Maps and State Documents Librarian

Posted to IASSIST on: 2006-11-27

Employer: Northwestern University Library

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ENVIRONMENT: The Government and Geographic Information and Data Services Department is a strong service-oriented component of the Public Services Division. The collection consists of over two million items including paper and electronic resources, data files, microfiche, and sheet maps. The Department is a designated depository for the publications of the United States Government (since 1876, currently selects 80%), United Nations, European Union, and the World Tourism Organization and the State of Illinois. The staff consists of five librarians, 4.5 support staff and varying numbers of student assistants. Northwestern University’s Evanston campus is located on the shore of Lake Michigan fifteen miles north of downtown Chicago and has an enrollment of 14,000 students.

RESPONSIBILITIES: Reporting to the Head, Government and Geographic Information and Data Services, the Map and State Documents Librarian is responsible for collection management and services of the paper maps, digital geospatial resources, and state of Illinois documents collections. Develops and maintains relevant departmental web pages. Performs acquisitions and cataloging of maps. Works with appropriate faculty to plan and implement user education and outreach programs. Plans and implements staff training programs related to maps, GIS and state documents. Identifies preservation needs of materials in relevant collections. Actively participates in the planning, decision-making, and continuing innovation of the department’s services and programs. Shares responsibility for providing quality reference service at the department’s desk including evening and weekend hours. Professional development in maps and GIS is expected. Other duties as assigned.

REQUIRED: MLS from an ALA-accredited institution or equivalent combination of education and relevant library experience. The successful candidate will have experience with geographic data in both digital and print form. Experience working with map collections and services. Must be a highly motivated self-starter with excellent communication skills who can work cooperatively and effectively with staff and users in an ever-changing environment. Demonstrated commitment to providing quality reference service. Ability to work in a highly collaborative environment. Willingness to participate in professional activities related to maps and GIS.

PREFERRED: Undergraduate and/or graduate degree in geography or related field. Professional experience in the acquisitions and cataloging of maps and spatial data resources. Experience with government resources in all formats.

Archived on: 2007-01-27