The Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums  in Fremont, Ohio is seeking a dynamic person who thrives in a creative, team oriented work environment for Head Librarian.  This is an administrative position that is responsible for administering, organizing and managing all aspects of reference and technical services, policies, and programs of the library along with promoting public awareness of its collections.

Duties include supervision of online services, including the HPLM website and the Ohio Obituary Index with over 60 library affiliates.  The position is also responsible for overseeing the library’s three staff members and volunteers, working with other senior managers and monitoring the quality and quantity of work performed by the library staff while maintaining a high level of professionalism. The Library is the first Presidential Library and the forerunner of the federal presidential library system and is situated in a 25 acre wooded estate along with the recently renovated Museum and 31-room mansion.

This is a full-time position, normally 9 to 5 pm, with some Saturday hours, eligible for fringe benefits.

Applicants should have an M.L.S. degree with a preferred background in American history and genealogy, if possible. For complete job description see our website:

Send resume and references before April 30th, 2018 to  

Thomas Smith
Human Resources
Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Library & Museums
Spiegel Grove
Fremont OH 43420

[email protected]
419-332-2081 ext. 225





This is a highly responsible, professional administrative position as head of the Library, within the Museum and Library Division of the Rutherford B. Hayes Library & Museums. The employee(s) in this classification is responsible to the Director for the administration and development of the department and hiring, training, and supervising all staff in the department. This is a professional position, and the Head Librarian also works with other senior managers and the Executive Director with regards to the budget, personnel, grants, and long range strategic planning for the Library.



Provide overall direction for the Library; work collaboratively with other departments, including Archives and Manuscripts, as well as Graphics, for the long range and short term goals of the Library. 

Supervise the online projects, including the Hayes website and the Ohio Obituary Index with its over 60 library affiliates. 

Establish, implement and document reference and technical service procedures and policies; coordinate and provide reference assistance to library users maintaining current high level of friendly service. 

Supervise personnel, work flow and projects, and monitor quality and quantity of work performed. Provide, organize, coordinate and supervise projects for over 20 library volunteers, e.g. newspaper indexing and inputting, obituary look-ups, etc. 

Monitor library staff so that they continue to be professional yet approachable and respectful of library patrons regardless of level of expertise.

Monitor the various library policies and services, including collection development, weeding, and maintenance.  Supervise acquisitions, both purchases and donations. Utilize the reading room space as efficiently as possible. 

Supervise and maintain various computer files of library materials, especially the obituary database. Maintain subscription databases (Ancestry, NewspaperArchive, Fold3, American Ancestors, etc.).  Also supervise HPLM online shopping cart, troubleshooting errors or problems with credit card orders for obituaries, memberships, donations, etc. 

Promote public awareness of the Library’s holdings, including the teaching of classes, and represent the Library before interested groups and professional organizations. 

Assist in preparation of departmental and divisional budgets and grant writing as needed; and work with the Office of Information Systems to coordinate reports, information, and technology.



Broad knowledge of library policies, procedures, and organizations.

Knowledge of library computer applications, and information technology.

Knowledge of Ohio/American history and genealogy, as well as museum/historic home issues.

Knowledge of general cataloging, original cataloging, OCLC, and reference procedures in a special library.

Effective supervisory skills, and experience in training, assigning, and supervising clerical and paraprofessional staff.

Ability to determine objectives, program activities, and coordinate work to achieve objectives.

Ability to work with the public and represent the Rutherford B. Hayes Library & Museums with Ohio, regional, and national library associations and activities.

 Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.



Requires sitting and frequent, bending, stooping, stretching, and standing for prolonged periods of time, up to 1 hour without a rest.

Requires eye-hand coordination and manual dexterity sufficient to work with computers, keyboard, photocopier, telephone, calculator, and technical equipment.

Requires normal range of hearing and vision.

Frequent public contact with Library users and other persons who participate in the various programs.

Requires the ability to view computer screen for long periods of time without eyestrain or stress.

Must be able to carry books and supplies up and down stairs.

Must be able to climb two flights of stairs unassisted.

Requires occasional lifting up to 30 pounds.                                                                                                    



Work is performed in a library environment.

Frequent contact with staff and the public.

Work may be stressful at times.

Frequent weekend work required.

Some exposure to dust, dirt.



Minimum of a M.L.S. in Library Science from an American Library Association accredited school of Library Science and a bachelor's degree in social sciences (preferably American history), plus minimum of five years of increasing responsibilities and experience in a library.