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Apply now Job no: 508359
Position type: Interim
Location: New York
Categories: Library

Posting Summary:
The Gottesman Libraries is seeking Associates to help the Teachers College community become familiar with library resources and services. We are particularly interested in applicants who are strongly committed to meeting the research and information needs of students, faculty, and staff, and who wish to gain library expertise through ongoing work and special projects with staff. Candidates should demonstrate an interest in teaching and learning with technology, and are comfortable in adapting to evolving library and educational needs.
Associates work in all aspects of library operations, including reference, circulation, cataloging, interlibrary loan, technology maintenance and support, digitization, instruction, and outreach. Projects may include shelf reading, weeding, and shifting; design, displays, and exhibits; inventory, scanning, and archiving; copy cataloging; and writing and online publishing. Associates may participate in activities related to their areas of study, such as children’s literature and K-12 curriculum.


The library offers a collegial professional environment, with opportunities for library learning in tune with the campus community.

Job Summary/Basic Function:
Associates work in all aspects of library operations, including reference, circulation, cataloging, interlibrary loan, technology maintenance and support, digitization, instruction, and outreach. Projects may include shelf reading, weeding, and shifting; design, displays, and exhibits; inventory, scanning, and archiving; copy cataloging; and writing and online publishing. Associates may participate in activities related to their areas of study, such as children’s literature and K-12 curriculum.


The library offers a collegial professional environment, with opportunities for library learning in tune with the campus community. It is generally open Monday-Thursday, 8am-11pm; Friday, 8am-7pm; Saturday, 12pm-7pm; Sunday, 12pm-11pm, and all days until 1am during finals. Associates staff the first floor services desk during all open hours and also will be scheduled to work “off desk”.

Minimum Qualifications:
The Associate position is open to individuals with the following skills:
- Excellent interpersonal, verbal, and written communication skills
- Experience in customer service and administrative support
- Familiarity with research methods
- Attention to detail
- A commitment to patrons and the field of education
- Full-time TC employees are not eligible for this position.
- Must be able to abide by the Student Confidentiality Agreement.
- Must be able to abide by the Student Privacy Requirements.
- Able to commit to at least 15 hours per week

Preferred Qualifications:
- Feels comfortable offering assistance to adult learners and researchers
- Experience working in a library, design, or IT
- Enrolled at Teachers College or working towards an MLIS at an accredited institution
- Able to promote resources and services through social media platforms

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In response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Teachers College has decided to require COVID-19 vaccination for all employees who are physically reporting to campus on or after August 1, 2021. In accordance with New York state laws, the College will consider exemption requests from this vaccine mandate for religious and medical reasons, unless they cause Teachers College undue hardship (i.e. significant difficulty or expense), or pose a direct threat to the health and safety of others. For additional details on this policy and information on how to apply for a religious or medical exemption if selected for a position, please discuss with the hiring manager.

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