Job Posting: Reference and Interlibrary Loan Librarian, The Field Museum, Chicago IL

The Field Museum Library seeks a curious, service-oriented librarian for a truly unique opportunity to connect with Museum staff, volunteers, associates and visiting scholars from all over the world. The Librarian is responsible for providing a full range of research and instructional services and participates in departmental liaison efforts.

Additional duties include overseeing the resource sharing program, coordinating outreach activities and library promotion. This service role also requires strong interpersonal, critical thinking, and communication skills, as well as knowledge of basic research methods and skill in using library reference techniques.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Provide effective and timely reference and research services to patrons in person and via email.
  • Staff the Library’s Reference Desk as scheduled.
  • Develop and provide instructional services to library patrons, actively arrange for reference consultations with staff and others.
  • Create and maintain resources that support research activities and promote library collections and services.
  • Participate in the development of web-based resources, reading room exhibitions or public exhibitions as needed.
  • Participate in collection maintenance activities.
  • Coordinate and oversees all interlibrary loan/document delivery functions for the Library.
  • Actively engage in relevant  professional development and continuing education activities.
  • Supervise volunteers engaged in a variety of Library Collections-related projects


  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program in library and information science. Minimum one year of experience working in a library is required.
  • Expert WorldCat search experience. Experience providing reference services using a variety of print and electronic resources.
  • Demonstrated customer service experience  with a focus on interacting with a diverse group of Museum (or similar organization) professionals, visitors, donors and students with tact and expertise.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Proficient in Microsoft applications including Word, Access, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Demonstrated presentation skills with large and small groups.
  • The successful candidate will have the ability to work independently and collaboratively across internal and external settings.
  • Ability to handle multiple tasks and set priorities.
  • Must be able to climb step ladders, reach books on high or low shelves, push carts and lift books/boxes up to 50 lbs. Must be able to walk and stand for long periods.


  • Experience using OCLC WMS ILL, including Article Exchange and IFM.
  • Experience with recruiting, training and managing volunteers.
  • Background/interest in natural history, anthropology, and/or museum studies, its literature, sources and research methods.
  • Familiarity with digitization projects.
  • Knowledge of at least one modern western European language.
  • Knowledge of various social media platforms.


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