Supervising Adult and Reference Librarian (Current Employee) – New York, NY – June 25, 2018
It is a little different now, but when I started you could bounce around to different neighborhoods to try a fresh challenge. Now they make you wait for an opening, before you could tell the borough office your interest and they would move people around.
Senior Young Adult Librarian (Former Employee) – Bronx, NY – April 3, 2018
With fewer staff members being hired, the workload for current staff is steadily increasing. By hiring more candidates that will actually stay in the system for a number of years, the workload would be much less strenuous.
Senior Adult Librarian (Current Employee) – Bronx, NY – November 29, 2017
I enjoy my job at NYPL because I have equal time helping patrons and working alone in my office. It can get vert busy and as a librarian you do feel like you're pulled in a lot of directions. Upper management does not seem to understand what it's like to work in a neighborhood branch. I would say that I don't feel as if I am being paid fairly. There is no pay schedule so you never know if and when you'll get a raise and when you do it's small. Being in a union is great but it also means that a lot of people that are terrible at their jobs are protected and sometimes make more money than you!
Senior Page (Former Employee) – New York, NY – June 9, 2017
A typical day at work would be prcessing and shipping books to other public libraries. I learned that hard work goes a long way. Management was very polite and well spoken. They were very helpful and professional.
Library Information Assistant (Current Employee) – New York, NY – May 20, 2017
Much of the day involves interacting with the public, computer help and circulation of materials. Policy and upper management may change often, making it difficult to retaining all of the new information. However, communities tend to show a great appreciation for the library and staff.
Senior Engineer (Former Employee) – New York, NY – May 4, 2016
I've worked at NYPL for 5+ years, 1+ year at the current position. it's fairly laid back environment. With 7hr/day work schedule, some come to work at 7am, while others at 11, and leave at 3 pm to 6pm. My current position is with IT -- it's a small group, but it is always difficult to work with IT managers who are always defensive and technically lacking. My typical co-workers weren't exactly the creme of the crop either. The hardest part of my job was to convince them to change or improve their way of doing things -- some IT managers were quite blatant BS artists and they were more interested in hiding their problems. After working in the public sector all these years, I came to understand why some IT failures at large gov't agencies (eg, IRS, Obamacare website) are inevitable.
Public librarian's job in diverse community is providing wide range of information to customers is not so much of involving in the detailed research
Children's Librarian (Current Employee) – Staten Island, NY – November 8, 2015
A public library is a busy place serving people who need assistance in basic life skills, as well as providing wide range of free programs. A children' s librarian's day is constant planning, preparing, executing and reporting programs offered to different age range of children as well as outreach activities to local schools and daycare facilities. Helping people and being appreciated is the best part of the job, while having enough time for preparation and dealing with difficult customers are the hardest part of the job. Library coworkers are generally cooperative and the atmosphere is to help with each other, rather than compete. As a large organization, communication within the organization is always a challenge, but current management is addressing the issue and improvements have been made. Overall, it is a good environment to work and have chances learn more and improve yourself.
Computer Page (Former Employee) – Bronx, NY – January 5, 2015
Working at the library would was a pretty peaceful job. It was like working in a store but without all of the hassle and confusion that some customers may bring about. The job was to reorganize bookshelves, provide customer care when needed and to just make sure the library was presentable looking.
Children's Librarian Trainee (Former Employee) – New York, NY – October 1, 2014
New York Public Library is an interesting place to work at. It was very fast paced and you serviced a diverse group of person you could think of. Working at NYPL was really a great experience, it kept you on your toes and you were never bored. I always tell people if you could make it at NYPL you could make it any any other library in the world.