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Human Resources Director
The Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610-7324

Email: hr@newberry.org
Fax: (312) 255-3509

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We thank you for your interest in employment opportunities at the Newberry.

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Current Opportunities

Ayer Librarian


Ayer Librarian

Department: Reader Services

Summary: Reporting to the Director of Reader Services, the Ayer Librarian provides reference, instruction, outreach, and collection development with special emphasis on American Indian and Indigenous Studies and Latin American and North American history, the major strengths of the Ayer and Greenlee collections at the Newberry Library. For further information on the Ayer and Greenlee collections see: http://www.newberry.org/american-indian-and-indigenous-studies.


  • Provide reference assistance to library patrons in person, on the phone, and via email. Provide instruction, tours, and library orientation to visiting groups, resident fellows, and classes. Provide specialized reference, instruction, and staff training relating to the Ayer and Greenlee collections and related fields of study.
  • Participate in the development of print and online content for instruction, outreach, promotion of Newberry collections, and service to readers.
  • Collaborate in collection development for the Ayer and Greenlee collections, American history, reference and bibliography, and other subject areas as needed.
  • Collaborate with Newberry research staff and participants, especially with the D’Arcy McNickle Center for American Indian and Indigenous Studies, the Newberry fellowship program, and undergraduate programs.
  • Participate in reference service planning, collection management, and special projects.
  • Keep abreast of current developments in librarianship and instructional technologies.
  • Participate in various library committees and special projects.


  • MLS/MLIS or equivalent experience required; second Masters or PhD desirable.
  • Professional experience in a research library providing reference, instruction and outreach, and collection development highly desirable.
  • Specialized knowledge in American Indian and Indigenous Studies and Latin American and North American history required. Strong general knowledge of the humanities required.
  • Reading and speaking knowledge of Spanish required; Portuguese and other languages also desirable.
  • Knowledge of a variety of print and electronic reference sources and the scholarly literature of American Indian and Indigenous Studies and Latin American and North American history required.
  • Required competencies include:
  • Excellent interpersonal skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to collaborate effectively and communicate effectively with diverse library users and staff.
  • Strong public service orientation requiring tact, patience, and flexibility.
  • Ability to work independently and collegially.
  • Strong leadership, project management, communication, and organizational skills.
  • Computer proficiency.
  • Capacity for working flexibly and creatively in a changing environment.

Schedule: Full time, 35 hours per week, primarily Monday - Friday with some Saturday hours as department requires. Exempt position.

Benefits: First year – health, dental, vision and group life insurance, fifteen vacation days, two personal days and paid holidays. After one year of service – twenty vacation days, long-term disability, long-term care, and TIAA-CREF retirement plan available.

Date Posted: December 20, 2013. Applications accepted until position filled.

Date Available: Immediately