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The San Francisco Botanical Garden Society is currently seeking a:

Assistant Librarian


Position Summary

San Francisco Botanical Garden Society (SFBGS), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is seeking an energetic and highly motivated individual with strong leadership, organizational, communication and interpersonal skills to fill the part-time (60% FTE) position of Assistant Librarian.

About San Francisco Botanical Garden Society

SFBGS works in partnership with the City of San Francisco/Recreation and Park Department to support San Francisco Botanical Garden, whose 55 acres in Golden Gate Park and 26 geographic and thematic gardens include more than 8,000 different kinds of plants native to California and from throughout the world.

SFBGS's twofold mission is to build communities of support for the Botanical Garden and to cultivate the bond between people and plants. With the help of its members, donors and volunteers, SFBGS funds Garden improvements, provides curatorial and plant collections management services, propagates plants for the Botanical Garden and for sale to the public, maintains the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture, offers year-round educational and community programming, operates the Garden Bookstore and Arbor (for plant sales), and welcomes visitors from San Francisco, the Bay Area and all over the world.

About the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture

Established in 1972, the Helen Crocker Russell Library of Horticulture (HCRL) is northern California's most comprehensive horticultural library and one of the major horticultural-botanical libraries in the western United States. It houses approximately 27,000 volumes and 350 plant and garden periodicals. Collections also include rare books housed in a temperature- and humidity-controlled room, over 1,000 current and retrospective nursery and seed catalogs, a pamphlet file, 2,500 historical slides, a small collection of garden videos and a 1,800-volume children's botanical library. The collection covers all aspects of horticulture, including gardening, garden design, botanical art, ethnobotany and pest management with an emphasis on plants grown in Mediterranean and other mild-temperate climates. The Library also features children's programs and botanical art exhibitions.

About the Position

The Assistant Librarian supports the Head Librarian in managing the Library and serving the general public of all ages and skill levels. The Assistant Librarian assists with collection development and management, including assuming primary responsibility of the children's collection, story time program and summer reading club.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Provide on-site, mail, email and fax reference assistance to general public, members, volunteers and staff.
  • Assume full responsibility for running library at least two days per week.
  • Coordinate, develop, publicize children's collection and programming; story time, summer reading club, and the circulation of children's books.
  • Collaborate with the Youth Education Program, assist teachers in selecting books to incorporate into classroom discussions and coordinate special story time readings for school groups.
  • Assist with development and management of library systems: books, periodicals, vertical file, nursery catalogs, slides and other special collections.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Train, coordinate, supervise and manage volunteer assistants.
  • Conduct orientations and bibliographic instruction; assist with managing book sales, art previews, benefits and other special events.
  • Learn, document, and assist in management of online catalog and other electronic resources.
  • Participate in library planning and implementation processes.
  • Perform additional responsibilities, as needed, to advance the mission of the organization and the Library.

Job Qualifications

    Education and experience:
  • Masters Degree in Library and Information Science (MLIS) from an ALA accredited program.
  • Appropriate library experience.
  • Experience with technical services procedures using Windows-based computer systems, databases and electronic resources.
  • Experience working with children, children's services and programming preferred.
  • Familiarity with horticultural/botanical subject area will be favorably regarded.
    Qualities, capabilities, skills and other requirements:
  • Ability to interact with public and volunteers, work cooperatively with other staff and function in a busy environment and shared work space.
  • Strong organizational, problem-solving skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to train and supervise volunteer staff, and delegate and coordinate their work.
  • Good reference and public service skills.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Flexibility in response to changing needs and competing demands.
  • Physical demands include loading, lifting and carrying boxes of books for sales; moving furniture to rearrange reading room for library events and regular moving of books and periodicals in routine management of library collections.

Time commitment:

  • Ability and willingness to adjust hours to accommodate the needs of the job.
  • Basic schedule is three-day (Sunday, Monday, Tuesday)

Full or Part Time: 60% FTE
Regular or Temporary: Regular
Exempt or Non-exempt: Exempt, salaried
Benefits: Paid vacation, sick leave, health and dental plan

To Apply

Please submit resume and cover letter outlining background, experience and interest via email, to SFBGS hopes to fill the position as soon as possible, with a start date no later than January 31, 2014.  Interested applicants should apply at their earliest convenience. No phone calls please.

San Francisco Botanical Garden Society is an Equal Opportunity Employer and welcomes applications from individuals who will contribute to its diversity.

SFBGS and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department San Francisco Botanical Garden's beauty and value as a major cultural resource are the result of a successful public/private partnership between San Francisco Botanical Garden Society and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.

ADMISSION  FREE for Members, SF Residents (with proof of residency) & School Groups | $7 Non-residents | Discounts for Seniors & Children

LOCATED In Golden Gate Park, with entrances at the corner of Ninth Ave. at Lincoln Way (Main Gate) & at MLK Jr. Drive off the Music Concourse (Friend/North Gate) | Phone: (415) 661-1316 | Mail: 1199 9th Ave, San Francisco, CA 94122-2370

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