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Job Posting: Outreach Librarian/ Research Services Coordinator, Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, NYPosted: August 20, 2015
The New York State Historical Association, Fenimore Art Museum and The Farmers’ Museum seek an innovative, outgoing and highly motivated new member of the Research Library team. The librarian filling this new position will coordinate all of the ways in which users first interact with the Library and Museums in planning their visits for research purposes.
Acting as a “concierge” of sorts, the Outreach Librarian/Research Support Services Coordinator will connect users with all of the institutions’ resources in their many diverse formats. Our current users include museum staff and curators, members, scholars in the arts and humanities, genealogists, local history buffs, Graduate Students and Faculty in the Cooperstown Graduate Program for Museum Studies, American Folk and Fine art collectors and researchers, as well as independent curators, curators from other institutions, and donors to Special Collections.
The position is a permanent, part time and year round (20-25 hours per week with some seasonal fluctuations). This position has the potential to become full time at a future date. This is not a grant-dependent position.
* Interfacing with all library researchers, including some reference desk duties.
* Develop procedures and coordinate appointments for researchers, coordinating resources and on-site use by all Library Special Collection and Museum Collection users by liaising with the curators and librarians responsible for those collecting areas
* Coordinate database of library donors in conjunction with the Development Department
* Coordinate all incoming research requests working with the library team to ensure that responses are distributed in a timely manner
* Coordinate complete overhaul of the library’s website and social media activities with the Director for Museum and Library Collections and Director of Marketing; including integration of new OPAC into website “front door”
* Develop guides, materials, programs, and resources to enhance ease of access and positive user experience
* Participate in collection development, strategic planning, and cataloging workflows as needed
* Assist in development of new library audiences
* Participate in ongoing evaluation of policies and procedures
Required Qualifications include:
* Masters of Library Science from an ALA accredited program
* Demonstrated experience in public service and specialty library programming
* Demonstrated experience in project management and coordination
* Demonstrated experience working with library special collections and/or museum collections
* Understanding of and experience in conducting archival research, and familiarity with a wide variety of primary resources (broadsides, maps, archives, oral histories, prints, photographs, museum objects, etc.)
* Experience as an effective part of a team
* Experience with OCLC Connexion & MARC format
* Familiarity with Islandora and Fedora Commons
* Experience with museum collection databases
To apply, submit a digital cover letter and resume to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Service is the heart of the Trust. The Trust believes that each employee represents the Trust’s commitment to service and plays an essential role to deliver on our mission to lead and inspire philanthropic efforts that measurably improve the quality of life and prosperity in our region.
This position will assist the Archivist and the Digital Archivist, under the direction of the Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives, in developing the Archives and Records of The Chicago Community Trust as well as with other information duties.
The Chicago Community Trust, the region’s community foundation, is developing a formal archives as a part of its 100th anniversary in 2015. The creation of the digital archives is a goal of the Centennial Plan. This work includes organizing and retrieving material from several locations; developing long-term storage and retrieval mechanisms for both hardcopy and electronic records; developing and implementing control over daily business records; and developing an electronic archives of images and of audio-visual material; and work with the Oral History Project. This experience will also afford an opportunity to assist with the implementation of the Trust’s Centennial Program.
This is a paid internship, lasting up to twelve months. It will have a flexible schedule of up to 20 hours per week, Monday through Friday, during the hours of 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Assist the Archivist and Digital Archivist in carrying out the Archives and Records Plan, 2013-2016:
- Create metadata for archival holdings, including the photograph collection, ephemera (known as Collateral Material), oral history collection and audio-visual files
- Prepare digital files for ingestion into digital asset management system (DSpace)
- Perform research regarding Trust history and local history
- Process publication and periodical subscriptions
- Assist with work related to the Centennial as assigned
- Assist the Archivist, Digital Archivist, and Senior Director of Strategic Initiatives in other duties as assigned
This description should not be construed to contain every function or responsibility that may be required to be performed by an incumbent in this job. Incumbents are required to perform other related functions as assigned.
- Must be a candidate for a Master’s or higher-level degree in Library and Information Science, Archives and Records Management, Digital Humanities, Public History or related degree program
- Coursework in metadata standards, archives and records management, digital curation, digital preservation, and/or digital libraries preferred
- Experience working with photograph and other image collections preferred
- Knowledge of contemporary archival and digitization practices, policies, and procedures, including arrangement, description and file formats a plus
- Excellent computer skills, including the Microsoft Office Suite
- Must be in good academic standing with a minimum GPA of 3.0
- Must have the ability to work independently with minimal supervision
About The Chicago Community Trust:
For 100 years, The Chicago Community Trust, our region’s community foundation, has connected the generosity of donors with community needs by making grants to organizations working to improve metropolitan Chicago. In 2014, the Trust, together with its donors, granted more than $164 million to nonprofit organizations. From strengthening community schools to assisting local art programs, from building health centers to helping lives affected by violence, the Trust continues to enhance our region. To learn more, please visit the Trust online at www.cct.org.
Interested individuals should submit an application including a resume and cover letter at http://www.cct.org/about/career-opportunities.
Deadline: July 21, 2015
The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago seeks a full-time Librarian and Archivist to be responsible for maintaining the MCA Library and Archives’ daily operations and caring for collections by cataloging, processing archival materials, providing high quality reference and circulation services, participating in collection management, supervising interns, and working with the Library Director to execute short- and long-term planning and special projects.
ALA-accredited Master’s degree in library, archival or information studies required. Minimum one year of experience working in a library or archive is required – post MLIS experience is preferred. Experience handling and processing archival material and creating descriptive records for archives is required. Original and copy cataloging experience is required. Demonstrated knowledge of current bibliographic and archival description standards (MARC 21, AACR2, RDA, DACS, LC subject headings, Library of Congress Classification, AAT, and authority control) is required. The ideal candidate will have the ability to: work with integrated library systems and web-based applications; conduct high-level research using primary sources as well as digital and print resources; provide instruction and orientations to library patrons; work with statistics; and work effectively independently and collaboratively. The ideal candidate will have excellent interpersonal, oral and written communication skills and will have successfully demonstrated initiative and attention to detail. Knowledge of contemporary art is strongly preferred. Mobility throughout the building, ability to operate general office equipment, and ability to safely lift up to 30 pounds is required. Full-time schedule is Monday through Friday, 9am-5pm.
The Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago is an Equal Opportunity Employer. No calls please.
Please apply at http://www2.mcachicago.org/employment