Director of Library Services, YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

By July 14, 2021

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Institute for Jewish Research

The YIVO Institute for Jewish Research was founded in Vilna, Poland, in 1925. It relocated to New York City in 1940 with the mission to study the history of Jewish life in Eastern Europe in all its aspects: language, history, religion, folkways, and material culture. Today YIVO’s Archive and Library make up one of the largest collections of materials on this subject in the world. It has an archive of over 23 million artifacts and a library with over 400,000 volumes. The YIVO Library has nearly 400,000 volumes in all European languages and is the world’s only academic library specializing in the history, languages, literature, culture, folklore, and religious traditions of East European Jewry.

Job Responsibilities

  • Implement best practice collection management and provide stewardship for the Library’s collections.
  • Ensure cataloging, inventory, and metadata for library materials is accurate and in compliance with current best practices for discovery.
  • Establish best practice handling and storage procedures for the collection materials.
  • Manage budget, approve purchases, and transmit invoices for payment in a timely fashion.
  • Guide employment process for a small library staff (2-4) of full and part-time employees.
  • Manage and establish work schedules for library staff.
  • Manage library volunteers.
  • Select, supervise, and report on summer library fellows and interns.
  • Gather data and compile statistical reports on the Library’s work and collection materials for surveys, Newsletters, and grant reports as needed.
  • Where required, assist with establishing time frames and budgets for library projects and work effectively with staff in other departments in the planning and execution of such projects.
  • Collaborate with colleagues and management to plan future library growth, digital projects, and other priorities.
  • Work collaboratively with technical services staff from the Center for Jewish History, who provide systems administration for YIVO’s ILS (ExLibris Aleph), DAM (ExLibris Rosetta) and discovery (ExLibris Primo) systems.
  • Follow best practice developments in the profession and apply them to the Library as appropriate; and
  • Participate in professional activities including publishing activity, presentation at external meetings and conferences, and service in professional organizations for either library services or Jewish studies.

Job Qualifications


  • Master’s degree in Library Science from an ALA-accredited Institution.
  • Minimum of 5 -7 years of library experience, with managerial responsibilities.
  • Proven ability to conduct and supervise MARC cataloging using current industry best practices including AACR2, RDA and the Descriptive Cataloging of Rare Materials.
  • Applied experience working with cataloging utilities, such as OCLC Connexion and integrated library systems – preference for direct experience with ExLibris Aleph.
  • Applied experience with best practices for housing and conservation of rare books.
  • Experience with large- and small-scale project management.
  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Familiarity with Aeon and Rosetta.
  • Familiarity with cataloging practices for non-Roman alphabets – preference for experience with Hebrew/Yiddish and Cyrillic.


  • Advanced degree in Jewish studies – preference for focus on Eastern European history.
  • Proficiency in written Yiddish and/or Hebrew.
  • Knowledge of other European languages is a plus.

This is a full-time position. Salary commensurate with experience. Comprehensive benefits package offered. To apply please email a cover letter and resume addressing the requirements of the position to Debbie Calise, Office Manager, Please include the title of the job you are applying for in the subject heading of the email.

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