Information About the Organization
The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is looking for an innovative and passionate individual to join our team as a Library Technician in the National Institute for Holocaust Documentation (NIHD).
NIHD was created to build, preserve, and make accessible America’s Collection of Record—one of the world’s foremost collections of material and documentary evidence on the Holocaust.
Information About the Role
This position is located in the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Library, which is a specialized library dedicated to Holocaust and genocide studies. The Library provides library and archival reference services to a wide variety of users, including Museum staff, visiting scholars, and the general public. The Library Technician will perform collections management, reference, acquisitions, preservation, digital access, and cataloging duties, in support of Library operations in two Museum facilities. Some tasks require physical exertion, such as climbing step stools, pushing carts filled with collection materials, opening boxes, and retrieving and shelving materials.
The duty station may be relocated at the David and Fela Shapell Family Collections, Conservation and Research Center in Bowie, Maryland.
This is a temporary (one-year assignment, with the possibility of extension), full-time donated position (non-Federal) paid with the Museum’s private funds. Salary is commensurate with experience.
Duties and Responsibilities for the Role
Collections Management: Retrieves/returns collections from/to storage. Packs/unpacks materials for delivery. Tracks and transports materials to/from the reading rooms, using the appropriate systems.
Performs circulation, shelving, and inventory activities. Maintains in-process materials. Assists with planning and documentation for collections-related projects. Provides training and directs the work of Interns and Volunteers.
Reference: Provides basic guidance to patrons on use of the collections, catalogs, and reading room services and technology.
Preservation and Digital Access: Fulfills duplication requests for donors and patrons, following established policies, procedures, and standards. Applies best practices in handling collections to prevent damage. Provides technical and administrative support for digitization projects, including management of digital resources. Places collection materials in appropriate housing, and creates and affixes labels.
Acquisitions: Assists with the selection of donated and purchased resources, both print and digital. Searches catalogs to assess and process new acquisitions. Documents receipt of purchased and donated materials, prepares acknowledgment letters, and maintains accurate and up-to-date acquisitions and donor files.
Cataloging: Records basic description of collection materials to prepare inventories and to create preliminary catalog records, according to established procedures. Creates/updates holdings and location information. Applies formatting in accordance with national/institutional standards. Identifies cataloging copy in external databases, downloads records into local system, and validates data.
Minimum Qualifications for the Role
- BA/BS in a relevant field, and two years of relevant library experience, or MLIS
- Familiarity with automated library catalogs and standard library or archives practices to acquire, manage, or describe collections, or to serve patrons
- Experience with the proper handling of fragile collection materials
- Experience organizing or managing a library or archival collection
- Experience related to the digitization of library or archival materials
- Skill in using standard office software
- Ability to communicate, effectively, orally and in writing, with staff, donors, patrons, and visitors
- Ability to manage multiple assignments effectively, to complete assignments accurately and in a timely manner, and to work independently
- Basic knowledge of Holocaust history
- Reading knowledge of two languages relevant to Holocaust studies, preferably Hebrew or Yiddish, and one European language (in addition to English), sufficient to identify and transcribe bibliographic data.*
*Cover letter must indicate how language skills were acquired and applied for consideration.