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Anchorage Museum

The Anchorage Museum connects people, expands perspectives, and encourages global dialog about the North and its distinct environment. Exploring the intersection of art, history and science, the Anchorage Museum shares multiple perspectives and experiences that tell a greater story. We welcome diverse perspectives and recognize all are enriched when a diversity of voices, viewpoints, and skills are included and engaged in the work we do.

For a full job description and to apply, go to www.anchoragemuseum.org/about-us.

The Anchorage Museum is seeking an experienced Librarian interested in helping the Museum expand its ‘archival reach.’ This position will work to maintain the Museum’s specialized book and periodical collection, performs library and reference services, administers and implements image rights and reproductions, and assists in planning and coordinating research visits. The Librarian also works with staff and in alignment with the Collections Plan to develop the collection. This position is a key liaison in providing access to library and archival collections, including books, periodicals, photographs, rare books, maps, and other printed and electronic resources.

Essential Functions

• Ensure responsiveness to the public and local community in accessing the Museum’s library and archival holdings and collection

• Assist patrons, researchers, curators and others in accessing materials

• Oversee and maintain records of Museum exhibition archives and publications

• Work as part of a team to expand access to and use of the Atwood Resource Center for underserved audiences, artists, nontraditional researchers, and other Museum participants and programs

• Develop and assist with public programs within the Atwood Resource Center

• Administer and implement image rights and reproduction process, including corresponding with patrons, locating images, completing contracts, facilitating image scanning, and generating and tracking invoices

• Catalog specialized book and periodical collections

• Manage staff requests for books and periodicals

• Maintain and support participation in the online Alaska Catalog Library

• Plan and develop appropriate storage for library collections

• Assist with planning, budgeting, and cost estimates for related departmental and public programming

• Train and supervise volunteers and interns

• Serve in an advisory role to internal and external curators for Museum projects

• Advise and develop policies and procedures regarding collection and management of materials, research access, records retention, etc.

• Maintain knowledge of reference databases, and other collection reference sources in order to research, guide, instruct, and assist patrons

• Maintain a familiarity with other library collections

• Participate in statewide conversations and convenings related to libraries and archives

• Maintain an openness to curiosity, creativity, critical thinking and inquiry

• Exhibit professionalism when responding to patron/staff inquiries providing information in an efficient and timely manner


• Bachelor's degree in library science, English, history, anthropology, or related field; master's degree in library science or archival studies preferred

• Two years working in a museum or library requiring interaction with the public

• Excellent customer service skills

• Excellent communication, listening, and interpersonal skills

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

• Knowledge of Alaska/Northern culture, environment and literature

• Understanding of best practices for libraries

• Experience with methods, tools and practices of research

• Knowledge of electronic reference databases

• Ability to facilitate and provide context, content and tools in the exploration of information, experience and memory

• Experience with public speaking and able to instruct individuals and groups of people

• Ability to establish rapport and interact professionally and sensitively with all Museum patrons and the public

• Ability to plan and organize work to meet schedules and timelines

• Ability to effectively convey Museum practices, policy and procedures to others

• Ability to maintain accurate statistics and reports

• Ability to communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing

If you are interested in this exceptional opportunity, please log on to our website to review the complete job description. Interested parties may complete an employment application and submit it along with a resume and cover letter via email, fax or mail. Please note we are unable to accept resumes in place of an employment application.


Anchorage Museum

Attn: Human Resources

625 C Street, Anchorage, Alaska 99501

(907) 929-9200 tel


The AMA will not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex or marital status or who is a 'qualified individual with a disability,' as that phrase is defined in the Americans with Disabilities Act. AMA will take affirmative action to ensure that applicants are employed and that employees are treated during employment without regard to their race, color, religion, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, marital status or physical or mental disability.

Salary or Range: $55,000/yr

Learn More: https://www.anchoragemuseum.org/about-us/employment

Open Date: 12/19/2019

Close Date: 1/30/2020


museums STatewide

The Alaska State Museum (ASM) is coordinating three summer internships at small history museums in Wasilla, Kodiak, and Fairbanks, Alaska. These 8-week internships are open to graduate students in museum studies and affiliated graduate degree programs.

Internships will begin in late May or early June and will encompass cataloging museum collections, collections storage enhancements, collections database management, archival management, and collections research. ASM is especially seeking candidates with experience in PastPerfect, transportation history and/or collections, cataloging, and archival practices.

Interns will receive a stipend of $4500, reimbursement for airfare to/from the internship location, and free housing.

The application deadline is Friday, January 17, 2020. Successful applicants will be notified by March 6, 2020. Applicants should e-mail a resume, contact information for two references, and a cover letter to Anjuli Grantham, Curator of Statewide Services, at anjuli.grantham@alaska.gov.

Please direct questions to anjuli.grantham@alaska.gov/ 907-465-4806.

For more information, visit https://lam.alaska.gov/museum-resources/internships.

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