The Library Company of Philadelphia seeks an outgoing, visionary Librarian, a respected scholar and skilled administrator with a deep commitment to facilitating and sharing research, to serve as a partner with the Executive Director leading a new era of growth and change in a pioneering American research library.
Become immersed in and further develop a world-class collection in a library with a storied history that remains a vital part of American life.
Play a key role in partnership with the Executive Director and a talented, dedicated team shaping the future of this renowned institution.
Help the Library pursue a strategy to magnify its impact in public and academic spheres within its core capacities as a research library.
Facilitate experimentation to create new means of public engagement with history and expand concepts of scholarship.
Collaborate with professional peers at educational and cultural institutions in a city steeped in history, and beyond.
Accelerate recent progress toward diversity and inclusion within the organization and among the people it serves.
Influence academia in generating and disseminating knowledge.
Facilitate research and publication by a wide variety of scholars.
Enjoy life in a historic city with outstanding cultural and recreational resources, situated near other great cities.
Succeeding a highly regarded, long-tenured person and becoming steeped in the collection as quickly as possible.
Helping find solutions to an urgent need for more stack space.
Helping the Executive Director update and modernize an organization steeped in tradition while retaining its strengths. Effecting change will require diplomacy, patience, and steady effort.
Drawing new patrons and fostering new means of scholarship and dissemination of knowledge.
Continuing to broaden the scope of the collection to draw more diverse audiences and finding new areas of specialization that anticipate directions in American historical scholarship.
Completing documentation of the collection and bringing accessibility up to current standards.
The Librarian will be a person prepared and eager to take these challenges.
A respected scholar dedicated to facilitating and enriching other scholars’ research. Demonstrates intellectual generosity. Service-oriented.
Well versed in rare books and printing history in America.
Someone with the desire and skills to lead, to pull a team together. Has the diplomacy and steadiness to overcome inertia and establish guidelines, to “get people riding the same bus.”
Inclusive but decisive; seeks and considers staff opinions then makes clear decisions and follows through consistently.
An experienced manager able to deal empathetically and effectively with self-motivated professionals.
An open communicator with both leadership and staff.
A networker and collaborator within and outside the organization.
An engaging public speaker, also comfortable in front of a camera.
An outward-facing person with strong people skills.
Aware of and sensitive to issues of gender, gender identity, and race.
Has extensive connections in the world of historic printed materials – research libraries, collectors and dealers, and in American historical scholarship.
Stay abreast of the needs of the collection and the collection staff, and represent them effectively to the Executive Director, board, and supporters.
Seek the most efficient organization of staff and operational modes to ensure effective means of continuing the Library Company’s tradition of stellar service to patrons.
Actively manage the budgets and operating procedures for five departments to maintain fiscal control.
Foster communication and collaboration among departments to guide them in a common direction fulfilling strategic-plan goals.
Work with staff and collections committees to align collections’ policies across departments.
Manage continuing improvement of collection accessibility using 21st-century research methods.
Develop a plan for a digital humanities program.
Help oversee public programs, exhibitions, and teacher training to ensure quality, effectiveness, and alignment with strategic goals.
Assist the Executive Director and the Chief Development Officer with cultivation of donors.
Lead efforts to gain the best possible understanding of patrons’ and fellows’ natures and needs.
Help spread awareness of the Library in a complex modern environment.
Bachelor’s degree in American studies, American history or American literature or a related field. Advanced degree preferred. MLIS advantageous.
Deep knowledge of rare books archives, and the history of printing.
Thorough grounding in and commitment to current library practices and philosophy attained through advanced study and/or experience.
Record of success managing museum or library staff, budgets, and operations.
A constant learner who relishes being part of a learning community, fostering learning in other staff, researchers, and the public.
Apply in confidence: Email cover letter, résumé or CV (Word documents preferred), salary requirement, and names of 3 references with contact information by October 30, 2020 to retained search firm: Scott Stevens, Senior Search Consultant, Museum Search & Reference/Marilyn Hoffman, [email protected]. References will not be contacted without prior permission of the applicant. EOE.