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Bookseller (Part-Time, In-Person, 24 Hours/Week)

The Center for Fiction is looking for a part-time bookseller to join the team at the Center’s bookstore located in Fort Greene Brooklyn. This position will work approximately 24 hours per week, and its duties will include:

  • Helping customers
  • Organizing and shelving books
  • Assisting the management with inventory tasks (receiving, returns, etc.)
  • And, of course, selling books
  • Other basic bookstore duties will apply

The ideal bookseller at The Center for Fiction will have previous bookselling experience. The Center isn’t just a bookstore, but a large nonprofit organization with many programs. Booksellers are expected to:

  • Learn about the organization’s mission and remain current with its programming
  • Be a voracious reader, excited by the best in literary fiction, crime fiction, literature-in-translation, and classics
  • Multitask and convey enthusiasm for fiction and other related genres

This position will have access to The Center’s lending library, admission to onsite events, and staff discounts on books, classes, and more. 401k participation is available upon eligibility.

Compensation: $18/hour

To apply: Send cover letter and resume to jobs@centerforfiction.org

Assistant Librarian (Part-Time, In-Person, 25 Hours/Week, Weekends and Evenings)

The Center for Fiction, founded in 1820 as the Mercantile Library, is the only organization in the United States devoted solely to the vital art of fiction. The mission of The Center is to encourage people to read and value fiction and to support and celebrate its creation and impact. In February 2019, we opened the doors to our new building in Downtown Brooklyn, creating a home for NYC’s literary community. Our library collection has been in existence since our founding and continues to be a thriving part of our nonprofit. We are a membership library with a collection of literary fiction, mystery and suspense novels, and nonfiction titles about fiction. The Assistant Librarian will be involved in all facets of library operations and will be essential support staff for the Head Librarian. Only MLS graduates or those at the end of their MLS degree programs will be considered for this entry-level librarian position.

Description Details:  Reports directly to the Head Librarian and works in the daily maintenance of library operations. Working closely with Head Librarian, tasks will include:

  • Perform collection maintenance tasks including collection development, weed onsite collection, process new acquisitions
  • Process member requests, provide readers advisory, staff reference desk
  • Collect and analyze library statistics, identify catalog record maintenance needs
  • Act as liaison between Center for Fiction members and management
  • Process and maintain new and renewal membership materials
  • Communicate with Center for Fiction members regarding library matters
  • Assist in supervision and scheduling of library interns
  • Open/close the library and member space
  • Works in collaboration with other Center staff as needed on events and special projects

Skills: Excellent verbal and written communication, attention to detail, able to work independently on assigned tasks and work collaboratively with others, customer service skills, proficiency with Google Suite, Microsoft Office, interest in and knowledge of literary fiction. Previous library experience a bonus. MLS preferred but advanced library school students will be considered.

Compensation: $25/hour

Please note: This is a part-time, onsite position. Our location is in Downtown Brooklyn.

To apply: Send cover letter and resume to jobs@centerforfiction.org

Library Intern (Unpaid)

The Center for Fiction, founded in 1820 as the Mercantile Library, is the only organization in the United States devoted solely to the vital art of fiction. The mission of The Center is to encourage people to read and value fiction and to support and celebrate its creation and enjoyment. In February 2019, we opened the doors to our new building in Downtown Brooklyn, creating a home for NYC’s literary community. Our library collection has been in existence since our founding and continues to be a thriving part of our nonprofit. We are a membership library with a collection of literary fiction, mystery and suspense novels, and nonfiction titles about fiction. Our library interns gain experience in many facets of library work and a glimpse into a nonprofit organization with a special collection. Current MLS students encouraged to apply, but enrollment is not a requirement.

Reports directly to the Head Librarian and assists in the maintenance of the library’s collection. Tasks will include:

  • Catalog materials (both original and copy)
  • Perform circulation tasks including check out, check in, run library and patron reports, process holds
  • Assist in weeding of onsite collection, including evaluation of materials and research of authors
  • Communicate with Center for Fiction members regarding library matters
  • Perform reference and reader’s advisory (when Center reopens its member floor and library stacks)
  • Represent the Library at Book Buzz events throughout the year
  • Assist Head Librarian in reading group maintenance including minimal work on Zoom and Google sheets

SKILLS: Attention to detail, knowledge of and/or curiosity about special library collections, excellent verbal and written communication, able to juggle priorities, able to work independently on assigned tasks and work collaboratively with others, proficiency in Google apps, basic Zoom experience.

COMPENSATION: This is an unpaid internship but can be used for credit in an MLS degree program. Interns receive complimentary membership to the Center and discounts on writing workshops, reading groups and events.

PLEASE NOTE: this is an onsite position.

HOW TO APPLY: Please send a resume and cover letter to allison@centerforfiction.org