Thursday, August 12, 2010


Applicants should send their cover letter and resume to Alanna Nissen at


Reports To:
Director of Education/Executive Director

The librarian is responsible for the effective management of day-to-day operations and long-range planning for the American Craft Council library in accordance with its mission to acquire, organize, preserve and provide information about craft.

Primary Duties:
1.    Goals, policies and procedures.  Develops short and long-range planning goals that lead to the recognition of the library as a premier source for information about contemporary craft. Develops and recommends library policies.  Develops and implements procedures and plans.   
2.    Catalog.  Oversees, monitors, and modifies if necessary the cataloging of new books and exhibition catalogs into OCLC, and into the library’s online catalog.
3.    Databases. Develops and/or modifies library databases so that they provide the information the library staff and patrons need to answer reference queries efficiently and accurately.
4.    Reference and patron assistance. Responds to reference questions and requests and assists patrons as needed.
5.    Acquisitions.  Evaluates and selects monographs, exhibition catalogs, serials, non-print and electronic media with the assistance of Council staff members.   
6.    Archives.  Assesses the current archival holdings.  Develops and implements a plan for the organization, description, maintenance and preservation of the council’s archives.
7.    Files.  Develops and maintains craft artist, pamphlet and other files.
8.    Serials. Maintains the vendor relationship with EBSCO, checks in new issues, and completes bi-annual binding projects.
9.    Public relations.  Expands awareness of the richness of the library’s collection with the
        general public, ACC members, and other organizations and libraries.

Secondary Duties:
1.    Works with other program heads and the Executive Director to develop library policies and procedures for the Council.
2.    Assists the Executive Director, program heads, and other staff in utilizing the library collection and the special skills of the library staff.
3.    Assists with the continuing development and maintenance of the Council’s Web site and the library’s presence on it.
4.    Performs other tasks as assigned or necessary.

Special Qualifications:
1.    MLS or MLIS from ALA-accredited program.
2.    Supervisory experience in specialized library setting. Experience in art/craft library collection is very desirable.
3.    Cataloging experience with OCLC Client or web based WorldCat.
4.    Strong reference skills in both print and electronic media.
5.    Working knowledge of AACR2, LCSH, LC classification, and MARC.
6.    Ability to work with databases, familiarity with InMagic system is ideal.
7.    Knowledge of archive organization and preservation.