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Head Librarian, Phillips Library, Peabody Essex Museum, Salem, MA

Peabody Essex Museum seeks an inspiring, imaginative, and accomplished HEAD LIBRARIAN.

Reporting to the Chief of Collection Services/Library Director, the Head Librarian will help oversee a venerable research library, enhancing access, visibility and reputation; strengthening collections and operations; and integrating the Library fully into the museum.

OPPORTUNITY TO: lead staff of 6 professional librarians, work with the Library Director to develop a collecting plan, staffing structure, and digitization plan for the Library; to advance scholarly standing, expand reach and impact, increase accessibility to scholarly researchers and the community, and to transform it into an innovative, active intellectual hub at the new Collection Center.

PEM's MISSION is to create transformative experiences that change lives through the exploration and celebration of creativity and culture in all its aspects. The Phillips Library is an integral part of this mission, supplying primary material for exhibitions, events, publications and programming; and supporting scholarship.

QUALIFICATIONS: MLS, MLIS, or equivalent training and experience; 7+ years' experience in a library or libraries with rare-book/MSS/archival collections; demonstrated administrative/managerial competence; knowledge of current library practices; record of strategic thinking and developing collections plans; record of community involvement; entrepreneurial leadership; successful fundraising and grant-writing; lively intellect and collaborative disposition.


Nominations welcome.

TO APPLY: Applications/nominations are confidential.

Email cover letter and résumé (Word documents preferred), salary requirement, and contact information for 3 references by 9/24/2018 to Marilyn Hoffman and Scott Stevens, Museum Search & Reference,

PEM is committed to diversity and encourages qualified candidates from all backgrounds to apply. 

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