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  • 16 Sep 2020 9:34 AM | Janet Olson (Administrator)

    The position of Library Division Chief in the Technology Content and Innovation Department for the Chicago Public Library is open for application. The application period is open from September 11th to September 25th.

    Duties: Reporting to the Assistant Commissioner of Technology, Content and Innovation, provide leadership, strategic vision, and a unified voice for the Chicago Public Library archives, special collections, digital collections and exhibits which are coming together under a new library division. CPL’s archives and special collections focus on Chicago culture and history, including the largest African American history and literature collection in the Midwest. These collections are distributed across the Special Collections and Preservation Division and the Municipal Reference Collection at Harold Washington Library Center, the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature at Woodson Regional Library and the Northside Neighborhood History Collection at Sulzer Regional Library. As a member of the senior leadership team, provide direction for system-wide initiatives that showcase special collections and exhibits across the community and beyond. Demonstrate commitment to inclusivity and user-centered service, ensuring that the acquisition, description, exhibit and digitization of archival materials and special collections reflect and support the diversity of library service populations. Directly supervise five (5) curators, archivists, and librarians, with a division total of thirty (30) staff, to foster a collaborative work environment that furthers the work of the division, promotes innovation and creates and enables new initiatives and partnerships. Create a strong team and shared vision with staff across multiple physical locations. Standardize and maintain professional standards and local practices. Lead strategic planning for digitization program for special collections and archival materials. Lead strategic planning for outreach, programming and exhibits at library locations and facilitate traveling exhibits. Identify grant opportunities and work with the Chicago Public Library Foundation to develop, submit and implement proposals. Participate in local, regional and national consortia and professional associations. Exhibit self-motivation with the ability to manage changing priorities and meet deadlines. Participate in the planning and preparation of division budget. Perform related duties as assigned

    LOCATION:    400 S. State Street- Technology Content and Innovation Department                     

    DAYS OFF: Saturday and Sunday                                                                                 SHIFT: Monday- Friday 9:00- 5:00                                       

    HOURS: 35 hours per week to be scheduled during normal unit hours       



     Graduation from an accredited American Library Association college or university with a Master's degree in Library Science or an approved foreign credential evaluation plus five years of professional library experience of which three years are in a supervisory role related to the responsibilities of the position.

    More info and application instructions:

    Job # 33823

    Applications are online only at .  If you have any questions regarding the application process, you may contact the City of Chicago’s Department of Human Resources at 312- 744-4976.

  • 16 Sep 2020 9:28 AM | Janet Olson (Administrator)

    Job Title: Project Archivist

    Hours: Full Time Contract Position

    Benefits: Not Eligible

    Duration: Two-year Position

    Position Overview:

    The Sisters of St. Casimir are seeking a full-time archivist to prepare the archives for eventual transfer to a collaborative repository. The role of the archivist is to survey the collection, determine what work must be done to meet the likely repository’s intake standards, update the collection to these standards, and ultimately prepare the collection for a successful transfer of the materials to the repository. The archivist reports to the Associate Treasurer, who sits on the Archives Committee.

    The Collection:

    The Sisters of St. Casimir is a community of women religious founded in 1907, in Scranton, PA, by Venerable Maria Kaupas. Mother Maria desired to found a congregation which would sustain and nurture the faith life of the early Lithuanian immigrants in the United States. She encouraged her Sisters to do the same and then to “welcome” and care for all others who would become part of their lives.

    The collection itself provides comprehensive documentation of the Sisters’ history, and has been well maintained throughout the years. Though there is work to be done to bring the collection up to archival best practices, it currently stands in incredibly good condition and will take well to the adjustments needed to bring it up to standard.

    The Sisters of St. Casimir have always understood the importance of their archives, as evidenced by the recent creation of the Sisters of St. Casimir Legacy Room, located at the former Sisters of St. Casimir Motherhouse in Chicago, IL. It tells the story of the Sisters of St. Casimir: their founding, the ways they have embraced their mission to foster the life of faith, and how they responded—with generosity and compassion—to the needs of their time.

    Legacy Room Virtual Tour:

    Archivist Essential Functions:

    · Comprehensive knowledge of archival standards.

    · Able to work with colleagues and Sisters to become familiar with collection.

    · Comfortable with rehousing a variety of formats.

    · Able to order archival supplies as needed working within budgetary and finance office procedures.

    · Able to manage interns and project workers as needed.

    · Able to digitize analogue schema and maintain correlation to collection order.

    · Able to update schema as necessary to bring it up to repository standard.

    · Able to assist the Archives Committee in matters pertaining to the archives including:

    o understanding the needs of the repository

    o collaborating with the repository to ensure preparedness for a successful transfer.

    · Able to network with archivists of other institutions.

    · Other duties as assigned.


    · Commitment to support the Mission and Vision of the Sisters of Saint Casimir.

    · Strong familiarity with Microsoft Excel.

    · MLIS or related MA degree, with a strong focus on archives and/or special collections.

    · At least one to two years of experience in archival work.

    · Knowledge of DACS.

    Please send cover letter and resume via email to Mary Beth McCarthy

    Application deadline: Oct. 31, 2020

    To learn more about Sisters of St. Casimir please visit

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