Associate Librarian for Collection Description and Imaging

Washington D.C.
Apr 02, 2018
Jobs Outside Higher Education
Non-Profit Organizations & Associations
Institution Type
Specialized Institutions

The Folger Shakespeare Library, located in Washington D.C., seeks an experienced and innovative Associate Librarian for Collection Description and Imaging to provide leadership and management for all collections-based description and imaging activities. Reporting directly to the Eric Weinmann Librarian, the Associate Librarian for Collection Description and Imaging (ALCDI) oversees the cataloging, metadata, and digital imaging functions of the Collections team, collaborates with colleagues on projects that will enhance pathways to discovery within the collection, and is a key participant in digital initiatives. The ALCDI is responsible for the smooth operation of the Voyager ILS, Aeon, and LUNA environments, database loads and maintenance, global changes, electronic resources management, and customized electronic reports. They will work closely with IT, Digital Media, and Collections teams on projects that forward the goal of creating meaningful access to the collection, prepares for the evolving use of data and descriptions, and contributes to maximizing the impact of collections-based digital assets, while maintaining the integrity of collections driven data. The ALCDI is responsible for a budget that includes capital expenses, technology upgrades, and restricted resources. The ALCDI will also participate in planning for digital preservation, electronic resources management, and use of space. This is a full-time position with a generous benefits package, in a collegial environment.  This position works Monday-Friday, with Saturday reading room duty on a rotating basis, and occasional travel.

Applicants for this role are required to have an M.L.I.S. from an ALA-accredited institution, or equivalent, with an additional M.A. in a subject related to our collection strongly preferred, but not required. A minimum of five years of experience in a similar position in an academic/research environment with evidence of progressive responsibility, and at least 3 years of supervisory experience are required, with a strong preference for experience supervising teams in diverse functions.  Solid knowledge of national cataloging protocols and current cataloging best practices, working knowledge of digital imaging services, an understanding of metadata, and experience working with rare and special materials, are required. Understanding of the ways in which libraries create pathways of discoverability for collections and knowledge of current trends in library systems, including the creation, use, and preservation of digital images, linked data, open data, and metadata for multiple audiences, is needed. Candidates must have a demonstrated ability in digital and traditional library applications, including relational databases, data formats, search and retrieval protocols, and web and metadata standards. Enthusiasm for and an understanding of how research libraries may create electronic access pathways for non-traditional scholars is necessary. Significant experience with an integrated library system (ILS), Voyager preferred. Excellent communication, decision-making, leadership, and analytical skills essential to work with staff across the institution. This is a desk-based position, with occasional need to shelve materials, push fully loaded book carts, or otherwise handle rare and sometimes fragile materials. Thorough background checks are required of the selected candidate. 

Interested individuals should submit a cover letter and resume on our website, Please do not submit letters of reference, portfolios, or other materials at this stage of the application process. Incomplete applications will not be considered. The Folger is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

The Folger Shakespeare Library is the world’s largest Shakespeare collection, the ultimate resource for exploring Shakespeare and his world. The Folger welcomes millions of visitors online and in person, providing unparalleled access to a huge array of resources, from original sources to modern interpretations. The Folger allows visitors to experience the power of performance, the wonder of exhibitions, and the excitement of pathbreaking research; and offers the opportunity to engage with early modern sources, driving discovery and transforming education for students of all ages. The Folger’s Collection includes materials relating to Shakespeare and his works, from the 16th century to the present day, as well as a world-renowned collection of books, manuscripts, and prints from Renaissance Europe. To learn more about our collection please see visit our website at

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