Museum/Art Sample Job Postings


Sample Museum/Art Positions for LIS Professionals (as of 8/2017; click on position title for full job posting)

(Note: All positions described below require or prefer that job applicants have an MLIS or equivalent.)

Position Sample Duties Sample Required Qualifications Salary
References Services Librarian

National historical organization, Washington. DC

Provide genealogical reference services to researchers utilizing all types of information media (books, periodicals, online databases, other internet resources, CD-ROMs, etc.); work with directors to develop, oversee, implement variety of programs and community outreach initiatives, activities; work with directors and other staff to develop content for, and provide daily management of, library’s social media platform(s); help create, post new content for library webpage, including finding aids, short online subject guides, general research guides. 2 years working in libraries or access or reference services providing reference/research support to patrons, researchers; experience using electronic resources, emerging technologies, and library computer software, including superior Microsoft Office skills; experience working in genealogical/ historical collection or working frequently with a genealogical/historical collection of a library or similar research center; experience developing programs, lectures and other activities to promote and showcase the library’s collection.


Chief Archivist and Librarian

Art museum, Potomac, MD

Formulate, administer institution-wide records management program for both physical and digital records; direct establishment, implementation, regular evaluation of policies for accessioning, processing, preservation of archival content; create, implement policies, procedures, and workflows for cataloging archival and library assets in collection management system (CollectiveAccess); oversee transfer of analog and born-digital records (e.g., architectural records, construction records, oral histories) into archives collection. Ability to advocate for archival policies, ensure compliance with best practices, liaise with diverse stakeholders; experience writing, implementing, and assessing policies and workflows for physical,digital collections management; familiarity with professional metadata schema, content standards for managing archival collections and digital assets (e.g., DACS, Dublin Core, PBCore, VRA Core, EXIF, IPTC, XMP, and PREMIS); modern art, architecture knowledge and/or museum archives background preferred. Not stated
Head Librarian

Art museum, St. Louis, MO

Direct library reference services for museum staff members, public patrons, schedule and monitor reference desk, provide instruction to staff, volunteers in use of library research materials; guide library technical services activities, plan for future collection growth, approve acquisitions; monitor staff activity re materials organization, including archival records, digital images, periodicals, books, auction catalogues; oversee collection maintenance; prepare, manage library budget 3 to 5 years administrative experience in academic or museum library, and extensive knowledge of art history and art literature required. Master’s degree in art history and working knowledge of two European languages preferred. Position requires awareness of administrative practices in special libraries, especially acquisitions, financial management, and library systems. $68,126 minimum
Archivist/Volunteer Manager

Religious historical society, Dallas, TX

Arrange, describe, catalog manuscript and archival collections; contribute to strategies for streamlining processing to increase access to collections, set processing priorities in accordance with established goals; identify, refer items for preservation treatment; maintain integrity of descriptive access tools (accession registers, inventory registers, collection management database); meet with potential donors, develop processing plans for individual archives and manuscripts collections. 2 yrs experience working with and managing archives collections of diverse formats; supervisory experience preferred; ability to conceptualize and organize large collections in diverse formats; knowledge of MARC format, EAD for digital encoding of manuscript and archival finding aids; familiarity with DACS2, Getty Research Institute Vocabularies, and other standards for description of manuscript and archival materials; knowledge of issues associated with electronic records. Not stated