The Director, Louis B. Mayer Library leads the operation and
direction of the Louis B. Mayer Library, the AFI Archive, the AFI
Library Computer Labs, and all functions and related spaces. In
addition, the Director is responsible for the oversight of Library
collections, reference and research services, and supervises
Library staff and Archive staff.
- Direct operations of the Library and the Archive with a focus
on advancing Fellow learning, meeting the curricular and production
support needs of the AFI Conservatory, while sustaining excellence
in the delivery of these services.
- Lead improvements and modifications, leveraging technology and
innovative tools, in the delivery of Library and Archive
- Develop and maintain an updated strategic plan for AFI’s Louis
B. Mayer Library and AFI Archive.
- Oversee the administration and use of Library collections,
spaces, special collections, and Archive.
- Direct processes for acquisitions and donations, cataloging and
preparation of library materials, and the administration of the
Library’s online circulation system (OPAC).
- In collaboration with Academic Affairs, provide instructional
workshops for Fellows and faculty of the Conservatory in support of
Conservatory goals as needed.
- Serve on the Circulation/Reference Desk during the regular
academic semester in order to obtain knowledge of the needs and
concerns of Fellows and faculty in relation to the Library’s
services and programs.
- Prepare and present written and oral reports on library
operations, activities and programs and coordinate library
information functions with other AFI departments.
- Collect and analyze data and relevant information to evaluate
the efficiency and effectiveness of the library.
- Prepare and administer the annual budget(s) for the Library and
manage the administration of Archive budgets.
- Prepare and deliver content for AFI.com as well as other
external and internal online sources.
- Serve on AFI committees as requested/needed by the
- Supervise, guide, evaluate and support Library and Archive
- Oversee the hiring process for new and vacant positions within
areas under the Director’s purview, including the establishment
criteria for selection.
- Demonstrate commitment to the profession by keeping abreast of
current trends and developments in the field of library and
- Remain active professionally and, through service, represent
the interests of the American Film Institute and the AFI
Conservatory in related and advantageous internal, local, regional,
national, and international organizations and associations.
- Perform other duties and responsibilities as assigned.
- Master’s Degree in Library Science required.
- Minimum five years of special or academic library experience,
including supervisory and administrative responsibilities.
- Familiarity with library operations, cataloging and online
resources with a demonstrated knowledge in related process
- Minimum two years of archival management experience, or
comparable professional training within the field of archival
- Working knowledge of collection or digital assets management
software and online public access cataloging systems.
- Knowledge of film history and production desirable.
- Strong team-oriented, collaborative leadership, time
management, and multi-tasking skills, coupled with the ability to
work independently and with minimal supervision.
- Demonstrated project management skills with the ability to take
a project from conception through completion with minimal
- Excellent oral and written communication skills.
- Problem-solving skills are essential.
- Significant database management and computer skills, with
expertise in Word and Excel.
- Commitment to professional issues, demonstrated through strong
interest in local or national committee work, research,
- Commitment to ongoing professional development and
consideration of innovative best practices in the field.
- Personal integrity and the ability to inspire confidence and
- Must be able to lift boxes up to 25 lbs and participate in
moving items up and down stairs.
- Must be able to work some evenings and weekends.
The Director, Louis B. Mayer Library performs all duties and
responsibilities under the guidance and supervision of the Vice
Dean, Academic Affairs.