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Alexandria is a historic city located in northern Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C.  Distinct neighborhoods including Old Town, Del Ray and the West End offer something for everyone.  Headquarters to several prominent organizations, including the Patent and Trademark Office and the National Science Foundation, our city of nearly 160,000 residents is a diverse community—a distinctly urban area that retains a small town atmosphere.

Alexandria Library celebrates equity and diversity within our community and staff by:

  • Offering programs and resources that reflect our uniquely multicultural community.
  • Creating a welcoming and inclusive environment.
  • Fostering an atmosphere of dignity and respect.
  • Providing opportunities for all staff members to grow and excel.

Alexandria Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer and invites applications from all qualified individuals. Proficiency/fluency in Amharic, Arabic or Spanish is highly desired, but not required for these positions. These positions require the successful completion of pre-employment background checks, including a criminal background screening.

Thank you for your interest in employment opportunities at Alexandria Library!

 

OTHER OPPORTUNITIES

CURRENT OPPORTUNITIES

Youth Services Manager (Librarian II)

Full Time - 40 Hours/Week – Burke Branch Library

The Youth Services Manager is responsible for operations of the Burke Branch Library Youth Services Team and reports to the Branch Manager.

General Duties:

  •  Supervises one part-time Library Assistant and one part-time Library Page.
  •  Plans, implements and directs youth educational programs, literacy initiatives, partnerships, outreach and volunteer support for the branch.
  • Collaborates with the Teen Services Coordinator to plan and implement programs and initiatives for young adults.
  • Coordinates collection development and maintenance of children’s materials
  • Makes program and collection decisions based on data, which include, but are not limited to program statistics, impact surveys, collection analyses, and system and branch-specific reports.
  •  Assists children, caregivers, parents, teachers, etc. with requests for information and library materials.
  •  Coordinates outreach activities with Alexandria City Public Schools, the Department of Recreation, Parks and Cultural Activities, and related organizations providing Youth Services in the community.
  •  Stays aware of professional trends and continually works to improve youth services.
  • Functions as building officer in the Branch Manager’s absence.
  • Weeds and updates the collection and evaluates print and digital resources.
  • Participates on system Youth Services Committee and other committees.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Skills and Abilities:

  • Comprehensive knowledge of children’s and young adult literature, programming and services 

  • Management and supervisory skills, including team building, time management, and planning 

  • Excellent communication and customer service skills 

  • Passionate about public service and outreach to the community.
  • Knowledge of integrated library systems and technology 

  • Ability to adapt to a rapidly changing library environment 

  • Ability to establish and maintain good working relationships with staff 

  • Ability to work independently as well as part of a team 

  • Prior supervisory experience is preferred 


 

 

Minimum Requirements: 

Master's Degree in Library & Information Science from an ALA-accredited school; at least five years of experience in professional library work, including three or more years of experience in a supervisory capacity at the level of Librarian I; or any equivalent combination of experience and training which provides the required knowledge, skills, and abilities. Applicant must possess or obtain, within 3 months of hire, a license to practice as a registered professional librarian issued by the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Foreign languages skills preferred.

Salary: $61,489.48 - $108,209.40 Annually

Benefits:

Earns annual and sick leave and is eligible for health insurance, retirement, life insurance, long-term disability and long-term care insurance.

Location: 4701 Seminary Road, Alexandria, VA 22304

Schedule:

Hours are scheduled to meet the staffing needs of the Burke Branch, and will include days, evenings and two Saturdays per month.

Application Instructions:

Click here to apply  attaching one document containing a cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references, preferably supervisory.  Address Cover Letter to Richard Drosin, HR Manager, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA  22304.  Contact with questions: 703-746-1799, or careers@alexlibraryva.org .

This position is open until filled

 

 



Processing & Digitization Internship

Local History/Special Collections Branch

March 2024-March 2025

20 hours per week


The Alexandria Library is seeking an intern for one year starting March 2024. This is a 20 hour a week internship funded by the NHPRC to work on rehousing, preservation assessments, and digitization of select portions of four archival collections and select microfilm reels related to early Civil Rights history in Alexandria, Virginia. The internship is funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Archival Projects Grant program. The selected intern will be responsible for rehousing, basic preservation assessments, scanning, Qualified Dublin Core metadata description, handwriting recognition using Transkribus software, name authority records for portions of the Alexandria Library Company Records, Alexandria Library Records, Armistead Boothe Papers, and the Mary Powell Scott Papers. The intern will also gain experience with the ingest process for Preservica and software integrations between Preservica and ArchivesSpace. The internship will end with a culminating project to present to key stakeholders and summarize the learning experience. 

Qualifications:


Ideal candidates will be enrolled in a graduate degree program in Library & Information Science or no more than 2 years post-graduation. There is no guarantee that interns will be hired for future employment. The ability to read cursive writing is preferred.

Additional qualifications for interns include:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills
  • Outstanding customer service skills
  • Ability to work independently and with a team
  • Organized and detail oriented
  • Dependable and punctual
  • Basic computer skills
  • Interest in Virginia history, early Civil Rights (1930s onward), and /or community history
  • A basic awareness of various descriptive standards and digital asset management software, such as ArchiveSpace or Preservica, is preferred.
  • All interns will also need to complete a successful reference and background check.

Pay:                       $17.55 per hour

Benefits:              This position is not eligible for benefits

Schedule:            20 hours a week for 52 weeks

Location:             Local History/Special Collections Branch – 717 Queen Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

 
Application Instructions:
Click here to apply attaching a cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references, preferably supervisory. Address Cover Letter to Richard Drosin, HR Manager, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA  22304. Contact with questions: 703-746-1799, or careers@alexlibraryva.org.

About Us
The Alexandria Library Company (ALC) was founded on July 24, 1794, at the home of John Wise as a subscription library for the Alexandria community. A week later the members elected officers and first Librarian, Edward Stabler in Wise’s long room, part of today’s Gadsby’s Tavern. On January 9, 1799, the Alexandria Library Company was chartered by the General Assembly of Virginia. The Company joined the City’s efforts to create a free public library in 1931 and contributed its holdings toward the modern-day Alexandria Library. Today, those holdings form the nucleus of the Local History/Special Collections Branch.

The Local History/Special Collections Branch (LH/SC) is co-located with the Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library in Old Town Alexandria. The LH/SC Branch contains resources focused on Alexandria and Northern Virginia which cover genealogy, local history, and rare books.  Archival collections focus on the local community and represent organizations, families, and architecture.


Alexandria Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer and invites applications from all qualified individuals.  This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment background checks, including a criminal background screening.




Digitization & Technical Services Internship

Local History/Special Collections Branch

March 2024-March 2025

20 hours per week


The Alexandria Library is seeking an intern for one year starting March 2024. This is a 20 hour a week internship funded by the NHPRC to work on software and website integrations as well as digitization of select portions of four archival collections and select microfilm reels related to early Civil Rights history in Alexandria, Virginia. The internship is funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Archival Projects Grant program. The selected intern will be responsible for scanning, Qualified Dublin Core metadata description, handwriting recognition using Transkribus software, name authority records for portions of the Alexandria Library Company Records, Alexandria Library Records, Armistead Boothe Papers, and the Mary Powell Scott Papers. The intern will also gain experience with the ingest process for Preservica and software integrations between Preservica, ArchivesSpace, and an Exhibit website being designed by a grant partner, New America. The internship will end with a culminating project to present to key stakeholders and summarize the learning experience. 

Qualifications:

Ideal candidates will be enrolled in a graduate degree program in Library & Information Science or no more than 2 years post-graduation. There is no guarantee that interns will be hired for future employment. The ability to read cursive writing is preferred.

Additional qualifications for interns include:

  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

  • Outstanding customer service skills

  • Ability to work independently and with a team

  • Organized and detail oriented

  • Dependable and punctual

  • Basic computer skills

  • Interest in Virginia history, early Civil Rights (1930s onward), and /or community history

  • A basic awareness of various descriptive standards and digital asset management software, such as ArchiveSpace or Preservica, is preferred.

  • Coding proficiency in Python and XML.


Pay:                       $17.55 per hour

Benefits:              This position is not eligible for benefits

Schedule:            20 hours a week for 52 weeks

Location:             Local History/Special Collections Branch – 717 Queen Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

 
Application Instructions:
Click here to apply attaching a cover letter, resume and three (3) professional references, preferably supervisory. Address Cover Letter to Richard Drosin, HR Manager, 5005 Duke Street, Alexandria, VA  22304. Contact with questions: 703-746-1799, or careers@alexlibraryva.org .

About Us

Alexandria Library Company

The Alexandria Library Company (ALC) was founded on July 24, 1794, at the home of John Wise as a subscription library for the Alexandria community. A week later the members elected officers and first Librarian, Edward Stabler in Wise’s long room, part of today’s Gadsby’s Tavern. On January 9, 1799, the Alexandria Library Company was chartered by the General Assembly of Virginia. The Company joined the City’s efforts to create a free public library in 1931 and contributed its holdings toward the modern-day Alexandria Library. Today, those holdings form the nucleus of the Local History/Special Collections Branch.

Alexandria Library

Alexandria Library is rich in history located in Alexandria, an historic city located in northern Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C.  Our city of nearly 150,000 residents is a diverse community—a distinctly urban area that retains a small-town atmosphere.

The Library proudly reflects that diversity, with 22 different languages spoken by our 102 staff members.

The Local History/Special Collections Branch (LH/SC) is co-located with the Kate Waller Barrett Branch Library in Old Town Alexandria. The LH/SC Branch contains resources focused on Alexandria and Northern Virginia which cover genealogy, local history, and rare books.  Archival collections focus on the local community and represent organizations, families, and architecture.

Alexandria Library is an Equal Opportunity Employer and invites applications from all qualified individuals.  This position requires the successful completion of pre-employment background checks, including a criminal background screening.