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Librarian for Technical Services
Philadelphia Museum of Art - Library and Archives, Philadelphia, PA 

December 22, 2011 

The Library of the Philadelphia Museum of Art invites applications from motivated, creative and innovative librarians to provide leadership and expertise for technical services. The Librarian for Technical Services manages the day-to-day operations of a section comprised of a part-time cataloger, two support staff, and various volunteers and interns, and reports to the Director of the Library and Archives. The section is responsible for cataloging and processing of library materials in multiple formats; the shelving, repairing and binding of library materials (including maintenance of the general stacks and various departmental shelving locations); periodicals and auction catalogs receipts; and maintaining the bibliographic database. The position oversees the Library's vendor-hosted integrated library system (Ex Libris Aleph); serves as liaison to OCLC; collaborates in the development, evaluation, and implementation of policies and plans; prepares reports and statistics; performs complex cataloging; participates in selecting, evaluating and supervising staff, volunteers and interns; maintains technical services policies and procedures documentation. As a team player in the Library and Archives, assists in staffing the reference desk (including occasional Saturday hours) and preparing library installations; performs other duties and special projects as needed. The position is a member of the Library and Archives management group.

The Museum's Library and Archives is located in the newly-renovated Ruth and Raymond G. Perelman Building. Its 210,000 volumes, 2,100 linear feet of archival materials, and digital resources reflect the Museum's rich and distinctive collections in European, American, and Asian painting and sculpture; furniture and decorative arts; arms and armor; costume and textiles; prints, drawings, and photographs; and contemporary art.


  • ALA accredited master's degree in library or information science or its equivalent.
  • Minimum of 5 years of increasingly responsible library experience in technical services.
  • Comprehensive knowledge of library technical services trends, developments and standards (AACR2, MARC, LCSH, non-MARC metadata schemes, strategies for implementation of RDA , etc.).
  • Proficiency with an integrated library system and OCLC resources and services.
  • Prior supervisory experience.
  • Working knowledge of at least one foreign language, as well as proficiency in using dictionaries for other foreign languages.
  • Experience with collection management and preservation of library materials.
  • Excellent organizational, problem-solving and oral and written communication skills.
  • Flexibility, creativity, and versatility to work both independently and collaboratively in a rapidly changing environment.
  • Proficiency and skill in an electronic environment.
  • Must be able to stoop or bend to reach books on lower shelves, must be able to reach books on upper shelves using library stools. Must be able to lift books up to 15 pounds for shelving, and push full book carts.

Desirable Qualifications: B.A. or M.A. in art history; project management and grant writing experience; familiarity with the licensing, procurement, management and assessment of electronic resources; knowledge of digitization standards.

To Apply: Please submit a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three references via the Museum's job opportunities page: Consideration of applicants will begin immediately; the position is open beginning January 16, 2012. EOE