Museum Vision and Mission:
MOHAI is treasured locally and respected nationally as a vibrant resource where history inspires us to be our best, individually and collectively. By collecting and preserving artifacts and stories of our diverse history, MOHAI highlights our regional tradition of innovation and imagination. Through compelling exhibits, scholarship, education, public programs, and community engagement, MOHAI bridges the past, present, and future. MOHAI is a place and a community of people with histories of successes and failures that: bind us together; amuse, disturb, and inspire us; inform and guide us; and deepen our connection with our heritage.
Position Title: Temporary Library Specialist
Reports to: Library Collections Manager
Location: MOHAI Resource Center at Georgetown
Classification: Temporary, Non-Exempt, Part-time
Compensation: $18.00 per hour
Schedule: Weekdays, 20–22.5 hours per week
Employment Period: June–September, 2019 (start date flexible—250 hours total)
The Temporary Library Specialist will participate in a 250 hour 4Culture project to inventory MOHAI’s Sophie Frye Bass Library’s Oral History Collection, including completing a condition assessment, digitization priority list, and entering item level descriptions into the Library’s collection management system. This position is available as a temporary position or as an internship for a current library science graduate student. The Temporary Library Specialist position reports to the Library Collections Manager and is a member of the Curatorial Services department.
For more than 60 years, MOHAI has been dedicated to enriching lives by preserving, sharing, and teaching the diverse history of Seattle, the Puget Sound region and the nation. With a collection of over 4 million artifacts, photographs, oral histories, and archival items, and an expansive schedule of exhibits and programs, MOHAI is the region’s premier history center. MOHAI operates a dramatic and award-winning museum in Lake Union Park in Seattle’s vibrant South Lake Union neighborhood, and a Resource Center in Seattle’s Georgetown neighborhood. MOHAI also hosts the Bezos Center for Innovation, focusing on the history and future of innovation in the Puget Sound region.
MOHAI’s Sophie Frye Bass Library is home to a growing collection of more than 700 oral histories, including interviews with business leaders, women in politics, and everyday citizens reflecting on various aspects of their local experiences. Examples include the Experienced Leaders Collection, which documents stories from regional leaders in business and politics such as William Gates, Sr., former Washington governor Daniel J. Evans, and The Seattle Times publisher Frank Blethen; the Rosie the Riveter Collection, which features 21 women reflecting on their experience working at the Boeing Company factory during World War II; and most recently, MOHAI collected oral histories to provide greater context for the Al Smith photography collection, an unparalleled record of Seattle’s African American community, its Central District neighborhood, and the midcentury jazz music scene in the city.
MOHAI is accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, and is an official affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. For more information, please visit www.mohai.org.
Please e-mail letter of interest, resume, and references to: email@example.com
Position is open until filled.
MOHAI is a 501(C)3 Organization and an Equal Opportunity Employer.