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Librarian III, Small Business

Librarian III, Small Business

The New York Public Library Job Location: New York Apply By: Open until filled Date Created: 07-20-2021

Librarian III, Small Business The Thomas Yoseloff Business Center provides patrons access to electronic resources including Bloomberg Terminals, comprehensive print materials, and in-person programs, classes, 1-on-1 sessions, and offerings in the fields of personal finance and investing, small business resources, business and financial research, and career services. The Yoseloff Business Center seeks a collaborative, engaged librarian to work with a diverse body of library users including business users, investors, or students in support of business research and entrepreneurial projects; investors on finances and investing; or career expansion. Key Responsibilities Under the supervision of the Assistant Manager for Public Service:
  • Provides a full complement of reference desk and front-line service in all subject areas represented by the business library, in person and through virtual consultations
  • Provides assistance to small business owners and entrepreneurs in market research, in developing business plans, assessing the competitive market landscape, discovering patent information, and other research and business information
  • Promotes use of business resources and collections through creation of discovery tools and resource guides
  • Trains and assists the public and staff in the use of the library’s business and financial resources using electronic databases.
  • Teaches and develops public classes, in-person and through remote platforms such as GoogleMeet and Zoom
  • Present workshops on the use of Library resources plus other topics relevant to entrepreneurs, investors, or job seekers
  • Provides outreach and organizes public programs and business events.
  • Provides customer assistance with the entrepreneurial and business research process.
  • Participates in outreach through offsite community or library events
  • Provides reference services and resource recommendations using print, media and digital resources
  • Assists with updates and content creation for web pages, Libguides, and training materials
  • Hosts and provides instruction in classes for the public, visiting classes,staff, and other groups.
  • Assists the Assistant Manager in the development, coordination, oversight, promotion, assessment, and reporting on programming and instruction activities.
  • Serves as a liaison with colleagues across the Library in coordinating research programming and instruction.
  • Develops and maintains content for research guides, blogs, and for social media platforms.
  • Responsible for staff, scheduling, and related operations in the absence of the Managing Librarian.
  • Performs related duties as required
Skills Knowledge & Expertise
  • Successfully demonstrated knowledge of business, economics or finance resources in print and digital formats
  • Expertise in using and teaching business digital resources
  • Successfully demonstrated public service experience with a strong commitment to public service and the ability to work well with a diverse patronage
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, including the ability to deal effectively and tactfully with patrons and staff
  • Demonstrated ability to cultivate partnerships with community organizations to provide unique and entrepreneurial programs and services
  • Experience creating and conducting a variety of innovative programs for adults
  • Demonstrated oral and written communication skills, including public speaking and presentation skills
  • Successfully demonstrated ability to work as part of a team
  • Strong organization and planning skills, including the ability to perform multiple projects or tasks simultaneously
  • Strong computer and other related technology skills, including MS Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Google applications, PCs, Macs and e-reader devices
  • Demonstrated knowledge of computer services including online searching, social media, reference resources and databases
  • Strong organization, time management, and planning skills, including the ability to perform multiple projects or tasks simultaneously
  • Knowledge of emerging library technologies, service, and research trends in academic and research libraries
  • Adaptability, flexibility and willingness to engage in continuous learning
  • ALA accredited Master’s degree in Library and Information Studies
  • Public Librarian’s Professional Certificate issued by the State of New York
  • Advanced degree in a business-related discipline.
Preferred Qualifications
  • 4-5 years of experience as a business librarian in a public or academic library setting
  • Undergraduate Degree in business, and/or economics
  • Proficiency in a second language
  • Experience working in the NYC small business community
  • Experience working with government information sources including some knowledge of Patents and Trademarks, Census Bureau data, government data related to business activities and law
Core Values
  • Be Helpful to patrons and colleagues
  • Be Resourceful in solving problems
  • Be Curious in all aspects of your work
Physical Duties
  • Lifting up to 15 lbs.
  • Sitting and standing for periods of time
  • Daily use of a computer

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