Solo librarian initial job description…05.20.08

20 05 2008

As I said yesterday, today’s blog will be about shaping the current librarian position. The following is almost verbatim from the original job description and was created by individual(s) without specific librarianship knowledge or experience.  Of course, the description of the actual job involves everything mentioned, other normal librarian duties, and much more as the typical disclaimer implies and as my previous posts have mentioned.  Since the main focus of this blog is solo librarian experience, I will generally refrain from discussing non-librarian aspects of the position.

General Summary

Perform a variety of assignments involving the study, preservation, interpretation and presentation of BHM history, historical artifacts, records, and archives.  This includes providing key assistance to the product development and writing teams by determining the extent and location of teaching materials, supplying information for a database of same, archiving transcript messages into retrievable files.

Principle Duties and Responsibilities

1. Administers the preservation, and security of teachings, books, photos, and videos.  This includes developing a system for archiving, lending, and reproducing of materials.

2. Develops, organizes, and catalogs books, periodicals, videos, and other media.

3. Processes, identifies and dates materials received into the BHM collection through use of topical references, requiring the knowledge of the author’s writings.

4. Serve as the primary source of information regarding the extent and access to the collection of rare books and provides reference assistance to the Marketing Department and other departments requiring an in-depth knowledge of the content and interpretation of the materials contained in the collection.

5. Maintain public usefulness and relevance of the BHM collections.

6. Provide training and guidance as needed to individuals needing to access stored materials.

7. Creating (or supplying) information for a database and ensuring its accuracy on an ongoing basis.  This will include the following:

  • Historic manuscripts and masters (tape, CD, and DVD)
  • Calendar of events and related teaching or media files
  • Spearheading the effort to locate any missing information.
  • List of transcript topics, keywords, passages, etc.


This job description is not intended, and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, efforts or working conditions associated with this job.  It does, however, reflect the principal job elements of this position.

Tomorrow’s blog will relate the results of the first cursory inspection of the status of the library resources.

“The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much…” Solomon (The real “Wise Guy”)





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