Do you love working with access, circulation, and interlibrary
loan services? Are you excited about the opportunity to
provide research materials to curators, educators, and researchers
across the Smithsonian? Do you want to work at the world’s largest
museum, education, and research complex? The Smithsonian
Libraries and Archives has a management opportunity to lead the
newly formed Resource Sharing and Access Department. Join our
team in Discovery Services to develop creative workflows, open up
access to rare and unique collections for the world, and
collaborate on strategic projects that strengthen and share the
Institution’s mission and research.
Head, Resource Sharing and Access
For the complete posting and application instructions, see
This position is located in the Smithsonian Institution (SI),
Smithsonian Libraries and Archives’ (SLA) Division of Discovery
Services, Resource Sharing and Access Department and reports to the
Assistant Director, Discovery Services.
The incumbent works closely with Collections, Discovery
Services, and Research Services colleagues to support the research
lifecycle and needs, and sets policies and practices for access,
circulation, and use of digital and print collection materials in
the Libraries. The incumbent provides leadership and priority
setting for training and execution of work that crosses divisions
within the Libraries, to provide outstanding, responsive customer
This position serves on the Discovery Services management team
and works with colleagues to increase access and use of collections
and research works. The incumbent establishes innovative policies
and workflows that open up collections and unique resources to
further advance scholarship and research. This includes the
dissemination of research materials through established and new
venues, experimenting with new access and resource sharing tools,
and collaborating with colleagues to lead the Libraries’
involvement with strategic projects on a regional, national, and
international level. The Librarian plays a strategic role in
connecting collections and resources to the Institution's research
community, along with sharing resources reciprocally with partner
universities, institutions and the public library systems who serve
the American public.
Key duties of this position are:
- Develop, support, and supervise five staff that are responsible
for the day-to-day interlibrary loan work and the daily delivery of
collection materials to SLA’s branches.
- Manage and lead the resource sharing operations.
- Manage patron account data and associated practices around
confidentiality, privacy, and authentication.
- Manage circulation, which could include setting workflows,
policy, and standards for circulating materials.
- Work with the Finance and Administrative department, Research
Services branch staff, Collections, and Acquisitions to manage
missing materials, patron management, and fulfillment.
- Demonstrate the value and impact of expertly managed collection
access within the SLA Libraries and the Institution and in the
national and international library profession.
- Guide colleagues on issues and best practices regarding
circulation, borrowing, lending and delivery.
The Division’s mission is to support the Increase and
Diffusion of Knowledge through the procurement
and acquisitions, collections growth and
refinement, discoverability, and
access of research materials. The Division
provides impactful, timely services in support of the One
First initiative, education, research, and general operations
of the Institution, while practicing and
promoting ethical, anti-racist, and inclusive practices
and descriptive work.
The Discovery Services Division aspires to be a collaborative
and representative group that provides practical and creative
solutions and services that proactively meets our educators,
researchers, and scholars where they are. We will honor our staff
with growth opportunities at all levels, constantly evaluate our
modeling of anti-racist and inclusive practices and create space
for honest discussions around successes and challenges.
By working at the Smithsonian, you make an important
contribution to an Institution loved by the American public and
visitors from around the world. The Smithsonian is the guardian of
some of the nation’s most valuable scientific, historic and
artistic treasures and is a leader in research, innovation and
discovery. We offer our visitors a unique, inspiring experience and
we offer those who work here a chance to make a difference in the
cultural life of our nation. The Smithsonian Institution values and
seeks a diverse workforce. Join us in “The Increase and Diffusion of
The job postings will be open on for 14 days, starting May
17, 2022 and will close on May 30, 2022. The complete
announcement and application instructions are on USAJOBS.
Applicants are required to attach official transcripts and to
submit a resume created in USAJOBs to be eligible for
consideration. For general information about working at the
Smithsonian, visit https://www.si.edu/OHR/workingsi.
Review health and leave benefits at https://www.si.edu/OHR/benefits.
To learn more about the Libraries visit https://library.si.edu/about-us.
Contact Polly Khater, Assistant Director for Discovery Services, at
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