Assistant Librarian and Archivist – American Textile Museum, Lowell, MA

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Institution: American Textile History Museum, Lowell, Mass.
Job Title: Assistant Librarian and Archivist
Duties/Description: Search Re-opened: The American Textile History Museum
(ATHM) seeks a creative, motivated team-player for the part-
time position of Assistant Librarian and Archivist in the
Osborne Library. Reporting to the Librarian, this position
is responsible for assisting with recording, maintaining
and conserving ATHM’s library holdings. The collection
includes books, pamphlets, manuscript collections,
photographs, prints, insurance maps, and trade literature,
all relating to some aspect of the textile industry. The
Osborne Library serves researchers through on-site visits,
telephone, and email inquiries; researchers include in-
house staff, national and international researchers, the
local community, students, teachers, and families.The Assistant Librarian and Archivist will assist the
Librarian in all aspects of library work, including
processing manuscript collections using appropriate
archival techniques; providing services to researchers;
cataloging and processing books, photographs, etc. into the
museum database; identifying materials needing repair and
conservation; ensuring the use of proper preservation
techniques; storing/reshelving materials; helping to
prepare information and collections for web-based use; and
performing any other functions necessary to the operation
of a special collections library.Primary responsibilities include: process incoming and
backlogged manuscript collections by accessioning them into
the museum’s database, organizing the materials, re-housing
documents in acid-free folders and boxes, creating an
inventory and/or finding aid, and cataloging into OCLC if
warranted; assist on-site researchers at the Osborne
Library by explaining library and archival policy,
conducting interviews, identifying and retrieving research
materials, photocopying documents, and monitoring
researchers; answer in-house, telephone, and e-mail
requests by searching for the materials, producing required
reproductions, corresponding with researchers, and mailing
materials; collaborate with the Librarian in setting policy
to determine preservation practices, reproduction and usage
fees, research use of the collections, and copyright issues
involved in digitization; assist the Librarian in
maintaining the library’s website, the Chace Catalogue, and
other digitization projects; accession newly acquired books
and pamphlets into the museum’s database; supervise student
interns and volunteers in various library and archival
tasks; handle daily library duties including answering
visitor’s reference questions, shelving books, maintaining
the stack area, and ordering supplies; provide
collaborative support to the museum curator in museum
exhibit research and preparation, and work with museum
staff in developing library exhibits that highlight the
library’s collections.
This position is 20 hours/week with no benefits.
Qualifications: MLS/MLIS with concentration in archival studies from an ALA-
accredited program; at least two years’ experience
supporting library and archives operations, including
collection preservation, online migration, maintenance and
digitization of collections. Proven track record of
coordinating and completing projects with limited
resources, working in a collaborative culture, and being
able to manage a changing and varied workload. Must be
able to work independently as well as part of a team. The
candidate possessing skills that include computer data
management, collections’ marketing, ability to communicate
with a wide range of audiences, strong research interests
in American history and willingness to assist researchers,
attention to detail, and a sense of humor will have the
edge.
Salary:
Closing Date: February 5, 2014
Send: To apply: Please submit cover letter, resume, and
three professional references to Jane E. Ward,
Librarian, at jward@athm.org (please put
Assistant Librarian in subject field) or mail to
Jane E. Ward, Librarian, American Textile History
Museum, 491 Dutton Street, Lowell, MA 01854.
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