Richland Library is seeking to hire a Local History Manager at our Main location.
- Effectively demonstrates characteristics of being enthusiastic, outgoing, and strongly customer-service oriented, including the application of the Richland Library’s customer engagement standards.
- Greets customers & successfully ascertains individualized needs and/or requirements for each customer.
- Engages, encourages, and assists diverse customers in all areas of the library in a welcoming, professional, and respectful manner.
- Makes administrative decisions and participates in strategic planning activities for the unit with the approval of the Director of Library Experience, Main.
- Answers reference questions and provides bibliographic instruction.
- Conducts tours of the Walker and Local & Family History Center.
- Represents the library at community and group meetings.
- Serves as night or weekend supervisor for library system as needed.
- Serves as department head of Local History Department and supervises the work of staff; supports personnel, and volunteers.
- Carries out all personnel duties for department; interviews, check references and selects staff, trains and supervises professional and paraprofessional staff, prepares and conducts probationary and annual evaluations, approves employee leave and arranges for staff coverage.
- Focuses on creating a vibrant and welcoming space with customer engagement as priority, welcoming students, researchers, and general public to access space and materials.
- Plans, develops, and conducts programming related to local history and current events for staff, general public and community groups.
- Cultivates partnerships and collaborations with appropriate entities, businesses, cultural and non-profit organizations, etc.
- Coordinates and curates Walker Local & Family History Center collection and selects material for the unit that represents the diverse history of South Carolina.
- Uses creativity and innovative thinking to develop the collection, within the strategic plan and appropriate resources. In conjunction with the Library Development Office, strategically solicits gifts for Walker and Local & Family History Center collection, which may require long-term development activity.
- Coordinates digitization of Walker and Local & Family History Center documents.
- Plans and participates in the development of displays and publicity programs for Local History and in support of other library teams and initiatives.
- Plans, develops, writes, and maintains up-to-date Walker and Local & Family History Center section of the Library website.
- Serves on departmental and library-wide committees.
- Keeps informed of professional developments.
- May coordinate some aspects of special projects.
- Performs other associated duties as required or assigned.
- A bachelor’s degree from an accredited college in a highly relevant field and a minimum of 2 years documented relevant work experience, including work that would demonstrate the knowledge, skills, and abilities. ALA accredited MLIS degree is preferred but not required. Transcripts must be presented upon hire.
- Eligible for or holds South Carolina Certification.
- Subject specialization may be required. In this position, these would include broad knowledge of South Carolina history and specific knowledge of Columbia and Midlands history.
- Valid driver’s license with safe driving record.
- Ability to perform job functions.
Location, Salary & Hours:
Where: Richland Library Main, 1431 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Salary: $2,181.00 bi-weekly plus excellent benefits.
Hours: Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 5:30 pm and every other weekend Saturday 9:00 am - 6:00 pm and Sunday 2:00 pm - 6:00 pm.
Job Classification Level 115 (FLSA Status: Exempt)
** Richland Library may change location and schedule of any library job.
How to apply:
Deadline: Open Until Filled. However, we reserve the right to close this posting without notice. We encourage applicants to apply as soon as possible.
No phone calls and/or in person inquiries regarding status of applications. Applicants selected for interview will be contacted by phone.
Why the Richland Library?
Richland Library is a vibrant, contemporary organization that provides resources and information that advance the Midlands. Offering state-of-the-art technology, a great variety of literary and cultural programs and 12 bustling facilities located throughout the county, Richland Library offers a truly customized, modern library experience for residents and visitors alike.
The Richland Library is an award-winning, forward-thinking public library system because of our exceptional, diverse staff, who are passionate about serving our community. Be a part of our team and help us to continue to fulfill our mission to help our customers learn, create and share.
We are guided by our shared Vision: “to enhance the quality of life for our entire community”; and by strategic objectives including advancing our community, having an engaged staff who make a significant positive difference, and enhancing the experience and outcomes of customers who interact with Richland Library.