Welcome to the Newberry’s Employment Opportunities page. Positions for which the Newberry is currently accepting applications are listed below. Positions will remain posted until filled or until a sufficient pool of qualified candidates has been established.
Unless otherwise directed in the job posting, please send cover letter and résumé to the Human Resources Director. When emailing, please combine cover letter and résumé as one Word or PDF document and submit that document as an email attachment.
Human Resources Director
The Newberry Library
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610-7324
Fax: (312) 255-3509
No phone calls please.
In addition to accepting résumés for current vacancies, we keep a file of general and specific inquiries regarding employment at the Newberry. General inquiries should include a preference of position, department and hours (part-time or full-time.) Résumés are kept on file for six months.
We thank you for your interest in employment opportunities at the Newberry.
The Newberry is an equal opportunity employer.
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
Department: Reader Services
Summary: Reporting to the Vice President for Library Services, the Director of Reader Services manages all aspects of the Department of Reader Services while serving as primary selector for reference and bibliography and Americana collections. The Department of Reader Services includes the following areas: Reference and Genealogy Services, Roger and Julie Baskes Department of Special Collections Services, and General Collections Services. The Director plans, provides for, and coordinates services for readers, scholars participating in Newberry programs (e.g., fellows, summer institute participants, undergraduate and graduate students), staff, and remote users of the Newberry Library. The Director provides collaborative leadership and oversight to collection management of materials in the 10-floor book stack building and open-shelf reference areas. The Director of Reader Services serves on the Library Services Management Team, along with the Directors of Collection Services, Conservation Services, Digital Initiatives and Services, and Maps and Modern Manuscripts Departments, under the leadership of the Vice President for Library Services.
Manage the staff of the Reader Services Department (currently 9 professional librarians and 9 library assistants).
- Hire, train, supervise, and evaluate unit leaders and some reference librarians;
- Oversee all staffing of the department;
- Facilitate staff training and development;
- Oversee departmental documentation, planning, budgets, and assessment.
Provide forward-looking leadership for public service functions, which include reference and instructional services, circulation of materials in a closed-stacks environment, interlibrary borrowing, and the reproduction of library materials (paper and digital).
- Oversee all service operations through the reading rooms;
- Manage and schedule reference service and instruction;
- Serve on reference desks and provide specialized reference consultation;
- Provide leadership for the implementation of the Aeon online request and workflow management system.
Oversee the management of the library’s collection materials in the 10-floor book stack building and open-shelf reference areas, in close collaboration with other library departments.
- Manage the storage, preservation, and security of library materials in the book stack building and reference areas;
- Provide coherence between Reader Services and other Newberry staff engaged in all aspects of collection management, collection development, preservation, security, and facilities management;
- Serve on the collection management team.
Develop print and online content to increase understanding of the Library and promote effective use of its collection and services.
Plan and implement instruction, orientation and outreach programs and activities promoting effective use of collections.
- Provide leadership and support for Reader Services staff who are engaged in instruction, orientation, and outreach for the Newberry’s diverse constituencies;
- Develop and provide orientation and instruction for fellows, research institutes and seminars, teacher programs, and undergraduate and graduate classes, in collaboration with the Research and Academic Programs and other staff throughout the library;
- Contribute to the library’s outreach efforts, especially those relating to the library collection and services.
Participate in collection development and its collective leadership.
- Serve as primary selector for reference and bibliography. Build, manage, and promote the collection of print and electronic reference resources to support research and reference for the library’s diverse readership and staff;
- As Bibliographer of Americana, build, manage, and promote the library’s collection of American primary and secondary materials, including but not limited to the noteworthy Graff and Ruggles special collections;
- Serve on the collection development steering committee. Collaborate with other collection development activities.
Represent Reader Services and collection development within the Newberry, and to the library community and the general public.
- Serve on Library Services Management Team;
- Participate in institutional planning and committee work;
- Foster good working relationships within the department and with other departments and divisions of the Library;
- Promote the Newberry Library, its services, and collections.
- MLS/MLIS required; advanced study in the humanities preferred;
- Professional experience in a research library (or equivalent institution) providing reference, instruction and outreach, and collection development required. Special collections experience preferred;
- Strong general knowledge of the humanities and North American history, literature and culture required. Knowledge of genealogy and local history, American Indian and Indigenous Studies, Latin American history, and British history desirable. Music background helpful;
- Knowledge and professional experience with a variety of print and electronic reference sources and the scholarly literature of North American history, literature, and culture required. Knowledge of the book trade desirable;
- Foreign language proficiency highly desirable, especially but not limited to reading and speaking ability of Spanish;
- Experience with the Aeon system desirable.
Essential Management Competencies:
- Superior communication and management skills. Ability to motivate staff and build a well-functioning team. Ability to work effectively with diverse constituencies: readers, teachers, students and scholars, donors, and dealers;
- Demonstrated success in collaborative problem solving and working across organizational boundaries;
- Knowledge and understanding of emergent and best practices, standards, issues, and trends relating to services in the library environment;
- Excellent organizational, analytical, and problem-solving skills.
Schedule: Full-time, 35 hour work-week, varying between Tuesday – Saturday and Monday - Friday. 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 vacations day, long-term disability, long-term care, and TIAA-CREF retirement plan available.
Date Posted: January 16, 2014
Date Available: March 1, 2014