New York, NY: Reading Room Assistant, Morgan Library & Museum

Job Opening Title: Reading Room Assistant

Employer Name: The Morgan Library and Museum

Job Location: New York, NY

Application Deadline: Rolling

Salary Range: 44,000-46,000K

Link to job posting:

Years of experience required: 2-3 years

Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: Reading Room Assistant
The Morgan Library & Museum invites applications for a full-time Reading Room Assistant. This position facilitates researcher access to the Morgan’s special and reference collections while maintaining the security and safety of the collections. Among other duties, the Reading Room Assistant is responsible for retrieving and organizing materials for readers and staff and performs reference desk duties as required. This position reports to the Head of Reader Services and works closely and collaboratively with colleagues across the Library and Museum.

Perform reading room desk duty and invigilate researchers’ proper handling of rare and reference materials; assist readers with sign-in and questions related to image orders and reproductions
Locate, charge, and deliver materials from the vault and closed book stacks; re-shelve rare and reference materials daily
Instruct readers and staff on the use of online catalog, finding aids, microfilm scanners and other electronic databases and equipment
Maintain and update reader records and files using various internal databases and library systems
Track circulation and record statistics of rare and reference materials, and maintain Reading Room shelves by participating in shifting and other stack maintenance projects
Other duties as assigned by department head
Bachelor’s degree required; a strong background in the humanities (Art History, History, or Literature) with a focus on rare books and manuscripts desired; ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library, archival or information studies or equivalent, a plus
2–3 years previous work experience in a special collections library reading room or other relevant experience desired
Excellent organizational and problem-solving skills and ability to sustain close attention to detail; strong oral and written communication skills and ability to communicate with diverse library users and staff
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite, Google Suite (Docs, Sheets, Drive)
Familiarity with Integrated Library Systems (i.e.: Voyager)
Familiarity with a major Western foreign language desired (i.e.: French, German, Italian, or Spanish)
Ability to handle and move heavy books and boxes and wheel carts of books and other collection objects around campus (25–30 lbs.), extensive walking, standing, kneeling, stooping, climbing up stairs and narrow spaces; ability to work for extended periods on a computer, and tolerate moderate levels of dust and odor generated during normal collection management activities, movement of objects, and cleaning
$44,000-$46,000, commensurate with experience. Excellent benefits plan.

To apply:
The Morgan Library & Museum seeks a full-time Reading Room Assistant.

Interested applicants should email a cover letter with salary requirements and resume to Human Resources at

Please note that due to the high volume of applicants, we are only able to contact those candidates whose skills and background best fit our needs.

Important to Note:

Vaccination Requirement
The Morgan Library & Museum complies with New York City Executive Order 225 and requires that all employees be fully vaccinated and have received booster vaccines against the virus that causes COVID-19, absent qualifying exemptions for medical, religious, or other reasons in accordance with applicable laws.

EEO Statement
The Morgan is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to complying with all federal, state, and local equal employment opportunity laws. The Morgan provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, age, disability, marital status, military or veteran status, domestic violence victim status, or any other basis prohibited by applicable federal, state, and/or local laws.

The statements herein are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by employees, and are not to be construed as an exhaustive list of responsibilities, duties, and skills required of personnel so classified. Furthermore, they do not establish a contract for employment and are subject to change at the discretion of the employer.

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