Librarian – Howard and Alba Leahy Library (Barre, VT)

Job Title: Librarian
State Equivalent Pay Grade: 24
FLSA Status: Full-time, Exempt
Supervisor: Director of Collections and Access
Last Revised: June 3, 2024

General Description
The Librarian is responsible for administration of the Howard and Alba Leahy Library, including its facilities, collections, staff, and projects. The Librarian has primary curatorial responsibility for the printed, manuscript, broadside, photograph, audio, and film/video collections. The Librarian reports to the Director of Collections & Access and works directly with the Collections Manager to develop, strategize, and manage projects related to the collections work of the Vermont Historical Society.

Primary Responsibilities

  • Ensure ongoing and expanding access to Library collections through cataloging, digitization, exhibits, and statewide outreach
  • Establish all library procedures and supervise the Access Librarian, library assistant(s), and library volunteers. With the Director of Collections and Access, set library policies.
  • Help develop and manage library budget.
  • Coordinate the purchase, donation, acceptance, and acknowledgement of all incoming library materials, and seek out new materials to fill collections gaps as appropriate
  • Maintain connections with universities, and independent researchers to promote ongoing research into the library collections of the VHS
  • Provide physical access to, and security of, the library collections, including monitoring environmental controls, collections housing, collections furniture, and collections handling.
  • Set all conservation and bookbinding priorities as well as processing said work.
  • Present Vermont history and the collections of the Leahy Library of the VHS through periodic public speaking, publishing, and providing content for VHS outreach
  • Assist development staff in the identification of funding opportunities to support collections & access, including the submission of requests for funding, membership support opportunities, and individual donor planning and solicitation. Serve as project director on grant-funded initiatives as appropriate.
  • Along with the Access Librarian, library assistant(s), and volunteers, provide reference services.
  • Represent VHS in various professional groups and public organizations.
  • Other duties as assigned.


The Librarian reports to the Director of Collections and Access and supervises the Access Librarian, library assistant(s), and library volunteers. The Librarian is a critical position within the Vermont Historical Society and works closely and collaboratively with all staff.

Environmental Factors

  • Duties are performed in a standard office setting, based in Barre, Vermont.
  • Certain duties will require heavy workloads and tight deadlines
  • Moderate travel requirements may occur, for which a valid driver’s license is required.
  • Occasional weekend and evening work will be required.
  • Must be able to lift and move 40 lbs.

Required Qualifications

  • Master’s degree from an ALA-accredited program
  • 5 years experience in special collections or archives
  • Excellent interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
  • Ability to juggle competing demands on time.
  • Familiarity with cataloging and metadata technical standards such as MARC21, Dublin Core, DACS rules, Library of Congress Subject Headings
  • Experience working with Integrated Library Systems

Desirable Qualifications

  • Demonstrated interest in U.S. history
  • Knowledge of, and strong interest in, Vermont history.
  • Experience in management, creation, and quality control for digital databases
  • Demonstrated ability to adapt historic library practices to modern patron needs.

– Posted 6/7/24

Collections Manager – Waterbury Historical Society (Waterbury, VT)

The Waterbury Historical Society seeks a part-time collections manager to catalog and maintain its collection of artifacts, photographs, historical documents, and other items.

The Collections Manager is a contracted employee of the Town of Waterbury at a rate of $20.00 per hour, for a maximum of 20 hours per week.


  • Oversee the organization, cataloging, and storage of all current and new items in the collection according to industry best practices, under the guidance of the Board of Directors.
  • Supervise cataloguers, and general volunteers in the record-keeping, organization, and care of the collection.
  • Collaborate with and advise the Accession/Deaccession Committee to recommend to the Board of Directors items to be accepted or removed from the collection, in keeping with approved policies.
  • Develop and maintain documentation for deeds of gift, loans of collection items, and hosting of temporary exhibits.
  • Work closely with the curator to refresh exhibits and provide guided tours on an appointment basis.
  • Attend monthly board meetings and report to the Board of Directors.


  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Strong research, interpretive, and writing skills.
  • Passion for history and enthusiasm for sharing that history with the community.
  • Knowledge of and comfort with computer technology for online searches, document creation and management, photographing, scanning, and uploading.
  • Willingness to learn.


  • Experience in using PastPerfect or similar digital archival industry standard platform.
  • Knowledge of Vermont/Waterbury history.

Submit a letter of interest and resume by email to Cheryl Casey, WHS President, at Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Waterbury Historical Society is a non-profit organization and the keeper of the historical archives of the Town of Waterbury, Vermont. WHS also has a modest but growing museum, quarterly programs that draw from our collection of Waterbury history, and an active membership. The museum and programs are free and open to the public.

– Posted 8/5/22

Local History Librarian – Richards Free Library (Newport, NH)

The Richards Free Library in Newport, NH is looking for a Local History Librarian to join our team. This is a part time job, 18 hours per week, and the starting hourly wage is $20. This librarian will be responsible for our historical archives and reference assistance. For a full job description and information on how to apply, please visit our website at The deadline to apply is November 26, 2021.

– Posted 11/9/21

Local History & Genealogy Supervisor, Berkshire Athenaeum, Pittsfield's Public Library (Pittsfield, MA)

We are looking for an experienced captain for our local history and genealogy team.  A visionary, flexible professional will lead our friendly, knowledgeable, supportive staff to build the next level of our Local History, Genealogy, Herman Melville, and Berkshire Authors collections and services.  Our collections of historical documents, photos, manuscripts, artifacts and publications are strong and our colleagues are wise and motivated. We are looking for someone who is ready to go down some new and adventurous roads that will honor this past and imagine a future that engages new and wider audiences.
Does this describe you?


– Masters Degree in Library Science.
– Knowledge of reference, archive, and genealogy services.
– Demonstrated organizational and problem solving skills; dynamic and self motivated.
– Progressively responsible library experience, including management and supervisory experience.
– Comfortable learning about and using new and changing library technology.
– Demonstrated patience and skill in dealing with general public.

Full/Part Time

Full Time




$23.05 to $30.21 per hour in ten steps ($41,951 to $54,982 Annually)

Closing Date

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

How to Apply

Apply online:
– Posted February 21, 2020

History of VLA websites

screen shot of old VLA website
Anyone who has been around VLA for a while might be interested in looking at the past fifteen years of VLA websites, courtesy of the Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine. From March 2001 until today!