Special Collections Librarian Job at Library Systems & Services, Beltsville, MD

  • Library Systems & Services
  • Beltsville, MD

Job Description

LAC Federal is seeking an experienced Special Collections Librarian to support a project with a prestigious federal library in Beltsville, Maryland. The Special Collections Librarian will be responsible for the management, preservation, and promotion of the library's special collections. This is a long-term, full-time, on-site (40 hours a week; Monday to Friday) benefited contract opportunity.


  • Assess condition of materials and initiate repairs and/or digitization where needed
  • Assess potential donations to collection and recommend whether to accept
  • Prepare documents needed to transfer or add collection materials and update collection administrative files to reflect changes/additions
  • Accession new materials into the collection and update finding aids to reflect additions
  • Monitor and report on collection usage through anecdotes and measures
  • Prepare for and participate in tours and outreach; create displays of representative items from the collection and associated talking points
  • Prepare physical materials for digitization; coordinate production of in-house and external digitization; and collaborate with digital archivists to preserve and present the digitized content
  • Ability to lift and move books and manuscript boxes, to climb ladders to retrieve materials, and push book trucks.


  • MLS from an ALA-accredited institution with a focus on archives, special collections, or a related field
  • At least two years of experience working with special collections materials in a library, archives, or museum setting
  • Knowledge of archival principles, standards, and best practices for processing, description, and preservation of special collections materials
  • Familiarity with metadata standards and tools, such as EAD and MARC
  • Experience with digitization and digital preservation of special collections materials
  • Strong research and reference skills
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to work independently and collaboratively in a team environment
  • Attention to detail and strong organizational skills
  • Familiarity with library management systems and digital asset management systems
  • Ability to pass a background check


  • Health Care Plan (Medical, Dental & Vision)
  • Retirement Plan (401k, IRA)
  • Life Insurance (Basic, Voluntary & AD&D)
  • Paid Time Off (Vacation, Sick & Public Holidays)
  • Family Leave (Maternity, Paternity)
  • Short Term & Long Term Disability
  • Training & Development

Wellness Resources

Job Tags

Holiday work, Full time, Contract work, Temporary work, Monday to Friday,

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