Thursday, May 28, 2015

Librarian/Archivist - Windsor Historical Society

DUTIES:   Administer an 8,000 volume library with an additional 1800 linear feet of archival materials. Strengths include published genealogies of Windsor families; local and regional histories; cemetery records and vital records; town reports; local newspapers and yearbooks; account books; family papers; maps; and extensive photographic collections. The Society actively collects; the Librarian/Archivist solicits library materials and handles acquisition, arrangement and description, preservation, digitization, and reference services for these items.  Researchers include genealogists, teachers and students, in-house staff, and community members. The Librarian/Archivist strives to make the library’s resources more accessible and better utilized. Duties will include, but not be limited to the following:

I. Collections Management

Adhere to the precepts of the Collection Management Policy and serve on the Collections Committee

Maintain collections database, object and donor files, and library catalog

Create cataloging records, finding aids, and collection guides

Identify, prioritize, and implement preservation and digitization projects guided by current trends and technologies

Convert existing finding aids to EAD for inclusion in online portals

Participate in upcoming Agency Automation Project which may involve transitioning from PastPerfect database to new database

Serve as project liaison to the CLHO Connecticut Collections Database and Access portal if funded by IMLS

Produce preservation-related grant proposals in consultation with Director

Work with colleagues to update disaster preparedness and response plans

II. Visitor Services/Interpretation/Programming

Direct day-to-day operation of the Society’s library

Respond to on-site and email reference requests including many from genealogists

Train and supervise interns and volunteers  in collection processing, research, reference

Inspire public awareness and appreciation for library resources. Work collaboratively with colleagues to provide content for and incorporate archival materials into publications,  newsletter, exhibits, educational programs, social media, and the website

Advocate for, develop, and implement library and genealogy-related public programming.

Serve as a member of staff program planning team

Work one Saturday per month; be able to give basic tour of historic houses

Keep abreast of present and future community needs and develop library collections and services to fit evolving audiences

QUALIFICATIONS:  MLS from ALA accredited library school and minimum of two years increasingly responsible experience in an archives or library. The ideal candidate has knowledge of current archival management best practices, an ease with related technologies, and will bring a passion for connecting the Society’s library resources with broad and increasing audiences. Excellent organizational, communication, technical, and research skills required, and the ability to work effectively with library users of all ages. Must work independently and collaboratively, lift cartons weighing up to 40 lbs. Knowledge of PastPerfect software helpful. 28 hours per week, salary range $18-$21/hour; some schedule flexibility, vacation benefits. Resume, cover letter, references, and writing sample to Christine Ermenc by June 19.