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Library Director

Mystic Seaport Museum
Masons Island, Connecticut
Closing date
Apr 18, 2024

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Position Type
Dean / Department Head
Full Time
Museum Studies
Organization Type
Job Type



Set direction for the Library Collections through policy creation, team leadership and program creation. Funding the Library's processes through grant writing and donor interaction is a major function of this position.


  • Oversee staffing for Library Access, Manuscripts, Ships Plans, Charts and Maps, Corporate Archives and other Library collections.
  • Manage and lead effort to update Library's digitization processes and online presence
  • Manage Library donor relations
  • Participate in grant writing to support all functions of the Library
  • Work closely with the Museum's Curators and as an active member of the Acquisitions Team to develop collection through purchase and donation.
  • Act as member of editorial board for Collections-related publications.
  • Represent the Museum and its collections through professional Library activities that may include participation in conferences and symposia, teaching activity including workshops, authoring publications, and collaborative projects with other organizations or institutions.
  • Develop professional policies across all library collections
  • Collection development for Books, Manuscripts, Ships Plans, Charts, Maps and Periodicals
  • Maintain the Library's support group, known as the Fellows of the G.W. Blunt White Library
  • Assist in developing strategies to upgrade the physical condition of the collection and increase efficient access, including digital access.
  • Promote and support use of the Library collections for Mystic Seaport exhibits and programs
  • Review preservation and usage policies on a regular basis as the need arises.
  • Act as an authority for answering inquiries regarding the traditional Library collections and assist visitors with inquiries and access to the collections.
  • Work with the Cataloging Team in developing consistent standards and cataloging procedures
Develop a strategy for processing the large backlog uncatalogued library materials;

Provide assistance and support for researchers and community members in projects and scholarship;
  • Work closely with Systems Administrator for the Museum collection management systems.



BA in History or similar area of study.

MLS from an accredited institution.

Strong background in Information Science.

Ability to lead and thrive in a team setting

Accurate computer skills necessary

Knowledge of standard Library Museum practices required

Second area of expertise desirable, e.g., maritime studies, art history, anthropology, business administration, etc.

Salary Description

80-90,000.00 per year

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