Assistant Librarian, Technical Services (Winterthur Library, Winterthur, Delaware)

Assistant Librarian, Technical Services, Winterthur Library, Winterthur, Delaware

POSITION ANNOUNCEMENT: Assistant Librarian, Winterthur Library

Located on almost a thousand acres just North of Wilmington Delaware, Winterthur is the former home of Henry Francis du Pont. The Winterthur Library was established in 1952 to support research in the American decorative arts and material culture. It has become a recognized center for advanced study and is dedicated to the understanding and appreciation of America’s artistic, cultural, social, and intellectual history from colonial times into the twentieth century.

The Winterthur Library Printed Book & Periodical Collection contains more than 85,000 volumes in open stacks and about 17,000 rare American and European imprints in closed stacks. The strength of this collection is the documentation of American household goods and their use, decorative arts and design, and the material culture of everyday life in America from the 17th through the early 20th centuries. In addition to monographs, rare books, and trade catalogues, the Printed Book & Periodical Collection offers currently published periodicals as well as auction and exhibition catalogues. For more information about the Winterthur, please visit


The Assistant Librarian is responsible for maintaining intellectual access through electronic records to materials in the Printed Book and Periodical Collection via the integrated library system. In collaboration with the supervisor, the Assistant Librarian is responsible for the planning and supervision of all technical services operations for the Printed Book and Periodical Collection, original cataloging for Printed Book and Periodical Collection materials, and digital projects in the Printed Book and Periodical Collection. As a team player in the library department she/he will assist in staffing the reference desk and perform other duties and special projects as needed.


Minimum : ALA-accredited MLS. Good knowledge of current cataloging standards, AACR2, MARC, LCSH, and OCLC systems and functions. Familiarity with non-MARC metadata schemes. Good knowledge of rare book cataloging and cataloging special formats. Detail-oriented, organized, good interpersonal & communication skills, ability to prioritize competing tasks. Must be able to stoop or bend to reach books on lower shelves, must be able to reach books on upper shelves using library stools. Must be able to lift books up to 15 pounds for shelving, and push full book carts. Must be able to tolerate temperatures of 60-65 degrees for short periods. Minimum experience: 2 years professional library experience, preferably in an academic or special library, including cataloging experience and experience using an integrated library system. Preferred: In addition to above, a BA in subject area: American history, art history, or related field.


Send cover letter, resume and contact information for three references by October 17, 2011 to Hard copies may be sent to

Human Resources

Winterthur Museum Garden and Library

Winterthur, DE 19735

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