The Curator is responsible for the management and administration of Black Heritage library materials for the Black Heritage Reference Center of the Langston Hughes Community Library and Cultural Center. In providing customer service to the Queens Library community, the Curator is responsible for strategic planning, forecasting, identifying information and needs, program development and implementation, and developing bibliographies highlighting special materials, issues and events.

  • Implements and adheres to the collection development policy of the Black Heritage Reference Center, including guidelines for special collections. 
  • Selects, orders, and maintains Black Heritage circulating and reference materials. 
  • Collaborates and recommends special orders for Queens Library collection development.
  • Reviews specialized periodicals to identify non-traditional print and non-print information; makes recommendations for inclusion in system-wide collection. 
  • Manages and administers the acquisition, storage, retrieval, dissemination, and preservation of Black Heritage print and non-print library materials.
  • Develops bibliographies highlighting special materials/issues.
  • Plans, coordinates, and schedules literary events.
  • Responsible for promotion, publicity, and press coverage of Black Heritage collections, programs, and services. 
  • Designs and develops promotional aids in collaboration with Marketing department and other staff.
  • Manages allocated Black Heritage collection and cultural arts program budgets.
  • Writes and prepares grant narratives and supportive applications and proposals for project funding.
  • Performs other duties as required.

The schedule for this position will include Saturdays and evenings.


  • Must have a MLS/MLIS degree from an ALA-accredited library school
  • New York State Public Librarian's Certificate.
  • Two to three years' librarian experience in collection development with knowledge of or experience with African American, Black Cultural Studies or other related experience required.
  • Must have the ability to work with a diverse population and effectively provide customer service to a large number of customers simultaneously.
  • Must have performance evaluation of standard or above in public service positions.


  • MLS/MLIS concentration in Archiving.
  • Experience with Black and/or Hispanic Cultural Arts programs.


Queens Library is a national and international leader in the delivery of public library service. Innovation and leadership are the hall marks of Queens Library. Our mission is to meet the needs of the community by offering lifelong learning opportunities and ensuring there is a positive impact in the community. Queens Library fulfills its goals by embracing innovation and change. With a history of offering pioneering programs that meet the diverse needs of the most diverse county in the US, Queens Library is a place where innovation and leaders are welcomed. Queens Library a private, non-profit corporation located in Queens, New York and includes 65 service locations with 1,700 employees.

Queens Library is the proud recipient of the following awards: 2009 Library Journal, Library of the Year, 2014 ALA/Information Today, Library of the Future, 2013 ULC Top Innovators, 2013 American-Architect's Building of the Year (Queens Library at Glen Oaks).

TO APPLY:  Please send your resume and cover letter to QLcareers@queenslibrary.org and reference "Curator - QLWEB" in the subject line of the email. Resumes will only be accepted by email. 

The Queens Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer.