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Librarian - 30 hours per week & benefit eligible

Posted by: Atlanta Botanical Garden

Posted date: 2018-Aug-08

Location: Atlanta Botanical Garden


Directs the Sheffield Botanical and the Orchid Reference Libraries at the Atlanta Botanical Garden. Both collections serve as science reference libraries in botanical and horticultural disciplines for departmental and professional staff, members, volunteers, scholars, students, and the general public.
The main purpose of the libraries is to provide information services in fulfillment of the mission of the Garden to develop and maintain plant collections for display, education, research, conservation and enjoyment.

This specialized librarian has responsibility for the strategic planning and management of the two libraries including the purchase, classification, and cataloguing of library materials. Maintaining the collection with care, custodianship and conservation of collections requires an annual inventory and periodic weeding.


Selects and orders books, periodicals, and computer software for purchase for the library using budgeted funds and gifts.

Accessions, catalogues and classifies all books and periodicals.

Maintains indexed clippings and vertical files in both collections.

Has responsibility for maintaining files of non-book collection including DVDs, images, slides, and photographs including archival Garden materials.

Provides research and reference assistance to staff, volunteers, members, visiting researchers and the general public in person, by phone and via email.

Reviews incoming journals for staff with specific notes for areas of research interest.

Studies book reviews and on-line listings for new horticultural and botanical publications for selection purposes.

Is an active member of CBHL (Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries) and participates in activities and annual meetings as funds allow.

Arranges with other horticultural libraries through CBHL for the borrowing and lending of botanical literature.

Delegates and supervises the work performance of up to 20 Library and Plant Hotline volunteers.

Maintains library records, and prepares monthly and annual reports and budget requests as directed by the VP of Programs. Manages the budgets for both collections. Processes all gifts of books and funds toward the purchase of gift and memorial books, manages bookplate installation, writes letters of acknowledgement to donors.

Conducts annual inventory and de-accessioning of the collections.

Supervises weekly Garden Storybook times for preschoolers.

Assists with lecture series by purchasing books by authors and helping with book signings as appropriate.

The above job duties and responsibilities describe the general nature and level of work for employees in this position, but this is not intended as an exclusive or all-inclusive inventory of all duties required of employees in this job.
Job Title Librarian - 30 hours per week & benefit eligible
Start Date
Library/Institution Name Atlanta Botanical Garden
Certification Required? No
City Atlanta
State GA
Job Type Job Type -> Part-time
Type of Library Job Classification -> Special

Undergraduate degree is required
MLS/MLIS degree from a program accredited by the American Library Association is required.

Experience in a Special Library is desirable.

Subject expertise in botany, horticulture, ecology or life sciences discipline is desirable.


Understanding of core library competencies and functions including the Library of Congress classification schedule and MARC records

Facility with ITS or similar cataloging software

Excellent interpersonal skills
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Strong organizational skills and attention to detail

Experience managing and supervising volunteers

Ability to work independently with minimal supervision

Ability to prioritize, meet deadlines and multi-task simultaneously


Frequently required to stand, sit, walk and reach with hands and arms, and hear and speak. Must be able to lift 20lbs. Must be able to safely climb a ladder.
Application Instructions Email cover letter and resume to
Web Link http://
Special Notes FLSA: Non-Exempt
REPORTS TO: Vice President of Programs
WORK SCHEDULE: 30 hours per week & benefit eligible

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