Chicago, IL: Special Collections Librarian III, Chicago Public Library – Vivian Harsh Research Collection / Woodson Regional Library

Job Opening Title: Special Collections Librarian (Librarian III)

Employer Name: Chicago Public Library

Job Location: Vivian Harsh Research Collection / Woodson Regional Library

Application Deadline: October 10, 2022

Salary Range: $70,428 (37.5 hours/week). UNION job

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Years of experience required: 2-5

Job Description (if URL to posting not available). Please include instructions for how to apply.: Under general supervision, the Special Collections Librarian (Librarian III) functions as a first-line supervisor and performs professional librarian duties at the Vivian G. Harsh Research Collection of Afro-American History and Literature at the Chicago Public Library’s Carter G. Woodson Regional Branch. The VHRC is part of Chicago Public Library’s recently formed (2020) Archives and Special Collections Division (ASCD), which lives under the Technology, Content, and Innovation department, and combines the Northside Neighborhood History Collection (Sulzer Regional); Special Collections and Preservation (HWLC); VHRC; and a systemwide Exhibits unit to create strategic focus and priority on processing, digitization, access and use of Chicago Public Library’s unique special collections, analog and digital.

To provide CPL users with a dynamic research experience focused on the rich cultural and historical experiences of Black Americans in the region, the Special Collections Librarian will show a dedicated commitment to public service that includes but is not limited to reference; internal or external committee work; and outreach such as exhibit curation, digitization, marketing and social media and donor relations. Candidate has strong organizational skills, and exceptional written and verbal communication skills. Ability to work creatively, collegially and effectively as part of a team or independently. Special Collections Librarian will also perform and make recommendations to Harsh Collection unit head about environmental and/or preservation issues, digitization projects, and programming and outreach, including community partnerships.

Demonstrated proficiency with library/archival technology applications. Knowledge of EAD, DACS, MARC and other metadata standards. Familiarity with digital formats and issues related to born-digital content. Working knowledge of standard computer office applications such as Microsoft Outlook, Word, Excel, Access, PowerPoint and other software. Maintain professional development through participation at local, state or national level. Perform related duties as required.

• Trains, supervises and evaluates the performance of librarians and archivists in the unit
• Coordinates and participates in staff training and development
• Evaluates programs, services, and collections and implements improvements to meet patron needs
• Administers budgets for Harsh collections, programs, and services
• Helps catalog collections in ArchivesSpace, and prepares reading lists, bibliographies, and annotations for archival collections and digital collections
• Resolves complex reference and research problems, using knowledge of US copyright law or laws around medical and personal privacy
• Writes grants to seek outside support for library programs, as required
• Ensures the orderly physical condition of facilities including security and custodial issues
• Plans and conducts workshops for department staff on the proper care, storage and retrieval of archived records and objects
• Represents the Harsh Research Collection and Chicago Public Library at meetings with historical societies, academic institutions and civic organizations to discuss best practices of archived materials
• Supervises the preparation of statistical records and reports related to Harsh Research Collection archival collections
• Conducts research on bibliographic data using library databases and the Internet

NOTE: The list of essential duties is not intended to be inclusive; there may be other duties that are essential to particular positions within the class.

Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Master’s degree in Archival Studies OR a Master’s degree from an accredited American Library Association (ALA) Library Science program, History or a GLAM-related (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, Museums) degree, or equivalent work experience with Black collections.

• Knowledge of EAD, DACS and/or other metadata standards (Require at least an novice knowledge)
• Work and/or volunteer experience working with African American collections/exhibits in a gallery, archives, and/or library and/or museum setting. (1 year)

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