Job Posting: Access Services Librarian, Morton Arboretum, Lisle IL

08 Sep 2017 11:38 AM | Janet Olson (Administrator)

Position Summary:  Contribute to the planning, implementation, and communication of the activities of the Sterling Morton Library including selection, arrangement, description, reference, and outreach.  Facilitate the production, organization and curation of a growing collection of digital resources serving visitors, staff, and the education and scientific communities. Initiate interactions with and education of a variety of Library audiences, including staff and the general public.  Responsible for leading the acquisition, organization, cataloging, processing, care and accessibility of archival collections, as well as maintenance of the Arboretum’s institutional archives.  This position is funded in whole or in part by grant or other restricted funding and is expected to conclude by October 2019.

Essential Functions:

  • Maintain the archival collections, including preparing retention schedules, accessioning, deaccessioning, inventorying, processing, cataloging and creation of finding aids.
  • Facilitate initiatives related to digitization, access, and other metadata-dependent efforts to capture, describe, manage, preserve and share the collections of the Sterling Morton Library.
  • Engage with a variety of audiences (staff, subject matter specialists, and the general public) to understand their library- and archive-related information needs; work with Library staff to evaluate and deploy solutions that meet those needs.
  • Research, evaluate, and offer recommendations to Arboretum staff on best practices regarding document management / retention and assist with acquiring and organizing these materials for research, design, and preservation purposes.
  • Serve as liaison to the Coordinator of Adult Learning Programs and instructors within the Arboretum’s Education Program to select, facilitate, and promote the use of the collection.
  • Respond to reference inquiries from Arboretum staff, visitors, and the general public and respond to internal and external interlibrary loan requests
  • Post new content on the library’s pages of the Arboretum’s website and intranet related to resources, programs and other library subject matter.
  • Coordinate, train, and supervise volunteers and interns working with collections.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Qualifications:  ALA accredited Master’s degree in Library Science required. 1+ years experience preferred.  Experience with archival practice preferably with a focus on processing.  Knowledge of digital asset management including the ingest, organization, storage, and retrieval of digital collections required.  Knowledge of archives principles and practices in both digital and analog formats required.  Knowledge of current and emerging metadata and cataloging standards and relevant controlled vocabularies required.  Proficiency with Microsoft Office and Google applications strongly preferred.

Success Factors:  Strong organizational and communications skills and the ability to facilitate and initiate collaboration.  Ability to multi-task and prioritize.  Ability to communicate effectively with diverse library users, staff and patrons.  Public service oriented individual who is able to interact with interest, tact, patience and engagement.  Ability to work flexibly and creatively in a changing environment. Interest and knowledge of trees, horticulture, or natural history.

Physical Demands and Work Environment:The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform these essential functions.

  • Physical Demands: Requires some physical activity: limited lifting and carrying (up to 20 lbs.), climbing a step ladder.
  • Work Environment: Work is primarily performed indoors in an office setting.
  • Equipment: General office equipment, digital camera, scanner, step ladder.

For full consideration, please include resume and cover letter with application.

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