Louis B. Thalheimer Associate Librarian for Researcher Services – Washington, D.C.

The Folger Shakespeare Library, located in Washington, D.C, seeks an experienced, collaborative, and service-oriented librarian to join its staff in the endowed position of Louis B. Thalheimer Associate Librarian for Researcher Services. The Louis B. Thalheimer Associate Librarian for Researcher Services (AL-RS) will work closely with the Director of Collections and Eric Weinmann Librarian, leadership within the Collections division, the researcher services team, and individuals from across the institution to grow and enhance the services provided to a researcher population that includes; traditional scholars, students from grade school to graduate school, research fellows, teachers, artists, seminar attendees, authors, and the general public. The Researcher Services team interacts daily with a variety of audiences in ways that span from answering reference calls, to providing tours, to managing the movement of our rare materials, to working closely with researchers who are diving into new areas of study.

Collaborating with both collections-based colleagues and across the diverse functions of the institution, the AL-RS will be a key partner in forwarding the institutional goal of creating meaningful access to the collections. While maintaining and enhancing the Folger’s welcoming and productive environment, the AL-RS will work with colleagues to develop, execute, and analyze programs and initiatives that exceed researcher expectations.  With an emphasis on librarianship as service, an understanding of front-line public services work, and a creative approach to problem solving, the AL-RS will provide leadership, management, and guidance to a dedicated seven-person team engaged in the full cycle of researcher and reference services in a hybrid open/non-circulating and closed stack library. They will be responsible for reviewing and updating procedures and policies, within their area, that provide exemplary service to all audiences, while preserving the unique materials for future use. The AL-RS will provide reference services as needed, work directly with researchers on Folger directed projects, contribute to grant initiatives, participate in strategic initiatives, and actively contribute to the day to day activities of a busy research library.

Our ideal candidate will approach rare materials librarianship with a desire to be a facilitator, rather than a gatekeeper. We are seeking a candidate that understands the demands of public services work, is knowledgeable and innovative about creating access to unique collections, and is committed to fostering a collaborative work environment. Candidates should have a familiarity with the current issues and current standards relevant to reference and access services in research libraries. The ability to work creatively in a rapidly changing and complex environment, set priorities, and meet tight deadlines is needed. Excellent communication, decision-making, leadership, managerial, and analytical skills are essential.

Successful candidates will have at least 5 years of effectively leading and managing staff engaged in diverse activities, in a similar environment. At least 3 years of experience in managing projects from planning to completion, answering reference questions, and working with special collections is also needed.  An M.L.I.S from an ALA-accredited institution, or equivalent experience or training, is required for this position. Reading knowledge in at least one modern foreign language desired- particularly Latin, Italian, French, and/or German. An interest in, and awareness of, early modern English literature and history with knowledge of Shakespeare is needed.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume. Incomplete applications will not be accepted. No phone calls please. The Folger is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Apply here: https://folger.secure.force.com/employment/VanaHCM__Job_Detail?Id=a1e1S000003KC8MQAW

About the Folger: 
The Folger Shakespeare Library is the world’s largest Shakespeare collection, the ultimate resource for exploring Shakespeare and his world. The Folger welcomes millions of visitors online and in person, providing unparalleled access to a huge array of resources, from original sources to modern interpretations. The Folger allows visitors to experience the power of performance, the wonder of exhibitions, and the excitement of pathbreaking research; and offers the opportunity to engage with early modern sources, driving discovery and transforming education for students of all ages. The Folger’s Collection includes materials relating to Shakespeare and his works, from the 16th century to the present day, as well as a world-renowned collection of books, manuscripts, and prints from Renaissance Europe. To learn more about our collection please see visit our website at https://www.folger.edu/collection-materials

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