Cooperstown, NY: Special Collections Librarian – Reference & Outreach Coordinator, NYSHA/Fenimore Art Museum & Farmers’ Museum

Job Opening Title: Special Collections Librarian, Coordinator of Reference and Outreach

Institution/Organization Name: NYSHA/Fenimore Art Museum & Farmers’ Museum

Job Location (City, State, Province, Country): Cooperstown

Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: Special Collections Librarian: Reference and Outreach Coordinator
The New York State Historical Association, Fenimore Art Museum, and The Farmers’ Museum seek an innovative, outgoing and highly motivated Special Collections Librarian to join the Research Library team. Acting as a concierge of sorts, the Librarian will coordinate all aspects of reference and outreach and connect users with the institutions’ resources in their many formats. The successful candidate will be able to balance internal operations with public service duties while working with diverse collections and audiences. This is a full time, permanent position.

Responsibilities include:
Take a leadership role in developing internal and external library audiences
Oversee occasional staff, including interns and student workers
Acts as liaison to SUNY Oneonta’s Cooperstown Graduate Program staff and students, and Museum departments as assigned
Coordinate all aspects of user experience including:
– onsite research visits
– remote reference questions and in-depth research requests
– coordinate social media activities with institutions’ marketing department
– develop programs and instructional materials to enhance discovery of Library resources
Is an active member of the library team in:
– Collection development and ILL
– Cataloging and archival processing
– Strategic planning
– Policy and procedure evaluation
– Grant opportunity identification, application, and project management

Required Qualifications include:
Masters of Library Science from an ALA accredited program
Demonstrated experience in public service and library programming
Demonstrated experience in project management and coordination
Demonstrated experience working with library special collections and/or museum collections
Understanding of and experience in conducting archival research, and familiarity with a wide variety of primary resources (broadsides, maps, archives, oral histories, prints, photographs, museum objects, etc.)

Desired qualifications:
Passion for American history, Academic and Folk Art, material culture
Experience with MARC format and current metadata standards
Familiarity with EOS.Web or similar ILS software and OCLC Connexion
Experience with museum collection databases

To apply, please email your cover letter and resume to Jess Zinger, HR Coordinator at Alternatively, applications may be mailed to Human Resources, PO Box 800, Cooperstown, NY 13326.


About Meredith Lowe

Outreach Specialist in Continuing Education Services at UW-Madison SLIS. Erstwhile archivist.
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