JOB: History Room Librarian, Mill Valley Library

The Mill Valley Library is recruiting a Librarian for the Lucretia Little History Room. The person will direct the History Room’s operations and services and work closely with docents and staff to acquire, preserve, and showcase local history. Developing new and supporting existing partnerships is an essential part of this position. The candidate will continue implementation of current initiatives as well as help modernize and chart a future path for the History Room.

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The Lucretia Little History Room is dedicated to illuminating the unique history of Mill Valley and making it accessible to people of all ages and interests. We accomplish this by collecting, preserving, and promoting materials of enduring value pertaining to people, places, and events associated with Mill Valley and nearby areas, such as Mount Tamalpais and Muir Woods, that are an essential part of Mill Valley’s historic heritage.

The collection includes about 7,500 historical photos, local artifacts, maps, house files, over 250 oral histories, and research materials. History Room staff serve the public with varied requests and also work with the Mill Valley Historical Society to support the Oral History Project, curate archives exhibitions, conduct research for the Historical Review, and assist with the Annual Walk into History.

The History Room Librarian will:

  • Oversee and expand Oral History Project.
  • Work with teachers on 3rd grade history project.
  • Assess copyright issues and fulfill photo requests.
  • Work closely with docents and staff to achieve the goals of the History Room.
  • Collaborate with the Historical Society on shared mission to promote local history.
  • Write articles, create reports, and make presentations as needed.
  • Assist individuals and organizations with research.
  • Act as Library liaison to MVHS for First Wednesday events and Annual Walk into History.
  • Schedule docents and staff on the public desk to maximize number of open hours.
  • Coordinate historical archives exhibitions.
  • Monitor and improve preservation of materials.
  • Review and plan for technology needs.

Typical Projects:

  • Seek partnerships with local organizations to acquire or share important local history collections.
  • Seek grants to continue digitizing collections.
  • Create innovative programs or services that will bring new audiences to the History Room.
  • Assist with space/needs assessment to modernize History Room.
  • Implement new measures to maintain and better preserve the collection.
  • Look for creative ways to showcase the collection by curating original content for different formats (e.g., podcasts, blogs, 3D model, VR technology).
  • Review policies to ensure they reflect best practices and are aligned with Library goals.

Known for its beautiful facility and innovative programming, the Mill Valley Library welcomes approximately 240,000 visitors annually. It has a $2.7 million budget (including $200,000 from support groups), 21.16 FTE staff, and 130 volunteers. Close to 45K participants attend 1,200 programs offered each year.  The Library has a Recording Booth, Apple Laptop Lab, Technology Center, Robotics Lab, SmartGarden, and History Room. In 2015, it was named one of the best small libraries in America.

An After-Hours Lecture and Performing Arts Series, along with strong programming in the areas of writing, playwriting, storytelling, and poetry, contribute to the Library as a place where people can find intellectual and personal enrichment as well as connect with one another. A 2014 survey indicated many parents consider the Library’s offerings for children an important reason to live in Mill Valley.