Reports to: Director of the Library

The Bard Graduate Center (BGC), a division of Bard College, is seeking a full-time Technical services & Systems Librarian.

The BGC offers MA and PhD programs in the study of the cultural history of the material world and is committed to the encyclopedic study of things, drawing on methodologies and approaches from art and design history, history of technology, philosophy, anthropology, and archaeology and cultural history. Founded in 1993, the BGC is located on West 86th Street in New York City.

Basic Function:
Reporting to the Director of the Library at the Bard Graduate Center, and working closely with other library staff, the Technical Services and Systems Librarian is a full-time staff position that oversees all aspects of technical services and database systems that support library functions.

Characteristic Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Manages the implementation, ongoing development, and maintenance of the library’s discovery tools. Works across departments and collaborates with outside developers to customize tools and ensure continued development.
  • Collaborates across departments to ensure metadata standards are in place for digital projects.
  • Manages all aspects of technical services workflow and quality control, including database management, planning for future initiatives, proposing technological solutions and supervising cataloging staff.
  • Responsible for original and copy cataloging of materials in all formats and a variety of languages.
  • Works with Library Director to establish departmental policies and procedures, as well as long-range planning.
  • Write and implement policies and best practices for development, management, preservation and access of physical and digital archival collections.
  • Oversee and facilitate the use of archives at Bard Hall and via the digital repository.
  • Oversee ArchivesSpace softward and LibraryHost.
  • Research, evaluate and implement new software for archives management and access
  • Coordinates the implementation and maintenance of new library software, electronic resources and upgrades.
  • Responsible for local system administration of the ILS and OPAC, OCLC, and online periodicals tools, including changing local settings and running reports.
  • Collaborates with other staff members on maintaining the Library’s web presence.
  • Implements and maintains online database subscriptions.
  • Participates in reference services, bibliographic instruction, staff training, and collection development.
  • Compiles monthly statistics for technical services, and as needed for other areas of the library.
  • Coordinates tasks for campus employees.
  • Acts as the liaison with Bard College librarians in regards to shared resources.
Required Qualifications
  • ALA-accredited MLS with at least 2 years of professional experience.
  • Thorough knowledge of cataloging principles and procedures including AACR2/RDA, USMARC formats, LCSH, authority control, and LC classification.
  • In-depth experience with an integrated library system and online serials tools (Innovative Interfaces and OCLC preferred).
  • Excellent database management skills, proxy server maintenance experience preferred.
  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with a diverse community of colleagues and library users. Ability to work independently and as part of a team.
  • Working knowledge of 1 or more foreign languages.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Work experience or education in art history, decorative arts, or material culture preferred.
  • Familiarity with open source library tools and their implementation.

To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to [log in to unmask]. No telephone calls please.

Bard College is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, mental, or physical disability, age, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, familial status, veteran status, or genetic information.

Bard is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for all individuals in employment practices, services, programs, and activities.

Amber Billey (she/her/hers)
Mckenzie House Librarian
Systems & Metadata Librarian
Bard College Libraries
1 Library Road
Annandale-on-Hudson, NY 12504
Office 001 on the Lower Level 
of the Stevenson Library