Manager, Reference and Research Services

Full-time position, 40 hours per week, normally 8:30 am-5:00 pm, Monday through Friday, but must be flexible if needed to arrive early or stay late. Must work at least one Saturday per month.
Cincinnati Museum Center 1301 Western Avenue Cincinnati, Ohio 45203
Dependent on experience. Full benefit package.


The Cincinnati History Library and Archives at Cincinnati Museum Center


• Master’s Degree in Library/Information Science from ALA accredited institution or other relevant advanced degree.
• Minimum five years of experience as professional reference librarian, and three years of experience as a supervisor.
• Good research skills.
• Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to communicate effectively.
• Budget management experience.
• Knowledge of genealogical research practices and resources desired.
• Knowledge of Cincinnati-area regional history desired.

The Cincinnati History Library and Archives at Cincinnati Museum Center houses one of the most significant regional history collections in the United States. The collections contain printed works, audiovisual materials, and manuscripts and archival records. All of the library’s collections are available for use by the public in the reading room facilities located at Museum Center’s location at Cincinnati Union Terminal.


Position Overview
The Manager of Reference and Research Services has overall responsibility for the management of the Cincinnati History Library and Archives’ public services and for the supervision of the reference staff. The manager is responsible for the running of the library’s reading room and overseeing the research services provided to the public and staff. The Manager works in close cooperation with the collection curatorial staff. The Manager is a direct report to the AVP for Collections and Preservation.


Reference Services (60%)
• Management of the library reference services and library operations and supervision of the library staff.
• Performance of reference desk duty a minimum of four shifts per week and one Saturday per month.*
• Reference assistance via email, phone, letter, and in-person.*

Public History and Outreach (20%)
• Serve as CMC’s managing editor of the quarterly journal Ohio Valley History.
• Serve as history collections staff coordinator for CMC curator’s blog.
• Performance of library outreach and public programming activities.

Administrative Duties (20%)
• Performance of administrative duties such as reference desk scheduling to cover Monday through Saturday public hours, management of the library budget, compilation of library use statistics, training of new library staff, and special projects and other duties as assigned.

Working Conditions
• Work is performed in a typical library environment. Workspace is indoors, with adequate lighting, ventilation, and temperature. Normal office exposure to dust, noise, stress, and disruptions. Normal work place is in the library space in Union Terminal and on occasion at the museum’s Geier Collections and Research Center.

• Must have the mobility to work in an environment that includes sitting, standing, walking, bending, squatting, twisting, pushing, pulling, carrying, climbing, and overhead reaching. May sit for extended periods of time in front of a computer or may stand for extended periods of time while working at the reference desk or in the stack area or when presenting a program.

• Must be able to retrieve library materials from shelves as low as floor level to shelves up to 6 ½ feet from the floor (with the aid of a step stool or ladder).

• Must have the vision necessary to read various printed materials and a computer screen.

• Must be able to hear and speak with the public both in person and over the phone.

• Must possess the manual dexterity to use a computer keyboard as well as the ability to handle fragile library materials.

• Must be able to lift 20 to 30 pounds.

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