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Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society Research Library

25 Nottingham Court

Buffalo, New York 14216-3119

August 31, 2011

Job Opening


: Library & Archives

Employment Category: Part time (20 hours/week)

Reports to: Director, Library and Archives


The Assistant Librarian provides cataloging, archival arrangement and description, online catalog maintenance, and telephone, online, and in-person reference assistance with fulfilling of the research needs of scholars, genealogists, historians, students, museum staff, the media, and the general public. The schedule includes Saturday afternoons and occasional evenings. Wages are commensurate with experience.


Master of Library Science degree from an ALA-accredited library school
Desire to advance the mission of the Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society
Respect for the standards and protocols followed by accredited museums
Familiarity with OCLC, MARC21, AACR2, LCSH, and LC classification
Experience developing original records in OCLC for a variety of media
Training and/or experience in archival arrangement and description
Fluency with the Microsoft Office suite
Warm and welcoming approach to staff and the public
Ability to communicate clearly and effectively, verbally and in writing
Ability to tolerate moderate physical demands, including shifting books and boxes, lifting boxes weighing up to 50 lbs, climbing stairs, and using ladders to retrieve and reshelve library materials
Ability to function smoothly in a sometimes hectic and demanding environment
Available on Saturday afternoons


Bachelor’s degree in history or related field
Previous library, museum, or gallery experience
Experience with hosted online library catalogs
Supervisory experience with volunteers or support staff
Knowledge of major people, places, things, and events in Buffalo history
Facility with the Google suite, including Google calendars, Google Docs, and Google Books
Comfort with occasional public speaking engagements, such as presentations on library collections and research techniques


Original and copy cataloging of monographs, serials, manuscript collections, image collections, and audiovisual media
Maintain online public access catalog
Arrange and describe manuscript collections & institutional archives
Assist with acknowledgement and processing of donations to library collections
Assist with transfer of deaccessioned library items to peer institutions
Provide courteous and accurate reference services in person and remotely, via telephone, email, and postal mail
Interact and communicate with a variety of clientele
Assist with shelving
Other duties as assigned

Please submit a cover letter, resume, and the names and addresses of 3 references to the following address. We will accept electronic and hard copy applications until Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2011. Please, no telephone calls.

Cynthia Van Ness

Director of Library & Archives

Buffalo and Erie County Historical Society Research Library

25 Nottingham Court

Buffalo, New York 14216-3119

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