Position Posting: Assistant Librarian, Glenstone Museum, Potomac, Maryland

Position: Assistant Librarian

Reports to: Chief Archivist & Librarian

Special Opportunity:

As the Assistant Librarian, you will be responsible for managing a growing collection and will work with the Founders and the staff daily.

You will have the opportunity to establish a 6,000+ item collection in a new space that will serve as the hub of the office space in a 170,000-square foot expansion that will finish construction in 2017.

At Glenstone you will be a member of a team that values collaboration and encourages its associates to work in areas outside their core expertise and as the Assistant Librarian you will have the opportunity to develop new skills and to become a key member of project teams.


Glenstone, a museum of modern and contemporary art, is integrated into 200 acres of gently rolling pasture and unspoiled woodland in Montgomery County, Maryland, less than 15 miles from the heart of Washington, DC. Glenstone strives to provide visitors with a unique experience through the seamless integration of art, architecture, and landscape. Established by the not-for-profit Glenstone Foundation, the museum, known as the Gallery, opened in 2006 and provides a contemplative, intimate setting for experiencing iconic works of art and architecture within a natural environment. Glenstone presents extraordinary outdoor sculptures and installations within a landscape designed by Peter Walker and Partners and selections from an art collection of significant depth and breadth in the Gallery building by the late Charles Gwathmey of Gwathmey Siegel & Associates Architects. Admission is always free, and visits are scheduled to encourage an unhurried, intimate engagement between the viewers and their surroundings.

Glenstone is now in the midst of constructing a second museum building, The Pavilions, measuring 170,000 square feet and designed by Thomas Phifer and Partners, as well as a new public entrance, an arrival gallery with a bookstore, a café and an expanded landscape. These new facilities will enhance the visitor experience and provide significantly more space for exhibiting Glenstone’s superlative collection of post-World War II artworks.

Job Purpose:

Under the direction of and through collaboration with the Chief Archivist & Librarian, the Assistant Librarian is responsible for managing all aspects of the Glenstone library. The Assistant Librarian will provide library support to Glenstone associates, through conducting circulation, reference, cataloging, outreach, and trainings on both the museum database and subscription databases.

Additionally, projects proposed by the Assistant Librarian are encouraged.

Essential Duties:

  • Catalog and classify new library acquisitions; create intellectual relationships between library, artwork, and archival records in museum database.
  • Respond to reference requests.
  • Prepare library collections for move to new museum.
  • Manage library acquisition budget; compile monthly statistics.
  • Supervise intern.
  • Contribute to library outreach activities, including presentations and trainings to staff.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

  • Cataloging experience—both original and copy cataloging.
  • Experience in a library, special collections, museum, or non-profit cultural organization.
  • Proficiency with integrated library systems and database management systems, such as CollectiveAccess
  • Strong attention to detail.
  • Ability to take direction and to work independently.
  • Interest in humanities, art and art history and/or undergraduate degree in art history or a related field.
  • Excellent organizational and analytical skills.
  • Effective verbal and written skills.
  • Ability to lift a minimum of 30 pounds.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Masters in Library and Information Science from accredited institution.
  • Coursework in descriptive cataloging, bibliographic control, classification, and/or information organization.
  • Knowledge of metadata standards such as MARC, RDA, AACR2, and of Getty and Library of Congress Thesauri.

Salary and Benefits:

Glenstone offers a competitive salary commensurate with experience and provides a total benefits package that helps you manage your health, protect your income, and prepare for the future. Benefits include medical, dental, and vision insurance; life, long-term and short-term disability and AD&D insurance, a Flexible Spending Account (FSA); a 401(k) retirement account with a matching contribution; an Employee Assistance Program (EAP); and tuition reimbursement.

Application Process:

Submit a cover letter, resume, salary requirements, and a list of three professional references to the Glenstone Jobs Portal.

Date Posted: February 6, 2017

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