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Alyssa B. Young

Research Manager and Special Collections Librarian


The Botanical Research Institute of Texas (BRIT) seeks an engagement-oriented science librarian to facilitate the use and growth of the BRIT Library collections and provide and promote information services. The BRIT Librarian is responsible for managing the library collections and providing library services to patrons and community organizations. Duties include library policy development planning, and direction and performance of library activities in a manner that creates value for BRIT and aligns with the organization’s mission statement and strategic goals.

Located in Fort Worth, Texas and adjacent to the Fort Worth Botanic Garden, BRIT is housed in a 70,000 square-foot LEED Platinum building and includes a staff of 36 full time employee equivalents. The BRIT Library contains nearly 100,000 botanical and horticultural books and journals. Special collections include the Oliver G. Burk Children’s Collection of books on botany and natural history spanning three centuries; the BRIT Archives of documents from important botanists and naturalists, institutional records, and film slides; an expansive collection of historic and contemporary natural and botanical artwork; and a rare book room with botanical volumes dating back to 1549. BRIT has recently partnered with TCU and UTA in mentoring and teaching undergraduate and graduate students, and the BRIT Librarian will help make collections accessible to students, staff, and the general public.

Principal Responsibilities

  • Serves as the official advocate for the library within BRIT, in the community, and throughout the library field, representing the library in the Council on Botanical and Horticultural Libraries, the Cultural District Library Consortium, and other community and civic groups.
  • Provides courteous, timely, and accurate service to all internal and external library users.
  • Oversees and participates in collection development for print, electronic, and archival collections according to the Library Collection Development Policy, including managing the receipt and disposition of gift materials.
  • Maintains the online catalog provided through CDLC, including oversight and input of bibliographic records, OCLC holding records, and other local bibliographic databases according to national standards. Maintains access to other databases and libraries, including JSTOR, JSTOR Global Plants, and Texas Christian University.
  • Maintains and provides content for the library web page and social media to promote the Library and its collections.
  • Coordinates activities of the Library Steering Committee.
  • Prepares and submits the annual library budget. Seeks out and applies for grants to support library activities and collections.
  • Provides reference, interlibrary loan, instruction, and other information services to library users. Suggests and implements new library services as appropriate.
  • Supervises, trains, and helps recruit library volunteers.
  • Maintains a thorough knowledge of current trends and best practices in the field of librarianship and preservation through membership in professional organizations, networking, and targeted research.
  • Cultivates strong interdepartmental relationships within BRIT to increase awareness of library collections and services, and promote their utilization. Works with Public Engagement to provide engaging content for exhibits and activities.
  • Assists the BRIT Press in evaluating and managing its exchange program for suitable publications.
  • Other duties as necessary.

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How To Apply

Please send a cover letter addressed to the Vice President of Research Dr. Peter W. Fritsch, a detailed resume, and the names and contact information of three references to Alyssa B. Young ( by September 30, 2018. Application review will begin in October, and the position will remain open until filled. Salary is commensurate with experience.

BRIT is an Equal Opportunity Employer.