Reading Room Assistant
Do you like bringing order to chaos? Do you enjoy investigating and helping find answers to people's questions? If your answers are yes, then this might be the job for you! The Sixth Floor Museum is currently searching for a Reading Room Assistant in the Museum's research library who doesn't get flustered easily, whether meeting new patrons, facing tough research questions or dealing with technical difficulties. This position requires a person who has focus, attention to detail, and cares about the quality of their work. The part-time Reading Room Assistant role is an excellent opportunity to work with a unique collection, serving patrons from all over the world in an internationally renowned public history museum.
If you are Sherlock but with people skills, looking to sharpen your library and archiving skills, then read on.
The Reading Room Assistant will work closely with the Museum’s librarian/archivist and assist with a wide variety of daily operational, technical and clerical duties. This position involves interaction with the public and Museum Staff and requires a friendly and professional demeanor. This is an ideal position for someone looking to sharpen their skills as a librarian or archivist.
- Support the daily operational activities of the Reading Room, including managing the library when Librarian is absent.
- Respond to general research inquiries and research correspondence under the supervision of the Librarian/Archivist.
- Respond to research inquiries from internal Museum Staff.
- Perform copy-cataloging and original cataloging activities.
- Assist in acquisition of new materials and withdrawal of outdated materials.
- Generate acquisition reports, library usage statistics reports,
- Maintain the researcher/visitor log, donation logs, cataloging standards documents.
- Conducts minor conservation repairs on damaged materials.
- Perform general clerical tasks such as shelving, filing, photocopying and mailing.
- Assists in the Institutional Archive management initiatives.
- Assists with development of outreach opportunities to increase awareness, use, and appreciation of the Reading Room.
- Creates social media content related to the Reading Room for social media postings.
- Supports other Museum programs and Guest Services as needed.
- Work on other duties and special projects as assigned.
- Bachelor's Degree required or enrolled in a Master’s Degree program in Library and Information Science or Archives related program.
- Experience in working libraries, archives, or museum settings or equivalent combination of education and experience is preferred.
- Ability to lift-up to 25 pounds and climb a stool or ladder.
- Ability to maintain records and documentation.
- Ability to perform research using various print and electronic resources.
- Ability to work efficiently and independently.
- Possess a strong customer service oriented attitude.
- Strong attention to detail and organization.
- Committed to upholding patron confidentiality and privacy.
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- General knowledge and media equipment.
- Working knowledge of computers, including Microsoft Excel and Word.
The Sixth Floor Museum is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetics.
Part-time employees receive:
- Either free DART or parking
- Paid personal, sick, and vacation days
- Generous 401k package