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Archivist/Librarian


  • Dedham Historical Society
  • 08/20/19
  • Dedham, MA
  • 02026
  • 20 / Hourly
  • Part-Time
The Dedham Historical Society & Museum seeks a part-time Archivist/Librarian to oversee, promote, and steward its important collections that reflect the history of one of the oldest and most historic communities in the nation. Candidate must be forward-thinking and enthusiastic about outreach and engaging audiences. Responsibilities: Care for archival collections and reference library using current archival and records management best practices, maintaining the physical collection with an eye toward preservation and access. Provide reference and/or research services to historical and genealogical researchers, in person or by phone, email, or mail. Use database programs to catalog materials for accessioning and for research (DHSM uses Past Perfect). Make materials accessible by writing finding aids and working with volunteers to do the same. Post/write to social media channels about collections at least 2x/week. Contribute information to the DHSM website and bimonthly newsletter. Provide ideas, reference services, and content for programs, publications, exhibits, reports, grants, etc. Participate in and assist with school programs. Explore options for and eventually integrate digitization. Seek grant funding for archival projects and work with the executive director on the submission of grants for the archives and library. Referencing the Collections Policy, appraise external library and archival materials for possible accession to the collection through gifts or purchase; consider materials for deaccessioning. Build volunteer archives/research team and oversee those volunteers. Create monthly visitor reports for the board. Report to executive director. Qualifications: Graduate degree in relevant field and/or ALA-accredited degree (MLS/MLIS or equivalent). Familiarity with collections databases. Working knowledge of historic collections and their care and handling. Experience in research and writing. Interest in social media. Organizational and communications skills. Ability to work independently and as a team. Archives are currently open Tuesday and Thursday, 9-4 and 2nd & 4th Saturday, 11-2. Hours can be made to fit candidate's schedule, thereafter being set, + 3 hours alt. Saturdays.

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