The National Society has reopened its search for a talented and forward-thinking library professional to serve as an integral part of the management team of the DAR Library.
We are looking for an experienced professional who will have the opportunity to work closely with the Library Director to develop and carry out its plans, policies and delivery of programs and services offered at the Library; who will get to manage and oversee the operation of the reference desk and staff, and will help to ensure the smooth functioning of the Library and overall department operations.
The successful candidate will have a genuine passion, interest in and knowledge of genealogical/historical research, and a genuine desire to share that passion with others.
Essential Responsibilities Include:
- Oversees the staffing, function, and schedules of the reference/ information desks and the Seimes Technology Center, as well as supervision and management of Search Services activities and staff.
- Provides informed genealogical reference services and referrals to all researchers utilizing all types of information media such as books, periodicals, online databases, other internet resources, CD-ROMS, etc.
- Works with the Library Director in developing, overseeing and carrying-out a variety of programs and community outreach initiatives and activities.
- Gives library tours or orientations and is comfortable speaking to large groups.
- Manages and oversees the work and work assignments of volunteers, as needed.
- Participates in the selection of new books and other research materials and provides recommendations for purchases for the collection.
- Assists with the collection of content for Library publications and indexing of new publications.
- Works with Library Director or others on projects to de-accession duplicate books and other materials from the collection.
- Takes the lead on software updates, researching new software options, if appropriate, and troubleshooting software issues, as needed.
As part of our long term succession planning the qualifications and requirements are as follows:
- Master of Library Science (MLS) required.
- Bachelor’s degree required, preferably in American History.
Required Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
- Minimum 5 years of Library experience.
- Minimum 2 years management/supervisory experience.
- Experience using library-specific software and superior skills using Microsoft Office.
- Must have demonstrable experience working in a genealogical/historical collection or experience working frequently with a genealogical/historical collection of a library or similar research center.
- Previous experience in genealogy research acquired through accredited or credible coursework is desirable.
- Experience developing programs, community outreach opportunities and other activities that help promote and showcase the library’s collection.
- Experience working with visitors or patrons providing information, resources, or services, preferably serving on a reference desk.
- Excellent management and supervisory capabilities; specifically the ability to lead a team and inspire excellence.
- Outstanding written, verbal and listening communication skills and ability to interact effectively with broad range of people, including a diverse staff, executive committee, a large membership and the public. Strong organizational and interpersonal skills are essential.
- Applies knowledge of professional library principles, best practices and procedures and maintains a current awareness of trends and developments in the fields of American genealogical research and state and local history.
- Demonstrated success in prioritizing among multiple competing assignments, projects or programs.
- Organizational skills, including accuracy and attention to detail.
For more information about the DAR Library and other programs and activities please visit our website at www.dar.org.
Please send a cover letter and resume or application outlining your qualifications and skills for the position along with salary requirements to:
Attention: Human Resources Director
National Society Daughters of the American Revolution
1776 D St., N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20006-5303