Job Posting: Temporary Librarian, The Costume Institute, Metropolitan Museum of Art

POSITION TITLE: Temporary Librarian
DEPARTMENT: The Costume Institute and Watson Library
REPORTS TO: Associate Chief Librarian, Watson Library
EMPLOYEE CLASSIFICATION: Part time, 4 days a week / 28 hours total per week
EFFECTIVE DATES: February 1, 2016-September 15, 2016

The Temporary Librarian will perform a variety of public and technical services functions in the Irene Lewisohn Costume Reference Library for six months while the librarian is on maternity leave. Working in close coordination with Watson staff, this position will provide public service for the Costume Institute Library’s varied clientele including department staff and visiting researchers, mediating access to the collection. Other tasks include selecting new materials, prepare periodicals for binding, assist with the processing backlogs of un-cataloged material and digitization projects.

● Maintains collection, including paging, re-shelving, and shifting material when necessary
● Manages appointments of outside researchers and the retrieval of library material for them
● Respond to reference questions via email
● Assists researchers with locating materials, access to files, scanning, and related services
● Ensures the accurate and efficient circulation of library material
● Assists with ongoing digitization projects (i.e., scanning fashion sketches and ephemera)
● Assists with the ordering new books or exhibition-related materials, and keeping track of periodicals subscriptions
● Receives incoming periodicals
● Prepares bindery shipments
● Sends out publication exchange program catalogs
● Assists with ongoing archive and backlog projects
● Performs database maintenance in Millennium when needed
● Other related duties

Experience and Skills:
● Library experience required
● Excellent, flexible, and responsive customer service experience required
● Excellent and professional interpersonal skills required, in order to maintain collaborative relationships with Costume Institute staff and staff throughout the Museum
● Experience handling multiple complex tasks, managing deadlines, and successfully coordinating or producing time-sensitive materials required
● Ability to do detailed work accurately and to work effectively as part of a team required
● Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing required
● Ability to lift 40 pounds and climb tall ladders
● Experience using an integrated library automation system required; Millennium preferred
● Experience working with archival material
● Digitization project experience

Knowledge and Education:
● Master’s degree in Library Science required
● Knowledge of PCs and Windows and ability to work in a networked environment required
● Knowledge of one or more library standards, e.g., MARC21, RDA, Archivist’s Toolkit required
● Strong knowledge in historical and contemporary costume and fashion

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applicants should submit a cover letter indicating how they satisfy the requirements above, a resume, and the names of three references to the following e-mail address: with “Temporary Librarian, The Costume Institute” in the subject line.

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