Job Posting: Architecture Librarian, City College of New York


The City College Library invites nominations and applications for the position of Chief of the Architecture Library. The successful candidate will be service oriented and enthusiastic in working with library patrons.

The Librarian is responsible for directing the Architecture Library (the Library) located in the Bernard and Anne Spitzer School of Architecture. The Library is one of six CCNY libraries, and the successful candidate will join a campus-wide community of approximately 21 professional librarians, 20 administrative support staff, and 50+ student assistants. The Library has a growing collection of some 30,000 architecture monographs and bound journals, subscriptions to approximately 150 architecture-related journals in print and online, both domestic and foreign. The library additionally provides access to a large and growing collection of electronic books.

The Library serves the students, faculty, and visiting professors in undergraduate and graduate programs in Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Urban Design and Sustainable Urbanism. The Library serves as a significant information resource center.

The Librarian is responsible for all aspects of the Architecture Library.

Among the Librarian’s duties are:

– supervising a full-time administrative assistant and a staff of part-time student assistants;
– collection development and preservation
– administering budgets from both the main library and the School of Architecture
– reference and research consultation
– Information Literacy classes
– writing evaluations of the library and its resources for a number of recurring accreditation visits for both the undergraduate and graduate programs
– physical oversight of the library including its electronic classroom; and
– strategic planning

The Librarian works closely with Architecture School faculty to develop collections in architecture, architectural history, urban design, landscape architecture, and sustainable urbanism. Collaborating with other campus librarians, the Librarian contributes to campus-wide library projects and initiatives. The Librarian represents The City College of New York in the relevant regional, national, and scholarly architectural organizations.

The position reports to the Chief of User Services. This is a tenure-track position, and published scholarship and/or successful creative work is a requirement for tenure and promotion.


Qualifications Required

– An ALA-accredited masters of Library Science
– Degree in a related field such as architecture, architectural history, urban studies
– Ability to provide library leadership and direction, as demonstrated by supervisory, planning, and problem-solving experience
– Knowledge of architecture literature and reference sources
– Good understanding of current developments in information and architecture librarianship

Qualifications Preferred

– Graduate degree in a related field
– Two or three years of experience in an academic Architecture library
– Experience in managing a branch library or library departmental operations
– Demonstrated competence in using integrated library systems
– Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
– Experience supervising library support staff
– Experience in managing an acquisitions budget
– Demonstrated success in working collaboratively with all levels of users, students,
faculty and staff, across all functions of the library system
– Knowledge of at least one foreign language.


Commensurate with qualifications and experience.

CUNY offers faculty a competitive compensation and benefits package covering health insurance, pension and retirement benefits, paid parental leave, and savings programs. We also provide mentoring and support for research, scholarship, and publication as part of our commitment to ongoing faculty professional development.


Visit, access the employment page, log in or create a new user account, and search for this vacancy using the Job ID (12696) or Title. Select “Apply Now” and provide the requested information.

Candidates should provide a CV, a statement of scholarly interests, and the names and contact information for three references.


Open until filled, with initial review of applications to begin April 15, 2015.


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