Special Collections Librarian, George Washington’s Mt. Vernon Estate

Position: Special Collections Librarian

Department: Collections

George Washington’s Mount Vernon Estate & Gardens seeks applicants for the full-time position of Special Collections Librarian.  The Special Collections Librarian has responsibility for collection development and assessment in the areas of rare books, manuscripts, maps, and archives and for negotiating acquisitions for gifts and purchases.  S/he participates in donor outreach efforts and the identification and application for external, private funding opportunities.  S/he provides public service assistance to library users; promotes awareness and use of special collections to students and researchers at Mount Vernon and beyond; and works with the Head Librarian on strategic planning for bibliographic control and development of these resources.  Mount Vernon is planning for a new library building with expanded services and collections and is seeking an energetic, enthusiastic, and committed librarian, who can actively work to acquire items that complement and augment existing collections; to conserve and preserve special materials; and to improve patron access our unique and historic library collections.  Qualifications: An MLS from an ALA-accredited program; at least 1year experience with special collections; demonstrated knowledge of library preservation practices; subject expertise in 18th-century American history and culture; ability to use Web2.0 technologies to showcase library collections, desirable.

To apply: By December 15, 2009 send resume and letter of interest to: Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association, Human Resources Department, P.O. Box 110, Mount Vernon, VA 22121.  Applications may also be sent via fax to 703.780.8320 or by e-mail to hrmail@mountvernon.org.


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