Senior Librarian - New York School of Interior Design

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Location: New York, NY
Salary: $52,000
Employment Term: full-time, permanent
Employer Contact: resumes@nysid.edu

Position Overview:

The New York School of Interior Design, an accredited, independent institution of higher education devoted entirely to the discipline of interior design and its related professions, seeks an individual to serve as Senior Librarian.

Reporting to the Director of the Library, the Senior Librarian manages the day-to day operations of the Library’s public and technical services activities, including the two materials libraries and supervision of all library student workers for coverage of the Library’s circulation and reference desk.  Working with the Director of the Library, the Senior Librarian develops the Library’s collection development policy, maintains the library collections, and process acquisitions and donations following established guidelines and criteria. The Senior Librarian also assists the Director with selection and evaluation of electronic resources and negotiation of licenses with vendors. The Senior Librarian plays a leadership role in adopting and implementing new and creative technologies and workflow in the above-mentioned areas. This person also coordinates with NYU’s Knowledge Access & Resource Management Services (KARMS) for routine cataloging and database maintenance tasks. The Senior Librarian will serve as the backup of the Director when s/he is absent.


Job Responsibilities:
  1. Manage the day-to-day operations of the Library’s circulation desk, including scheduling desk coverage, supervision and training of all student workers, managing the Reserves collection, and providing circulation and reference services when needed.
  2. Working with other librarians, assess and determine the levels of library services, formulate and document library procedures and policies pertaining to its services, recommend and implement new service models if necessary.
  3. Assume the leadership role in introducing and implementing new library/information technologies pertaining to public and instructional services, including but not limited to WordPress (on which the library website is built), LibGuides, Omeka, and other social media channels.
  4. Manage The Mario Buatta Materials Atelier on the 2nd floor of NYSID’s 70th Street building (Main Campus), and The Ruth and C.J. Trimble Materials Collection on the 3rd Floor of NYSID’s Graduate Center.
  5. Working with the Director, develop relationships with vendors and firms to ensure steady supply of new material samples.
  6. Working with the Director, develop and fine-tune the Library’s collection development policy, process acquisitions and donations following established guidelines and criteria.
  7. Assist the Director with selection and evaluation of electronic resources; may need to negotiate terms and conditions of licenses and access protocols with vendors.
  8. Maintain the Library’s collections, including performing inventory and implementing yearly shelf-read workflow, weeding, tracing lost books, and recommending books for replacement.
  9. Assess preservation needs for the collection, including training student workers to perform simple book repairs or coordinating with vendors for professional bindery or preservation services.
  10. Working with Facilities, develop and maintain the Library’s written disaster plan, providing training in disaster prevention and preparedness for library staff and student workers.
  11. Coordinate with NYU’s Knowledge Access & Resource Management Services (KARMS) to perform routine cataloging and database maintenance tasks, including serials subscription, holdings and item record maintenance. Manage serials check-in, claims and annual renewals.
  12. Maintain and collect statistics relevant to the above-mentioned areas.
  13. Serve as the backup of the Director when s/he is absent.
  14. Other duties, projects and activities as may become necessary.

Candidates for this position should submit resume, along with a cover letter, indicating salary requirements to: resumes@nysid.edu

MLS from an ALA-accredited institution. Bachelors in art history, fine arts, design or architecture preferred. At least 2-4 years’ experience in an academic or research library environment with specialization in circulation, reference, or library instruction services. Proven experience in managing part-time staff or student workers. Former experience in formulating and documentation library procedures and policies. Experience using integrated library systems, such as Aleph, particularly the circulation module; basic knowledge of MARC cataloging and acquisition records. Strong technical skills of evaluating and employing a variety of new Web tools, systems platforms, and social media channels to facilitate and promote library services and operations. Former experience of collection development and library instructional programs preferred. Excellent oral and written communication skills for lectures, presentations, and working with library/archives users, staff, and outside donors and vendors. Professional committee memberships/activities in related organizations, such as ARLIS/NA, VRA, SAA, ALA, or ACRL, desirable. May be required to cover some evening or weekend shifts. Ability to perform physical activities associate with archival collections.