Archives Education, Oral History, Special Collections
ABOUT THE POSITION: The Mill Valley Library is recruiting a Supervising Librarian for the Lucretia Little History Room. The person will direct the History Room’s operations and services and supervise docents and staff to help acquire, preserve, and showcase local history. The person will oversee the Division’s budget and also write grants to support additional projects. The candidate will continue implementation of current initiatives as well as help modernize and chart a future path for the History Room. The History Room Librarian will:
Seek partnerships with local organizations to acquire or share important local history collections.
Look for creative ways to showcase the collection by curating original content for different formats.
Oversee and expand Oral History Project.
Monitor and improve preservation of materials.
Assess copyright issues and fulfill photo requests.
Collaborate with the Historical Society on shared mission to promote local history. Serve as Library’s liaison to Board.
Write articles, create reports, and make presentations as needed.
Assist individuals and organizations with research.
Manage historical archives exhibitions.
Create innovative programs and services that will bring new audiences to the History Room.
Help direct space/needs assessment to modernize History Room.
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT: The Lucretia Little History Room is dedicated to illuminating the unique history of Mill Valley and making it accessible to people of all ages and interests. We accomplish this by collecting, preserving, and promoting materials of enduring value pertaining to people, places, and events associated with Mill Valley and nearby areas, such as Mount Tamalpais and Muir Woods, that are an essential part of Mill Valley’s historic heritage.
The collection includes about 7,500 historical photos, local artifacts, maps, house files, over 250 oral histories, and research materials. History Room staff serve the public with varied requests and also work with the Mill Valley Historical Society to support the Oral History Project, curate archives exhibitions, conduct research for the Historical Review, and assist with the Annual Walk into History.
THE IDEAL CANDIDATE: This is an excellent fit for a confident, take-charge person who thrives in a fast-paced, innovative environment. This is a Library where employees are encouraged to think big, and where those big ideas are fully supported. The ideal candidate will embrace a futurist view of services a library can provide and be dedicated to public service. He or she will have experience building partnerships and be a collaborator at heart. This person needs to be organized, detail oriented, and skilled at written and verbal communication. An M.L.I.S. from an ALA accredited program (or equivalent) and significant archival experience is required as is at least three years of increasingly responsible experience in professional library work, including at least two years in a supervisory or administrative capacity. This position requires the flexibility to work evenings and weekends as needed to support programs and services.
Known for its beautiful facility and innovative programming, the Mill Valley Library welcomes approximately 240,000 visitors annually. It has a $2.7 million budget (including $200,000 from support groups), 21.16 FTE staff, and 130 volunteers. Close to 45K participants attend 1,200 programs offered each year. The Library has a Recording Booth, Apple Laptop Lab, Technology Center, Robotics Lab, SmartGarden, and History Room. In 2015, it was named one of the best small libraries in America.
An After-Hours Lecture and Performing Arts Series, along with strong programming in the areas of writing, playwriting, storytelling, and poetry, contribute to the Library as a place where people can find intellectual and personal enrichment as well as connect with one another. A 2014 survey indicated many parents consider the Library’s offerings for children an important reason to live in Mill Valley.