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NAACP Legal and Educational Defense Fund

Thursday, July 21, 2022 8:35 PM | Laura DeMuro (Administrator)


(July 21, 2022)

Position Title - Librarian

Supervisor Title (All entry and mid-level position supervisors should be qualified, professional archivists.)- Donna Gloeckner, Ashton Wingate, Kayla Jenkins

Position Type - Part-time, term

Benefits - No

Hourly wage range - $51 - $55

Part-time Library and Research Associate (NYC)-- librarian to provide research and reference support to LDF staff.

The NAACP Legal Defense & Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) is the country’s first and foremost civil and human rights law organization. Founded in 1940 under the leadership of Thurgood Marshall, who subsequently became the first Black U.S. Supreme Court Justice, LDF was launched at a time when the nation’s aspirations for equality and due process of law were stifled by widespread state-sponsored racial inequality. From that era to the present, LDF’s mission has been transformative–to achieve racial justice, equality, and an inclusive society.

LDF’s litigation, policy advocacy, organizing, and public education programs in the substantive areas of criminal justice, economic justice, education and political participation seek to ensure the fundamental and basic human rights of all people to quality education, economic opportunity, the right to vote and fully participate in democracy, and the right to a fair and just judicial system.

In 2015, LDF celebrated its 75th anniversary with the launch of the Thurgood Marshall Institute. The Thurgood Marshall Institute at LDF is a collaborative hub within LDF that combines a multidisciplinary approach to advocacy with LDF’s traditional litigation strengths to advance a modern vision of racial justice. The Institute’s goal is to advance racial equity, justice and a more inclusive democracy through research and public education, targeted policy reform advocacy and communication campaigns.

The Thurgood Marshall Institute at LDF seeks a Library and Research Associate. The Associate will report to the Director of Archives and Records. This position can be based in LDF’s New York office and may require occasional travel to the Washington, D.C. office. This is a part-time position anticipated at 17.5 hours per week.

As of March 7, 2022, LDF transitioned to a hybrid work environment. Any candidate selected for this position should be prepared to work in the office location assigned up to two days per week.


Providing reference services to attorneys and other staff, including both immediate reference and in-depth research.

Facilitating staff access to legal records, historical documents, social science materials, government information, and other resources.

Supporting case research using LDF’s internal archives, the LDF and NAACP records at the Library of Congress, and outside sources.

Conducting biographical research on civil rights leaders and their connections to LDF.

Updating the Library and Archives Intranet site and tracking usage statistics.

Training staff, especially new employees, on the use of available research tools.

Leveraging archival material and other historical information to support Communications projects.

Developing and writing historical content for website and social media

Providing research support for interdepartmental special projects, including major anniversaries

Managing and cataloging acquisitions of print titles, digital resources, and relevant databases

General library maintenance including shelving books and monitoring circulation

Monitoring and reporting on library and research expenditures and assisting in annual budget process

Creating and updating a library collection development policy

Documenting the usage of library resources and compiling metrics

Promoting library and archives resources and services to staff; initiating new outreach opportunities

Undertaking any other duties as requested by the Director of Archives and Records


Commitment to the racial justice mission of LDF

Master’s degree in Library and Information Science or related field

Three years of relevant library experience

Familiarity with legal research methods and resources

Knowledge of Library of Congress Classification

Excellent communication skills

This is not an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, duties, skills, efforts or requirements or working conditions associated with the job. While this is intended to be an accurate reflection of the current job, management reserves the right to revise the job or to require that other or different tasks be performed as assigned. This description does not constitute a contract of employment and LDF may exercise its employment-at-will rights at any time.

Please note that LDF requires all employees to be fully vaccinated, including a booster shot against COVID-19 as a condition of employment. Accordingly, successful candidates must be fully vaccinated, including the booster shot against COVID-19, and submit proof of vaccination prior to the commencement of employment unless they qualify for a reasonable accommodation for bona fide medical or religious reasons.


Please submit your Resume/CV to archives@naacpldf.org

questions? communications@nycarchivists.org

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