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Assistant Librarian, New Bedford Whaling Museum (New Bedford)

The New Bedford Whaling Museum is currently seeking a part-time Assistant Librarian.  The Assistant Librarian will work with the Library and Curatorial departments, under the direction of the Librarian, to assist with the day to day operations of the Research Library and Grimshaw-Gudewicz Reading Room.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities


Assist in administration of the Reading Room, including providing access to materials, answering in person reference inquiries, and properly monitoring researchers as directed

Assist in answering remote reference inquiries via e-mail and telephone as directed

Assist in retrieval of requested Library materials for researchers, museum staff, and museum volunteers

Assist in shelving of Library materials

Assist in supervision and management of Library volunteers and interns

Other tasks as assigned by the Librarian


Process uncatalogued manuscripts and manuscript collections of paper and non-paper based mediums (i.e. photographs, audio, video)

Produce MARC records for paper, photography, audio, and video collections for inclusion in online collection database

Assist in supervision and management of Library volunteers and interns

Other tasks as assigned by the Librarian


Master's degree in library and information science or related field from an American Library Association accredited program, or currently enrolled in an MLS program

Demonstrated knowledge of and experience with current archival arrangement and description standards including DACS and EAD

Demonstrated knowledge of and understanding of best practices in digital stewardship

Knowledge of digital formats (e.g. image, audio, video, etc.) and their associated best practices for online access and digital preservation

Strong understanding of cataloging procedures and principles including RDA, AACR2, LC Classification, and LCSH

One to two years of experience working in an archival special collections library

Ability and willingness to lift and move boxes of material weighing up to 40 pounds overhead

Ability to consistently perform detail-oriented responsibilities and ability to multi-task

Excellent oral and written communication skills

Demonstrated ability to perform and maintain a high level of customer-focused service

Ability to problem solve independently and follow through on multi-step processes

Ability to represent the Museum with a high level of integrity and professionalism

Ability to work closely and effectively with a team

Full/Part Time

Part Time




Closing Date

How to Apply

To Apply, please send your resume and cover letter to Mark Procknik, Librarian, at


2019-07-25 |  Quick link to this job