Curator of Rare Books (Garden and Landscape Studies) – Dumbarton Oaks (Harvard University) – Washington, DC

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Responsible for collection management and acquisitions of rare and scholarly materials that enhance and strengthen the collections. Identifies desiderata in consultation with experts such as senior fellows and visiting scholars. Collaborates with other Dumbarton Oaks librarians and study program directors on acquisitions and collection development.
  • Monitors the state of the collection and makes recommendations and arrangements for conservation as needed.
  • Responsible for developing an online descriptive tool for the collection to facilitate access by researchers.
  • Responsible for identifying and preparing order requests for new acquisitions in support of Garden and Landscape Studies.
  • Collaborates with technical services staff to set priorities and standards of description.
  • Provides in-depth reference support and research guidance to Rare Book Collection users, including fellows, visiting scholars, students, and readers.
  • Contributes to the development and implementation of a digitization strategy and works toward concrete goals.
  • Builds and maintains relationships with the book and auction trade and curators at institutions with comparable collections.
  • Organizes or contributes to the organization of exhibitions in areas of expertise, including by mentoring interns and early-career fellows.
  • Collaborates with other areas, including Academic Programs, Events, and Communications to promote the collection.
  • Provides tours of the collection for visiting groups as appropriate.
  • Handles image requests.
  • Participates in the wider scholarly life of Dumbarton Oaks, including attending relevant research reports and scholarly events; and writing collection evaluations for fellowship applications.
    Supervisory Responsibilities
    May supervise and mentor post-doctoral and pre-doctoral fellows and interns.

Basic Qualifications

  • MLIS from an ALA-accredited institution or international equivalent and an advanced degree in a humanistic discipline relevant to the strengths of the Dumbarton Oaks collection (e.g. art and architectural history, garden and landscape architecture, environmental studies); or a PhD in one of these disciplines and knowledge of bibliography and book history.
  • Minimum of 3 years of professional experience working in an academic or research library.
  • Reading knowledge of at least two modern European languages (French, German, or Italian preferred).

Additional Qualifications

  • Demonstrated excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Demonstrated ability to work independently and with diverse constituencies, flexibility, excellent interpersonal and collaborative skills.
  • Strong humanities knowledge outside area of specialization strongly preferred.
  • Curatorial experience with exhibitions, reference, outreach, and/or instruction in a research library preferred.
  • Experience with priority-setting, selection, and interpretation for digital collections preferred.

Additional Information

Dumbarton Oaks is an institute of advanced research affiliated with Harvard University and located in Georgetown, Washington, D.C. It supports research in the areas of Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and Garden and Landscape Studies through a residential fellowship program, as well as a rich program of scholarly events and publications (print and digital), while also welcoming the public to its museum and historic garden.

The Dumbarton Oaks Rare Book Collection, originally known as the Garden Library, was founded in the early 1950s by Mildred Bliss in consultation with renowned landscape architect Beatrix Farrand to promote historical scholarship of garden history and landscape architecture. The collection now encompasses over 9,000 rare books, prints, drawings, and manuscripts on garden design and ornament, and landscape architecture. In addition to its recognized strengths in European and North American garden representations, treatises, herbals, and floras, the collection seeks to expand its scope by developing new subject area concentrations, especially through acquisitions of rare Chinese, Japanese, and South American materials. Another recent focus concerns material on historic cities, with attention to landscape design. Over the years the collection has also developed strengths in the other areas of specialization at Dumbarton Oaks, notably manuscripts and early printed materials in Pre-Columbian Studies, and facsimiles of Byzantine manuscripts. We are seeking to make the collection more broadly accessible through an active digitization program as well as through physical and online exhibits, study days, and scholarly programs for researchers at all career stages.

The Curator of Rare Books has responsibility for developing, interpreting, promoting, and managing the Dumbarton Oaks Rare Book Collection. The Curator will develop deep knowledge of the collection, including its history, strengths, and areas for further development, and will advise on and lead projects pertaining to cataloguing, digitizing, and promoting the collection through active support of fellows and visiting researchers. The curator will also function as the Garden and Landscape Studies subject librarian, and will collaborate with the GLS program director in developing exhibitions and scholarly events that showcase the institution’s rich resources.

Job Function: Library

Sub-Unit: Dumbarton Oaks

Location: USA – DC – Washington

Department: Library/Dumbarton Oaks

Time Status: Full-time

Union: 00 – Non Union, Exempt or Temporary

Salary Grade: 057

Pre-Employment Screening: Criminal, Education, Identity

Schedule: 35 hours per week

To apply:

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Archivist (Digital) – Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History – Washington, DC

Bob Horton is happy to announce an opening for a digital archivist at the
Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.

The basic details are:

Position Title: Archivist (Digital)

Open and Close Dates: 5/23/2018 through 6/15/2018

Vacancy Location: Washington, DC

Pay Plan/Series/Grades: GS-1420-11

Announcement Link:

Follow the link to USAJobs for more information. If anyone has
questions about this, please feel free to contact Bob Horton at

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Ask Us Desk Graduate Assistant – Gelman Library/George Washington University – Washington, DC

The Gelman Library of the Goeorge Washington University seeks 1-3 graduate assistants to help with the Ask Us Desk. The Ask Us Desk is a peer to peer support structure that aids students in getting basic reference and technology assistance in a library setting.

Graduate students with experience in managing and staffing this type of service are encouraged to apply. Students will learn about advancements in the profession and gain  experience in the field.

For more information contact Kean McDermontt at

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Library Coordinator – Himmelfarb Health Sciences Library – Washington, DC

This position is a permanent part-time paraprofessional working as a member of the Information and Instructional Services Staff. The Library Coordinator provides front-line, core information services to faculty, staff, and students of the School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS), School of Nursing (SON), Milken School of Public Health (GWSPH), GW Hospital, and Medical Faculty Associates (MFA). This includes responding to inquiries via phone, in person, and email or instant messages at the reference desk from 4-8 pm Monday through Thursday and 12-4 pm on Saturday. This position is a patron-facing position that staffs the Library’s Reference Desk during all hours listed above.

For more information, and to apply, please go to and search for Library Coordinator.

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Children’s Services Supervisor – Frederick County Public Libraries – Frederick, Maryland

Join the vibrant, community-minded team at Frederick County Public Libraries! We are seeking a creative, energetic, and visionary Children’s Supervisor for our central branch in Downtown Frederick. Located in West-Central Maryland between Washington D.C. and Baltimore, FCPL is a rapidly developing system. By facilitating the public’s freedom to explore, invent, and transform, FCPL connects people to ideas and to each other, helping to foster individual and community growth.

This professional management position assures that children, their families and caregivers experience the joy of reading in a friendly, creative and dynamic Children’s Department.

Salary: $51,062.00- $61,273.00 Annually

Qualifications & Requirements:

  • Master of Library Science (MLS) degree from an American Library Association accredited program
  • Minimum 3 years of professional or para-professional library work experience that includes at least 2 years in Children’s Services
  • Minimum 2 years of work experience in a supervisory and/or lead capacity role, of which at least 1 year must be directly supervising staff, conducting performance evaluations, disciplinary actions, etc.
  •  Professional Public Librarian certification from the Maryland State Office of Education or the ability to become certified within 6 months of hire

Deadline to apply: 4:00 pm, June 11, 2018. For complete job description and to apply go to

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Library Project Assistant – American Institute of Physics – College Park, MD

To support the explosive growth of the Niels Bohr Library and Archives with the addition of the Wenner Rare Book Collections, additional temporary assistance is needed. This unique opportunity will provide two part-time Library Project Assistants the opportunity to assist with the intake and cataloging of books and related items from 350 years of physics history. Tasks include checking donations and book lists against the Library catalog, copy cataloging monographs and serials, classifying and shelving library materials, and other duties as assigned.

Flexible workday hours. Position available immediately and may continue until year end 2018. Our office is within walking distance from College Park Metro – Green Line and near the University of Maryland.

Responsibilities include:

  • Check book donations and proposed donation lists again the library catalog for duplicates.
  • Download book catalog records from OCLC; work with the Assistant Director to assign call numbers.
  • Perform copy cataloging to assist with major cataloging projects.
  • Other duties as needed to maintain library operations.


  • Subject knowledge in the history of science is not required.
  • Bachelor’s degree and relevant library experience required with a preference of a Master’s degree candidate in Library Science from an ALA‑accredited program. Attention to detail, flexibility, ability to manage multiple priorities, able to work effectively with library and archives staff. Basic familiarity with library systems and procedures like cataloging and shelving. Ability to work with computer software (particularly MS Access, Outlook, Word and Excel). Ability to operate office machines, such as copiers and a variety of scanners. Must be able to lift 40 pound boxes of library materials.
  • Additional preferred skills include existing knowledge of (or an ability to learn) appropriate methods and techniques for the handling, storage, and preservation of library and archival materials. Basic familiarity with library standards and practices like AACR2, RDA, MARC, OCLC Connexion, and ILS.

The American Institute of Physics offers on-site fitness center and metro access. If you would like to be part of a dynamic growing organization, please apply with the following required documents: resume and cover letter. Learn more at

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Media Services Specialist- American University- Washington, DC


The Media Services Specialist manages the day-to-day operations of the Media Services unit within the Library’s Access Services division, including during evening and weekend hours. The incumbent assists AU faculty with identifying and scheduling visual material, and manages scheduling systems for materials and viewing spaces. This position also assists faculty with instructional technologies. The incumbent ensures the accurate cataloging of items in the Media Services collection and contributes to the library’s social media activities to promote media content to the AU community. The incumbent maintains a high level of engagement with library systems and technology used by Access Services and is a resource in the development of technical expertise throughout the Division. Other duties include assisting the Access Services Program Analyst in ensuring the continuity and categorization of data between systems and ensuring the quality and effectiveness of library software, applications, reporting scripts, and queries. The incumbent also has primary responsibility for hiring, supervising, scheduling, and training the part-time front line staff.

Required Education and Experience

  • A Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience
  • Three years supervisory experience, with the attendant skills of motivating, training, and allocating work
  • Strong knowledge of a variety of business, educational, and library computer systems such as OCLC products, Alma, Blackboard, Microsoft Office (including significant experience with Excel or Access), Adobe Suite
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills and problem solving abilities
  • Experience dealing with confidential information
  • Ability to resolve conflicts and handle stressful and/or emergency situations
  • Sound judgment with the ability to use discretion, work independently, and complete projects by deadlines
  • Ability to collaborate on many different levels and resolve problems
  • Attention to detail and a strong ability to prioritize and multi-task, including the ability to reprioritize tasks to resolve urgent issues that arise
  • Advanced computer skills and the ability to adapt to constantly changing procedures and computer systems

Preferred Education and Experience

  • Demonstrated understanding of the mission and functions of a research library and information needs of academic users
  • Experience modifying, developing, or programming simple online applications
  • Familiarity with Office 365, Excel Macros, Visual Basic for Applications (in any Office Application), and/or Javascript, Python, or PHP (or any higher level language) highly desirable

Additional Eligibility Qualifications

  • The position is classified as essential personnel, and the incumbent is required to work in the event of the University operating with limited staffing
  • Hiring offers for this position are contingent on the successful completion of a background check

Contact Us:
For more information or assistance with the American University careers site, email

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Library Technician (Preservation), Smithsonian Institution

Job closes on 5/29/18 – see listing on USA Jobs


  • Performs a variety of repairs such as tipping-in or hinging-in of loose leaves and replacement pages; dry cleaning; page mends using Japanese tissue and wheat starch paste; repairing case or adhesive bindings; spine repair; recasing; new covers; re-sewing of textblocks; textblock consolidation; board attachment. Constructs pockets to house accompanying materials and a variety of enclosures.
  • Prepares materials for the commercial bindery: searches and verifies bibliographic entries in online catalog; performs quality control inspection of materials received from the commercial bindery; and maintains tracking logs and online circulation charges of materials.
  • Performs condition surveys, accurately assessing and recording the suitability of materials for deacidification, reformatting, repair, boxing, commercial rebinding, replacement or withdrawal.
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Dr. Sue Yeon Syn Receives MLA Grant

Dr. Sue Yeon Syn, Associate Professor here at the Department of Library and Information Science, along with co-Principal Investigator JungWon Yoon, will be recognized on Tuesday, May 22, during the Business Meeting and Inaugural Address of this year’s Medical Library Association’s Annual Meeting as recipients of the Donald A.B. Lindberg Research Fellowship. The grant is for their research project titled “Investigation of the Impact of Text and Visual Formats on Facebook Health Communication Based on User-Centered Evidence from Eye-Movement Analysis.” Congratulations, Dr. Syn!

The 2018 MLA annual meeting will be held May 18-23 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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Archives Technician- National Museum of African American History & Culture

Archives Technician- National Museum of African American History & Culture Job
Apply by 5/16/18

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