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About the New York Academy of Medicine:

The New York Academy of Medicine is a leading voice for innovation in public health. Throughout our 175-year history, we have uniquely championed bold changes to the systems that perpetuate health inequities and keep all communities from achieving good health. Today, this work includes innovative research, programs, and policy initiatives that distinctively value community input for maximum impact. Combined with our trusted public programming, historic library, and with the support of our esteemed Fellows and Members, NYAM’s legacy as a public health leader continues.


Department Summary:

The Academy is home to one of the most significant historical libraries in medicine and public health in the world. The Library and its Center for the History of Medicine and Public Health support and encourage a deeper understanding of the many and varied forces that have shaped medicine and public health from ancient times to the present day. The Library fosters engagement with its historical materials for schools and the public and organizes public events that use history to better understand current-day issues. We safeguard the heritage of medicine to inform the future of health.


Position Summary/Overview:

Creating programs and products based in history, the humanities, and the arts, the Public Engagement Librarian informs, educates, and engages the public on topics in medicine and public health and the Library’s collections, work, and programs. The Public Engagement Librarian reports to the Library Director.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

    • Develops a wide variety of products and programs in history, the humanities, and the arts to engage the public and school groups with the Library and its collections.


    • Edits and contributes to the Library blog, “Books, Health, and History.”


    • Manages the “Color Our Collections” project and develops the Library’s coloring book.


    • Plans and executes the Library’s video outreach series, “Virtual Visits.”


    • Prepares programs and products to participate in the “Museum Mile Festival.”


    • Develops online exhibits.


    • Informs professional colleagues and the public of Library collections, activities, and events by managing and developing the Library social media channels, Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook; preparing emails, newsletters, and similar means; and managing the content of the Library’s webpages.


    • Contributes to planning and executing other Academy events and programs.


    • Assesses effectiveness of educational and outreach work.


    • Maintains strong working relationships with other Academy units, and awareness of Academy priorities and activities in public and community engagement, research, and policy development.


    • Keeps current with trends in librarianship in public engagement, programming, education, and outreach.


    • Performs other duties as assigned.




    • Five years’ experience developing historical/humanities/arts public programs, exhibits, or educational resources for research libraries, archives, museums, or historical societies, including experience reaching diverse audiences.


    • Three years’ experience managing at least two social media platforms.


    • Experience using online catalogs, specialized databases, and similar tools.


    • Excellent organizational skills, verbal and written communication skills, and analytical and problem-solving skills.



Education and Experience:

    • Master of Library Science degree, or equivalent education or experience.



Please submit cover letter and resume for consideration.

Salary range is $70,000 – $72,000/annually.

The New York Academy of Medicine is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer

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