New York, NY: Librarian, Horological Society of New York

Job Opening Title: Librarian

Employer Name: Horological Society of New York

Job Location: 20 West 44th Street, Suite 501, New York, NY, 10036

Application Deadline:

Salary Range: $70,000-$80,000

Link to job posting:

Years of experience required: 10

Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: The Horological Society of New York is seeking a full-time, in-person, Librarian to manage its library in Midtown Manhattan. The librarian will be responsible for all aspects of the library including its daily opening and closing, collection content and use, reference and research support, collection development and cataloging, and all other tasks necessary to provide the Society’s members and the public with exemplary information services. The librarian must be excited about the challenge of building a special library and its related systems and services from the ground up. They must be able to work independently and enthusiastically with minimal supervision. They may also be responsible for recruiting, training and supervising volunteers. Knowledge of the horological industry is preferred but is not required.

Please do not apply for this position if you are not located in the New York metropolitan area.


Provide oversight and collection management for a specialized horological library with over 25,000 titles.

Respond to reference and research requests in person, over the phone and online.

Perform research using electronic and print resources in the library.

As appropriate, circulate and monitor the circulation of library materials.

Organize, catalog and process library materials according to standard bibliographic practices.

Adapt the existing catalogue to standard library format and make this updated HSNY catalogue available and searchable online and compatible with WorldCat format and search functions.

Manage collection development by evaluating the changing information needs of users and identifying and implementing improvements to library collections and services.

Make recommendations regarding the library collection by suggesting the purchase of new materials.

Participate in HSNY events including but not limited to monthly lectures.

Become familiar with the history and literature of horology, with a cursory knowledge of major horological museums, auction houses, and trade associations.

Reading language proficiency in French or German is a plus.

Ability to lift heavy boxes of books, climb ladders for tall bookshelves, and reach high and low shelves.

Assess and treat damaged books.

Ability to be in the office weekday business hours, and occasionally extended hours for special events.

Motivation to work closely with donors.

Experience with applying for non-profit library grants is a plus.


MLS/MLIS (Masters of Library/Information Science) from an ALA Accredited school.

At least 10 years of experience working as a librarian.

Expert proficiency in using Apple, Google and Microsoft software.

Knowledge of or experience using bibliographic information databases such as

Demonstrated evidence of detail-orientation and organization skills.

Excellent oral, written and interpersonal communication skills.

Ability to listen actively, work cooperatively and interact positively with others.

Ability to work independently with limited supervision.

Ability to manage events that take place in the library space.

Knowledge of the safe handling of various rare collection materials.

Expert knowledge of current technologies for data collection, analysis, and reporting, with an ability to learn new technologies quickly.

Ability to adapt to changing cataloging rules, guidelines and technologies.

Excellent organization skills and aptitude for complex and analytical and detailed work.

Desire to grow and develop additional skills.

Interest, curiosity and initiative in learning about the field of horology and networking with other horological library and information professionals nationally and internationally.

Salary and Benefits

Competitive annual salary (range of $70,000 to $80,000 depending on experience).

Flexible vacation time.

Health insurance reimbursement through an Individual Coverage Health Reimbursement Arrangement (ICHRA).

Commuter benefits.

To Apply, Contact:

Nicholas Manousos, Executive Director

Horological Society of New York
20 West 44th Street, Suite 501
New York, New York 10036

About the Horological Society of New York

Founded in 1866, the Horological Society of New York (HSNY) is one of the oldest continuously operating horological associations in the world. Today, HSNY is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing the art and science of horology through education.

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