Librarian – American Psychological Assn.

Full-time Librarian-APA


The Librarian oversees operations, maintenance, budgeting and funding requirements of the Melvin Sabshin Library & Archives; maintains relationships to promote APA interests within the association and library industries; and provides staff support to the Foundation awards process.


  • Provide policy, planning, and administrative leadership for all programs and services of the Melvin Sabshin Library & Archives
  • Formulate short-term and long-range departmental goals and objectives
  • Develop and monitor departmental budget, pursuing sources of extramural funding as appropriate and managing fee-based services
  • Recruit, train, and supervise interns
  • Develop and manage an information infrastructure to meet the full range of information needs of the Association, including collection, digitization and preservation of the APA historical records as well as regarding the history of American Psychiatric Association, in general
    • Build cost-effective library resources/collections to support reference and research services
    • Collect, organize, and preserve the records (print and electronic) of the Association, especially related to governance, policy, practice guidelines and the DSM, and other notable works, events and milestones
    • Review, document and maintain records at off-site archives
    • Develop and maintain Internet/Intranet-based resources to promote access to Association records and to help target constituencies identify psychiatry-related resources on the Internet
    • Work with the APA web manager to keep awards information current on APA website.
    • Preserve and support access to the Sabshin Library and Archives, including the special collections and exhibits
  • Provide reference and research services
    • Develop and implement outreach strategies to promote the utilization of Library & Archives resources and services
    • Coordinate and provide state-of-the-art information and library research services to support APA initiatives
    • Provide literature search services to APA members in support of clinical practice and practice management
    • Serve as an expert resource to librarians within the national networks of medical and mental health libraries
    • Serve a resource for public information, in cooperation with other APA units (especially Answer Center, Help Line, Communications/Public Affairs, Government Relations) regarding APA policies/position, publications, and the history of the Association.
  • Research and curate exhibits
  • Provide staff support to APAF Library and Archives Committee
  • Provide staff support to awards program serving as point of contact to staff liaisons for awards residing in APAF
  • Maintain past history of award recipients for all APA and APAF awards
  • Performs other duties as assigned


  • Master’s degree in Library Science required, preferably from an American Library Association-accredited program, with five (5) years of professional experience in academic/special librarianship (may have an equivalent combination of education and experience).
  • Additional graduate degree in relevant health/behavioral/social sciences discipline preferred.
  • Demonstrated subject expertise in psychiatry, psychology, and mental health in general, with a strong overall reference background in health/medicine and the behavioral and social sciences, including the production and dissemination of knowledge in these areas.
  • Two (2) years of archival preservation in relevant subject areas.
  • Familiarity with standards and practices regarding association records management and archival administration desirable.
  • Proficient in information technologies:
    • word processing, spreadsheet and database management software;
    • database search software and search strategy formulation;
    • maintenance and operation of integrated library systems (i.e., online catalogs);
    • ability to design and implement database management applications to support Library & Archives information-handling needs;
    • experience in designing web pages and other web-based applications.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.


Normal demands associated with an office environment.  Ability to work on computer for prolonged periods, communicate with individuals by telephone, e-mail and face to face.  Some travel may be required.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

Required: 5 years: Five (5) years of professional experience in academic/special librarianship

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