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Mt. Cuba Center-Librarian & Archivist -Fri, 01/08/2021 - 4:20pm

Librarian & Archivist


Mt. Cuba Center
3120 Barley Mill Road Mt. Cuba Center
Hockessin , DE 19707
United States
Delaware US

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Job Description 

This position will manage,develop and preserve Mt. Cuba Center’s Library and Archive Collections. The Librarian & Archivist utilizes collection resources to serve the information needs of Mt. Cuba Center and facilitate the preservation and utilization of non-living collections. This position will purchase materials, compile records, sort, shelve, issue, and receive library materials such as books, electronic media, pictures, and other digital documents of value. Additionally, this position will perform archival duties to preserve non-living collections of value.

Duties & Responsibilities 

Manage Library Circulation Activities
Lend, reserve, and collect books, periodicals, videotapes, pictures, digital assets, and other materials at circulation desk and process materials for loans; Maintain records of items received, stored, issued, and returned and file catalog cards according to system used; Sort books, publications, and other items according to established procedure and return them to shelves, files, or other designated storage areas
Provide intellectual stewardship for collections by working closely with staff, volunteers, students, vendors, and consortia partners; Locate library materials for users; Answer routine inquiries and refer users in need of professional assistance to appropriate resources or answers; Instruct users on how to utilize reference sources, catalogs, and automated information systems pertaining to the library
Perform Archivist Duties
Appraise, edit, and direct safekeeping of permanent records and historically valuable documents and assets; Participate in research activities based on archival materials; Create and maintain accessible, retrievable computer archives and databases, incorporating current advances in electronic information storage technology
Monitor non-living collections and determine appropriate preservation priorities and actions to ensure long-term storage and security; Organize and oversee the work of outside contractors performing preservation duties.
Special Collections Management
Analyze user requests to develop and build collections in support of the organization’s mission, strategic initiatives, and collections priority; Code, classify, and catalog collections based on subject matter or standard classification systems
Implement and work with databases and information systems to catalogue and access information
Create and execute policies, budgets, plans and resource allocation in consultation with Director of Collections & Conservation Lead
Support Guest and Organizational Programs
Provide knowledge and guidance to support guest and organizational initiatives related to profession
Lead, guide and train employees, interns and volunteers performing related work
Carry out other such duties as may be assigned or requested. Contribute to MCC activities as required. Actively participate as a member of Mt. Cuba Center’s community

Education and Experience 


A Bachelor’s degree in Library Science or related field and 2 years’ experience in special library function or equivalent experience
Working knowledge of copyright law and industry regulatory standards
Exceptional written communication and organizational skills
Familiarity with: Records management (best practices and workflows) in addition to Archival collections (best practices, platforms and workflows)
Excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to effectively and persuasively communicate with the staff and the public
Ability to learn and adapt to various software and technology programs to complete work duties
Self-motivated, organized, attentive to details, team player with the ability to manage time and function effectively without close supervision
Ability and willingness to work flexible hours including evenings, weekends, holidays and special events as needed
Physical requirements: ability to independently lift 35 lbs.
Please note this is a part time, seasonal position working under 1,000 hours per year.

Application Instructions 

Please submit a resume, letter of interest and contact information including current email address for three professional employment references. Apply online at

Mt. Cuba Center is committed to inclusivity and we encourage qualified candidates from all cultures and communities to apply.

Full Name 
Madelyn Underwood