Chief Librarian

Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County

Los Angeles, CA

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Los Angeles, CA


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Job Description

The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is located in Exposition Park, Los Angeles, near the University of Southern California. Founded in 1913, the museum has amassed some of the world's most significant collections of natural history specimens and cultural history materials, which are the subject of groundbreaking scientific and historical research and the basis for innovative exhibits. The Research Library has been an integral part of the museum for almost a century, and its holdings reflect the breadth of the institution's collections. The Natural History Museum Foundation is seeking a dynamic and resourceful professional to lead its Research Library. The successful candidate will possess an ability to lead a revitalization of the library, thrive in a team setting, manage multiple tasks simultaneously, and aggressively seek funding for library development. Responsibilities: Reporting to the Vice President of Research and Collections, and consulting with a curatorial Library Committee, the Chief Librarian takes a leadership role in developing and monitoring the Library's strategic planning, budget, policies, and procedures. In support of the Museum's mission, and to satisfy the information needs of the museum's staff and patrons, the incumbent develops and manages the library collections, programs, and services, including the technological infrastructure necessary for their delivery and use. The incumbent manages all aspects of library operations including personnel, technology, purchasing, space and facilities, outreach and public relations, and is charged with identifying and pursuing sources of support through grants and donations to help fund improvements to the Library.

Additional Info & Requirements

Candidates with a Master's degree from an ALA-accredited school in Library Science or Information Science are preferred, and they should have at least three years of professional library experience, and proven success with supervision and management of staff, including volunteers. They must possess broad knowledge of current information resources and library technologies, experience with integrated library systems, and proficiency with OCLC and cataloging issues. Additional qualifications: Candidates must have demonstrated a public service orientation, strong communication skills, effective interpersonal and collaborative skills, and superior organizational and problem-solving skills. Solid familiarity with, and interest in research fields of the Natural History Museum, is highly desirable.

HR Info

Salary is commensurate with experience plus excellent benefits. This is a full time, regular, exempt position. Review of applications begins immediately and continues until position is filled. Interested candidates please visit and scroll down to the bottom of the page to the "careers" link to apply online or candidates may go directly to the online application by visiting Applications must include a cover letter, a CV, and names/contact information of three referees. The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles County is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Please, No Phone Calls.

Posted Dec 9, 2009