Position: Library Assistant
Organization: The Henry S. Hall, Jr. American Alpine Club Library
Reports to: Library Director
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday, including evening hours
As the Library Assistant, you will be working in a special library with a very small staff. You will wear many hats and get experience performing a wide range of tasks in the library, archives, and museum space.
**This position is on site with no remote potential.**
COVID-19 Update: The AAC Library is not open to the public at this time. Until it opens to the public, the hours of this position will be weekdays and no evenings. Once opened, this position will work Saturdays and one evening each week.
Position Description: The Library Assistant is responsible for general day-to-day library operations and services, including, but not limited to, circulation, reference, digital services, and collection maintenance. Some examples of the tasks this person will be performing are:
-Open and close library and museum (in normal times)
-Staff circulation desk, answer email and phone calls
-Mail books to patrons as requested
-Assist with volunteer management
-Assist with donated book selection, thank you letters and shelf preparation
-Assist with temporary exhibits and museum as assigned
-Assist with duplicate book sales in-house, on-line and events
-Answer basic reference questions or refer them to Library Director or volunteers
-Scan items upon patron request, or assign to volunteers
-Participate in stacks shelving, weeding and shifting projects
-Process archives, artifacts, and gear donations
Additional Info & Requirements
The AAC seeks candidates with drive, enthusiasm, and ambition who are interested in supporting the mission and vision of the American Alpine Club.
· Must be a current, or recently graduated, library student working towards a Master’s Degree.
· Library experience a plus, but not necessary.
· Excellent customer service skills.
· Great attention to detail.
· Interest in special libraries, history, rock climbing, and the outdoors a plus.
· Ability to lift 50 lbs and work in cool and/or dusty conditions.
About the AAC Library
Established in 1916, the AAC Library is among the oldest alpine libraries in the United States and it is likely the largest in the world. The library focuses on American and foreign guidebooks and mountain regions everywhere, including Mount Everest and the Himalayas, and the Alps. The library’s mission as climbing's cultural heritage archive is to preserve mountaineering history. Its collections include more than 60,000 books and audiovisual media devoted to mountaineering, alpinism, rock climbing, ice climbing, and bouldering. More than half the collection is non-circulating, research materials. The AAC Library also owns and maintains the collections on display in the American Mountaineering Museum.
About the AAC
Founded in 1902, the American Alpine Club (AAC) envisions a united community of competent climbers and healthy climbing landscapes. For more than a century, the AAC has built relationships with conservation-minded organizations and government agencies, funded and
documented some of the world’s most significant climbs—including historic expeditions to K2 (1938, ‘39 and ‘53), the first ascent of Hidden Peak (‘58), the first American summit of Mount Everest (‘63), and Antarctica’s Mount Vinson (‘66)—and connected climbers from a variety of
The AAC is a not-for-profit, 501(c)3, organization supported by gift and grants from individuals, corporations and foundations, income from restricted endowments, membership dues, and the sale of merchandise and publications.
How to Apply
Please email your resume and cover letter to the Library Director, Katie Sauter at firstname.lastname@example.org. Use “Library Assistant” as the subject line – no phone calls please. Only potential interviewees will be contacted. Applications without cover letters will not be considered.
Deadline: apply by Friday, March 12, 2021.
The AAC is an equal opportunity employer. Your gender, religion, sex life, skin color, first language,
and size and ability of your body do not factor into employment decisions here. Neither do your
friends in high places. If you love our mission and are good at what you do, come as you are.
Katie Sauter, Library Director