Librarian – Smithsonian Institution Libraries, Washington D.C.

Smithsonian Institution Libraries seeks candidates for a full-time position. This position is located in the Smithsonian American Art Museum & National Portrait Gallery Branch Library. It provides reference and bibliographic support to curatorial, research, exhibits and education staff within the Museum and Galleries.

Primary responsibilities include: Maintains a current knowledge of development in both relevant subject fields and librarianship through individual study, research, attendance at professional meetings, seminars, conferences, etc. Provides services such as: circulation, reference and other user services; acquisition of library materials and arrangement of materials. Provides guidance and access to information resources, both inside the library and beyond the library, through databases,
telecommunications networks and cooperative arrangements.

Develops and manages structured information about collections based on a variety of national cataloging standards, Government-wide agency practices and procedures The successful candidate will possess a Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited library school with 2-3 years of professional experience, excellent project management skills, experience with OCLC, knowledge of MARC, AACR2, LCSH, LC classification, and standard authority control procedures, significant experience with integrated library systems, strong organizational skills with meticulous attention to detail, excellent communication skills and ability to work with diverse individuals at all levels. Reading knowledge of a Western European language is desired.

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For further information please call (202) 633-6370 (voice) or (202) 633-6409 (TTY); or email to

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  1. If anyone is interested in talking informally about this position to learn more before applying, please contact me (I’ll be out of the office until 1/22/08):

    Martin Kalfatovic
    Head, New Media Office and Preservation Services
    Smithsonian Institution Libraries

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