirements of our internal and external user groups, providing assistance both in-person and on a remote basis. They will work closely with departmental colleagues, as well as those in Archival Collections Management, and Preservation & Conservation, and other allied departments, regarding protocols and workflows for user-driven requests and reference needs, including for digitization. 

The position will also serve as the lead liaison for Aeon, managing workflows, communication, outreach and education in regard to user accounts, appointment and reproduction requests, and delivery of materials. They will maintain accurate statistics on collection use for reporting purposes. 

The Special Collections Librarian for Public Services will participate in library-wide committees, activities and working groups, especially those involving public and reference services, and is encouraged to maintain active membership of relevant professional organizations, and participate in meetings, workshops and trainings for continued professional development, in order to remain informed and engaged with relevant current trends. 

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.



  • Graduate degree (master's level or higher) in Library & Information Science
  • Minimum of three years professional experience working in a special collections' public service context
  • In-depth knowledge of and experience working with Aeon
  • Demonstrated ability to provide effective, efficient and inclusive user and research services in both virtual and in-person interactions, within a fast-paced educational or cultural heritage institution or similar environment
  • Familiarity and comfort with archival and bibliographic description
  • Demonstrated planning, decision-making, problem-solving and oral communication skills
  • Demonstrated staff management, hiring and/or supervisory experience
  • Demonstrated commitment to inclusion, diversity, belonging, equity and accessibility


  • Familiarity with preservation, collection management and security practices related to the care of special collections materials
  • Experience with reference management software 
  • Experience with ArchivesSpace or similar archival content management tools
  • Demonstrated participation in relevant professional organizations 


This position is open rank with faculty status (Librarian of Practice), 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 Librarian of Practice 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 Librarian of Practice 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 Librarian of Practice in the academic year 2024-2025 is $88,000.

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: https://nyu.app.box.com/v/diversity-statement.

All applications for consideration must be submitted to http://apply.interfolio.com/142490

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: https://NYU_Libraries_Info_Session.eventbrite.com

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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