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Temporary Library Specialist

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)


Position Description:

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.


Key Responsibilities:

  • Conduct an item level inventory of the Library’s Oral History Collection (see collection description below), including identifying various types of audio visual media, locating and/or identifying duplicates, and matching with relevant paperwork and transcripts.
  • Assess physical items for immediate preservation concerns and priority for digitization, based on condition and informational value.
  • Ensure that all interactions are culturally responsive, respectful, and based on a foundation of MOHAI’s commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, and accessibility.
  • Generate basic metadata and catalogue in collections database Proficio.
  • Work in conjunction with volunteers and assist with project coordination.
  • As project workflow allows, support Library Staff in uploading typed transcripts to CONTENTdm-housed Online Collections.
  • Other duties as assigned.


Required Qualifications:

  • Bachelor’s degree or equivalent museum work experience. Position suitable for current information sciences student or recent graduate.
  • Previous experience with audio visual collections required; inventorying a variety of audio visual media types preferred.
  • Experience with analyzing materials for their content and assessing them based on pre-determined criteria.
  • Experience working collaboratively with both colleagues and volunteers.
  • Ability to communicate clearly both verbally and in writing.
  • Good attention to detail in keeping track of workflow and in maintaining quality control.
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite; experience with library information systems or collections management databases preferred.
  • Enthusiasm for MOHAI’s exhibits, programs, and mission.


Museum Overview:

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


To Apply:

Please e-mail letter of interest, resume, and references to:

Position is open until filled.

 MOHAI is a 501(C)3 Organization and an Equal Opportunity Employer.