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Volunteer Opportunities

As a program of the American Craft Council, the library maintains a comprehensive collection of print and visual materials on American craft with an emphasis on the period since 1940. Containing more than 15,000 books and exhibition catalogs, 700 bound volumes of leading periodicals, a substantial collection of artist files, and an accompanying database, the library is also the repository of the Council archives, including those of the Museum of Contemporary Crafts/American Craft Museum (1956-1990). While focused on modern craft, the collection also supports research in the related fields of design and applied and decorative arts. The library collection is non-circulating and open to the public Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. 

The American Craft Council Library is seeking bright, enthusiastic, and dedicated unpaid volunteers to assist the librarian with day-to-day tasks and special projects focused on library organization and enhancing access to library information for users worldwide. 

Duties may include but are not limited to:

• Processing new materials

• Photocopying, scanning and filing

• Data entry

• Shelving/re-shelving library materials

• Assisting with shelf-reading and inventory

• Book mending

• Communicating regularly with librarian as to concerns, issues, and progress on current tasks

• Special projects as assigned

Requirements:
Volunteer opportunities will be available Monday – Friday, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. There are no weekend or evening opportunities for this position.  

Qualifications: 

• Must be age 16 or older

• Basic computer skills and/or good handwriting helpful

• Flexible to changing situations

• Reliable and responsible

• Able to accept supervision and work independently as well as in a group environment

• Interest in craft and craft history

• Detail-oriented and capable of performing repetitive tasks 

• Good organizational skills

Benefits of volunteering: 
Volunteers have the opportunity to work in a unique, scholarly environment at one of the largest repositories for information on craft in the United States and the chance to interact with a passionate staff of creative individuals – as well as members of the craft community – while supporting the work of a national arts nonprofit and learning about American Craft magazine and the history of contemporary craft through the library and archives.

Contact librarian Jessica Shaykett for more information.