Employment and Internships

Metadata Librarian

The Leo Baeck Institute, located at the Center for Jewish History (15 West 16th Street, New York), is seeking a full-time Metadata Librarian. This position reports to the Head Librarian.

The Leo Baeck Institute is devoted to preserving the history of German-speaking Jews. Its 80,000-volume library and extensive archival and art collections represent the most significant repository of primary source material and scholarship on German-speaking Jewish communities. It is one of five partner organizations at the Center for Jewish History. For more information about the Leo Baeck Institute, please visit our website at http://www.lbi.org

Major Job Responsibilities

  • Performs copy and original cataloging of print and non-print materials published in German and English, based on RDA, MARC21, and Library of Congress cataloging standards
  • Streamlines cataloging procedures and participates in relevant committees
  • Manages library donations, including accessioning donated items and maintaining donor correspondence
  • Proactively participates in library projects to maximize access and improve data quality
  • Provides occasional reference services related to the German-speaking Jewish communities
  • Assists with collections development and performs other professional duties as needed


  • Full time Monday – Friday


  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program
  • Solid reading knowledge of German
  • Minimum one year of cataloging experience
  • Proficiency with OCLC Connexion and Ex Libris Aleph integrated library system  or similar library systems
  • Interest in German-Jewish history
  • Strong technical skills
  • Resourceful, flexible, organized, and accurate
  • The ability to work well independently or as a team member

Salary and Benefits

Salary and benefits will commensurate with qualifications and experience


Please send your cover letter and résumé to Ginger Barna, Head Librarian (gbarna@lbi.cjh.org)

Archival Internship

The Leo Baeck Institute, located at the Center for Jewish History, is an archival repository and library devoted to German-Jewish speaking history from earliest times up to and through the Holocaust.  The bulk of the archival material is from 1880 – 1940.  We are currently seeking an archival intern to work with us.  This internship is unpaid, but we hope valuable for a student of library information who wishes to focus in archival work.  You can learn more about the Leo Baeck Institute by accessing our website, located at www.lbi.org.

The bulk of the intern’s duties consist of processing and accessioning archival collections.  The requirements of processing are manifold.  The intern is given old and new acquisitions to arrange (or rearrange) in an order that facilitates research.  This task includes (re)boxing; (re)labeling; assigning new easily traced locations to; and devising new finding aids for the collections.  Each of these components is time consuming and requires strict attention to detail.  The writing of finding aids is considered the key component in the work of an archival intern at the Leo Baeck Institute: a product of studying and classifying the original material, putting it in an order that makes it accessible for researchers, and describing it in a way that allows the researchers to know if it has material related to their specific needs.

At times, the intern encounters fragile and rare items in the archival collections.  He or she removes these items for basic preservation practices. At times they may be taught basic conservation techniques they can perform themselves on the material.

A number of smaller tasks are also conducted by interns:

  • Paging archival and library materials for patrons using the Institute’s research facility.   In order to page in the archives, the intern is required to learn the complex system by which archival collections are organized, in addition to being well organized so that material is removed and re-shelved in correct order and placement.
  • Providing assistance in preparing art and archival material for exhibition loans to museums.  He or she works closely with the archivists and the registrar of the Art Department to locate and prepare for shipping the objects desired by the museums for their displays.
  • Handling research requests.  The intern sometimes performs research in order to locate requested materials, often communicating several times with patrons to ascertain precisely what they require and fulfill the requests.

The internship is 38 hours per week, Monday to Friday.  Each day is from 9:30 AM until 5:00 PM.  Friday we close earlier, at 3:00 PM, in recognition of the Sabbath.  Daily transportation within New York City is remunerated.

Basic reading knowledge of German is required.

As the internship is unpaid, we do not expect our interns to stay long-term.  We do request a commitment of three months as the least amount of time making one eligible for the position.  We do not have an academic advisor on staff, but are willing to work with your advisor if it is possible for the internship to equal credit towards the degree.

To apply please e-mail your resume and cover letter to the head librarian Mr. Michael Simonson at msimonson@lbi.cjh.org.