Technical services & Systems Librarian

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 and Responsibilities

Discovery and Access

  • Manages the implementation, ongoing development, and maintenance of the library’s discovery tool, Folio. Works across departments and collaborates with outside developers to customize tools and ensure continued development.
  • 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.
  • Responsible for local system administration of the ILS, OPAC, OCLC, and online periodicals tools, including changing local settings and running reports.

Collaborative work

  • Works with Library Director to establish departmental policies and procedures, as well as long-range planning.
  • Participates in reference services, bibliographic instruction, staff training, and collection development.
  • Coordinates the implementation and maintenance of new library software, electronic resources and upgrades.

Intermittent Responsibilities

  • Collaborates with other staff members on maintaining the Library’s web presence.
  • Compiles monthly statistics for technical services, and as needed for other areas of the library.
  • Implements and maintains online database subscriptions.
  • Acts as the liaison with Bard College librarians in regards to shared resources.
  • Coordinates tasks for campus employees.
  • Collaborates across departments to ensure metadata standards are in place for digital projects.

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 (Blacklight preferred).
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume and contact information for three references to No telephone calls please. The Bard Graduate Center is an equal opportunity employer and we welcome applications from those who contribute to our diversity. AA/EOE


The Bard Graduate Center Facilities Department is seeking a full-time Maintainer/Porter who will report to the Director of Facilities and receive direction from the Operations Manager and the Facilities managerial team.

The Bard Graduate Center 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.

The Maintainer/Porter is a full-time staff position with duties in the operations and maintenance areas at assigned institutional properties (18W 86th Street, 38W 86th Street, and Bard Hall). Duties include regular upkeep and day-to-day maintenance of the Bard Graduate Center’s facilities, including emptying trash, cleaning, vacuuming, sweeping, and other related tasks; instrumental in the preparation for events, meetings, classes, and functions at all BGC properties (room configuration/set-up, lay-out of catering supplies and materials, post-function clean-up, etc.); assist with the painting of walls, minor plumbing work, mechanical repairs and related projects as directed; performs other related duties as necessary, assigned, and/or directed.

The position requires the incumbent to have demonstrated timeliness, exhibit a customer-service orientation, and maintain a neat and professional appearance. The incumbent must be capable of lifting up to 65 lbs and must able to communicate using e-mail and radio. Incumbent must be flexible and able to work overtime when necessary. Some experience in facilities/maintenance related fields, including cleaning, painting, mechanical, plumbing or electrical work. Experience with facilities-related work in academic institutions and/or arts organizations desirable. Familiarity with building systems helpful.

To apply, please submit a brief cover letter and resume to:

The Bard Graduate Center is an equal opportunity employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity. AA/EOE.

Security Officers

The Bard Graduate Center has a full-time position available for Security Officer. As a member of the BGC security team you will report directly to the Head of Safety & Security as your immediate supervisor and receive other directives from the Charge-of-Shift supervisor.


To provide personal, equipment, and real property security for faculty, staff, students, and visitors within an assigned area of the institution. Provides escort services, and other basic public assistance as needed, and performs routine security and safety patrol duties within the assigned area. Remains alert to any and all emergency situations and provide a first-line response, and emergency management if required.

Customer Service

It is important to remember that we are expected to meet or exceed the academic excellence of the Bard Graduate Center with the hands-on excellence of our security service. Officers must be flexible, adaptable, and never develop the “it’s not my job” attitude. A friendly smile and helpful mindset is expected of all officers as is necessary on any college campus. Students, faculty, and staff need to have confidence in our security force by consistent positive performance and service.


High School diploma/GED or higher; current New York State guard’s license, Fire Guard certified, and 3 plus years experience. Candidate must have multitasking skills, strong communication skills, able to lift 45lbs, and a professional appearance. Fax resume with 3 references to 212.501.3079. Please no telephone calls. The BGC is an AA/EOE employer.