Museum / Art

  • Museum and art librarians are usually responsible for very specific collections. Much of their work is archival in nature and they help to preserve both exhibit materials and literature for long term storage.
  • Collections are unique and often attract scholars from all over the world.
  • Librarians assist with research and help to ensure the authenticity of exhibits.
Organization Position Location Responsibilities Qualifications Salary
Austin History Center:
Archivist II
Austin, TX
Manages archival collections and materials; Acquisitions for one or more unit; Archival reference and research; Compiles finding aids; Patron services and programs MLIS, specializing in archives; 2 years working in archives, library, museum, other cultural institution; Knowledge of archival standards, practices, issues and trends Not stated
Nat'l Archives and Records Administration:
Archives Technician
Washington DC or College Park, MD
Manages repair and rehabilitation projects; Monitors digitizing personnel; Provides reference services; Verifies and arranges documents; Prepares finding aids One year experience providing reference and preservation; One half-year graduate education in library science may be substituted for experience $38,747-50,374
Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Museum:
Digital Asset Systems Manager
Cleveland, OH
Evaluates and implements software solutions for preservation and access of digital collections; Creates public-facing portals for interaction with content; Maintains specialized applications, such as ILS; Serves as the primary contact for vendors Bachelor's degree in Library Science; MLIS preferred; 2 years' experience supporting information technology; Experience with digitization projects; Experience with ILS; Basic programming experience; Strong interest in museum subjects Not stated
The Morton Arboretum:
Digital Content Specialist
Lisle, IL
Manage digital assets for knowledge management initiatives; Design and produce interpretive media content; Evaluate and maintain content and tech platforms Bachelor's degree in Library Science; MLIS preferred; 2 years' experience project coordination; Proficiency with databases and web technology; Experience in a garden or museum environment preferred Not stated
Tides:
Records Manager
San Francisco CA or New York, NY
Maintain and update records management policies and procedures; Maintain the records database; Train staff in database use; Lead migration to a paperless system; Acquire and maintain Notary Public license Bachelor's degree; Library Science preferred; 3 years' experience in an administrative or records position Not stated

Further Reading

SLA’s Division of Museums, Arts & Humanities: http://mah.sla.org/

Meet a museum librarian: http://artsbma.org/meet-the-librarian-lindsey-reynolds/

Advice from librarians working in the field of museum librarianship: http://letterstoayounglibrarian.blogspot.com/2012/05/so-you-want-to-be-museum-librarian-by.html

and http://letterstoayounglibrarian.blogspot.com/2014/11/so-you-want-to-work-in-foreign-language.html

On being National Geographic’s photo archivist: http://proof.nationalgeographic.com/2014/01/27/the-archivist/