Job Title: Animal Rights Network Collection Librarian
Supervisor: Kim W. Stallwood, Executive Director
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Status: One year, full-time, flexible work schedule possible
Start Date: ASAP
Application Deadline: Open until filled
Library and Archive
The library and archive was established to provide animal advocates,
students, scholars, journalists, and other interested individuals with a
central resource on animal rights and animals in society. It includes
books, videotapes, organizational files, journals, magazines, artifacts,
photographs, and archive copies of The Animals' Agenda and The Animals'
Voice Magazine. This extensive reference collection is unique because it
includes publications and materials produced by hundreds of like-minded
organizations primarily from the United States but also from other
countries. This movement-wide
repository also includes the following major collections: the Argus
Archives, the Ron Scott Videotape Collection, the Claire Necker
Collection of Cat Books and Collectibles, and the Animal Welfare
Institute (AWI) Archives. An oral history project also documents the
evolution of animal advocacy by recording the life histories of key
The Animal Rights Network (ARN) Collection Librarian manages the books,
magazines, journals, files, videotapes, audiotapes, artifacts, and other
materials. Preserves, catalogs, and organizes the collection. Assists
groups and individuals in locating and obtaining materials. Furnishes
library activities, facilities, rules, and services. Promotes the
collection, including in The Animals’ Agenda magazine and on its
companion web site. Works closely with other ARN staff to fulfill the
organization's mission of “Helping People Help Animals.” The position is
an excellent opportunity for
individuals with strong concerns about animals to learn more about the
growing field of animal rights and related subjects.
Duties and Responsibilities
* Manage the collection including receiving, acknowledging, shelving,
filing, and preserving materials.
* Catalog the collection onto a computerized
bibliographic database written in Microsoft Access software that runs on
a standard PC.
* Allocate in the cataloguing process appropriate key
subject terms from a thesaurus specifically developed for the ARN
Collection to individual items, which allow indexing for full-text
* Make improvements to the bibliographic database and
develop additional computer systems as necessary.
* Organize the collection as a reference library to
accommodate on-site users with access to the bibliographic database and
use of workstations, including TV/VCR.
* Implement appropriate procedures to process
applications from users to have access to the collection on an
* Assist on-site users in locating and obtaining
materials, answer inquiries received by mail, E-mail, fax, and
telephone, and provide information on library activities, facilities,
rules, and services.
* Work with web site designer to make the bibliographic
database, collection photos, and motion picture footage accessible on
The Animals’ Agenda web site.
* Manage a public relations and advertising campaign to
promote the reference and on-line collections to animal advocates,
students, researchers, teachers, librarians, journalists, legislators,
* Organize booths and attend library trade shows.
* Work closely with ARN staff and complete other tasks
as assigned, including the acquisition of additional collections,
identifying and acquiring appropriate reference materials, and assist
with the production of The Animals’ Agenda.
* Supervise the ARN Collection Library Coordinator and
the AWI Collection Librarian.
* Bachelor’s degree.
* Minimum two years of experience in the library or archive field or in
a related area.
* Good working knowledge of library practices and archival cataloguing
principles and preservation.
* Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
* Ability to work on own initiative.
* Familiarity with animal rights, cruelty-free living, status of animals
in society, and the animal advocacy movement.
* Knowledge of Microsoft Office products and Access highly desirable.
Compensation and Benefits
* Annual salary is $32,000.
* Vacation leave for one to two years of continuous full-time employment
is 13 days per year and 16.25 days per year for three to four years of
continuous full-time employment.
* Excellent group health insurance plan.
The Animal Rights Network Inc.
3500 Boston, Suite 325
P.O. Box 25881
Baltimore, MD 21224
Tel: (410) 675-4566
Fax: (410) 675-0066
Web site: www.animalsagenda.org
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