Job is Expired Library Director

American Alpine Club Library / Golden, CO

Job deadline Open Until Filled   Job salary Not specified   Job type of library Other   This job is located in Colorado Colorado

Job Description

POSITION STATUS: Exempt, full-time
REPORTS TO: Information & Marketing Director

POSITION OBJECTIVE: The Library Director is responsible for all library operations and services, providing leadership and vision for the library, directing library staff and volunteers, and serving as the library’s primary advocate and liaison to library donors, American Alpine Club (AAC) members, the general public, and AAC leadership.

• Provides direction and vision for the library, making sure that the library continues to meet, anticipate, and exceed the physical and digital needs of its users.
• Ensures that all library projects and operations support the mission of the AAC, its strategic plan, and the goals of the Information & Marketing Department (especially digital opportunities).
• Passionately promotes collections through outreach initiatives, both in person and online.
• Takes the lead role for library fundraising and donor cultivation, in coordination with the AAC Development Director, including the development of a new Library Steering Committee, grant writing, and donor recognition.
• Directs library staff, including recruitment, hiring, performance review, and daily supervision. Provides all necessary support for Digitization Archivist and Library Manager, including occasional volunteer management.
• Assumes responsibility for day-to-day operations, including policy development, library facilities, budget development and administration, collections care, user services, acquisitions, collections processing, outreach and communications, and library technology.
• Identifies and solicits significant new collections; oversees collections stewardship, including physical, legal, and intellectual control of all collections.
• Supports AAC staff and Bradford Washburn American Mountaineering Museum as needed.

ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS: The AAC seeks candidates with drive, enthusiasm, and ambition who are interested in supporting the mission and vision of the American Alpine Club. Required qualifications include:
• MSLIS from an ALA accredited institution
• At least two years leadership experience as a library administrator, preferably in a rare books, maps, or special library in a non-profit and/or research setting
• Experience with cataloging, reference, acquisitions, budget administration, archives, conservation/preservation, and familiarity with an ILS
• Experience supervising staff and volunteers, including recruitment, training, and recognition
• Demonstrated track record of donor cultivation, networking, and fundraising success
• Technological savvy, and interest in digital library trends

• Climbing, mountaineering, and/or outdoor recreation experience, knowledge, training, and/or background
• Demonstrated track record of successful library advocacy and marketing
• Familiarity with a variety of metadata, archival description and cataloging standards and best practices
• Central Asia/Himalaya expertise
• Experience with audiovisual collections
• Project management experience
• Experience with digital projects and collections
• Experience with Koha, CollectiveAccess, ContentDM, Omeka, Greenstone, Fedora, Archon, Archivist’s Toolkit, PastPerfect, or similar software platforms
• Experience with museum collections
• Knowledge of foreign languages (German, French, Nepali, Indian, Tibetan, Chinese, etc.)
• Professional involvement

COMPENSATION: Competitive salary commensurate with experience, medical and dental insurance, retirement plan, paid vacation and personal days, paid holidays.

Description of Community

Established in 1916, the AACL is among the oldest alpine libraries in the United States. The library focuses on American and foreign guidebooks and mountain regions around the world. The library’s mission as climbing's cultural heritage archive is to preserve and share mountaineering history. Its collections include more than 60,000 books and audiovisual media devoted to mountaineering, rock climbing, and mountain exploration in all their forms. Rare and non-circulating collections include:

• John M. Boyle Himalayan Library
• The Central Asia Library
• Archival collections
• Photographs
• Fine art
• Rare books dating back to the 16th century
• Historical artifacts
• Audiovisual media

Required Education

  • Master's Degree

Preferred Education

  • Master's Degree

Application Requirements

Submit cover letter and resume (email preferred) to:

Erik Lambert
Information and Marketing Director

The American Alpine Club
710 10th Street, Suite 100
Golden, CO 80401

No phone calls, please.

Preferred application deadline: May 20, 2013. Position open until filled.


Complete Library Director position description:

The American Alpine Club:

The American Alpine Club Library:

Masters Degree in a Program of Library and Information Science



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Date Posted

May 3rd, 2013

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