cool librarian job

I periodically look for examples of really cool librarian jobs...I think this comes out of a need to prove to myself that my field is more exciting than most people think it is. Anyway, saw this old-ish (May '11) posting this morning...I just wish that I wanted to move to CA...can't 20th Century Fox have a Boston office!?

Twentieth Century Fox

Research Librarian

The Fox Research Library is the Entertainment Industry's premiere Production Research Library & Service. Created in 1923 specifically to meet the needs of filmmakers, it provides visual and background research exclusively for Fox Film and TV projects, Legal and Marketing departments. The Library's unique and extensive special collections of production materials include: Fox history, Fox location photos, illustrations, books, photographs, DVDs and VHSs, periodicals and clipping files dating from the mid 18th century to present day.

The Fox Research Library is currently seeking a Research Librarian. This role is solely responsible for cataloging materials, maintaining the SirsiDynix ILS and the Master of Library and Information Science Graduate Internship Program. The Research Librarian also performs administrative duties, maintains the Library's diverse collections, provides research, consults with multi-level executives and performs other duties as assigned. This role maintains the highest standards of confidentiality and accuracy.

The ideal candidate must be able to demonstrate the ability to create original MARC records with relevant subject headings and detailed 500 notes including but not exclusive to art, architecture, pop and sub-culture. In addition, he or she must be able to process and research materials sometimes containing graphic photographs and/or content. An expert knowledge of pop culture, film and television is highly preferred. Knowledge of any academic subject, foreign language, esoteric hobby and specialized work is also highly preferred. Excellent communication and written skills are essential. He or she must be able to work independently as well as with the department as a team. Finally, the candidate must be able to juggle many priorities, be detail-oriented and creative.

This is a union position in Wage Bracket 2.


·Catalog books, photographs, DVDs, VHSs, and other library materials in SirsiDynix's Horizon using MARC 21, LOC, Sears Subject Headings, Dewey Decimal Classification system and local rules. This includes creating detailed original records relevant to directors, writers, production and costume designers.

·Catalog digital materials in an upcoming digital asset management system.

·Coordinate and supervise graduate interns pursuing a Master of Library and Information Science degree.

·Manage and troubleshoot the Library's catalog in SirsiDynix's Horizon ILS.

·Perform administrative duties as assigned.

·Perform circulation duties including but not exclusive to: checkouts, overdue item follow-ups, usage statistics and the refiling of items.

·Perform visual and background research as assigned.

·Consult with clients as assigned.

·Perform collections and archival maintenance of books, photographs, DVDs, VHSs and other library materials.

·Assist with developing a customized digital asset management system for retrieval and archival storage purposes.

·Assist with developing the workflow systems associated with the digital asset management system cataloging.

·Remain current on the Film & Television industry, especially Fox projects.

·Assist with acquisitions relevant to current Fox projects and the overall collection.

·Other duties as assigned.


·MLS or MLIS from an ALA-accredited university.

·5 years of experience cataloging special collections including creating original MARC records or equivalent.

·Excellent oral and written communication skills.

·Demonstrated consistent accuracy and attention to detail while maintaining a very high level of productivity.

·Demonstrated ability to work independently and as a team member.

·Demonstrated ability to take direction in a rapidly changing environment on a variety of simultaneous workflows.

·Ability to learn rapidly and implement new cataloging procedures and principles.

·Excellent analytic and problem solving skills.

·Demonstrated ability to complete projects under rigorous time deadlines.

·High level of proficiency in both Mac and PC-based applications with the demonstrated ability to maintain SirsiDynix's ILS as well as Filemaker, Adobe Bridge and Photoshop preferred.

·Demonstrated ability to perform visual research preferred.

·Expertise in art, architecture, forensics, military, pop and sub-culture, and/or foreign languages preferred.

·Production experience or equivalent preferred.

·Experience using electronic databases including but not exclusive to: Nexis, HW Wilson and Nielson BookScan preferred.

·Ability to operate scanning and multi-function copy devices preferred.

·Demonstrated ability to teach and supervise graduate students preferred.

·Ability to lift 35 lbs.

Application Procedure

Please e-mail resumes to and reference job # FFE0000325 or apply directly to our website at
Please direct any questions regarding this posting to Rob McClary at 310-369-4107


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