Employment Opportunities

Curatorial Fellow, Print and Photograph Department

Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Applications Due: July 15, 2019

Position to begin on or about October 1, 2019

The Library Company seeks a full-time, grant-funded, eighteen- month Curatorial Fellow to provide curatorial support and research assistance to the Print Department with the aim of deepening public awareness and access to Department collections, as well as help realize Imperfect History, an exhibition in commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the department.  This position is an exceptional opportunity to work with a broad range of graphic material, including prints, photographs, watercolors,  drawings, and ephemera, as well as receive invaluable curatorial experience in reference, collection processing, and exhibition research and curation. The primary responsibilities are listed below.

Exhibition Research

  • In collaboration with curators, research Library archives and records between the 18th and 20th centuries for references to graphics acquisitions.
  • In collaboration with curators, social media, and marketing teams, create content for social and electronic media about project research.
  • Provide administrative and research assistance for complementary programming for exhibition.

Curatorial Assistance

  • Perform duties related to physical care and documentation of collection, including paging, shelving, accessioning, processing, housing, and cataloging of materials.
  • Provide reference assistance to on site and remote patrons.
  • Provide administrative support related to collection use, storage, and research.

 

About Imperfect History: Curating the Graphic Arts Collection at Benjamin Franklin’s Public Library will be a candid exploration of the history of the social dynamics of and cultural biases affecting the construction of an American popular graphic arts collection developed by one of the oldest cultural institutions in the country. A two-year project, Imperfect History will explore the evolution of the Library Company’s graphics art collection as it relates to historical and cultural biases within American history. The project includes an eighteen-month curatorial fellowship, an online and on site exhibition of the collection, an exhibition publication, a visual literacy seminar, and a symposium. Imperfect History will frankly examine the prints, photographs, original works of art on paper, and other graphics that epitomize the evolution of a pivotal public library. The collection is vital to the understanding of the nation’s complex visual history.

The Library Company of Philadelphia

Founded by Benjamin Franklin in 1731, the Library Company of Philadelphia was the nation’s first successful lending library and remained the nation’s largest public library until the Civil War. Since the 1950s, it has been an internationally renowned research library, with significant collections in American and global history before 1900, with particular strengths in African American history, women’s history, early American and international economies, political history, print history, Philadelphia iconography, and visual culture. The Library’s mission is to foster a learning community grounded in our historic collections that contributes to and amplifies knowledge of American culture and society and works for the benefit of all.

The Print and Photograph Department

A separate Print and Photograph Department was formed in 1971 to manage, provide access, and more actively develop the Library Company’s graphics holdings. Specializing in works by Philadelphia photographers and printmakers, and images that document the city of Philadelphia, the over 100,000 item collection visually records the history of the Philadelphia area from the late 17th to the mid-20th century through prints, photographs, maps, ephemera, and original drawings and watercolors. In addition to Philadelphia area materials, the graphics collections include historical and commemorative prints, portraits, and political cartoons documenting American history at the national level from the 18th through the early 20th century.

Minimum Qualifications and Experience

  • BA in history, art history, museum studies, or related field.
  • Knowledge of American history (knowledge of Philadelphia history a plus).
  • Outstanding research, organizational, writing, and communication skills, with attention to detail.
  • Experience working with and handling rare materials.
  • Experience with Microsoft Office, Excel, and PowerPoint.
  • Ability to handle several projects simultaneously and work well as a member of a team.
  • Ability to lift up to 25 lbs.

This 18 month position is made possible with a generous grant from the Henry Luce Foundation.

Salary: $41,500/year plus benefits. This position is funded through March 31, 2021.

To apply, please submit by email your letter of interest and resume to: Sarah Weatherwax, Curator of Prints and Photographs (printroom@librarycompany.org).

The Library Company is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer that is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from diverse candidates.

Information Technology / Systems Manager

Library Company of Philadelphia, 1314 Locust Street, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Department: IT Department

Reports To: Edwin Wolf 2nd Director

Classification: Exempt

Job Type: Full-Time

Close: Open until filled

Summary

The IT/Systems Manager maintains organization effectiveness, efficiency, and security of all information technologies including, but not limited to, the local area network, backup and storage infrastructure onsite and in the cloud, digital asset repository, online resources, office technologies, and event audio/visual hardware. They are responsible for designing and implementing strategic plans for technology and institutional policy. Serves as a Department Head and supervises the Digital Collections Archivist and Digital Initiatives Librarian.

Essential Job Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

  • Directs and prioritizes the work load of IT Department personnel
  • Ensures the day-to-day operation of the library’s IT infrastructure such as its LAN networks, data backup, disaster mitigation, e-mail, remote connections, phones, servers and PC’s
  • Ensures the creation, accuracy, and accessibility of all departmental documentation and organization policies including, but not limited to, the Technology Strategic Plan, Technology Disaster Preparedness Plan, and IT asset management charts
  • Ensures digital assets are secure, accessible, and meet accepted archival standards for long term stewardship
  • Ensures the consistency and maintainability of existing hardware and software by creating, maintaining, and enforcing standards/procedures for implementing technical solutions
  • Participates on all hardware and software evaluations and maintains vendor contracts
  • Performs liaison duties between users, operations, and programming personnel in the areas of systems design and implementation, modifications or trouble shooting
  • Plans and prioritizes long-range projects to ensure continuing compatibility of projects, interoperability of systems, and effective use of current IT infrastructure and software
  • Experience in implementing effective and innovative software development methodologies
  • Ensures that all projects assigned are delivered on-time, within scope, and within budget. Assist in the definition of project scope and objectives involving all relevant stakeholders, ensure technical feasibility, and participate in project grant writing and reporting
  • Ability to communicate technical concepts to technical and non-technical audiences
  • Experience in grant writing as well as other funding requests
  • Solid writing skills
  • Ability to manage multiple concurrent projects and motivate professional staff
  • Analytical and problem solving skills
  • Demonstrated aptitude for learning new technologies.
  • Broad knowledge of varied IT systems infrastructure, concepts, and methodologies
  • Advanced knowledge of Server architecture, business networks and security

Competencies

  • Technical Capacity
  • Teamwork Collaboration
  • Time Management
  • Communication Proficiency
  • Ethical Conduct

Supervisory Responsibility

This position has supervisory responsibilities over 2 employees, the Digital Collections Archivist & Digital Initiatives Librarian.

Physical Demands

Must be able to work at a computer/desk for extended periods of time and lift up to 20lbs. Some bending and kneeling required. Job entails exposure to fragile, rare historic materials and occasional exposure to high levels of various allergens that sometimes accompany them, including but not limited to photographic chemicals, dry rot, mold, mites, and dust.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time (35 hour week) position. This position requires on call 365-7-24 for emergency situations.

Required Education and Experience

  • Bachelor Degree in Computer Science or related field
  • Minimum of 5 years’ experience within the Information Technology field
  • 2-3 years of management experience
  • Project management certification or experience with managing multiple projects

Baseline Knowledge & Skills Preferred

Knowledge of, or experience in, special collections libraries helpful but not required.

Excellent knowledge of technical management, information analysis, and of computer hardware/software systems. Hands-on experience with computer networks, network administration and network installation. Strong working knowledge and experience with a wide range of technologies, software, and platforms, including the development and use of office applications, databases, Internet applications, Web-based software, cloud storage, and Web programming languages. Applied knowledge of Adobe Creative Cloud – Dreamweaver, SalesForce NPSP; Archivists Toolkit; MARC Edit; FileMaker Pro; Constant Contact; Islandora, Aleph (ExLibris); SBS 2011, Active Directory/Dashboard, Exchange; WordPress; Drupal; HTML, XHTML, XML, CSS, PHP, MySQL, JQUERY, XSL, MARC, DC, MODS, & EAD; and industry standard data fixity and preservation tools.

Travel

Occasional travel is expected

AAP/EEO Statement

The Library Company is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer that is committed to building a culturally diverse staff and strongly encourages applications from diverse candidates.

Other Duties

Please note this job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.

To apply, please submit by email your letter of interest and resume to: Michael Barsanti, Edwin Wolf 2nd Director, employment@librarycompany.org.