Rolling Hills Estates, CA
30+ days ago


The Palos Verdes Library District is a public library system that operates three vibrant libraries serving the 68,000 residents of the four cities on the beautiful Palos Verdes Peninsula. We collaborate with our community to create inclusive environments for learning and inspiration, and to share the unique history of the Peninsula. The Palos Verdes Library District’s role as the community's center for discovery, lifelong learning, and personal enrichment for all is supported by a strong emphasis on community engagement with a network of community partners. As an Independent Special District, the District’s $10 million budget is funded primarily by a dedicated allocation of local property taxes, and is governed by a publicly elected Board of Library Trustees.

The Position:

The Palos Verdes Library District is seeking applications for a part-time Librarian II/Archivist to join our Adult Services Department.

The Archivist is a grant funded position. Work involves assignments in the Local History Center and requires the application of fundamental archival science principles and best practices. Schedules may vary based on the projects to include weekdays, evenings and weekend hours.

The ideal Candidate should exhibit a strong service orientation and a demonstrated dedication to quality customer service in a diverse community. The successful candidate will demonstrate strong organizational skills and a dedication to accuracy and attention to detail. They should also have a thorough understanding of preservation and conservation of archival materials and community documentation practices. In addition, the successful candidate should be flexible in their availability to work.

This posting will close at 5:00 p.m. on September 30, 2021. Applications will only be accepted online.

Applicants are urged to apply early to ensure you have time to resolve any technical issues you may encounter.


  • Applies knowledge of libraries and archives to archival processing activities according to archival best practices and standards.

  • Assists archivist in all archival functions including appraisal and acquisition/accessioning, processing, arrangement and description, reference and access/use services and outreach.

  • Creates EAD encoded finding aids and MARC records for the Library’s online catalog according to current national standards and best practices.

  • Assists archivist in special projects in particular oral history program, grant writing, digitization of historical materials and uploading and maintaining the digital repository.

  • Assists archivist with outreach activities including with social media postings for programs and activities in the library and in the community.

  • Advises and assists Local History Center researchers (in-person, email and phone) with collection access and/or recommendations to other area collections for further research.

  • Works with Local History Center volunteers and interns as needed and undertakes special projects as assigned.

To view the full job description please visit the Human Resources page on

Keyword: Archivist
Required Experience:


Knowledge of:

  • Community documentation practices such as oral histories, community scanning projects, etc.
  • Preservation and conservation of archival materials, including proper handling, housing, and storage.
  • Principles, practices and techniques for promoting and publicizing archival and library services, programs, and events.
  • Techniques for providing a high level of customer service to the public, volunteers, vendors and contractors and District staff, in person and over the telephone.
  • Recent developments, current literature, and sources of information related to archival and library services.

Ability to/Skills:

  • Work both independently and collaboratively
  • Communicate clearly, concisely, and persuasively both verbally and in writing.
  • Use computers and other technology, including software, hardware, and the Internet sufficient to be able to assist customers, conduct research, prepare reports, and use email and other communications technologies.
  • Provide direction to Local History volunteers and interns.
  • Maintain a strong customer service attitude and a demonstrated dedication to quality.
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to accuracy and detail

Any combination of training and experience that would provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the required qualifications includes meeting all education/experience as listed below:

  • ALA-accredited master’s degree in library and information science with a focus on archival theory and practice required, or equivalent accredited degree such as a public history degree, with formal training in archival theory and practices.
  • 2-3 years of professional archival experience and demonstrated expertise in appraisal and accessioning, working with deeds of gift and collection policies, arrangement and description and access services for archival collection of varying sizes and complexity.
  • Experience with archives and records management specific software such as Archivist Toolkit, ArchivesSpace, ContentDM, Islandora, etc. and mastery of EAD, DACS, DCRM (MSS), MARC, LCSH, AACR2, RDA, and other library and archival descriptive and content standards.

Desired Experience:

  • Experience with digitization projects of varying complexity.
  • Experience in museums and/or with exhibits.
  • Experience with disaster planning/recovery policies.
  • Previous experience or knowledge of copyright, intellectual property issues in primary and secondary resource collections.
  • Knowledge of Palos Verdes Peninsula history.

Note: The candidate selected for this position must be able to provide educational verification in the form of an official transcript of his or her highest degree. The District must receive the transcript directly from the institution.

Physical Demands

Must be able to work in a standard office setting and use standard office equipment, including a computer; vision to read printed materials and a computer screen; and hearing and speech to communicate in person and over the telephone. Must possess the ability to retrieve, process, and store library materials as well as enter and retrieve data using a computer. Positions in this classification frequently bend, stoop, kneel, and reach, as well as push and pull heavy book carts. Positions in this classification frequently lift and carry library materials that typically weigh less than 25 pounds.

Environmental Elements

Employees work in an office environment with moderate noise levels, controlled temperature conditions and no direct exposure to hazardous physical substances. Employees may interact with upset staff and/or public and private representatives in interpreting and enforcing departmental policies and procedures.

Working Conditions

Grant Funded position is part time up to 18.5 hours/week. May be required to work flexible schedules, including evenings, weekends, and holidays.

Selection Process

Applications will only be accepted online through our Applicant Tracking System
Please submit your resume with your application. All prescreening questions must be answered for consideration.
Any further questions can be directed to PVLD’s Human Resources at (310) 377-9584 ext. 248


From: Palos Verdes Library