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Posted: 12/06/2016

Employer
Nantucket Historical Association
Museum Resources

The NHA is a nonprofit organization that collects and preserves the objects, documents, and structures that tell the stories of Nantucket Island. The NHA is steward of an artifact collection of more than 30,000 objects, including complete skeletons of a 40-foot finback and a 46-foot sperm whale. The NHA’s Research Library is a special-collections repository of primary resources focusing on Nantucket history, and houses more than 5,000 volumes and 60,000 photographs, as well as manuscript documents such as ships’ logs, account books, family papers, and scrapbooks. The Whaling Museum, which received national accreditation from the American Alliance of Museums in 2007, is the NHA’s newly renovated state-of-the-art flagship venue, and serves as the center of a campus that includes twenty-two historic properties and sites. The association has more than 3,000 members and serves growing audiences of year-round and seasonal residents and visitors to the island from throughout the country and the world. With a burgeoning year-round population estimated at nearly 11,000, Nantucket, an island 30 miles off the coast of Cape Cod, Massachusetts, is among the state’s fastest growing counties, having grown 12.6 percent since the 2000 US Census. With an influx of seasonal residents and destination travelers, the population swells to as many as 70,000 during the summer months. As of 1996, the entire island of Nantucket is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is designated as a National Historic Landmark. The Nantucket Historical Association has been voted one of the fifty best nonprofits to work for in the United States by the NonProfit Times. Its Whaling Museum is, according to travel writer Andrew Harper, “one of the top ten places to see before you die."


Position
Library and Archives Manager
Type
Professional Opportunity
Location
Nantucket, MA
US
Details
 

 

The Nantucket Historical Association (NHA) is seeking a highly organized, positive team player to join its award winning team as the Library & Archives Manager. The Library & Archives Manager is a key member of the NHAs Museum Resources Department, and reports to the Director of the Department.  The successful candidate will serve as the NHAs Chief Archivist and will supervise other archivists, library assistants, interns and volunteers in the selection, arrangement, description, reference and outreach activities of the Library & Archives.  Responsibilities include management and oversight of the NHAs vast documentary collections, responding to public/researcher inquiries, and supporting development of temporary and permanent exhibitions.  Other major areas of responsibility include the further development of and maintenance of the institutional records management program, the initiation of outreach efforts to build partnerships in support of the NHA Library & Archives, development of goals and objectives, and the administration of grants, special funds, and the operating budget for the NHA Library & Archives.  He or she is a regular contributor to NHA scholarly publications. The position is full-time and exempt from overtime.    The Nantucket Historical Association is an equal opportunity employer.  Salary is commensurate with experience.

 

The ideal candidate possesses these qualifications:

 

             Excellent organizational abilities and attention to detail

 

             Excellent writing, verbal and interpersonal skills

 

             ALA-accredited MLS degree with specialization in archives administration or ACA certification, or equivalent of education and experience

 

             Minimum of 3 years of experience working with archives and special collections

 

             Knowledge of computer standards and applications in archives and libraries, and archival descriptive standards such as Dublin Core, MARC, EAD, and ISAD (G)

 

             Knowledge of descriptive content standards and best practices, particularly DACS

 

             Knowledge of computer standards and applications in archives and libraries, including MARC21, EAD, and digital imaging

 

             Ability to work independently and handle highly sensitive material in a confidential and secure manner

 

             Familiarity with both special collections and institutional archives

 

             Experience working with standard archives and library database systems, photoshop or other design software, and digital image manipulation techniques

 

             Experience in exhibition development preferred

 

             Customer-friendly, flexible, professional attitude, and a great sense of humor

 

OPen until
Until Filled

How to apply
Cover letter, resume and three professional references should be emailed to Rebecca Miller at rmiller@nha.org, or mailed c/o Nantucket Historical Association, PO Box 1016, Nantucket, MA 02554. Application must be received no later than 5:00 p.m. on January 18, 2017.
Rebecca Miller
Phone: 508-228-1894
Fax: 508-228-5618
ADDRESS
PO Box 1016
Nantucket, MA 02554
US

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