Library Services Manager

The iconic front steps of The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia

The Franklin Institute, the most visited museum in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, strives to be the world leader in promoting science and technology education and literacy through inspiring and engaging experiences that cultivate curiosity, critical thinking, and an understanding of the crucial role science plays in our lives.

At The Franklin Institute, we provide an environment that is as nurturing as it is dynamic. Our team-oriented approach allows for ample learning and career growth opportunities. We think you will find the Institute offers the ideal atmosphere in which to best use your skills and talents. We are eager for your input, ideas, and inspiration.

Position Description:

The Library Services Manager supports the work of the Museum’s Collections Department by managing the Institute’s Library and assisting with The Journal of The Franklin Institute and Franklin Open.  Reporting to the Assistant Director of Collections, the Library Services Manager will be responsible for the following:

  • Support day-to-day operations of The Franklin Institute’s two scientific journals, which also include author, reviewer, and editor inquiries; daily manuscript assignments in the Editorial Manager system; and weekly editorial reminders
  • Process publications and records according to standards in the field
  • Survey, organize, rehouse, digitize, describe, and catalog 2-D and 3-D artifacts (e.g., documents, correspondence, prints, ephemera, photographs, film, objects, etc.)
  • Produce updated content for core documents and procedures across the department.
  • Support Digital access management efforts.
  • Respond to internal and external research requests
  • Research artifact provenance and story and draft content for database and social media
  • Ensure timely processing of issues
  • Work with the publisher’s Journal Manager on any Journal matters.

Position Requirements

  • A degree program in Library and Information Science or a related field
  • At least five years of experience in a library, archive, or museum
  • Professional understanding of current library cataloging and digitization standards
  • Demonstrated experience with processing plans, digitization plans, and copyright language is a plus
  • Ability to lift heavy boxes (up to 40lbs)
  • Work with documents in places that may be dusty, warm, or cold, and difficult to access (incl. small elevators and flights of stairs)

Status: Temporary full-time, 37.5 hours per week (Monday – Friday).  This is a two-year temporary assignment.

Benefits Information:

The Franklin Institute offers a comprehensive benefits package, including health, dental, vision, 401K, life insurance, and disability coverage. We also offer generous Paid Time Off, paid holidays, and numerous wellness program benefits.

To apply, please visit our Career CenterWe look forward to hearing from you!

Research shows that women and people from underrepresented groups often apply to jobs only if they meet 100% of the qualifications.  We recognize that it is highly unlikely that someone meets 100% of the qualifications for a role.  If much of this job description describes you, please apply for this role.

The Franklin Institute is an equal-opportunity employer. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, religion, national or ethnic origin, disability, or protected veteran status.

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As the most visited museum in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and a top-five tourist destination in the City of Philadelphia, The Franklin Institute is one of the leading science centers in the country and serves as both a prominent educational and cultural resource, and as an anchor of the local economy.

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