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Special Project Librarian

Special Project Librarian

The Medical Library at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center seeks a current MLS student or recent graduate for a full-time (“contract”) position supporting Synapse <https://synapse.mskcc.org>, MSK’s institutional repository of publications.  Responsibilities include:

  • Entering and editing data in the database
  • Searching the web for authoritative sources of publication information
  • Investigating data discrepancies and contacting database vendors
  • Analyzing gray literature and other obscure and non-standardized publications
  • Exploring internal and external resources to identify authors and their affiliations
  • Comparing records to identify and resolve duplicates
  • Maintaining clear documentation for pending cases and system errors
  • Working with the other Special Project Librarians to balance the daily workload and continue developing standardization rules
  • Other tasks as assigned

The candidate will also be responsible for covering a 4-hr shift at the reference desk, as well as other shifts as needed.  This includes answering phones, checking materials in/out, helping clients locate print and digital collections, monitoring physical spaces, and maintaining printers, photocopiers and other library equipment.  The position pays an hourly rate with limited benefits.  Hours are Monday thru Friday, 9am-5pm.

Requirements:

  • At least 12 credits completed towards a Master's degree in Library Science from an ALA accredited program
  • Ability to work both collaboratively and independently
  • Ability to maintain focus and attention to detail regardless of task
  • Adaptable to changing work environments and departmental priorities
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills

Preferred:  Experience working with institutional repositories, research databases and integrated library systems

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