York, SC: Researcher, Culture and Heritage Museums of York County

Job Opening Title: Researcher

Employer Name: Culture and Heritage Museums

Job Location: York, SC

Application Deadline: April 14, 2021

Salary Range: 29,225.81

Link to job posting:https://www.yorkcountygov.com/755/Employment-Opportunities

Years of experience required: 2

Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: To Apply: Under Employment Opportunities on York County South Carolina Government page, find the “Researcher” posting. No direct individual link to the position.

Job Description Summary
The purpose of this position is to assist the public with selecting and utilizing Search Room resources with the responsibility of processing library materials and handling genealogical and historical research services. Works with volunteers and interns on library projects. This position does not supervise employees.

The tasks listed below are those that represent the majority of the time spent working in this class. Management may assign additional tasks related to the type of work of the class as necessary.

Manages the Search Room: assists patrons requesting historical information by searching Past Perfect and resource databases; provides archival or library materials and ensures proper handling; enforces policies; provides photocopies and collects fees; assists with the use of library computers, specialized software and websites; maintains neat and orderly appearance of Search Room.

Conducts searches for historical information: responds to phone, email, and mail reference requests; drafts responses to complex genealogical inquiries; makes photocopies or digital reproductions for researchers and staff; calculates and bills patrons for appropriate fees.

Manages acquisitions and accessions of Culture & Heritage Museums library resources of non-circulating books, periodicals, paper files, and multimedia by cataloguing materials into Past Perfect and/or creating resource databases. Supervises volunteers and interns on library projects.

Compiles data for ongoing library records by maintaining the patron database, producing statistical reports, tracking Search Room usage, and reconciling financial reports to create deposits.

Conducts research for in-house projects, presents public programs on genealogical or historical topics, and prepares information for publication.

Performs periodic inventory of Culture & Heritage Museums library materials and maintains the inventory in both hard-copy and digital formats.

Completion of Bachelor’s degree and two years of experience in archives, library science, genealogy, public history, or history.

Valid state driver’s license is preferred.

Knowledge of rare books, manuscripts, archives, or special collections. Knowledge of standard library practices and procedures. Knowledge of genealogical and historical websites. Knowledge of principles of record keeping and records management. Skill in performing genealogical and historical research. Skill in providing library reference and basic genealogy assistance. Skill in providing effective customer service. Skill in handling library and archival materials. Ability to utilize collections management software such as PastPerfect. Ability to effectively present information and respond to inquiries. Ability to problem solve and use deductive reasoning. Ability to be detailed and organized. Ability to prioritize daily tasks and ongoing projects. Ability to work independently or as a team member.

TECHNICAL/PARAPROFESSIONAL – Work involves inspecting, measuring, or comparing to a standard; utilizing special training to perform a defined function; following standardized procedures, techniques, or procedures.

Perform specialized technical work involving data collection, evaluation, analysis, and troubleshooting, or reports on operations and activities of a department, or performs general coordination of individual or departmental activities.
Follow complex technical instructions, solve technical problems, or disseminate information regarding policies and procedures; may compose unique reports or analysis, or provide extensive customer service to internal or external clients.

Communicate information among co-workers, customers, vendors, and management; or speak before professional groups; may write complex articles and reports or develop presentations for specialized audiences; may read scientific or technical journals or reports.

Perform coordinating work involving guidelines and rules with constant problem-solving.

Handle cash transactions; prepare and process purchase orders. Conduct periodic inventory of library materials donated to the Culture and Heritage Museums.

Use office machines such as copiers or calculators. Use computers for data entry; word processing, spreadsheets, PowerPoint presentations or custom applications. This position will need to utilize collections management software such as Past Perfect.

Requires work involving:
Standing, walking, sitting, gripping or feeling with hands, reaching with hands and arms 1/3 to 2/3 of the time; Climbing or balancing, stooping, tasting or smelling, kneeling, crouching, or crawling under 1/3 of the time; Talking or hearing over 2/3 of the time. Lifting up to 10 pounds over 2/3 of the time; lifting up to 50 pounds under 1/3 of the time.

Close vision (clear vision at 20 inches or less), Distance vision (clear vision at 20 feet or more), Color vision (ability to identify and distinguish colors), Peripheral vision (ability to observe an area that can be seen up or down or to the left and right when vision is fixed on a given point), Depth perception (three-dimensional vision, ability to judge distances and spatial relationships), Ability to adjust focus (ability to adjust the eye to bring an object into sharp focus).

The job may risk exposure to indoor environment, dust, molds, and pest infestations.

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