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Saturday, April 5, 2014

F/T - Special Coll'n Librarian, Gilder Lehrman (NY)

Special Collections Librarian, The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History – NY

The Gilder Lehrman Collection is an archive of primary sources in American history. Owned by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History and located at the New-York Historical Society, it seeks a Special Collection Librarian.

Primary Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Maintain and expand information on the Collection in the PastPerfect database
  • Catalogue new acquisitions; edit and update existing catalogued content
  • Digitization of historical documents as needed
  • Correspond with researchers and institutions concerning their inquiries about the Collection; assist with scholarly collections study
  • Handle requests from the Education Department for information concerning the Collection
  • Conduct outreach activities relating to the Collection for audiences including teachers, students, donors and the general public
  • Assist in preparation of exhibitions
  • Manage outgoing loans
  • Other related duties

Education & Experience

The ideal candidate will possess a combination of the following education and/or equivalent experience:
  • Bachelor’s degree in History, with an emphasis on American History
  • Master’s degree in Museum Studies or Library Science with a specialization in archives
  • Fluency with collection databases
  • Demonstrated ability to write and speak about primary source materials for educational use
  • Demonstrated writing skills, comfortable with public speaking, and ability to work with a team
  • Flexible and able to multitask
  • Available to work occasional weekends and evenings
  • Demonstrated knowledge of collections security, care & maintenance
  • Demonstrated interest and experience in supporting K-12 educators (familiarity with the Common Core State Standards is a plus)
  • Develop and write materials based on the Collection for educational purposes
  • Other duties as assigned
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