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Collections Access Librarian

New Hampshire Historical Society

Founded in 1823, the New Hampshire Historical Society is the fifth-oldest historical society in the nation and one of New Hampshire's leading cultural organizations. It is the only institution devoted to saving, preserving, and sharing all aspects of New Hampshire’s history. 

The Society has saved and preserved the most extensive collection of archives, objects, books, and research resources related to New Hampshire history that can be found anywhere. Headquartered in Concord, the Society uses its vast collections and resources to serve thousands of adults and children each year through its library, museum, website, publications, exhibitions, public programs, and extensive youth and school educational programs. In 2019 the Society launched a major new educational resource called "Moose on the Loose," a social studies curriculum for Granite State kids, educators, parents, and everyone who enjoys learning about New Hampshire. "Moose on the Loose" is a key component of the "Democracy Project," the Society’s initiative to renew history and civics education in New Hampshire schools.

The Society is an independent nonprofit organization that receives no financial support from state government. It is financially strong and has a statewide membership. 

For more information about the New Hampshire Historical Society visit

The collections access librarian provides on-site and remote reference services for the New Hampshire Historical Society’s collections, and creates and edits catalog records and other collections access tools. The librarian will work with other members of the Society staff to support general operations of the library. 


Required Qualifications: 

  • Master’s Degree in library or information science from an ALA-accredited program; or other relevant graduate degree
  • Excellent research, written, and oral communications skills
  • Experience providing reference and research services to a diverse public
  • Understanding of library and archival collections management principles
  • Experience handling rare and fragile materials
  • Experience creating original catalog records using professional metadata standings, including AACR2, RDA, DACS, Dublin Core, LCSH, and MARC21
  • Competence with Microsoft Office Suite
  • Experience working at a historical society or other institution with library, archival, and museum collections
  • Strong planning and organization skills with the ability to prioritize and multi-task
  • Ability to function as a contributing team member in a project-oriented and shared decision-making environment
  • Ability to lift boxes, weighing up to forty pounds

Preferred Qualifications: 

  • Familiarity with New Hampshire history and culture
  • Experience in genealogical research
  • Interest in and knowledge of United States history
  • Familiarity with MINISIS Management for Libraries and Management for Archives; PastPerfect Museum Software
  • Provide reference services for the New Hampshire Historical Society’s collections, including on-site and remote inquiries and research requests 
  • Ensure established security and other procedures for the library reading room and other collections areas are followed
  • Create original and edit catalog records for the Society’s library and archival collections following established standards 
  • Create and edit inventories and finding aids for the Society’s collections
  • Apply subject headings, name authorities, and other descriptive metadata to collections and catalog records
  • Maintain a working knowledge of the Society’s collections to effectively serve library users and staff
  • Manage Society image requests and fulfillment
  • Collaborate with other staff and the collections stewardship team to improve collections care and access
  • Be familiar with the Society’s mission, programs, and services
  • Supervise volunteers with other library staff
  • Present off-site and on-site programs
How to Apply:

Please send cover letter, including salary expectations, and résumé as a single PDF file to Sarah Galligan, Library Director, at Subject line of the email should read: Collections Access Librarian [your last name].

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Date Added: September 17, 2021

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