ABOUT THE POSITION:
The Mill Valley Library is recruiting a Librarian for the Lucretia Little History Room. The person will direct the History Room’s operations and services and work closely with docents and staff to acquire, preserve, and showcase local history. Developing new and supporting existing partnerships is an essential part of this position. The candidate will continue implementation of current initiatives as well as help modernize and chart a future path for the History Room.
ABOUT THE HISTORY ROOM:
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 History Room Librarian will:
- Oversee and expand Oral History Project.
- Work with teachers on 3rd grade history project.
- Assess copyright issues and fulfill photo requests.
- Work closely with docents and staff to achieve the goals of the History Room.
- Collaborate with the Historical Society on shared mission to promote local history.
- Write articles, create reports, and make presentations as needed.
- Assist individuals and organizations with research.
- Act as Library liaison to MVHS for First Wednesday events and Annual Walk into History.
- Schedule docents and staff on the public desk to maximize number of open hours.
- Coordinate historical archives exhibitions.
- Monitor and improve preservation of materials.
- Review and plan for technology needs.
- Seek partnerships with local organizations to acquire or share important local history collections.
- Seek grants to continue digitizing collections.
- Create innovative programs or services that will bring new audiences to the History Room.
- Assist with space/needs assessment to modernize History Room.
- Implement new measures to maintain and better preserve the collection.
- Look for creative ways to showcase the collection by curating original content for different formats (e.g., podcasts, blogs, 3D model, VR technology).
- Review policies to ensure they reflect best practices and are aligned with Library goals.
ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT:
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.
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 archival experience is required. This position requires the flexibility to work evenings and weekends as needed to support History Room programs and services.
The City of Mill Valley prides itself in its workforce and is pleased to offer a generous benefits package. This position is represented by the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees Association (AFSCME).
- Leave – the City provides a generous leave package:
- 14 holidays and floating holidays/personal days
- 2 to 5 weeks of vacation leave based upon years of service
- Health Insurance – City provides the full premium for the Kaiser Family Plan or the equivalent thereof for employees who elect Health Net HMO or Health Net PPO.
- Dental Insurance – City provides the full premium for Delta Dental
- New employees with no prior CalPERS service or have a break in CalPERS service of 6 months or more: 2% @ 62
- New employees who are “classic” CalPERS members and do not have a break in service of more than 6 months: 2.5% @ 55
- 457 Deferred Compensation – the City offers up to $300/year in matching contributions toward deferred compensation
- City pays the premium for Long-Term Disability Insurance and Life Insurance ($50,000)
- Free pool/gym membership at the Mill Valley Community Center
- Discounts on classes, facility rentals, and camps provided by Mill Valley Recreation