Research Services Librarian – The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati, Washington, DC

The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati, a nonprofit historical and educational organization headquartered at Anderson House in Washington, D.C., seeks a dynamic library professional to manage reader services and outreach for its library, which houses a collection of 50,000+ rare and modern items focused on the era of the American Revolution.

Major Duties

The research services librarian is the primary staff member charged with promoting and managing use of the library collections, on-site and remotely. The research services librarian:

  • assists and advises scholars using the library collections, especially the Institute’s fellows and other academic users;
  • develops and manages special projects to promote and document the library collections, such as writing articles for the Institute’s publications and website and giving lectures and customized presentation to special groups;
  • develops and leads classes on using special collections for research, a hallmark of our library program;
  • oversees and manages the digitization of library collections and directs the development of the online Digital Library;
  • recruits and supervises the library’s volunteers and interns;
  • provides support to the Institute’s broader cultural initiatives, including exhibitions, educational programs, publications and special events; and
  • works closely with the Library Director to develop and enhance library programs and services.

Qualifications

  • Master’s degree in library and information science from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent training and experience (knowledge of the history of the American Revolutionary era a plus);
  • at least three years of professional experience working with special collections and providing reference support in a library setting
  • knowledge of digitization protocols (experience with CONTENTdm a plus);
  • excellent interpersonal skills working with staff, volunteers, interns, researchers and other constituents of the library;
  • reading knowledge of French or other foreign language; and
  • demonstrated organizational skills, ability to work independently and take initiative, and effective writing and public speaking

Salary and Benefits

This is a mid-level position on the professional staff of the Society of the Cincinnati. The current budget allocation for this position is $55,000 per year (negotiable). Excellent benefits include paid annual and sick leave, health insurance, a 401(k) plan, and a monthly commuting stipend.

To Apply

Send a resume and cover letter, including mention of where you learned about this opening, by email to:

Ellen McCallister Clark
Library Director
The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati
2118 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
Washington, DC  20008
emclark@societyofthecincinnati.org

About the American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati
The American Revolution Institute of the Society of the Cincinnati promotes knowledge and appreciation of the achievement of American independence, fulfilling the aim of the Continental Army officers who founded the Society of the Cincinnati in 1783 to perpetuate the memory of that vast event. The Institute supports advanced study, presents exhibitions and other public programs, advocates preservation, and provides resources to teachers and students to enrich understanding of our War for Independence and the principles of the men and women who secured the liberty of the American people. The Institute’s home, where it undertakes much of this work, is Anderson House, a 1905 mansion and National Historic Landmark in the Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, D.C. For more information, visit www.americanrevolutioninstitute.org.

 

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