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7 February 2001 Issue
Job Opportunity

Job Title: Animal Rights Network Collection Librarian
Supervisor: Kim W. Stallwood, Executive Director
Location: Baltimore, Maryland
Salary: $32,000
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 players.

Position Summary
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 information on
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 retrieval abilities.

* 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 appointment-only basis.

* 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, and others.

* 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
E-mail: [email protected]
Web site: 

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