Jobs for Medievalists

As part of a planned succession process, the American Antiquarian Society seeks a qualified individual to serve as associate librarian who, upon successful completion of an orientation process expected to last twelve months, will be named the Society’s head librarian. As associate librarian, the candidate will work collaboratively with curators and library managers to gain an in-depth knowledge of the Society’s collections, policies, and priorities. Projects undertaken during the orientation will prepare the associate librarian for the responsibilities of the head librarian. These include administration of library personnel and budgets; development of policies and procedures; oversight of acquisitions, cataloging, conservation, reference, and digitization functions; grant management; outreach to a wide range of constituents; and donor relations. For a more detailed job description, see


Founded in 1812, the American Antiquarian Society (AAS) houses the largest and most accessible collection of books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, periodicals, ephemera, and graphic arts material printed through 1876 in what is now the United States, today numbering some four million items, including significant collections of manuscripts. The AAS staff is highly regarded not only for their expertise and professionalism, but also for their generosity in making collections available both in the original format and online through digital reproduction and databases. The library is open for research to all, from noted scholars to amateur historians. In 2014, AAS was presented the National Humanities Medal by President Obama, who cited the Society for “safeguarding the American story.”



Candidates for the position should have a demonstrated interest in the administration of research libraries, in the management of innovative organizations, and in the cultivation of a collaborative culture. A masters’ degree in library and information science is preferred, as is a strong interest in pre-twentieth century American history and culture, particularly book history. While the position is open to applicants at any level of professional experience, the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate a familiarity with the world of special collections, a working knowledge of digital tools, an enthusiasm for taking on challenging assignments, strong communication skills, and a collaborative leadership style.



This is a full time position, available immediately. Salary for the associate librarian will be $80,000 minimum, based on experience and qualifications, and will be renegotiated when the position of head librarian is assumed.  Benefits include health and life insurance; paid holidays, vacation, personal and sick leave; retirement plan options; professional development opportunities.



Submit a letter of application and resume electronically to with subject line “Search Committee, Associate Librarian.”  Please include contact information for three references.  The committee will begin to consider applications on January 6, 2017, and will keep the position open until it is filled. The American Antiquarian Society is an equal opportunity employer in accordance with applicable federal and state laws.

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