Current Opportunity

Title: Collections Access Librarian
Status: Full-time, non-exempt
Hours/Days: Hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday, with some non-traditional hours required for specific events

Scope of Work: The collections access librarian provides on-site and remote reference services for the Society’s collections, and creates and edits catalog records and other collections access tools. The librarian will work with other members of the Society staff to support general operations of the library. 

  • Provide reference services for the Society’s collections, including on-site and remote inquiries and research requests 
  • Ensure established security and other procedures for the library reading room and other collections areas are followed
  • Create original and edit catalog records for the Society’s library and archival collections following established standards 
  • Create and edit inventories and finding aids for the Society’s collections
  • Apply subject headings, name authorities, and other descriptive metadata to collections and catalog records
  • Maintain a working knowledge of the Society’s collections to effectively serve library users and staff
  • Manage Society image requests and fulfillment
  • Collaborate with other staff and the collections stewardship team to improve collections care and access
  • Be familiar with the Society’s mission, programs, and services
  • Supervise volunteers with other library staff
  • Present off-site and on-site programs 
  • Other duties as assigned

Required Qualifications: 

  • Master’s Degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program; or other relevant graduate degree
  • Excellent research, written, and oral communications skills
  • Experience providing reference and research services to a diverse public
  • Understanding of library and archival collections management principles
  • Experience handling rare and fragile materials
  • Experience creating original catalog records using professional metadata standings, including AACR2, RDA, DACS, Dublin Core, LCSH, and MARC21
  • Competence with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience working at a historical society or other institution with library, archival, and museum collections
  • Strong planning and organization skills with the ability to prioritize and multi-task
  • Ability to function as a contributing team member in a project-oriented and shared decision-making environment
  • Ability to lift boxes, weighing up to forty pounds

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Familiarity with New Hampshire history and culture
  • Experience in genealogical research
  • Interest in and knowledge of United States history
  • Familiarity with MINISIS Management for Libraries and Management for Archives; PastPerfect Museum Software

How to Apply: Please send cover letter, including salary expectations, and résumé as a single PDF file to Sarah Galligan, Library Director, at sgalligan@nhhistory.org. Subject line of the email should read: Collections Access Librarian [your last name].

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