Education: M.L.S. required; Ph.D. in early modern English literature preferred; reading knowledge of at least one Continental language (e.g. French, German, Italian, or Latin) and rare book experience required.
Experience: Three to five years research services experience in a university or independent research library. Superior oral and written communication skills. Knowledgeable about bibliography and history of the book. Experienced with delivery of research support, including individual and group instruction. Familiar with multimedia technologies and research tools relevant to a research library environment knowledgeable about ways that new technologies are affecting the production of humanities scholarship. Skilled in using social media in delivery of library services. A demonstrated commitment to ongoing professional development, with a record of publication or other relevant professional/scholarly activity or service. Knowledge of basic cataloging principles; familiarity with MARC 21, DCRB/DCRM(B), EAD. Ability to work independently and collaboratively with peers and colleagues within and beyond the institution.
Duties: Under the direction of the Head of Reference, participates as a member of the Folger’s research services team in providing high quality and innovative reference and research support to onsite and remote readers working in early modern studies, Shakespeare, and other areas in which the Folger has collection strengths. Proactively engages readers in order to support and anticipate their needs and enhance their research experience. In collaboration with colleagues, assesses research services and resources and contributes to the development, testing, and implementation of new resources, tools, and policies.
Shares responsibility for new reader orientation, bibliographic instruction, and educating users in proper handling and care of the collection. Assists the Head of Reference and reading room staff in the timely delivery of specialized reference support. Guides readers in the use of the Folger’s online research tools and resources. Serves on the Reference Committee with shared responsibility for selecting reference resources and subscriptions. Assists in presentations on the Folger collection and provides tours, as needed, for visiting classes, community groups, colleagues, and other visitors. With other library colleagues, shares collection care responsibilities to insure the safe and proper handling of collection materials. May assist exhibition manager and exhibition curators in the planning and implementation of Folger exhibitions. Promotes the Folger collection as a contributor to the library blog, the Collation ( http://collation.folger.edu/  ), and other publications. May serve on other Folger-wide committees and working groups, as needed. Expected to be professionally active, and represents the Library in academic, scholarly, and professional communities.
Please send coverletter and resume to Folger Shakespeare Library, Attn: HR/ARL, 201 E. Capitol Street SE, Washington, DC 20003-1004 or email firstname.lastname@example.org . No phone calls, please. EOE.