Librarian/Archivist in The Walters Art Museum


Job Location: Curatorial

The Walters Art Museum seeks to hire a librarian and archivist as head of the Walters Research Library and Archives. S/he manages all functions of a specialized research library of 120,000 volumes and the institutional archives of ca. 2,500 linear feet (plus curatorial files). The librarian/archivist provides research support to staff members in all departments of the museum, as well as to outside researchers by appointment. S/he oversees the use and processing of library and archival materials, establishing goals for the gradual development of both areas, and exploring new ways to support the research needs of Walters’ staff, including online presentation of the archives and funding opportunities. The successful candidate will need to train and supervise part-time grant employees, interns, and volunteers.

The Walters Art Museum has had a reference library since its founding as a public institution in 1934. The foundation collection for the Library was composed largely of Henry Walters’ personal collection of art-historical reference works. Some of the highlights of this collection include 18th- and 19th-century art-historical monographs, exhibition catalogs, collection catalogs, salon catalogs, periodicals, travel guides, and world’s fair guides. Through an active acquisitions program, Walters staff has augmented this historic collection significantly.


  • Masters of Library Science/Archives
  • Minimum of 3 years experience working in a library/archives setting or an equivalent environment in which the organization of data and the preservation of materials is paramount
  • Ability to maintain a cataloguing system
  • Knowledge of archival techniques and preservations standards
  • Experience with grant applications and working with federal and/or private granting agencies or foundation
  • Awareness of contemporary archives practices, database tools, and conventions of organization
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Able to communicate comfortably and confidently with members of the public, with academic/museum peer groups, with museum funders, and with other museum staff.
  • Reading ability in at least two languages other than English for the cataloguing of the collection materials from a diversity of linguistic traditions preferred
  • Must be able to climb stairs of the library stacks, lift boxes up to 30 lbs or lifting large books on high shelves.

Salary is commensurate with experience. We offer an attractive benefits package. For consideration, send your resume, cover letter and salary requirement to Application end date is August 1, 2017.

An Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Employer.

A smoke and drug free workplace

To Apply


The Walters Art Museum is an equal opportunity, equal access employer committed to achieving a diverse workforce. Employment at the Walters is contingent on a favorable investigative background check. The museum is a drug and smoke free workplace. The Walters Art Museum is an at will employer.


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