Reference Services and Outreach Librarian
Established in 1847, The New York Academy of Medicine continues to address issues of health equity facing New York City and the world’s rapidly growing urban populations. We accomplish this through our interdisciplinary research, evaluation, policy and program initiatives; our world class historical medical library and its public programming in history, the humanities and the arts; and our Fellows program, a network of more than 2,000 experts elected by their peers from across the professions affecting health.
The Academy is home to one of the most significant historical libraries in medicine and public health, with internationally known collections containing many of the primary formative texts of medicine. The Library is equally renowned for its extensive journal collection, comprising long runs of medical serials from around the world, and for its ephemeral materials in health and medicine. Archival holdings document the practice of medicine in New York from the 18th century to the present, and include the records of over 35 professional medical societies.
Founded in 1847 and open to the public since 1878, the Library is dedicated to building bridges among an interdisciplinary community of scholars, educators, clinicians, and the general public. It fills a unique role in the cultural and scholarly landscape of New York City through its collections, by providing research services, classes, and tours for diverse educational and professional groups, and through its public programs and activities. The Gladys Brooks Book and Paper Conservation Laboratory was established in 1982 with a mandate to care for the Academy collections.
Summary and Description
The Reference Services and Outreach Librarian will be responsible for providing reference services to users of the Library and coordinating its outreach efforts, particularly its social media presence.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
- Provides reference support to users of the Library.
- Supports the research needs of staff, Fellows, and corporate clients.
- Assists the general public in their use of the Library collections.
- Provides in-depth reference searches, with an emphasis on modern materials.
- Collaborates with colleagues in the delivery of public services.
- Facilitates the use of databases and resources available in the Library, especially PubMed.
- Coordinates the social media presence of the Library across multiple platforms.
- Maintains, edits, and writes for the Library blog.
- Liaises with other Library and Academy colleagues to coordinate outreach activities.
- Maintains and updates the Library website
- Takes part in other special projects as required.
- Familiarity with the databases and other reference tools necessary to answer a wide variety of questions related to the history of public health, health policy, and medicine; experience with PubMed is required
- Experience using social media, and preferably in managing Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, WordPress, or other platforms
- Strong oral, written, and interpersonal communication skills, with an ability to communicate complex ideas in an accessible manner
- Strong editing skills
- Experience engaging with diverse audiences, including students, professionals, and the interested public
- Demonstrated commitment to public service
- Physical ability to undertake collection management duties such as movement of books and materials weighing up to 40 lbs., and work in sometimes dusty environments.
- Familiarity with medical terminology
- MLS from an ALA-accredited institution is required
- At least 2-3 years reference experience in a special collections or health sciences library
- Preference will be shown to candidates with working knowledge of one or more major European languages
Please forward cover letter and resume to email@example.com. Please include Reference Services and Outreach Librarian in the subject line of the email.
The New York Academy of Medicine is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.