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Saturday, January 26, 2008

Position: Archives and Library Director

Independence Seaport Museum is seeking a full-time Director of the J. Welles Henderson Archives and Library. The position reports directly to the Museum President and supervises one full-time professional assistant, one full-time temporary project archivist, volunteers and interns. The archives and library director is responsible for managing a repository of approximately 4,000 linear feet of archival collections and research library of 15,000 volumes.

Duties: Candidate will be required to arrange, describe and create electronic catalog records in OCLC for archival collection; provide reference service to the public; build archival and printed collections through purchase and donations; plan research, write labels and design exhibits for the department’s exhibit areas and Museum’s website; envision and lead development of automation and digitization projects; plan processing, conservation, cataloging and other projects, and work with the development department to write grants seeking project funding; perform copy and original cataloging for printed materials; serve on exhibition and planning committees, and work with other Museum departments on institution-wide projects; manage department budget; report to Archives and Curatorial Committee of the Board; represent the Museum at Philadelphia Area Consortium of Special Collections Libraries and other meetings, and participate in consortium projects and; give presentations about library collections for prospective donors and VIPs.

Preferred Qualifications: Qualifications: • M.L.S. or M. A. in History with certificate in archives management. • Three to five years experience in special collections library or research setting • Formal training in archival practice and care in handling unique material • Facility with OCLC mixed materials cataloging and standard professional tools and programs • Ability to work both independently and with the public • Knowledge of American and maritime history and technology preferred.

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit via email an electronic letter of interest and resume to: or mail to Archives & Library Director Search, Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia, PA 19106. No phone calls please. Deadline: February 15, 2008.

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